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Gifted and Talented Program

Gifted and Talented Program
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Solar Cars!

The Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University DRS Gifted Students began the Spring Semester by constructing a Solar Car. The students were first introduced to the idea by Mr. Stacy Tinner, Outreach Coordinator for the School of Architecture Engineering and Technology (SAET) at FAMU. The University also donated the car kits that the students are using.

Ms. Lindsey, Gifted Coordinator, stated that she is so excited to see the interest that the students display as they build their cars and use the sunlight to power their engines. Mr. Tinner also introduced numerous ways to produce power for the cars just in case there is no sunlight. This project also includes research, math, science, and technology.


Also assisting Mr. Tinner and Ms. Lindsey is a first-year volunteer Architecture student, Christin Williams.  Miss Williams said, “I am so excited to be able to give back to the students here at FAMU DRS, and I am also glad to see their interest in solar energy as well as using their hands to build something.”  Mr. Tinner echoed her sentiments and added, “I hope this partnership will continue and also bring awareness of the many opportunities SAET has to offer students in this community and abroad.”  Ms. Lindsey said, “I really hope these activities and projects give the students exposure to the many fields of study that is available for them.”


The Gifted enrichment program has more projects planned for the spring to include coding drones and another rocket launch. Students meet Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15-4:15. For further information, please contact Ms. Nikie Lindsey at 850-412-5854.

Getting Ready for Blast Off!

The FAMU DRS Gifted students are preparing their solid fuel rockets for launch on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in the DRS courtyard.  Ms. Nikie Lindsey, Gifted Coordinator and Teacher, along with Mr. Stacy Tinner, Coordinator and Recruiter for the FAMU School of Architecture Engineering Technology (SAET) has been working tirelessly with the class, Jerry Clark, Anthony Darling, Khamari Williams and Bariki Otieno, assuring that they and their rockets are set for BLAST OFF.  In addition to building their own rockets, the students have learned the history of rockets as well as having the opportunities to apply various 21st century skills in various areas, such as, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.

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FAMU DRS Gifted Program


FAMU School of Architecture Engineering Technology (SAET)


Solar Rockets Official Launch

Saturday, October 23, 2021

10:00 A.M.

FAMU DRS Courtyard

FAMU DRS Gifted Program Partners with FAMU SAET

Gifted students come from diverse backgrounds, and have unique abilities ranging across a wide spectrum of achievement. The intellectual, social, and emotional needs of gifted students are distinct, so special provisions, innovation and advocacy are necessary in order to provide programs and services that meet the different educational requirements of these learners.

The exceptional needs of gifted and talented students must be recognized, nurtured and valued, so their inspired minds are equipped to change the world. The purpose of gifted education is the unique cognitive, social, and emotional needs of gifted students, preparing them to succeed in a global society.

Gifted services available at FAMU DRS include: 


Advanced Enrichment Classes/Accelerated Classes, for students who exhibit ability to work above grade-level in academic disciplines (honors courses are available in all core subject areas) 


Behavioral Support/Interventions for gifted students 


Career & Technical Education Training


Dual Enrollment (for high school students who are gifted) 


STREAM Activities (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics,) for high-achieving, gifted and talented students; activities include experimentation, drone technologies, and various activities and opportunities through a University (FAMU) partnership with FAMU School of Architecture, Engineering, and Technology (SAET) 


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Since 1968, Florida’s legislature has identified gifted learners as a part of the exceptional student education population. In Florida, students are eligible for exceptional education programs if they meet the state’s criteria (Florida Board of Education Rule 6A-6.03019, FAC), which focus on the following:

  • a learner's need for the gifted education program;
  • general intellectual functioning, and
  • various behavioral and intellectual characteristics.



Ms. Bettye "Nikie" Lindsey

(850) 412-5854 / [email protected]

Gifted and Talented Program Coordinator


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FAMU DRS Talent Academy

Talent Academy



Eligibility for Participation

Students in grades K-12 who have achieved scores at or above the 95th percentile on a nationally normed, standardized assessment and/or participate in our gifted program are invited to participate in the FAMU DRS Talent Academy Program. Other students may be eligible on a case-by-case basis, depending upon factors which include academic performance, teacher recommendations, interviews, leadership skills, aptitude in content areas related to the subject matter/topic areas.

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  • Drone Competitions
    • Scholars will participate in STREAM activities, coding, presentations, and competitions.  
    • In collaboration with FAMU SAET
    • FAMU SAET donated a drone to the program to assist in the facilitation of our drone activities.
  • Solid-Fuel Rockets
    • Scholars will build and launch rockets.
    • STREAM Activities, Developments, and Presentations
    • Kits donated by FAMU SAET
    • In collaboration with FAMU SAET
  • Solar Car Development 
    • STREAM Activities, Developments, and Presentations
    • Kits Donated by FAMU SAET
    • In collaboration with FAMU SAET
  • Model Drag Race Car Development
    • STREAM Activities, Developments, and Presentations
    • Kits Donated by FAMU SAET
    • In collaboration with FAMU SAET
  • Duke TIP Book Club Study
    • Grades 4-6: Esperanza Rising
    • Grades 7-12: Hidden Figures
    • Reading Journal
    • Word Parts
    • Vocabulary
    • Reflection Questions
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Should you need any additional information, please contact:

Ms. Bettye "Nikie" Lindsey

Gifted and Talented Program Coordinator


[email protected]

For Additional Information Regarding the

FAMU DRS Gifted and Talented Program,


Ms. Bettye "Nikie" Lindsey

Gifted and Talented Program Coordinator


[email protected]



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Quick Links


Duke TIP (Talented Identification Program)
Duke TIP (Talented Identification Program) site with information, publications, and resources pertaining to Duke TIP.

Florida Department of Education- Gifted Student Education
FLDOE site listing state laws, regulations, publications, and resources pertaining to gifted education.

Florida’s Frameworks for K-12 Gifted Learners

Guidelines for educators which support a challenging and rigorous curriculum that enhances the Florida Sunshine State Standards in order to meet the needs of gifted students in schools.


Florida Gifted Network
A parent organization that educates the public on the needs of gifted learners and advocates for issues that affect their rights.

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
National organization for teachers and parents that advocates for the needs of gifted learners.

Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)
SENG seeks to inform and provide resources to families and professionals about the unique social and emotional needs of gifted persons.


Please note that the links provided for are for informational purposes only.

FAMU DRS and its assigns do not endorse or take responsibility for the contents, claims or representations presented on other websites.
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