IGGY is an international, social and educational network for gifted young people created by the University of Warwick. It gives members access to interactive educational resources and allows them to work with top academics, student mentors and other gifted young people around the world to exchange ideas, debate, learn and explore in a safe environment.
IGGY focuses on providing stretching content in Maths, English, Science, History, Politics and Life Skills but also covers a wide range of other subjects, for example, Classics. IGGY content covers a range of formats – from quick quizzes to longer video courses and podcast series. IGGY has been built around the concept of gamification and awards points, badges and occasionally prizes to reward learning and engagement.
IGGY features a lively forum area, where members can start their own debates and contribute to other members’ topics. IGGY’s ‘Homework Help’ includes posts from members looking for support with homework, and postgraduate student mentors and IGGY’s Community Manager are on hand to give advice. The community members support each other – if one member is stuck with a problem in their work or life, another member will invariably step in to help out.
IGGY has been described by The Telegraph as ‘Facebook for Mensa Members’ due to its unique social approach. Every member can set up a profile page where they can let other members know about them and their interests. Members can ‘friend’ each other, send messages, and collaborate on projects.
IGGY is safe and secure due to its robust moderation tools. The site is continually monitored through a combination of advanced word filtering software and human moderation.
Any young person aged 13-18 can apply to become an IGGY Member. IGGY does not require a student to prove their IQ or intelligence – IGGY works on the basis of potential so any student can join providing they get verification from an educator that they have the potential to work at a high level.
IGGY is not for profit and there are free places on IGGY for students who meet certain eligibility criteria. Find out more on IGGY. Members of Gifted Ireland’s associated support groups are able to access exclusive discounts on IGGY membership. Please contact us or your local support group co-ordinator to find out more and get started.
IGGY Members’ Opinions:
“IGGY is like an open door, when you step in you’ve got access to wider knowledge, debates, quizzes, challenges and even Mentors that can help you” – IGGY Member Sathyam (17)
“IGGY has been such a life changing experience for me, it has expanded my knowledge, made me interested in other things, and most of all, given me more confidence, as well as a place where I can talk to people who relate to my problems” – IGGY Member Naomi (14)
In case you are wondering, IGGY stands for International Gateway for Gifted Youth!