I just received a message from the team creating the High Museum of Art’s upcoming Reel Riot Film Festival, a showcase of films made by high-school students.
They’re accepting submissions from teen filmmakers through July 7, 2014. (I’m thinking that doesn’t leave enough time to create a new film, but if your budding director has something in the can, here’s a chance for them to be seen by a wider audience.)
Each entrant can submit up to three pieces.
The selected films will be shown at the High on July 31 at 9 p.m. The festival will be free and open to the public.
The Still Waters Youth Sinfo-Nia will host its 25th annual summer day camp, July 7-18, 2014, in downtown Atlanta.
A typical camp day includes musical instruction / rehearsal, lunch, a bit of free time, and occasionally a guest lecturer or performer. The camp is designed for strings players (violin, viola, cello, double bass) of all levels, and for advanced students in other orchestral instruments (woodwinds, brass, percussion).
You can request an application package through the web site and register now by mail, or bring your child’s registration and payment on the first day of camp.
Sinfo-Nia Arts has music programs throughout the school year as well.
East Point Tech offers a computer programming program for teens ages 13 to 16, starting next month.
Saturday Coding School is a four-week course which teaches HTML, CSS and front- and back-end web development. No previous coding experience is needed. The teens also get an introduction to a bit of entrepreneurial training, with a look at how to market their own design business.
Classes are limited to ten students each.
The Intro to Web Development course begins July 12.
Tellus Museum in Cartersville has two upcoming events for kids:
The annual RockFest rock and mineral show will come to Tellus June 14-15, 2014. Visitors will see a range of minerals, gems and fossils. If your child has a special rock find they haven’t been able to identify, take it along and let experts have a look. The museum will also offer activities for the kids. Admission to RockFest is part of the general ticket price.
Then, on June 25, the museum brings back past guest Joe Turner for his lunchtime “Magic of Science” show. If you want to pre-order lunch (and have a reserved seat), call (770) 606-5700, ext. 431 by June 18.
I’m letting my eight-year-old daughter, who just joined Bookopolis, write today’s post. She says:
Bookopolis is a good program for children who like to read. It lets them give and get recommendations for good books. You can earn badges for letting everyone else know what books you liked.
I’ll add a bit myself. . . . Bookopolis is a free web site aimed at elementary and early middle-school readers. Kids can write reviews of books they’ve read. They receive suggestions for other books they might like, and can read other kids’ reviews of books recommended for them. They can also actively share book recommendations with friends they’ve connected with through the site. This is a great way to encourage and track summer reading.
I can’t write any more now, because my daughter just said, “Let’s go to Bookopolis now.”
You can learn the science behind some of Georgia’s most popular natural destinations by attending guided geology walks and talks this month with a noted science educator from the Fernbank Science Center.
Dr. Bill Witherspoon is co-author of the book Roadside Geology in Georgia (Mountain Press Publishing, 2013). He is an award-winning earth science teacher who has worked with K-12 students for more than 15 years.
Dr. Witherspoon’s public program schedule is as follows:
- June 6, 2014, 11:00 a.m., Amicalola Falls, walk to the falls
- June 7, 2014, 1:00 p.m., Amicalola Falls, “River Rivalries,” a presentation on how competing streams sculpted geological features including Tallulah Gorge and Amicalola Falls
- June 7, 2014, 3:30 p.m., Dahlonega Gold Museum, “Gold and Georgia,” a presentation about how gold accumulated in the Georgia mountains, leading to the Georgia gold rush
- June 14, 2014, 9:30 a.m., Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, walk along Pine Mountain. Co-presenter at this site will be Dr. Leslie Edwards, a biogeographer from Georgia State University who will look at the unusual combination of plant life at Pine Mountain.
- June 28, 2014, 1:00 p.m., Brasstown Bald, “A Window through Time: Geology and Nature at Georgia’s Highest Summit,” co-presented with Dr. Edwards, who will discuss why some plants typically not found this far south still grow atop this mountain.
- June 29, 2014, 1:00 p.m., Anna Ruby Falls, geology walk
These events are free and open to the public, but you may have to pay admission to the venues where they are being held. Register ahead of time and you’ll receive a billion-year-old rock sample.
Summer classes for students rising to 4th-12th grades begin next week at START:CODE, located in the Decatur / Toco Hill area.
Elementary-level classes, which teach the Scratch programming language, meet once per week for six weeks. Middle- and high-school students meet once per week for four weeks, and learn Python and Java in addition to Scratch. These older students can move into app development as they build programming skills.