Family Engineering Night at Tellus this Friday

November 10, 2014 Leave a comment

This Friday night, Nov. 14, is Family Engineering Night at Tellus Museum in Cartersville.

From 5 to 9 p.m., you can learn about robotic design and operation, with a little computer science, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering thrown in.

Then, you can use what you’ve learned to build your own robot in the LEGO Creative Build Competition. Spaces for the competition are limited, and you must pay a small fee to participate. Pre-registration is required for all competitors, by calling (770) 606-5700, ext. 431. All competitors will receive a LEGO build kit to take home.

For Star Wars fans, R2-D2 will be at the museum for photo ops.

Categories: Enrichment

Deadline TODAY to register for tomorrow’s digital astronomy workshop

November 6, 2014 Leave a comment

Kids can learn to capture photographs from the Smithsonian’s robotic telescopes by taking part in the Digital Astronomy Workshop, TOMORROW, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Tellus Museum in Cartersville.

The workshop will teach participants how to operate the telescopes, which are located in Arizona and Massachusetts, to capture images for download. As “homework,” these newly trained digital astronomers will be expected to process and share their best images with Tellus. Some of the images may be displayed at the museum.

Open to ages 8 and up. $15 for Tellus members, $30 for non-members. Call 770-606-5700, ext. 417 to register. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. today. As of 10:40 a.m., there were five spaces left.

Categories: Enrichment

GiftedAtlanta offering more on Twitter

October 14, 2014 1 comment has reached 500 subscribers. I’m stunned. Thanks to everyone for supporting the site and for passing it along to others who can use the information.

In honor of this milestone, I’m adding a Twitter component to On Twitter, I’ll point you to the latest articles and research pertinent to gifted kids.

I’ll still post information about local programs at Whenever I post something new on the web site, I’ll send a quick tweet that links back to the full article here.

I hope you’ll find this a useful addition.

- Dori

Categories: Advocacy and policy

DeKalb offers ITBS testing for magnet school applicants

October 13, 2014 2 comments

DeKalb County Schools is offering ITBS testing for students who want to apply to its magnet programs, including the high achiever magnet schools at Kittredge / Chamblee or Wadsworth / Chapel Hill / Southwest DeKalb, but who lack qualifying test scores.

Who is this test for?

  • Students currently in grades 4, 6, or 8 who did not have qualifying scores for the high achiever programs when they took the ITBS test in 3rd, 5th, or 7th grade
  • Students in homeschool or private school in grades 3 through 8

If your child already has qualifying scores, there’s no need to register for this testing. It is only for students who lack the required test scores for admission to the magnet programs.

Download the PDF for more information and an application for the test. The deadline to apply is Oct. 24, 2014.

Categories: DeKalb, In the schools

Space Camp scholarships available

October 8, 2014 Leave a comment

Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., will soon begin accepting applications for its 2015 scholarship program. Full scholarships cover tuition, room and board for any week-long program, which includes Space Camp, Aviation Challenge, or Robotics summer camps.

Scholarships are awarded in four categories, one of which is academic achievement. Participation in a gifted program qualifies a student to apply in that category.

To apply, a student must be in 4th to 12th grade. Application deadline is Dec. 15, 2014, but the application process is rather involved, so if you’re interested, get started.


LEGO robotics team seeking sixth-grade girls

September 29, 2014 Leave a comment

FLLicon_RGBA newly formed FIRST LEGO League Robotics team in Buckhead / Sandy Springs / Dunwoody is looking for three or four sixth-grade girls to join the team. Together, this team of girls will learn teamwork, programming, and problem solving.

Prior LEGO experience is appreciated, but not required. The team will meet once a week, on Saturdays or Sundays (depending on team members’ schedules), through November. If the team does well in its fall competition, the season could stretch into early 2015.

This particular team is sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, so team members must either be active in Girl Scouts or be willing to join Girl Scouts. (They need not join or participate in a troop, but must pay a membership fee.) Total cost for Girl Scout membership, team fees and team T-shirt will be around $90.

For more information about the team, e-mail Ann, the team leader, at District13Robotics-at-gmail-dot-com (e-mail deconstructed to prevent spam; you put it back together). She needs to turn in her roster soon, so if you think your daughter may be interested, contact her this week.

Debate teams for grades 4 and up

September 23, 2014 1 comment

Ivy Bridge Academy is seeking students in grades 4-12 for its debate teams. The debate program is offered on the weekends at the established campus in Johns Creek and the newly opened school campus in Cumming.

As you’d expect, students learn how to conduct research, organize ideas, and speak confidently before an audience. The debate teams compete in two regional tournaments per semester, as well as in a national tournament in the spring.




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