For kids and teens interested in programming, internalDrive computer camps will return to Emory University for summer 2014.
iD Tech camps are for kids ages 7 to 17. Topics include Scratch, Java, iOS, robotics, Minecraft and video game design, among others.
The camps offer a low student-to-instructor ratio and lots of hands-on learning. Some programs–including the two-week teen academies–allow students to live on the college campus; others are day camps only.
Thanksgiving weekend is coming, and that means it’s time for the annual Space Camp sale. This year, you can save $200 off summer programs held in Huntsville, Ala.
The sale period kicks of just after midnight this Friday, November 29, and continues until Monday night. By registering this weekend, you can save $200 off the week-long Space Camp, Aviation Challenge, or Robotics summer camps, or the weekend family camp versions of Space Camp or Aviation Challenge.
They’re offering two accommodations to make it easier to take advantage of the sale. First, you don’t have to select the date your child will attend the camp when you register — you can decide later. Second, they can put you on a payment plan, since even with discounts applied, these adventures don’t come cheap.
If you have a child who has participated in the Duke TIP 4th-6th Grade Talent Search, you’re eligible to sign up now for any of three Academic Adventures programs at the University of Georgia in January, February, and March 2014.
Academic Adventures students choose a single topic to study during the full-day program on the UGA campus. There are more than a dozen subjects to choose from, including roller coaster physics, geocaching, forensics, sports medicine, the Civil War, storytelling, mini-vet school and a whole lot more.
Registration officially closes 15 days before the date of each session, but popular courses will fill up quickly.
If you haven’t registered your child with Duke TIP, it’s an easy process, and it gives you access to programs like Academic Adventures as well as information about raising gifted children.
Visiting organizations, mostly from metro area universities, will offer hands-on activities in a variety of scientific fields, including chemistry, astronomy, ecology, structural engineering and neuroscience.
The activities are included as part of museum admission.
(Note: This event takes place at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, not the Fernbank Science Center. It can be confusing.)
If you’re thinking about sending your child to a magnet school in 2014-15, it’s time to start planning your open house visits.
Magnet schools typically hold parent tours in November. Some schools have application deadlines in December, so it’s important to start early and look into the admissions schedule of any school you’re considering. Early action is especially crucial for fine arts magnet schools that require an audition.
All the magnet schools I’ve found in my research are listed within the school system pages under the “Gifted Ed in Local Schools” heading. Some schools have posted their open house dates on their web sites, but many haven’t, so I suggest calling the school to ask.
Advanced Academy is an early college program for high-school juniors and seniors — and occasionally an extraordinary sophomore. Students live on campus in their own dormitory and take college classes. Advanced Academy is one of the few residential programs in the nation that allows students to earn both high-school credit and college credit for their coursework.
You can register online for this weekend’s preview until tomorrow, or register onsite when you arrive. If you miss this one, there will be additional days to visit the campus on January 26 and March 30, 2014.
Students in grades 7 through 12 are invited to take part in the Young Naturalist Awards, a science fair of sorts sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
Participating students conduct research on a scientific topic of their choice and submit an essay about their research and findings. The winners receive cash awards.
The competition is open to all students, regardless of whether they are in public, private or home school. The rules state that students can work together on a project, so long as they write their essays individually. Sounds like it could be a viable project for a science class to do in small groups.
Entries must be submitted between Dec. 1, 2013, and March 1, 2014.