East Cobb Robotics is looking for teens ages 14 to 18 who would like to join a FIRST Robotics Competition team for the 2015-16 season.
The FIRST Robotics Competition is an international program that gives high-school age kids the experience of being on a team of engineers. FIRST teams not only learn to use sophisticated hardware and software to design and create their competition robot, but also raise funds, build community partnerships and create a team brand, all while learning leadership and teamwork skills.
For this reason, East Cobb Robotics is recruiting teens interested in not only robotics and programming, but also community outreach, marketing and video production.
East Cobb Robotics will hold an informational meeting for prospective team members and their parents on July 25, 2015. Applications will be due August 1. See the web site for details.
If you’re looking for a little motivation to get your teen writing this summer, the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is running a writing contest with cash prizes.
The contest asks for essays of 250 words or less about a real-life hero who had an impact on the writer’s life.
Entrants must live in Fulton County or attend a Fulton County public school, and must be 12 to 18 years old. The submission deadline is August 1, 2015.
Full contest rules are available at the library’s web site.
The Fayette Youth Film Festival is seeking short films made by teens, age 19 or under.
Selected films will be screened at the group’s first ever film festival, taking place July 31, 2015. Finalists will be eligible for internships, cash prizes, and even an appearance in a feature film.
To qualify, a film must be five minutes or less, must have been made after January 2014, and must contain only PG-rated content.
The registration page provides more detail on the judging criteria and categories.
The regular submission deadline is June 13. Fees for entry increase after that, with the final submission deadline set at July 11. Entry fees range from $20 to $40 per film.
Now through early August, weekend workshops will let kids ages 8 to 15 try their hands at 3-D printing, aircraft design, or coding with the simple SCRATCH programming language. Younger children, ages 8 to 12, can take littleBits classes in which they’ll design an animal or superhero gadget from their imagination.
All classes last 90 minutes and are $25 for MODA members, or $30 for non-members.
The University of West Georgia in Carrollton has several day camps for kids in kindergarten through age 18. Topics include science, arts and crafts, and a film camp where teens write a screenplay, learn acting skills, and ultimately have their film curated by a film professor.
The university is holding additional STEM summer camps at satellite locations in Paulding County and Douglas County.
The Museum of Design Atlanta and the Midtown Alliance invite children ages 8 to 12 to a Bridge Building Challenge on May 16 and 17, 2015.
In each of four available two-hour workshops, MODA instructors will teach kids about different types of bridges, then guide them through creating their own. Students will compete to see whose bridge can support the most weight.
The workshops will be held at Cornerstone Village in Midtown.
Find out how the Chattahoochee River and its tributaries etched the North Georgia landscape in a walk and lecture presented by geologist Bill Witherspoon, May 7, 2015.
Witherspoon, a retired science educator and one of the authors of Roadside Geology in Georgia, will lead an evening walk along Rottenwood Creek in Marietta, highlighting how rushing waters carved the area’s gorges. A lecture and slideshow will follow.
The event is free, but registration is requested via the Georgia Rocks web site.