The CougarBots, a robotics team made up of students at DeKalb County’s Henderson Middle School and Lakeside High School, will run a one-week programming camp this summer for rising 3rd-6th graders.
The camp will be led by the students and their coaches, who will introduce children to the simple Scratch programming language and LEGO NXT robotics programming. No prior experience is necessary.
The CougarBots camp will take place June 29 to July 3, 2015, on the campus of Henderson Middle School. Cost is $180.
To register or for more information, download the PDF flyer.
The Spivey Hall Children’s Choir will hold auditions for young singers on Saturday, April 25, 2015.
Auditions are open for girls and boys ages 10 to 13. Students selected for the program may remain in the choir until they complete high school.
Founded in 1994 and affiliated with Clayton State University, the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir consists of three groups: the Young Artists Choir, where most new singers are placed; the Children’s Choir, a larger ensemble that includes children through age 18; and the Tour Choir, a traveling group that has performed in locations across America and overseas.
To audition, complete an online application.
Walton Robotics, the Walton High School robotics team, will host three summer camps for kids entering 6th to 9th grades.
Camp topics are:
- LEGO NXT, an introductory class in basic robotics for rising 6th to 8th graders
- VEX Advanced, using robotics to study basic principles of engineering, for rising 7th to 9th graders
- Java programming, for rising 7th to 9th graders
Each camp runs Monday through Thursday, June 1-4, 2015.
* NOTE: The online information says applications are due April 3, but I’ve been told by the organizers that they will continue to accept registrations until all spots are filled.
Wheeler Magnet School in Marietta will host three summer camps for elementary- and middle-school students interested in science and technology.
Science Spectrum Camp will be held June 1-5, 2015. The camp is open to rising 7th-, 8th- and 9th-grade students, and will allow exploration in such areas as robotics, chemistry, electronics and drafting.
Camp GAMES, June 22-26, is for girls entering 4th, 5th and 6th grades. It, too, will include a range of science and engineering topics.
This year, Wheeler has added a third camp, STEM Explorers, also June 22-26, for rising 4th, 5th and 6th grade boys. This is the boys’ counterpart to Camp GAMES.
Wheeler Magnet is a science, technology and math magnet program housed at Wheeler High School.
Would you give ten minutes to support gifted education?
Here’s how: E-mail our U.S. senators in support of continued funding for the Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act.
Javits Act funding supports research into how gifted students learn, and how we can improve teaching methods.
Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania) have written a letter to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education, asking that the 2016 budget continue to fund the Javits Act.
Showing support for Javits funding is crucial, because previous budgets have cut or eliminated it. Although Javits funding was as high as $11 million a year in the early 2000s, it dropped to $7.5 million per year later that decade, and was cut out entirely for the years 2010-2013. In 2014, Congress allocated $5 million to Javits, and in the 2015 budget, thanks to the leadership of Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, gifted research was funded at $10 million.
Don’t let Javits funding get slashed or eliminated again in the next budget.
Your letter to our senators can be short and simple. My suggestion:
- Open with the call to action: to sign the Grassley-Casey letter in support of Javits funding.
- State your connection to gifted education. For example, that you have a gifted child, or you teach gifted children.
- Voice your support for research to ensure that gifted children are well served by our schools.
- Restate the call to action.
We need to take action on this by March 26, 2015.
Gifted kids are a minority. They need our advocacy.
START:CODE is adding digital art and design classes for kids and teens, beginning in April.
Students will learn about composition, layout and color theory, working on tablet-based digital design software. Classes will be taught by a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).
START:CODE also is accepting registration for its spring classes in coding and game design, as well as for summer camps.
Dogwood Toastmasters is offering a public speaking program this spring to help kids ages 10 to 17 get comfortable presenting their ideas in front of an audience.
The Youth Leadership Program will be held on Saturday mornings from April 18 to June 20, 2015, in northeast Atlanta. The registration deadline for this free class is April 4.