The 2010 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology is now open. High-school students work in teams (or high-school seniors can work independently) to conduct intensive, original research. Projects must be completed by October 1, 2010. Winners receive scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $100,000.
The competition is a joint project between the Siemens Foundation and the College Board.
High-school students can register now for the Advanced Studies after-school program at Fernbank Science Center. Classes are free of charge for any DeKalb County Schools student, and students earn course credits for taking them.
Fall 2010 classes are:
- Ecosystems Alive
- Stream Ecology
- Forensic Science
In the spring semester, the program will offer:
- Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles
- Wetland Ecology
- Forensic Science
The program also has classes that span the entire 2010-11 school year:
- Science of Food
- Robotics and Engineering (I and II)
To register, you’ll need to download an application from the Advanced Studies web site. Students must have a GPA of at least 3.0 to qualify. With the application, you’ll need to submit a recommendation from a science teacher, have your school counselor submit a transcript, and write a brief essay about why you want to enroll in the class.
Ms. Savage, who handles registration, says the program has no deadline, but classes fill up quickly. (One class, chemistry, is already closed.) If you have questions, you can reach her at (678) 874-7107.
Musically gifted teens interested in auditioning for the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra or the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony should apply now.
ASYO applications must be postmarked by August 13. Auditions will be held Sept. 8-12.
AYWS registration is available online. Auditions will be held Aug. 11-18.
If you have a child who is 2E (twice exceptional — meaning gifted and diagnosed with a learning disability), you may be able to get financial assistance to enroll in an alternative school.
The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program is open to any student who has an IEP and who was enrolled in a Georgia public school for the 2009-10 school year. The program compensates families who move their children into another public school or an eligible private school.
You can see a full list of requirements and get more information from the Georgia Department of Education.
There is no application process required, and you don’t have to prove that your public school was not meeting your child’s needs. If you meet the eligibility requirements, then you will get assistance. It’s that simple. The only question is how much money you’ll get, and you can find that out using the calculator provided.
Saturday School for Scholars and Leaders, located at Georgia State University, has opened registration for fall classes. The Fall A session will run for five weeks, from Sept. 11 to Oct. 9.
You can see the schedule of classes and register online.
Registration will close August 20.