Firefly Watch welcomes kid scientists

June 8, 2018 Leave a comment

Firefly Watch is a low-commitment, fun way to involve children in scientific research. If you can spend 10 minutes a week observing fireflies in your back yard, you can take part in this project that helps Tufts University researchers track firefly populations across North America. It’s easy to do, and the web site allows you to see how your data compares with what observers in other regions are seeing.

Firefly Watch began in 2008 as a program of the Museum of Science in Boston. It’s now part of Mass Audubon.

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Summer writing camps in Decatur

May 15, 2018 Leave a comment

The Decatur Writers Studio will offer one-week writing camps for teens (rising 9th to 11th graders) and tweens (rising 6th to 8th graders) this summer on the campus of Agnes Scott College.

Campers will be immersed in the elements of written storytelling, including setting, characters, dialogue and descriptive language, under the guidance of a high-school creative writing teacher.

Class size is limited to 12 students.

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Summer Exploration Program in Gwinnett for rising 2nd-8th graders

April 13, 2018 Leave a comment

The Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education (GAGE) will offer two weeks of its Summer Exploration Program this summer.

The camp is open to rising 2nd through 8th graders. Campers choose a morning class and an afternoon class. Topics include animals, storytelling, computer programming, model car building, weather, photojournalism, puzzles, and lots more. The instructors are teachers from Gwinnett County schools, most of whom have gifted certification.

Summer Exploration Program camps will be held June 18-22 at Arcado Elementary School in Lilburn, and June 25-29 at Partee Elementary School in Snellville. Registration deadline is June 1, 2018.

Students are not required to be enrolled in Gwinnett County Public Schools to attend the GAGE camps.

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WonderRoot camp combines art and social change

April 12, 2018 Leave a comment

Local arts organization WonderRoot will offer summer art camp for ages 7 to 17 at its southeast Atlanta arts center.

Camp for kids ages 7 to 12 will be held June 25-29; ages 12 to 17 will meet June 18-23. Campers can register for the whole week, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, or can drop in on a daily basis.

Art techniques and topics will include graphic design, zines, screen printing, yarn bombing, and public art.

WonderRoot is a non-profit arts group whose mission is to unite artists in using their art to spur social change.

 

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“Critter Camp” lets kids 6-13 get up close with amphibians, reptiles

April 11, 2018 Leave a comment

Amphibians and reptiles can be captivating, even a little mysterious. Kids ages 6 to 13 can learn a lot more about them this summer at Critter Camp.

Critter Camp is a one-week camp, with each day devoted to one of five types of animals: salamanders, frogs, turtles, lizards and snakes.

The camp is led in part by Mark Mandica, who served as director of the Amphibian Conservation Program at Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Camps will be offered from May 29 to August 10 at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve in northeast Atlanta, near Chastain Park; and from June 11 to July 27 at the Friends School in Decatur.

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Summer camps at University of West Georgia

April 10, 2018 Leave a comment

The University of West Georgia is offering a selection of summer day camps for 2018, for students in kindergarten through high school.

Camps to choose from are:

Wolves Exploration Camp, for rising kindergartners through 2nd graders, six one-week sessions to choose from in topics including dinosaurs, art, oceans, and space.

Camp Write On, for rising 3rd-8th graders, a one-week camp with exposure to narrative writing, personal journals, literary responses, and more.

American Sign Language camp, a three-day, basic signing camp for kids ages 6 to 12. Choose from a Newnan campus session and a Carrollton campus session.

The Chemistry of Almost Everything 1, for rising 8th, 9th, and 10th graders who have not previously taken chemistry. This four-day camp introduces the chemistry of everyday items.

The Chemistry of Almost Everything 2, open to rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders, as well as rising college freshmen, who have previously taken a chemistry class. This four-day camp consists of experiments designed to refresh students’ knowledge of core chemistry concepts.

 

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Math festival on April 10 at Emory University

April 5, 2018 2 comments

Emory University will host a Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival for students in kindergarten through 12th grade on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Visitors can come and go at any time during the event.

The festival challenges students with puzzles and games that require math concepts and creative thinking. The goal of the event is to let students explore the fascinating world of mathematics beyond what they experience in school.

(I’ve been to one of these festivals, and can attest that it’s great mental exercise, yet low pressure and fun. The puzzles aren’t about math computation, but about using math and logic to solve problems.)

The event is free; however, advance registration is required.

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