It’s time again for Exploration Expo, the annual, free event offering hundreds of interactive science activities for children and families.
The 2017 Expo will be Saturday, March 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Centennial Olympic Park. Dozens of companies and schools will offer fun, educational activities.
Exploration Expo is part of the Atlanta Science Festival, a joint effort among Emory University, Georgia Tech, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
The Spivey Hall Children’s Choir will hold auditions for young singers on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
Auditions are open to girls and boys ages 10 to 13. No prior musical experience is necessary. 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 register for an audition, you can either download a mail-in application or complete an online application. (For the online application, the link takes you to the Spivey Hall ticketing page. Scroll down until you see the item called “2017 Spivey Hall Childrens [sic] Choir Audition Applicat.”)
The Appalachian Institute for Creative Learning invites rising middle- and high-school students to its residential summer camps at Mars Hill University, near Asheville, N.C.
AICL celebrates imagination and creativity. My kids have attended this camp, and I taught there one summer. The class content is highly engaging for creative kids, but just as important is AICL’s nurturing, accepting environment for kids who think differently, have unusual interests, and don’t like to be forced into a mold of conformity.
Spaces are available in two of AICL’s programs:
- Week 0, for rising 9th through 12th graders. This is an intense academic program — still fun, but more demanding than AICL’s traditional enrichment camps.
- Week T -1, for rising 6th through 8th graders, promises hands-on labs, Socratic discussions, and intensive art classes.
In addition to class time during the day, both camps offer social and recreational time in the afternoons and evenings.
High-school students interested in complex math are invited to apply for the QuanTM summer program at Emory University.
This four-week, residential program, operated by Emory’s Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods, delves into college-level topics such as combinatorics, number theory, probability, statistics, game theory and more. Students spend the first three weeks learning through a combination of lectures and hands-on activities. In the fourth week, they complete a research project in an area of interest to them.
Students who apply before Feb. 28 will receive a $300 discount.
(Note: Although this program is called “QuanTM Math Circle,” it is not affiliated with the Math Circle program offered by Emory University’s Department of Math and Computer Science during the school year.)
It’s time again for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, which begins this Friday.
Every year, the Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology sponsor the bird count, conducted by bird watchers of all ages across the country. The bird watch helps scientists understand how many birds are in different locations and how bird populations are changing. It’s a project your child can do at home, at school, at a local park, or in any other location. Last year, more than 160,000 birdwatchers in more than 130 countries took part.
To participate, you’ll spend a minimum of 15 minutes observing one location, on one or more days between Feb. 17 and Feb. 20, 2017. Tally how many birds of different varieties you see. Then submit your count through the web site. You can do just 15 minutes on one day and stop, or you can do lots more observations at different times of day and even different locations.
If your gifted child really enjoys birding, they can continue to make observations and submit them for scientific use all year long through eBird, another program of Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
The spring session of Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education’s Saturday Exploration Program will begin April 15, 2017.
These Saturday morning classes, held at Rock Springs Elementary School in Lawrenceville, are designed for gifted and high-achieving students in grades 2 through 5. Courses for spring 2017 include biology, meteorology, computing, history, and engineering.
Registration deadline is March 31; the deadline to request financial aid is Feb. 28.
Applications are being accepted for DeKalb County’s magnet and charter schools through Feb. 22, 2017, for the 2017-18 school year.
The school choice program now includes four high schools offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Preparatory Program: Druid Hills, Tucker, and MLK Jr. high schools. These schools join the IB elementary and middle schools in the DeKalb County system: Avondale Elementary School, Fernbank Elementary School, Midvale Elementary School, Druid Hills Middle School, and Tucker Middle School.
Also part of open enrollment are the high achievers magnet programs at Kittredge Elementary School, Wadsworth Elementary School, Chamblee Middle School, Chapel Hill Middle School, Chamblee Charter High School, and Southwest DeKalb High School. In order to apply to these programs, your child must achieve qualifying scores on certain standardized tests. If your child qualifies, you should receive a letter from your school — but we all know that letters sent home with children sometimes don’t make it into our hands, so if you think your child is eligible and you haven’t received an invitation to apply to the high achievers magnets, check with your school.
Now is also the time to apply to DeKalb’s elementary and high schools of the arts. Those schools require an audition packet, in addition to the standard open enrollment application.
The county’s school choice website offers a complete list of the available schools and an online application. Keep in mind that space in each school is limited. Open spaces will be assigned by a random lottery of all qualified applicants, scheduled to take place in May.