Enrollment now open for Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search

August 16, 2018 Leave a comment

duke-tipDuke University’s Talent Identification Program (TIP) is now enrolling students in its 7th Grade Talent Search.

To qualify for the TIP program, your child must have scored at the 95th percentile or above on at least one section of their 5th grade or 6th grade Georgia Milestones test.

Officially, registration will remain open through April 2019. But if you want your child to take the SAT or ACT during 7th grade, the deadline is sometime in September, depending on which test you want them to take and whether you’re applying online (preferred) or by mail.

Why would you want your 7th grader to take a college entrance exam?

First, if you have a highly gifted student who’s pegging the meter on standardized tests, the SAT or ACT can offer a better measure of their academic ability.

Also, Duke TIP uses these SAT and ACT scores to determine which students will be invited to participate in its highly regarded summer programs.

There is a fee to register; need-based financial aid is available.

 

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Emory programs for math lovers

August 13, 2018 Leave a comment

Emory logoEmory Math Circle is a place for kids who think math is cool.

Students in grades 6 to 12 use games, puzzles and problems to look more deeply at how math works and discover fundamental advanced math concepts.

Math Circle meets on Saturday afternoons — about twice a month — on the Emory campus. Groups are taught by Ph.D. students from the Emory Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

The next session of Math Circle will begin on Saturday, Sept. 15. Registration ends August 31.

Not ready to commit to a whole semester of math enrichment? Check out the Julia Robinson Math Festival on Sept. 2 at Emory. At this afternoon drop-in event, students can visit multiple stations where they’ll explore math problems and concepts, with guidance from mathematicians. It’s free, but advance registration by August 31 is requested.

 

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Portable planetarium will make a stop in Roswell

July 11, 2018 Leave a comment

Children ages 6 and up are invited to learn about the summer night sky and its constellations at STARLAB, a portable celestial theater, coming to the Chattahoochee Nature Center on Sunday, July 22.

Admission to the STARLAB program is included in the price of general admission to the nature center, which also offers hiking trails, gardens, and an interactive “Discovery Center.”

 

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GSU summer camp investigates simple and complex machines

June 26, 2018 Leave a comment

A few spaces are available in Georgia State University’s Saturday School summer camp, a day camp that will be held July 9-13 on the university’s downtown campus.

This year’s camp topic is simple and complex machines. The camp information flyer breaks down how students of different ages — from kindergarten through 8th grade — will approach aspects of physics and engineering related to machines and the work they do.

 

Categories: Summer programs

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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