One-day app design “Hackathon” at UWG

January 30, 2023 Leave a comment

The University of West Georgia is planning a “Hackathon” event where middle- and high-school students will conceptualize and design software to solve a problem. The program will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2023, on UWG’s main Carrollton campus.

The Hackathon program’s youth track is open to students aged 13 to 18. The youth track program does not require any programming or coding knowledge. Mentors will help the students with the technical aspects of their designs. (A separate advanced track for high-school and college students 18 and up does require basic programming skills.)

Students will work in teams. They can sign up with people they already know and want to work with, or find a team onsite.

Registration is $30, plus a $3 processing fee. If a family is unable to pay the fee, UWG will attempt to make arrangements for the registration. See the “How much does it cost to participate” area of the page linked above for contact information for financial assistance.

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Emory Math Circle registering for spring 2023

January 24, 2023 Leave a comment

The Math Circle program at Emory University is now registering for its spring 2023 classes.

Math Circle is an enrichment program for middle-school and high-school kids who are fascinated by mathematics and who want to explore math topics beyond what’s taught in the typical classroom. Classes meet twice a month on Saturdays. In-person classes will begin this Saturday, January 28. Note that it is possible to join a class after it has begun meeting; registration will remain open until February 17.

Classes will be offered both in person and online.

You can get more information and register at the Math Circle website.

Any students attending an in-person section must show proof of vaccination (including a booster shot). Masks are optional, in accordance with Emory University policy.

Emory Math Circle is free, but donations from families that can give them are appreciated.

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Georgia Tech February workshops for grades 2-12

January 20, 2023 Leave a comment

Registration is open for K.I.D.S. Club and STEAM Workshop sessions being held Saturday, February 18 at Georgia Tech.

K.I.D.S. Club is open to students in grades 2 through 5. Topics for 2nd and 3rd graders this session are flight mechanics, “TinkerLab” and rollercoasters. For students in grades 4 and 5, there are two tracks to choose from. One track will design a chair and learn about electrical engineering; the other will study application design and health science. (Important note: Application design is a two-part course. Part two will be held on March 11.)

STEAM Workshops are for students in grades 6 through 12. For grades 6 to 8, track one will learn about robotics and chemical engineering; track two will spend the full three hours learning about gardening in the time of climate change; track three will spend three hours on LEGO Robotics. Grades 9 through 12 will design a robotic car using Micro:bit.

Cost to attend is $65 per student. Need-based scholarships, funded by the Georgia Department of Education, are available. Visit the CEISMC BOOST Scholarship page to learn more about scholarship eligibility and submit an application.

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UPDATE: SAT and ACT testing for 7th graders restored

January 18, 2023 Leave a comment

In April 2022, in a post about new talent search programs, I wrote that the SAT and ACT were no longer available to students in 7th grade. Taking these above-grade exams can be useful for highly advanced students, and sometimes test scores are requested by summer programs or other selective programs.

I can happily report that, after a lawsuit, both the ACT and the College Board (administrators of the SAT) are again allowing students under age 13 to take their exams on regular Saturday test dates.

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A scholarship that pays high-school tuition

January 15, 2023 Leave a comment

Applications are now open for the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship, a merit-based, need-blind scholarship that pays high-school tuition for outstanding students.

Students apply when they are in seventh grade, which means the application is now open for students in the high school graduating class of 2028.

Selections are announced when the students begin eighth grade. During the eighth-grade year, the selected scholars will research and apply to schools that will best suit them, with support from the scholarship team.

Established in 2002, the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship can be used for private schools, boarding schools, parochial schools, homeschool hybrids, early college, and other types of schools. Students who currently attend a private school that continues beyond eighth grade may apply; however, the scholarship administrators will ask that they research and consider other high-school options.

You can learn more about the scholarship and the application process by attending an online webinar on February 6 or March 13. See the scholarship’s How to Apply page for details.

Applications are due on April 17, 2023. The application requires letters of recommendation and essays, so it’s best to get an early start.

Parenting group for adults raising gifted children

January 8, 2023 Leave a comment

Along with their intellectual abilities and academic advancement, gifted children often have particular social and emotional characteristics, such as perfectionism, idealism and intensity.

SENG parent groups provide a support network for parents and caregivers of gifted and twice-exceptional children, where they can discuss and explore their children’s development. (SENG stands for Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted.)

A new SENG group is launching in the Atlanta area in February. The eight-week program will be led by licensed social worker Dr. Deborah Lathrop and Laura Neher, a former aerospace engineer who is now a master’s student at UGA, studying gifted education.

The SENG group will meet on Wednesday evenings in Sandy Springs, beginning February 8, 2023. A registration fee of $150 covers enrollment for one or two caregivers.

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Online math circle group for girls

December 21, 2022 Leave a comment

A group of female high-school students in New Jersey has issued an open invitation to girls in grades 4 through 9 who want to do more math.

Lovelace Math Circle is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring more girls into STEM fields. Their teachers, who are high school students, teach a mix of subjects, some that focus on topics typically taught in school, and others that prepare students for math competitions.

The Google form linked above directs prospective students to a problem set that will help them determine whether they would be a good candidate for a competition class.

Registration for the winter session is open now through January 6, 2023, with classes beginning on January 7. All classes are free. They meet 45 minutes per week, online, in the evenings.

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Georgia Tech will hold January workshops for grades 2-12

December 20, 2022 Leave a comment

Registration is open for K.I.D.S. Club and STEAM Workshop sessions being held Saturday, January 14 at Georgia Tech.

K.I.D.S. Club is open to students in grades 2 through 5. Topics for 2nd and 3rd graders this session are architecture, “TinkerLab” and 3-D art storytelling. For students in grades 4 and 5, there are two tracks to choose from. One track will study water safety and computer animation with Scratch; the other will learn about DNA and build racers.

STEAM Workshops are for students in grades 6 through 12. For grades 6 to 8, track one will learn about bacteria and biodegradable plastics; track two will spend the full three hours learning about gardening in the time of climate change. Grades 9 through 12 will use 3-D modeling to design a sustainable home.

Cost to attend is $65 per student. Need-based scholarships, funded by the Georgia Department of Education, are available. Visit the CEISMC BOOST Scholarship page to learn more about scholarship eligibility and submit an application.

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Summer programs, already?

December 9, 2022 Leave a comment

It’s not even the end of the year, and I’m already getting emails from summer camps for the 2023 season. It feels early to be thinking about summer, but for many programs, registration will open in January, so it isn’t too soon to explore what’s out there and prepare to apply to highly sought after programs.

I’ve just updated the Summer Programs page on the website, to make sure all the links are working and all the programs I’ve listed are still operating. I hope you’ll find this helpful in your search for a summer program your child will love.

If you know of a program that would be a good addition to my list, or if you find any errors in the list, please reach out through the Contact page. Thanks.

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Georgia Tech invites high-school students to enter statistics competition

November 25, 2022 Leave a comment

Georgia Tech’s School of Industrial and Systems Engineering is holding a probability and statistics competition for high-school students. Prizes will include formal recognition and scholarships to Georgia Tech’s Mission Possible Camp.

To qualify, students must have completed AP Statistics.

The first round of the competition will be held online on December 9, 2022. The registration deadline is December 1.

For those who advance, the second round will be March 17, 2023, at Georgia Tech.

For students interested generally in industrial engineering, the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering has other outreach programs for K-12 students, including the opportunity to attend a class, tour the campus, and meet current students. Like the competition, the campus visit program is open to students who have completed AP Statistics.