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.

 

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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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