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Emory offers summer debate programs for rising 6th-12th graders

February 17, 2011 Leave a comment

The Emory National Debate Institute has released its schedule of summer programs for 2011, with programs for rising 6th graders and up.

For rising middle-school students (entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade), Emory is holding a two-week camp at Pace Academy.

Rising high-school students can choose from several programs on the Emory campus. Choices include a two-week camp, recommended for rising freshmen and those who are new to debate; a four-week institute for rising sophomores; and six-week institutes for rising juniors and seniors.

In all camps, students will focus on key elements of debate, including research, analysis and public speaking.

Registration for the high-school programs will close on April 1, 2011.

Categories: Summer programs

Fernbank Museum showcases mythical creatures

February 16, 2011 Leave a comment

The Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Saturday will open a special exhibit on mythical creatures. The exhibit, which will be displayed until August, looks at how cultures throughout the ages used imaginary beings like dragons, mermaids and unicorns to explain the world around them and share ideas and beliefs.

While you’re there, you can also see the IMAX film Animalopolis. At just a half-hour run time, this humorous nature film can be the perfect way to let younger children experience IMAX. The film runs through March 17, 2011. (Note: Tickets for IMAX films are sold separately from museum admission.)

Categories: Enrichment

Summer programs for aspiring artists at SCAD

February 15, 2011 Leave a comment

The Savannah College for Art and Design (SCAD) is now taking applications for its summer programs, ranging from art camps for younger kids to intensive art instruction for high-school students.

Rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders can apply to the SCAD Summer Seminar, which will offer two, one-week sessions at the Atlanta campus. Each student selects two workshops to attend for the week, in topics such as painting,  drawing, fashion or storytelling. The workshops provide a combination of instruction and hands-on studio time. Students can choose to live on campus, or not. The application deadline is May 1, but workshop spaces are granted on a first-come, first-served basis, so it’s better to apply earlier.

For rising seniors, SCAD offers Rising Star, a five-week, residential program held at the college’s Savannah campus. In this highly selective program, students take two, college-level courses for which they can earn college credit. Class choices include drawing, computer art, architecture and photography. The application deadline is April 15.

Students ages 7-14 can attend Art Smarts, week-long art camps which will be held on the campus of the Galloway School in the Buckhead / North Atlanta area. (UPDATE 4/17/14: The Art Smarts program has been discontinued.)

A limited number of scholarships are available for summer programs. See SCAD’s Summer at SCAD brochure for more details.

Categories: Summer programs

CDC Detective Camp offers kids a peek at public health science

February 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Rising juniors and seniors with an interest in epidemiology — the study of health epidemics and how they spread — can apply now to CDC Disease Detective Camp, held on the Atlanta campus of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The five-day camp gives students a behind-the-scenes look at how the CDC tracks infectious diseases and works to protect public health.

The application deadline is April 15.

Categories: Summer programs

Science in action: the Great Backyard Bird Count

February 13, 2011 Leave a comment

If your child enjoys nature and would get a kick out of being one of the scientists in a HUGE scientific study, plan to take part in the 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 any other location. Last year, birdwatchers submitted more than 97,000 checklists of birds they observed.

To participate, you’ll spend a minimum of 15 minutes observing one location, on one or more days between Feb. 18 and Feb. 21, 2011. All you have to do is tally how many birds of different varieties you see. Then you submit your count through the web site (link above). 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.

Categories: Enrichment

Vivien Thomas Summer Program at Morehouse gives high-school kids the chance to work in biomedical labs

February 11, 2011 Leave a comment

High-school students with an interest in biomedical science are encouraged to apply to the Vivien Thomas Summer Program at the Morehouse School of Medicine.

The six-week program pairs students with faculty mentors and allows them to work as apprentices in biomedical research labs. The program’s overarching mission is to increase the number of minority students interested in biomedical science.

Applications will be available in March. Program coordinator Wanda Harvey suggests that interested students contact her now at (404) 752-1843. She will add your name to her mailing list and will mail you an application packet when they are ready.

If you prefer, you can use the application that will be posted online next month, but you will need to contact Ms. Harvey for additional information. (Applicants must write a summary of a scientific article, and you’ll need Ms. Harvey to give you a link to that article.)

The application deadline will be April 8, 2011.

Categories: Summer programs

A different kind of college scholarship — one that helps students get into outstanding schools

February 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Every capable student should have the chance to get into a premier college. That’s the idea behind the QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship, which helps lower-income, high-achieving students navigate the admissions and financial aid application processes required by the best schools.

Current juniors can fill out the free application now through March 29, 2011. Available awards include:

  • Full scholarships to select summer programs, including the Pre-College Program at Emory University
  • College admissions counseling
  • All-expenses-paid campus visits to QuestBridge partner schools, which include some of the most respected names in higher education (think Brown, Columbia, Princeton, Stanford and their peers)

The QuestBridge scholarship program also prepares students to apply for the QuestBridge National College Match program, which pairs exceptional high-school seniors with prestigious colleges that will provide them full scholarships.