Archive for April, 2011

Camps for little kids at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History

April 28, 2011 Leave a comment

The Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Decatur still has a few spaces in its summer camp for rising kindergarteners through 2nd graders.

Kids will learn about ecology, paleontology, entomology and other natural sciences. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily (after care is available) and costs $350 per week ($300 for members of the museum). One week has already sold out, but spaces remain for June 13-17 and June 20-24.

Categories: Summer programs

Registration now open for DeKalb’s Serendipity summer program

April 27, 2011 4 comments

This information is from 2011. See the 2012 Serendipity information.

DeKalb County has opened registration for the 2011 Serendipity summer program for gifted children. The camp serves children in grades 1-7 who were in their school’s gifted program during the 2010-11 school year. Programming includes science, art and writing courses.

This summer, the program is being held at Midvale Elementary School. Kids in 1st – 3rd grades will attend June 13-17; students in 4th – 7th grades have camp June 20-24. Registration is $100 per student. The deadline to register is May 13.

I still haven’t found any information about the program on the county web site. If your child is eligible to attend, he or she should bring home a brochure from school which describes the program in full detail. If you don’t receive one this week, ask your school’s gifted teacher or principal, or call the county office at (678) 676-0238.

Categories: DeKalb, Summer programs

Journalism summer camp at UGA

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

High-school students who want to gain expertise in mass media are invited to attend a week-long journalism academy at the University of Georgia.

The Georgia Journalism Academy is open to rising 10th – 12th graders and is operated by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, one of the premier journalism schools in the nation (and I’m not saying that just because it’s where I earned my degree).

Students can choose to focus in any of six interest areas, including news writing, feature writing, photojournalism or broadcasting. Classes are taught by Grady College faculty and local media professionals.

The academy is limited to 75 students. If you register by April 29, you can save $50 off the $600 tuition, which includes housing on the UGA campus and most meals.

Categories: Summer programs

Aviation camp at Fernbank teaches kids the science of flight

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

The Fernbank Science Center in Decatur invites rising 4th – 6th graders to learn about the math, science and technology of flight in its Aviation Camp.

The week-long day camp will include lots of hands-on activities. Two sessions are available: June 13-17 and June 20-24.

Each week costs $260. Fernbank must receive registration and payment by May 2, 2011.

Categories: Summer programs

Debate camp at UGA for high-school students

April 26, 2011 Leave a comment

The Georgia Debate Union is hosting a two-week, residential debate camp at the University of Georgia this summer. The Georgia Debate Institute is open to new and experienced debaters who are entering 9th – 12th grades. The online information promises a faculty-to-student ratio of 5-to-1 or better.

The camp will be held June 5-18, 2011. Tuition of $1,600 includes housing in a UGA dormitory and all meals.

Categories: Summer programs

April 29 will be Gifted Education Day in Georgia

April 21, 2011 Leave a comment

I had posted previously that April 29, 2011 would be a legislative advocacy day coordinated by the Georgia Association for Gifted Children (GAGC). Looks like I got it wrong. Advocates for gifted education will not be converging on the capitol that day.

What is going to happen is that Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign a proclamation next week which will designate April 29, 2011 as Gifted Education Day in Georgia. While GAGC is not planning any activities for that day, they encourage grassroots recognition of the day.

So, it’s a good day to show your appreciation for gifted teachers, or to conduct awareness and advocacy activities with your legislator or school board member. GAGC has posted other suggested activities on its web site, although most of them look more appropriate for teachers than parents. (Click on the plus sign when you arrive at the linked page to see the information.)

Categories: Advocacy and policy

Be part of a huge scientific investigation … just by watching fireflies!

April 20, 2011 Leave a comment

This time every spring, we see the return of one of the most magical creatures of the night: fireflies.

Just by watching once a week for these bioluminescent bugs, your child could be part of a large-scale scientific investigation called Firefly Watch. Launched in 2008, Firefly Watch is a joint venture among scientists at Tufts University, Fitchburg State College and the Museum of Science in Boston. These scientists are looking for data that may reveal how firefly populations are changing and how they may be affected by factors including pesticides and artificial lighting.

You can sign up to watch for fireflies in your yard, then log your observations online. The minimum time commitment is 10 minutes one evening per week through the summer — but motivated observers could do as much as they wish. Those who really want to dig deep can also view data being collected by other observers throughout North America.

Categories: Enrichment