Archive for November, 2011

Deep discount on Space Camp at midnight Thursday night!

November 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Consider it the Black Friday kick-off for space and flight fanatics.

You could save a bundle on Space Camp or Aviation Challenge summer programs in Huntsville, Ala., if you’re one of the first to register at midnight Thursday night.

The first eight customers will receive a remarkable price of $499 for a week of either of the camps; after that, a less impressive discount rate of $749 will continue through Monday night. The regular price for these adventure camps can be as high as $899 for prime summer sessions.

Remember, Space Camp is on Central Time, so midnight there is 1 a.m. here.

Categories: Summer programs

Georgia Tech offers LEGO Mindstorms robotics classes for middle-schoolers

November 22, 2011 Leave a comment

K.I.D.S. Club at Georgia Tech has opened registration for its LEGO Mindstorms spring classes for middle-school students.

In the sessions, students will navigate a LEGO Mindstorms NXT robot through an obstacle course, using sensors and a manipulator motor to complete a maze and other challenges.

Sessions are open to students in 6th – 8th grades, and will be held on March 10 and March 24. Both dates offer the same exact class, so sign your child up only for one or the other.

There are only 12 spaces available for each date, so jump on this quickly if you’re interested.

Categories: Enrichment

UGA-Duke TIP now registering students for 5th and 6th grade spring programs

November 18, 2011 Leave a comment

If you have a 5th or 6th grade student who is registered with the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP), you can sign up now for spring semester programs at the University of Georgia.

UGA-Duke TIP Academic Adventures will be held on Jan. 21, 2012, and March 3, 2012. These one-day programs held on the UGA campus give talented kids a chance to learn topics outside the average curriculum with other talented peers.

Classes to be offered in January and March run the gamut from aircraft design and computer animation to poetry and graphic design.

Deadline to register for the January session is Jan. 6; deadline for the March session is Feb. 17. But as always, the official deadlines don’t matter if the class your kid wants to take is full.

Not registered with TIP? Learn more about how to get started so you can take advantage of opportunities like this.

Categories: Enrichment

See minerals through the microscope this Saturday at Tellus Museum

November 16, 2011 Leave a comment

There’s more to minerals than meets the (naked) eye. This weekend, you can get a glimpse of what some of the world’s smallest gems look like under a microscope.

The Tellus Museum will hold its first Micromount Gathering, a get-together for scientists and mineral enthusiasts, this Saturday from 1-5 p.m.

The event begins with a lecture by museum curator Julian Gray, who will talk about the hobby of collecting and studying these microscopic minerals. Then, from 2-5 p.m., visitors can see tiny minerals for themselves.

The event is included in the regular price of admission to the museum.

If you’re already a micromount hobbyist, contact the museum to see if you can display your collection.

Categories: Enrichment

DeKalb Youth Symphony fall concert this Wednesday

November 13, 2011 Leave a comment

As I posted last week, youth orchestra concerts are a great opportunity to expose kids to classical music and to inspire them by letting them see what young people can do. So¬† here’s another free concert that will be held this week:

DeKalb Youth Symphony Fall Concert
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, 8 p.m.
Georgia Perimeter College – Clarkston Campus (in the Cole Auditorium of the Fine Arts Building)

The DeKalb Youth Symphony is the honor orchestra for students in DeKalb’s public schools.

My sincere thanks to reader Laura, who alerted me to this event!


Categories: Enrichment

Coffee and conversation in Sandy Springs / Dunwoody

November 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Local gifted advocates Kathy Courchene and Muriel Knope are organizing another informal conversation for parents of gifted children, next Sunday, Nov. 20, from 2-4 p.m. at Atlanta Bread Company at Perimeter Pointe shopping center, 1155 Mount Vernon Highway in Sandy Springs.

Kathy and Muriel are facilitators trained by SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted). SENG aims to raise awareness of the challenges gifted children face, and to help parents, teachers and caregivers better support gifted children.

If you have questions about SENG or the upcoming meeting, contact Muriel Knope at murknope – at – gmail – dot – com (e-mail address deconstructed to curb spam; rebuild it to contact her).

Categories: Parenting

Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra presents a free concert next week

November 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Here’s a chance to expose your child to classical music and — even better — offer them the inspiration that comes from seeing their peers performing it.

The Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on the Emory campus. The show is free and open to the public.

The orchestra is comprised of 9th-12th graders of exceptional ability in strings, wind instruments or percussion.

Categories: Enrichment

Tellus’ family science night aimed at space lovers

November 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Space travel enthusiasts, take note: This Friday night, you can hear an astronaut, see a moon rock, and gaze at the stars at Tellus Museum in Cartersville.

The highlight of the evening will be remarks by Al Worden, pilot of the command module of Apollo 15, the first mission to put a rover on the moon. Visitors to the museum can also see a moon rock brought back from that mission and engage in hands-on activities related to space.

The observatory will be open for solar viewing until sundown, and then after dark, the telescope will be pointed either at the moon or Jupiter.

The special event is free for Tellus members and is included with regular admission for non-members. Another perk for members: They can attend a members-only reception with Worden from 5-6:30 p.m. for an additional $15 per person.

For more information, call (770) 606-5700.


Categories: Enrichment

Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education (GAGE) to hold fall consortium

November 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education, one of the most active gifted advocacy groups in metro Atlanta, will hold its Fall Consortium on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 at Mason Elementary School in Duluth.

The meeting will begin with a keynote address by Janet Aeker Smith, who has 30 years of experience in education, including creating gifted education policy in Australia. Attendees can then choose from a variety of breakout sessions covering topics such as math, reading, STEM projects, humor and attitude, critical thinking and differentiation.

Registration opens at 8 a.m.; the keynote speech will begin at 8:30 a.m. The event is scheduled to end at 12:30 p.m.

Admission is free for GAGE members; non-members may join GAGE at the door for $25. Gwinnett County teachers and administrators can become members for $20.

For more information, contact Laura Magner of Gwinnett County Schools.

Summer Institute for the Gifted accepting applications for summer 2012

November 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Seems like it’s never too early to start thinking about summer opportunities. One of the first programs to release its summer 2012 schedule and application is the Summer Institute for the Gifted, which will offer both day camp and residential options at Emory University. Both camps are scheduled for June 24 to July 14, 2012.

The day camp is open to kids ages 4-12; the residential camp is open to ages 9-17. The residential camp has a commuter option if you prefer for your child to live at home. It saves you a little money but the word is, it also keeps your child from having the complete social experience they get from living on campus with their peers.

SIG is a selective program that requires “evidence of giftedness” for admission.

My son attended SIG’s day program at Emory last summer and absolutely loved it. The faculty and the kids were just great.

If you have an older child who is starting to explore college options, a SIG residential camp could also be an opportunity for an extended visit to a campus they’re considering. SIG locations for 2012 include Amherst, Dartmouth, Princeton, UCLA, Berkeley, Vassar and Yale.

Categories: Summer programs