Archive for November, 2011

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