Archive for January, 2012

UGA accepting applications for Pre-College summer program

January 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Rising juniors and seniors can get a taste of college life by attending the Pre-College Summer Program at the University of Georgia. This two-week program will take place on the campus in Athens, July 13-28, 2012. Pre-College students are taught by UGA faculty and staff, and have the option of eating in the campus dining halls and living in a college dormitory. (A commuter option is available, so living on campus is not a requirement.)

The program information states that they offer a variety of liberal arts and science courses; however, this year’s course selection isn’t posted yet.

If you apply before April 27, they’ll waive the $50 application fee. Final application deadline is June 8. The application includes two essays, so give your student some time to put it together if they’re interested.

Need-based financial aid is available.

Categories: Summer programs

Registration opens today for LEGO Mindstorm Robotics session at Fernbank Science Center

January 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Fernbank Science Center will teach kids about LEGO Mindstorm Robotics at its next Science Night Out, to be held on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012.

Science Night Out is for science lovers in 3rd – 6th grades. This drop-off program runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at the science center, located near Decatur.

Registration is accepted only by U.S. Mail. The fee is $15 for one child and $10 for additional siblings. The class will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Categories: Enrichment

Toothpick bridge building contest for engineers of all ages

January 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Does your child like to build? Here’s a chance for them to build their best bridge and see how it holds up compared to other structures built by kids, adults, even engineers.

The Toothpick Bridge Contest is open to all, and you can bet there will be some surprisingly strong entries from the sponsoring engineers — representing the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and the Structural Engineers Association of Georgia.

Bridges in the traditional toothpick category may be built from only toothpicks and glue, while bridges entered in the open category can be made of any materials you choose. Entrants build their bridges ahead of time, then bring them to Fernbank Science Center in Decatur on Saturday, Feb. 25 for testing.

There is no need to register in advance, and there is no cost to participate. Admission to Fernbank is, as always, free.

One note: Don’t let your little engineers get too attached to their structures, as they will be tested to the point of failure (i.e., broken) during the contest.

School choice season is now

January 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Metro Atlanta’s school systems include a decent choice of magnet, theme and charter schools. If you want your child to attend one next year, it’s time to gather information and submit applications.

Here’s a quick round-up of some of the school choices and their admissions procedures. Note: Please don’t consider this to be a complete list. I’ve tracked down what information I could, but there are other schools not on this list that deserve consideration. If you’re seriously considering school choice, I recommend that you visit your school system’s page under the “Gifted Ed in Local Schools” tab on this site. From there, you can explore the web sites for the specific school(s) that interest you and contact them for more information.

DeKalb County Schools will hold its School Choice Expo this Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mall at Stonecrest in Lithonia. Registration for a few DeKalb schools opens later this month, but for most schools, lottery registration will begin in March.

I had a hard time finding information on the Clayton County Schools web site, but in poking around I found that Fine Arts Magnet High School is taking applications now. Rex Mill Middle School also is accepting applications from current 5th graders — their deadline is Feb. 24.

In Fulton County, you have until Jan. 23 to apply to Riverwood International Charter School. Once again this year, Riverwood is accepting applications only from Fulton County residents — the non-resident, tuition paying option won’t be available for 2012-13. The deadline for North Springs Charter High School is Jan. 30. A staff member at North Springs said residents of Fulton, DeKalb and Cobb can apply, although there may not be spaces available for students from outside Fulton. Applications for the lottery are being taken now for Ridgeview Charter School, Fulton’s IB middle school. Their deadline is Feb. 16, 2012. Applications to the math and science magnet at Westlake High School are due Feb. 9. The visual and performing arts magnet at Tri-Cities High School is holding auditions this Saturday,  and also on Feb. 25.

Magnet schools in Cobb County are no longer taking applications, which were due in early December.

(I was starting to feel guilty about not being timely with information on Cobb and Fulton schools, until I realized I published this post back in October 2011. Whew.)

Gwinnett County students can apply to the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology (GSMST) through Feb. 3, 2012.

The City of Atlanta Public Schools system doesn’t offer school choice via a magnet or charter structure, but it does allow student transfers. Applications for transfers are generally allowed in the spring, toward the end of the school year.

Categories: In the schools

Google invites inquisitive teens to enter second annual online science fair

January 18, 2012 Leave a comment

If your teenager enjoys scientific investigation, Google Science Fair 2012 offers an opportunity to explore a question, come up with an answer, and possibly win a $50,000 scholarship (or other prizes).

The global, online science fair is open to students ages 13-18. They may work alone, or in groups of up to three members. Registration is open now. The contest closes April 1, 2012.


Winship Cancer Institute summer program offers hands-on experience in biomedical research

January 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Current high-school juniors with an interest in biomedical research can apply now for the Winship Summer Scholars Research Program, to be held at Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute.

Students who are accepted into the program will first learn about the science of cancer in a classroom setting. Then, each student will be paired with a research scientist or clinical oncologist who is actively engaged in research at the Emory University School of Medicine. These mentors will guide the students as they work in biomedical research labs on the Emory campus.

Program dates are June 4 – July 16, 2012. The application requires a transcript and letters of recommendation. Application deadline is Feb. 10, 2012.

Note: This program is open only to students attending high schools in the greater Atlanta area.


Categories: Summer programs

UGA Debate Camp now accepting applications

January 15, 2012 Leave a comment

High-school students of all experience levels are invited to attend the Georgia Debate Institute, a residential camp which will be held from June 17-30, 2012 at the University of Georgia.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The application deadline is May 1, 2012. If you get your application and deposit in before April 1, you’ll receive a $200 discount off the $1,600 price tag, which includes housing and meals.

Categories: Summer programs

Junior Astronomy Workshop at Tellus Museum

January 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Kids ages 5-12 are invited to an astronomy workshop on Friday, Jan. 27, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Tellus Museum in Cartersville.

The junior astronomers will learn to use a star chart and will practice watching the night sky in the planetarium and the observatory.

These events typically sell out well in advance. Call 770-606-5700, ext. 417  to reserve tickets.

Categories: Enrichment

Kennesaw State’s 2012 Summer University registration is now open

January 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Kennesaw State University is now taking applications for the 2012 session of its Summer University. This summer program, held on the KSU campus, is open to students currently in kindergarten through 11th grade (rising 1st – 12th graders when summer arrives). Classes run the gamut from the artsy to the academic, with several weeks of LEGO robotics courses among the mix.

The summer is broken into seven, one-week sessions, running from early June until the end of July. Each week costs $229 to $299.


Categories: Summer programs

Summer registration open now for debate and pre-college programs at Emory University

January 9, 2012 Leave a comment

The mad scramble to figure out summer schedules has begun. While a number of the camps listed on the Summer Programs page of this site aren’t registering for 2012 yet, two that have begun accepting applications are Emory University’s Pre-College Program and the Emory National Debate Institute.

Pre-College is for rising high-school juniors and seniors. The program offers two-week, non-credit sessions, as well as six-week sessions that can earn college credit in such courses as writing, math, economics, foreign language and more. Students can commute to the campus or can live in a residence hall. (All of the two-week sessions have a residential option; only one of the two six-week sessions allows students to live on campus.) Admission to the program is on a rolling basis, so applying early is encouraged. The final application deadline is May 15. Need-based financial aid is available; the deadline to apply for aid is April 1.

The Emory National Debate Institute has two-week, four-week and six-week programs for high-school students, available on a residential or commuter basis. The application deadline is April 1, but as with Pre-College, spaces are filled as applications are received, so some programs could close earlier. ENDI also offers a program for middle-school students through Pace Academy’s summer camps. (However, Pace’s summer information isn’t up yet.)

Categories: Summer programs