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The next 10 days at Tellus: fossils, rocketbuilding

February 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Tellus Museum in Cartersville has two hands-on workshops coming up:

Saturday, March 3: Fossil workshop, 9 a.m. to noon. Kids will learn the basics of paleontology, identifying fossils, and telling geologic time.

Saturday, March 10: “Build and blast” model rocket build and launch, starting at 11 a.m. (This was rescheduled from February, so you won’t find it on the Tellus calendar, but I did call and confirm the date.)

Both workshops are open to ages 8 and up. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, and both child and adult must pay museum admission.

Space is limited. Call (770) 606-5700, ext. 417 to make your pre-paid reservation.

Categories: Enrichment

Georgia Tech summer camp registration opens this afternoon

February 29, 2012 Leave a comment

When they said their application would be available at “the end of February,” the Georgia Tech people really meant the end of February.

The application for the Summer PEAKS program at Tech will go online at 2 p.m. today.

Wondering what PEAKS is? See this earlier post.

Categories: Summer programs

Summer science camps at Wheeler Magnet School in Cobb

February 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Wheeler Magnet School will host two summer camps for students with a strong interest in science and technology.

Science Spectrum Camp will be held June 4-8, 2012. The camp is open to rising 7th-, 8th- and 9th-grade students, and will allow exploration in such areas as robotics, chemistry, electronics and drafting. Fee is $300.

Camp GAMES, June 11-15, is for girls entering 4th, 5th and 6th grades. It, too, will include a range of science and engineering topics. The camp costs $250.

Wheeler Magnet is a science, technology and math magnet program housed at Wheeler High School in Marietta.

Categories: Summer programs

“College Prep Scholarship” helps bright, low-income juniors apply to elite schools

February 27, 2012 Leave a comment

If you’re a high-school junior whose family is just getting by financially, you might not let yourself think about attending Dartmouth or Yale. But an unusual scholarship is reason to think again.

The QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship comes to the aid of high-achieving, lower-income students, to help them navigate the admissions and financial aid application processes required by the best schools. The College Prep Scholarship also gives students the chance to experience college life on elite campuses, through full scholarships to summer programs, and all-expenses-paid visits to QuestBridge partner schools. (These include some of the most respected names in higher education — Brown, Columbia, Princeton, Stanford and their peers.)

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

Current juniors can fill out the free application now through March 27, 2012.

Scholarships for 7th graders with high ability, low incomes

February 24, 2012 Leave a comment

To meet their full potential, bright young kids often need enrichment, such as summer programs or music instruction. Yet the expense of such activities puts them beyond the reach of some bright kids’ families.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation wants to help. Its Young Scholars program provides scholarships to pay for the enrichment activities — and occasionally even private-school tuition — for students who are academically solid and financially challenged. (Wondering what “financially challenged” means? Applicants must have gross family income of $80,000 or less, and the Foundation reports that more than 90 percent of its scholar families earn under $60,000 a year.)

Students must apply during their 7th grade year. Those selected enter the program in 8th grade and continue as Young Scholars through high school.

Applications for current 7th graders are due April 16, 2012. The application package requires tax forms and teacher recommendations, so give yourself time to get everything together.

Bio@Tech: Intensive biology program at Georgia Tech for high-school students

February 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Georgia Tech is now accepting applications for its 2012 sessions of Bio@Tech, a three-week investigative experience in current biology breakthroughs. Topics for 2012 include ecology, genetics and microbiology.

Bio@Tech is taught by Georgia Tech faculty and instructors. This non-residential camp is open to rising 11th and 12th graders, although highly exceptional rising 10th graders will be considered. The application process is competitive, and requires a portfolio including teacher recommendations. The deadline to apply is April 20, 2012.

Categories: Summer programs

Summer Science Academy at Emory brings minorities, girls into the world of science

February 22, 2012 Leave a comment

The Emory University School of Medicine is now accepting registrations for the 2012 Summer Science Academy, open to students who will be in high school in the 2012-13 school year.

The academy, which is operated by the Office of Multicultural Medical Student Affairs, is an effort to open the world of science to girls and members of minority groups, who are statistically under-represented in scientific professions. However, all students are welcome, without regard for gender,  race or ethnicity.

The two-week program offers lectures, labs and field experiences in scientific areas including chemistry, biology, genetics and human disease. Students can attend a day program or choose a residential program and live on the Emory University campus.

The deadline to apply for the residential program is March 9. Applicants will be selected based on their interest level, grades and letters of recommendation.

For the day program, registration is first-come, first-served.

Financial assistance may be available.

Categories: Summer programs