Archive for February, 2012

Registration starts Wednesday for Science Night Out at Fernbank

February 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Fernbank Science Center in Decatur will host its next Science Night Out on Friday, March 23. This session of Science Night Out will feature program founders, who are now college students or college graduates. They’ll be sharing activities related to their personal scientific study.

Science Night Out is aimed at science lovers in 3rd – 6th grades. The program runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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

Categories: Enrichment

CDC offers summer camps focused on public health

February 15, 2012 Leave a comment

For kids interested in the science of protecting public health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is offering three camps this summer:

Disease Detective Camp is a one-week camp for rising  high-school juniors and seniors.

Junior Disease Detective Camp is a 3-day camp for rising 7th and 8th graders.

Epi Intense is a 3-day camp for rising juniors and seniors.

In all CDC camps, students learn about the work done at the CDC to protect public health. Disease Detective Camp (and its junior version) take a broad view of the Center’s overall work, while Epi Intense focuses in on epidemiology, the science of collecting and analyzing public health data.

Applications are due April 6. The programs are free, but admission is not guaranteed, as the application process is competitive.

Categories: Summer programs

High-schoolers can study nuclear physics at Michigan State University

February 12, 2012 Leave a comment

How often do teen-agers get the chance to study nuclear physics at the site of the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory?

More often than you might think. Every summer, high-school kids spend a week learning nuclear science in the Physics of Atomic Nuclei program at Michigan State University.

The PAN Program introduces students to concepts in astrophysics, cosmology and nuclear science and allows participants to conduct their own nuclear physics experiments.

To participate, kids must have completed one year of high-school. Applications are due April 30, and the selection process is competitive. The good news: For those accepted, the residential program is free, other than transportation to and from the campus.

The PAN Program offers a separate, week-long program for high-school science teachers, so consider passing this information along to an outstanding teacher — most likely a physics or chemistry teacher — at your child’s school.


Categories: Summer programs

Registration open for March-April session of GSU Saturday School

February 6, 2012 Leave a comment

Georgia State University has posted its list of classes for the next upcoming session of Saturday School.

The 2012 Spring B session begins March 10. Classes are held on Saturdays in the mornings and afternoons on the GSU campus. Classes will be offered in a variety of topics, from art to public speaking to math games to ancient Egypt to space — and lots more.

Saturday School is open to children in kindergarten through 8th grade. The program is geared toward students who have been identified as gifted by their school, but kids who haven’t been formally identified can be granted provisional enrollment for one year.

The registration deadline is Feb. 28.

Categories: Enrichment

Programs for young photographers and writers at Sandy Springs library

February 3, 2012 Leave a comment

So many of the enrichment opportunities I find are geared at science and technology that I’m always excited to find something designed for the gifted child with an artistic bent. Two such programs can be found at the Sandy Springs branch of the Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library System:

  • Teen writer’s workshop, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, 12:30 – 2 p.m. For middle-school and high-school students who write in any literary form. Free and open to the public.
  • Teen photo contest, open through April 30, 2012. Open to students who either live in Fulton County or attend a middle- or high-school in Fulton County. $100 grand prize.

Tellus Museum offers another Junior Astronomy Workshop

February 2, 2012 Leave a comment

The January session of the Junior Astronomy Workshop was a sold-out success, so the Tellus Museum in Cartersville is offering another session, Friday, Feb. 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Junior astronomers ages 5-12 will learn to use a star chart and will practice watching the night sky in the planetarium and the observatory.

Call 770-606-5700, ext. 417  to reserve tickets.

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Two upcoming music events at Emory

February 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Emory University has two upcoming music events ideal for young people:

Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 – Pajama concert, 7:30 p.m. at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. Guests are invited to wear their PJs and bring a pillow to this family concert of night music. Tickets are $4 per person, or free for members of the museum.

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 – Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m. at Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. As I always say, these youth symphony performances are a two-for-one in enrichment. They expose your child to live, classical music, and have the added bonus of inspiring them with what other young people can do. Admission is free.


Categories: Enrichment