Archive for February, 2013

Residential science and technology camp at Georgia Tech

February 28, 2013 Leave a comment

WizKidzGeorgia Tech will host a two-week, residential camp for middle-school students this summer, where kids will learn about aerospace engineering, robotics, bioscience and computing.

The WizKidz camp includes field trips to the Georgia Aquarium, Fernbank Museum, the Coca-Cola Space and Science Center in Columbus, and Tuskegee University.

Scholarships may be available.

Please note that while this camp is housed at the Georgia Tech campus, it is not operated by the university, but by an outside group.

Categories: Summer programs

Summer camp for young musicians

February 22, 2013 Leave a comment

school of rockSo many gifted programs are geared towards science and technology, it’s always nice to find something in the performing arts realm for kids whose talents lie in that direction.

School of Rock is a day camp in Buckhead for kids ages 7 to 18 who sing or play guitar, bass, drums or keyboards. Students work in small groups through the week, leading up to a live performance with their ad hoc rock bands at a local venue.


Categories: Summer programs

Backyard Bird Count for young scientists

February 17, 2013 Leave a comment

It’s a little late notice, but this weekend — including Monday — is the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, which gives ordinary folks the chance to help collect data on local bird populations. All you need to do is spend 15 minutes recording the number and types of birds you see in one location, then send your data to the scientists. Your work helps ornithologists study how bird populations are growing, declining, or changing their ranges.

If you’ve got a shutter-bug in your home, they can enter the GBBC photo contest by sending in a picture by March 1.

If this weekend just won’t work for your young bird watcher — or if one weekend a year isn’t enough — you can count birds anytime using eBird, which collects data from all over the world for ornithologists, educators, and conservation biologists.

Categories: Enrichment

Tellus workshop teaches the basics of digital astronomy

February 15, 2013 Leave a comment

Kids can learn to capture photographs from the Smithsonian’s robotic telescopes by taking part in the Digital Astronomy Workshop, Friday, March 1, 2013, from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Tellus Museum in Cartersville.

The workshop will teach participants how to instruct the telescopes to capture images for download. As “homework,” these newly trained digital astronomers will be expected to process and share their best images with Tellus. Some of the images may be displayed at the museum.

Open to ages 8 and up. $15 for Tellus members, $30 for non-members. Call 770-606-5700, ext. 417 to register.

Categories: Enrichment

On your marks, get set . . . CEISMC!

February 14, 2013 Leave a comment

PEAKS_logoGeorgia Tech promises to go live tomorrow with registration for its P.E.A.K.S. summer programs for elementary, middle school and high-school students.

For elementary school kids (rising 4th-6th grades), there will be three, one-week sessions on LEGO Mindstorm robotics.

Middle-schoolers (rising 6th-9th grades) have more choices, including robotics and app development.

For high-schoolers (rising 10th-12th grades), there are sessions covering architecture, finance, app development, roller coaster physics and more.

All camps are Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Georgia Tech campus. Instructors are a mix of Georgia Tech professors, Tech students, and math and science teachers from the metro Atlanta area.


Categories: Summer programs

Scholarships for current 7th graders with financial need

February 6, 2013 1 comment

High-achieving, seventh-grade students whose families have limited incomes are encouraged to apply for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Young Scholars program. Applications are being accepted through March 21, 2013.

The Young Scholars program pays for enrichment activities — such as summer camps, music lessons, and distance learning classes — for students who are academically solid and financially challenged. (Wondering what “financially challenged” means? Applicants must have adjusted family income of $95,000 or less, and the Foundation reports that the average family income of its scholars is $25,000 a year.)

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

The application package requires tax forms and teacher recommendations, so give yourself time to get everything together.

VOX summer program for teens interested in media

February 5, 2013 Leave a comment

VOXJust added to our Summer Programs page: VOX Media Cafe, a summer program for teens ages 13-19 who are interested in journalism, creative writing, photography, videography and design — essentially, the tools of modern storytelling.

Instructors include volunteers from local media organizations such as CNN and the AJC, as well as other local writers and artists. Each week-long session will enroll only 12 teens, enabling a hands-on, immersion experience.

VOX has been in operation for many years, publishing an independent newspaper written by teens from around metro Atlanta. The summer program is now in its third year.

Applications for the camp and scholarships to attend are online now.

Categories: Summer programs