Archive for March, 2013

Summer law internship applications due next week

March 29, 2013 Leave a comment

The summer of 2013 will be the 21st consecutive year that the Atlanta Bar Association will coordinate a six-week, paid legal internship program for high-school students.

Students who are just finishing their 10th, 11th or 12th-grade year in high school may apply. Those selected will work in local law firms or in other offices related to the practice of law. They will earn about $300 a week.

Students will be chosen based on their applications and interviews.

For more details about the rules of the program, see the ABA’s “Pertinent Information” post.You can find the application on the Summer Law Internship Program blog.

The application deadline is April 4, 2013.

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Upcoming at Fernbank: NanoDay and Science Night Out

March 27, 2013 Leave a comment

fernbankFernbank Science Center in Decatur has two upcoming programs for young scientists.

First, this Saturday, March 30, from noon to 3 p.m. will be NanoDay. This free event will include a nano magic show and hands-on activities. In addition, the event will have a special activity area for children ages 3 to 7.

Then, on April 5, the science center will host Science Night Out, for students in third to sixth grades. From 6 to 9 p.m., graduate students from Georgia State University will conduct hands-on activities that teach kids about nutrition. Registration is by U.S. Mail only and is $15 per child.

Note: In the interest of avoiding confusion, these events are at the Fernbank Science Center, owned and operated by DeKalb County Schools, not the Fernbank Museum.

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Aviation camp at Fernbank Science Center for rising 4th-6th graders

March 19, 2013 Leave a comment

Fernbank Science Center in Decatur is now accepting applications for its 2013 sessions of Aviation Camp, a one-week summer day camp for students who will be in 4th, 5th or 6th grade next fall. Two sessions will be held, June 17-21, and June 24-28, 2013.

First-time campers learn about the principles of flight. Advanced campers with more experience will try out flight simulators and fly remote-control helicopters.

Cost of the camp is $285 per week. Full or partial scholarships, made possible by program sponsor Lockheed Martin, may be available for students who receive free or reduced-price lunch at their school.

Fernbank Science Center is owned and operated by the DeKalb County School District, but Aviation Camp is open to students from anywhere.

Deadline to apply is May 6.

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START:CODE offers computer programming summer camp

March 18, 2013 Leave a comment

startcodeSTART:CODE, a computer programming lab for kids and teens, will hold three, one-week sessions of summer camp for kids rising to middle-school or high-school (grades 6-12).

Camps will teach the programming languages Scratch, Python and Java. The camps will be held in Decatur.


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STEM for little and big kids at GSU Saturday School 2013

March 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Georgia State has opened registration for its Saturday School summer camp, to be held on the GSU campus from May 28 to June 1, 2013.

This day camp is one of the few academic camps that accepts very young children, as young as rising kindergarteners.

Rising K-1 students will learn about jobs that incorporate STEM. Rising second and third graders will become junior detectives, using STEM to solve mysteries. And the older kids, rising fourth through eighth graders, will use STEM concepts to explore the Chattahoochee River and its watershed.

Saturday School day camp and classes are open to students who have been gifted identified by their school, or who have qualifying scores on standardized tests such as the CogAT, ITBS, CRCT, etc. Students who don’t have the supporting documentation can enroll in Saturday school on a provisional basis for one year.

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How will Georgia’s new teacher evaluations affect your gifted child?

March 15, 2013 9 comments

The state is changing the way it evaluates teachers’ effectiveness, and the changes hold promise for gifted and high-achieving students.

The Teacher Keys Effectiveness System (TKES) is currently in pilot studies and is expected to be rolled out statewide for the 2014-15 school year. The system places new emphasis on academic growth for all children, and utilizes tools that can help you advocate for your child.

I’ve been researching TKES since fall, and I will present what I’ve learned in three upcoming lectures:

  • Tuesday, March 19 at 6 p.m. at Westlake High School in southwest Atlanta
  • Thursday, March 21 at 6 p.m. at Independence High School in Alpharetta
  • Saturday, March 30 at 9:15 a.m. at Saturday School at Georgia State University

The March 19 and March 21 lectures will be hosted by Fulton County Supporters of the Gifted. These sessions are free and open to the public. FCSG requests that if you plan to attend, you register at their web site.

The March 30 session is open only to parents with students enrolled in the GSU Saturday School program.

Bio@Tech: Life sciences camp at Georgia Tech

March 14, 2013 2 comments

Registration is now open for the 2013 sessions of Bio@Tech, a three-week camp at Georgia Tech. The camp gives high-school students an intensive experience in biology topics. The 2013 sessions will cover ecology, genetics and microbes.

Bio@Tech is taught by Georgia Tech faculty and instructors, with help from an award-winning local high-school teacher. 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 19, 2013.

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Atlanta History Center summer camps for preschool and up

March 7, 2013 Leave a comment

Atl History CenterThe Atlanta History Center offers kids ages 6 to 11 a trip back in time with its 2013 summer camps.

This year, the day camp themes are:

  • Gardening
  • Survival skills used by Americans in the pre-Civil War era (weaving cloth, distilling water, identifying poisonous plants)
  • The history of Atlanta
  • U.S. presidents
  • The Civil War
  • “Weird History”
  • The Cold War
  • Animal Husbandry

The History Center also offers a single week of camp for children who are 4 or 5 years old.

Big kids who love history but are too old for these camps can apply for the junior counselor program.

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Registration open now for GSU Saturday School

March 6, 2013 Leave a comment

You have one week left to register for this school year’s final session of Saturday School at Georgia State University.

The 2013 Spring B session begins March 30. Classes are held on Saturdays in the mornings and afternoons on the GSU campus. Classes will be offered in a variety of topics, including claymation, bridge building, minerals, sharks and business.

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 March 13.

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Ben Carson Academy summer program at Morehouse School of Medicine

March 5, 2013 Leave a comment

MorehouseThe summer program at Ben Carson Academy is accepting applications through March 15.

Held at Morehouse School of Medicine, the academy exposes kids to science and math, and careers in healthcare. The Academy also has a socio-cultural aspect that’s designed to engage the Black student and encourage their pursuit of careers in which minorities are typically under-represented. However, the program is not limited to minority students.

One advantage of enrolling your child at Ben Carson Academy is that it may put them on a path to someday be selected for the Vivien Thomas Summer Program, in which high-school students can work as apprentices in biomedical research labs at Morehouse.

Register online. Spaces are filled on a first come, first served basis.

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