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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.

Categories: Summer programs

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.

Categories: Enrichment

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.

Categories: Summer programs

QuestBridge scholarship helps low-income students prepare for top tier colleges

March 4, 2013 Leave a comment

Of all the scholarships out there, the QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship is one of my favorites.

QuestBridge recognizes that giftedness knows no racial, ethnic or socio-economic barriers. Its College Prep Scholarship program reaches out to high-school juniors who have amazing academic potential, but whose gifts are at risk of being squandered because their families cannot afford to send them to a top-tier college.

The College Prep Scholarship provides full scholarships to summer programs on elite college campuses, helps students navigate the admissions and financial aid application processes required by the best schools, and even provides all-expenses-paid visits to QuestBridge partner schools — colleges including Brown, Columbia, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, and their peers.

Finally, the College Prep Scholarship prepares students to apply during 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, 2013. The application is long and involved, so leave time to gather the requested information and documentation.

Teachers, if you know a student who deserves to be considered for this scholarship, won’t you encourage them to apply?

Summer writing camp at Margaret Mitchell House

March 4, 2013 Leave a comment

MMH_litcenter_logoThe Margaret Mitchell House has opened registration for its 2013 summer writing camp.

These week-long day camps are for kids ages 10-14. The campers work in small groups to ensure they get individual attention.

This year’s camp themes include mystery, journalism, writing essentials (e.g., grammar, style, mechanics), science fiction, and persuasive writing.

If you have a teen who’s too old to attend the camp but who loves to be immersed in writing, they may apply to the junior counselor program.

Categories: Summer programs