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Rising juniors and seniors invited to UGA Pre-College summer program

April 19, 2013 Leave a comment

UGAIf you have a high-school student itching to try out college life, the University of Georgia offers them that chance with the 2013 Pre-College Summer Program.

In this two-week program, students immerse themselves in the independence of college life, living on campus, eating in the campus dining halls, and taking advanced classes in three, liberal arts topics. One note on that: The web page for the program claims the courses are taught by “UGA faculty and staff,” but the course list shows the instructors are all Ph.D. students.

The application deadline is June 7. The application includes two essays, teacher recommendations, and a transcript, so allow yourself some time to pull things together.

Need-based financial aid is available.

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UGA Summer Academy offers camps for kids 11 and up

April 18, 2013 Leave a comment

The University of Georgia is now accepting applications for its 2013 Summer Academy, a collection of week-long camp experiences in a wide range of topics. This year’s camps include creative writing, 3D animation, fashion design, robotics, and the ever-popular mini medical school, as well as lots more.

Students can enroll in Summer Academy camps as day campers, if you live close enough to Athens to commute. Or if you prefer to have your child get a taste of campus life, most Summer Academy sessions are available as overnight camps.

Need-based scholarships may be available to cover up to half the cost of the camps.

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Astronomy Day and Family Science Night this Saturday at Tellus

April 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Tellus Museum in Cartersville presents a full day and evening of science fun this Saturday, April 20, combining National Astronomy Day with Family Science Night.

Special guests Geoff Notkin and Steve Arnold, stars of the Science Channel program “Meteorite Men,” will give a presentation at 1 p.m., and will host a screening of an episode of their show at 5 p.m.

During daylight hours, visitors can view the sun in the observatory. According to the museum, the sun has been active lately, so you can expect to see sun spots and “solar prominences.” (I’m not sure what those are, but if Tellus thought them worth mentioning, surely they must be cool.)

After sunset, the observatory will zoom in on the moon, Jupiter, the double star Algieba, or Saturn. Also, at 9 and 9:30 p.m., Tellus astronomer David Dundee will lead groups on star walks to observe the night sky.

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Astronaut lecture and Astronomy Day this week at Fernbank

April 14, 2013 Leave a comment

fernbankTracy Caldwell Dyson, an astronaut who’s lived on the International Space Station, will speak this Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Fernbank Science Center, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

On Saturday, April 20, the center will celebrate National Astronomy Day, with family activities and planetarium shows.

To avoid confusion, these events will take place at the Fernbank Science Center on Heaton Park Drive, not the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

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Georgia Debate Institute this summer at UGA

April 12, 2013 Leave a comment

For the third consecutive year, the University of Georgia will offer the Georgia Debate Institute, a residential camp for high-school students, open to debaters of all experience levels. The institute offers a one-week session or a two-week session.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. There is a $100 discount for registration prior to May 1, 2013.

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Aviation camp in Gwinnett for grades 7-12

April 4, 2013 Leave a comment

EAAThe local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is offering a summer aviation camp at the Gwinnett County Airport. The one-week camp is open to kids entering grades 7 to 12.

The instructors are experienced pilots, mechanics, and aviation enthusiasts who are members of EAA Chapter 690. These volunteers are passionate about aviation and love sharing their skills, talents and time with the next generation of aviation enthusiasts. They started this camp in 2012 and have expanded it this year to include two levels of instruction.

Rising 7th-9th graders can apply to Camp Alpha, where they’ll learn the principles of flight, remote control and paper airplane models, and other basics of creating model aircraft.

For rising 10th-12th graders, there’s Camp Bravo. Topics include carving propellers, aviation photography, aerobatics, helicopters, and using a flight simulator.

The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, June 11-15, 2013. On June 16, participants can take part in an optional Young Eagles flight.

Registration deadline is May 11.

Thank you to my friends at Fernbank Science Center for sending me this information!

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