Archive for August, 2013

Duke TIP program at UGA, Oct. 26

August 29, 2013 Leave a comment

duke-tipStudents who have registered with Duke TIP’s 4th-6th Grade Talent Search are eligible to take part in a one-day program at the University of Georgia this fall.

The Duke TIP Academic Adventures program will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Students in fifth and sixth grades can choose from 10 courses, including aircraft and spacecraft design, pharmacology, sports medicine, game theory, and secret agent scientist.

Registration is open now. Popular courses will fill quickly. The cost of the one-day program is $145, which includes supplies and lunch. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Additional sessions of UGA – Duke TIP Academic Adventures will be held in January, February and March of 2014.

Categories: Enrichment

START:CODE introduces advanced robotics class

August 28, 2013 Leave a comment

startcodeJust announced: START:CODE has expanded its program to include a robotics lab — a class that will take kids deeper into programming and engineering than your standard LEGO robotics class or club.

Like a typical entry level robotics class, the START:CODE class will have students put together a robot from a kit. But the middle-school and high-school students who take this class also will learn about the embedded systems inside the robot parts — and inside all kinds of microelectronics — and how they work. In addition, the students will use the programming languages Python and C to program their robot.

The instructor is a professional software developer and a designer of embedded systems robotics.

The class will meet Wednesday evenings, beginning Oct. 2, at the START:CODE location in Decatur / Toco Hills. Registration is open now.

John Rosemond needs to do his homework on gifted kids

August 26, 2013 2 comments

During the years I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve avoided using it as a soapbox. But today, I feel compelled to take a stand — and I’m asking you to do the same by writing a letter to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

If you saw John Rosemond’s column in this weekend’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution, then you already know why I’m so worked up. If you didn’t, the brief synopsis is, a mother complained that her nine-year-old gifted child dawdles with his homework and has mediocre performance in school. Rosemond’s response said that being identified as gifted and talented has probably ruined the kid.

It turns out, the print version of the AJC omitted the most disparaging of Rosemond’s comments. Here’s a more complete excerpt, as can be read online:

“First, the fact that the school has identified your son as “gifted and talented” may be part of the problem. My finding is that a good number of children who’ve been so identified seem to feel that their mere participation in G&T programs entitles them to good grades no matter how much effort they put into their schoolwork. So they do just enough to get by and no more. The further problem is that schools will not, generally speaking, lower the boom on these kids. Teachers continue giving them decent report card grades even though they don’t complete assignments or turn in work, do poorly on tests, and so on. And once a child’s been promoted to G&T status, demotion is virtually out of the question. These kids are smart all right. They’re smart enough to figure out that the only consequence of their lack of effort is that adults get upset.”

It’s bad enough that Rosemond’s advice — which went on beyond this paragraph — ignored the most likely reason for this child’s struggles: he’s bored because he’s not being challenged. But this blanket accusation that gifted children are arrogant and conniving is reprehensible, and Rosemond’s use of the word “finding” to imply it’s based on actual research makes it worse.

This is the second time this summer that Rosemond has belittled gifted children and/or gifted education. (You can see the prior example at

Speaking out against these attacks on the gifted is unlikely to change Rosemond’s mind, but maybe, just maybe, our rebuttals can offer hope and support to parents of gifted children — parents who need to understand the real reasons why gifted children sometimes struggle.

Categories: Advocacy and policy

Georgia Tech program introduces high-school girls to engineering careers

August 23, 2013 Leave a comment

Girls in grades 9-12 are invited to Georgia Tech to explore the fields of engineering taught at the university.

The Engineering Career Conference, hosted by the Women in Engineering program, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, on the Georgia Tech campus. Cost is $20, which includes breakfast and lunch.

Registration is open now.



Categories: Enrichment

Imagine That offers classes in science, art

August 21, 2013 Leave a comment

ImagineThatJust added to this site’s Enrichment page: Imagine That, a local business offering classes and camps in science, technology and art.

It can be hard to find educational programs that cater to the preschool set, but Imagine That has classes for kids as young as 3 years old.

Choose from after-school classes, Saturday programs, homeschool classes, parents’ night out, and camps that run during school breaks.

Apply now for fall session of STEM program at Fernbank

August 19, 2013 2 comments




The Science, Engineering, Math and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) program at Fernbank Science Center in Decatur is now accepting applications for its fall session for students in grades 4 to 8.

Sessions will be held on seven consecutive Saturday mornings, beginning September 14.

SEMAA is sponsored by NASA, so participation is free. NASA provides guidelines for the program; however, be aware that the local SEMAA program is not run by NASA personnel.

Although the stated mission of SEMAA is to increase participation in the sciences among under-served populations, admission is open to all, regardless of ethnicity.

You do not have to be a resident of DeKalb County to apply. Spaces are limited and will fill quickly.


Enrollment open for Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search

August 12, 2013 Leave a comment

duke-tipDuke University’s Talent Identification Program (TIP) is now enrolling students in its 2013 7th Grade Talent Search.

To enroll, your child must have a qualifying score on an accepted test, such as the CogAT, CRCT or ITBS.

Students who qualify for Talent Search are eligible to take the SAT or ACT as 7th graders. For kids who typically score in the 99th percentile of the standardized tests they’re given in school, taking these tests designed for high-school upperclassmen can provide a better gauge of where they stand academically.

When you become part of the TIP program, you’ll also receive information about meeting your child’s academic needs, and get access to TIP-sponsored programs, including summer programs on the Duke campus.


Categories: Enrichment

Apply to audition for Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra

August 9, 2013 Leave a comment

Talented musicians in middle school and high school are invited to audition for the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. The ASYO, which operates under the umbrella of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, gives young musicians an opportunity to play masterworks in Atlanta Symphony Hall. The orchestra will perform three concerts in its 2013-14 season.

To qualify, a student must be at least 13 years old. The final date to apply for an audition is August 23, 2013.

Categories: Enrichment

Fall computer programming classes at START:CODE

August 8, 2013 Leave a comment

startcodeSTART:CODE, a computer programming lab in Decatur for kids and teens, has opened registration for its fall sessions.

Here’s what they’re offering:

  • Elementary lab for 4th and 5th graders, starting in early September. This is a six-week program in the Scratch programming language.
  • Starter labs for students in grades 6-12. This is an ongoing program that teaches kids to work in Scratch, Python and Java. You can enroll anytime.
  • Homeschool labs, which meet in early afternoons, starting next week. Students begin by learning Scratch and Python; those who complete the first class can continue to a class in Java.