Archive for April, 2014

Summer art camps at Museum of Contemporary Art

April 24, 2014 Leave a comment

MOCAThe Museum of Contemporary Art in Midtown is offering its first ever summer camps for children.

Kids ages 5 to 10 can take part in Arts Exploration Camp, while older kids, ages 11 to 17, are invited to Arts Immersion Camp. Each is a two-week camp, meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m daily. Each day, the students will be introduced to a new medium and given time to create.

Spaces are limited.



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Learn about pharmacy this summer at Mercer University

April 18, 2014 Leave a comment

MercerMercer University’s Atlanta campus offers a three-day summer program this July to introduce high-school students to pharmacy and pharmaceutical science.

The Pharmacy Scholars Summer Program is open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. The program is led by Mercer faculty and students, as well as working pharmacists. In a mix of workshops and labs, students will learn about compounding, drug information, patient care, pharmacy careers, and what’s required to apply to a pharmacy school.

Tuition is $150. Financial assistance may be available to qualified families.

Deadline to apply is April 30, 2014.


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Brainy camps in Buckhead for even the littlest kids

April 15, 2014 Leave a comment

PrintCambridge International School at Buckhead is offering a series of one-week summer camps for preschoolers and younger elementary school students.

This prep-school / preschool follows the theory of multiple intelligences, and it shows in the variety of their camp themes. Camp weeks focus on everything from the kinesthetic (cheerleading and maker/builder weeks) to linguistic (Portugese and Spanish) to the interpersonal and intrapersonal (happiness week).

The camps are open to children from ages 2 1/2 to 8.

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My mistake. Lunar eclipse was last night.

April 15, 2014 1 comment


I have to apologize for the error in my recent post about the lunar eclipse. It is not tonight / tomorrow morning, but rather took place early this morning, a few hours ago.

My understanding is that because the skies were overcast last night, there was no available viewing in our night sky here in Atlanta, so in the end, visitors to Tellus were not able to see the eclipse through the telescopes, only through videos shot elsewhere. Still, it’s always my aim to be accurate, so I felt obliged to publish this correction.

Thanks for your understanding.

– Dori


Categories: Enrichment

See the lunar eclipse Tuesday night at Tellus

April 10, 2014 Leave a comment

TellusIt’ll take pulling an all-nighter, but if you want to witness a total lunar eclipse, head to Tellus Museum in Cartersville in the wee hours of Monday night / Tuesday morning.

Tellus will open its doors at 1 a.m. and remain open until 5:30 a.m., with all telescopes pointed at the moon. The eclipse will begin shortly before 2 a.m., and will be in totality at 3:06 a.m.

Regular admission for non-members; free for museum members.


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Summer debate camps in Johns Creek and Cumming

April 10, 2014 Leave a comment

iba-debate-camp-small.fw_Ivy Bridge Academy is offering week-long debate camps throughout June and July for rising 4th through 12th graders.

For elementary-age students, the camps focus on the basics of public speaking and research. The middle-school camp is designed for students with some debate experience and delves deeper into the foundations of formal debate. High-schoolers work on advanced skills in competitive debate.


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AJC reporter broadens his request for parents of gifted kids

April 9, 2014 1 comment

Yesterday, I posted a request from Ty Tagami, a reporter at the AJC. He’s working on a story about gifted education in metro Atlanta schools.

He contacted me last night and asked to expand his request. He wants to hear from anyone who has an opinion about gifted education in metro Atlanta. He is most concerned with how parents feel their school’s gifted program stacks up against its general education program. In light of that, the ideal source for his story would be a parent who has at least one child participating in gifted classes, along with another child who is in the general education program at the same public school.

Also helpful would be parents whose children entered the gifted program relatively late in their school careers, or parents who have kids in the gifted program but are familiar with the general education program by their own in-school observation.

He would also be interested to talk with parents who left the public school system because they were unsatisfied with their child’s education, whether that was in the gifted program or the general program.

You can reach Ty at ttagami at ajc dot com (reconstruct the address to use it).


Categories: Advocacy and policy

AJC seeks parents’ input about gifted programs

April 8, 2014 Leave a comment

I received a call today from Ty Tagami, reporter at the AJC. He’s working on a story about the gifted population in metro Atlanta schools. He said he’s heard apocryphally about parents who pull their children out of the public schools prior to middle school if the child has not been admitted to their school district’s gifted program by then.

If this is something you’ve done or plan to do, or if you know someone who has, would you get in touch with Ty to help him out? You can reach him at ttagami at ajc dot com (reconstruct the address to use it).


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Summer program at history museum trains kids to be junior docents

April 2, 2014 Leave a comment

For the right kid — one who enjoys both history and performance — this could just be the coolest camp ever.

The DeKalb History Center invites kids ages 10 to 14 to a one-week junior docents camp that will teach them how research, voice and diction, storytelling, and public speaking all come together in the performance art of being a museum docent. The junior docents spend the week learning, then on Friday lead a tour for their parents and a young audience.

The camp takes place at the museum, which is located in the old DeKalb County Courthouse in downtown Decatur.

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