Archive for January, 2015

Free admission to Atlanta History Center on MLK Jr. Day

January 14, 2015 3 comments

Atl History CenterThe Atlanta History Center will offer free admission on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This will include access to the history museum, the Margaret Mitchell House, the 1928 Swan House and Smith Family Farm, the Centennial Olympic Games Museum, and the Goizueta Gardens.

Categories: Enrichment

Incoming Ga. superintendent seeks student advisers

January 7, 2015 Leave a comment

Here’s a chance for your gifted student to have his or her voice heard, and to advocate for better gifted education in our schools:

[The following is a press release from the Georgia Department of Education]

Superintendent-elect Woods Seeks Student Advisers

MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Cardoza, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 651-7358, or Meghan Frick, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 656-5594,


Link to application

January 5, 2015 — State School Superintendent-elect Richard Woods is accepting applications for the 2015 Student Advisory Council.

The members of the Student Advisory Council meet three times during the school year with the State School Superintendent to discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting students throughout Georgia. Members are advisers and act as liaisons between the Department of Education and the students of Georgia. Superintendent-elect Woods will be conducting the meetings, which will also feature various DOE personnel providing further information.

“Meeting with students and getting their advice will be a top priority of mine as State School Superintendent,” said Superintendent-elect Woods. “I am committed to making decisions that are in the best interests of our students, and hearing from them directly is how I can ensure that happens.”

All students in grades 7-12 are eligible to apply. Meetings will be held in February, March and early May (dates are subject to change). Applicants should be able to attend all meetings.

To be eligible for the Council, applications must be received by Friday, January 16, 2014.




Categories: Advocacy and policy

START:CODE adds game development class

January 6, 2015 Leave a comment

startcode START:CODE invites middle- and high-school students to learn how to make computer games with the tools used by the pros.

The Game Maker lab, led by a local game developer, will introduce students to GameMaker Studio, the coding platform used by professional developers to create games for Android, iOS, PC, Mac and XBOX.

The lab will meet Monday evenings for six weeks, beginning January 12, 2015, at the START:CODE location in Toco Hill / Decatur.

(And by the way, if you’re curious about modern computer coding, START:CODE offers entry-level adult classes, too.)

Gwinnett Symphony Youth Orchestra seeks young musicians

January 5, 2015 Leave a comment

The Gwinnett Symphony Youth Orchestra will begin rehearsals next Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at Creekland Middle School in Lawrenceville.

Wind, brass, string and percussion musicians who are 18 or under are invited to apply to join the orchestra.

The youth orchestra is led by conductor Dr. Gregory Pritchard, and plays alongside adult musicians in the symphony’s masterworks concerts.

Categories: Enrichment

See FIRST LEGO League in action

January 2, 2015 4 comments

FLLicon_RGBIf you’ve ever wondered what FIRST LEGO League teams do, or whether the program might be a good fit for your child, take them with you to see the top Georgia FIRST LEGO League teams compete in super-regional tournaments this month. Dates and locations for the competitions are:

  • Jan. 10: Clayton State University in Atlanta, Clark Creek Elementary in Acworth, and Columbus State University in Columbus
  • Jan. 17: Creekland Middle School in Lawrenceville, Athens Academy in Athens
  • Jan. 24: Starbase Robins in Warner Robins

The teams, made up of students ages 9 to 14, have spent the fall working together to build working robots from a LEGO robotics kit.