Archive for May, 2016

Art, film, and LEGO Robotics camps in Newnan and Carrollton

May 23, 2016 Leave a comment

UWG logoThe University of West Georgia is hosting a number of week-long camps for children, starting with kindergarten and going through high school.

Topics for younger kids include dinosaurs, the Olympics, space, and the ocean, while older kids can dabble in art, film making, LEGO Robotics, or handmade games.

The camps will be held either at UWG’s main campus in Carrollton, or at the Newnan Center in Newnan.

Categories: Summer programs

Biotechnology camp for rising middle-schoolers

May 22, 2016 Leave a comment

PrintBioIgnite will host a one-week biotechnology camp, July 18-22, 2016, at Fulton Science Academy. The camp is led by graduate students from Georgia Tech. Topics covered will include regenerative medicine, neuroengineering, medical device design, and biomedical imaging.

The camp is for students rising to 6th, 7th, or 8th grade.



Categories: Summer programs

Casting call: Bright kids ages 8-12

May 13, 2016 Leave a comment

I have been contacted by a casting producer for “Genius Jr.,” a new, prime-time kids’ game show to be aired on NBC. The show will film in California. More details and the link to apply are shown in the image below.

If you apply to have your child be a contestant, be sure to include in your notes that you were referred by Tracy Sinclair.

Disclaimer: I have not vetted this opportunity and know no more details than provided here. I am simply passing along the information. If you need additional details, you can e-mail Tracy with questions: tsinclair – at – shedmedia – dot – com.


When academic awards season means hurt feelings for the gifted

May 12, 2016 9 comments

For the metro Atlanta area, May brings the end of the school year, and with that comes academic awards season. It can be a surprisingly difficult and disappointing time for gifted children.

Gifted kids will receive their Principal’s List awards for earning all A’s, but when it comes to those big awards — the special awards that are accompanied by a teacher’s speech about how wonderful the child is — gifted kids often are passed over in favor of students who have struggled through school.

I am all in favor of rewarding hard work in the face of adversity. I am often moved to tears when the teachers describe a child who, for example, started the school year not speaking English and now is reading independently. That child absolutely deserves praise for what they have achieved.

But how do I look into the saddened eyes of my child and explain that although she is at the top of her class academically, is helpful, respectful, responsible and well-behaved, she is never chosen for this standout award?

I try. I compare these awards to what on my sports teams were called the “Coach’s Award” or “Hustle Award,” an award the coach gave to a player who worked hard but who didn’t have the skills to be the best scorer, defender, or all-around athlete. The problem is, at least in my child’s school, there is only one special recognition award per class. So if the award goes to a kid who has struggled to get from the bottom to the middle, it will never go to a child who has consistently been at the top.

The “Crushing Tall Poppies” blog addressed this dilemma in a recent post, “Not the Underdog, Yet, the Underdog.” The author, Celi Trépanier, is a former teacher and a SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) facilitator. She argues that it’s human nature to give additional support and encouragement to children who are struggling, but points out that this can translate to neglect of well-adjusted, high-performing kids in school. She writes:

Cutting down the tall poppies does not level the playing field; it promotes an unfair and inequitable situation. What many seem to forget is gifted children are human and they are children—children who have feelings, who have flaws, and who can also have physical and learning disabilities. Gifted children, like all children, need positive feedback, encouragement, and they need to be nurtured and supported like every other child. When support, encouragement and positive feedback is denied to a gifted child based on the assumption he or she probably does not need anything more, they grow up feeling left out and shunned.

And so we go into awards season, my child hopeful, me filled with the dread of another disappointment, of trying to explain once again why her success isn’t enough to earn her the recognition she craves.