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New AICL summer camps for grades 6-12

February 23, 2017 Leave a comment

AICL-LogoThe Appalachian Institute for Creative Learning invites rising middle- and high-school students to its residential summer camps at Mars Hill University, near Asheville, N.C.

AICL celebrates imagination and creativity. My kids have attended this camp, and I taught there one summer. The class content is highly engaging for creative kids, but just as important is AICL’s nurturing, accepting environment for kids who think differently, have unusual interests, and don’t like to be forced into a mold of conformity.

Spaces are available in two of AICL’s programs:

  • Week 0, for rising 9th through 12th graders. This is an intense academic program — still fun, but more demanding than AICL’s traditional enrichment camps.
  • Week T -1, for rising 6th through 8th graders, promises hands-on labs, Socratic discussions, and intensive art classes.

In addition to class time during the day, both camps offer social and recreational time in the afternoons and evenings.

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Categories: Summer programs

Emory summer program for high schoolers who love math

February 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Emory logoHigh-school students interested in complex math are invited to apply for the QuanTM summer program at Emory University.

This four-week, residential program, operated by Emory’s Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods, delves into college-level topics such as combinatorics, number theory, probability, statistics, game theory and more. Students spend the first three weeks learning through a combination of lectures and hands-on activities. In the fourth week, they complete a research project in an area of interest to them.

Students who apply before Feb. 28 will receive a $300 discount.

(Note: Although this program is called “QuanTM Math Circle,” it is not affiliated with the Math Circle program offered by Emory University’s Department of Math and Computer Science during the school year.)

Categories: Summer programs

Be a citizen scientist in Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend

February 13, 2017 Leave a comment

gbbcIt’s time again for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, which begins this Friday.

Every year, the Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology sponsor the bird count, conducted by bird watchers of all ages across the country. The bird watch helps scientists understand how many birds are in different locations and how bird populations are changing. It’s a project your child can do at home, at school, at a local park, or in any other location. Last year, more than 160,000 birdwatchers in more than 130 countries took part.

To participate, you’ll spend a minimum of 15 minutes observing one location, on one or more days between Feb. 17 and Feb. 20, 2017. Tally how many birds of different varieties you see. Then submit your count through the web site. You can do just 15 minutes on one day and stop, or you can do lots more observations at different times of day and even different locations.

If your gifted child really enjoys birding, they can continue to make observations and submit them for scientific use all year long through eBird, another program of Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Categories: Enrichment

Saturday morning classes in Gwinnett for elementary students

February 9, 2017 Leave a comment

The spring session of Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education’s Saturday Exploration Program will begin April 15, 2017.

These Saturday morning classes, held at Rock Springs Elementary School in Lawrenceville, are designed for gifted and high-achieving students in grades 2 through 5. Courses for spring 2017 include biology, meteorology, computing, history, and engineering.

Registration deadline is March 31; the deadline to request financial aid is Feb. 28.

Categories: Enrichment