Archive for February, 2018

Residential summer program gives insight into STEM careers

February 27, 2018 Leave a comment

The STEM Exploring and Engineering Academy is now registering students for its 2018 summer program, being held June 3-8 at Georgia Tech.

Students in the STEM Academy take behind-the-scenes tours of local companies to learn about real-world STEM careers and complete hands-on activities, with an emphasis on the engineering component of STEM. In the past, the program has visited Porsche, Georgia Power, the Georgia Aquarium, Six Flags Over Georgia, Delta Tech-Ops, the Weather Channel, and more.

Students live in dorms on the Georgia Tech campus for the duration of the program. The program is open to current high-school students, as well as to rising 9th graders who are able to live independently in the dorm environment.

Cost per student is $1,100.

The STEM Academy, now in its 16th season, is organized by the Atlanta area council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Categories: Summer programs

Middle-school math festival at Oglethorpe University

February 23, 2018 Leave a comment

Middle-schoolers who love math are invited to a middle-school math festival at Oglethorpe University on March 17, 2018.

The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival challenges students with puzzles and games that require math concepts and creative thinking. The festivals, which are held at locations around the country, aim to let students explore the fascinating world of mathematics.

(I’ve been to one of these festivals, and can attest that it’s great mental exercise, yet low pressure and fun. The puzzles aren’t about math computation, but about using math and logic to solve problems.)

The event is free; however, advance registration is required.

Categories: Enrichment

Atlanta Science Festival returns next month

February 21, 2018 Leave a comment


The Atlanta Science Festival returns March 9-24, 2018, with dozens of activities scheduled over a two-week run. They’ve got programs about robots, drones, ecology, geology, food science, botany, zoology . . . more than I can list here.


The events list on the festival web site tells you everything, including recommended ages for the various programs. Spaces in some programs are limited, so browse the list and reserve your spaces well in advance.

As in the past, the festival will culminate with the Exploration Expo, a huge, free event on Saturday, March 24. The expo is moving to Piedmont Park this year. Dozens of companies and schools will host hands-on activities geared toward kids and families.

The festival, which began in 2014, is a joint effort among Emory University, Georgia Tech, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

Categories: Enrichment