Archive for February, 2022

STEM Gems Summit introduces girls to women in STEM careers

February 24, 2022 Leave a comment

Girls interested in STEM can learn from women who work in their fields of interest during the STEM Gems Summit on March 19, 2022. This online event will feature women who work in STEM-oriented careers at organizations including Merck, 3M and Amazon Web Services. Tickets start at $15.

STEM Gems is the brainchild of scientist Stephany Espy, who seeks to encourage girls to pursue STEM careers by connecting them with female mentors.

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Summer research program at Georgia Tech for APS students

February 22, 2022 Leave a comment

The College of Sciences at Georgia Tech is recruiting high-school students who attend Atlanta Public Schools for a new summer research program in the natural sciences.

The Summer Research Academy will match each student with a Georgia Tech laboratory in their field of interest within the sphere of natural sciences (think chemistry, biology, physics — disciplines that explore the natural world). Students will spend seven weeks completing a research project from start to finish, including reading scientific literature, planning experiments, analyzing the data they collect, and presenting their findings.

The program is open to students who will be at least 16 years old when the program begins in June. No prior research experience is required. Georgia Tech is especially interested in including students from groups that historically have been underrepresented in science and technology fields.

The Summer Research Academy is being funded by the College of Sciences, and therefore is free for participants. The application requires two essays, a high-school transcript, and two references. The deadline to apply is March 13.

Categories: Summer programs

UWG introduces Georgia Scholars’ Institute for rising high-school juniors and seniors

February 10, 2022 Leave a comment

The Honors College at the University of West Georgia is starting a new summer program for rising high-school juniors and seniors.

The Georgia Scholars’ Institute (GSI) is a four-week program for high-achieving students. Participants will take two honors classes, with the opportunity to earn six hours of credit toward both their high-school diploma and their college degree through Georgia’s dual enrollment program.

GSI students will live in The Oaks, a residence hall that houses UWG’s Honors Living-Learning Community. They also will take part in non-academic activities planned for them by the program.

Students who enroll at GSI through dual enrollment will not have to pay tuition, but will pay $1,500 for room and board. A limited number of scholarships to cover these costs may be available.

The application deadline is April 1, 2022. Applicants must provide a high-school transcript and ACT or SAT scores*, along with other documentation.

* If your child hasn’t taken the ACT or SAT, regular registration for the March 12 SAT test date is open through this Friday, February 11; late registration for that test date will continue until March 1.

Categories: Summer programs

Academic summer camps for grades 6-12 at University of West Georgia

February 9, 2022 Leave a comment

The University of West Georgia will offer academic camps on its Carrollton campus this summer for students rising to grades 6 through 12. This is a shift for UWG, which previously offered camps for elementary school children. The Department of Continuing Education told me the new camps will have more of an academic focus and will be taught by UWG faculty and staff.

Camps will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, with early drop-off and late pick-up available.

Registration hasn’t opened yet. However, UWG has set up a poll at the webpage linked above, where you can indicate which topics would interest your child. Choices include forensic science, archaeology, drawing, photography, Esports, entrepreneurship and several others. UWG even has an open answer form where you can tell them what additional topics would appeal to your child. The final camp lineup will be based on the responses they receive.

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Virtual STEAM classes for grades 1-8, presented by Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education

February 8, 2022 Leave a comment

Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education is now registering elementary- and middle-school students for the next session of its Saturday Exploration Program, which will be held online.

Class topics include digital storytelling, 3D design, stop motion movies, drones and more.

Classes will meet weekly for five Saturdays, February 26 through March 26. Cost to enroll is $125 for GAGE members, $150 for non-members. Registration deadline is February 21.

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Statistics competition for high-school students

February 4, 2022 Leave a comment

Georgia Tech’s School of Industrial and Systems Engineering is holding a probability and statistics competition for high-school students. Prizes will include cash awards, scholarships to Georgia Tech’s Mission Possible Camp, and formal recognition.

To qualify, students must have completed AP Statistics.

The first round of the competition will be held online on February 18. The second round will be April 4 at Georgia Tech. Registration closes February 15.

Thank you to Cindy D. for the heads up about this event!

Clemson University introduces astronomy camp for middle- and high-school students

February 3, 2022 2 comments

Clemson University plans to open a new camp this summer for students interested in space and astronomy. The Clemson Space Camps will be hosted at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute in western North Carolina and will be run collaboratively by staff from both Clemson and PARI.

The PARI facility has research-grade optical and radio telescopes, and PARI’s skies meet the gold-level rating standard of the International Dark Sky Association, making it an outstanding place to view outer space.

Campers will conduct independent and group research under the guidance of astronomers and scientists. They’ll also take a field trip to the main Clemson University campus to tour the labs of some of the university’s astrophysics faculty. The camps also include activities such as campfires, hiking and tubing.

Middle-school students (ages 11-14) are offered a one-week residential camp; high-schoolers (14-17) can attend a two-week residential camp. Registration is open now.

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Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb. 18-21

February 1, 2022 Leave a comment

Downy-Woodpecker-Poster_2022This year’s Great Backyard Bird Count will start on Friday, Feb. 18, and continue through Monday, Feb. 21. This worldwide citizen science project, which started in 1998, is a cooperative effort among the National Audubon Society, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Birds Canada.

To participate, you’ll watch the birds in your back yard, at a local park, or maybe around your school playground for as little as 15 minutes on any of the four days. You can count on more than one day, or watch longer if you want. After counting the birds, you send in your data, either by using an app you download to your phone, or by entering your counts on the eBird website.

Not only can you collect data for these projects, but you can also view the data being collected all over the world — a great opportunity to see scientific research in action.

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