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Georgia Tech’s CEISMC program returns to in-person this month

September 15, 2021 Leave a comment

The CEISMC program at Georgia Tech will host STEAM Workshops for students in grades 6 through 12 and K.I.D.S. Club classes for students in grades 2 through 5 on Saturday, September 25. Both programs are taking place on the Georgia Tech campus.

The sessions for elementary and middle-school students focus on various aspects of coding. High-school students will learn the basics of computer-based 3-D automotive design.

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

September 14, 2021 Leave a comment

Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education will host its Saturday Exploration Program for elementary and middle-school students online this fall.

Class topics include digital storytelling, animation, drone engineering and 3D modeling.

Classes will meet weekly for five Saturdays, October 16 through November 13. Cost to enroll is $125 for GAGE members, $150 for non-members. Registration deadline is October 9.

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Emory Math Circle registering for fall

September 8, 2021 Leave a comment

The Math Circle program at Emory University is now registering for its fall 2021 classes, which will be a mix of online and in-person sessions.

Middle-school sections will be held online, via Zoom. Lessons have been reworked for the online format. Each online session will be 40 minutes long.

Two sections for high-school students will be held in person, on the Emory campus. In-person classes will meet for 75 minutes. Students enrolling in the high-school sections must show proof of vaccination and must wear masks in the classroom, in accordance with Emory policy.

A separate online section will be offered for high-schoolers who prefer the virtual format.

Math Circle is a free enrichment program for middle-school and high-school kids who are fascinated by mathematics and who want to explore math topics beyond what’s taught in the typical classroom. Classes meet twice a month on Saturdays. The fall 2021 session starts in mid-September and runs through mid-December.

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Free high-school-level educational activities from Sora Schools

July 6, 2021 Leave a comment

Sora Schools has granted public access to a repository of activities they’ve used in their classrooms, on topics ranging from oceanography to philosophy to world history, and much more.

To use the activities library, you’ll need to provide your email address, which will subscribe you to the school’s newsletter. You’ll then have access to all the activities, free of charge.

Sora is a fully-virtual, accredited high school with an emphasis on project-based learning and skill mastery, rather than letter grades. Its academic program options include a full-time school with a broad curriculum, and a part-time program in STEM or humanities that can be used to supplement a home-school curriculum.

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Kids’ summer camps in the west metro

March 24, 2021 Leave a comment

The University of West Georgia plans to hold its Wolves Exploration Camp for elementary-school children in person at its Carrollton and Newnan campuses this summer.

Carrollton sessions, open to rising kindergartners through 2nd graders:

Newnan sessions, open to rising 2nd – 4th graders:

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Spring and summer programs at Georgia Tech

March 19, 2021 Leave a comment

Georgia Tech has announced it will hold virtual and in-person programs for middle- and high-school students this summer.

Summer STEAM Whistle Workshops will be offered as an online-only option. These are one-week courses during June and July for students who will be rising into grades 6 through 12. Middle-school courses vary, but have an emphasis on coding and robotics. Only one course, an introduction to app and game development, is offered for high school students.

The Summer P.E.A.K.S. program is scheduled to be held in person. Programs for students rising to grades 6 through 8 include robotics, engineering and biology. For students entering grades 9 through 12, courses include meteorology, energy, coding and app development.

Meanwhile, CEISMC is registering kids for its one-day, online K.I.D.S. Club classes, for students in 4th and 5th grades, and its online STEAM workshops, for students in middle and high school. All of these online workshops are scheduled for April 17.

Researchers conducting survey about gifted kids and virtual school

March 15, 2021 Leave a comment

Two professors at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Cincinnati are researching how gifted students are being taught during the pandemic. The researchers hope to develop recommendations for how teachers can best serve gifted students using virtual, blended or hybrid instruction.

Students in grades 3, 4, 5 or 6 in a public school are invited to complete the online survey. Students’ identities will be kept confidential.

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Clemson Summer Scholars programs online or on campus

March 11, 2021 Leave a comment

Clemson University’s Summer Scholars program is a series of week-long sessions for students who will be rising to grades 7 through 12. For 2021, the program will offer three weeks through a virtual format, four weeks as a residential program on the Clemson campus, and a final week that can be taken either in person or online.

Students select one topic to study for the week. Topics offered include genetics, forensic science, nursing, music production, and a lot more, with an emphasis on STEM. Instructors are Clemson faculty members — professors, lecturers, or instructors of record. (Graduate students sometimes assist, but are not the primary teachers.)

Residential tuition is $1,200 per week, with a $150 discount (to $1,050) if you register by April 1. This includes housing and meals for the week.

Tuition for virtual classes is $600 per week.

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Kinase Academy gives young teens a start in scientific research

March 3, 2021 Leave a comment

Kinase Academy offers programs for students in grades 6 through 9 who are interested in science and scientific research. Its next two programs (both virtual) are:

  • Pathway to STEM. This one-hour session connects young people with college students, who give them guidance about how to find mentors and pursue a college education and career in a STEM field. The program will be held March 27. Attendance is free, but advance registration is required.
  • Be a Cancer Researcher. In this four-week course, which will meet online twice each week, students will learn the basics of cancer biology and data research. Then, working in small teams under the leadership of a college-student mentor, they’ll learn how to access cancer patient data online and conduct their own research. The class begins April 6; application deadline is March 29.

Kinase Academy was founded by two cancer researchers at Emory University, and Emory students frequently serve as assistants in Kinase classes; however, the academy has no official connection to the university.

The program offers scholarships for students with financial need.

Executive director Jackie Valett welcomes your questions. Her email (deconstructed here to foil spambots) is jackie.valett AT emory DOT edu.

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Applications for Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program due this week; info session tonight

March 1, 2021 Leave a comment

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra invites serious musicians who are currently in grades 4 through 9 to apply for next year’s Talent Development Program (TDP).

Students selected for TDP receive weekly lessons with an ASO musician, financial assistance for music summer programs, performance opportunities, audition coaching and other benefits.

This is a selective program, accepting only 25 young musicians for the year. TDP aims to bring diversity to high-level musical education; therefore, to qualify for TDP, a student must have at least one parent who is Black or Latinx.

An information session about the 2021-2022 TDP and the applications and audition processes will be held today, March 1, at 6 p.m. on Zoom. (Sorry about the late notice — I only received word of this today myself.) You must sign up to attend.

Applications for TDP are due March 7.

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