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QuestBridge College Prep scholarship for high-school juniors

March 6, 2018 Leave a comment

Exceptional high school juniors whose families have limited financial resources are invited to apply to the QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program.

College Prep Scholars gain exclusive access to a college admissions conference with representatives from elite universities, and get support in improving their college applications. They also may receive full scholarships to residential summer programs at the University of Chicago, Emory, Notre Dame, Penn, Stanford, or Yale.

As part of the application for the College Prep Scholars Program, students can also apply for additional Quest for Excellence Awards that may be based on an area of interest, such as STEM or visual and performing arts, or on demographic criteria.

Many College Prep Scholars go on to receive four-year college scholarships through QuestBridge’s National College Match program, which matches students with top-tier universities such as Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, Yale, and many more — 40 colleges in all.

The application deadline for the College Prep Scholars Program is March 21, 2018.

Summer programs in math and science at Georgia Gwinnett College

March 5, 2018 Leave a comment

Georgia Gwinnett College, located in Lawrenceville, is now registering students for two summer programs:

Mathematics in Action (MiA) is open to rising 6th through 8th graders. In each one-week session, students will learn how math relates to music, epidemiology, and other disciplines. Students also will play math-related games.

Tech Camp is open to students entering 6th through 11th grades, with separate one-week sessions for high school students, middle-school girls, and middle-school boys. Students will work with digital tools including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Adobe Illustrator.

Both camps are taught by GGC faculty and staff, with assistance from GGC students.

Categories: Summer programs

Journalism summer program at UGA

March 1, 2018 Leave a comment

High-school students are invited to dive into the world of mass communication at the Media and Leadership Academy at the University of Georgia, June 3-8, 2018.

Students in the academy will choose one of three tracks: journalism, entertainment, or advertising and public relations. They’ll learn about their specific track in a classroom setting during the first half of the week, then spend the second half of the week doing team projects to develop their skills.

The academy is a program of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, which is considered one of the nation’s best journalism schools. (Full disclosure: I am an alumna. But it’s still true.)

Students will live in UGA residence halls and will have evening activities organized by the academy staff.

The Media and Leadership Academy is open to rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders, as well as to incoming UGA freshmen who plan to pursue a major in the Grady College.

The program cost is $550 per student; scholarships are available.


Categories: Summer programs

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

Saturday enrichment classes in Duluth for elementary and middle-school students

January 30, 2018 Leave a comment

The Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education is now registering students in grades 2 through 8 for its four-week Saturday Exploration Program, which will begin March 3, 2018.

Classes will be held at Chesney Elementary School in Duluth. Students can choose from a variety of topics, including storytelling, hydroponics, computer coding, finance, and physics.

Students from outside Gwinnett County are eligible for the program.

The registration deadline is Feb. 19.

Categories: Enrichment