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Two spring UGA-Duke TIP weekends for 8th-11th grade students

January 25, 2019 Leave a comment

duke-tip The University of Georgia will host two UGA-Duke TIP Scholar Weekend sessions this spring: Feb. 9-10 and March 30-31, 2019.

The Scholar Weekend program gives students the chance to study a topic that’s outside the typical school curriculum, and to do so in a college environment with like-minded peers.

Scholar Weekends are open to any students in grades 8 to 11 who have been gifted identified by their school. This includes anyone enrolled in honors, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement or accelerated classes.

Topics this spring include aircraft design, Star Wars mock trial, microbiology, marine biology, psychology, sports medicine and more.

Students arrive on the UGA campus on Saturday morning, spend the day learning, stay overnight on the UGA campus, and continue their studies on Sunday. Courses are taught by UGA professors, graduate students, professionals, and gifted educators.

Registration deadline for the February weekend is January 28. Deadline for the March session is March 1. Popular courses typically fill before the registration deadline. Cost is $450. Financial aid may be available.

Categories: Enrichment

CLARIFICATION about Summer at the Circus program

January 10, 2019 Leave a comment

This is a clarification of my earlier post about the Summer at the Circus program: The program staff informed me today that the January 18 deadline is only for the program in which students earn college credit. The deadline for students who aren’t seeking course credit has been extended until April 30, 2019. My original post has been edited to reflect this updated information.

Categories: Summer programs

High-school upperclassmen can learn about creative careers in summer program

January 10, 2019 Leave a comment

The Creative Circus in Atlanta is now accepting applications to its 2019 Summer at the Circus program, which it calls “an in-depth and specialized crash course in advertising creativity.”

Summer at the Circus is an eight-week program that exposes students to the fundamentals of art direction, graphic design, creative strategy, typography, photography, and more.

Summer at the Circus is a joint program between The Creative Circus, a portfolio school that prepares students for careers in marketing communications, and the University of Georgia. It’s open to students who will be 17 or older this summer.

The program fee is $2,950; students may pay an additional fee if they want to earn college credit for their work.

Application deadline for students who want to earn college credit is January 18, 2019. Deadline for the non-credit option is April 30.

Categories: Summer programs

Digital game design workshop this Saturday

November 28, 2018 Leave a comment

The Games for Change Student Challenge is a game design competition that challenges students to learn simple game design while also learning about community issues.

In the challenge, middle-school and high-school students use simple game engine software such as Scratch, Unity 3D, Snap!, Gamesalad and others to create digital games. They then use these game platforms to build interactive games that incorporate a community issue, such as aging or the environment.

This Saturday, Dec. 1, students are invited to Georgia Tech for a Game Jam, a workshop that will introduce beginning concepts in game design and civic engagement. The workshop is free, but advance registration is required.

The Game Jam can help students gets started in the Games for Change competition, which will accept student submissions from February 1 to April 1, 2019. For the competition, students can work individually or in teams of up to four people.

Established in New York in 2015, the Games for Change Student Challenge will operate this year in four U.S. cities: New York, Atlanta, Detroit, and Los Angeles.

Stargazing and fossils at Tellus this weekend

November 13, 2018 Leave a comment

This week’s cloudy skies are expected to clear on Friday, just in time for a night in the observatory at Tellus Museum. The museum will host Sky Watch on Friday, Nov. 16, from 7 to 10 p.m. Using a 20-inch telescope, visitors will look for a double star, the Snowball nebulae, and the Andromeda galaxy. Cost is $5. (This gets you into the observatory only; the museum will be closed.) If the weather is rainy or cloudy, check the museum web site to see if the event is canceled.

Then on Saturday, rain or shine, Tellus will offer a paleontology workshop for ages 8 and up, from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The workshop will teach fossil identification and how to tell geologic time. Cost is $15 for museum members, $30 for non-members. You must register in advance by noon on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Categories: Enrichment

Book recommendations for gifted kids now on

October 15, 2018 Leave a comment

Recently, I met with a group of teachers and media specialists to talk about helping advanced readers find great books — books that are appropriate for a child’s reading ability, but that don’t contain content the child might not be ready for.

It’s a classic “asynchronous development” issue: A child’s academic reading level may be several grades ahead, but their social and emotional development is still tied to their chronological age.

Before I go any further, I have to say a word about reading levels and book choices. I believe that children should get to pick at least some of what they read, even if it’s below their tested reading level. A very advanced third grader can still enjoy the comedic wordplay of Amelia Bedelia, and they shouldn’t be denied the chance to do so, even though the book is written on a second-grade level.

That said, if a second grader is reading at a fourth-grade level, they often want to dig into something more challenging than Henry and Mudge. (Nothing against Henry and Mudge, mind you. They’re very charming books.)

To help, I’ve added a new page to, called Books for Gifted Readers, where you can find a list of suggested books. The initial list is made up of books that my own kids have read and enjoyed. You can help grow this resource by sending me the titles and authors of books you recommend. Please use the contact form on the Books page to send me your suggestions.

Happy reading!

Categories: Enrichment, Parenting

“Discovery Day” this Saturday at Tellus Museum

September 12, 2018 Leave a comment

Tellus Museum’s Discovery Day this Saturday will showcase local makers and give kids the chance to make their own simple creations.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors can see interactive “maker” exhibits from local creators. Kids 8 and older also can sign up for a workshop to build either a crystal radio or a mood lamp.

General activities are included in the regular admission price. There is an additional fee for workshops.

Categories: Enrichment