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Virtual STEM camp for girls

June 6, 2022 Leave a comment

STEM Gems summer camp, designed for girls rising to grades 6 through 9, will be held online the week of June 26-30, 2022.

Founded by engineer Stephanie Espy, STEM Gems aims to connect girls who have an interest in STEM with women who work in STEM careers, so that they can envision their own futures. To that end, girls participating in the summer camp will attend live interviews with select STEM professionals. The camp also includes hands-on activities.

Thanks to a grant, all campers rising to 9th grade will receive full scholarships. To request a scholarship, parents must complete a scholarship application by this Thursday, June 9.

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New talent identification programs offer above-grade testing

April 26, 2022 Leave a comment

When Duke University shut down its Duke TIP program in 2020, it left a worrisome hole in the available resources for gifted children and their parents. Fortunately, leaders in gifted education immediately began working on new programs to fill this gap, and two talent identification programs are now up and operating.

Baylor University

Baylor University, in Texas, recently launched Baylor TIP, which has begun offering above-grade testing for students in grades 4 through 8 who meet certain academic qualifications. Students in grades 7 or 8 can take a college-readiness exam that is designed for high-school juniors and seniors. Students in grades 4, 5 and 6 can take a different version of that exam, which has been modified for students in grades 8 and 9.

The exam can be taken online at any time. A paper version is also available. Parents can sign their children up individually, or schools can arrange to administer a test to multiple students. An informational session for school administrators will be held via Zoom this Friday, April 29.

Participating TIP students will receive a score report with educational recommendations. Those who participate will automatically qualify for enrichment programs offered through the Baylor Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. Baylor TIP also will host an awards program for those with exceptionally high scores.

Western Kentucky University

The TIP-KY program is currently focused on testing students within the state of Kentucky, but the program director said they will try to assist students in other states who don’t have another option.

Why take an above-grade test?

Above-grade testing is valuable for gifted students, who often peg the meter on the standardized tests they’re administered in school. Taking a standardized test that was designed for an older student can help a student’s parents understand just how far ahead their child is, which can be useful in advocating for advanced learning in school.

In the now shuttered Duke TIP Talent Search, 7th-grade students took the SAT or ACT right alongside high-school juniors and seniors. That option seems to be off the table for now, as both the ACT and College Board now limit test registration to students who are 13 or older.

April workshops for grades 2 through 12 at Georgia Tech

April 12, 2022 Leave a comment

The next session of Georgia Tech’s CEISMC programs will be Saturday, April 23.

K.I.D.S. Club, open to students in grades 2 through 5, will feature topics including coding, neuroscience and aerodynamics.

Students in grades 6 through 12 can enroll in STEAM Workshops, with topics such as marine science, website design and the mathematics of infectious diseases.

The April workshops will be held in person, on the Georgia Tech campus.

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Applications open for Atlanta Virtual Academy

April 5, 2022 Leave a comment

Did your child do better with school when it was all online? Do they prefer to work at their own pace? If so, and if you live in the city of Atlanta, you can register now for virtual school for the 2022-2023 school year.

Atlanta Public Schools offers two programs through its Atlanta Virtual Academy (AVA):

  • AVA Flex. Students work independently and have a teacher available to them as needed. Open to grades 6 through 12.
  • AVA Direct. Live, daily instruction with a teacher. Open to grades K through 12.

Courses offered through AVA include honors and AP sections.

To attend the AVA program, a student must be registered in an Atlanta Public Schools elementary, middle, or high school.

The application period for AVA will close on April 15, 2022.

Online research program for high-schoolers

March 23, 2022 Leave a comment

Pioneer Academics is an international program which connects high-school students with university professors to conduct guided research in their fields of interest. The program is now accepting applications for summer 2022.

I haven’t done a lot to vet this program, so you should do your due diligence to see if it’s a fit for your child. Their website talks a lot about how good Pioneer Academics will look on college applications, but they also seem to have a genuine interest in giving students the opportunity to do formal research — something that can be elusive for high-school students.

If you want to learn more, your best bet is to sign up for an information session. Applications to the summer program are due by April 10.

Tuition for this online-only program is $6,450. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.

Summer programs at Georgia Tech

March 4, 2022 Leave a comment

Georgia Tech has opened registration for its online and in-person summer programs.

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 computer animation, is offered for high school students.

The Summer P.E.A.K.S. program is scheduled to be held in person, with classes for students rising to grades 2 through 12. Programming is listed separately for elementary school, middle school, and high school students.

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University of West Georgia summer camps for grades 3 to 12 now registering

March 2, 2022 Leave a comment

[An update to last month’s post about summer programs at the University of West Georgia]

UWG has opened registration for the day camps it will offer this summer.

Academic camps for students rising to grades 6 through 12 are listed in the UWG registration system.

In addition, UWG will host West Georgia Youth Science & Technology camps for students rising to grades 3 through 7.

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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.

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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