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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.


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.

Scholarships for 7th graders with high ability, low incomes

January 17, 2018 Leave a comment

The application period for the Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program, a scholarship for high-performing students with financial need, opens today.

The Young Scholars program awards scholarships that can be used for enrichment — from music lessons to summer programs — or for private-school tuition. Students apply when they are in 7th grade, and scholarship winners receive financial support for five years, beginning in 8th grade.

Award winners also receive academic guidance from advisers with the program, and participate in summer programs.

To apply, a student must come from a family with an adjusted annual gross income of $95,000 or less.

The application period closes in March, but the application has lots of parts to complete, including personal and teacher recommendations, so it’s wise to get an early start.

Make ’em laugh, win a college scholarship

July 17, 2017 Leave a comment

Is your gifted kid a captivating storyteller with a great sense of humor? They can win a $1,500 college scholarship by writing a short (250 words or less), funny story for the Make Me Laugh Scholarship, sponsored by Unigo.

The contest is open to students ages 13 and up who will enroll in an accredited university by fall 2023. Submission deadline is August 31, 2017.

Future Problem Solving offers coaches’ training

August 10, 2016 1 comment

The Future Problem Solving Program (FPSP) challenges kids to come up with creative solutions to real-world problems. Open to kids in grades 4 through 12, this international program guides students through the problem-solving process, from research and brainstorming to evaluating options and developing recommendations.

FPSP of Georgia is offering coaches’ training on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. Coaches are most often teachers, but parents or other adults are also welcome to become coaches.

For more information about the program or the training session, visit FPSP International online, or contact Georgia’s state director at argenhicks-at-gmail-dot-com (address deconstructed to discourage spam; put it back together to send e-mail).


Casting call: Bright kids ages 8-12

May 13, 2016 Leave a comment

I have been contacted by a casting producer for “Genius Jr.,” a new, prime-time kids’ game show to be aired on NBC. The show will film in California. More details and the link to apply are shown in the image below.

If you apply to have your child be a contestant, be sure to include in your notes that you were referred by Tracy Sinclair.

Disclaimer: I have not vetted this opportunity and know no more details than provided here. I am simply passing along the information. If you need additional details, you can e-mail Tracy with questions: tsinclair – at – shedmedia – dot – com.


Short story contest for kids ages 11-13

March 16, 2016 3 comments

BERTIEWriters ages 11 to 13 are invited to submit short stories to The Bertie writing contest.

Stories should be 1,500 words or less and must include an inter-generational aspect — at least two characters from different generations.

The contest is organized by local author Lisa Lewis Tyre, author of the acclaimed middle-grade novel Last in a Long Line of Rebels. Entries will be judged by a group of Atlanta-area children’s authors. Cash prizes will be awarded.

The submission deadline is April 1.