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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.

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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Four things for STEM fans

February 28, 2021 Leave a comment

If you’re looking for STEM activities and content, here are four things to check out:

  1. Georgia Tech’s CEISMC K.I.D.S. Club and STEAM Workshops are registering students in grades 4 through 12 for workshops that will take place on March 13. CEISMC also is signing up students in grades 6 through 8 for the next round of its after-school STEAM Whistle Workshops, which will begin March 9. All workshops are being held virtually.
  2. The annual Atlanta Science Festival returns March 13-27. Many events this year will be virtual. Some are being held in person outdoors. As usual, there is a vast slate of programs. Go to their website to search and sign up. This year’s festival will not include the Exploration Expo, which is usually held on the final day of the festival in Piedmont Park.
  3. The Georgia Research Alliance has launched a YouTube channel called Xplorers, with videos featuring real college students who talk about what it’s like to work in some of the leading scientific laboratories at Georgia universities.
  4. STEM Gems, a company (with an associated book) aimed at encouraging more girls to pursue STEM careers, will host its STEM Gems Summit on March 20. This virtual event will allow girls (and boys, too), parents and educators to meet women working in STEM fields and learn how to prepare for STEM careers. Tickets to the event are $30 and up.
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Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend

February 10, 2021 Leave a comment

The Great Backyard Bird Count will start this Friday, Feb. 12, and continue through Monday, Feb. 15. This worldwide citizen science project, which started in 1998, is a cooperative effort among the National Audubon Society, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Birds Canada.

To participate, you’ll watch the birds in your back yard for as little as 15 minutes on any of the four days. You can do more than one day, or watch longer if you want. You count the birds and send in your data, either by using an app you download to your phone, or by entering your counts on the eBird website.

Not only can you collect data for these projects, but you can also view the data being collected all over the world — a great opportunity to see scientific research in action.

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Saturday morning virtual enrichment classes for students in grades 1 through 8

February 8, 2021 Leave a comment

Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education will host their next Saturday Exploration Program starting February 20, 2021. Classes will be online, taught by live instructors.

These Saturday classes cover a variety of STEAM topics including game design, 2-D and 3-D animation, drones and more.

Cost to enroll is $125 for GAGE members, $150 for non-members.

The deadline to register is this Friday, February 12. UPDATE: GAGE has extended the registration deadline to Feb. 19.

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Harvard Debate Council accepting nominations for its Diversity Project

February 7, 2021 1 comment

Harvard College is now accepting nominations for the 2021-2022 Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project. This is an extended course of study, headquartered in Atlanta, in which Black high-school students learn philosophy, political science, rhetoric and more, taught by Harvard’s assistant debate coach. The ideal candidate is highly motivated and is interested in debate, politics, or the humanities.

Students who are accepted into the program will meet three Saturdays per month, starting in August 2021 and continuing through June 2022. They will then attend a two-week summer residency at Harvard College. After their year of learning, students give one year of service to the organization and their community.

To be nominated, a student must be in grades 8-11 and live in metro Atlanta. Debate experience is not required. Nominations are due by February 28, 2021. The application will require a school transcript, a letter of recommendation from a teacher, and other elements.

Need-based financial aid is available.

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Virtual STEM workshops from Georgia Tech

January 18, 2021 Leave a comment

The CEISMC program at Georgia Tech has several upcoming STEAM enrichment programs.

This Saturday, Jan. 23, CEISMC has three virtual STEAM Workshops for students in grades 6 through 12. Topics include computer-aided design and solar-powered cars*.

Younger kids — grades 4 and 5 — can sign up for their own virtual workshops through the CEISMC K.I.D.S. Club. This Saturday, kids can learn to build a ping-pong ball launcher* or a gear-powered carousel.*

* These workshops and some others require materials you probably don’t have at home, so you’ll need to order these on your own before the workshop.

Also, in February, CEISMC will launch an after-school STEAM enrichment program for middle-school students. Students will meet (online) twice a week for four weeks. The debut class will combine block code programming skills with storytelling.

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Emory Math Circle continues online

December 29, 2020 Leave a comment

The Math Circle program at Emory University is now open for registration for spring classes, which will be held online, via Zoom. The program’s coordinators report that they’ve reworked their lessons to adapt them to the online 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 Spring 2021 session starts in late January and runs through April.

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Dive into marine life with online programs and videos

December 21, 2020 Leave a comment

Just added to the “Enrichment from home” page on GiftedAtlanta.com: Aquarium Online Academy, produced by the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California.

The Online Academy page links you to a variety of educational programs. For younger kids, there are live programs, some of which include craft activities. For older kids (and adults), there’s an archive of lectures given at the aquarium going back 10 years, and the Aquatic Academy with courses on such topics as sea level rise and extreme weather. You can also find links to the aquarium’s online exhibits and a YouTube channel with hundreds of videos.

Note: If you plan to watch livestream content, bear in mind that the times posted are Pacific time. Add 3 hours to calculate the corresponding time in Atlanta.

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