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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.

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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.

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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.

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UGA-Duke TIP weekend for 8th-11th grade students

January 12, 2018 Leave a comment

duke-tip Registration is open for two UGA-Duke TIP Scholar Weekends to be held on the University of Georgia campus. This two-day program gives students the chance to study in depth a topic that is likely outside the curriculum of their school, and to do so in a college environment with like-minded peers.

The two available weekends are Jan. 27-28 and March 3-4, 2018.

Scholar Weekends are open to any students in grades 8 to 11 who either participated in the Duke-TIP 7th Grade Talent Search or have been gifted identified by their school. This includes students who are enrolled in honors, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement or accelerated classes.

Topics include music, psychology, marine biology, global politics, public speaking, and “Star Wars mock trial.”

Students will 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 Jan. 27-28 is Jan. 19; the deadline for the March weekend is Feb. 9. Popular courses typically fill before the registration deadline. Cost is $450. Financial aid may be available.

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December session of Duke TIP at UGA for 5th and 6th graders

October 25, 2017 Leave a comment

Registration is open for the December 2, 2017 session of the UGA-Duke TIP Academic Adventures program for students in grades 5 and 6.

This one-day program, held on the UGA campus, gives talented kids a chance to study topics of interest with other high-achieving peers.

Topics for the December session include engineering, zoology, sound / music, genetics, sharks, and more.

To participate in Academic Adventures, your child must be registered with the Duke TIP 4th/5th/6th Grade Talent Search. Not registered with Duke TIP? Learn more about how to get started so you can take advantage of opportunities like this one.

Popular classes will fill up quickly. Financial aid is available.


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A chance to try Math Circle at Emory

September 15, 2017 Leave a comment

Emory logoThink of Emory Math Circle as a club for kids in grades 6-12 who love math — not just working math problems, but deeper thinking about mathematical concepts.

The program meets on Saturday afternoons on the Emory campus. Groups are taught by Ph.D. students from the Emory Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

If Math Circle sounds like it might be a fit for your child, you can sign up for a sample session this fall. The sample classes are open to only to students who have not participated in Math Circle. (Those who have attended the math festival at Emory, but have never enrolled in Math Circle, are eligible.)


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Saturday enrichment classes in Gwinnett for elementary & middle school students

September 14, 2017 Leave a comment

The fall session of Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education’s Saturday Exploration Program will begin October 7, 2017.

These Saturday morning classes, held at Level Creek Elementary School in Suwanee, are designed for gifted and high-achieving students in grades 2 through 8. Topics for fall include computer programming, personal finance, entrepreneurship, and zoology.

Registration deadline is September 25.

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