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Portable planetarium will make a stop in Roswell

July 11, 2018 Leave a comment

Children ages 6 and up are invited to learn about the summer night sky and its constellations at STARLAB, a portable celestial theater, coming to the Chattahoochee Nature Center on Sunday, July 22.

Admission to the STARLAB program is included in the price of general admission to the nature center, which also offers hiking trails, gardens, and an interactive “Discovery Center.”

 

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Firefly Watch welcomes kid scientists

June 8, 2018 Leave a comment

Firefly Watch is a low-commitment, fun way to involve children in scientific research. If you can spend 10 minutes a week observing fireflies in your back yard, you can take part in this project that helps Tufts University researchers track firefly populations across North America. It’s easy to do, and the web site allows you to see how your data compares with what observers in other regions are seeing.

Firefly Watch began in 2008 as a program of the Museum of Science in Boston. It’s now part of Mass Audubon.

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Math festival on April 10 at Emory University

April 5, 2018 2 comments

Emory University will host a Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival for students in kindergarten through 12th grade on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Visitors can come and go at any time during the event.

The festival challenges students with puzzles and games that require math concepts and creative thinking. The goal of the event is to let students explore the fascinating world of mathematics beyond what they experience in school.

(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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Math Circle at Emory offers sample classes for students, parents

March 27, 2018 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 how and why math works.

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 to be held on April 7, 2018. The sample classes are open 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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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

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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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