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“Discovery Day” this Saturday at Tellus Museum

September 12, 2018 Leave a comment

Tellus Museum’s Discovery Day this Saturday will showcase local makers and give kids the chance to make their own simple creations.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors can see interactive “maker” exhibits from local creators. Kids 8 and older also can sign up for a workshop to build either a crystal radio or a mood lamp.

General activities are included in the regular admission price. There is an additional fee for workshops.

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UGA Scholar Weekend for 8th-11th grade students

August 29, 2018 Leave a comment

duke-tip Registration is open for the UGA-Duke TIP Scholar Weekend to be held Dec. 1-2, 2018 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.

Scholar Weekends are open to students in grades 8 to 11 who have been gifted identified by their school. This includes any students who are enrolled in honors, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement or accelerated classes.

Topics for the December weekend include post-apocalyptic literature, aircraft design, sports medicine, microbiology, marine biology, business, psychology, and the intriguing “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 is Nov. 2. Popular courses typically fill up before the deadline. Cost is $450 if the student spends the night on campus, or $400 to attend during the day only. Financial aid may be available.

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Enrollment now open for Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search

August 16, 2018 Leave a comment

duke-tipDuke University’s Talent Identification Program (TIP) is now enrolling students in its 7th Grade Talent Search.

To qualify for the TIP program, your child must have scored at the 95th percentile or above on at least one section of their 5th grade or 6th grade Georgia Milestones test.

Officially, registration will remain open through April 2019. But if you want your child to take the SAT or ACT during 7th grade, the deadline is sometime in September, depending on which test you want them to take and whether you’re applying online (preferred) or by mail.

Why would you want your 7th grader to take a college entrance exam?

First, if you have a highly gifted student who’s pegging the meter on standardized tests, the SAT or ACT can offer a better measure of their academic ability.

Also, Duke TIP uses these SAT and ACT scores to determine which students will be invited to participate in its highly regarded summer programs.

There is a fee to register; need-based financial aid is available.

 

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Emory programs for math lovers

August 13, 2018 Leave a comment

Emory logoEmory Math Circle is a place for kids who think math is cool.

Students in grades 6 to 12 use games, puzzles and problems to look more deeply at how math works and discover fundamental advanced math concepts.

Math Circle meets on Saturday afternoons — about twice a month — on the Emory campus. Groups are taught by Ph.D. students from the Emory Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

The next session of Math Circle will begin on Saturday, Sept. 15. Registration ends August 31.

Not ready to commit to a whole semester of math enrichment? Check out the Julia Robinson Math Festival on Sept. 2 at Emory. At this afternoon drop-in event, students can visit multiple stations where they’ll explore math problems and concepts, with guidance from mathematicians. It’s free, but advance registration by August 31 is requested.

 

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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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