Archive for the ‘Enrichment’ Category

Emory Math Circle goes virtual this fall

September 8, 2020 Leave a comment

Emory 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. Groups are taught by Ph.D. students from the Emory Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

This fall, Math Circle will meet on Saturdays — about twice a month — via Zoom.

Interested students have until September 16 to register. The program is free, although donations are appreciated.

Categories: Enrichment

Online STEAM mini-workshops from Georgia Tech

August 4, 2020 Leave a comment

Georgia Tech’s CEISMC program has scheduled a series of single-day workshops this month, covering a variety of STEAM topics:

  • Kirigami: The Art of Paper Engineering (Grades 6-8)
  • Design Your Own Board Game Using the Engineering Design Process (Grades 6-8)
  • Game Creation with Micro:bit (Grades 6-8)
  • Game Creation Using Scratch (Grades 4-5)
  • Human Powered Generator (Grades 6-8)

Each workshop lasts two hours. Cost is $18 per workshop, plus supplies, which you have to purchase on your own.

Categories: Enrichment

VOX looking for teen staff, teen voices, teen opinions

July 24, 2020 Leave a comment

For more than 25 years, VOX has been supporting the self-expression of Atlanta’s teens through print and online publications. Here are three ways Atlanta teens can get involved with VOX right now:

  1. VOX is now accepting applications for its fall 2020 teen staff. The programming year will start with virtual meetings only. Activities may move to in-person as circumstances allow.
  2. VOX is running its Atlanta Teen Survey to find out what’s on teens’ minds. They use the survey results to guide VOX programming. They also share this information with people who work with teens.
  3. Teens are always invited to submit their original stories, art or poetry to VOX’s Atlanta Teen Voices.
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Harvard offers online courses, lots of them free

May 7, 2020 Leave a comment

Harvard University has nearly 200 online courses in the humanities, social sciences, computer science, mathematics and more, with many offered at no charge.

Among the class topics are classical music, Shakespeare, religion, the science of cooking, game development, ancient Egypt, probability, Japanese scroll art, architecture, rhetoric, neuroscience, and bioethics . . . plus a lot more.

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AJC calls kid artists to create Art from the Heart

May 6, 2020 Leave a comment

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution invites kids 13 and under to submit hand-drawn artwork that shows appreciation for those working tirelessly during these times, from healthcare workers and delivery drivers to employees in grocery stores and restaurants.

The Art from the Heart project will accept submissions until June 1, 2020. Selected drawings will be published on and in a special section of the newspaper to be printed this summer.

Categories: Enrichment, Uncategorized

Free, online coding classes for children of healthcare workers

April 8, 2020 Leave a comment

STREM HQ is offering one month of free coding classes to children of healthcare workers.

The classes are designed for kids ages 8 to 12. Sessions will begin April 13, 2020.

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Kids’ science author offers free online events

April 6, 2020 Leave a comment

There’s something special about learning science from someone who’s passionate about it. And Heather L. Montgomery is about as passionate as they come.

When Heather talks about bugs or snakes or other unusual animals, she absolutely lights up, and her enthusiasm is contagious. I know this because I know Heather personally. She and I are both authors of children’s books, and we’ve talked about our writing lots of times. When Heather tells a bug story, it’s riveting.

Ordinarily, Heather travels around visiting schools, sharing her passion for living things, and teaching students about science and writing. With schools closed, she’s offering three free virtual events.

  1. Author reading. Heather reads from her book, Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill in a series of YouTube videos. Recommended for 3rd grade and up. (Videos available through the end of June.)
  2. Write Like a Scientist. Heather teaches the similarities between the scientific process and the writing process. Offered via Zoom on April 17, 2020, at 2 p.m. Eastern. Recommended for grades 2 through 6. Registration required.
  3. Bug Hunt. Heather will dive into some curious aspects of insect moms and dads, from her book Bugs Don’t Hug. June 9 at 2 p.m. Eastern on Instagram’s “True Stuff Tuesdays.” Recommended for grades pre-K through 2.
Categories: Enrichment

Virtual field trips to Atlanta venues, starting tomorrow morning

April 2, 2020 Leave a comment

This has been added to the Enrichment from home page on the site, but I wanted to give it an extra boost here as well.

Tomorrow, Friday, April 3, the newly created ATL Museums at Home will host its first digital field trip. The site says the field trip will include interactive activities. Partners for the first field trip are:

  • Fernbank Museum
  • Atlanta Botanical Garden
  • Georgia Aquarium
  • Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame
  • Children’s Museum of Atlanta
  • Breman Museum
  • Zoo Atlanta
  • High Museum of Art
Categories: Enrichment

Just added: Enrichment from home

March 30, 2020 Leave a comment

I’ve just added a new page to Enrichment from home

It’s a list of free, online resources, from museum tours and symphony concerts to zoo webcams and jigsaw puzzles.

Use the list. Share the list. And please help me grow the list. If you know of a good online resource for gifted kids, please go to my Contact page and send me the link so I can add it to the page.

Let’s get through this together.

Categories: Enrichment

Atlanta Science Festival starts this weekend

March 2, 2020 Leave a comment

The annual Atlanta Science Festival starts this Friday, March 6, and continues through March 21 with a wide variety of events for kids, teens and adults, including many hands-on activities.

Whether your child is into trees or bees, astronomy or arithmetic, there’s probably something they’d enjoy.

Most activities will be held in the city of Atlanta, but a few are scattered in other locations. The festival web site’s events page allows you to search for events by geographic area, so you can find something close to you if that’s a priority.

Many events have limited space and require you to register ahead, so don’t wait until the last minute to take a look and sign up.

As it does each year, the festival culminates in the Exploration Expo, a free event with more than 100 informative and interactive booths, Saturday, March 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Piedmont Park.

Categories: Enrichment