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Summer programs at Vanderbilt for rising 7th to 12th graders

December 22, 2021 Leave a comment

The Vanderbilt Program for Talented Youth has published the list of available courses for its 2022 Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA) and summer mentor immersion program.

VSA is a residential program for rising 7th to 12th graders with one-week and two-week options. It’s academically rigorous, and applicants are asked to show they can handle advanced work.

Class choices for summer 2022 will include marine biology, rhetoric, astrophysics, poetry, legal studies, mathematics, and many others. Students enroll in only one course from among the choices.

Priority registration for VSA will open January 6 and close January 13. Registration to fill open slots that haven’t been taken by priority applicants will continue after that.

Vanderbilt also has posted the courses of study for its 2022 mentor immersion program, a three-month program for rising 11th and 12 graders. Students select a single course of study. They attend four hours per week of small group meetings — all held virtually — with a mentor in their field of study. They then have additional independent research outside of classes. Priority registration for the mentor immersion program will be open from January 6 until January 27. Registration for remaining slots will continue after that time.

Need-based financial aid is available for these programs.

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Applications open for UGA summer VetCAMP

December 6, 2021 Leave a comment

The University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine is now accepting applications for the summer 2022 session of VetCAMP, scheduled for June 12-17, 2022.

VetCAMP is a one-week, residential program for current high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with an interest in veterinary medicine. Students learn about what it’s like to attend veterinary school and see whether they have the skills to become successful veterinarians.

The application and all supporting materials must be submitted by January 24, 2022.

Need-based financial aid is available.

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Kids’ summer camps in the west metro

March 24, 2021 Leave a comment

The University of West Georgia plans to hold its Wolves Exploration Camp for elementary-school children in person at its Carrollton and Newnan campuses this summer.

Carrollton sessions, open to rising kindergartners through 2nd graders:

Newnan sessions, open to rising 2nd – 4th graders:

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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.

Clemson Summer Scholars programs online or on campus

March 11, 2021 Leave a comment

Clemson University’s Summer Scholars program is a series of week-long sessions for students who will be rising to grades 7 through 12. For 2021, the program will offer three weeks through a virtual format, four weeks as a residential program on the Clemson campus, and a final week that can be taken either in person or online.

Students select one topic to study for the week. Topics offered include genetics, forensic science, nursing, music production, and a lot more, with an emphasis on STEM. Instructors are Clemson faculty members — professors, lecturers, or instructors of record. (Graduate students sometimes assist, but are not the primary teachers.)

Residential tuition is $1,200 per week, with a $150 discount (to $1,050) if you register by April 1. This includes housing and meals for the week.

Tuition for virtual classes is $600 per week.

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Online clearinghouse helps you find summer programs that fit you

January 27, 2021 Leave a comment

American colleges and universities offer hundreds of summer programs for middle- and high-school students. And with many academic summer programs offering online options for 2021, kids have a wealth of options for summer enrichment courses regardless of their geographic location.

Summer Study in the USA is a non-profit, non-commercial site that pulls information from more than 100 universities. Their search tool can help you identify programs — online or residential — suited to your child’s grade level and area of interest.

In addition to its searchable database, Summer Study in the USA is hosting several live, virtual fairs where you can visit the “booths” of programs that interest you and chat with their representatives. The next two fairs are February 3 and 20. Advance registration for the fairs is required.

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Duke University opens applications for new summer programs

January 20, 2021 Leave a comment

As previously reported in this space, Duke TIP has been discontinued. In its place is Duke University Pre-College, which is now accepting applications for summer 2021 programs, to be offered online only.

The courses are open to students who are currently in high school. Class topics include criminal law, econometrics, Mars, politics and photojournalism. Courses run for two or three weeks, depending on the topic.

Unlike the Duke TIP summer programs of the past, the Pre-College summer programs aren’t restricted to students who have participated in a Duke TIP Talent Search, in which 7th-grade students take the SAT or ACT. Instead, applicants will be asked to provide a transcript, resume and essay.

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Online summer program from Vanderbilt University

June 25, 2020 Leave a comment

In lieu of its usual residential summer program, Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth (PTY) is offering an online summer academy for rising 8th through 12th graders.

PTY Online Academy is open to students who have scored in the top 5 percent (approximately) on a standardized test. Courses are two weeks long and include biochemistry, rhetoric, psychology, astronomy, and moral leadership, among others.

Classes will meet daily online from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern, with additional individual or group assignments in the afternoons. Social opportunities are offered in the evenings.

Registration for July sessions is taking place now. Program fee is $550 per two-week course. Financial assistance may be available.

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Two virtual STEM camps just for girls

May 29, 2020 Leave a comment

Girls’ under-representation in STEM careers has led to the formation of numerous programs and organizations to encourage girls’ interest in STEM.

Two such groups are offering online camps:

  • PROJECT SCIENTIST. This California-based organization ordinarily holds camps for girls on university campuses. This summer, they’re providing week-long camps online, starting at the end of June. Topics include robotics, DNA, energy, and more. Open to ages 4-12. Each weekly session costs $325, which includes 3 hours of programming each day and a virtual lab kit for conducting hands-on experiments. (Use discount code PS2020-20OFF to get $20 off.) Financial aid is available. Scholarship applications must be submitted by June 7.
  • STEM GEMS. This Atlanta-based group is focused on giving girls female role models who work in STEM careers, so that girls can envision and plan for their futures as STEM professionals. This four-day online camp is open to girls who are entering 6th through 9th grades. Cost is $250, which includes a copy of founder Stephanie Espy’s book, STEM Gems.
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DeKalb County moves summer gifted program online

May 28, 2020 2 comments

The DeKalb County School District has long provided a week-long enrichment program called Serendipity to its gifted elementary-age students. This year, Serendipity will be a live, virtual program, June 15-19, 2020.

Enrichment activities will include art, Spanish language, drama, and physical education.

Serendipity is open to rising 1st through 6th graders who are enrolled in a DeKalb County public school.

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