Enrollment open for Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search

August 1, 2017 4 comments

Enrollment duke-tipfor Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (TIP)  7th Grade Talent Search opens today.

To enroll, your child must have scored in the 95th percentile or above on an accepted standardized test, such as the CogAT, ITBS, or Georgia Milestones.

Students who qualify for Talent Search are eligible to take the SAT or ACT as 7th graders. For kids who typically score in the 99th percentile of the standardized tests they’re given in school, taking these tests designed for high-school upperclassmen can provide a better gauge of where they stand academically.

When you become part of the TIP program, you’ll also receive information about meeting your child’s academic needs, and get access to TIP-sponsored programs, including summer programs on the Duke campus.


Categories: Enrichment

Make ’em laugh, win a college scholarship

July 17, 2017 Leave a comment

Is your gifted kid a captivating storyteller with a great sense of humor? They can win a $1,500 college scholarship by writing a short (250 words or less), funny story for the Make Me Laugh Scholarship, sponsored by Unigo.

The contest is open to students ages 13 and up who will enroll in an accredited university by fall 2023. Submission deadline is August 31, 2017.

Free workshop for gifted parents, teachers, and students

July 11, 2017 Leave a comment

EJECS, an educational consulting firm, invites gifted parents, teachers and students to an interactive workshop about meeting gifted children’s educational needs.

“How to Develop the Gifted Student” will be held Saturday, August 5, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library in Tucker. The workshop will cover such topics as identifying learning style, developing appropriate learning strategies, building a network of supporters, and finding community resources.

The workshop is free, but advance registration is requested.

Categories: Parenting

Love fireflies? Help research them in your own back yard!

June 8, 2017 Leave a comment

Last night, we spotted our first lightning bugs of the year, so this seems like an ideal time to plug the Museum of Science Firefly Watch, a citizen scientist program you can do by watching fireflies near you.

Firefly Watch is easy to do with kids. You’re asked to spend 10 minutes, once per week, counting lightning bugs in your yard, or a park, or whatever spot you choose — you just have to be consistent. You’ll record some simple data about weather conditions and the flash patterns you see. Then, you fill out an online report form to submit your observations.

My kids and I have done this, and it’s a great learning project. Not only do you get to be part of collecting research data, but you can also see observations recorded by other citizen scientists all over the country. The collected data helps researchers at the Museum of Science, Tufts University and Fitchburg State College to track how firefly species are faring and how they may be affected by environmental factors like light and pesticides.


Categories: Enrichment

Rockfest this weekend at Tellus

June 8, 2017 Leave a comment

Tellus Science Museum presents its annual Rockfest rock and gem show this Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Rockfest features gem, mineral, fossil, and jewelry dealers from across the country, along with activities and workshops. Kids can even bring rocks they’ve collected to have them identified by the experts.

Rockfest attendance is included with general admission to the museum.

Categories: Enrichment

Summer webinar series features women with STEM careers

May 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Hoping to encourage more girls to consider STEM careers, local engineer Stephanie Espy published STEM Gems, a book highlighting dozens of women who work in the fields of science, math, technology, and engineering.

This summer, Espy is producing the STEM Gems Book Club, a series of webinars featuring women in STEM careers. Webinars will be held every Wednesday in June and July from 1 to 2 p.m.

The webinars are free, but registration is required.

Although the webinar series is targeted to girls, boys are welcome to participate as well.



Categories: Enrichment

“Summer Exploration Program” for elementary and middle-school students

May 17, 2017 Leave a comment

Gifted and high-achieving students are invited to attend Summer Exploration Program (SEP), to be held June 26-29, 2017, at Chattahoochee Elementary School in Duluth.

The program is open to students who are currently in grades 1 through 8. Students are grouped by grade levels, with multiple class topics to choose from in each session. A representative of the Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education (GAGE), which is operating the program, said students can choose a class that is listed for their current grade level, or their rising grade. For example, a student who is just finishing third grade may choose a class listed for grades 2-3 or for grades 4-5.

Students have the option of attending a morning session, afternoon session, or both. Cost for the four-day program is $175 per session; however, GAGE members receive a discounted rate of $150 per session.

Registration closes June 16, 2017.

Categories: Summer programs