Summer camps at University of West Georgia

April 10, 2018 Leave a comment

The University of West Georgia is offering a selection of summer day camps for 2018, for students in kindergarten through high school.

Camps to choose from are:

Wolves Exploration Camp, for rising kindergartners through 2nd graders, six one-week sessions to choose from in topics including dinosaurs, art, oceans, and space.

Camp Write On, for rising 3rd-8th graders, a one-week camp with exposure to narrative writing, personal journals, literary responses, and more.

American Sign Language camp, a three-day, basic signing camp for kids ages 6 to 12. Choose from a Newnan campus session and a Carrollton campus session.

The Chemistry of Almost Everything 1, for rising 8th, 9th, and 10th graders who have not previously taken chemistry. This four-day camp introduces the chemistry of everyday items.

The Chemistry of Almost Everything 2, open to rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders, as well as rising college freshmen, who have previously taken a chemistry class. This four-day camp consists of experiments designed to refresh students’ knowledge of core chemistry concepts.


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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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QuestBridge College Prep scholarship for high-school juniors

March 6, 2018 Leave a comment

Exceptional high school juniors whose families have limited financial resources are invited to apply to the QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program.

College Prep Scholars gain exclusive access to a college admissions conference with representatives from elite universities, and get support in improving their college applications. They also may receive full scholarships to residential summer programs at the University of Chicago, Emory, Notre Dame, Penn, Stanford, or Yale.

As part of the application for the College Prep Scholars Program, students can also apply for additional Quest for Excellence Awards that may be based on an area of interest, such as STEM or visual and performing arts, or on demographic criteria.

Many College Prep Scholars go on to receive four-year college scholarships through QuestBridge’s National College Match program, which matches students with top-tier universities such as Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, Yale, and many more — 40 colleges in all.

The application deadline for the College Prep Scholars Program is March 21, 2018.

Summer programs in math and science at Georgia Gwinnett College

March 5, 2018 Leave a comment

Georgia Gwinnett College, located in Lawrenceville, is now registering students for two summer programs:

Mathematics in Action (MiA) is open to rising 6th through 8th graders. In each one-week session, students will learn how math relates to music, epidemiology, and other disciplines. Students also will play math-related games.

Tech Camp is open to students entering 6th through 11th grades, with separate one-week sessions for high school students, middle-school girls, and middle-school boys. Students will work with digital tools including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Adobe Illustrator.

Both camps are taught by GGC faculty and staff, with assistance from GGC students.

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Journalism summer program at UGA

March 1, 2018 Leave a comment

High-school students are invited to dive into the world of mass communication at the Media and Leadership Academy at the University of Georgia, June 3-8, 2018.

Students in the academy will choose one of three tracks: journalism, entertainment, or advertising and public relations. They’ll learn about their specific track in a classroom setting during the first half of the week, then spend the second half of the week doing team projects to develop their skills.

The academy is a program of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, which is considered one of the nation’s best journalism schools. (Full disclosure: I am an alumna. But it’s still true.)

Students will live in UGA residence halls and will have evening activities organized by the academy staff.

The Media and Leadership Academy is open to rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders, as well as to incoming UGA freshmen who plan to pursue a major in the Grady College.

The program cost is $550 per student; scholarships are available.


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Residential summer program gives insight into STEM careers

February 27, 2018 Leave a comment

The STEM Exploring and Engineering Academy is now registering students for its 2018 summer program, being held June 3-8 at Georgia Tech.

Students in the STEM Academy take behind-the-scenes tours of local companies to learn about real-world STEM careers and complete hands-on activities, with an emphasis on the engineering component of STEM. In the past, the program has visited Porsche, Georgia Power, the Georgia Aquarium, Six Flags Over Georgia, Delta Tech-Ops, the Weather Channel, and more.

Students live in dorms on the Georgia Tech campus for the duration of the program. The program is open to current high-school students, as well as to rising 9th graders who are able to live independently in the dorm environment.

Cost per student is $1,100.

The STEM Academy, now in its 16th season, is organized by the Atlanta area council of the Boy Scouts of America.

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