Take part in a global birdwatching event this Saturday

October 4, 2021 Leave a comment

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology invites anyone interested in birds or citizen science to take part in its October Big Day this Saturday, October 9.

By participating, you’ll be joining thousands of other birders around the world who are making note of birds they see. As with other citizen-science birding events, October Big Day helps scientists see patterns in bird populations and migrations.

You can be part of Global Big Day by watching for birds for as little as 10 minutes, anytime during the day, at any location — although if you’re looking for a birding hot spot, the Cornell Lab can make suggestions. You’ll log the birds you spot through the free eBird mobile app. I use this app myself. It’s not completely intuitive, but it’s pretty easy to learn using the online tutorial. Once you learn to use it for October Big Day, you can continue using it anytime to submit lists of the birds you see, as often (or as rarely) as you like.

If you’re new to birding, you may want to also download the Cornell Lab’s Merlin app, which can help you identify birds by size, by coloring, and even by song.

Categories: Enrichment

“Madam Math Circle” for girls

September 22, 2021 Leave a comment

Madam Math Circle invites girls in grades 4 through 7 — or girls who feel they can handle 4th- to 7th-grade math — to free, weekly, online classes that will nurture their love of math, connect them with like-minded peers, and prepare them for competitive math programs including Math Olympiad, Math League and the AMC 8 exam.

Madam Math Circle was founded in August 2020 by two high-school students who were disheartened by the lack of female participation in math competitions. Classes are taught by high-school students with a passion for math.

Classes will meet via Zoom on Sundays this fall, starting this Sunday, September 26, from 7 to 8 p.m. Eastern. (Don’t be confused — the calendar on the Madam Math Circle site shows the class time as 4 to 5 p.m., but that’s Pacific time.) Class spaces are assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Want to see what a class is like before you register? You can watch previous classes in their archive.

Categories: Enrichment, Uncategorized

Georgia Tech’s CEISMC program returns to in-person this month

September 15, 2021 Leave a comment

The CEISMC program at Georgia Tech will host STEAM Workshops for students in grades 6 through 12 and K.I.D.S. Club classes for students in grades 2 through 5 on Saturday, September 25. Both programs are taking place on the Georgia Tech campus.

The sessions for elementary and middle-school students focus on various aspects of coding. High-school students will learn the basics of computer-based 3-D automotive design.

Categories: Enrichment

Virtual STEAM classes for grades 1-8, presented by Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education

September 14, 2021 Leave a comment

Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education will host its Saturday Exploration Program for elementary and middle-school students online this fall.

Class topics include digital storytelling, animation, drone engineering and 3D modeling.

Classes will meet weekly for five Saturdays, October 16 through November 13. Cost to enroll is $125 for GAGE members, $150 for non-members. Registration deadline is October 9.

Categories: Enrichment

Emory Math Circle registering for fall

September 8, 2021 Leave a comment

The Math Circle program at Emory University is now registering for its fall 2021 classes, which will be a mix of online and in-person sessions.

Middle-school sections will be held online, via Zoom. Lessons have been reworked for the online format. Each online session will be 40 minutes long.

Two sections for high-school students will be held in person, on the Emory campus. In-person classes will meet for 75 minutes. Students enrolling in the high-school sections must show proof of vaccination and must wear masks in the classroom, in accordance with Emory policy.

A separate online section will be offered for high-schoolers who prefer the virtual format.

Math Circle is a free enrichment program for middle-school and high-school kids who are fascinated by mathematics and who want to explore math topics beyond what’s taught in the typical classroom. Classes meet twice a month on Saturdays. The fall 2021 session starts in mid-September and runs through mid-December.

Categories: Enrichment

Free high-school-level educational activities from Sora Schools

July 6, 2021 Leave a comment

Sora Schools has granted public access to a repository of activities they’ve used in their classrooms, on topics ranging from oceanography to philosophy to world history, and much more.

To use the activities library, you’ll need to provide your email address, which will subscribe you to the school’s newsletter. You’ll then have access to all the activities, free of charge.

Sora is a fully-virtual, accredited high school with an emphasis on project-based learning and skill mastery, rather than letter grades. Its academic program options include a full-time school with a broad curriculum, and a part-time program in STEM or humanities that can be used to supplement a home-school curriculum.

Categories: Enrichment

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:

Categories: Summer programs

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.

Researchers conducting survey about gifted kids and virtual school

March 15, 2021 Leave a comment

Two professors at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Cincinnati are researching how gifted students are being taught during the pandemic. The researchers hope to develop recommendations for how teachers can best serve gifted students using virtual, blended or hybrid instruction.

Students in grades 3, 4, 5 or 6 in a public school are invited to complete the online survey. Students’ identities will be kept confidential.

Categories: Advocacy and policy

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.

Categories: Summer programs