Pinellas students can sign up for the TIP summer camp
Seventh graders who took the SAT as part of Pinellas County's new talent identification program can enroll in a summer camp at either Bay Point Middle School or Oak Grove Middle School. Each school has 100 seats available.
The camp will be held from 8 a.m. to noon July 15 to July 18. Studetns will take two field trips - to St. Petersburg College's Clearwater campus and to a high school STEM program. Students will tour the campuses, speak with professors and teachers, and do a STEM activity. (STEM is science, technology, engineering and mathematics.) Students also will do STEM activities at the middle school sites. Teachers and students from Lakewood High's Magnet Center for the Advancement of Technology (known as CAT) will help the students with computer programming, multimedia and video editing, and robotics.
The summer camp (not to be confused with Summer Bridge, a program to curb summer learning losses) is for students who participated in Pinellas County's first TIP, or talent identification program. Students were identified earlier in the year as being in the top 10 percent of seventh graders at their schools. They took the SAT. (Performance on the test doesn't matter; all students who took the SAT as part of TIP can participate in the camp.) About 300 students sat for the exam.
To apply, students need to fill out an application and send it, along with a check for $77, to the school district. The address is Office of Secondary Education, Pinellas County Schools, 301 4th St. SW, Largo, FL, 33779. Parents should talk to their school to get an application for their student.