FCAG Activities

2019 Summer Camp and Enrichment Fair

What is the FCAG Summer Camp Fair?
This event reaches thousands of families from Northern Virginia, Maryland and DC. Organizations with camps from all over the United States participate.
Summer programs run the gamut from nature and adventure camps to the performing and visual arts, computer technology camps, STEM classes, and rigorous academic programs from elementary age through high school.
The FCAG Summer Enrichment Fair is a community-loved annual event in Northern Virginia with over 60 summer programs participating.

Where will it be held?
We are pleased to return to McLean High School, the site of last year's fair.
McLean High School Cafeteria
1633 Davidson Rd,
McLean, VA 22101

When? February 16th (rain date of February 23rd)
Vendor arrival: 2:30pm
Fair open to the public: 3-5:30pm
Breakdown: 5:30-6pm





Past Events

    Great Math Education: Cultivating Creativity, Joy, and Talent

By Richard Rusczyk, author of several Art of Problem Solving textbooks and co-founder of the Art of Problem Solving online school.

Come join FCAG on Wednesday, September 26th for a lecture and discussion about navigating a great math education from late elementary through high school, and into college, with mathematical puzzles and entertainment for kids! Parents of children in grades 3-8 are encouraged to attend; mathematical content is aimed at children in grades 5-8. Pizza and other snacks (free!) starting at 6:30pm. Discussion/lecture will begin at 7:15pm.

Event will be held at Kings Park Library (9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke VA).

This is a free event and is open to the public. RSVP is required since space is limited. Priority registration open to FCAG members from now until September 17th . After September 17th the event will open to non-members, on a first-come, space-available basis.

RSVP with the number of people attending and kids' ages. fcagevents@gmail.com.



  • May 18, 2018 - Strategy Game Night

    Come join FCAG on Friday, May 18th from 7-9 pm for an evening of strategy games including Chess, Chess variations, Shogi and Go. Learn to play or test your skills against other FCAG gamers. All ages welcome. Snacks and desserts will be provided.

    Event will be held at Alpha STEM for the Gifted, 14088 Sullyfield Circle, Suite P, Chantilly, VA.

    This is a free event sponsored by FCAG. RSVP is required since space is limited. Priority registration open to FCAG members from now until May 10th . After May 10th the event will open to non-members, on a first-come, space-available basis.

    RSVP with the number of players attending to fcagevents@gmail.com.



    April 8, 2018 Math Event: The Mathemagician


    Over 500 attendees joined us for a special presentation by Professor Arthur Benjamin of Harvey Mudd College. Dr. Benjamin is both a professor of mathematics and a magician. He has combined his two loves to create a dynamic presentation called "Mathemagics," suitable for all audiences, where he demonstrates and explains his secrets for performing rapid mental calculations faster than a calculator. Dr. Benjamin has appeared on many television and radio programs, including: The Today Show, CNN, The Colbert Report, and National Public Radio. He has been profiled in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Scientific American, Discover, Omni, Esquire, Wired, People Magazine, and Reader's Digest. Reader's Digest calls him "America's Best Math Whiz".Professor Benjamin is also known as "The Mathemagician", as he astounds audiences with his amazing feats of mental math. He is the author of "Secrets of Mental Math".

    This event took place on April 8, 2018 from 7pm to 8pm at the Longfellow Middle School Cafeteria.



    Panel Discussion: TJ Experiences
    Panelists: TJ Students


    Please mark your calendar for the TJ Experience Panel Discussion between 7:00pm and 8:30pm on Thursday, March 1st. It will be held in Pender Professional Center, Room #254, 3901 Fair Ridge Drive, Fairfax, VA, 22033.

    Free and open to the public!

    FCAG proudly presents a moderated panel discussion where you can ask your questions related to all aspects of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, one of the most prestigious high schools in the country. The panel consists of T.J. students with diversified backgrounds and interests. If you missed attending the FCAG Summer Camp Fair this year, you can still come to this event to get your copy of the FCAG Summer Camp Catalog! It is free for FCAG members and $15 for non-members.


    2018 Summer Camp and Enrichment Fair

    With the multitude of summer camps in Northern Virginia, how do parents collect information, find the best programs for their kids, and get the most out of summer? The FCAG Summer Camp Fair.

    The FCAG is once again hosting our Summer Camp and Enrichment Fair. This event is free and open to the public. Over 40 summer programs will be represented at this event, giving families the opportunity to visit with camp and school leaders, pick up literature, and take advantage of early bird summer discounts.

    Summer programs run the gamut from nature and adventure camps to the performing and visual arts, computer technology camps, STEM classes, and rigorous academic programs from elementary age through high school. While at the event, remember to enter our free drawing to win 1 of 2 $50 Amazon gift cards.

    Where will it be held?

    McLean High School Cafeteria
    1633 Davidson Rd,
    McLean, VA 22101


    When will it be held?

    February 10th, with a snow date of February 17th, between 10am and 12pm. In the case of inclement weather, we will follow Fairfax County Public School policy regarding closures.

    Join us for FCAG's AMC 8 Math Fun Night

    Tuesday, November 7th
    5:30pm to 7:30pm

    2018 Summer Camp and Enrichment Fair

    With the multitude of summer camps in Northern Virginia, how do parents collect information, find the best programs for their kids, and get the most out of summer? The FCAG Summer Camp Fair.

    The FCAG is once again hosting our Summer Camp and Enrichment Fair. This event is free and open to the public. Over 40 summer programs will be represented at this event, giving families the opportunity to visit with camp and school leaders, pick up literature, and take advantage of early bird summer discounts.

    Summer programs run the gamut from nature and adventure camps to the performing and visual arts, computer technology camps, STEM classes, and rigorous academic programs from elementary age through high school. While at the event, remember to enter our free drawing to win 1 of 2 $50 Amazon gift cards.

    Where will it be held?

    McLean High School Cafeteria
    1633 Davidson Rd,
    McLean, VA 22101


    When will it be held?

    February 10th, with a snow date of February 17th, between 10am and 12pm. In the case of inclement weather, we will follow Fairfax County Public School policy regarding closures.


    at Oakton Library


    This is a free event to students who do not have the AMC 8 available in their school
    You must register at https://goo.gl/uUqQop to attend.

    Have some fun with out-of-the-box math as you practice for the AMC 8 with some high school math students and mathematicians offering mathematical advice and insight!

    What is the AMC?
    Kids in 8th grade and below are eligible to take the AMC 8 (the math level is advanced middle school algebra and geometry). You can read more about the AMC 8 at www.maa.org/math-competitions/amc-8. FCAG offers this test for free to kids across the county. Please consider supporting this effort by becoming a member of FCAG or donating! Visit www.fcag.org/membership.html

    Who will be coaching the math?
    Professor Rebecca Goldin (Mathematics, George Mason University) is organizing the evening, with plenty of math problems for kids to solve. She and some volunteer high school math whizzes will be helping kids solve problems, learn something new, and explore ideas in a different way.

    Who can come? Why is registration required?
    Kids in 8th grade and below are invited to the FCAG Math Fun Night; kids should have minimally some experience with prealgebra and general comfort with fractions. Space is limited at this event; FCAG members have priority registration. Priority registration is open for members until November 1; after November 1st registration will be open all on a first come-first served basis until all spots are filled.

    Will there be food?
    Yes, we will serve a pizza dinner for the kids.

    Date/Time/Location:
    November 7, 5:30 pm to 7:30pm; Oakton Library (10304 Lynnhaven Pl, Oakton)


    Questions? FCAGevents@gmail.com


    Join us for FCAG's Board Game Geek-Out
    Saturday, October 14th 2-5pm at Burke Centre Library.



    Catan? Dominion? Ticket to Ride? Chess? Pokemon? Or something else? Come out for an afternoon of nerdy super-cool fun!

    How does it work? Bring your kids, your Pokemon cards, and a favorite game if you want. The more people, the more games! This is a family event...parents and grandparents are welcome to join the fun, but we hope we have more kids than adults. We will be providing many games as well, so you are welcome to come without games.

    All ages and skills are welcome!

    Will there also be electronic games? No, this game night is based on boards/cards/pieces... We ask you not to bring electronic games.

    Will there be food? Yes, we will provide drinks and lots of snacks!

    Location: Burke Centre Library at 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke

    Date/Time: Saturday, October 14th from 2pm to 5 pm

    Space is limited. RSVP by October 12th.

    RSVP Form

    Questions? FCAGevents@gmail.com



    Save the date: AMC 8 Math Fun Night on November 7, at Oakton Library (FCAG members only)



    FCAG Math NIGHT!

    "Really BIG numbers", for kids in 3rd-6th grade

    Date/Time: May 25, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

    Location: Braddock Hall conference room
    Braddock District Government Center
    9002 Burke Lake Road
    Burke, VA 22015

    Pizza will be provided!

    Registration for this Free! event is now open to FCAG members, and will open to all on May 13 at 9 am if there are still spaces available.

    Register here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/362V6SV

    Really Big Numbers by Richard Evan Schwartz Book Trailer



    Game Night Coming!

    We hope to host a Game Night for families and kids! We need help organizing. Please reach out and let us know if you would like to be involved! Email Ally Lu, at president@fcag.org






    The Best and Worst of Middle School in FCPS

    Luther Jackson Middle School

    Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 7:15-8:45pm

    FCAG hosted a casual conversation about the realities of middle school in FCPS for advanced and gifted children. We discussed a wide range of topics including instructional quality, levels of courses, opportunities, administration, etc. Parents from different schools shared their ideas and experiences.

    The discussion was led by Rebecca Goldin, Professor of Mathematics at George Mason University, and former president of FCAG.

    Missed this? Read about the conversation here!

    As always, membership is encouraged but not required: http://www.fcag.org/membership.shtml



    TJ Admission Committee Newsletter Nov 2016


    Competition: Helpful or Harmful?

    On June 1, 2015 at 7 pm at Jackson Middle School, FCAG presents a provocative discussion featuring Ashley Merryman, co-author of the New York Times Bestseller "Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing".

    Panelists:

    • Featuring author Ashley Merryman, who is changing the dialog regarding competition and helping us discover what truly lies in the heart and mind of a champion. From soccer to the SAT, Top Dog explains how neuroscience and character combine with ability and training to create winning and losing outcomes. Her New York Times essay "Losing is Good For You" challenges the practice of indiscriminate praise and reward, prompting us to evaluate participation trophies and re-think what really motivates excellence.
    • Olympic figure skating coach and US National Medalist Audrey Weisiger, President and Founder of Grassroots to Champions, mentoring the next generation of champions and their coaches.

    Moderated by Rena F. Subotnik, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Gifted Education Policy at the American Psychological Association. Specialist in psychological strength training.

    This is the flyer for the event.


    On February 3, the Fairfax County Association for the Gifted & Fairfax Twice Exceptional, were pleased to jointly present a Panel Presentation and Discussion:

    ESSENTIAL LIFE SKILLS FOR TWICE EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS: TOOLS FOR SOCIAL & ACADEMIC SUCCESS

    • Dr. Karin Varblow, M.D. Board-Certified Pediatrician with expertise in Behavioral Pediatrics and treating children with ADHD
    • Dr. Carol Horn, K-12 Coordinator Advanced Academic Programs FCPS
    • Michael Bloom, Coordinator, PreK-12 Special Education Instruction FCPS

    The Panel addressed the unique needs of Twice Exceptional, or 2e, learners, which can present challenges for everyone, especially the 2e student. They addressed not only the complexities of providing educational and emotional support to gifted students but provided some ideas of ways to develop skills in various areas of weaknesses.

    The event was well attended; with around 100 attendees. The presentation by Dr. Varblow explored how 2e learners may have asynchronous development (when students develop and mature in different areas at different paces. These developmental processes can be "out of sync" with those of their peers, as well as inconsistent within the individual.) Dr. Horn and Michael Bloom addressed how FCPS has focused on how to meet the academic and life skills of this type of learner. Dr. Horn focused on the variety of services offered by FCPS, while Mr. Bloom focused on the development of skills. While the district provides leadership and support to local schools, each school develops and implements their response to the individual needs of their students. The presentations are posted here:

    Following the presentations the panelists took questions from the audience for the final 30 minutes; such as,

    Q. You say a learner can be gifted and disabled. So, why does my school tell me my child can not receive both gifted and disabled services?

    A. Dr. Horn replied that students who qualify for both types of services should be given both types of services. There is no need to make a choice. There are students with 504 plans or IEPs who are also in the Advanced Academic Program. She suggested the parent contact her if the schools are not meeting their child's needs, and she can help facilitate a more productive conversation.

    Q. Dr. Varblow, what is the mental health consequence of the 2e learner not receiving appropriate intervention?

    A. Dr. Varblow said mental health is a big problem quite generally. It was encouraging to hear all FCPS has in place for the 2e learner; however, sometimes people also need to look for support outside the schools. Without appropriate interventions it is possible the 2e student will have academic and social-emotional problems and may not reach their potential. However one cannot always expect the schools to be aware of or to be able to provide everything every child needs.

    Q. A parent asked about resources for twice exceptional kids and their parents.

    A. Mr. Bloom, encourages a "growth model" approach, provided examples of ways to build skills in areas of weaknesses... He pointed out the study skills classes offered by FCPS. Dr. Horn also suggested that parents advocate for their kids to get the help they need from the teachers and other supporting staff at the school.

    Q. A parent explained that her child has been identified for gifted services, but the parent was concerned that her daughter would not get the attention she needs for her dyslexia. Should she go into AAP or stay in the regular program?

    A. Dr. Horn responded (with agreeing nods from other panelists) that the child should go into AAP. The reading level will be more appropriate, even if the child struggles with dyslexia. FCPS has for a decade worked to build the capacity to evaluate, identify and meet the needs of 2e learners. Many of the skills needed for success can be learned with the right focus.


    FCAG offered a panel discussion of the benefits and defining characteristics of the AP & IB Programs

    Here are some slides presented:

    Read a summary here.

    IB & AP Programs: What's best for Your Child?

    FCAG presented an event that interested parents of middle school and late elementary students!

    We offered a presentation and discussion of the benefits and defining characteristics of the Advanced Placement (AP) & International Baccalaureate (IB) Programs with an emphasis on their applicability to gifted students and those who are performing at an advanced level.

    Our distinguished group of panelists from the National Academy of Sciences, the National Research Council, and from the National Academy of Education focused on national and international trends, while FCPS representatives explained how the programs are applied in FCPS and how they impact our top students for college admissions and beyond.

    Panelists:

    • LouEllen Brademan, Ph.D., Coordinator of Curriculum Integration and Management in the Office of PreK-12 Curriculum and Instruction for FCPS.
    • Jay B. Labov, Ph.D., Senior Advisor for Education and Communications for the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council.
    • Kari Olsen, Director of Student Services, South Lakes High School, FCPS.
    • Thomas Rudin, Director, Board on Higher Education & Workforce; National Academies.

    Moderator:

    Michael Feuer, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, Graduate School of Education and Human Development The George Washington University President, The National Academy of Education.

    December 10, 2014
    7:00 - 8:30 pm
    Kilmer Middle School
    Lecture Hall
    8100 Wolftrap Road, 22182


    General Membership Meeting

    FCAG held a year-end General Membership Meeting on June 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm at Woodson High School in the multipurpose room.

    We are pleased to announce our Officers and Board Members for 2013-2014.

    Huaying will be leading our Camp Fair program for next year and is in need of an assistant or two. If interested please send her an email. If you have in mind a way in which you would like to help our efforts please let us know by sending an email to Beverly. FCAG invites participation of those from all backgrounds and locations within Fairfax County and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, or national origin. The more you are willing to help, the more we can do.

    We approved our bylaws and Article of Organization , reviewed last year's activities, planned for next year's budget, brainstormed on events, and began discussing priorities for the coming season.

    Meet and Greet with Dr. Garza

    FCAG hosted a meet and greet with Superintendent Dr. Garza on March 18th, 2014 at the Longfellow Middle School Lecture Hall.

    Panel on Math Education

    On February 4th, 2014, FCAG hosted a panel discussion, "Nurturing Depth in Learning Mathematics: Beyond Checking the Box". Discussants included Dr. Robert Sachs (Mathematics Professor, George Mason University), Dr. John Dell (Physics Teacher, Thomas Jefferson High School), Mr. Vern Williams (Mathematics Teacher, Longfellow Middle School), and Mr. Brian Wiseman (6th Grade AAP Teacher, Green Briar West), and was moderated by Dr. Rebecca Goldin (Mathematics Professor, George Mason University).

    Discussion with Intel ISEF Winners

    In June, 2013, FCAG had a meeting featuring Intel ISEF Winners Jack Andraka and Andrea Li

    Description of the panelists at the time

    Jack Andraka is a 16-year old sophomore from North County High School and lives in Crownsville, Maryland. He won Intel ISEF in 2012 for developing a novel paper sensor that could detect pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer in 5 minutes for as little as 3 cents. He conducted this research at Johns Hopkins University. He is also on the national junior wildwater kayaking team, has won awards at multiple national and international math competitions, and enjoys playing with his dog and folding origami.

    Andrea Li is a 16-year old junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She won the Governor's Award and the First Grand Prize at the State Fair and a $3,000 First Grand Award at ISEF for her project in Biochemistry. Her research focused on minimizing breast cancer and leukemia cell proliferation.

    The Mathmagician

    In February, 2013, FCAG hosted a fun lecture by Professor Arthur Benjamin of Harvey Mudd College. Also known as "The Mathmagician", Professor Benjamin is the author of "Secrets of Mental Math". Professor Benjamin's TEDTalk may be viewed here.

    If you have a suggestion for a special program, please contact us here.

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  • Upcoming Events

    2019 Summer Camp Fair
    Saturday, February 16, 2019
    3:00 to 5:30 pm
    McLean High School
    Free and open to the public


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