Advanced Academic Services is part of the Austin Independent School District. This blog provides information, activities, and events regarding advanced academics and high ability children and teens. Smart without compromise. Potential without limits.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

UT Seeks Middle School Students for Focus Group

The University of Texas at Austin Prevention Research Lab is looking for focus group participants for an Outdoor Media Study. The lab's research assistants are recruiting participants age 11 to 14 who are currently enrolled in middle school. 

The purpose of the Outdoor Media Study is to discover what kids think about outdoor food and beverage promotion. The information collected in this study will be used to create programs to help students understand how advertising influences their behavior and programs to reduce youth obesity. 

Participation in the study involves attending an hour-long focus group in Belmont Hall on the University of Texas at Austin campus. Youth participants will receive $20 and parents will receive $12 for parking and transportation.

Contact for more information.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

AISD, ACC Host 1st Annual Vision and Voice Poetry Contest

All AISD students are invited to submit poems to the 1st Annual
Vision and Voice Poetry Contest.

One winning poem per grade will be selected by a panel of published poets. Winning poems will be combined with artwork by ACC students and made into posters and billboards that will be displayed throughout Austin.

An exhibit of winning posters will be displayed at Highland Mall, and a poetry reading and reception will be held in September, 2014.

To participate, students must have their parent's or legal guardian's permission. Students can obtain a permission slip from their teachers or online at

All poetry will be published on Voice, Austin ISD's new digital press. Poems of all languages will be accepted.

Submission deadline is April 25, 2014.
Winners will be announced May 30, 2014.

This contest is a joint project between Austin Independent School District and Austin Community College. For more information, use the link above or call 512-223-3352.