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As a participant in the Duke TIP 4th-6th Grade Talent Search, your child is part of a select group eligible to participate in TIP’s popular Academic Adventures programs hosted by Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School in Joplin, Missouri. Academic Adventures are open to students in 5th, and 6th grades, and are comprised of one full day of intensive academic study, where students choose a topic not typically covered in school. The program offers hands-on learning experiences with motivated peers in an environment where creativity and critical thinking meet. Through a partnership between Duke TIP and Thomas Jefferson, your child has the opportunity to participate in a fascinating Academic Adventures on Saturdays throughout the year.  Academic Adventures classes are designed to be true adventures, where students engage in learning, thinking, and creating. This enrichment program offers challenge and excitement for gifted students.

Program Basics:
This opportunity is open to all current participants in the Duke TIP 4th-6th Grade Talent Search (currently enrolled in the 5th, or 6th grade).  Students enroll in one class, and explore material not offered in most school programs. The $110 course fee includes materials, lunch, and academic activities.



Join us in the greatest adventure — Duke TIP Academic Adventures.

Our next Academic Adventures session is scheduled for
Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Our Academic Adventures Offerings for Saturday, January 27, 2018, are:

Mini - Autopsy
Have you ever wondered what the inside of a worm, a crayfish, and or a frog looks like?  Have you wondered about how the internal anatomy of other animals compared to humans?  In this hands-on lab, you will explore the different anatomies of worms, crayfish, and frog, while learning proper lab procedure and safety.  You will then get a chance to compare the anatomy of these animals to HUMANS. 

Filmmaking: The Art and Science of Visual Storytelling

Students will get hands-on experience making a short film as they develop their ability to think critically and tell a story visually.  They will practice screenplay writing, storyboarding, shot design, lighting design, and other aspects of pre-production.  The will then shoot and edit video, record and edit audio, apply special and visual effects, and much more. Students will screen parts of influential films before they apply their new knowledge to telling a story visually through their own project.  Students will edit video on professional editing workstations, and all necessary equipment will be provided..

Robotics Academy
Learn about science and technology by building real-world models and programming them to automatically carry out life-like commands. After reviewing the six classical “simple machines,” you will build, program, and test complex robots based on the Lego Mindstorm NXT system. This robotics course is an excellent way to develop math, engineering, programming, and motor skills while building exciting, complex machines. Plan, program, test, and troubleshoot your robot’s automation commands using the NXT-G programming interface, and then use ultrasonic, light, sound, and touch sensors to program the robots to interact with their environment while executing programmed instructions.

Wizard Academy
Join us for a fun-filled day at the Wizard Academy exploring the magical and mythological power of Latin -- the official language of sorcerers everywhere. You will be sorted into a house, make your own wand, learn the Latin roots of spells, write your own spells, participate in a wizard duel, eat wizard treats, and so much more! Come dressed as your favorite character, wear your school robes, or don any other wizard attire you like.

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