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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 most recent Academic Adventures session was on
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Our Academic Adventures Offerings for Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, were:
Building Design and Architecture

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to design an actual building? Just like a structural engineer, in this academic adventure, we'll go through the many phases of building design—from the beginning concept through design development, construction, and load testing. Students will participate in hands-on design exercises to further understand structure and building systems with unconventional (and even some edible) building materials. The class will focus on examples from Frank Lloyd Wright, and students will even build models they can bring home.   

Exploration of Forensic Science

Do you like using science and intuition to solve puzzles? Are you curious to know how crimes are solved? Join your peers and sharpen your detective skills as we learn the science behind crime scene collection techniques. Students will collect and analyze evidence from several crime scenes. Through these activities, each student will develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. So put on your lab coat, dust for prints, and prepare to solve a mystery.

Students will learn about the Moon and explore what kinds of problems they would need to solve in order to live there. Students will work individually and as teams to design all their solutions to these problems out of LEGOs! Students will create astronauts, rocket ships, transportation, storage, and necessary resources needed for the Moon. Students will show what they learned by designing and creating a Moon Base at the end.

Applied Programming – Robotics Academy
Learn computer programming and mechanics through building real-world models.  You will build, program, and test complex robots based on the Lego Mindstorm NXT system and the Tetrix Max 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, and then use ultrasonic, light, sound, and touch sensors to program the robots to interact with their environment while executing programmed instructions.



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