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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, July 21, 2018
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Our Academic Adventures Offerings for Saturday, July 21, 2018, are:
Chemistry and Cookery

From the first primitive barbeque to liquid-nitrogen ice-cream, science and food are inextricably linked.  The ability to prepare, store and preserve food safely is vital to our society.  In this class we will learn about the many chemical and physical processes that make puffy pancakes, jiggling jell-o and marvelous meringue.  We will get to taste and compare the textures and flavors of the products of our chemical reactions.   

Lights… Camera… Philosophy!

Do you ever wonder about the meaning of the world, why it is here, and who gets to decide it? Have you ever wondered why one thing is right while another is wrong? Philosophy is the study of questions like this and more. In this class we will watch two age-appropriate movies and discuss the philosophy in each. We’ll consider ideas about society, truth, reality, and perspective. If you like big ideas, then join us as we pop some corn and do some thinking.

The Book of Kells: A Course for the Middle Ages!
Put on your cloak and explore the medieval 9th century Europe that created the magnificent, one-of-a-kind Book of Kells and saved western civilization! In this daylong adventure, students will discover how monks spent their everyday lives. They will learn key phrases in Latin, learn about the history of bookmaking, and get some starters on making beautiful calligraphy. We’ll talk about why these monks chose such beautiful iconography and task to making our own unique illuminations. This day will include wax tablets, Celtic cookies, and so much more. You won’t want to miss it.

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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