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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 4th, 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 4th, 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, Nov. 4, 2017
Watch for registration to open Oct. 9

Our Academic Adventures Offerings for Saturday, April 8, 2017, were:

Space Exploration - Blast Off! -  grades 4-5
In Space Exploration, students learn about the different ways humans discover the universe. Students design, build, and test a Mars rover. Students create constellations and look at how they change in the night sky. Students create rockets and test how trajectory affects their rocket’s flight. Students plot lunar landing sites on the moon.  Students create parachutes for their rockets to land safely on a planet surface. 

Robotics Academy - grades 5-6 
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. 

Building Design and Architecture - grades 4-5
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 take home.

Let Them Eat Cake- Exploration of French history, culture, and cuisine - grades 5-6
During Let Them Eat Cake, students will learn about history - from the reign of Louis XIV to Bastille Day.  We will explore holidays, music, and customs. The students will also have the opportunity to experience French food firsthand. Over lunch, we will cook crêpes and have a sampling of French food. We will follow up with a discussion of French food and the role of food in French holidays.


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