Academic Adventures

The Duke University Talent Identification Program proudly presents Academic Adventures at Fort Worth Country Day in Fort Worth, Texas. Academic Adventures consist of one full day of intensive academic study, where fifth and sixth-grade 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. 

As a participant in the Duke TIP 4th-6th Grade Talent Search, your child has the opportunity to participate in Academic Adventures, where students engage in learning, thinking and creating. This enrichment program offers challenge and excitement for gifted students. Only fourth, fifth and sixth-grade students with a current Duke TIP identification number may register.

Our Spring Duke TIP Academic Adventures Program will be held on April 6, 2019. Course descriptions can be found below.
Registration Opens: March 4, 2019 at 12 noon
Financial Aid Application Deadline: March 20, 2019
Registration Closes: March 28, 2019
Questions about Duke TIP at FWCD?  Please contact Aimee Jenkins at

Facts and Questions

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  • How to Apply

    Note: This program is only open to fourth, fifth and sixth-grade students who have participated in the Duke TIP 4th-6th Grade Talent Search. Only students with a current TIP ID number should register.

    Students register for courses on a first come, first served basis. Class size is limited to no more than 17 students. Because the classes fill quickly, please take time to go over the course descriptions with your child to prioritize choices.
  • Registration

  • Cost

    All courses are offered April 6, 2019, will cost $150.00. The tuition includes academic activities/supplies and an afternoon snack.  Please note, due to the wide variety of dietary restrictions and allergies of participants in our programs, students must bring their own lunch to the Spring 2019 Academic Adventures program at FWCD.
  • Lunch

    Please note, due to the wide variety of dietary restrictions and allergies of participants in our programs, students must bring their own lunch to the Spring 2019 Academic Adventures program at FWCD.  Refrigeration is not provided for lunch storage; lunches will be kept in an air-conditioned space prior to the lunch period.  Guardians will have an opportunity to note their students' allergies and dietary restrictions when registering, and our Academic Adventures staff will oversee lunch in our Dining Pavilion to maintain a safe environment for all participants.
  • Course Descriptions - Spring 2019

    Instructors: Steve Uhr and Kathy Uhr 
    Students will use simple CAD software to design truss bridges. The students will use a CNC router to cut the components of their bridges from wood stock. The bridges will be assembled and bench tested for their load-bearing strength using Vernier testing equipment. Students will learn about the different types of truss bridges as well as the concepts of compression, tension and torsion.

    Instructors: Christine Spikes and Hester Burdman
    Do you like to create and build? Are you a good problem solver? Then this is the course for you - We will be strategizing on keeping Barbie from getting a Concussion, saving an astronaut from sure death, building strong structures to  Withstand natural disasters, and launching supplies to reach behind enemy lines. We will be working in small collaborative teams and gaining more insight into the engineering design process.

    Instructors: Kathryn Perkins and Rachel Fineman
    Come experience a hands-on exploration of the human body! We will be looking into the structures and functions of several human body systems and how they work together to make our incredible human body.

    Instructors: Stephen Dickey and John Cordell
    Students will be introduced to the Engineering Design Process while designing and constructing a Marble Drop. The ultimate goal of the project is for teams to maximize the time the ball moves through a 2’ x 2’ x 3’ volume, without ever letting the ball come to rest. Participants will learn about potential and kinetic energy in order to construct various obstacles such as mazes, zig-zags, see-saws, roller coaster waves, marbles wheels, jumps, plinko boards and more.

    Instructors: Colin Douglas and Spencer Smith
    Financial literacy is one of the most important practical skills students can learn to promote a healthy future for themselves and their communities. As most adults know, it can take years to learn how to be successful in a market economy, and this education often involves learning “the hard way” of acquiring debt or losing money outright. But what if students could acquire knowledge and skills about financial literacy in a short time while having fun?

    This program aims to teach the essentials of financial literacy through the board games Monopoly and Acquire while also considering whacky ideas about the future of economics through critical discussions. In between rounds of ferocious financial competition, we will consider the broader implications of how our saving, spending, and investing shape our communities.

    Instructor: Loren Sammons
    Like many art forms, movies begin in the minds of people. One of those people could be you! Screenwriters create all the moments you’ve come to love in your favorite movies and television shows. They are the ones who craft the catchy dialogue of the characters you quote. In this course, we will preview the unique writing style and format screenwriters use to launch the first phase of the movie-making process. We will also carefully watch short films and analyze their structure. Finally, we will write pitchable loglines for films you would like to write.

    Instructors: Andréanne Annis and  Karen Curella
    Learn French as you solve a mystery in and under the streets of Paris! You are a secret agent working for the United States government. Your mission is to solve the case of a mysterious disappearance. Having never studied French, you must learn the language to solve the mystery! Accept the mission, search with the secret map, discover Paris and its food, crack the case, and submit your mission report. This class is designed for beginners.

  • Financial Aid

    Financial aid for Duke TIP at Fort Worth Country Day is available on a first-come, first-served basis to families who demonstrate need. 

    To apply for financial aid:

    1. Complete the FWCD Duke Tip Financial Aid Application and the Academic Adventures Course Preference Form.  You can view the course options on our Duke TIP website or on this webpage.

    2. Submit the completed application, all supporting documentation, and the Academic Adventures Course Preference form to Angela Benson in the FWCD Business Office no later than March 20, 2019.

    Mailing address:
    Angela Benson, FWCD Business Office
    4200 Country Day Lane
    Fort Worth, TX 76109

    Submit application and documents online.

    Applications will be reviewed on March 22, and applicants will be notified about award decisions on March 23, 2019.  At that time, instructions will be given on how to complete the enrollment process. 

  • Schedule - Saturday, April 6, 2019

    Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. Courses begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. All classes meet on the Fort Worth Country Day Campus in Fort Worth, Texas for one day of intense academic study.

    Duke TIP Academic Adventures – Schedule
    9:30 - 10:00am: Check-In at Fischer Dining Pavilion
    10:00am - Noon: Class
    Noon - 1:00pm: Lunch
    1:00 - 4:00pm: Class
    4pm: Dismissal, students depart with parents.

    What to Bring: - Notebook, pencil, and pen.
    Wear comfortable clothes (jeans or shorts are fine for class) and shoes that are suitable for walking. A raincoat or jacket is recommended for inclement weather.
  • Campus Map - Check in Location

    Check-in is located at the Fischer Dining Pavilion campus map.
  • Cancellations

    Cancellations must be requested in writing ten (10) business days prior to the scheduled program date to ensure a refund of tuition minus a $10 non-refundable registration fee.  Should the Participant leave the Duke TIP Program for any reason other than a death in the immediate family (mother, father, guardian, or sibling only) or an illness, which requires hospitalization, after the fee deadline set by Duke TIP has passed, there will be no refund of any fees. Should the Participant leave the Duke TIP Program as the result of death in the immediate family or an illness that requires hospitalization, Duke TIP will provide a prorated refund not to exceed 50% of Program fees.  Refunds will take approximately one month to process.
4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76109
Phone: 817.732.7718
Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a JK-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.

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