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 21, 2018Spring courses will be listed when registration opens; the fall course listing can be used as a guide as to what might be offered.

Registration Opens:  March 9, 2018
Financial Aid Application Deadline: March 22, 2018 
Registration Closes: April 9, 2018

Questions? Please contact Aimee Jenkins at or Alicia Schordine 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

    All registrations are completed on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Deadline to register: April 9, 2018
  • Cost

    All courses offered April 21, 2018, will cost $150.00. The tuition includes academic activities, snacks and lunch. 
  • Duke TIP Course Descriptions - Spring 2018

    Financial Literacy through Board Games--Mr. Spencer Smith and Mr. Colin Douglas
    This program aims to teach the essentials of financial literacy through board games 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 shapes our communities.

    Mystery in Paris (Mystère à Paris)-- Ms. Andréanne Annis and Ms. 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.

    Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto--Ms. Jamie Ringgenberg
    Are you anxious about the day when robots will take over the world?  If you take this class, you’ll have no fear because you will learn to control the robots yourself!  This class teaches the basics of programming for LEGO Mindstorms. Be prepared to work as part of a team: during the morning, you’ll learn how to make your robot move, detect colors, measure distances, and respond to touches.  In the afternoon, you’ll apply this knowledge to help your robot navigate through an obstacle course.

    What a Tangled Web We Weave: Web Page Programming--Mr. Jon Shipley
    Do you want to learn how to create web pages? Be a web developer for a day and build your own website! In this class, students will learn HTML and JavaScript programming, the building blocks of web design, and skills that can be continued on any computer without special software. Jump drives with pre-created pages are provided.

    Veterinarian for a Day--Dr. Emily Murphey, DVM and Ms. Kathryn Perkins
    Join a practicing veterinarian (aided by a FWCD Biology teacher) as she walks you through the science and practice of veterinary medicine. This course will involve hands-on activity with live animals, including a large (but docile) dog, so pet and dander allergies cannot be accommodated.

    Engineering and Physics Too!--Mr. Stephen Dickey
    How long can you keep a marble rolling in a given volume of space while traveling through various obstacles? While designing, constructing, and testing your own marble-drop structures, you will learn about the concepts of potential and kinetic energy.  This open-ended project has nearly unlimited possible solutions
  • Financial Aid

    Financial aid is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to families who demonstrate need. However our online registration is not set up to process financial aid requests.  Families interested in obtaining information regarding financial aid must first contact the Duke TIP FWCD Coordinator Brad Philipson at

    Financial Aid Application Deadline: March 22, 2018
  • Schedule - Saturday, April 21, 2018.

    Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. Courses begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. and end at 3:00 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 a.m.                     
    noon-12:45 p.m.     
    1-3 p.m.                 
    3 p.m.                      
    Student check-in at Martin Campus Center
    Students in class
    Lunch (provided)
    Students in Class
    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

    Review the check-in location on the 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. After that time, cancellations will result in forfeiture of payment except in cases of illness (with doctor’s note on letterhead), death of an immediate family member, or inclement weather. 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 K-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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