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 Fall Duke TIP Academic Adventures Program will be held on November 4, 2017

Registration Opens:  September 29, 2017
Registration Closes: October 23, 2017

Questions? Please contact Brad Philipson 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: October 23, 2017
  • Cost

    All courses offered Nov. 4, 2017 will cost $150.00. The tuition includes academic activities, snacks and lunch. 
  • Duke TIP Course Descriptions - Fall 2017

    Design Squad-- Ms. Christine Spikes
    Do you like to create and build? Are you a good problem solver? Then this is the course for you - We will be trying to keep Barbie from hitting the ground, 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. STEM

    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. STEM

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

    Genetics--Ms. Rachel Fineman
    After an intro to basic genetics, the students will discover if they have dominant or recessive genes for a few easy to identify human traits.  The afternoon will involve the introduction of more complex traits like blood type and an activity to identify different types of “blood.”  The day will finish with students genetically engineering their own monsters. STEM

    App Smash Animation-- Ms. Dorrine DeChant
    This exciting class immerses students in animation awesomeness! Students will learn traditional animation styles including flip books and zoetropes and progress to using iPads to create several motion art creations. A great aspect of the class will be using the technique of “app-smashing”, which utilizes multiple apps to create an object animation with a green screen background.  Creativity is used from the beginning of story-boarding to the end credits. STEAM

    VIKINGS!--Ms. Rona Mattocks
    Students will learn some basic Icelandic, survey the history of the first settlement and key players in Viking history and read excerpts from the Sagas.  Hands-on crafts related to the era such as creating Runes, etc., will be interspersed throughout the day.

    You Can Be in a Drumline--Dr. Chuck Kraus and Mr. Jonathan Hinton
    No level of musical background is needed. In fact, the less students know, the better! By the end of the session, the students will be able to perform two, possibly three full drumline cadences (songs). Students will have a chance to play snare drum, bass drum, quad toms, cymbals, and possibly mallets!

    Electric Boogaloo--Mr. Stephen Dickey and Mr. John Cordell
    Flashing lights.  Loud buzzers.  Hot solder.  It's circuit time! Come design and construct circuits while learning about diodes, capacitors, and resistors. STEM
  • 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 office at

    Financial Aid Inquiry Deadline: October 11, 2017
  • Schedule - Saturday, November 4, 2017

    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.