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 3, 2018Fall courses will be listed when registration opens; the spring course listing can be used as a guide as to what might be offered.

Registration Opens:  September 19, 2018
Financial Aid Application Deadline: October 3, 2018 
Registration Closes: October 22, 2018

Questions? 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

    All registrations are completed on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Deadline to register: October 22, 2018
  • Cost

    All courses offered November 3, 2018, will cost $150.00. The tuition includes academic activities, snacks and lunch. 
  • Duke TIP Course Descriptions - Fall 2018

    Fall 2018 Courses

    Design Squad
    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: Hester Burdman and Christine Spikes

    Where Movies Begin! 
    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. 
    Instructor: Loren Sammons

    French Language through Song!
    Learn French vocabulary and grammar through songs! Students will add to their vocabulary banks and grammatical foundation as well as adding to their cultural knowledge with this musical journey through the French language. From Edith Piaf to French rap, songs will be studied not only for their vocabulary and grammar but also their impact on Francophone culture. Whatever your level of French, you will have fun discovering more about "la chanson française".
    Instructor: Rob Napier

    Bridge Engineering
    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: Kathy Uhr and Steve Uhr

    Fly Me to the Moon
    Build and launch a model rocket, but not just any model rocket; yours will carry an egg astronaut (Fate uncertain.)!  Fly an egg up, up and away with an Estes model rocket engine.  Learn about Newton’s Laws of Motion, Conservation of Momentum, Orbits, and Air Resistance by designing and building a rocket with a capsule that will keep the egg from breaking. 
    Instructors: John Cordell and Stephen Dickey

    World Language Boot Camp
    Language curious students will have the opportunity to learn about cultures and languages that are not commonly taught in American schools. Students will learn to understand words and phrases in Japanese, Icelandic, Arabic, Cherokee, Bosnian and other Slavic Languages. Students will learn about the interconnectedness of the world’s language families and be able to skillfully describe and compare the characteristics of each language. We will have an exciting time working all areas of the brain in this linguistic boot camp!
    Instructor: Rona Mattocks
  • 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:

    2. Submit the completed application, all supporting documentation, and the Academic Adventures Course Preference form to Angela Benson in the FWCD Business Office via email ( or mail (Angela Benson, FWCD Business Office, 4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76109) no later than October 3, 2018. 

    Applications will be reviewed on October 4, 2018, and applicants will be notified about award decisions on October 5, 2018.  At that time, instructions will be given on how to complete the enrollment process. 
    Thank you for your continued interest in Duke TIP at FWCD!
    Angela Benson
    Duke TIP Financial Aid Coordinator
    Fort Worth Country Day
    4200 Country Day Lane
    Fort Worth, Texas 76109
    817-302-3254 (office)
  • Schedule - Saturday, November 3, 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 Fischer Dining Pavilion
    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 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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