Jim Aldridge Scholar Weekend

The Duke University Talent Identification Program proudly presents the Duke TIP Jim Aldridge Scholar Weekend at Fort Worth Country Day in Fort Worth, Texas. This weekend consists of two full days of intensive academic study where 7th through 11th-grade students choose a topic not typically covered in school. These courses foster greater curiosity and exposure to higher level concepts across the spectrum of math, science, humanities, and technology, and offers hands-on learning experiences with similarly motivated peers. Please note that overnight accommodations are not provided.

As a participant in the Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search, your child has the opportunity to participate in the Duke TIP Jim Aldridge Scholar Weekend, where students engage in critical thinking, creating, and connecting with other students with similar interests. Only 7th through 11th-grade students with a current Duke TIP identification number may register.

Our Spring Duke TIP Jim Aldridge Scholar Weekend Program will be held February 9-10, 2019

Questions? Please contact Aimee Jenkins at aimee.jenkins@fwcd.com 

Facts and Questions

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  • How to Apply

    Note: This program is only open to 7th through 11th-grade students who have participated in the Duke TIP 7th 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. Registration dates and deadlines coming soon..
  • Cost

    All courses offered February 9-10, 2019 cost $375.00. The tuition includes academic activities, snacks and lunch. Financial aid is available; please contact Aimee Jenkins at aimee.jenkins@fwcd.com  for more details.
  • Scholars Weekend Course Descriptions - Coming Soon


    Spring 2018 Courses
    Financial Literacy and Ethics through Board Games

    This program aims to teach the essentials of financial literacy through the board games Monopoly and Cash Flow 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. 
    Instructors: Mr. Colin Douglas and Mr. Spencer Smith

    DNA with a Forensics Twist
    Participants will investigate a crime scene, collect evidence, and then analyze evidence to find the culprit.  Along the way, they will take an in-depth look forensic methods, including DNA extraction (cheek cell) and electrophoresis (fingerprinting).
    Instructors: Ms. Sherri Reed and Ms. Kathryn Perkins

    Bridge Engineering
    Students will be introduced to the concept of compression and tension as they relate to bridge engineering. Research into types of truss bridges will lead them to design, and then construct and test model bridges. Working in teams, students will use a CNC router to design, cut, assemble and weight test their model bridges.
    Instructors: Dr. Steve Uhr and Ms. Kathy Uhr

    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: Ms. Hester Burdman and Ms. Christine Spikes

    Audio Engineering 
    In this two day course, students will learn the basics of studio recording including types and application of microphones, recording consoles, and freeware recording software,  Students will set up different recording mixes and studio microphone placement. If time allows,  we may also do some basic Foley artist sound FX work and application. Students do not need any prior music or recording background to enroll in this course.
    Instructor: Dr. Chuck Kraus

    Writing Fiction for Publication
    This is a short story writing seminar that focuses on elements of writing, critiquing as a prelude to revision, and marketing short fiction online.  Students would be expected to submit one story prior to the weekend so that the teacher has one set of stories read and ready for conferencing, and thereafter individual conferencing would be staggered with in-class writing time.  The expectation is that students would write several new works, take part in group critiquing, and submit at least one story to a magazine or anthology.
    Instructor: Mr. Jon Shipley

  • 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 Aimee Jenkins at aimee.jenkins@fwcd.com.

    The financial aid deadline is TBD.
  • Schedule - February 9-10

    Duke TIP Jim Aldridge Scholar Weekend – Schedule

    8:30-9 a.m.
    9 a.m.
    9:15 a.m.
    9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    12:15-1 p.m.
    1-3 p.m.
    3-3:15 p.m.
    3:15-5:30 p.m.
    5:30-6:30 p.m.
    6:30-8 p.m.
    8 p.m.
    Check-in in the Martin Campus Center
    Kick-off Meeting for Students and Parents
    Students to classes, Parents depart
    Classes in Session
    Classes in Session
    Afternoon Break (snacks provided)
    Classes in Session
    Classes in Session
    8:30-­9:00 a.m.
    9-12:00 p.m.
    12-12:45 p.m.
    12:45-3:00 p.m.
    3-3:45 p.m.

    Check­in in the Martin Campus Center
    Classes in Session (Be sure to include ten­ minute break where appropriate).
    Classes in Session
    Students Present to Parents in Classrooms

    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.

Dr. Jim Aldridge

The Duke TIP Jim Aldridge Scholar Weekend at Fort Worth Country Day is named in honor of Dr. Jim Aldridge, a beloved FWCD faculty member for more than 30 years. Exemplifying the heart of the Duke TIP program, Dr. Aldridge constantly displayed an intellectual curiosity that was contagious to all who knew him.  A true Renaissance man, he was a writer, rock collector, nature buff, orchid grower, computer expert, pilot, meteorologist, photographer, astronomer, scuba diver, traveler and motorcycle enthusiast. Dr. Aldridge impacted hundreds of lives over the course of his 31-year career at Fort Worth Country Day through his insatiable love of learning and deep care for his students.
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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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