Duke TIP


CRISIS (Creative Resolutions of Impending Situations with Intelligent Solutions) is a 1-week summer residential program for current fifth and sixth graders who are members of the Duke TIP 4th–6th Grade Talent Search. Through problem-based learning, CRISIS builds leadership and teamwork skills by asking students to assume the role of a professional on a research team—collaborating with team members to solve a community crisis. Participants explore a field such as engineering, law, or journalism while participating in leadership and development activities designed to help them discover more about who they are and what they want to be.

The Current Crisis: Hurricane TIP

Over the past two decades, hurricanes and the storm surges that accompany them have wreaked havoc on coastal counties along the Gulf and Atlantic seaboards—some of the country’s fastest growing places. From Katrina to Isabel to Sandy, hurricanes affect everyone in their path.

New research also shows that stronger hurricanes could become more frequent as climate change continues. Now, meteorologists are predicting that Hurricane TIP, expected to be a disastrous storm, will make landfall, impacting multiple locations.

Examine the effects of a major hurricane from the perspective of engineers, government officials, researchers, marine biologists, the media, and health professionals. Do your part as an expert in your field to prepare for the storm and respond to its aftermath.

Hurricane TIP

What is Problem-based Learning?

Pioneered in medical school programs, problem-based learning actively engages students in constructing knowledge by:

  • allowing students to learn in the context of complex and multifaceted problems
  • leading students to see the relevance of learning to future roles
  • building motivation for learning
  • developing responsible, professional attitudes to complex societal problems

The Academic Experience

Duke TIP courses are fast-paced and intense and are designed to provide challenge, not remediation. Duke TIP instructors are committed to providing interesting, high-energy educational experiences that often differ from those students encounter in school. Instructors employ a variety of instructional strategies to engage students at a higher level. Those strategies include the following:

  • simulations of real-world activities
  • debates and roundtable discussions
  • laboratory experiences
  • interactive learning
  • out-of-the-classroom field trips

The Residential Experience

Outside the rigorous classroom atmosphere, TIP students participate in social and recreational activities that focus on leadership development and give students a chance to get to know students from other classes and residential groups. While at Duke TIP, students live in college residence halls and are assigned to double or triple occupancy rooms. Students eat meals in campus dining halls alongside residential and instructional staff members. Residential counselors chosen through a competitive application process live in the residence halls with students, supervise and organize recreational activities, serve as role models, and support students in adjusting to TIP.