Rollins College quad

Academic Adventures start at 10:00 a.m. at all sites, with check-in beginning at 9:20 a.m. All classes end at 4:00 p.m.

Spring Session 1
Spring Session 2

Duke University

February 24

March 10

Queens University of Charlotte

No first session

March 24

Rollins College

No first session

March 17

Academic Adventures at Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University, consistently recognized as one of the nation’s finest educational institutions, attracts exceptional students from around the globe for its liberal-arts, graduate, and professional studies. Academic Adventures take place on Duke’s East Campus, which was initially developed in 1892 as Trinity College and rebuilt in a stately Georgian architectural style in the 1920s. Centered on a grassy quad, East Campus supports a close-knit community atmosphere while giving young TIP students a taste of what the college environment feels like.

Academic Adventures at Queens University

Charlotte, North Carolina

Queens University of Charlotte is a private, coeducational university that was established in 1857 and is home to approximately 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students in colleges devoted to arts and sciences, business, education, communication, and health. The campus is known for its Georgian architecture and proximity to Charlotte’s historic Myers Park neighborhood. Charlotte itself is the largest city in North Carolina, making this site the ideal location for families who want to enjoy a day trip to the area while their student attends Academic Adventures on the Queens campus.

Academic Adventures at Rollins College

Winter Park, Florida

Chartered in 1885 as a coeducational liberal-arts college, Rollins is the oldest recognized college in the state of Florida. For twenty consecutive years, it has been ranked among the top regional universities in the South and first in Florida by U.S. News & World Report. Rollins College is located in Winter Park in an attractive and historic residential community adjacent to the city of Orlando. The seventy-acre campus is situated on the shores of Lake Virginia, and features a lakeside beach and walking path. It is an ideal location for families wishing to combine Academic Adventures with a trip to nearby Orlando. 

Partner Locations

In order to provide face-to-face educational programs for more of our 4th–6th Grade Talent Search participants, Duke TIP partners with other educational institutions across the country to offer additional Academic Adventures. Although these programs are not run by TIP, we review their courses and sites to ensure that the experience meets TIP’s high standards. To learn more about the adventures offered at these sites, including course listings and how to apply, please visit their websites as linked to below.

Covington Latin School

Covington, Kentucky

21 E. 11th Street 
Covington, KY 41011
Phone: (859) 291–7044 ext. 2316

March 10 ChemistME
Creative Writing
Engineering 101: Building Structures
Math Explorers
Who Done It?

Fort Worth Country Day

Fort Worth, Texas

4200 Country Day Lane
Fort Worth, TX 76109
Phone: (817) 302-3288

Upcoming dates and courses will be announced soon!

The Health Museum

Houston, Texas

1515 Hermann Dr. 
Houston, TX 77004
Phone: (713) 337–8450

March 17 Surgeon for a Day
Robotics and New Technology New!
Business in Medicine New!
April 14 Dentist for a Day
Genetic Cancer Research New!
Marine Biologist for a Day
May 12 Dermatologist for a Day
Environmental Engineer for a Day
Veterinarian for a Day

Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School

Joplin, Missouri

3401 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone: (417) 781–5124, ext. 231

February 24 Filmmaking: The Art and Science of Visual Storytelling
Robotics Academy
Wizard Academy

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia

The Torrance Center
121 Aderhold Hall Athens, GA 30602
Phone: (706) 542–3237

March 24 Dead Men Tell No Tales: A Pirate's Life for You!
The Dogs of War: Why Rebels Choose to Fight
Engineering Design Challenge
Found Sound
Gene-ius under a Microscope: Introduction to Microbiology & Genetics
Magical Murder
The Physics of Roller Coasters
Sea Vehicles: Watercraft Design
Shark Attack!
Web Development: HTML + CSS

University of South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina

Office of Continuing Education and Conferences: Pre-University Programs
Duke TIP Academic Adventures
1600 Hampton Street Annex, Suite 403
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: (803) 777–9444

March 3 3-D Printing and Prosthesis
Ancient Greek Mythology
Bulls and Bears: Understanding Today's Stock Market
Career in Health Sciences
April 21 Neuroscience—Let's Explore the Brain
Cartoon U!
Creative Writing

Wichita Collegiate School

Wichita, Kansas

Beren Middle School
9115 E. 13th St.
Wichita, KS 67206
Phone: (316) 771–2273

April 7 Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures
Gears in Motion
Introduction to Computer Science
Learn to Code with Apple's Swift Playground


Academic Adventures give fourth, fifth, and sixth graders the opportunity to explore fascinating subjects not found elsewhere, deepen their knowledge of a favorite field, and meet other gifted students. Courses cover a range of subjects and are offered by Duke TIP at three different college campuses, as well as at partner locations across the country.