Be an Active TIPster!
Being a Duke TIP student is more than just seeing your name on a certificate of merit. TIPsters have lots of opportunities to challenge themselves and have fun while exploring new academic topics. Check out the activities open to you through Duke TIP.
Did you know that we send you an email around the middle of the month letting you know what’s going on at TIP and making it easy for you to participate? If you have not been getting our emails, tell your parents to send a message to email@example.com letting us know. We may have an old email address on file for you—and you don’t want to miss out on these opportunities:
- Explore the extent of your academic abilities by taking the PSAT 8/9. You can take it once a year while you are in the 4th–6th grades and use your score information when planning your regular and summer educational activities. Learn more here.
- Discover new interests with a monthly magazine just for TIPsters like you called the Navigator. It has interesting articles and videos on topics of interest you won’t find in school; ideas for fun, hands-on activities; and lots of ways for you to publish your work and be recognized. Visit Navigator here to read the current and past issues.
- Join other TIPsters in our virtual book club, where you’ll read great books, connect with other gifted students nationwide, and participate in hands-on, multidisciplinary activities related to each book’s theme. Log in to the book club to join the fun.
- Take advantage of free online academic lessons in writing, math, and science by signing in with your TIP ID here.
- Enter TIP’s annual Writing and Illustration Contest. It offers monetary prizes to first, second, and third place winners, as well as to their schools. Learn more here.
- Check out TIP’s Opportunity Guide, a source for academic competitions, contests, and other educational opportunities you might enjoy. (Your parents might like the Talent Talk and Research Digest sections of Gifted Today as well!)
- Stretch your abilities by taking advantage of discounts on Independent Learning products for advanced students, including MathPack: Quest and Word Power. Visit Duke TIP’s Independent Learning site for details.
Don’t forget about TIP’s educational programs
If you’re looking to challenge yourself, explore interesting topics, and meet new friends who share your interests—check out Duke TIP’s face-to-face and online programs. All of our programs are designed for gifted students like you and they all offer tons of fun while you learn! Plus we offer need-based financial aid to defray the cost of these programs so that more students can attend (we awarded over $4.1 million in financial aid last year alone). Visit the Duke TIP website for information on each of these programs, including cost, dates, locations, courses, and more:
- Weekend Programs offer current fourth, fifth, and sixth graders daylong opportunities to explore exciting topics in depth while using your creativity and critical thinking skills to complete hands-on activities. They are offered at Duke University’s East Campus, on the campus of Queens University of Charlotte, at Florida’s Rollins College, and at partner locations throughout our region. Programs are offered in the fall, spring, and summer, depending on location.
- CRISIS is TIP’s week-long summer residential program for students who have just completed fifth or sixth grade. Through problem-based learning, CRISIS builds your leadership and teamwork skills by asking you to play the role of a research team member in a specialized area like architecture, broadcast media, emergency management, environmental sciences, or public health. You then collaborate with other research teams to respond to a common community crisis like a hurricane, oil spill, earthquake, or pandemic. CRISIS takes place in June and July.
- eInvestigators is Duke TIP’s exciting new approach to interactive online learning. In this month-long program, you collaborate with other students to solve a case based on a real-world mystery found in a field such as medicine, history, archaeology, science, and mathematics. Over four weeks, as the case’s puzzle unfolds, you collect and analyze new evidence and theories, all leading up to finding the ultimate answer to a real-life mystery. Programs are offered in the fall, spring, and summer for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders.
Benefits of Joining Duke TIP’s Talent Search
You’ve earned the title of TIPster; now it’s time for you to make use of the resources you’ve earned access to. We hope you’ll be an active participant in the Talent Search! Duke TIP’s Talent Search offers students a variety of benefits, enrichment activities, and access to accelerated learning programs, as well as support of their social, emotional, and academic needs.
- Navigator | Grades 4–6
This online monthly publication for gifted students explores new subjects through feature articles, interviews with experts, at-home activities, and opportunities for TIPsters to contribute.
- Book Club | Grades 4–6
Participants can join the bimonthly online book club, which features activities, guided reading questions, and discussions that bring out different elements of each novel read.
- Writing and Illustration Contest | Grades 4–6
This annual contest invites students to submit short stories and artwork based on a unique prompt. Winners and their schools receive cash prizes.
- Above-Grade-Level Testing | Grades 4–6
With an additional test registration fee of $42, participants can take the optional PSAT 8/9 assessment each year. Score results are sent only to parents, and Duke TIP posts a results summary online to help interpret the scores.
- Recognition | Grades 4–6
We celebrate students’ accomplishments by awarding certificates and providing educators with tools to recognize students with ceremonies at their schools.
- Gifted Today | Grades 4–6
This online publication for educators and parents includes recent research findings, an extensive library of articles, advice from experts, and other news from the field of gifted education.
- Connections to Other Opportunities | Grades 4–6
We share advice and resources that families can use to find programs, contests, and scholarships of special interest to high-achieving students.
- Educational Guidance | Grades 4–6
Parents and teachers of talent search participants have access to TIP’s experienced gifted education experts via email or phone when they need guidance.