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2018 Duke TIP@UGA Academic Adventures

Course Descriptions

Aircraft & Spacecraft Design

In this class, you will explore the amazing world of flight and see how aircraft and spacecraft are designed and tested. You will discover how scientific principles, such as energy, momentum, pressure, and gravity, have led to incredible advances in aerospace technology. Experiment with various structural, propulsion, and control system designs, and take part in hands-on activities like designing, assembling, and flying styrofoam gliders, launching two-liter compressed air/water rockets, and trying out flight gear used by Air Force test pilots. Come find out what it means to make something fly!

Aspiring Zoologists

Can you imagine living your life in captivity? What would you need to keep your intellect, physical fitness, and quality of life high? These are questions that zoologists commonly ask themselves when faced with the task of keeping zoo animals not only healthy, but happy. In this class, you will put on the hat of a true zoologist and design an animal enrichment device or idea for a species of your choosing. You will dive deeply into the inherited traits and learned behavior of the animal and advance your greater knowledge about living organisms and the scientific process.

The Dogs of War: Why Rebels choose to Fight

In a world where civil war and political conflict seem rampant, political scientists have attempted to create a framework for understanding the choices individuals make on whether or not to rebel, and how to go about it. This weekend will incorporate rational-choice theoretical traditions placed within the context of historical and current events. It will address three specific dimensions following Pat Regan's exemplary book "Sixteen Million One": causes of war, individuals' decisions to participate, and the international community's responses. The course will take advantage of simulations, competitive debates, and policy proposals. Students will learn to discuss such sensitive historical events critically and accurately, sensitive to the prejudices often attached to such events.

Engineering Design Challenge

Ever wonder about the exact process an engineer goes through to design and create, well, … anything? Did you know that there are particular steps, processes, and metrics that all engineers must learn, whether they are designing a bridge, a parachute, or a roller coaster? Come learn this design process and start to think like an engineer as you are challenged to complete many engineering projects with your very own design team! In this class, your group will compete against others as you design comically complex Rube Goldberg machines, elegantly supportive egg cradles for our egg drop challenge, and much more! The skills you learn in this class will be indefinitely useful to you as you continue to grow as a problem-solver and future engineer.

Found Sound

Where did music come from? How are instruments made? How are instrumental sounds combined to form a song? In this class, we will discover properties of sound by combining technology with found objects to create beautiful, interesting, and new songs as a class band. First, we will create our own instruments from everyday objects. We will then use a loop pedal and our instruments to write and record our own songs on Garage Band. Let's jam.

Gene-ius under a Microscope: Introduction to Microbiology & Genetics

Ever wish you could see microscopically? Wonder why you look like your parents? Do you want to be a scientist, or just learn more about biology? This class will introduce you to those tiny organisms that live all around us (and inside of us) as we explore what makes us, US! Build your own DNA model, create a dragon baby, learn the scientific method, and discover how those teeny-tiny cells work. In this class, we will cover general biology, microbiology, and genetics in a fun, hands-on environment.

Magical Murder

The law of the Ministry of Magic, which coincidentally copied the American legal system, is swift and just. Harry Potter stands accused of criminal homicide. The victim...Lord Voldemort! Learn the basics of trial advocacy and legal analysis, and utilize those skills to argue for or against Mr. Potter. Public speaking, group work, creative thinking, and logic will set the stage for the trial of the century! Muggles welcome, witches and wizards preferred. SPOILER ALERT: Actual plot elements, characters, and events from the Harry Potter series are discussed in this course.

Public Speaking

Every student benefits from learning how to prepare a speech, calm one's nerves, and engage an audience. This course will include an overview of different types of speeches and ensure a shared vocabulary. Each day will include exercises to improve speech, opportunities to give speeches, and enrichment of analytical skills. Come join us and improve your rhetoric, poise, and voice in front of a crowd!

Sports Medicine

Come and see a new side of sports… the medical side! In this course, you will examine the three most important components of taking care of athletes and their injuries: diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. You also will learn the techniques and skills needed to properly implement each one. Whether you are asked to perform basic upper extremity taping, simulated first aid, or cranial nerve testing, you will not stay seated for long! This course culminates with "Rehab Olympics, where you will test your knowledge and newly learned skills by competing with your peers to quickly replicate challenges injured athletes might face.


Financial Aid is available. Please fill out the Financial Aid form (notification dates are listed on the application form).


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Aderhold Hall
110 Carlton Street
Athens, GA 30602