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Duke Tip Academic Adventures

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Fall classes are now available for registration!

The Health Museum, in partnership with the Duke University Talent Identification Program, proudly presents Academic Adventures in the Houston Museum District.  Open to 5th and 6th grade students who have participated in the Duke TIP 4th-6th Grade Talent Search, these day long courses provide challenging, hands-on learning experiences that promote creativity and critical thinking while also allowing students to explore topics not typically covered in school. 

If you have questions contact academicadventures@thehealthmuseum.org


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September 21st

Surgeon for a Day

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a surgeon? In this course, you will learn about the different types of surgeons, participate in a fetal pig dissection, and learn about what it's really like to be in the operating room!  

Veterinarian for a Day

Do you like helping animals and people? Do you think you want to be a veterinarian, or do you want to know what being a vet is all about? Veterinarians are doctors trained to protect the health of both animals and people. As a veterinarian for a day, you will learn about the anatomy and physiology of animals, how to calculate the proper dosage of a drug, and injection techniques. You will also get to experience a little of what a surgery suite would be like by dressing for surgery, learning the different types of surgical instruments used by veterinarians, and some basic suturing patterns. 

Chef for a Day

Dreaming of being a restaurant chef or just love going out to eat? Students will be immerse in a safe, educational & entertaining world of food and feed their interest in cooking! Focusing on different types of cuisine, budding chefs will learn culinary basics and take it up a notch selecting unique flavors. Students will hone in their knife skills, plating, and team work while developing recipes for appetizers, entrees and desserts. Let's get cooking! 

Environmental Engineer for a Day

Ever wonder why it’s important to balance nature and human needs?  Students will have a chance to build a simple watershed to learn about the effect of pesticides used in agriculture, invent a holder for cans that’s animal safe and much more while learning the importance of Environmental Engineers in our society!  Come find out why engineers are at the forefront of designing renewable energy systems!


September 28th

Cardiologist for a Day

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a cardiologist? Learn more about cardiac anatomy through a hands-on dissection of a sheep’s heart.

Marine Biologist for a Day

Interested in working with real sea life? Probe through oyster shells freshly plucked from Galveston Bay waters and dissect a dogfish shark! Students will have a chance to explore estuarine life and shark phylogeny, biology and ecology during this hands-on sea adventure!

Dentist for a Day

What is in your mouth? In this course, you will learn all about your mouth and teeth! You will learn how all about how dentist’s clean teeth, treat cavities and treat diseases of the mouth!

Nutritionist for a Day

Students will whisk and stir their way through hands-on cooking activities including lessons on eating a balanced diet and understanding the importance of micro and macro nutrients. 


October 5th

Nurse for a Day

Did you know that by 2030 nursing will be one of the most sought after medical careers? Experience a day in one of the most versatile and fast paced medical careers. Students will learn basic patient assessments, critical thinking, and bedside manner through an interactive case study.

Surgeon for a Day

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a surgeon? In this course, you will learn about the different types of surgeons, participate in a fetal pig dissection, and learn about what it's really like to be in the operating room!  

Pediatrician for a Day

Ever wonder how you as a kid are different from adults? Or what your doctor looks for when you go for an appointment? As a pediatrician for a day, you will explore the field of pediatrics, the study of children and childhood diseases. From babies to teenagers, pediatricians take care of young people

Epidemiologist for a Day

Have you ever wondered how epidemiologists study outbreaks of infectious diseases and what they can do to help prevent it from spreading?  Are you interested in participating in a challenge in which you and your teammates are tasked to find the antidote to save lives?  Students will have a chance to do this and more while trying to understand what it takes to be an epidemiologist!

November 23rd

First Responder for a Day

These are the men and women who make it their business to take action when disaster strikes. They're first on the scene after car crashes, fires, medical emergencies and natural disasters. Whether you've had your own emergency or not chances are you’ve caught a glimpse of the dangerous but rewarding work they do. Learn what it takes to be a first responder in this one immersion course.

Physical Therapist for a Day

Do you know someone who has had surgery or a broken bone? In this course, you will have the opportunity to explore the muscles and bones of the human body and how they work together. You will have hands-on experience with goniometers, hand dynamometers, and other tools used by PTs to evaluate and treat patients daily. We will evaluate each other's balance and coordination using clinical outcome measures and learn some basic skills and exercises used in the clinic to help patients get better.

Petroleum Engineer for a Day

Today's oil and gas industry is designed by chemical, mechanical, civil, petroleum, and electrical engineers using basic math and science principles to result in tremendous economic and environmental advantages in complex projects. We will start with discussing energy consumption, the different sources of energy, and how oil and natural gas are formed. We'll explore how to drill for oil, and the different recovery methods used today including fracking. In addition, we will briefly learn about offshore operations and the principle of buoyancy. We will conclude the day with an oil spill simulation – where each of the students will study the different clean-up methods used in industry. Students will learn through lectures, videos, and hands-on experiments.

Dermatologist for a Day

Did you know your skin is your body's biggest organ? In this course you will learn all about what a Dermatologist does! Learn how they treat skin diseases, & rare skin conditions! 


December 14th

Non-Destructive Testing Engineer for a Day

A non-destructive testing engineer tests the safety of structures, vehicles, or vessels without causing damage by using x-ray, ultrasound, fiber optic or related equipment. Students will have the opportunity to see firsthand exactly how NDT engineers have repurposed medical equipment to ensure safety when traveling commercially. The students will get to use diagnostic tools and test structures on their own!

Surgeon for a Day

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a surgeon? In this course, you will learn about the different types of surgeons, participate in a fetal pig dissection, and learn about what it's really like to be in the operating room!  

Biomedical Engineer for a Day

Is it possible to grow new organs in a test tube? How do scientists design new types of materials to replace body parts? This branch of engineering consists of scientists that combine biology, materials science, and engineering design in order to grow tissue in the laboratory as well as design biomedical equipment and devices. You will learn the fundamentals of bio-materials and how scientists work with cells and materials to design organs. Through hands-on experiments, you will learn the fundamentals of what it takes to be a biomedical engineer.

Genetics & Cancer Researcher for a Day

Interested in cancer research? In this course, you'll learn the basics of genetics research, relationships among DNA, genes, and chromosomes! You will also learn about the effects of different mutations on gene sequences and resulting proteins and how to create a genetics risk assessment! 



9:15 am - Check in  
9:50 am - Welcome session 
10:00 am - Classes start
4:00 pm - Classes conclude & closing session

Parents and students are welcome and encouraged to attend both welcome and closing sessions


$160 tuition per course covers the cost of all program material, supplies, and lunch.  The $160 includes a $20 non-refundable registration fee.

Financial Aid : 

Financial Aid applications for Fall 2019 are available. Please send applications to the following email: academicadventures@thehealthmuseum.org 

Registration is online only. Payment is due at the time of registration.

Upon registration, an acceptance packet will be sent electronically.The packet must be completed and submitted by the deadline indicated.  All participants must show proof of health insurance. 

Wait List 

Students are placed in classes on a first- come, first-registered basis. Some classes may fill before the application deadline. For the best choice of classes apply early. A wait list will be generated for classes; however, there is no guarantee that space will become available. Please fill our the wait list form below.

Wait List 2019


Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be requested in writing to AcademicAdventures@thehealthmuseum.org , ten (10) business days prior to the scheduled program date to ensure a refund (minus $20 registration fee).  After that time, cancellations will result in forfeiture of payment except in case of illness (with doctor's note on letterhead), death of an immediate family member, or inclement weather.  Refunds will take approximately 3 weeks to process.

For questions, contact  academicadventures@thehealthmuseum.org