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Students take extra effort to get ahead

Some students in the Four States are taking an extra effort to get ahead, by taking classes outside their school curriculum.
Exploring ancient Egypt, building robots and producing comic books are all areas that students in the Duke Identification Talent Program came to learn today at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School in Joplin.
"I'd say by the end of the day, I'll have a comic book I could sell," said 5th grader Noah Hamlett.
"You can program these robots, these very basic robots, to do a ton of things," said 6th grader Allen Putnam.
The "Academic Adventures" program is offered multiple times a year to area 5th and 6th graders who qualify with standardized test scores.   The program gives students the chance to learn outside their normal curriculum.
"They can try something in foreign language, the arts, science, technology, music, there's a lot of opportunities," said Robert Carlson, Director of Technology and Communications for Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School.  "Since we do it every quarter, and they are 5th and 6th graders, they can have 7 or 8 opportunities."
Carlson says it offers eager students a chance to explore and broaden their interests.
"I think it is important to have opportunities like this because they're eager to learn, they're really curious about the world around them," Carlson said.  "When they have the opportunity to try something that is really in depth and spend a lot of time, a whole day, on just one topic, that's what they really love.  They love learning."
Some kids believe this program will help them in their future career.
"I like working on robots because I think once I get old enough, I kind of want a tech degree," Putnam said.  "I think it's very helpful to kids because then when they grow up, they can learn how to do these things."
The "Academic Adventures" program is offered each quarter of the school year.  The next one will be held sometime in April.
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