DeBusk Enrichment Center for Academically Talented Students

 MAJORS


Here is a list of the Major classes offered this year at Senior DECATS.  Please click on the Major to see a detailed description of that class along with photos from previous years.



Culinary Arts
Do you have what it takes to run a restaurant? We will learn the ins and outs of this industry while creating culinary masterpieces.  During our course we will explore the foundations of classical cuisine, learn the fundamentals of nutrition, develop a sense of using local ingredients in menu development, dine well on our wonderful creations, and imagine opportunities for a career in the culinary arts! Bon Appétit! 

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Drama
Students in Drama will be exposed to a variety performance techniques including acting, story-telling, movement, voice, dance, and improvisation as well as theater production skills including scenic, lighting, sound, and costume design and event promotion.  While developing these skills through games and exercises, students will work with teachers to deconstruct and reinvent an established text to create wholly unique world premiere rock musical that will be performed on the last day of the program.  All students are invited to perform as actors in the production but students interested in behind the scenes work involving stage-management, set construction, and sound and lighting operation are encouraged to join this major as well!

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Journalism

The Journalism Major students are introduced to both traditional and multimedia journalism work by publishing the DECATS newspaper as well as updating the camp's Facebook and Twitter social media platform on Facebook and Twitter. Students are trained in the fundamental principles and techniques of print journalism while also introduced to new tools that the field has adopted in recent years. This is accomplished through a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on production. Students will have the opportunity to investigate stories, interview their peers and professionals in the Dallas area, write copy, copy edit, and produce multimedia such as pictures and video. There will be scheduled tours, guest lectures and field trips that will enhance the student’s experiences in the rapidly-changing Journalism field.

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Mock Trial

Students in this major will meet each morning and have electives in the afternoon. Thinking of a career in law or advocacy? Is it your destiny to be a leader of tomorrow? Are you interest in debate or persuasive speaking? Students who enroll in Mock Trial will learn the basic elements of debate, proper courtroom etiquette, direct and cross examination tactics, use of logic in argument, the structure of opening statements and closing arguments, Texas rules of evidence, and other matters of related to trial advocacy. We’ll be divided into teams and will be assigned cases. Students will have all the roles in the courtroom: lawyers, witnesses, personnel – the judge will be your facilitators. The case will be tried. You will be challenged to push your limits, develop leadership, communication and problem-solving skills and your ability to work well with a team. Guest speakers will be from the legal world as well as a field trip to a courtroom or other legal setting. Wednesday evening June 26th, we will have a mock trial competition that guests are invited to attend.

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Psychology 
Explore the brain. Work on experiments that explore our habits, our tendencies and our strengths and weaknesses. Learn about the neurotransmitters and how or if we can change our brain pathways. Join in an adventure at the inside ropes course and look at how perception and reality collide to create fear, phobias and drama. Learn from experts about the dominant gender and the differences between the male and female psyche. We will conduct our own research and reach our own conclusions. Learn, laugh and reach outside your comfort zone.

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Rock Opera
Create your own statement using both Music and Art, as part of an original Film Festival. Students will perform, produce and edit their work for a final shown on the last day. Be behind the camera, perform your version of the music created by others, and create your own music. Or, better yet: do it all! All scripts are student-generated and unique. DVDs will be burned and cast members can enjoy watching their show throughout the year. The shows have a standard of excellence and each year the bar is set higher; each year the Rock Opera/Film Festival is unique, thought-provoking and fun - for the performers and the audience. Help make history and make a statement! The Film Festival is the final show of Senior DECATS and is shown for the Open House audience on the final Friday. Let the artist/musician/performer/writer/thinker/actor in you come out. Help us continue the tradition. Help us end DECATS on a high. Join the Rock Opera family! 

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Science
The students in this Science Major will be exploring the ecosystems of the world, and building their own ecostsyetm with larger than life creatures. Students will visit different ecosystems, both online and in person. So, if you are interested in creating your own "Jurassic Park" is the MAJOR for you.

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Visual Arts 
If you are a student who really likes to experiment with painting, drawing, and sculpture, this major is for you. Come and express yourself with unique and innovative artwork using a variety of media in a fun environment. Some projects may include hand building with clay, painting, collage, and found object sculptures. All artwork will be on exhibit during an art show on the last day of the DECATS program in the atrium gallery. A field trip to an interesting art destination is planned. 

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