DeBusk Enrichment Center for Academically Talented Students

 MAJORS


Here is a list of the MAJORS 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/Multimedia Major students are introduced to both traditional and multimedia journalism work by publishing the DECATS newspaper, producing the announcements and weekly slideshow and updating our information in a variety of social media platforms.  Students are trained in the fundamental principles and techniques of print journalism as well provided the opportunity to practice skills necessary to create a comprehensive presence in social media.  Through a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on production, students become writers, editors, producers, marketers and critics of their creative work.  They will have the opportunity to investigate stories, interview their peers and professionals in the Dallas area, and report back to the DECATS community.  Student generated slideshows and broadcasts will be featured in our community meetings.  The Journalism Majors are in the know and keep everyone on their toes.  Scheduled field trips and guest speakers enhance the journalists’ experience and introduce scholars to the rapidly-changing Journalism field.

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Math - STEM


Escape the Room Creation 
Come join us as we create several break-out room scenarios utilizing our knowledge of science, technology, English, and math.  We will spend the first few days analyzing sample break-out rooms before creating our own.  We will create break-out rooms based on the following; science topics (chosen by our students), technology advances, English literature/grammar, and fun math facts/equations.  The break-out rooms we create will be used during week 2 and 3 elective break-out room classes.  Parents can try their luck during our parent open house.  Come see if you can break-out of the room!!!

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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 20th, we will have a mock trial competition that guests are invited to attend.

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Psychology 
Fear is a powerful and primitive human emotion. It alerts us to the presence of danger and was critical in keeping our ancestors alive.  What makes someone overcome fear and run into burning buildings or take crazy risks?  Fear of making a fool of yourself or not be good enough may keep you from participating in worthwhile and satisfying activities.  How do criminals overcome fears and do unspeakable things?  Conduct social experiments in public places and observe members of the community as they respond to various situations.  Bring our findings together to make generalizations about the Psychology of Fear.  Our last week, we will use our creativity, observations, logic and intuition to create and stage of Murder Mystery event for guests.  Who should be afraid of the person right in front of us?  What was the motive, psychological profile and stimulus that caused their behavior?  Psychology of Fear should be intriguing, thought provoking and fun.  Join us for the action! 

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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
Is the human body different in space? What happens when we return to Earth? The students in this Science Major will be exploring uniqueness of the human body, not just here on Earth, but in space. They will conduct many experiments to see what it is like to live for extended periods in space. Students will compare Earth vs. Space and make some predictions as to whether they think man should venture beyond the Earth to live.

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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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