DeBusk Enrichment Center for Academically Talented Scholars

 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 as 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


Want to learn how to solve a Rubik’s Cube, or how to create a circuit or video game using Bloxels?  Well, then come STEM up with us.  We will learn how to solve a Rubik’s Cube, create mosaics, and many other fun activities using a Rubik’s Cube.  Oh, my OHMS.  What does resistance mean?  Volt on into this class to learn all about electricity and how to create circuits. Want to create a video game but do not want to write code.  Come learn how to use Bloxels and create your very own video game that you and all the class can enjoy.  

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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 19th, we will have a mock trial competition that guests are invited to attend.

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Psychology 
The human mind is capable of incredible things. From complex problem solving, to pattern recognition, to identifying danger in normal situations, your mind enables you to do incredible things. BUT, what happens when you freeze up? When you just can't seem to think of a simple answer, when there's a little pressure involved? How does your mind work in intense situations? This year's psychology major will look at the ways our mind enables us to be our best, to observe the world around us, and to help us compete. In stressful situations, whether it's a test or a big game, certain people are able to rise to the occasion and some become nervous wrecks. Throughout the three weeks, Psychology will focus on the different pressures that can affect our ability to perform. Ultimately students will compete in various minute-to-win-it games and administer these "tests" on other DECATS students. Figure out what makes us tick, create fun challenges for Sr. DECATS, and become the master of your mind and your performance! 

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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 Thursday. 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
Students choosing the Science Major will be deep into Physics. It will be a blast!! We will be building atoms of simple elements, all the way up to the atoms that make up fireworks. We will be transforming our classroom into a giant Periodic Table of Elements. It should be fun and creative!! Throw in a field trip and some weird experiments and the Science Major will come alive.

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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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