Programs

DDC is specifically designed for gifted & talented and/or highly motivated students:

  • DDC offers a wide range of courses, including Smart Minds, DDC STEM, Music, Visual Arts, Mathematics, Language Arts, and Social Studies
  • All STEAM classes are centered around original American STEAM curricula. 
  • DDC STEM camps are aimed at Grade 4 - Grade 6 students who love science and thinking and have strong English abilities. 
  • All classes will be taught by award-winning teachers from US who are specialized in teaching gifted and talented students.
  • Students will be provided with ample opportunities for hand-on experiences.
  • Programs are designed specially for gifted and talented young children, focusing on critical and creative thinking.

 

Fundamental STEM(G1-2)

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In this course, students will explore the seven continents of the world, including location, place, human-environment interaction, movement, and region.  Students will learn about absolute and relative location. They will inquire as to the physical and human characteristics which include landforms, waterways, people, climate, languages, communication, and transportation.  

 As geographers, students will investigate the cause and effect of human interaction with the environment. In addition, students will explore the concept of movement. They will research how and why people move from one location to another. Students will uncover geographical wonderings of their own selection and engage in a hands on learning experience rich with reading, writing, mathematics, and more. 

World Geography(G2-3)

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Our world is ever changing, and although the population continues to grow, our connections become smaller.  In this course, students will explore the seven continents of the world through the five themes of geography.  The five main themes of geography include location, place, human-environment interaction, movement, and region.   Students will learn about absolute and relative location.  They will inquire as to the physical and human characteristics which include landforms, waterways, people, climate, languages, communication, and transportation.  

 As geographers, students will investigate the cause and effect of human interaction with the environment.  In addition, students will explore the concept of movement. They will research how and why people move from one location to another.  Students will uncover geographical wonderings of their own selection and engage in a hands on learning experience rich with reading, writing, mathematics, and more. 

Writing: Sentence & Paragraph (G2-3)

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In this program, we will use the text book of America's famous English teaching and gifted education expert Michael Clay Thompson. In this course, concepts will be introduced to enable students to write sentences that make sense, communicate ideas, and impart information. Students will find it fun to write well. Although the presentation is simple, the information is sophisticated. This course features an array of quirky animals, birds, insects, a talking tree, and an amazing fish whose name is Mud. From each character, Mud learns a different aspect of sentence structure. They make learning the rules and concepts that are the essential foundation for formal writing assignments enjoyable.

 This course will also give students an entertaining and comprehensive introduction to the paragraph within the narrative of a story. The protagonists who help to illustrate the concepts are two engaging ducks who explore the importance of organizing sentences into orderly paragraphs with dialogue, description, comparison, punctuation, and grammar. This course also contains an extensive, structured section of exercises and consists of lessons, each containing in-depth exposition and assignments.

Ancient World History(G2-3)

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During the period from 2000 BC to 300, ancient civilizations lasting impact flourish all around the world. In this course, students will learn the folk custom, social structures, politics, economy, religions and culture across the ancient world and consider how traces of these civilizations live on today.What are the characteristics of a civilization? Why the Nile is considered a gift to Egypt? Why did Rome use mythology to prove its existence? Why are these myths vital to the establishment of the Roman Empire? How is civilization inherited? Students will understand the hieroglyphs and copy the Rosetta stone languages which  are Hieroglyphs, Demotic, and Greek. Students will also learn about the great achievements made by the Romans in engineering by simulating the construction of ancient Roman towns, laying the Roman road as well as designing and implementing the central heating system.

Madagascar(G2-9)

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In DDC's two-week music program, students will learn the basics of vocal, dancing, memory skills and characterization. Creative scenery and costumes, cheerful dancing, moving songs will lead the audience to experience an exciting wild adventure.Musical "Madagascar" is a classic performance of Broadway authorized by the American DreamWorks. It's a story about a lion(Alex), a zebra(Marty), a giraffe (Melman), a hippo(Gloria) and the crafty penguins escaping from the home of New York's Central Park. They rush into Madagascar where the lemur King lives and begin an endless crazy journey.

Science + Math = Art(G3-4)

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Creating arts with scientific and mathematical properties is as old as time. One of the most famous examples of the interconnection between math, art, and science is the work of Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci. Known for his famous portrait of Mona Lisa incorporates a typical golden section, da Vinci was also a prolific inventor, and designed machines that were centuries ahead of their time. Creativity is an essential part of the scientific process as it is to the artistic method. Artists and scientists share a curiosity for the unknown, an appreciation for the beauty of the worlds they explore and an interest in creating something new. In addition, properties of math such as geometry and patterns are the tools artists use to create their masterpieces.

 In this course, Smart students will explore properties of geometric shapes, create tessellations, study numerical patterns in nature and demonstrate them in their art. Students will use math tools to create art, build structures based on numerical patterns, and examine the math behind the Golden rectangle. Students will work with the Fibonacci sequence, Pascal's Triangle, and create a 3-dimensional Sierpinski's Triangle, among other activities.

Magic Chemistry(G3-4)

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Students will learn the skills of chemistry experiments through many hands-on practices:In this course, fundamentals of chemistry, like the Periodic Table of elements, chemometrics, chemical equilibrium, pH value, oxidation and reduction reactions, etc. will be introduced.

● How to raise high-quality questions to proceed in-depth research;

● How to design and implement scientific experiment following the questions raised;

● How to observe and record the experiments at macro and micro levels;

● How to draw a conclusion based on scientific analysis to the experiment results. 

Kinetic Sculpture (G3-4)

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Sculpture must be static? Famous kinetic sculptures are to inspire people and give people unlimited imagination. In this course, students will understand the relationship between art, science and engineering. While appreciating the works of the masters, students will use the standard "MIT engineering design process"  to create their own kinetic sculpture, the sculptures will not be static, single, flat, but dynamic, multi-dimensional, which will break the traditional form of sculpture displayed, organically combining the scientific device and architectural art to form a dynamic artistic effect.Students will understand and learn basic physical concepts such as balance, kinetic and potential energy, gear mechanisms and wind energy in the process of practicing how to transform artistic ideas into real works.

Artistic Ways of Knowing(G4-5)

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In this course, students will learn How to Think Like an Artist, examining the perceptual and cognitive processes inherent in learning and interpretation. This course begins with perspectives of artistic and aesthetic knowing from artists and scholars across the fields of education. It then explores each element of artistic knowing, which includes “Sparkler Experiences” that provide hands-on workshops to help students realize how to think and perceive in each art form: the visual arts, music, dance, and drama.

 The goal of this course is to provide students with a more thorough understanding of how artists think and perform and how this kind of knowing expands in depth and breadth beyond academic parameters. The ultimate goal is to encourage each student to experience artistic “knowing.” Students will also have the opportunity to enjoy the classic works of art as well as unique photographs that illustrate aspects of the creative process.

 

Rocketry(G4-5)

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Assembly technology is also the focus of this course where students will focus on rocket separation, electronic circuits, photographic tracking and delayed deployment of aerospace and other related knowledge. Meanwhile, students will work together to produce a wonderful video to record the complete process of rocket production, installation, launch and landing.Students will design their own "engineering notebook" , using which to record the rocket design and launch progress as well as the thinking map. At the same time, students will build the balloon rocket to explore the law of air thermodynamics, use foam board to build rockets and continue to debug the design model to achieve optimal emission effect. Students will launch the rockets with egg contained and ensure its safe landing.

Genetics(G4-6)

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Do you want to know the working mechanism of zebrafish heart and blood flow under professional high power microscope? DDC teachers will use zebrafish, which is widely used in many fields such as genetics, immunity and cancer, for students to observe how zebrafish grows from one fertilized egg into an adult fish during a week.The biological gene is one of the "Top Ten Breakthrough Technologies in the World in 2017" published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which will profoundly influence the future development of mankind. Students will learn the terminologies and basic knowledge of biological genes such as atoms, molecules, elements, compounds, and mixtures. Students will explore the internal structure and function of DNA and RNA using the LEGO teaching tools designed by MIT, and they will also study the mechanism of gene mutation and how the gene mutation is repaired.

Physics of Photography(G4-5)

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Students will learn the nature of light and principles of optical imaging, assemble their own SLR mechanical cameras and produce their own photographs. Students will also learn the chemical properties of developing and imaging as well as experience the high speed photography, through developing their pictures in a professional darkroom. 
Has anyone told you to think outside the box? In this course, you will be thinking inside and outside of the box, as you make your own pinhole cameras out of boxes that take pictures.

 

 

 

Underwater Robotics(G5-6)

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Using CAD (Computer Aided Design), students will design, build and launch their own Sea Glide, in the process of which they will control the buoyancy and speed of the Sea Glide through soldering circuit board with electronics principles and programming on the Arduino board. This course covers the fundamentals of science, including bionics, buoyancy, gravity, dynamics, electronic engineering and programming, etc. This course is jointly designed and developed by MIT and United States Naval Academy. SeaGlide, a miniature underwater glider, is a non-tethered, non-propeller and low energy consumption autonomous robot. It moves by changing its buoyancy, often by taking in or expelling water. This change in buoyancy causes the glider to rise and sink in the water. As the glider travels up and down, its wings generate lift, which propels the glider forward. 

EcoDetectives(G5-6)

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The world around us and all of the living things in it interact in a very intricate and delicate dance. Any disturbance in that dance pattern can have far-reaching effects and even an irreversible damage to the ecosystem. This program emphasizes a variety of scientific analyses, as well as deductive reasoning. Students will learn concepts and techniques in chromatography, groundwater analysis, Bio-concentration and groundwater movements, etc. Students will learn that certain animals are dying in alarming numbers in a hypothetical town. Acting as detectives, they will build a simulated integral city ecosystem, solving the mystery of why animals dying off.

The Art of Persuasion (G5-6)

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Strategies like graphic organizers, teacher modeling, working with teacher, independent practice, group work, etc. are to be employed. Students will practice letter writing, devising an advertising campaign, individual oral presentations, writing a persuasive essay, presenting a short defense plea in a mock trial to develop their skills of use of rhetorical devices, stating opinions using supporting examples, connecting ideas with logic and reasoning, using effective verbal and nonverbal skills to pursue the origin of the arts of persuasion, learn to use the strategy of persuasion, thus enhancing both their speaking and writing capacities. How do you ask someone to accept your ideas? The Art of Persuasion could help you. This course is to offer the opportunity to analyze the famous speeches like “I have a dream” by Martin Luther King, watch the well-known drama like “Twelve Angry Men” by Reginald Rose as well as enjoy the classic poetry, like “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, etc. to learn Aristotle’s definitions of “ethos” “pathos” and “logos.”

Mock Trials(G6-7)

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In this course, students will explore the issue of "Guilty or Not Guilty" by reading, writing and listening. They will learn about the government and judicial system, simulate the review process and analyze the relationship between law and citizenship and literacy. Students will also discuss: Is Goldilocks into the bear's house legal? Does Rumpelstiltskin have the right to sue her for the queen's gold? What will the verdicts be?  Guilty or Not Guilty?

 Through participation in literature-based mock trials, students will:

l Gain an understanding of courtroom procedures and legal system (roles of judges, lawyers and juries)

l Gain an understanding of the Constitutional principles of Rule of Law, Presumption of Innocence, Burden of Proof, Due Process, Rights and Responsibilities and the concepts of justice and authority

l Develop higher level thinking skills (i.e. critical analysis of problems, strategic thinking, and questioning skills)

l Develop confidence, teamwork and communication skills

l Increase proficiency in basic skills such as reading, writing, speaking, analyzing, listening and reasoning

l Develop skills in preparing, organizing, and presenting material

Forensics(G6-G7)

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Students will incorporate scientific skills, critical evaluation and conceptual thinking to uncover the details of a crime scene. This course takes students on a journey from the microscopic realm of DNA to the physical values of fingerprinting and beyond. Students will learn to effectively apply scientific method with techniques in biology, chemistry and physics to theorise, model and draw conclusions based on their experimental evidence. They can expect to learn about the importance of empirical data and how to apply rigorous methods of testing to enhance their problem-solving skills, their ability to adapt to dynamic environments and their leadership capabilities.

Mathematics of Codebreaking(G6-7)

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Modern cryptography covers many subject areas like mathematics, computer science and engineering, including knowledge of information theory, statistics, combinatorics, abstract algebra and number theory, etc. Students will learn the RSA encryption algorithm which is widely used in current business, meanwhile, they will also decode the most famous cryptographic machine, Enigma, designed and used by German army in World War II, which offers ten thousand trillion possibilities.Cryptography, originating from Greek kryptós, "hidden, secret" and  graphein "writing" , includes classic cryptography and modern cryptography. In this course, students will learn the history of cryptography and the principles and application of classic cryptography, including Caesar Cipher, substitution cipher and Vigenere Cipher, etc. Students will also design their own cipher wheels to convey the message that only they could decode based on the knowledge of cryptography they learn.

Creative Problem Solving (G7-9)

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Creative, topic-based problem solving provides an excellent method to look at current technological, geopolitical, and societal trends and predict how those trends may be expressed in the future. Students will learn skills and techniques that will enable them to address concerns they may face as the future leaders of our world. Students will be involved in various learning experiences that will encourage spontaneity and problem solving.


Additionally, as students become proficient in the tools of creative and critical thinking, they will be able to analyze situations that they may face in real-life. Students will master the skills of collaborative learning as they utilize creative and critical thinking which will be essential to the globalized society of the future. Life-skills and resiliency will be enhanced as students learn to adapt resources and opportunities to meet their needs.

Introduction to Psychology(7-G9)

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In this course we explore the science of human behavior and cognition. We begin by looking at methodology (experiment and case studies), and then discuss learning and memory (eyewitness testimony), problem-solving, intelligence (the en vogue concept of multiple intelligence), and language. After focusing on cognition we turn to social behavior, discussing techniques of persuasion and the effects of groups on individuals’ behaviour (mob psychology and automatic stimuli on our behaviour. Relating these topics to everyday experience and current events is an important component of the course

 

 

 

 

 

 

Economics and Business Principles(G7-G9)

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Current economics issues and business operations will be our focus in this course. This is NOT a course in economic theory, although you will learn the essential facts and theories about investment, productivity, inflation, recession, monetary and fiscal policy, and the stock and bond markets. In addition, we will examine some basic business financial methods. Only students with a thorough mastery of English should enroll in this course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academic Writing(G7-9)

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In this course, students will continually improve their writing skills by studying well-known writers' works and learning to use the literary devices and figurative language common in fiction and poetry to enrich their own nonfiction prose. They will also learn how to write practical essays, such as those used for applying for boarding schools abroad.

Through textual analysis and class discussion of readings by creative nonfiction writers such as Annie Dillard, Richard Rodriguez, and Charles Simic, students will learn the hallmarks of effective personal essay writing. In their own work, students will experiment with imagery and language, tone and mood, and a variety of structures. In addition to daily readings, informal writing assignments, and regular workshops, students will complete several major writing projects. They will gain a clearer sense of the skills and practices of successful writers and greater knowledge of their own strengths as authors. In addition, they will leave the course with critical-reading skills that transcend disciplines and will help them in future coursework.

Finance and Investment(G7-9)

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Students will learn the basic theories and common senses of macroeconomics and financial investment, involving analysis and prediction of world economy, focus to be emphasized on industry analysis, theory and practice of investment decisions, portfolio management as well as operation analysis of listed companies through their financial reports. Moreover, how to view business ethics and social responsibilities from the perspective of an investor will also be addressed.  In this course, the history, current operation mechanism and trading rules of most influential stock exchanges in the world will be firstly introduced, including stock exchanges in New York, London and Hong Kong.

Fundamental Science

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To fully understand the importance of basic scientific theories, students will learn the major inventions through history,including compass, paper and printing. In the process of questioning, discovering and problem solving, students will understand how inventions in science and technology promote the progress of human society. At the same time, students are encouraged to become inventors themselves and make the world a better place!
In this course, students will have access to all areas of basic science, including learning how to use microscopes to observe single and multicellular organisms, identifying differences in microbes, animals and plant cells as well as exploring cell structure, nutritional requirements, and the whole process of Mitosis. Through the microscope, students will enter the wonderful scientific microworld.

Engineering for Beginners

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In this course, students will be provided with many opportunities to apply scientific theory to engineering practice. Teachers will focus on surface tension, buoyancy, Newton's law, Bernoulli's law, the impact of liquid density on buoyancy and the physical relationship between air pressure, density, temperature, and viscosity.

What is green energy? How can we protect the earth that we live on? In this course, the teacher will use concept maps, Hilda Taba concept development lessons, and Socratic Seminars to inspire students to think deeply about what the greenhouse effect is, how to prevent global warming and how to protect the Earth's  water resources. Through building their own solar cars and sewage filtration equipment, students will build a deep environmental awareness.

 

 

 

 

 

Mathematics(Financial Modelling)

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This program is designed to help the student make informed business and financial decisions, introducing the student to spreadsheet models, modeling techniques, and common applications for investment analysis, company valuation, forecasting, and more. The most challenging part is that the student will use their own data to describe their own business through building various scenarios, and predict business performance in the future! The industries these businesses might cover high technology, consuming, finance, environmental protection and biotechnologies.