Junior ILP

Program overview

The Junior ILP program is based upon our ILP program for older students, but with age appropriate modifications for younger participants. It is our belief that the earlier students begin to adopt a proactive, self-driven approach to learning, the better prepared they’ll be for future challenges. The Junior ILP program is structured around predefined topics to provide students with a specific scope for independent study and research. The approach combines in-class curriculum and exercises / tasks that students work on outside of scheduled class times. At the end of each cohort, all participants present their work to an audience of peers and parents.

Eligibility and Guidelines

The Junior ILP program includes in-person class time and is currently only offered to students in the Austin area. Applicants must be at least 7 years old to be considered. Please note that this is NOT a drop-off class. Since our class members are so young, we ask that parents remain on-site.

Spring 2018: Materials Science – Polymers


We are offering a Junior ILP series for homeschool students this March. Over the course of seven sessions, participants will learn about the fundamentals of polymers. Specific avenues of exploration and activities include:

  • How and why certain materials behave the way they do (example: why is cotton such an absorbent material?)
  • How natural and synthetic polymers enhance our everyday lives
  • Experimenting with gummy worms, bouncy balls, and fake snow to explore the properties of polymers hands-on

ILP Project prompt: Participants will apply what they learn to design and optimize a bouncy ball from raw materials. Students will share and compare their results during final presentations.

Location and Schedule

The series will be held at the North Hills Club Townhomes Clubhouse (6527 Valleyside Road, Austin, TX 78731) from 10:30am to noon on Thursdays. Classes will begin on March 22nd and run through May 3rd. Participants should also plan to attend a final presentation day on Saturday, May 5 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Costs and Application Dates

  • Program cost: $80 / student
  • Applications open: February 24
  • Application deadline: March 7
  • Notification deadline: March 15
  • Classes begin: March 22


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Space is limited, so we encourage interested students to signup as soon as possible!

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