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.

Summer 2018: Anatomy – The Brain


We are offering a Junior ILP series for students this July. Over the course of eight sessions, participants will learn about the anatomy and function of the brain. Specific avenues of exploration and activities include:

  • A guided dissection of a sheep brain. (For students who would rather forgo an actual dissection, a virtual dissection will be available.)
  • Discuss and understand neurotransmitters and their functions
  • Discuss clinical cases to understand underlying nervous system disorders and dysfunction

ILP Project prompt: Students will choose between one of the following two topics:

  1. Experiment using a brief intervention with a digit span or a Stroop type task. The deliverable will be a presentation detailing the experiment and results. -OR-
  2. Make your own brain-inspired art using inspiration from neuroscientists like Santiago Ramon y Cajal and Greg Dunn. The deliverable will be an artwork and an accompanying presentation on underlying neurobiology and its connection to the art.


Location and Schedule

The series will be held at the North Hills Club Townhomes Clubhouse (6527 Valleyside Road, Austin, TX 78731) from 10:30 am to noon on Tuesdays and Fridays. Classes will begin on July 10th and run through August 3rd. Participants will deliver presentations at the final session on August 3rd.

Costs and Application Dates

  • Program cost: $80 / student
  • Application deadline: June 26
  • Notification deadline: July 3
  • Classes begin: July 10


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

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