What are PIP Talks?
PIP Talks came out of a very simple idea. We wanted to provide students with a bigger stage for their projects.
High school students give in-class presentations about research projects on a regular basis, but their audience is usually only their classmates and their teacher. How could we bring these presentations to a larger audience, an interested audience, one that wasn’t simply waiting their turn to present? And could we use the excitement that this generated to motivate kids at all levels to become passionate about learning?
On a Saturday afternoon in April, late in the school year, 184 kids showed up at Paschal along with many faculty members, parents, TCU faculty and student judges. We filled 8 classrooms all afternoon as students presented on topics ranging from gun violence to data security to the importance of music education in schools. Some students made documentaries, some gave talks, some worked alone, others in groups. Some of the presentations were jaw-dropping. Students had bought in to this idea and, through mentoring and workshops at TCU and at PHS, had gone beyond what we expected, far past what we saw in our classes.