Welcome to TAPopedia!!! This is the place where TAP Adventure students write their own travel guide.

TAPopedia is a lot like Wikipedia, except it is just for us. TAP members will be asked to research topics related to the places we travel. When they find out great information, we'll create a page for that topic. Then, as any other kids find information about that topic, we'll add to the TAPopedia page - changing, editing, and updating our page until we have an article we feel is good enough for our book.

TAPopedia can be viewed by anyone, but only be added to and changed by our members. Feel free to add new pages, add information to an existing page, correct information, or edit mistakes at any time.

When we're done, we'll put the TAPopedia into book form, taking it with us on our trip as our very own guidebook. If we all work together to make it great, it will be a fantastic reference for TAP members on any trip.

How to make a TAPopedia Page

Click here for instructions on how to create a new TAPopedia page.

Here's some general guidelines for contributing to TAPopedia:


An entry about an important person should be about 3-5 paragraphs.
  • One section should tell us the basics about who the person is. Things like their job or title, the years they lived, where they're from, and what they're most famous for.
  • The second section should tell us more detail about the thing they're most famous for. For example, if they're an author - what did they write, if they're a general - where/when did they fight, if they're a ruler - what/how/who did they lead.
  • The last section should be details about what they did or how they affected the specific area of the world we're visiting (city, country, or region).


If you're writing an entry about a place, like a building, a battlefield, a museum, a some sort of tourist attraction, you should also aim for 3-5 paragraphs.
  • Section one should give us the basics. What is that place known for, who built it and why, and when it was built.
  • The next section should cover some of the most famous things that happened there. This could be two or three things.
  • Finally, tell us about what's there today.


When writing about an event in history, you should also fill about 3-5 paragraphs.
  • The first section should tell us who did what, when they did it, where they did it, and why they did it.
  • Next, tell us in a little more detail the important stuff. Dig a little deeper and tell us what happened and why.
  • In the end, let us know how the event impacted or changed life in that area of the world.

Piece of Art or Literature

Sometimes we'll write about a book, a painting, a statue or sculpture, a play, an opera, a type of dance or music, or a poem. In these cases it will usually take 3-5 paragraphs to give enough information.
  • The first thing you need to tell us is the title of the piece, who created it, when, where, and maybe even why or how.
  • After that, give us a synopsis of the story (if it's a piece of writing) or the story behind it (if it's a painting or sculpture).
  • Finally, tell us what that piece of art means to the culture we're studying.

An Animal

We always like to know more about the unique wildlife we'll see on tour. When covering an animal topic, you should write around 3-5 paragraphs. Sometimes we will give a topic that focuses closer on an animal (ex: elephants - habitat. This would be 3-5 paragraphs just on the habitat of the elephant), when given a broader animal topic, you should cover...
  • First give general information about the animal (appearance, sub-species that we're likely to see, classifications...)
  • Next, tell us about the family groupings for the animals.
  • Tell us about the habitat or environment they live in.
  • Next tell us about mating, child rearing, and growing up.
  • The next section will be about the animal's diet, hunting, scavenging, and if there are any predators for them.
  • Finally, tell us about the population of the animal and any conservation issues that are going on.


One of the best things about traveling the world is trying new foods. We love to include articles about regional delicacies so we can try them out while on tour.
  • Give us the basics of what the food is and any relevant history about where it comes from, who made/makes it, and similar dishes we can find elsewhere.
  • Tell us how this food is made (not a recipe or list of ingredients, but a description).
  • Finally, tell where we are likely to find this food while on tour.

Topics with a name next to them have been assigned and should be completed by the next meeting.
Topics that are crossed off are complete.

Topics That need to be Written for the Ireland/Scotland Book:

To request topics you can now contact Hannah Madigan or Kate Moore at:

katemoore4920@gmail.com or hannahmadigan15@gmail.com

Robert Burns- Taylor Brown
Alexander Graham Bell-
Mary, Queen of Scots- Owen Skoglund
James VI/I- Caiden McCann
John Knox- Alexis Riley
Saint Andrew- Sunnie
King Robert I (aka Robert the Bruce...not from France!)- Alexis Riley
William Wallace- Alexis Riley
Sir Walter Scott-
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle-
Robert Lewis Stevenson-
Charles Edward Stuart-
Flora MacDonald-
Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne-
Lord MacBeth (the lord Macbeth from Shakespeare is based off of)- Taylor O'Dette
Kenneth MacAlpin-
King William I “The Lion”-
Saint Mungo - also known as St Kentigern-
Saint Ninian-
William Kidd-
James Watt-
Picts- Kate Moore
Normans- Eli Weis
Vikings- Frankie Hummel
David Lyndsay-
Hugh MacDiarmid
Britons- Eli Weis
William of Orange-

Edinburgh (town)- Una
Edinburgh Castle- Eli Weis
Charlotte Square and surrounding shops/venues
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Firth of Forth
Lomond hills and Loch Lomond
Stirling (town)- Eli Weis
Stirling Castle- Sunnie
The Trossachs and Loch Katrine
West Highlands and Ben Nevis
Glasgow- Tommy O'Dette
Loch Ness- Eli Weis
Antonine Wall (and Antoninus Pius)
Glasgow’s Merchant City
Skaill House
House Of The Binns- Sunnie
Leith Farmer’s market/ local Scottish farms and farmer’s markets
Standing Stone of Stenness
St. Margaret’s Chapel- Frankie Hummel
Loch Katrine
Burns Memorial- Kate Moore

1692 MacDonald Massacre (Massacre of Glencoe)- Taylor O'Dette
Battle of Mons Graupius
Battle of Bannockburn
Battle of Stirling Bridge- Brianne
Battle of Falkirk- Eli Weis
Battle of Dunbar- Eli Weis
Battle of Halidon Hill- Caiden McCann
Battle of Flodden- Ashlin Z
Battle of Culloden- Carly Eaheart
Battle of Langside
Scottish Enlightenment
Scottish Renaissance

1870’s Glasgow School- Kate Moore
Scottish Folk Music
Scottish Classical Music
Scottish Pop/Rock Music- Kaitlyn Kelly
Tin whistle
Scottish Bagpipes- Keaghan Otto
Red Hot Chili Pipers
Calvin Harris
Evolution of Art in Scotland
Flag of Scotland- Jasmine Zielinski
Analysis of the Works of Robert Burns
Architecture of Edinburgh- Taylor O'Dette
Analysis of the inventions and Influence of Alexander Graham Bell
Analysis of the works of Robert Louis Stevenson
Analysis of the Works and Artistic Influence of Charles Rennie Mackintosh
A Satire of the Three Estates- Declin Vick
Scots Language
Scottish Gaelic- Caitlyn Dixon
Kilts/ Kilt Wearing- Eli Weis
Sheep Dog Farming culture
Scots Law
Poppleton Manuscript
Declaration of Arbroath
Current Sports in Scotland
Traditional sports in Scotland
“Mac”&“Mc”: last names and prefixes of Scottish families- Jasmin Zielinski
Military Tatoo (Scotland the Brave)
Significance of the Kilts
Snow Patrol- Shayla Doody
The Aliens
Big Country
The Cranberries- Taylor Brown

Animals/mythical creatures:
Unicorn- Alexi Riley
Fairies- Alexis Riley
Bean Nighe-
Kelpie- Una
Mermaids- Owen Skoglund
Red Caps-
Will-O-The-Wisp- Caitly Dixon
The Green Lady-
The Vampire of Glasgow Necropolis-
The Ghosts of Culloden- Kate Moore
The Queen of Scottish Witches-
Mackenzie Poltergeist- Kaitlyn Kelly
Headless Drummer-
Monster of Glamis Castle-
Ghillie Dhu(not the Scottish dining)-
The Stoor Worm- Sunnie
Selkies(not same as mermaid)- Brianne
Loch Ness Monster- Eli Weis
The Phantom Piper- Ashlin Z

Irn Bru-
Red kola-
Popular alcoholic drinks for scotland(as culture)-
Porridge- Shayla Doody
Haggis- Eli Weis
Stornoway black pudding-Hannah Casey
Shetland salmon and shellfish-
Scones (Scottish, not British)- Shayla Doody
Chicken tikka masala(Scotland...not India)-
Scotch pies- Tommy O'Dette
Scotch beef-
Fish and chips-
Aberdeenshire butteries- Frankie Hummel
Scotch broth-
Lorne sausage -
Cock a Leekie soup-
Clootie dumplings-
Dundee cake-
Peppermint creams- Jasmine Zielinski
Tablet (the candy not the iPad)-
Traditional Ayrshire Dunlop cheese-
Arbroath Smokies-
Scottish island cheddar-
Hagis Chasni and mince and tatties curry- Tyler Vezey

Myths/legends/fairy tales:
Fingals Cave-
Corryvreckan Whirlpool-
(General) Norse mythology
Tristan and Isolde-
Loch Ness myths-
Artúr mac Aedan of Dalriada vs King Arthur (was King Arthur real?)-

Historical relationship between England and Scotland (ex. Wars of Scottish Independence)
The Reformation in Scotland
First War of Scottish Independence (Anglo-Scottish Wars)
Second War of Scottish Independence
Jacobite Rising- Sunnie
Kingdom of Gododdin
Kingdom of Bernicia
Kingdom of Strathclyde

The volcanoes of Edinburgh- Katie Moran
Ice ages, glacial movement and their impact on the Scottish landscape
economy (major imports, exports, GDP, etc.)
Golf- Eli Weis

O'Connell St. in Dublin (the Spire)

Rory O’Connor/Ruaidrí Ua Conchobair
Dermot MacMurrough/Diarmait Mac Murchada
King Henry II (norman invasion)
Hugh de Lacy
William Marshal and Isabel de Clare
James Joyce- Hannah Madigan
W. B. Yeats- Taylor Brown
Oscar Wilde- Hannah Madigan
Samuel Beckett
Jonathan Swift
George Bernard Shaw- Mackenzie Nagel
Bram Stoker- Owen Skoglund
Iris Murdoch
Liam O’Flaherty
Saint Patrick- Keaghan Otto
Charles Stewart Parnell
Michael Collin- Jaden Easton
Éamon de Valera
Daniel O'Connell
Arthur Griffith
Robert Boyle
John Tyndall
Ernest Walton
St. Finian Leper/Finian Lobhar
Brian Boru
John Devoy
James Gandon
Wolfe Tone
The Celts
Hugh O’Neill
Hugh Roe O’Donnell
Gaels- Una
Saxons- Tommy O'Dette
Sir Malcolm Arnold (Composer)

Castles (Overall: why there are so many/importance)
Trim Castle
Dunamase castle
Limerick castle- Mackenzie Nagel
Dublin castle- Caiden McCann
Blarney castle- Carly Eaheart
Blarney Stone- Ava Taranto
Birr castle and the Leviathan telescope- Katie Moran
Bunratty Castle
Ring of Kerry- Annette Conroy
Bog Museum- Sunnie
St Patrick's Cathedral- Ava Taranto
Dublin’s Georgian Squares
The Phoenix Park
Killarney National Park
Irish Round Towers
Trinity College- Kate Moore
St. Stephen’s Green
Crow Park
Galway- Hannah Casey
Guiness Brewery- Jack Thompson

Irish War of Independence
Irish Civil War- Jasmin Zielinski
The Great Irish Potato Famine- Annette Conroy
The Easter Rising of 1916 ( a few people can write about this topic; a ton of information)- Jaden Easton
O’Connell St. Dublin (The Easter Rising)
Anglo-Irish Treaty
The Irish Home Rule Movement
Massacre of Drogheda- Sunnie
Eleven Years War
Nine Years’ War (Ireland)
Irish Rebellion of 1798
Fenian Rising
Wars of the Three Kingdom
Battle of Dublin
How the Irish Saved Civilization
1916 Rebellion
Battle of the Boyne

The Book of Kells- Declan Vick
Gaelic Calendar
Celtic Cross
Christianity in Ireland- Annette Conroy
Paganism in Ireland
Gaelic Games- Taylor Brown
Irish Folk Dances
Irish Music (/progression of)
The Works of James Joyce
The Works of George Bernard Shaw
The Works of Samuel Beckett
The Works of W. B. Yeats
The Irish Bogs (and their Importance to local culture)
Irish Patriotism
Gaelic Language
Evolution of Art in Scotland/Ireland
Union of the Crowns
Flag of Ireland- Una
claddagh rings- Alexis Riley
Tara brooch
Moylough belt shrine
The Irish Question (culture/history)
poetry/plays (“specialty” of Ireland)
Programmatic Overture
Drinking in Ireland?
Molly Malone- Sunnie
Irish instruments (concertina, fiddle, tin whistle, Celtic harp, bodhran, Irish bagpipes; one person per instrument)
Gaelic Football (Teams for different counties; GAA)- Tyler Vezey
U2- Brianne

Animals/mythical creatures:
Irish Wolfhound
Aos Si/fairies
Banshee- Caitlyn Dixon
Leprechaun- Ava Taranto
Fear Dearg/far darrig
Selkie- Brianne
Pine marten
Irish stoat
Finn MacCool

Irish Stew
Soda Bread- Annette Conroy
Corned Beef and Cabbage
Scones- Shayla Doody
Apple Cake- Jasmin Zielinkski
Beans, Fried tomatoes, Black pudding/White pudding
Beans & Mash
Shepherd's Pie

Foods Eaten on Holidays:
BramBrack- Sunnie
Nettle Soup- Brianne
Poached plaice Fillets
Carrot Pudding
Kidney Soup
Christmas Goose and Chestnut Stuffing
Garden Peas with Mint
Potato Oat Cakes
Christmas Cake- Tyler Vezey
Mince Pies
Dublin Coddle
Christmas Pudding

Myths/legends/fairy tales:
The Otherworld- Brianne
Shamrocks- Jasmin Z

Lebor Gabála Érenn (the book of invasions)
History of Gaelic Games

The Celtic Church- Keaghan Otto
Ice ages, glacial movement and their impact on the landscape
economy (major imports, exports, GDP, etc.)
Geography (including the division of Ireland)
Celtic Harps (Ireland and Scotland)
Temple Bar area

Northern Ireland
Seamus Heaney
John de Courcey
Thomas Andrews
C.S Lewis
Liam Neesan- Jaden Easton

Belfast- Carly Eaheart
Ulster Museum
Belfast City Hall
Titanic (Belfast)- Jaden Easton
Peace Lines
Donegall Square (Belfast)
Teachers Whiskey (Distillery)

The Troubles
Construction of the Titanic- Ashlin Z
Battle of Bogside (Part of the Troubles)
Operation Demetrius
Bloody Sunday
Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement

Religious Strife in Northern Ireland (related to the Troubles)
Flag of Northern Ireland
Orangemen Marches

Animals/mythical creatures:
Irish setter
Galway sheep
Irish hare
Connemara Pony, Kerry bog pony, and other native horses and ponies
Kerry blue terrier
Wood mouse
Red squirrel
Pygmy shrew

Ulster Fry
Ulster Irish Stew
Pasty (FOOD)

Myths/legends/fairy tales:
Roman Catholicism vs. Protestantism vs. Gaelic beliefs

Penal Laws
Kingdom of Rheged
Kingdom of Dalriada

economy (major imports, exports, GDP, etc.)
Geography (including the division of Ireland)

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