Aircraft & Spacecraft Design
In this class, you will explore the amazing world of flight and see how aircraft and spacecraft are designed and tested. You will discover how scientific principles, such as energy, momentum, pressure, and gravity, have led to incredible advances in aerospace technology. Experiment with various structural, propulsion, and control system designs, and take part in hands-on activities like designing, assembling, and flying styrofoam gliders, launching two-liter compressed air/water rockets, and trying out flight gear used by Air Force test pilots. Come find out what it means to make something fly!
Design Thinking: The Process of Innovation New!
During this course we will cover the basics of design thinking and how they apply to User Experience (UX) Design. Not only will you learn the principles and tools of Design Thinking but we will put them to work during our hands-on Design Thinking Workshops. You will learn how to effectively brainstorm innovative ideas, understand the problem from the customer's perspective, and create prototypes to test new ideas before investing a lot of time and money.
The Dogs of War: Why Rebels choose to Fight
In a world where civil war and political conflict seem rampant, political scientists have attempted to create a framework for understanding the choices individuals make on whether or not to rebel, and how to go about it. This weekend will incorporate rational-choice theoretical traditions placed within the context of historical and current events. It will address three specific dimensions following Pat Regan's exemplary book "Sixteen Million One": causes of war, individuals' decisions to participate, and the international community's responses. The course will take advantage of simulations, competitive debates, and policy proposals. Students will learn to discuss such sensitive historical events critically and accurately, sensitive to the prejudices often attached to such events.
Engineering Design Challenge
Ever wonder about the exact process an engineer goes through to design and create, well, … anything? Did you know that there are particular steps, processes, and metrics that all engineers must learn, whether they are designing a bridge, a parachute, or a roller coaster? Come learn this design process and start to think like an engineer as you are challenged to complete many engineering projects with your very own design team! In this class, your group will compete against others as you design comically complex Rube Goldberg machines, elegantly supportive egg cradles for our egg drop challenge, and much more! The skills you learn in this class will be indefinitely useful to you as you continue to grow as a problem-solver and future engineer.
We are no longer offering this course for the October date.
Gene-ius under a Microscope: Introduction to Microbiology & Genetics New!
Ever wish you could see microscopically? Wonder why you look like your parents? Do you want to be a scientist, or just learn more about biology? This class will introduce you to those tiny organisms that live all around us (and inside of us) as we explore what makes us, US! Build your own DNA model, create a dragon baby, learn the scientific method, and discover how those teeny-tiny cells work. In this class, we will cover general biology, microbiology, and genetics in a fun, hands-on environment.
The law of the Ministry of Magic, which coincidentally copied the American legal system, is swift and just. Harry Potter stands accused of criminal homicide. The victim...Lord Voldemort! Learn the basics of trial advocacy and legal analysis, and utilize those skills to argue for or against Mr. Potter. Public speaking, group work, creative thinking, and logic will set the stage for the trial of the century! Muggles welcome, witches and wizards preferred. SPOILER ALERT: Actual plot elements, characters, and events from the Harry Potter series are discussed in this course.
Social Psychology in the Age of Technology New!
Social psychology is the scientific study of the way people think about, feel, and behave in social situations. It involves understanding how people influence, and are influenced by, the others around them. In the new age of technology, humans are becoming influenced by not only those physically around them, but also those that they interact with on the internet. Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and YouTube have changed the parameters of social psychology. This class will explore how technology has impacted the world of social psychology.
Come and spend the day learning about an apex predator of the sea... sharks! During this class you will be learning from marine biologists about the natural history, biology, ecology and conservation of one of the most intriguing and ancient creatures of our oceans. This class is not for the squeamish, for it will culminate with a dissection of a real shark, and will bust any myths you have about who sharks are and what they are capable of doing.
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