Can you imagine living your life in captivity? What would you need to keep your intellect, physical fitness, and quality of life high? These are questions that zoologists commonly ask themselves when faced with the task of keeping zoo animals not only healthy, but happy. In this class, you will put on the hat of a true zoologist and design an animal enrichment device or idea for a species of your choosing. You will dive deeply into the inherited traits and learned behavior of the animal and advance your greater knowledge about living organisms and the scientific process.
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.
Where did music come from? How are instruments made? How are instrumental sounds combined to form a song? In this class, we will discover properties of sound by combining technology with found objects to create beautiful, interesting, and new songs as a class band. First, we will create our own instruments from everyday objects. We will then use a loop pedal and our instruments to write and record our own songs on Garage Band. Let's jam.
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.
Sea Vehicles: Watercraft Design
Students will explore the physics and engineering principles that give watercraft their buoyancy, stability, propulsion, and control. We will analyze the history and design of a variety of boats, ships, submarines, and hovercraft. Students will experiment to prove Archimedes' principle, then design, build, and test their own model watercraft. FAIR WARNING: You might get splashed by your creation, so wear something you don't mind getting wet, and bring an extra outfit!
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.
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 see a new side of sports…the medical side! In this course, you will examine the three most important components of taking care of athletes and their injuries: diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. You also will learn the techniques and skills needed to properly implement each one. Whether you are asked to perform basic upper extremity taping, simulated first aid, or cranial nerve testing, you will not stay seated for long! This course culminates with "Rehab Olympics, where you will test your knowledge and newly learned skills by competing with your peers to quickly replicate challenges injured athletes might face.
Web Development: HTML + CSS New!
Have you ever wanted to learn to create a web site or web application? Not sure where to start? We will start by learning the basics of HTML and CSS. HTML is the publishing language of the web. We will lay the foundation to create websites from scratch, including styling, fonts, and animations.
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Registration closes Nov. 17.