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2018 Duke TIP@UGA Academic Adventures

Course Descriptions

Dead Men tell no Tales: A Pirates' Life for You!

Why has our culture romanticized being a pirate? In the unit students will first research pirates from the Golden Age of Piracy and popular local pirates such as Blackbeard, Stede Bonnet, Jack Rackham and Anne Bonny. Next students will view short clips of selected movies showing pirates as heroes rather than villains. Students will identify characteristics of pirates that make them popular as cult heroes. Next, students will be given a tarp with the outline of a shipwreck on it and students will use geometry to help map the site. Finally, students will have an opportunity to use a metal detector to find purposely hidden objects as well as explore to find "buried treasure."

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.

Found Sound

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

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.

Magical Murder

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.

The Physics of Roller Coasters

Discover the wonderful world of physics through the thrill of the roller coaster! We'll look at the history and design of roller coasters, and explore the physics that make these exciting rides possible – gravity, velocity, potential and kinetic energy, friction, centripetal acceleration, g-force and clothoid loop. You'll have the chance to experiment and perform hands-on projects as you build models to simulate different thrilling effects.

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!

Shark Attack!

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.

Web Development: HTML + CSS

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.


Financial Aid is available for this event. Please fill out the Financial Aid form (notification dates are listed on the application form).



Aderhold Hall
110 Carlton Street
Athens, GA 30602