Scholar Weekends are open to current 8th-11th grade gifted students and are comprised of two days of intensive academic study.
After the World Ends
Many of us speculate about what the End of the World will be like, but we tend to focus less on what happens after that. What will post-Apocalyptic times bring us? Will it be all devastation and destruction, or will there be a rejuvenation of life and spirit? In this course, we will look both at ancient mythologies from early civilizations that hypothesize how post-Apocalyptic times will manifest, as well as contemporary interpretations and renditions of the world’s epilogue.
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!
Deadly Force: A Star Wars Mock Trial
The Empire has fallen at last! Well, it actually fell a long time ago. Anyway, the people of the galaxy far, far away have convened a special tribunal to try the remaining imperial officers. Quiet in the court! The judge has entered from the dark side of the room, and his voice booms like an exploding planet as he calls the first case. The People v. Luke Skywalker! Wait, what?! Learn the basics of American criminal law and trial advocacy, then apply what you know in a mock trial where Luke's life hangs in the balance...of the force. Life forms of every kind are welcome, but those who identify as Jedi or Sith are strongly preferred.
Down for the Account: Business Bootcamp for Beginners NEW!
Who said accountants were boring? Come learn how businesses measure success on their financial statements and how accountants use math to create them! We will start a new company, pitch to investors, and record all our transactions the same way all businesses do to make financial statements. Then we will analyze our performance using the same ratios Fortune 500 Companies from Apple to Walmart use.
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.
Global Conflicts and the Future of Politics
How will current global conflicts affect the future of politics, the future that YOU will inherit? In this course, you will focus on pervasive political issues including human rights, civil wars, and terrorism, and how the decisions made today will affect the future of global politics. You will be required to place yourself in situations vastly different from our own and imagine how states and individuals, as rational actors, would respond. You will think critically about the external pressures that drive the formation of modern political institutions and determine what our political system may look like in the future. Will the world (or worlds) coalesce into a unified system of government, as Star Wars predicts; or will we see governance break down altogether as humanity descends into dystopian anarchy?
Introduction to Microbiology
Interested in becoming a scientist, or just want to learn more about biology? This class will introduce you to the world of biology, microbiology, and genetics. Discover where we came from, where we’re going, and what makes us, US! You will learn how to critically analyze information, conduct your own experiment, discuss bioethics, and more as we cover big and small! In this class, you will gain useful lab skills including microscopy, sterile technique, agar plating, identifying bacteria, and creating and conducting your own experiment.
In this course students will be introduced to the diversity of marine life and the challenges marine organisms face today. We will research and discuss marine ecosystems on a global and local scale (coastal Georgia). Additional lesson topics include marine invertebrates and vertebrate anatomy, dissection, and current major marine issues such as nonpoint source pollution, marine debris, and ocean acidification.
Psychology & the Law
The study of human behavior is incomplete without assessing how the law controls human behavior. The leading legal principles assume that people act in certain ways in certain situations, but how does that correlate to the psychological principles that aim to define human behavior? This class explores the application of behavioral science research and practice to the legal system. An overview of topics such as ethics, morality, justice, insanity defense, eyewitness identification, crime theories, and sentencing will be discussed.
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.
Virtual Reality, Social Media, & Identity: The Psychology of Digital Worlds
We all do it—tweeting, Snapchatting, and Facebooking our friends, immersing ourselves in video game worlds, and documenting our lives via Smartphones. Since the onset of social media, immersive video gaming, and virtual reality systems such as Google Glass and the Oculus Rift, digital worlds have become a part of our daily lives, and the line between the real and the virtual has blurred. How does this affect us? Do people behave differently in virtual worlds than in the real one? What can we except in the future? Join this class to learn the history of social media, apply basic social psychology principles to understand online behavior, and even build your own virtual reality viewer! Remember to bring your Smartphones to class!
Scholar Weekends are open to current 8th-11th grade students and are comprised of two days of intensive academic study, exploring a topic not typically covered in school. These programs provide opportunities for gifted students to enjoy academic enrichment and interaction with motivated peers, sharpen their skills, define pathways to college and careers, and gain insight into the collegiate experience.
Financial assistance is available; please see our financial assistance form for application details.
Courses fill quickly, so be sure to apply early!
Registration closes Nov. 2!
We look forward to welcoming you to the UGA campus!