Splash Fall 2020
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Arts

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A211: Phone Photography Basics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Biruktawit Tibebe

Always wanted to take cool pictures but don't have a fancy camera? You don't need one! You can take really awesome pictures with just your phone. This class will teach the basics of photo composition, lighting, and more that you can do all from a smartphone or tablet.


Prerequisites
have a phone or tablet (or anything else that can take pictures) with a camera

A212: Phone Photography Basics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Biruktawit Tibebe

Always wanted to take cool pictures but don't have a fancy camera? You don't need one! You can take really awesome pictures with just your phone. This class will teach the basics of photo composition, lighting, and more that you can do all from a smartphone or tablet.


Prerequisites
have a phone or tablet (or anything else that can take pictures) with a camera


Humanities

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H214: Cell Phones, Diamonds, and War: Conflict Minerals in the Congo
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kelly MacGarrigle

95% of the world's coltan (a mineral essential for cell phones) comes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo - a region that has been rocked with violence for the last several decades. Every time you use a cell phone, it likely supported fighting in the DRC. If you want to learn what conflict minerals are, how we contribute to their illegal trade, and what we can do about it, come to this class!

H210: Philosophy of the Good Life
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Hillel Ehrenreich

What does it mean to live a Good LIfe? What should our ultimate goal in life be? How can we attain a life of true and lasting happiness and tranquility? These are some of the questions that preoccupied ancient Greek schools of philosophy such as those of Socrates, Aristotle, the Stoics, and the Epicureans. In this class, we will explore some of these ancient schools of thought as well as some modern theories of happiness from the Positive Psychology movement in an attempt to answer the question: what is a Good Life and how can we attain it?


Math & Computer Science

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M226: Pigeonhole Principle and its many applications
Difficulty: **
Teachers: DINESH JAGAI

How do we know for certain that there are two people with the same birthday month in a class of $$13$$
children ?
Although a trivial question, we can show it directly by pigeonhole principle, so what is the the principle. if you have p
pigeons and $$n$$ holes and $$p>n$$, then there must be at least one holes with $$>2$$
pigeons.
While this is a fairly intuitive idea, the pigeonhole principle is actually a very powerful mathematical tool that we can use to find surprisingly simple solutions to seemingly complex problems. We will go over a few examples of the pigeonhole principle together, and then we will spend the rest of the time in groups working on progressively harder problems. This class should be fun as long as you are interested in math, puzzles, and logic.


Prerequisites
Familiarity with algebra, comfort with basic mathematical proofs. Curiosity and enthusiasm for Mathematics.

M219: Geometry 101
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Joelle Walker

Shapes! This introductory class on geometry will be a good starting point for those with little to no experience in the field. If you're interested in solidifying your knowledge of geometry or just starting out, this class if for you!


Science

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S220: The Philosophy of Neuroscience
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Naati Hamda

What if we could make an exact replica of your brain using a computer? Would the computer be you? Could we use it to predict your thoughts and behavior, and would it be ethical to do so?

In this course, we will be diving into the bioethics of neuroscience and its implications for broader philosophical questions, such as the nature of free will, moral responsibility, and personal identity. Come ready for an interesting discussion — no prior knowledge of neuroscience or philosophy is needed!

S224: Neuroscience and Law
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Emily Lo

This course provides a broad introduction to the field of neurolaw-- the intersection between the biology of the brain and legal studies. Students will learn about major scientific techniques used to measure brain activity, and also hear about/discuss real world-and ethical cases during which neuroscience applied in the determination of guilt and psychopathy.


Prerequisites
N/A

S225: Journey Through the Heart
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Noni Unobagha

The heart is one of the most important organs in the human body. It has many valves, veins and arteries all working together in a complicated rhythm to supply blood to the body. This can get confusing, so come on and ride on this magic (virtual) school bus as we journey through the heart!

S218: Molecular Biology Lab Techniques
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Maya Robnett

Are you interested in biology? In this class you will get to learn about PCR and gel electrophoresis through an online virtual lab.


Prerequisites
High School Level Introductory Biology Course


Miscellaneous

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X209: Help Center
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Joelle Walker

If you have any questions about how the day is going to go, sign up for this section.

X217: Financial Literacy: The Basics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Joelle Walker

If you're interested in learning more about college loans, scholarships, taxes, retirement, and much more sign up for this class!

X222: SAT Prep: Reading and Writing
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Connor Gibson

This class is designed to prepare students for the reading and writing sections of the SAT. If you haven't taken the SAT yet, enroll in this class so you know what to expect on test day. If you have already taken the SAT, enroll in this class to learn strategies to raise your score to be competitive for selective colleges and scholarships.


Prerequisites
This course does not have prerequisites.

X213: Mafia: A Social Deduction Game
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Tia Denby, Noah Moyse

The game of mafia was first created by Dmitry Davidoff in 1986. Since then, it has become one of the most popular social games, available in many forms all across the globe. Mafia is simple to grasp but hard to master, and involves both deception and problem solving. In this class, we will both be playing mafia and also going over some of the key strategic elements involved. Almost everyone enjoys mafia, and fun is guaranteed.

X216: Crash Course: College Apps
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Leo Chen

Are you a high school student thinking about going to college after graduation? If so, sign up for this Crash Course on the college application/decision process! We'll walk through a high-level overview of the entire college application process from creating your list of colleges to accepting and enrolling at a school. Topics include, but aren't limited to, deciding which school is right for you, how to write a good essay, what's a good application strategy.

X223: SAT Prep: Math
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Connor Gibson

This class is designed to prepare students for the math section of the SAT. If you haven't taken the SAT yet, enroll in this class so you know what to expect on test day. If you have already taken the SAT, enroll in this class to learn strategies to raise your score to be competitive for selective colleges and scholarships.


Prerequisites
This course does not have prerequisites.