Splash Spring 2017
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Arts

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A35: Fundamentals of Drawing Full!
Difficulty: **

An intro to the fundamentals of drawing which will prepare students for being design majors. Topics will include 1-3 point perspective, shading, and figure drawing.

A42: Mastering King Pawn Endgames
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Miguel Moledo

This course will go over chess endgame techniques and will teach students how to assess whether a position is won, drawn, or lost before a move is made.


Prerequisites
All that is required is that you know how the chess pieces move and the rules of the game.

A46: The World's Manliest Hobby: Knitting
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Miguel Moledo

Who says knitting has to be just for women? This course will teach you how to make dope patterns and use swag techniques such as... cast on, purl stitch, knit stitch, and cast off. And yes, all genders are welcome. Knitting needles and yarn will be provided. Bring your own if you have any.


Prerequisites
A willingness to learn and an open mind

A57: Water Color Painting Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Karen Mandarina

This is a class to open your creativity in painting animals, landscapes, abstracts, or anything else you want. Just bring in printed pictures or pictures on your laptops and you can paint them using painting techniques that will be taught. This will be a relaxing class through which you can explore your artistic side.


Prerequisites
Interest in art.

A53: Dance the Day Away
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Salwa Hanna

Learn the basics to dancing to hip hop, pop, R&B, and jazz. In this course, students will learn how to move their body to the beat and let the moves flow smoothly with the music. Most importantly, it is about expressing yourself through the power of dance.


Engineering

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E51: Why Mechanical Engineering? Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kevin Enriquez

Ever thought about studying Mechanical Engineering? Do you have any misconceptions about the field that you want cleared up? Many people see the word "mechanical" and get confused. The field of mechanical engineering has nothing to do with fixing cars. After taking this class, you will walk away with knowledge about basic concepts such as thermodynamics and simple statistics, as well as get plenty of tips in time management and the do's and don'ts of engineering. In my class, you will learn what it truly means to be an engineering student.

E19: Intro to Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) Full!
Difficulty: **

Do you want a hands-on experience with engineering concepts? Then this is the class for you! Come join me and engage your brain! Learn how to make and analyze a thin plate with stress application on it using ANSYS CAE software. This is a very basic introduction to CAE, therefore no prior experience in CAE is required. By the end of this course, you should gain a good grasp on how to create a simple-shape model using ANSYS and understand the effects of tensional stress on the object when applied at a specified point.


Prerequisites
N/A


Humanities

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H50: How to Speak English (Public Speaking) Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Awais Qazi

The number one fear in the world, aka the scariest thing in the world, is speaking in front of others. Do you think you can handle it? Come find out if you're braver than your peers by taking the scariest class to ever exist.

H60: The Politics of Pain
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Urvya Iyer

Who gets to decide if your pain is real or not and if you deserve medication? Is it doctors, politicians, or the court system? How do liberals and conservatives view pain and how does this affect the divide between them? In this class, we'll discuss how these questions affect medicine today and American politics as a whole.


Prerequisites
Very basic U.S. history

H7: Intro to Turkish
Difficulty: **
Teachers: James Marmora

Turkish is one of the most bizarre languages you'll ever find. You might think it's just like Arabic, or maybe even like Bulgarian or Russian, but you would be wrong! Turkish has its own family, related to such exotic languages as Mongolian, Finnish, and (debatably) Japanese! Along with learning a few phrases and how to form sentences, you'll learn about Turkish culture, a bit of history, its cuisine, and maybe play a game or two, time permitting!

H22: Basic Modern Islam for Dummies
Difficulty: *

What is Islam? Is it what you see portrayed on the news? Is it what you think about when you read President Trump's tweets?
If the true meaning of Islam is as skewed as most of present media represents it as, then why is Islam the fastest growing religion of our age? Come learn about what it really means to be a Muslim, why the perception of Islam and Muslims has changed over the past twenty years, and how you can make a difference, small or large, in your community to portray Islam in its true manner: as a positive, peace-loving religion.

H55: Learn Your Rights and How to Use Them Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Hope Welch

Have you ever been pulled over and not known what to do? Have the police ever approached you and asked to search you for no reason? Has anyone ever told you that you can't film the police? I will teach you about your Constitutional rights, with a special focus on the ones that may apply to you. Not many people have been made to quarter soldiers, but quite a few more have been denied the right to protest peacefully, or gotten a speeding ticket and been asked to get out of the car. What do you do when interacting with police and the government? What are your rights? In this session, I will teach you about your basic Constitutional rights and how to apply them well. I will also go over a few relevant court cases regarding Constitutional law, and what the outcomes mean to you. By the end of this session you should know exactly what your relevant Constitutional rights are and how to use them competently and politely.

H34: How to Become Like Socrates: Learning Philosophy Through Arguments
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Beshoy Shokralla

What is truth? What is our purpose? What is justice? Why am I here? Why am I asking myself these questions when I can ask it to others? Existential crises are things we all experience, but surely there's a better way to work through them than just sit in silent contemplation! Well, you can do like the great philosopher Socrates did, and question people about their ideas, and debate with them.

In this class we won't just tackle these major philosophical questions, and learn how Socrates reasoned through them, we'll also learn how to debate our ideas, and how to destroy someone else's argument.


Lunch

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L11: Lunch Period
Difficulty: None
Teachers:

Enjoy a break for lunch with your friends! Please register for at least one lunch period on each day of the program.


Math & Computer Science

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M10: Beating the House- An Inquiry into Card Counting
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Daniel Wang

This class is an introduction to using math in the art of card counting. It also includes information on Poker, Texas Holdem and the principles behind casino winnings, and includes statistics and the mathematical principles behind card manipulation. Note: The purpose of the course is to use card counting to teach statistics, not to encourage gambling or card counting.

M31: How to Build a Computer Full!
Difficulty: *

Learn about all the different parts of a computer, what they do, and how to put them together. In today's world of increasingly powerful and inexpensive computer components, it makes more sense than ever to learn to build your own computer.

M62: P vs NP, or How to Win $1,000,000
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Urvya Iyer, Taylor Tu

One of the most important unsolved mysteries in math and computer science today is P vs. NP. This problem basically asks whether or not you can solve problems in about the same time you can verify their solutions. If you can solve P vs NP, the Clay Institute is offering a prize of a million dollars! Join us to learn more about this problem and why it has implications for problems in a variety of fields such as protein folding, scheduling, cryptography, and more.


Prerequisites
Some basic algebra, know what a polynomial is

M23: Methods for Mathematical Madness Full!
Difficulty: **

In this course, students will learn various tricks, techniques and skills that are all math-based in nature, helping their understanding of mathematics to enhance future mathematical endeavours. We will go over chunking and base conversions, then move on to more fun aspects such as puzzles and fallacies that relate to math!


Prerequisites
Pre-Algebra

M32: How Does Virtual Reality Work? Full!
Difficulty: ***

Learn all about the principles behind modern VR systems, from the most basic to the most expensive. Explore the current state of the industry, its future direction, and how you can get started building your own apps for VR.

M38: Making Android Apps: Intro to MIT App Inventor Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Xavier Messado

Ever wanted to make your own app? This course will go through the basics that the MIT App Inventor has to offer. Upon completion students will be able to make their own Android applications and use them on Android devices.

M28: Introduction to MIT Scratch
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jacob Fattakhov

Get familiar with basic programming algorithms and methods through MIT's easy to use Scratch software. We will be running through the creation of a basic game, including animation and two-player support.

M36: Building Insight: A Quick Course in Fermi Calculations & General Problem Solving Techniques
Difficulty: **
Teachers: William Ruys

What’s the longest line you can write with a pencil? How many barrels of oil does the US import? What’s the salinity of the ocean, or the value of a suitcase full of $100 bills?

What would you need to know to begin to answer these? How would you guess? Come learn some basic techniques and tools to break down and abstract all your problems away.


Prerequisites
Pre-Calculus, Algebra

M37: An Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations and Their Applications
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Andrew Pennock

Have you considered a career in math or engineering? This class may be for you. Differential equations (DEs) provide the basis for engineering mechanics and are foundational in applied mathematics. While this course is not intended to make you an expert in ordinary differential equations, you may find it helpful in introducing some concepts that will help you along in your study. In order to take this class, you are expected to be comfortable with basic integration and differentiation. This class is not intended to be difficult, but you will get much more out of it if you have some background in calculus. In particular, this course will take a look at DEs in terms of their classifications, solutions, and real-world applications. After coming out of this class, you should have a new appreciation for the beauty of math displayed in the art of ordinary differential equations.


Prerequisites
Must have taken or be currently enrolled in Calculus I (Calc AB)

M45: Introduction to C++
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Merissa Archer

This course teaches students how to use Visual studio to code programs. This will cover topics from simple mathematics evaluations to making programs that would evaluate to true or false.

M21: Web Development Full!
Difficulty: **

This course will cover basic HTML, CSS, JS and PHP. The course will begin by giving a brief review of these languages. Through this knowledge, students will be able to create their own websites.
After this, students will learn how to implement this knowledge to create an online portfolio/personal website.


Prerequisites
There are no prerequisites. [If students have a basic knowledge of html, it would be easier for them to get a grasp of the topics.]

M8: Introduction to Computer Science with Python Full!
Difficulty: **

This class will cover a basic introduction to programming. We will discuss what role variables, functions, and conditionals play in programming by learning Python. Python is a popular programming language used by many individuals and companies to create software both at the front end and back end level. We will be making simple programs that act as calculators. (No prior programming knowledge is needed!)

M47: How to Become a Human Calculator Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Miguel Moledo

Is $$75^2$$ too hard to do without a calculator? How about 11x123? This class is meant to show off how complicated mathematical operations can turn into mental math.


Prerequisites
12x12 multiplication tables


Science

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S15: Cloning: Past, Present, and Future Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Sydnee Sicherer

It's not just science fiction! Come learn about the exciting subject of cloning! This class will cover the history of cloning, the science behind cloning, some potential uses of cloning, and potential controversies surrounding cloning. We will also go over some case studies, and the morality behind the practice as a whole.

S24: The Mind Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Yumna Ain

Ever wonder why we dream? Why we have adrenaline rushes? Why telephone numbers are only 7 digits? What the inside of a brain looks like? Take a trip into the part of the human body that controls it all. Discover the power of the mind and all that it consists of including judgement, perception, thinking, memory, and so much more! This class will introduce you to an exciting segment of the brain and psychology. It will include demonstrations, games, and fun activities!

S58: Physics in Video Games Full!
Difficulty: **

Characters in video games tend to do a lot of things that most people wouldn't think is possible in real life, but some of it can actually be possible (with proper training of course).
This class would go over some memorable moments in video games (and possibly other media if asked) and examine if they are physically possible in the real world.
This is supposed to be a fun class that helps students gain some insight into the world of physics.
I will have some examples prepared, but if students have suggestions of their own, then I'm all ears.

S6: Would you Rather? Full!
Difficulty: **

Would you rather eat a skinny person's poop or a fat person's poop? Come to a class full of breakdown worthy "would you rather" questions that have a clear answer if you know the science behind them!


Prerequisites
Curiosity, unless you're a cat.

S25: Physics Unmasked
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Afreen Hameed

Calculate with what initial speed a zombie falls off a cliff if it is pushed with a force equal to the gravitational attraction between the sun and the Earth.

This is a typical physics problem you might see in your high school classes. But this is not REAL Physics.

Ever wondered what exactly matter is and how unpredictable its nature is? FYI, matter is not made out of those ridiculous circles shown in science textbooks. Is light matter? What exactly is time? We still do not have ANSWERS to these questions, but Quantum Mechanics and the Dual Nature of light have brought us closer to uncovering these mysteries.


Prerequisites
Basic middle school science.

S39: Science of Attraction
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ayushi Sangoi

Attraction is the basis for many of our actions. Learn how and why it happens.
Do you want to know why you feel like doing crazy things when you see that person you have feelings for? Learn about how pheromones play a role in how you are attracted to someone. Take this class to know how you are actually using all 5 of your senses to determine your level of attraction. Learn the order in which they judge the people around you to determine your attraction to them. And, of course, what good would this class be without some tips on how not to act so crazy around your crush?

S20: Introduction to Alternative Energy Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ghada AlFraih

Have you ever wondered how we are going to survive without oil? Aside from all the pollution it is causing; the current oil crisis is affecting economy and energy sustainability. Alternative energy is the ANSWER for energy sustainability! The whole world is slowly shifting towards alternative energy. In this course you will learn about alternative energy and why it is important to develop it.

S41: Introduction to Aerodynamics
Difficulty: *
Teachers: John Taglang

Aerodynamics is one of the most used fields in the modern day world, and yet the majority of people don't have a very good understanding of how an airplane flies. This class will cover the basic principles of flight like Bernoulli's Principle, along with other, more advanced concepts, like airplane engine design, control surfaces, and various other important concepts that make the plane-packed skies of today possible.

S59: Brainsss! Zombie Neuroscience
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Assma Itani

Ever wonder why your brain is at the top of the zombie food pyramid? Find out as we dissect the differences between the undead and soon-to-be.​ We'll discuss behavior and the brains that go behind it.​ So sharpen your wits and bring your sense of humor to a class that'll be sure to increase your appreciation for the nervous system (not the the anxiety kind, although it's related)!

S33: Battlefield Medicine
Difficulty: **

In the most dangerous circumstance, could you handle the pressure? This class will be a brief discussion of varying, interesting medical techniques that are often used on the battlefield but less often seen in hospitals.


Prerequisites
General biology knowledge


Walk-in Activity

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W12: Origami Folding and Construction
Difficulty: *

Origami is the art of paper folding. Learn to craft and construct various origami creations for all levels. Join us as we cover the classic origami crane to the modular origami of the Japanese brocade.

W40: Introduction to Mandala
Difficulty: *

Do you want to create beautiful designs with only paper and sharpies? In this course you will sketch a reference circle and draw different designs in sharpies. No previous art experience needed, you just need to bring yourself and your creativity. Come by, relax and create some detailed artwork that will impress everyone!


Miscellaneous

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X16: It's Football, Not Soccer
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sabaa Alnsour

Kick off a love for the sport with this introduction to European Soccer, or "Real Football" as Neymar puts it. Understand the system of domestic leagues and international competitions, while getting to know some of the biggest clubs and national teams in Europe. Learn the language of football, the beautiful game. By the end of the class you'll be singing the Champion's League Anthem, and know the offside rule better than most (referees included).

X27: How To Impress Everyone At Your High School Reunion
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Matthew Marner

Why do you want to go to college? Why do you even want to do anything? To be successful of course, and how do you become successful?

Part of it is hard work (a big part) but part of it is also making sure you're at the right college in the right program to be who you want to be.

Anyone can do it, whether you're headed to Harvard on a full ride or find yourself at community college, as long as you know what employers want and most importantly, what you want.

X9: Deep Discussion of Disney Movies Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Pitika Jain

When you were little, Disney movies were just that - movies. But did you know that there is a whole history behind them? Some have connotations that your young minds did not understand. Some are deeper and darker than they appear to be. Some are even based on real events! In this class, we will discuss various Disney movies- both old and new. Questions covered include, but are not limited to: Which Disney movie is your most/least favorite? Why did Disney make a certain movie? Significance of Disney movies/characters.


Prerequisites
Must have watched Disney Movies

X17: Making a Car Fast 101
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Hasan Intisar

Do you have nitrous oxide in your blood and a gas tank for a brain? Do you spend your days staring at posters of cars hanging on your wall dreaming of owning them one day? This course will offer a beginners intro to cars and what makes them fast. No prior knowledge is required!

X30: The Secret to Self Success Full!
Difficulty: *

Self love is a priority and necessity, not a luxury, in the work that we do. How come at the end of the day, it is ourselves who we often forget to look after? There is great power in dedicating time for exploring who you truly are. Let this be an opportunity to discover the importance of incorporating self love into your daily routine. Take the first step towards self care and see how it can help you reach your fullest potential.
During this class we will have an open forum with fellow peers and brainstorm how simple steps can ultimately lead to a happier and healthier you.


Prerequisites
None

X14: How to be a Hooker: An Introduction to Crochet
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Claudia Chen, Ellen Ren

Learn the basics of a classic art form: crochet! In this course, students will be given the foundation to make their own yarn creations. Students will be taught how to start crochet projects, differentiate and use different crochet stitches, and read and follow patterns.

X52: Makeup for Beginners
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nneka Irabor

Learn how to slay your face! A mini makeup class so you can learn the basics to a beautiful, flawless face. Students are expected to learn how to achieve a flawless foundation base, draw perfectly arched eyebrows, create the illusion of a more defined face through contour and highlighting and other makeup techniques.


Prerequisites
I'd advise anyone who wants to take this class to bring their own makeup kit so it's easier to keep up with the class

X29: Time Management & Organization 101 Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Katrina David

Have you ever felt like you have too much to do, and just not enough time? This lecture will explore ways to maximize your time so that you can get everything done as efficiently as possible, including planning methods, study tips and more!

*Bring a blank notebook and something to write with!*

X48: How to JUMP!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Awais Qazi

Do you think you have the next multi-billion dollar idea? Do you think you could be the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs? Your multi-billion dollar idea is worth zero dollars if you don't know how to spring into action. Learn how to Jump In and get started in turning your dreams into a reality.

X54: How to Survive Freshman Year
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Amina Mustafa

As an incoming freshman, thinking of college life can be nerve wrecking. Every one wants to start college like a pro. Truth is, you won’t find out whether some of the college myths you’ve heard about are true until you experience them for yourself.
Well, this class is a way to make it a little bit easier on you. Here are a few tips to give you a head start in finding out what you should and shouldn’t do as a newbie on campus.

X49: Stand Up Comedy 101
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Awais Qazi

So you think you're a funny kid, but stand up comedy is a lot more than jokes. It's the art of storytelling and the confidence to be yourself in front of a crowd. Learn how to develop strong punchlines and deliver them powerfully. This class does require that you leave your comfort zone a little, but it is guaranteed to be a good time.