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Arts

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A185: An In-Depth Look at the Plot and Lore of Evangelion
Difficulty: ****

This class will look at the plot, setting, lore, and characters of Neon Genesis Evangelion and the associated franchise. The class will focus heavily on any points or topics brought up by students, if any arise.


Prerequisites
Be at peace with the understanding that your existence is of no significance to the universe as a whole.

A209: Deep Dive into Disney
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Pitika Jain

Let’s go on a magic carpet ride through the Disney universe. Let’s talk about everything from the classical tales like Snow White and Cinderella to the new cultural phenomena like Moana and Coco!


Prerequisites
None

A164: Introduction to Digital Art with Photoshop Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sreya Das

Do you like art? Do you like computers? Then you should give graphic design a try! In this class, you will learn how to use the basics of Photoshop to make digital art. You will learn how to import brushes, how to organize layers, and how to use special effects and adjustments to enhance your piece. At the end of the lesson, you'll learn how to make your own landscape painting 100% digitally. If we have extra time, we'll even go over how to make small animations in Photoshop!

A194: Modern Watercoloring using Brush Pens Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Saloni Patel

Take a step back from the hustle and bustle of school to waterpaint with me!
We will be practicing simple strokes, studying different types of brushes, and even attempting a few styles on canvas for ourselves. Waterpainting is abstract and can be personalized to the artist's style so do not worry if you are a beginner.


Prerequisites
None

A203: How to Make a Bad Poster (and a Good One) Using Adobe Illustrator
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Parth Mistry

Learn what elements make or break a poster. In this class, you will learn about color combinations, font choices, and design elements to create a poster using Adobe Illustrator. You need zero prior knowledge in Illustrator or poster design!

A184: Intro to Cross-Stitch
Difficulty: **

Looking to learn a new craft? Want to make artwork out of thread? LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THIS CROSS STITCH CLASS! Cross stitch, sometimes called needlework, is the world’s oldest form of embroidery, in which you can make intricate designs using simple X stitches. We’ll cover the basics of using patterns and stitching, and soon you’ll be able to make beautiful pieces of your own!

A193: Intro to Papercraft- 3D Paper Modelling
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Neil Jacob, Hafeth Wadi

Learn to cut, fold, glue and craft yourself a 3D paper model. This course will teach you the basics of constructing paper models of your favorite franchises, from Pokémon to the Legend of Zelda. This class is a workshop where you’ll construct your very own paper model.

A157: Dr. Seuss to Shakespeare: The Written and Spoken Word
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Noah Roselli

Poetry and articulation are two foundations to writing and performance in the humanities and in life. To write is to express, communicate and understand through a broad array of emotion; to perform adds a dimension of empathy. In this class we will discuss and analyze three qualities of a piece of writing, beginning with the meaning of the written word, then the format of words, and the way that words are spoken. From Dr. Seuss to Shakespeare, writing has influenced generations of people; students will be challenged to do the same.

A174: Intro to Crochet
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Laura Gould

Have you ever wanted to make your own scarves, hats, or blankets? Well, now you can! This isn't a boring DIY box set - this class is an introduction to crocheting ("cro-shay-ing"), a way to make fabric from small loops of yarn. In this class, you'll make a crochet flower and learn the stitches necessary to make your own projects!

A205: Fundamentals of Drawing Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: William Martone

Fundamentals of Drawing is class focused on the basics of creating complex drawings it will focus on drawing basic primitives, shading and shadow techniques, and perspective. This is a hands on class where students will have the opportunity to practice what they learn.

A180: Water Color Painting
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Karen Immanuel

Welcome to the course “Water Color Painting”, in here we will explore techniques of water coloring to express oneself through their art. This is a fun, hands on class that is suitable for anyone!

A178: Bollywood Dance Star!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Roocha Surma

Want to know the secrets of what makes Bollywood dance "exotic"? Well, look no further! Join the class and we can talk about all types of Bollywood dance styles, techniques and hey, maybe (like, definitely) even learn a dance routine!! Sign up for the fun and you can become a BOLLYWOOD DANCE STAR!

A183: Intro to Ballet
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nadiya Stakhyra

Do you want to be more graceful and certain in your everyday movements? Does your posture kinda suck? In this beginner's ballet class, you can learn how to hold a strong, healthy posture, how to give off grace and strength, and the basics of ballet and its importance.


Engineering

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E163: Intro to Creo (3D Design)
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Anthony Amirhom

Introduction to Creo is a brief of what is the Software Creo, which is a 3D CAD and associative solid modeling app, how it works, and more about Creo. Creo is the 3D design that is then implemented to CNC machines in order to the designed a product. I will be presenting for the half of the class a powerpoint about what is Creo, how it works, some examples, and more. And for the other half of the class, I will be doing couple 3D Design examples in class from objects that will be present physically and I will do the same on Creo with an explanation which will be quite interesting.

E186: Basic Principles of Internal Combustion Enginers
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: John Taglang

A review of the working principles of the machine that keeps almost every car on the road today moving. This class will be a review and synthesis of basic concepts from various topics, including kinematics, thermodynamics, chemistry, and machine design. Come learn how one of the most important inventions of the millennium works!


Prerequisites
Students will need to have a rough understanding of Trigonometry, Chemistry, and Physics to fully comprehend the material.


Humanities

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H196: Competent Communication: The Power of Public Speaking
Difficulty: *

Public speaking is one of the biggest fears in the world, especially among students and young adults. Learn how to overcome that fear and ace your next presentation, interview, or anything else communication-related!

H151: Intro to Turkish
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: James Marmora

Turkish is one of the most bizarre languages you'll ever find. You might think it's like Arabic, or maybe even like Russian, but you would be wrong! Turkish has its own family, related to such exotic languages as Mongolian, Finnish, and (arguably) Japanese! Along with an overview of the language, you'll learn about Turkish culture and some of the country's history.

H211: Selling You: Paying to Be the Product
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Hope Welch

Is human data a biotechnology? What are companies like Uber and 23&me doing with your data? How do you become informed? And is there even a way to opt out? In this class, you will learn the answer to all of these questions and more. We will talk about what it means to have the government catalog every moment of current existent and the potential impacts of constant data collection.


Lunch

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L191: Lunch Period
Difficulty: *
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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M162: 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.

M188: Introduction to Social Engineering
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Justin Chow

These days we have become even more connected to each other than before. We can find almost anything online, but this connectivity also allows people to see you. Most places you go there are people observing you, fighting for your attention. This class will explain various techniques that people use for Social Engineering, and how to avoid/combat them.

M199: Physics in Video Games
Difficulty: *

Looking at modern AAA games today, many games seem to ignore basic physics in order to make it more enjoyable for the audience. In this class we will be showing how in even the most nonsensical of games, physics is prevalent and important, and how games manipulate their game’s physics to make your gaming experience more enjoyable. We will have examples for all types of genres including sports, rpgs, simulation games, and more.
Audience participation is highly encouraged if they know of even more examples and want to discuss it.

M187: Introduction to Proof
Difficulty: ****
Teachers: Patrick Wu

Proofs will be introduced as a central concept in the study of mathematics and then illustrated through extensive examples. Students will gain an understanding of the use of proof in mathematics and learn some basic techniques. No prior experience with advanced mathematics beyond basic algebra is necessary.


Prerequisites
Some algebra.

M152: How to Build a Computer
Difficulty: **

Learn everything you need to know in order to build your very own computer! This involves knowledge on what parts to buy, how to maximize your budget, what parts best go together, and physically putting the parts together. We'll have a demo computer to show all the individual parts, explain each of their functions, and also might explain their relevance to computer science and programming. At the end, there will be time for any questions regarding the material. Even if you don't know anything about computers, or are just interested but don't want to build a computer, come by anyway!

M165: Python 101: An Introduction to Programming Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jenna Bousellam

Have you ever wondered what Python is? Well, it is a snake, but not this type of Python. Python is a programming language that is used often as a scripting language for web applications. It is also used in software applications, operating systems, and even games. You will learn some basics about how to code in Python, such as using Turtle, variables, if statements, and loops. No previous coding experience is necessary, but is always great to have! Take this class if you want to learn how to become a Python master.

M201: Get Your Hands Dirty in Data! - Introduction to Data Science and R Programming Full!
Difficulty: *

Dive into the infinite world of data science! Learn how to make groundbreaking conclusions about the world we live in using big data, and join me in predicting the future with some brain power and coding! Here you will learn what data science is all about, how easy it is for anyone to pick it up, and why being a data scientist is known as the "sexiest job of the 21st century" according to the Harvard Business Review. We will go through a basic R tutorial and we will work on a small project together. No previous programming experience required!

M197: Basic C++
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Renee Ciufia

Welcome to programming! This course is an introduction to computer programming using C++ as a language. You will learn how to create and use variables, how to get input, and how to manipulate data, amongst other things. This course is a great intro to computer science and algorithms.

M181: How Does a Computer Do Maths
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Zoraiz Naeem

Fun Fact: all computers can do is add numbers! But then how do computers are able to subtract or do all the wonders of our digital world. In this class, we will dive deep into our machines to understand what happens when we add 2 to 3. While answering it, we will try to appreciate the elegance of the machine that revolutionized our world.


Prerequisites
Curiosity and ability to do the calculation: "2+3".

M156: "i" love Pi Flavored Series
Difficulty: **

Come take an epic ride on our math train. Eat some cookie pizza pie, take a lesson in series, and enjoy this tantalizing tale on how $$e^{i\pi}+1=0$$. (Yes we're series-ous)


Prerequisites
Algebra

M169: principles of languages
Difficulty: **
Teachers: KATHAN PATEL

This course will explain the basics of java. This course will teach how programming language works, and the logic behind executing the code. Students will learn how knowing one language helps with easily learning another language.

M182: Introduction to Programming with Python Full!
Difficulty: **

This course 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 creating simple programs that act as calculators. (No prior programming knowledge is needed!)


Prerequisites
No prerequisites needed.

M166: Introduction to Game Dev with MIT Scratch Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jacob Fattakhov

Using the MIT Scratch environment this class will teach basic program concepts and their application to animation and game development. Scratch is a free software for teaching programming so students can take their work home with them and keep learning.


Science

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S177: Astrology 101
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Erin Foody

What’s your zodiac sign? Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, or Pisces? Who are you compatible with? What does it all mean? Find out in Astrology 101! Astrology is one of the oldest sciences, studied by many different civilizations. Learn more about yourself and those around you by finding out how the stars really impact you. Nowadays, astrology is commonly referred to as a “psuedoscience”. Come find out for yourself whether or not things are really “pseudo”.


Prerequisites
please bring a cell phone so you can easily calculate your astrological chart online


Walk-in Activity

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W204: Doing The "Impossible": How to Solve a Rubik's Cube
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Perry Andanar

For most people who have ever played with a Rubik's cube, solving it is seemingly impossible. Although it seems difficult, anyone can do it! During this activity, you will learn the basics to solving a 3x3x3 Rubik's cube!

W167: Checking Your Heart Health

Learn how to keep track of your heart health by taking your heart rate, checking your blood pressure and calculating your body mass index (BMI) today!

According to CDC, about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the US every year. Fortunately, taking preventative measures early on can reduce your risk of heart disease.


Prerequisites
A beating heart!


Miscellaneous

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X170: Storytelling 101: Why Wrestling Makes Me Cry
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Amanda Contino

As human beings, we can find a cohesive story in just about anything. We cried when Pluto lost its planetary status. We rejoiced when Leonardo DiCaprio won an Oscar.

But ... why do we do this over and over again? Does it even matter?

In this class, we'll go over the building blocks of what makes a compelling story and how we connect these to things happening in the real world. Oh, and I'll try to convince you that professional wrestling is really just a never-ending stage drama — with a few more suplexes attached.

X160: Intro To Personal Finance (How To Adult)
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Hasan Intisar

Does the idea of being an adult terrify you? Have you always wondered how to properly budget? Are you really confused when you see a bunch of different types of accounts with random rates? This class will explain it all and let you take charge of your personal finances!

X154: How to Adapt to College
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Benjamin Nemeth

Adapting to college is a fear of many incoming freshman. Entering a new scene both academically and socially can seem a daunting and insurmountable task. As someone who recently finished his first semester in college, I can attest to how difficult it can be to go through unprepared. In this class, I will be explaining how I came out of my first semester calling it successful, and why I did what I did to make it successful.

X175: Soccer Management and Tactics
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jacob Karpman

The most popular sport in world history is soccer. When you go see a children’s soccer game it may seem random and unorganized, however, once you get into any type of professional game there is strategy everywhere. So come and learn basic and even more complex strategies of positioning, style of play, and player selection. Using real examples from the professionals, and an understanding as to how these tactics were developed.

X173: How to Eat Like Michael Phelps
Difficulty: *

Top athletes, like Michael Phelps, fuel their active lifestyles with healthy and balanced meals to ensure maximum performance. In this class, we will explore some of these individuals healthy habits and how you can incorporate them into your busy life. Additionally, we will highlight some superfoods such as spirulina and turmeric and how eating them daily will be beneficial to you and your health. We will also break down all of the diet fads that have recently been in the media such as Paleo and Keto and how you can structure a diet that will help you lead your best, most healthy life.


Prerequisites
N/A

X171: Anime Music and Why It Hits You In the Feels
Difficulty: *

Do you ever wonder why you get so emotional when the you hear the first few notes of the OST to your favorite anime? Whether it's jumping out of your seat with pure excitement to wiping away those nostalgic tears, we cannot deny that anime OSTs have some power over us! Come join us as we break down the various techniques used in your favorite OSTs!

X153: An Introduction to Competitive Pokemon Battling
Difficulty: **

Pokemon battling is a great deal of fun, but sometimes the competitive scene can be off-putting. A lot of information is presented at once and it may not be presented in a simple manner, leaving players confused and reluctant to test the waters. This class will break down the fundamentals of competitive Pokemon battling, making them easy enough for even casual players to have a solid grasp on.

X161: How To Become A Millionaire (Intro to Stocks, Bonds, and More)
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Hasan Intisar

Have you always wanted to be rich? Does looking at the stock market both excite and terrify you? Have you always wondered how it all worked? This class will demystify stocks, bonds, and other investments into super easy to understand terms so one day you can make educated investment decisions.

X195: How to do a presentation the presentation
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Sydnee Sicherer

Want to learn how to give a presentation without having to worry about grades or peers? Well come to this class and learn in a low risk environment!

X159: How To Make 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 beginner's intro to cars and what makes them fast. No prior knowledge is required!

X189: Time Management & College Prep 101 Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Katrina David

In this class, you will be introduced to the importance of time management when juggling extracurricular activities, classes, and a personal life in college (and the years leading up to college)! You should leave the class with tools (i.e. using a planner, Bullet Journaling, Google calendar, etc.) to help them manage your time, as well as with any advice you may need for college applications and life in college.

X202: Stepping up your game: taking Magic the Gathering to the next level
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Conor Coll

Do you have a shoebox of old Magic cards in your closet or attic that's just collecting dust? Did you play as a kid, or do you just play with your friends around the kitchen table? Do you want to take your knowledge and strategy to the next level? In this class, you can learn about the depths of Magic strategy, and how to build a deck that can compete with the very best.


Prerequisites
Knowing how to play Magic: The Gathering on a very basic level

X155: The Evolution of Military Technology
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jonathan Martone

Do you play Battlefield, Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed, or any other military/history-based game? Do you like learning about history or about how technology has progressed throughout time? If so, then you will enjoy this class. This class will cover how and why the military technology used in wars and other conflicts has progressed throughout time, with a focus placed on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This class will primarily be a visual presentation, covering subjects ranging from battleships to firearms to stealth aircraft, that should give students a good understanding of important military technologies.

X198: Yu-Gi-Oh! Deck Building
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Neil Jacob

IT'S TIME TO D-D-D-D-D-D-D-D-D-D-D-DUEL!!!!!!

Looking for ways to make your current deck better? Trying to build a new Deck? Feeling that your current strategies are just not working out? All of these situations and more will be covered in this course, all about taking your deck building to the next level! Students are recommended to bring their decks for an exciting mini-tournament at the end!

X168: All In! A Comprehensive Introduction to Poker
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Nicholas Winay

As a mentally demanding game involving aspects of deceit, strategy, mental fortitude, and probability, No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em (more commonly known as ‘poker’) has risen to the top as one of the most famous casino/card games in the world. In this class you will learn all of the basics of the game, starting from the moment you are dealt your cards, up to some more complex ideas, like bluffing, body language, and other (more mental/abstract) aspects. After this lecture/discussion style introduction, we will get to sit down and play, and see how you handle the pressure.

X179: Handling Your Future: Introduction to Palm Reading
Difficulty: *

Learn to read your own palms, your friends' palms, and even your enemies' palms! Take a look into the different aspects of your future - such as your love life, your future goals, and your health - with our comprehensive course into palm reading.