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Arts

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A225: The Shrek Tetralogy as a Modern Gospel
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Yaakov Schectman

In this class, we will examine the subtext behind onions and their layers, or the manner in which chimichanga stands play into the basis of society as we know it.

A215: Self-Creationism [ The Anatomy of Art and Drawing ]: How to (Speed) Draw Proportions in Motion
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Mehvish Ali

This class will briefly discuss the differences in anatomy, shape, and extraneous detail of human and animal figures before delving into the use of geometric shapes and patterns to form semi-realistic pencil drawings based off of majority class-based interest. We will also cover how to make figures “come alive”, and build on existing skills. Any additional remaining time will be used to discuss further interests or take doodle requests.

It is advised that you bring with you paper and a writing utensil (mechanical pencils are preferable) to be able to take notes and follow along.

A272: Crochet 101 Full!
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!

A235: Introduction to Art Composition
Difficulty: *

This course will give a brief overview of art composition and why it’s important in any work of art. From basic photography used in social media posts to paintings hung up in a museum, applying basic art composition techniques and skills will make all the difference!

A249: Improv 101
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Aman Mittal

We script our lives so that they would turn out to be the way we want them. Let's take this time to break away from that script. Express yourselves. Say what you want to say because improv is all about doing things your way.

A252: Intro to Classical Ballet
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nadiya Stakhyra

This is an introductory course to classical ballet. All dancers and non-dancers alike welcome!

A257: Fundamentals of Drawing
Difficulty: **
Teachers: William Martone

Looking to improve your drawing skills? Fundamentals of Drawing is a hands-on drawing class for beginners! The class will cover drawing basic primitives, shading techniques, and perspective.

A222: 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.

A231: Bullet Journaling 101 Full!
Difficulty: *

Are you struggling with keeping up with assignments because you simply forget about them? Do you want your day-to-day activities to be less chaotic and more planned? Learn about what bullet journaling is and how you can use it to make your life more organized!

In this course, we'll cover all the basics about bullet journaling, such as how to start bullet journaling, popular spreads to include, tips and tricks, and the *best* supplies to use (and their cheap alternatives)!


Engineering

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E241: Progression of Tanks from World War 2 to Present
Difficulty: **

A discussion of how tactics and technology have changed how tanks are used, designed, and built. We will see how new technologies and concepts affected the way tanks were designed and how this makes modern tanks different from World War 2 tanks.


Prerequisites
Interest in engineering/tanks

E233: Introduction to Programming and Animation with MIT Scratch
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jacob Fattakhov

In this course students will learn the basics of programming, animation, and game development. using the MIT Scratch software. This drag and drop "programming language" is the perfect introduction to algorithmic thinking and development. Students should be able to start or complete their own custom game before the end of class. All required tools will be provided.


Prerequisites
None

E260: Basic Flight Principles
Difficulty: **
Teachers: John Taglang

Ever wondered how a plane actually flies? Come and learn about the basic principles of flight, including coverage of how airfoils generate lift, how a plane's propulsion system works, and much more.


Prerequisites
Students would benefit greatly from a basic knowledge of physics, but it is not required.

E226: Solar Cars and Renewable Energy
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Samir Peshori

We will be going over the process of what our team does in terms of development for our vehicle and how we have gotten to where we have. Our team and its functions will be broken down to give a good overview of the work that goes into the car. We will be going into the various forms of energy use, their efficiency, and pros/cons as well.

E273: Introduction to Chemical Engineering
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nicholas Winay

If you enjoy physics, chemistry, and mathematics, chemical engineering might be the field for you. But what do chemical engineers actually do, and why should you care? In this course, I will discuss the career paths that chemical engineering can open up for you, as well as give you an in-depth look at the classes that you will take and what you will learn as an undergraduate chemical engineering major. Hopefully you can walk away from this course knowing whether or not you want to be a ChemE!

E253: Intro to Creo (3D Design)
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Anthony Amirhom

Introduction to Creo is a brief of what is the Engineering Software "Creo", which is a 3D CAD and associative solid modeling software, how it works, and more about Creo. We will go over the basics of Creo. For the first half of the class, I will be presenting a PowerPoint about what is Creo, how it works, some examples, etc. As for the other half of the class, students will be doing a couple of 3D Design examples in class, on the Lab's computers, from objects that will be present physically.


Humanities

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H250: Introduction to Historical Linguistics
Difficulty: **

Historical linguistics is the study of how languages change over time. It seeks to find patterns in how languages in different parts of the world in different times have changed, often without the aid of historical documents. Its bread and butter is the comparative method, which is systematic way of using analyses of sister languages to reconstruct the speech of people who lived hundreds or even thousands of years ago. We can even tell things about the way people lived, and gain insights into ancient population movements, with the help of archaeological and genetic data. But unlike those methods, you never have to pick up a shovel or step into a lab to uncover secrets from the distant past.

H220: How to Finesse Your Words: Creative Writing 101
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Mehvish Ali

Learn how to make your writing come alive! This class will be about using metaphors, simile, and prose to make your words stand out and create imagery within the mind. Let's take a step back from the literal, and take our scenes where we want them to be.

(As usual, paper and pencil will be necessary, though a text editor is more than enough.)

H245: Politicking and Policy
Difficulty: **

For centuries, the Congress has been writing and passing laws affecting millions. Take a peek into this world of controversy, ambition, and secrecy plaguing governments all around the world. Experience this high-stake environment for yourself with our interactive teaching session. In this class, we will discuss the hidden procedures behind lawmaking. Work with a team to create your own policies regarding issues affecting the world today. Will your laws hold under the stress, pressure and scrutiny?

H243: What’s Good? An Intro to Ethics
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Anne Marie Lim

“Right” and “wrong” Kant be that difficult to define - right? In this discussion-based class, we’ll study the theories of Immanuel Kant, John Locke, and more; examine their influence on politics, economy, and society; and test out our own ethical decision making skills. Become a philosopher for 50 minutes as we attempt to interpret “good”, “duty”, “rights”, “values”, and other simple-but-complex concepts - and be prepared to leave with more questions than answers.

H223: Get Creative: A Starter's Guide to Creative Writing
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Manuela Soto

Creative writing can be lots of fun, but it isn’t always as easy as you’d think. If you’ve ever tried it, you’ve probably been stumped by at least one of the following. How do I start a story? How do I end it? What should I even write about? If you’re interested in trying creative writing but don’t know how to go about it, or if you want some tips, then this is the class for you!


Lunch

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L264: 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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M240: Software Developer Lifestyle
Difficulty: *
Teachers: KATHAN PATEL, Jay Patel

Learn about the lifestyle of software developers, what is their day-to-day life, where they'll be after 10 years. It'll be a good resource for student who wants to do their major in Computer Science.

M251: Introduction To Social Engineering
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Justin Chow

Everyday we use the internet, a vast network of computers communicating. We use it to get information. However, not many people realize the dark underbelly of the internet, people who work tirelessly to influence you and people around you. This class will explore this frontier and teach you the skills to recognize and possibly utilize yourself the abilities of a social engineer.

M237: Financial Mathematics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Daniel Newton

Do you want to learn more about how finances are calculated? How does one accumulate wealth? How are investment portfolios created? This class will finally provide students with the answer to life's most important question: How do I become rich?


Prerequisites
Algebra I

M238: How to Build a Computer
Difficulty: **

We are going to teach 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.

M256: Imaginary Numbers for Real People
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Patrick Wu

It is said that the greatest discovery in the history of mathematics is that of complex numbers. But what does it even mean to take the square root of a negative number? How can such a counterintuitive, even nonsensical idea have uses in the real world? This class will be a very broad overview of the uses of complex numbers in science, engineering, and life.


Prerequisites
Algebra and trigonometry; conceptual understanding is sufficient

M246: Introduction to Machine Learning
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Zoraiz Naeem

In this course, we will try to understand the under lying principals of how Machine Learning Algorithms work. It will be an simplified overview of one of the revolutionary ideas in Computer Science. Machine Learning is changing the how we are approaching various world problems. Machine Learning is at the core of technologies like facial recognition to modern Cancer diagnostics.
Machine Learning is the future.


Prerequisites
Idea of straight line graphs And Your Curiosity

M232: Java Basics: Make your Math Homework Robot!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sam Parris

In this class, you will learn the basics of Java (code not coffee!). We will cover how to code several topics including creating a "Class", math functions, getting user input, creating/ manipulating strings (i.e words and sentences), and loops. Programming/ coding is a very useful skill to have for high school or to put on your resume for college. Just about every industry has programs doing work now, being able to code and knowing your way around a computer is very helpful!

M214: Introduction to programming (Python)
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Anis Shili

learning the principles of programming using Python as a 1st language.
Learning the basics of python and progress to a more advanced concepts.


Prerequisites
basics math skills


Science

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S229: Not So Trivial Health Trivia
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jennifer Ojukwu

Ever wonder what your sweat is made of, how chocolate improves your mood, why laughing is good for your heart, or what processes go on in your brain for your to even read this sentence? Come join our class for Kahoot-based health trivia to walk away with a couple cool and useful facts about our bodies!

S248: The Science of Baking the Perfect Cake
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Rutuja Patil

Interested in perfecting your baking game? Or just curious to know what makes that slice of cake you crave after dinner so delectable? Come find out the science behind what makes a cake the perfect amount of fluffy, moist and chocolaty!


Prerequisites
Not applicable

S239: Bee the Change: How to Live a Greener Life
Difficulty: **
Teachers: NJIT Green

You've heard about the environmental crisis, but have you ever thought about what YOU can do to live out a more eco-friendly lifestyle? Learn more about the many different ways you can do your part to make the world a greener place, from proper recycling, secondhand buying, smart grocery shopping, and more!

S271: Stop The Bleed: Emergency Bleeding Control
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Daniil Ivanov

Taught by EMTs from NJIT, this class teaches the nationally standardized course for bleeding control in an emergency situation. This includes tourniquets, bandaging, and wound packing. Also, this course is interactive!


Walk-in Activity

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W255: Casual Smash Bros.
Difficulty: *

Come through and have a good time playing some casual smash bros. in between your other classes.

W236: 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.


Miscellaneous

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X259: Investing 101
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Logan Heft

Have you ever wanted to learn about investing? Ever wonder how the stock market works? If you answered yes to either of these questions then this class is for you! No experience required!!

X228: 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.

X218: Ciphers, Languages, and Encoding Secret Messages
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Mehvish Ali

Learn how to create ciphers and new languages through patterns and iterations. Afterwards, we’ll be exchanging messages in code, and testing out each other’s ciphers in real-time. No coding experience necessary.

(Please be advised that this will be more linguistics-based than anything else, and that students should bring paper and pens or pencils to be able to follow along. Whiteboards and markers for personal use would be useful, but are not necessary.)

X254: Weightlifting 101
Difficulty: *

So, you want to put on some muscle, or maybe just increase your muscular definition? But, weightlifting is a scary idea, and you don't have any idea where to start. Well, let us help you. Weightlifting 101 is designed for both males and females who are driven, competitive, and want to begin the fitness journey. This course will cover the basics of weightlifting for the purpose of aesthetic development—not for Olympic lifting, powerlifting, or for sport training. Through videos, pictures, and real life demonstrations, we will educate you on how to be successful in the gym even from your very first time. All major muscle groups will be covered in this lecture, ranging from the Gastrocnemius muscle (calves) to the pectoralis major (chest). Don't be afraid to take the plunge into fitness and start working to be the best "you" physically possible.

X242: How to Adapt to College
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Benjamin Nemeth

The transition from high school to college is one of the most uncertain times in a young person's life. Come get some ideas on how to adapt from a current student who recently made the jump and ask whatever questions you may have.

X268: How to Land Your Dream Job!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Riya Kurian

College is a memorable and exciting time in a person's lifetime. It is also a great time to find the job that will set up your future! In this short seminar, we will be teaching you all of the basics of securing your dream job. You will come out of this seminar feeling confident in a wide range of things from how to network, practice your elevator pitch, do well in interviews, and so much more!

X230: How to Make the Most out of Your College Experience
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jenna Bousellam

Ready to start college but not sure what to expect? Can you trust overly positive college advertisements to reflect what your experience will be like? Come join this class to learn what college is really about! In this class, you will learn how to make the best course schedule each semester, get involved in organizations on campus, find internships and co-ops to gain real work experience, and deal with issues that arise during your time in college. This will be an authentic talk that does not sugar coat the college experience, but will reflect on my experiences to help you make your college experience the best!

X265: Yoga for Beginners
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kush Patel

Whether you’re seeking health and joy or peace and love, whether it’s success in the world or inner exploration you’re striving for, these simple practices are designed to help you cut through the struggle and walk through life with ease. Anyone ages 7+ can attend.

Yoga Practices:
Yoga Namaskar
Nadi Shuddhi

Benefits:

Chronic Ailments: These practices are a great preventive for chronic ailments like asthma, diabetes, hypertension and obesity and can help you come out of these ailments as well.

Sleep Quota: Your sleep quota may come down and your body will feel more rested and alert.

Productivity, Concentration & Memory: You may see your productivity, concentration and memory improving.

Please arrive at empty stomach conditions (approx. 1.5 hrs after light meal).


Prerequisites
Please arrive at empty stomach conditions (approx. 1.5 hrs after light meal).

X261: How To Build A PC
Difficulty: *

Interested in learning how to build your own computer for gaming, school, or for fun? This class is perfect for both beginners and enthusiasts and everyone in between. We'll first cover different uses and purposes for PCs, what each part does (and the science behind them!), and how to decide between the huge ocean of part choices for certain uses and specifications. Then we'll apply everything we learn to build a PC together in class!

X274: 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!

X234: Soccer Tactics
Difficulty: *

In this class we will not only detail the strategies and methods of different soccer styles but, we will take a deeper look at the history of these strategies. Along with specific modern day examples of their applications within professional soccer, this course is perfect for anyone who enjoys tactical strategy and applying creativity to athletics.


Prerequisites
None

X263: Improv-ing your Life: How basic acting exercises can help you excel
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Marisa Sigas

Being in high school can be tough - applying to colleges, writing essays for scholarships, beings leaders in our clubs, and talking to our teachers when we need help. Through basic Improv exercises, you will learn how to improve your presence, communication, and confidence so you can show the world how awesome you are. You won't become an Impractical Joker overnight, but get ready to get silly and improve your life!

X262: Gems of the World: The Evolution of Jewelry
Difficulty: *

Like jewelry and want to learn more about it? Join us for an exploration of different types of jewelry in various cultures around the world! We'll be talking about the legends around gems and a little about their science and history as well. Stay until the end for a chance to win a free prize!

X270: Make Your Own Stress Balls
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Minds Matter

Come make a stress ball and learn more about different ways to cope with stress!

X224: Introduction to the World of D&D
Difficulty: **
Teachers: David Monroe

Welcome, traveler! Prepare yourself for a world filled with magic and sword fighting in this crash course to learn how to play Dungeons and Dragons fifth edition! Learn how to be a hero or heroine in a land of mystery and intrigue. This adventure begins in a tavern called the Fiery Grog Inn, a respite for the local adventurers to pass through and rest. You heard that they have a bit of a large pest problem and you have come in hopes to earn a bit of coin. After this session you should be ready to set out into the world and get started to on your own adventures in one of the best table-top role-playing games around!

X247: 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!

X244: Activism 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Community Organizing
Difficulty: *

Want to change the world? Start with your community! Join us for an educational discussion on conducting mass work - we’ll study significant mass struggles in history, discuss a step-by-step process for engaging the community, and share practical advice from local youth activists. No matter what issues you’re fighting for, you can initiate real change through the cultivation of people power!

X266: Yoga for Success
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kush Patel

How successful you are in life simply depends on how well you can use your mind and body. These sessions offer simple, but powerful yoga postures to bring stability and balance. No prior experience with yoga is necessary. Anyone ages 7+ can attend.

Yoga Practices:
Neck Practices
Yoga Namaskar

Benefits:
- Can improve memory, concentration, and mental clarity
- Can relieve stress and anxiety
- Strengthens the spine

Please arrive at empty stomach conditions (approx. 1.5 hrs after light meal).


Prerequisites
Please arrive at empty stomach conditions (approx. 1.5 hrs after light meal).

X258: Video Game Creation: A Crash Course (Unreal Engine + Blender)
Difficulty: **

Have you ever wondered how your favorite video games were made? How they went from ideas on a whiteboard to full fledged experiences? This crash course will give you an introduction to that process, using Unreal Engine 4 and Blender to create a simple video game. If you want to peek behind the curtain of the video game industry, come join us for a journey into the creation of video games.

No computer required. We will create a game right in front of you!