Splash Spring 2015
Course Catalog

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Arts

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A36: Write a Parody Song!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ethan Goldstein

Be Weird Al for a day!

At the beginning of this class, we'll choose a major song from the last few years, and then spend the next two hours parodying it to turn it into something new, wonderful, and hilarious. In the process, we'll learn about how lyrics work, including rhyming, meter, and scansion. Last year we did "Don't Give Me Rabies" (from "Call Me Maybe")!

A48: Crocheting 101 Full!
Difficulty: *

Do you like crafts? Then learn how to crochet! Together, we will learn the basics of crocheting. We will learn about chaining, single crochet, double crochet, and half double crochet. All materials will be provided.

A31: Dance- Throwbacks
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Megan Baker

If you want a chance to MOVE during Splash, take this class! Learn fun, classic dances such as "The Dinosaur", "The Electric Slide", and get down to some sweet disco beats. Impress friends and grandmothers alike with your cool new moves!


Prerequisites
A willingness to boogie (and to laugh at yourself)

A39: Somewhere over the rainbow... Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Nicole Dube

This is a class on literally everything you would ever want to know about RAINBOWS!! Please bring anything you would like that is 100% cotton that you'd like to be tie dyed. Knee high socks will be provided.

A32: Dance- "Current" songs
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Megan Baker

Learn how to do common dances like "The Wobble", "The Jerk", "Cupid Shuffle", and "Gangnam Style". If you already know these and others, come dance with us anyway!


Prerequisites
Positive attitude!

A46: Analyse and Create Comics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Monica Swartz

This course will briefly look at a number of comic strips, and pages in the hopes that we will begin to understand the intricacies of comic book making. This will be followed by the students being able to create their own page long comic! *Artistic ability not required


Prerequisites
Start to think of ideas for a comic strip you could finish in an hour to an hour and a half. A full storyboard or idea is not necessary, just come to class able to create!


Humanities

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H45: Comic Books and Graphic Novels
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Monica Swartz

This course will give a survey of the history of comic books, where they began, how they became popularized, and where the comic industry is today, as well as look at comics as a source of literature rather than as "low art".

Recommendations for future reading will be given!

H34: The Psychology Of Fan Culture
Difficulty: **
Teachers: makayla wright

In this course we will look at fandoms and fan culture and explore what makes fandoms so popular. We will also look at the people who choose to be in fandoms to see if some people are more likely to become fans. We will watch video clips and the class is discussion based.

H43: Korean Pop Culture
Difficulty: *
Teachers: makayla wright

Have you ever wondered what a "Super Junior" or "Girls Generation" is? If so then this class is for you! In Korean pop culture we will explore popular Korean music, dramas, and other parts of popular culture in order to gain an understanding of korean pop culture. This class will have lots of video clips and be discussion based.


Miscellaneous

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M44: Onomatopoeia Round the World
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Victoria Ortiz

Crash! Ever wonder what something being dropped sounds like in another country? Onomatopoeia are words that represent sounds but they're different in other language. Bang is in English, but in Korean it is Koong or in Hindi it is Thaa! What sound does a dog make around the world? Even something as simple as a sneeze can sound very different. Find out with fun activities and games!

M38: Psychology of Fortune Telling-unraveling your own psyche
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Nicole Dube

Ever looked at the clouds and seen an image? This is a form of fortune telling because your mind makes up images that tell you more about how you think. Here were will learn how to read crystal balls, dreams, tarot cards, auras, and other forms of scrying. We will learn how these techniques have to do with cracking the code to your subconscious and how it relates to an inkblot test. Believers, non-believers, all are welcome!

M40: Fighting the stigma of mental illness
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Nicole Dube

With one -third of the population with some form of mental illness this is an important topic to say the least. We will go over what it is like to be mentally ill and the struggles that they face. Also, we talk about what life style changes that can help those with or without an illness.‚Äč

*Side note: I am not a doctor and only doctors can diagnose patients with an illness or prescribe medication. Students should refrain from talking about personal experiences for privacy purposes.

M53: Ethical Consumerism and Gratitude
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Shelby Kim

Why do we buy so much STUFF? Where does it come from, where does it go once we discard it, and what environmental/human rights/animal rights impacts occur along the way? As consumers, we vote with our dollars to create the kind of world we want. What are we promoting with our current choices? We'll be learning about how we have the power to shape our own buying habits and mindsets to strive to make positive change. Part sustainability, part economics, part philosophy, all casual.

M37: How to Read Minds
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ethan Goldstein

Street psychics. Police interrogators. Clinical psychologists. These professions may seem radically different, but all three of them often appear to know more about you than you let on. In this class, we will focus on how to read people's minds using body language, cold reading, and other interrogation methods, and how these methods are used to help people - and to scam them.

M52: Public Speaking 101
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Tracie Benally

Are you afraid of speaking in public? If so, you're not alone. Public speaking is one of the most common fears in our society. Taking this class will introduce you to the art of public speaking - one of the most sought after skills in our ever-progressing world. In this class, you will have the opportunity to critique famous speakers, improve your writing, collaborate with others, research, gain confidence, and write one of your own speeches!


Prerequisites
None.

M42: World Changer's Think Tank
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Yoo Eun Kim

Keep your coins; I want CHANGE!

Are you interested in starting your own community service project? If you want to design and implement a project that maximizes impact for your school or community, attend World Changer's Think Tank (WCTT)! WCTT has been presented in leadership and service conventions throughout the United States and will cover the following topics: brainstorming ideas, budgeting, delegating, advertising, executing, and building on your results.

What are you waiting for? Be a World Changer!


Prerequisites
Specifically tailored for high school students, but middle school students are welcomed.


Math and Science

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S30: Game Theory, or How I Learned to Stop Losing and Love Math
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ben Kraft

HEY! Do you want to play games with MORE MATH? Take our class, and we'll play games with GRATUITOUS AMOUNTS OF MATH! In particular, we'll be studying the mathematics of game theory. In what games does one player has a winning strategy? How can we find it? What interesting bits of math come out of such studies? You'll try to find the answers.


Prerequisites
It might help if you have ever played any kind of game in your life, but if not, that's okay too!

S49: The Process of Discovery: The Mid-Atlantic Ridge
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Tessa McGann

Did you know the longest mountain range in the world lies thousands of feet underwater, in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean? It's called the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and is currently forming as lava erupts out of the rift where two tectonic plates are drifting apart. In this short lecture, we will learn how mankind's investigation of the ridge spurred discoveries about Earth's formation, magnetism, and how geologic evidence is used to reconstruct the story of our planet.

S33: Unlocking the Secrets of Cryptography
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Beth Capiro

This class will cover the basics of how information is encoded and decoded using cryptography!

S35: How Hearing Works
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Abby Noyce

What are sounds? How do your ears detect them? How does your brain make sense out of words? What's up with music?

This class will tackle all of these questions, and more! We'll look at the physical properties of sounds, the kinds of features that the brain latches onto, some cool auditory illusions, and more.

S41: Disease and Civilization
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ethan Goldstein

The Black Plague. AIDS. Ebola. Throughout history, plagues, outbreaks, and pandemics have had an incalculable effect on society, oftentimes defining eras and changing the way of life for people around them. This joint History / Biology course will look at both the molecular mechanisms responsible for disease as well as what effects they've had on human civilization, and will span from Medieval to Modern times, ending on a discussion of modern pandemics, particularly HIV/AIDS and Ebola.