Splash Spring 2016
Course Catalog

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Arts

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A65: How we react to images
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Alex Lemme

A study of the human reaction to shape and color in relation to photography, character design, costume design and general media.

A63: Beating the Block and Other Writing Tips
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Stevie Billow

This course will introduce students to various writing exercises that are designed to help them improve their creative writing and beat the dreaded writer's block.

A60: The Power of the Pen
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Nora Turriago

Find out how to write an effective op-ed piece! Writing an op-ed is a great way to call attention to an issue you feel passionate about, develop and present clear arguments, and explain your perspective to an audience. We will analyze op-ed pieces, learn the necessary format and writing tools, and write our own articles. Bring a writing utensil and some opinions!


Humanities

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H80: What is a Super Delegate? And Other Questions
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Megan Baker

Learn about the presidential election process and talk about some of the candidate's platforms in this class. Why? Because in a few years you could be voting! ~Be an informed citizen~


Prerequisites
None

H69: Attack of the Monster Movies!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Victoria Ortiz

Monster movies like Godzilla dominated the screens in the 1950s and 1960s. We will discuss the history of the genre, watch some clips, and learn about the deeper meanings behind them. No prior viewing of a monster movie required!

H67: Yiddish Language and Culture
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Sofia Sheri

Yiddish was once the language of a vibrant Jewish culture in Eastern Europe, America, and elsewhere. In this class we will learn about the history and development of the Yiddish language, the history of Yiddish literature, film, art, and theater, as well as Yiddish-speaking culture today. You will also learn some fun Yiddish words and phrases! No prior experience necessary.

H70: Invented Alphabets: Beyond the ABCs
Difficulty: **

Some alphabets develop over thousands of years, but others were invented. We will learn about the history of some of these invented alphabets and how to read Cyrillic and Hangul! No prior experience with either of these alphabets is required.

H64: Intro to Philosophy and Applications (with emphasis on Confucianism)
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Emily Flahive

You've heard of Confucius and Socrates, and may have brushed upon their teachings in history class. A successful philosophy lesson should leave you feeling inspired or at least connected (within yourself or to a certain philosopher).

In your greatly formative pre-college years, it can be difficult to make sense of your values and how you choose to see the world. Studying philosophy is a fantastic and often therapeutic way to center yourself. This class will emphasize Confucian philosophy, but we will be studying a few influential philosophers to discuss parallels and connections between them. This is not a class that will dive too deeply into any certain philosophy, since there is just so much to cover.

This won't be solely a lecture. Participation is highly encouraged, but not required.


Prerequisites
An open mind and willingness to learn!

H68: Manhattan
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sofia Sheri

In this class we will explore the myth and reality of the city that never sleeps. We will focus on how Manhattan has been represented in media such as film, television, and music, and how this both reflects and distorts the reality of the small island that almost 2 million people call home.

H62: What is Time? (A Philosophical Exploration into the Known Unknown)
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Alina Wang

As soon as we understand time, the meaning of our lives change. There are many theories of time, and thus different meanings of our lives. What makes sense to you? Do you have your own theory that changes time and being?

The class will focus on time conveyed in spiritualism, philosophy, and physics, including theories from the Buddha, Einstein, Heidegger, Ouspensky, and quantum mechanics.

H72: What is Black Lives Matter?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: makayla wright

We will be exploring the history and start of the Black Lives movement as well as exploring other social movements in the modern era.


Miscellaneous

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M78: World Changer's Think Tank
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Michelle Mei

World Changer’s Think Tank (WCTT) is a workshop that teaches middle school and high school students how to implement and execute effective, result-maximizing service projects within their communities.

M73: Korean Pop Culture
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Alishba Khalil

Over the past decade, Korean popular culture has become a global phenomenon. Have you heard of popular groups such as “Big Bang” and “Girls Generation” ? If you have or haven’t you should join this class ! We will explore various aspects of the popular culture such as Korean music, dramas, etc. in order to gain an understanding of its appeal. This class will have lots of video clips and be discussion based.

M74: Creating Life Maps
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Chloe Beckman

Do you want to see how your past and present might lead to your future? What do you care most about? How do you spend your time? This course will allow you to explore your passions, goals, and interests and you will leave the class with a record of who you are today and where you think you want to be in your future! Its a fun, creative and exciting way to get to know yourself better! Part of this class will also include sharing your life maps with the group. The limits are endless. Hope you join us in making and sharing your life map!

M61: Survival 101: Everything You Need to Know About Living Outdoors
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Meghan Johnson

Have you ever wondered about how people survive outdoors in the harshest conditions? Well, wonder no more! In this class, we will discuss everything you need to know in order to survive from building a fire to identifying trees and even camouflage! Do you have what it takes to survive?


Math and Science

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S77: Fun with Plants
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Youngjoo Ahn

Delve into a fun afternoon all about plants!

S71: Botched Beginnings: a Hilarious History of Evolution's Greatest Goof-ups Full!
Difficulty: *

Sign up to learn about the gold star organisms that tried, but didn't quite succeed. From squishy sacs to armored slugs, take a quick journey millions of years back to learn about evolution's biggest mistakes.

S66: Exploring the Possibility of Alien Life Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Victoria Ortiz

Are we alone in the universe? This question has been pondered for thousands of years, but these days science is making the possibility of discovering non-Terran life ever more possible. Learn what and how scientists are looking both within our solar system and beyond.

S59: Intro to the Wonderful World of Jellies
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Margaret Hewitt

Jellyfish are everywhere! From our deepest oceans to our busiest ports and beaches. Come learn about these marvelous invertebrates and the interesting lives they lead.

S81: Coding 101: Making a Cat
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Anna Quintanilla

Have you ever wondered how to create an image through coding? In this course, we will learn the basics of creating a cat through a software called Python. We will explore something new and have fun! :)


Prerequisites
None