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Programming: Getting Started
Teachers: Shawn Tice

Are you interested in programming, but don't know how to get started? This course will introduce you to the tools you'll need to start writing programs and provide a small programming project to get you going.

Coding using C, C++
Teachers: Pranav Khaitan

Learn the fundamentals of programming using the most widely used programming language in the world. Lets find out why it is called the most efficient language and one which can best distinguish great programmers from mediocre programmers. The class will include an introduction to pointers, object oriented concepts and data structures. Some important algorithms can also be covered depending on time and interest.

Introduction to Ray Tracing
Teachers: Gregory Prisament

Ray Tracing is a technique for rendering realistic images with computers.

The creators of films such as Shrek, Ratatouille, Up and Avatar utilized ray tracing (among other techniques) to create their splendid graphics.

- Learn how this beautiful and elegant algorithm works.
- See some examples of amazing computer-generated images made with ray tracers.
- Get introduced to POV-Ray, a free text-based ray tracer that you can use to create ray traced images at home.
- Walk through the source code to a minimal ray tracer program.

This will be a highly technical class with lots of math and programming: however, it's neat math & programming.

I will try my best to teach the mathematical concepts needed to understand ray tracing. But due to time constraints I'll move quickly.

Knowledge of basic algebra, polynomials, trigonometry and geometry is highly recommended.

Knowledge of vectors (dot and cross products) and previous programming experience will be helpful.

Stated in description: basic algebra, polynomials, trigonometry and geometry. You should know what Sin and Cos are. You should be able to find the roots of a quadratic equation.

Teaching languages to machines

How far are we from the conversing machines of the Star Wars or the Terminator series? What's the secret behind Google Translate? Why is the U.S Defense investing so much in creating automatic translation machines?

Come join us for a hands-on tutorial on Machine Translation and get an overview of the exciting research area called Computational Linguistics.

Basic probability recommended but not required

The Internet and Computer Networks

Do you consider yourself 1337-in-training and want to know more about how the internet works?

In this class, you'll learn about TCP/IP, and many of the protocols that make up the Internet, including HTTP, SMTP, and POP. You'll also learn how the Internet is laid out, how your packets get to Japan or Australia, and why sending email or IMs is like sending your message on the back of a postcard!

You must have used the Internet before taking this class.

Internet 2015
Teachers: Joey Primiani

This class will enlighten you about emerging trends and topics surrounding the internet and new technologies. It will be a informative, fun and exploratory type of course. We will get into interesting topics such as augmented reality, hyperreality, artificial intelligence, micro-location, haptics and intelligent clothing. The last part of this course will include team contest - to come up with the best idea, design sketch and pitch a technology that you see provides real value to people.

Entrepreneurial driven, Interest in Technology, Science and Design

Common Sense Reasoning for Artificial Intelligence
Teachers: Catherine Havasi

When people communicate with each other, their conversation relies on many basic, unspoken assumptions. We often learn the basis behind these assumptions long before we can write at all, making them difficult for computers to learn. These assumptions underlie all forms of human communication from teaching, to giving directions, to ordering dinner at a restaurant.

A user who interacts with a computer interface, however, can become frustrated because the computer does not understand their goals and motivations. For human-computer interaction to become as fluent as communication between humans, computers need to be able to understand the user’s basic, unspoken assumptions.

These assumptions form the body of knowledge known as “common sense” and we’ll be discussing how it is collected and used by the AI research community.

Exposure to computer science.

Starting your own web server
Teachers: Alvin Sng

Always wanted your own website but could not afford hosting? Think again! In this class we will learn how to set up a LAMP server (Linux, Apache, MySQl, PHP). For simplicity we will be working with the Ubuntu distro of Linux. The web server we will be creating will be done using a laptop and will be able to host any website you wish. In this class we will not learn how to make a website, if you want to learn how to make websites, please take my other class. We will also learn how to setup basic routers and configure your network to get your website up and running. This class is designed for those with a good understanding of computers and internet.

Good understanding of computers and websites.

Create your own Virtual Scavenger Hunt for mobile phones
Teachers: jason WILSON

Modern web browsers on most smart-phones are location aware. This class will allow students to take advantage of this feature while designing their own real world, location aware scavenger hunt game.

This is not really a computer science class, as it will not include traditional programming. The class will focus partly on game design, exploring ideas around location aware games, then will focus on putting those ideas into a scavenger hunt game template for location aware mobile browsers.

The class will end with a chance for other people to play the games, and give feedback.

No programming knowledge required, but basic computer skills and a general comfort using the web will be very helpful. A web connected smart phone is not required, but would enable the student to more fully test their game during development.

How to use a Macintosh Computer Efficiently
Teachers: Kevin Liang

Are you a PC owner who is afraid to switching to a Mac because it's too complicated or you just don't like it? Wondering why most Mac users are satisfied with their system? (Yes, we never yell at our Macs because they do things the right way) Take this course if you would like to learn how to use a Mac happily.

Website Building for Dummies
Teachers: Aditya Singh

This class explains in detail the basic methodology of conceptualizing and building a website using open-source software. In particular, we shall be using Joomla for demonstration; though the instructions can be extended and applied to other engines like Drupal or WordPress. Other useful information, like web hosting and introductory marketing, will also be discussed
Class will be conducted in a seminar-discussion style.

Learn Programming!

Learn how to program in two easy hours! Get a taste of programming and use it as a springboard for further exploration.

No previous experience required.

An actual interest in programming. Learning programming well is fun but takes a lot of time and a lot of experimentation!

Creating Stylish Websites
Teachers: Alvin Sng

Wanted to get away from the white background and Times New Roman font
in your websites? Now you can with the help of CSS and Photoshop. In
this class we will learn how to modify HTML so that your websites end
up looking good. We will move pretty quickly in this class so we can
cover a lot of web design in the short time period allocated. Since we
will not be learning HTML in this class it is highly recommended that you
know or learn HTML beforehand.

HTML and Good understanding of Websites and Computers.

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Teachers: Peter Pham

Exposure to the modern paradigms of AI and some of the problems that AI researchers are tackling. One simple but powerful model will be discussed (Bayes nets).

Programming experience will allow you to implement the material afterwards, but it is not required.

Basic Interactive Narrative / Video Game Design
Teachers: Gabriel Adauto

Video Games are the burgeoning art form of the 21st Century and will heavily influence future generations. As video games become the primary form of entertainment, teams of designers and programmers with well-honed skills will be needed to push the limits of technology as they use the medium to inspire the world as have the timeless works of art, plays, books, and movies in our past.

The ultimate goal of the class is to send the kids home with the desire to make video games in their spare time and give them basic skills toward that end. In the process of creating their first app, they will become familiarized with the capabilities of Scratch, they will learn where to find tutorials and example games, and they will practice using search terms to google solutions to problems that arise. Along the way, they will pick up basic programming skills and leverage collaboration to move faster than working alone. Through this process, I hope to instill a sense of accomplishment and empowerment that motivates them to combine technology, creativity, and team-work skills in their everyday lives.

Need to know how to turn on a computer.

Developing dynamic websites using Jquery
Teachers: Alvin Sng

Jquery is the most popular Javascript library which is used by tons of websites on the internet. In this class we will discover the power of Jquery and Javascript to bring the most interactive websites. We will be creating animated effects and stylish interfaces with the use of the Jquery UI Library. You must be familiar with HTML and CSS before taking this class. If you are new to web design you may get lost in this class.


Ask a programmer anything

Ask a professional programmer anything! I will endeavor to answer any question you may have about computer science, programming, and related fields. Of course, I don't know everything, but even if I can't answer your question, I'll try to point you in the right direction. :)

(A bit of background: I went to a top college, programmed for a top Silicon Valley company, and have had my own - moderately successful - startup.)


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Voice and Musical Special Effects on the Computer
Teachers: Jessica Faruque

Want to edit how your voice or music sounds on the computer? Want to see what the sound waves look like when you sing? In this class, we'll make an audio sample of you talking, singing, or playing a musical instrument (or if you prefer, use a sound sample that we already have). Then, we'll see what it looks like on the computer, and add special effects to it! For example: changing pitch, changing duration, flanging, mixing. We'll also briefly take a look at the math behind the special effects.

History and Mechanics of Locks
Teachers: Shawn Tice

Locks are an essential part of modern society. We all rely on locks to protect our possessions, but few of us have taken the time to learn how they work. Are you curious? This class will provide a brief history of locks and explain how several popular kinds of lock work. Lock picking and other methods of bypassing locks will not be covered.

Cell phone communication

Ever wondered how cell phones work? How your voice gets transmitted thousands of miles within a blink. This class will present an overview of the wireless cell phone communication system.

Building the Space Age
Teachers: Lakshmi Jayaraman

The image of the future would have hi-fi sci-fi buildings in interesting shapes, and lots of sky and less ground - Jetsons style. So what would, really, architecture for the future hold? How much of the fantasy can be reality. Is it super-sustainability, new materials, new collaborations, new technology and perhaps some lessons from history?

The class will feature an 45 minutes of architectural background, followed by 45 minutes of creative team work. followed by 30 mins of group discussion. Bring your ideas to class and work in teams to dream up a checklist of everything the future of buildings can hold!

An inspired mind, unbound creativity and a sense of humor.

Learning Design Thinking and Invention: Solar Challenge
Teachers: Tiffany Tseng

Want to learn to do the "impossible" with design thinking? Take Learning Design Thinking, a hands-on course that will introduce you to the design process! Students will work together in groups to solve an engineering design challenge. Afterwards, we will reflect on the methods we used and learn about how you can apply these ideas to other problems.

Things About Stuff - The Game Show!
Teachers: Frank Lin, Yuhong Wang

An alternative title was: "G33K W4RS!!!1"

In this wacky new class idea (conceived at 2:10am), two teams of Stanford engineers will face off in the geekiest contest yet. And all the while, you'll learn something too!

You, the audience, will be charged with bringing questions related to how things work to ask them. One team will explain how one thing/concept works, and then the other team will explain how another thing/concept works.

It is then up to the audience to be the judge of who explained the concept better. The team with the most points at the end of 2 hours will win!

Who will reign victorious? And who would go home with -5 nerd cred? Come find out... in THINGS ABOUT STUFF!

None! Bring lots of questions about how things work. You may be called upon to provide a question for the contestants to answer!

Blue Gold: Making Water Drinkable

We drink, shower, cook, and clean with water from our taps every day, but the water coming from the tap wasn’t always that pristine. Learn about the engineering processes that make water clean and build your own water filter! This is a more advanced introduction to water quality intended for high-school students to find out how water is purified before it reaches the tap.

A love for or interest in water. A basic understanding of biology, chemistry, and/or environmental science and algebra.

Learning Design Thinking and Invention: Solar Challenge

Want to learn to do the "impossible" with design thinking? Take Learning Design Thinking, a hands-on course that will introduce you to the design process!

Students will work together in groups to solve an engineering design challenge. Afterwards, we will reflect on the methods we used and learn about how you can apply these ideas to other problems.


Water You Waiting For?
Teachers: Joe Johnson

We’ll learn about Bernoulli’s Equation and apply this to everyday situations. WIth the help of MythBusters and water guns, you’ll be able to blow your friend’s minds with your knowledge surrounding fluid flow.

This is a good class for those thinking about mechanical / aeronautical / astronautical engineering and engineering in general


Interplanetary Space Missions
Teachers: Cyrus Foster

We'll talk about past, present and upcoming space missions to celestial bodies beyond Earth. Starting with our Moon, we'll do a tour of the solar system covering all the planets, even former ones (think Mickey Mouse's dog).

Photographs and science data returned from interplanetary space probes will be presented and discussed, as well as the engineering behind how these distant robotic explorers are made.

Did you know Mars once had rivers, lakes and oceans (and possibly microbial life)? Did you know that Jupiter has a Moon with more liquid water than Earth does (and nobody knows what's down there... yet)?


Peninsula Public Works ~ Updates and Opportunities
Teachers: michael daly

Several historic public projects are ongoing on the Peninsula, learn about:
1) the Devil's Slide Bridge and Tunnel
2) the modernization of the Hetch Hetchy Water System
3) California High Speed Rail and its impacts on Peninsula communities

This class will give you an introductory overview and hopefully challenge you to learn more

no particular pre-requisite, just an interst in the subject matter

You're in Control!
Teachers: Frank Lin, Yuhong Wang

You may have heard about the recent news about Toyota's unwanted acceleration problems. Have you wondered what may have caused it?

Have you ever gotten in the shower and turned on the hot water, only to find that the water goes from cold to WAY TOO HOT? At which point you turn down the hot water and find yourself FREEZING? And eventually you made the water settle down to a comfortable temperature? If so, you've been in your own control loop!

This class will provide examples of many more control loops, and answer many questions. What is the science behind modern control systems? What is the math behind the theory? Why should I care?

Students should have experience with Algebra 2. Pre-Calculus / Calculus knowledge may help, but is not required.


Bring your iPod to this class and we’ll transmit your music optically (using an LED circuit and solar cell) to a speaker that you will build. We’ll also discuss the basic principles of solar cells, speakers, and data transmission techniques (i.e. wireless and optical). If you’re interested in physics and engineering, then this is a great class to learn theory and see it actually working at the same time!

Light and Optics Around Us
Teachers: Shai Barak

This class will enlighten you about something you see and use every day. First, we'll look at the physics of light. Then, we will examine the multitude of applications for optical technology, from communication to energy generation to cosmetic and medical applications.

Where does your water come from? How do you get more for yourself?
Teachers: Amy Fowler

Come find out where your water comes from and what it takes for that water to appear when you turn on the tap. Hear about the fights over water and learn how you could fight for more of what you want too - by being yourself, or by taking on the role of someone you may want to grow up to be - an engineer, a lawyer, a farmer, an environmentalist, owner of a big corporation, mayor of a city... Learn a few basic tricks about how to negotiate and you may be able to apply that next time you want something really bad...


Update --Bay Area Crossings Projects
Teachers: michael daly

An outline of the current and impending status of the SF Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge Phase 3B, and the Hetch Hetchy underwater pipeline. Includes theory of structure, mobilizing resources and capital, public relations, and general challenges --hopefully this will occur in a classroom with power point display available

A genuine interest in the subject matter, and a commitment to paying attention

Sustainable Living for a sustainable world
Teachers: Srihari Yamanoor

Why is this class in engineering? Good engineers learn science and apply them to make the world a better place to live in.

You have heard of all the "green" stuff going on.

You probably realize that you should conserve more, turn off your lights and so on.

How about learning to build a career in sustainability? What does it take to design buildings, machinery, transportation and other aspects of our day to day life in such a way that we still enjoy a comfortable life and leave the world a better place?

Sound exciting?

A lot of energy, curiosity and the desire to ask away a lot of questions. Be prepared for an old school class with a chalk, black board and a good deal of healthy discussion!

History of Radio
Teachers: Drew Compston

While we all have come to take for granted the instant access to information made easily available through TV, the internet, and cell phones, this was made possible only after the development of the radio. Yet despite the way radio revolutionized the way people communicated with each other, few people are familiar with the story behind this amazing invention.

The first half of this course will trace the scientific discoveries that made the invention of radio possible. My aim here is to elucidate why the study of science is important, even if applications of the work are not immediately obvious, and hopefully in the process convince you why you are required to take science in high school!

The second half will tell the story of the engineers who used the earlier scientists' discoveries to fundamentally change people's lives by inventing radio. Throughout both, we will meet the human and at times peculiar and eccentric characters who played some role in this innovative technology.

A solid background in physics and math, especially electricity and magnetism, will probably enrich your experience, but as this is primarily a history course, a technical background is not required.

Major Projects ~ Tools for Leadership
Teachers: michael daly

An outline of Project Management skills, to make students aware of exciting opportunities leading major and custom building and engineering projects.

The model project will be the major solar projects in Mojave and in San Francisco's Sunset District.

An open mind, and an ability to communicate and interact.


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Thai Cooking (Papaya Salad: Som Tum)

One of the most popular Thai dishes is Papaya Salad called Som Tum. It's very easy to cook and it's also good for health because there are many herbs as its ingredients. This class will provide you with the information about the ingredients and also teach you how to cook.

Bring nothing to class, just your enthusiasm to learn this tradiional dish!!


The Thrill of the Goal
Teachers: Jonathan Lynch

In life, you should try your best at everything you do, and when you accomplish something, you should celebrate. These accomplishments can include getting good grades, standing up for yourself, inventing something, or anything else you are happy and proud you did. This class will work on how to celebrate accomplishments, specifically focusing on scoring goals in soccer. While soccer will be the main scenario we will look at, we hope to show how using celebration to reward yourself for doing something special helps you enjoy doing your best.

Indian cooking Full!
Teachers: Rani Agrawal

Simple and tasty indian cooking with emphasis on the use of spices. How they affect your health and their benefits.

Open mind and curosity, and interaction with the teacher a must.

The BEST Spring Rolls you have EVER had!!!
Teachers: Nathan Downs

We are going to prepare basic vegetarian ingredients to make fresh spring rolls. We will also make traditional sauces from Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Quick, easy, healthy and FUN! When completed each student will be able to roll-play with customizing their favorite sauce-veggie combinations. The class will include fundamental techniques on food safety, knife work and an introduction to the Scoville Scale of measuring heat in hot peppers.

good attitude and mild hunger

Card-Making 101 Full!

Come learn the basics in designing and making your own greeting cards! Together we will craft cards for birthdays, thank you notes, and more. No previous art experience required; this class is open to everyone- including those who think they aren't creative or "good" at art! Every student will leave class with a set of handmade greetings cards to share with family and friends.

Origami Roses 1 Full!
Teachers: Russell Chou

Have you ever folded an origami flower? What about a rose? Here we will learn how to fold a very nice origami rose, along with leaves if we have time.
Minor folding experience would be helpful.

DIY Computer Building
Teachers: Scott Meyer

A practical guide for ordering computer parts, ensuring compatibility, estimating performance, and designing the system you want. No knowledge of computers is required, and some knowledge won’t hurt.

Students will have limited hands on interaction and are able to ask questions at any time. In response to feedback from last year, an entire computer will be assembled during class.

Get Safeway to Pay YOU for groceries
Teachers: Joe Johnson

Because I am really awesome I have mastered the art of couponing. If you would like to get 60 boxes of cereal for free, come to this class and learn how. It takes some dedication but it obviously pays off. I will explain how coupons work, how to combine coupons, what is legal, and what is illegal. I'll also show you pictures of my huge hauls and a video I made to better explain some of the difficulties of combining coupons. Soon, you too can own Safeway and laugh at those paying for groceries.

How to think for yourself
Teachers: Katie Donovan

Have you noticed that people have very different opinions about what is good, bad, or normal? When even the experts don't agree how do you figure out what to do? Using food choices as an example, explore how to find information you can trust and decide what choices are best for you and your life.

Beginner Knitting Full!
Teachers: Renata Aryanti

This class will help you start knitting! Learn to cast on, knit, purl and bind-off. We'll work on making a scarf with simple pattern. Needles and yarn will be provided and you can take them home along with your project. Some pointers on free online resources will also be provided.

How to Solve a Rubik's Cube Full!

Ever wanted to learn how to solve that elusive Rubik's Cube in your drawer?

Well, here's your chance!
We will teach you a beginner's step-by-step method that you can use to solve any scrambled cube on your own!

We recommend that you bring your own Rubik's Cube if you have one, but we will have cubes to lend out for a lesson.

Should be comfortable with following directions.

Chinese cooking 101
Teachers: Ci Chu, M.J Ma

If Chu can cook, so can you! In this hands-on class you'll get a chance to chop and dice and learn how to prepare awesome Chinese dishes, such as Mapo tofu, in under 15 minutes, so you can go home and impress your friends and family, Chef Chu style! If time permits we'll also throw in some dessert Crepe lessons. Come on empty stomach; you won't be able to resist the temptation of the food you just made yourself!

Teachers: Andrew Mitzcavitch

This basic meditation course will briefly cover some different types of meditation from various religions or pracitioners. Concluding with meditation & breathing exercises.

Able to breath without restrictions or problems.

NicoNicoDouga, Vocaloid, Comiket, and Touhou?! Explore popular Japanese creative and memetic phenomena!
Teachers: Russell Chou

Do you know what a MAD is? What about doujins? You might have heard some of these terms if you have perused various online creative communities. These Japanese products are all fan-make works produced by the fans, for the fans, yet they are the source of some of the most viral memes on the internet. We will explore the sources of these phenomena in Japan, and how it has impacted Japanese popular culture and the internet, with a focus on the virtual singing idol software Vocaloid and the Touhou Project series of danmaku games, as well as the vehicles for such expressions of creativity, the Comic Market convention and the NicoNicoDouga website.

An Introduction to Practical Knotwork
Teachers: Andrea Hawksley

Learn to tie the basic knots you'll need for most practical applications. We will cover some basic bends, hitches, single loop knots, and stopper knots.

An Introduction to Photography
Teachers: Vaibhav Tripathi

The course plans to walk the students through the fundamental aspects of photography: Shutter speed, aperture, depth of field, ISO etc. Various composition rules and the importance of light in a photo will be brought out. It will be a fun class dominated by real photos used as examples.

No prerequisites as such but some knowledge of elementary math like addition/multiplication, fractions will help.

Chess Openings including Frankenstein-Dracula Opening
Teachers: Igor Geller

We are going to talk about common chess openings, in particular Frankenstein-Dracula Variation of Vienna Game Opening. Cool tips to beat your friends at casual chess games will be provided.

Basic knowledge of chess rules. Knowledge of some basic chess tactics recommended (fork, pin, discovered check, etc.)

Juggling 101
Teachers: Shawn Tice

Learn the basics of juggling in a hands-on course with help from an experienced juggler. If you can already juggle three balls and you'd like to juggle four or five I can get you started learning those patterns as well. About 30 juggling balls will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you have them. If you want to learn to juggle more than three, you should definitely bring your own.

Balloon Animals (or balloon anything else)!
Teachers: Dena Leeman

In this fun, relaxing class we’ll go over the basics of making balloon animals and then you’ll spend the rest of the time making whatever you want out of balloons! Come with ideas of what you’d like to make— no matter how crazy, you can try to make it!

Paratha Pleasure: Learn to make this simple Indian flat bread Full!

The paratha is an Indian flat bread which is sometimes stuffed with vegetables and is a staple in any North Indian meal. This class will teach you the basics on how to make the stuffing out of different vegetables. You will also get to roll and cook the paratha. We will prepare a very simple raita to go with it. Please bring your tupperware boxes, to take your creations back home.

3D Animation Made Easy!
Teachers: Whitney Johnson

Ever dreamed of becoming a Pixar animator, but didn't know where to start? In this class, you'll learn all the beginner tips you need to know to start creating and animating amazing 3D art on your own! We'll use Blender, a high-quality, FREE, open-source application that you can download easily on your own computer (downloads and examples of what's possible with Blender at http://www.blender.org/). Don't have a laptop you can bring? Don't worry, extra computers will be available.

No previous experience required!

An Introduction to Decorative Knotwork Full!
Teachers: Andrea Hawksley

Learn to tie basic decorative knots including the double coin knot (modified carrick bend), cloverleaf knots, basic turk's heads, and crown knots.

Finance 101
Teachers: Tahira Adaya

Learn basic financial terms (budgets, equity, debt, credit, stocks, bonds) and concepts as well as career path options available in the finance world.

Interest, basic algebra

How to make productive mistakes with your digital camera.
Teachers: Dan Clark

Do you have a camera, or does your camera have you? We will turn off all the AUTO stuff on your camera (make sure that's possible, before signing up for the class), then explore shutter speeds, f stops, focus, white balance, ISO settings, etc. Our goal is to make pictures that aren't "normal".

Bring your camera, memory card, instruction book (yes, that thing no one reads), and a willingness to make misteaks.

Paper Crafting
Teachers: Rufaihah Jalil

Let’s get creative and have a fun time being crafty! You will be making two 12” by 12” scrapbook page during the workshop. Celebrate relationships through the art of scrapbooking. Let me show you how to do paper crafts the faster, simpler and easier way! Both novice and expert crafters are welcome.

Vegetable Gardening Basics

This hands-on gardening class will teach all aspects of growing vegetables or the perfect Halloween pumpkin! We’ll talk about dirt, compost, bugs, weeds and seeds - with an emphasis on sustainable gardening practices. Each student will receive a flat with soil, seeds and planting instructions so that they can start their own garden at home.


Just Play.

Summer is almost here, so get a head start on playing outside and come join us for 2 hours of sports, games, and sunshine on Stanford's beautiful campus! Wear clothes you can run and have fun in, and be prepared to have a ridiculously great time. After all that exercise, refreshments will be provided at the end.

Drawing Batman [beginner]
Teachers: Yizhuo Wang

Do you like drawing? Enjoy comics? Come by to learn how to draw the greatest detective in comic history, Batman! This course is designed for beginners who have little to no previous artistic background. I will teach basic comic-drawing techniques, as well as a quick introduction to drawing the human form.

Dumping Depression: How to be happy
Teachers: Michelle Schroeder

Teenagers have a difficult time talking about their feelings and "doing things for themselves," especially with all the pressure from parents, peers, and even school staff. This class will be focused on being held accountable for your feelings and working through them constructively. The main goal for the class will be to encourage open lines of communication about depression and healthy ways to combat it and be happy.

An open heart and mind.

How the First Cameras Worked
Teachers: Mary Elting

The first cameras were camera obscuras, created by tiny holes in a dark room or cave that project an image onto the walls. The same concept developed into pinhole cameras, and eventually into the cameras we have today. A pinhole camera is the simplest camera possible -- just a tiny hole, a dark box, and a piece of film.

We'll talk about the basic optics of how a pinhole camera works, and how "old-fashioned film" negatives and printing works. We'll play with a camera obscura and printing photos from negatives using the sun. If there's time, we'll get started making pinhole cameras that you can bring home and use to take photos with regular 35 mm film that you can have developed, or at the least I'll send you home with instructions for making your own pinhole camera.

Drawing Batman [intermediate]
Teachers: Yizhuo Wang

Do you like drawing? Enjoy comics? Come by to learn how to draw the greatest detective in comic history, Batman! This course is designed for intermediate artists who have some basic art background, but I will teach basic comic-drawing techniques, as well as a quick introduction to drawing the human form.

Drawing Batman [Beginner] course OR intermediate art skill (can comfortably copy a picture with some degree of accuracy.)

Introduction to European Games
Teachers: Catherine Havasi

Tired of Monopoly, Taboo and Trivial Pursuit? This class will introduce “European-style” board games, which range from monks in a monastery trying to solve a murder mystery to settling an island to building Arabian palaces. These games are social, fun and themed while still incorporating interesting strategy. We’ll explore several varieties of European games, including some specific examples, and examine sources for these games. This class will include, of course, a “games tasting” session, where we will break into groups and play (or begin to play) some of these games.

Pokemon jam session
Teachers: Tyler Adams

Do you like Pokemon? Do you have a hard time finding other people who like Pokemon? Look no further! This hour will be devoted to all things Pokemon (mostly the games). Get together with fellow Pokemon enthusiasts to trade, battle, and swap stories. If you have questions or concerns, we will make our best attempts to answer them or you can ask your peers who probably know more than we do. Each section is simply another time to hang out and play Pokemon. Attend one or both!

There will be power on-site if this is a concern.

Must bring a copy of Pokemon (4th generation is recommended) as there will not be extras.

Sculpting clay masterpieces with Sculpey
Teachers: Crystal Zheng

Learn how to use polymer clay to create beautiful pieces like beads, figurines, pens, boxes, pins, or anything your creativity imagines!

desire to create

Learn How to Fly!
Teachers: Jarrod Marks

This course will serve as an introduction to flight training. During the session, you will learn about how and why airplane flies as well as how to maneuver the plane as Pilot in Command. You will also learn about what needs to be done in order to get your pilot's license. There will be time for questions about anything aviation related.


Options: The little-known gold mine for managing your money
Teachers: Joe Johnson

Have you heard of people trading options? What does that mean? How can you use options to improve your portfolio? We'll figure out what options are and the different strategies you can use to help reduce your risk in the market and to have people pay you for taking on an obligation.


Solving the Rubik's Cube Quickly: An Introduction to Speedcubing

Can you already solve a Rubik's Cube? Would you like to be able to solve it faster?

In this class, we will teach you some techniques to take the basic "layer-by-layer" method and make it more efficient.
We'll also tell you what you can do to practice solving a cube faster, and what's out there in the world of "speedcubing."

We highly recommend that you have (or buy) a cube to bring to the class.

MUST be able to solve a Rubik's Cube in a few minutes without help.

Biking Across America Part 1 or: How I Learned to Make My Mother Worry
Teachers: Scott Meyer

If you had to pedal your way across America on two wheels, what would you bring?

This is a crash course on the interesting considerations one must make when attempting such a journey. Everything must be considered: type of bike, how to eat, where to get water, directions, room for luxury items, and floss.

At the time of this class, I will be 2 weeks away from setting out on my journey from San Francisco to Portland, Maine. Part 2 of this class will be held during Fall Splash! 2010.

Table Tennis
Teachers: Brett Wines

A one-hour workshop on various table tennis techniques and how to use them in games. Important drills and a lot of fun playing.

Being able to hit the ball. Ideally, you'd have played some table tennis before.

Liberal Arts

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Embracing your awesomeness!
Teachers: Maria Bonilla

You are in charge of your life. Making conscious decisions to reach your ultimate goal can be done by living fully in the present moment. I believe that all the answers are within, we just need to clear the way to listen to them. During this workshop, you will engage in creative processes that will allow you to listen to yourself in a clear manner, therefore, you will start living embracing your awesomeness!

Willing to be You!

Nalanda - The ancient Indian University, and academic collaborations it fostered throughout Asia.
Teachers: Aakash Basu

Founded in 450 CE by Kumaragupta, king of northern India, Nalanda University was an ancient seat of learning and one of the first universities in the modern sense of the word. It was a residential university, and at its peak, accommodated about 10,000 students from as far as China, Japan, Indonesia and Turkey.

This course will be a brief overview of what we know about the curriculum and life at Nalanda, through the detailed records of the
Tang Dynasty Chinese pilgrim Xuanzang. He was followed by other Chinese scholars, such as I Ching, who have all left behind invaluable records that offer us a fascinating glimpse into the academic and religious lives of students and teachers at one of the world's oldest modern universities. Today, Nalanda stands in ruins, but a recent effort between India, Singapore, China and Japan has been aimed at reviving the university as a modern institution.

Master your personal statement: How an average student clawed her way into Stanford University
Teachers: Adeva Cha, Maiyer Vang

Interested in applying to a top tier university? Not sure how to begin your personal statements for college apps? Are you worried that your "average" grades and tests scores will hinder you? As a self-professed "average" student, I'll show you the key steps into writing your personal statement that'll balance out with your grades and scores.

You can sign up for this class even if you have amazing scores! This course is simply about using the allotted space for your personal statement effectively.

Journey Through High School
Teachers: Ranna Patel

Do you get nervous when you see your friends in high school all caught up in school and having no time to have any fun? Well high school is all about four "Ps': Planning, Preparation, Prioritization and Presentation.
Come find out how you can enjoy the journey and still get into a highly selective college.


Interviewing 101: Everything you ever wanted to know
Teachers: James Gao

Have you ever felt nervous about job interviews or those upcoming college interviews? Not sure about what to say, how to prepare, or how to dress?

Never fear. After going through scores of interviews and researching how to interview successfully, James Gao will teach you the basics that will help you get the job done. The class will be interactive, so be prepared to shake hands with everybody, tell them about yourself, and be interviewed by your classmates.

Taking a look at the Globalized World
Teachers: Michael Borucke

The 6+ billion of us living today are connected to each other. Not only that, we are connected to everything else on the planet. This is not a class on spirituality, however. This class deals with globalization-historical, economic, social, and scientific.

Topics covered include colonialism, climate change, neoliberalism, Free Trade, World Bank, debt, and resistance.

Closed-Form Poetry: Survey and Workshop
Teachers: Sarah Guan

In this class, we will deconstruct and analyse a variety of poetic forms, and workshop students' own poetry. In the latter portion, we will be doing several composition exercises as well as working on formal composition and providing each other with feedback. Students are encouraged, but not required, to bring a completed closed-form poem of their own to be workshopped (nine copies, please).

Because three hours is a rather long time, we will have a short break in the middle, never fear.

Passable familiarity with some notable closed-form poets (i.e., Shakespeare, Yeats, Donne, etc.; if you paid any attention in high school English, you're good to go), an interest in not only reading, but also composing poetry

hip hop choreo + poppin
Teachers: sonny vo

hip hop choreo to the latest urban beat. second session will be on foundations of boogaloo to the latest underground battle jams. student will learn musicality and gain precision/definition in their dance.

The Philosophy of The Matrix
Teachers: Emma Pierson

We will watch scenes from The Matrix and then have a debate about the film's major philosophical question: what is the good life? Is it best to pursue a life of sensual pleasures, or to pursue higher things, like truth or love? Is it more important to be free or happy? We will consider these questions in light of the teachings of major philosophers, including Plato, Aristotle, and Descartes.

Zen: Living a Life of Happiness
Teachers: Aditya Singh

We all face troubles to some extent in our lives. Be it personal relationships or academic standing or social interactions, there are times when we may all feel overwhelmed to some extent by the stress of living a life on the fast track. If the very activities we do to pursue happiness lead us to becoming stressed and unhappy in the progress, is it worth following the status quo? More importantly, what is happiness and how do one attain it?
Come and learn a few possible answers for some of the most pertinent questions in life, and share your own views on the subject.
Class shall be conducted in a seminar-discussion style.

Bonding through mutual hatred
Teachers: Dima Kamalov

We will talk about teamed discrimination and hatred in all walks of life: gangs/cults, racism/sexism/homophobia, military allies and political parties.

This is a discussion-driven class. I am here to act as a facilitator and discussion participant, not a teacher. Please only sign up if you feel comfortable participating in such a discussion.

Love Symposium

What is love? What is the difference between "love" and "in love"? What causes heartbreak? If love is all you need, then why don't we behave that way? What role do fear, jealousy, and loneliness play into love? What have we learned about love in our culture that leads to pain? Why should we even talk about love?

This is a forum designed by you (with guidelines, activities, questions) to create a space where we can answer these questions and more--anything about love, really. Because so rarely are we given the opportunity to come together and discuss something so important as love in a school setting. Come with questions, stories, poems--anything, including an open mind. Hope to see you there!

interested in love, thought about love, experienced love, or are a human being

Conquering the Fear of Public Speaking

Why is it that 75% of all individuals fear public speaking more than death itself? Come and try to uncover some of the demons behind public speaking and learn how you can conquer your fears while becoming a more confident public speaker.

An Introduction to Phonetics with Tengwar and Hangeul
Teachers: Will Monroe

Ever wondered how speakers of foreign languages and actors that play aliens in sci-fi movies make such bizarre sounds? Do you want to expand your sound inventory and make some of those sounds yourself? Are you interested in learning how to decipher Korean or the flowing Elvish letters from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy? Join us for a tour of the basics of phonetics and you can learn a few new alphabets on the side!

The class begins with a look at Tolkien's Tengwar and the Korean Hangeul, two writing systems that are closely tied to the science of speech. Once you know the basic rules of these scripts, both can be learned in only a few hours of practice. We will then explore the full diversity of the sounds of human language, from the simple places and manners of articulation to clicks, ejectives, and more.

No previous knowledge required. Bring something to write with, and warm up your tongue!

How To Read The Bible
Teachers: Jarrod Marks

Despite its origins in a distant and ancient culture, the Bible remains one of the most relevant texts in the world, read by millions of Christians and Jews to address life’s most fundamental questions. But it is also one of the most controversial of texts, and there is no consensus on how best to understand it. What then does the Bible mean and who is right in the battle over its interpretation? This lecture seeks to help you answer these questions by introducing some of the many ways in which the Bible has been read over the ages. How do secular scholars believe that the Bible came to be perceived as divine revelation? How did the earliest sages interpret the Bible, and why is their interpretation relevant today? These are some of the questions that we will attempt to answer. Please join the discussion.

The purpose of this lecture is neither to discredit your religious beliefs nor to validate them, but rather to expose you to the perspectives of others who see things differently, and to help make you more aware of your own interpretive assumptions. If you are unable to bracket your own point of view long enough to learn about other points of view in a respectful way, this lecture is not for you.

From Sindarin to Klingon to Na'vi and beyond: the Art of Invented Languages
Teachers: David Edwards

The recent blockbuster 'Avatar' generated a lot of publicity with Na'vi, the original language created for its race of aliens. The bar has been set high in the film-making world; thanks to Marc Okrand's Klingon and Tolkien's Elvish languages, audiences are slower to settle for babbled alien gibberish anymore.

But how does a person go about creating a complete, original language? This seminar will give you the tools you need to do it yourself. We will investigate a wide number of real-world languages in order to break out of the English "box" and discover just how infinite the possibilities of language really are. For any students who have tried or been intrigued by constructed languages in the past to anyone who simply loves studying how different people express their thoughts, this is the seminar for you.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: I've been "conlanging" for about 12 years now, and recently I was even considered by a major TV network to create a language for an upcoming fantasy program. My forays into the conlanging world have fueled my love for linguistics, which I am avidly pursuing here at Stanford. In working with my own languages, I've found myself better equipped to learn other natural languages, and I hope that conlanging can do the same for you.

This course will deal with some technical terminology, but everything will be explained within the seminar itself--no prior study is required.

Learn to Play the Ukulele
Teachers: Scott Meyer

This class is for the absolute beginner with string instruments. (It’s fine if you play a different instrument and this is the first time you ever tried to learn a string instrument.) You will be absolutely bored if you already know how to play a stringed instrument.

We’ll learn how to play a couple Beatles’ songs and hopefully by the end of the class you will be a pro. If you don’t know the songs "Eleanor Rigby" and "Let It Be", listen to it a few times before the day of Splash.

Emailing Your Way To Success
Teachers: Tommy Tobin

Email has become one of the most convenient forms of communications today. We are inundated with emails - from organizations, from friends, from employers, from family. Emails are also one of the easiest way to anger others - frustrating emails are an unfortunate, yet common experience.

With this class, students will learn to write to address difficult situations over email and will workshop emails they currently need to write.

Could you be the next JK Rowling? An Introduction to Fiction Writing
Teachers: Katie Rosman

This course provides students with a basic introduction to creative writing, with a specific emphasis on sensory language and character development. With visual aids as a guide, students will work independently, in small groups, and as a class to develop the history, complexity, and nuances of their own original characters. Students will come away with at least a paragraph of original fiction.

A Travel down the Old Seidenstrasse
Teachers: Ranjana Mehra

Seidenstrasse or Silk Road was coined by the German explorer and geographer Baron Ferdinand von Richthofen in 1877 and romanticized by medieval accounts of travelers such as Marco Polo who described the route from Baghdad to China. But the route or shall we say routes were in existence from first century C.E. at least and throughout two millennia luxuries were imported along these difficult routes. The best merchandise according to one ambassador to Timur came from China: especially silk, satins, musk, rubies, diamonds, pearls and rhubarb. Rhubarb?! Travel with me then, if you have the time, on this inhospitable terrain. We will carry some gold, religion, furniture and fashion from the west and bring back the riches and spice of the east on our way back to Rome. We will rest our tired feet in caravansarais in oasis towns and the cities of Mediterranean.


Negotiation 101
Teachers: Chun hua Zheng

Do you feel like you can never get what you want from people? Or maybe when you do get what you want, you end up hurting someone's feelings?

Good negotiation skills is a "must have" in life and in this class you will learn the fundamentals of how to become a good negotiator. This will be a very 'hands-on' class where we will use exercises to demonstrate good negotiation processes and poor processes. At the end of this course, you will gain a set of skills that will set you ahead of the game!

Please push shyness aside in this class as you will be expected to actively participate and share your experiences.

Master Administrators
Teachers: Ranjana Mehra

The time was about 500 B.C.E. To speed communication for a smooth running of the empire that stretched from India to Egypt, a Royal Messenger Service was instituted. Relay stations were placed at intervals equivalent to the distance a horse can run at a moderate speed without collapsing from fatigue, about 14 miles. When a message was dispatched, the relay system operated day and night, making it possible for news to travel 240 miles per day. This time was remarkable when compared to the three months it took for the wagons carrying goods to travel that same route.
To facilitate trade between Persia, Egypt, and the Mediterranean, they dug a canal that linked the northern tip of the Red Sea with the Nile River to the west. From Nile, all ships could thereafter sail north to ports on the eastern Mediterranean. They were master administrators in operating their enormous political enterprise. They had a genius for devising solutions to the problems of imperial statecraft. In this seminar, we will study the accomplishments of the early kings of Persia, looking at their unique achievements.

How to get Anything you want

What are the Top 5 Things on Your "Bucket List" (What you want to do before you "kick the bucket")? So, Have you checked them off the list yet?

This course is about showing you how to Get, Do, or Be anything you want. We will address obstacles and challenges on your way to achieving absolutely anything you want that the laws of physics don't presently deny.

Serial Accomplishment Artists Christopher Wecks and Mark Helton will sit down with the class and describe the relatively simple methods they've developed in the course of their adventures to overcoming the basic obstacle-types that hinder so many others from achieving their dreams.

Come prepared to stretch your comfort zone. Shouldn't life be an adventure?



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Saturday Lunch Period

Join us on the main quad for lunch - either bring your own, or pick up a burrito or pizza from us.

Sunday Lunch Period

Join us on the main quad for lunch - either bring your own, or pick up a burrito or pizza from us.


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What is Probability? What is randomness?
Teachers: Philip Labo

We use probability to quantify chance, that is, to quantify the relative likelihood of various outcomes for a future random experiment. Question: If 23 individuals independently and evenly choose among 365 birthdays, what is the probability that all have a unique birthday?
In this class we will explore several calculations from probability theory, and, more importantly, we’ll examine the assumptions that underlie these calculations. For example, in the birthday problem, is the assumption that individuals choose birthdays evenly a good assumption? Does it hold in practice?
In addition to birthdays we’ll consider card tricks (is a deck of cards random after three riffle shuffles?) and coin tosses (is the probability of heads the same as the probability of tails?). A combination of experimentation and calculation will lead to elucidating results.

Infinite Series
Teachers: Albert Chen

An infinite series is a sum of infinitely many terms. We will explore the circumstances under which an infinite series can have a well-defined (non-infinite) sum. We will explore how Taylor series and Fourier series can be used to approximate complicated functions. In the process, we will show how modern computers can compute many quantities using only the four basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Understanding of basic algebra.

Introduction to Dynamic Programming and Its Applications
Teachers: Tyler Adams

Dynamic programming is an old technique used by computers back when they were still people! Many recursive problems can be solved easily by a person (or quickly by a computer) with this tricky technique.

We'll introduce the idea of dynamic programming and solve a few math problems by hand to get a feel for the method. Then we'll look at some common applications in computer science.

For those who are contest inclined, we will use this technique to tackle past AMC, AIME, and USACO problems with this technique. For those of you who do not understand this funky acronyms don't be alarmed. You will benefit greatly from taking this course.

This course is recommended for those with little previous experience in the subject.

Comfortability with the idea of a recursive mathematical function. Previous experience with programming is NOT NEEDED NOR EXPECTED. An open mind that is willing to learn.

Visual Calculus via Dissections

We will solve many classical calculus problems of finding areas and volumes using a simple visual geometric approach that requires no formulas or equations, no calculations, and no special math background. We will see nice animations, but will mainly do hands-on activities and coloring books.

We will 'Slice'N'Slide", like in dissection puzzles,
to reshape the complicated calculus shapes into simple triangles, rectangles and circles, and we will visualize reshaping of solid figures as well.

No special background is needed just curious mind and lovely attitude to the very fundamental shapes of Nature.

The course will be periodically interrupted by "Educational Advertising", or "Logo-Puzzles",
with active participation of the students.

No specific prerequisites, I will match the level.

Calculus in a Day
Teachers: Kevin Liang

Are you ready for the most fun math course in history? Ever wonder what Calculus is all about? Let's take a dive in the advanced Mathematics section and take on Calculus in a day! This course will prepare you for your first course of Calculus when you enter college.

High level understanding of Trigonometry, Geometry, and Algebra

Some stuff about primes

I am planning to present a few basic results about prime nos. and maybe state a few non-trivial results. I will also try to provide some non rigorous intuition for these.

An Introduction to Knot Theory
Teachers: Andrea Hawksley

Learn the math behind the knots that you may have learned about in one of my other classes! Knot theory is an area of topology studying the mathematics of knots.

Come join us while we answer the questions of "What is a (mathematical) knot?" and "Can it be unknotted?"

Depending on interest, we may also touch on braid theory and the 85 ways to tie a tie.

The Mathematics of Symmetry
Teachers: Theodore Hwa

Symmetry is all around us, both in natural and man-made objects. A starfish has fivefold rotational symmetry, while a brick wall has translational symmetry. In this course, we'll discuss how mathematics helps us classify symmetries, and why there are 7 types of one-dimensional symmetries and 17 types of two-dimensional symmetries.


Algebraic Topology

How is a coffe cup like a donut? They both have a hole. Algebraic topology is a branch of mathematics that gives us tools to state this precisely. For example, you can draw a loop around the hole of a donut or around the handle of a coffee cup. Coffee cups and donuts are topologically equivalent to each other, but not to an orange.

In this course you will learn some of what mathematicians call algebra (which looks very different from high school algebra), and we will use it to do some topology. The only prerequisite is an interest in fun mathematics.

You should be familiar with adding and multiplying, and you should know what a variable is. Experience with oranges and donuts or bagels is a plus. We will tell you what a coffee cup looks like.

Origami Math
Teachers: Andrea Hawksley

A compass and straight-edge may be insufficient to trisect an angle, but it can be done easily just by making a few folds in the sheet of paper you were drawing on.

Learn how to trisect an angle, fold a hyperbolic paraboloid, and more in this class on the mathematics of paper folding.

Performing Arts

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Playing Percussion From Around the World
Teachers: Eva Orbuch

This workshop offers the opportunity to learn a variety of percussion rhythms and jam on various instruments, with a focus on African and latin drumming. Learn the correct hits on a drum, how to play in a group and try out your own solos! The first hour and a half will focus on simply percussion rhythms on drums, shakers, etc. In the second hour and a half, we will combine with another course that was learning music composition on various instruments, and we will come up with a joint music piece!

None! Anyone can learn to be a percussionist!

Flourishing: Making cards dance Full!
Teachers: Jon Hsieh

We will rock playing cards in this class.

From card fanning to card throwing - we're going to have a blast this weekend!

Demo of material covered:

None. l will teach you the basics on how to look sharp with an ordinary deck of cards

The Best Improv Comedy Class at Stanford Splash

Want to learn the Zen art of coming up with funny things on the spot without even trying (and with your eyes closed)? Do you want to get into Stanford? Do you watch Family Guy? How about Fox News? Do you have a facebook account? What's your social security number? Then take this class!

Improv Workshop Full!
Teachers: Catherine Havasi

You’re the host of a party where everyone is spontaneously turning into chickens. You’re a film director with a time machine. You’re a row of dominoes contemplating their purpose in life. Act accordingly. In improv acting, you and a few other people are given an odd, open-ended situation, and together you act out a scene on the spot. If you’ve seen “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, you know the general idea. Improv is easier than you think! You don’t need any acting or improv experience. We’ll start with some games that get you thinking on your toes and building on each other’s creativity. You’d be surprised what kind of scenes you can create.

Beginner Poi
Teachers: Joanna Tong

Ever seen someone spin fire poi?

Come learn the basics of poi, and resources for where you can learn more.

Wear comfortable (but not baggy) clothing

Improvisation Full!

An introduction to improv! Learn the art of making stuff up on the spot.

Don't prepare, just show up: Improv

Make up stuff on the spot - it's way easier and more fun than you could ever imagine. Play improv games, make up stories, and perform with your friends in a friendly and informal manner. Say yes.


Beats 101 Full!
Teachers: M.J Ma

Sing your song and have your own beats~

Come learn basic beats for drum sets that can go with your favorite music~~

A heart for beats~

These Hips Don't Lie: Bellydance for Beginners Full!
Teachers: tania anaissie

Ever wanted to learn to move like Shakira? This is your chance! We will learn to shimmy, undulate, and do other moves with our hips such as figure eights. The music is upbeat and lively and the class is open to everyone. Previous dance experience is not required.



Jumpstyle is a dance practiced mainly in northern France, Belgium, Netherlands, and Germany. It is basically the art of jumping. Search online jumpstyle and get a glimpse of what we'll do in class. No experience necessary. At the end we will put together a short choreography.Bring water.


Salsa dancing

Introduction to latin dance such as salsa, merengue, ballenato, cumbia, and mambo.

No Prerequisites. All levels can join the class.

Television Mass Communication
Teachers: Tim Jaconette

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about television broadcast news. This course will cover the basics of how to anchor a news broadcast, how to read news copy on air and how to produce news stories that will keep the audience watching. The course will also cover salaries in the industry and entry level career opportunities. You can learn about opportunities on camera and you can also learn about the role of people who work behind the camera.

This is a great course for anyone who is interested.

Learn to Waltz

Have you dreamed of floating across the floor like Beauty and the Beast or Cinderella? Want to dance at a wedding? Want to avoid stepping on your partner's feet while dancing? This class is perfect for you!

None! No dance experience required. Bring some nice socks, great big smile, and a be ready for anything. Only requirement: For boys, you need to hold hands with a girl For girls, you need to hold hands with a boy


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Why do we get sick, and how do we get better? -- Part I: The Big Picture
Teachers: Anna Poukchanski

You are under attack! Constantly. Every minute. Every second. Fungi, viruses, bacteria — they all try to invade your body. The one thing keeping them at bay: your immune system. It works hard to fight them off, and is extremely successful. Find out what cells make up your immune system, how they function, how they protect you from viruses, bacteria, amoeba and other evil pathogens.

And how some pathogens fight back…

(This is part I and does not require any previous knowledge of biology. Come and learn about diseases and your immune system!)

What Parts of a Plant Do We Eat?
Teachers: Tie Liu

Students review the structure of angiosperm plants and learn about the diversity of plant form by using evidence from examination of fruits and vegetables to identify which part of the plant each fruit or vegetable is.

Vegetables and fruits

The Evolution of Sexy

Since the existence of two sexes, there has always been a race to be the sexiest. Animals have been growing and shaking tail feathers and competing for the chance to mate with that oh-so-desired member of the opposite sex for millenia. Find out what defines “sexy” in the animal kingdom and how sex drives evolution.
This class was taught at the Fall 2009 Splash! and will be the same. So if you took it then, don't sign up again.

A decent level of maturity.

Newtonian Mechanics and Electromagnetism (1 of 5 in Lectures in Physics)
Teachers: Jonathan Maltz

The Physics of the everyday world. How the Earth goes around the Sun, how planes fly, why a pebble and a boulder will hit the ground at the same time.

See how the same equations that govern how the electical circuits in your house work describe the electromagnetic magnetic fields of galaxies, as well as the light coming from both of them.

From projectiles to Heavy Machinery, from light bulbs to particle accelerators. See how this basic starting point of modern Physics influences many aspects of the world and isn't as Classical as it's name implies.

Hands-on Biology Full!

Not sure if you're interested in biology? Are you already interested in biology, but you want to know what it's like to work in a lab? This is the course for you! A series of hands-on biology stations will be set up to introduce you to different areas in biology. After rotating through the stations, we will have a surprise class activity.

Desire to participate in group activities.

Guesstimation: How to think like a Scientist!
Teachers: Michael Shaw

Have you ever seen someone guess the attendance at a concert, the number of cells in the human body, or the amount of ice cream consumed daily in Boston? Do you worry that you’re not “mathy” enough to do the same? This ability is not inherent talent, or dumb luck: it’s a skill that we’ll learn!

Science asks us to look analytically at the world around us—to study complexity in all its wondrous forms. We break down these mysterious problems into simple pieces that we can wrap our heads around; then, put together the jigsaw, and voila: You have done something extra-ordinary.

Come ready to think outside the box and to exercise your mind in new ways. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist or a nationally-ranked mathematician to have fun and flex some new mental muscles!

Poop in Poor Countries

A course defining the major water and sanitation challenges of the the developing world. With overviews of water treatment, hygiene and sanitation options. Several activities to simulate the reality of water, sanitation and hygiene challenges.


Stem Cells and Regeneration: from Salamanders to Humans
Teachers: Dena Leeman

Why is it what if you cut off your friend's leg it won't grow back, but if you cut off a salamander's leg it will grow back? Can you name 2 parts of the human body that can grow back if they are lost? Did you know that there are some worms that you could cut into 279 pieces and each of those pieces would become a new worm? Come to this class to get an intro to what stem cells are and what they do, and to hear about some of the crazy ways different creatures regenerate their body parts.

Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers! The Science of Stress

Why don't zebras get ulcers--or heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases--when people do? This class is about the science of STRESS. People develop diseases such as heart disease partly because our bodies aren't designed for the constant stresses of a modern-day life--like sitting in daily traffic jams or worrying about school work. Rather, they seem more built for the kind of short-term stress faced by a zebra--like outrunning a lion. Find out how we respond to stress and how to limit the damage of stress on your body.

None. A foundation in biology may be helpful but not required.

Why do we get sick, and how do we get better? -- Part II: some biology required
Teachers: Anna Poukchanski

You are under attack! Constantly. Every minute. Every second. Fungi, viruses, bacteria — they all try to invade your body. The one thing keeping them at bay: your immune system. It works hard to fight them off, and is extremely successful. Find out what cells make up your immune system, how they function, how they protect you from viruses, bacteria, amoeba and other evil pathogens.

And how some pathogens fight back…

(Some biology required: know what DNA, RNA, proteins are; eukaryotic, prokaryotic. And then come and learn how they apply to diseases and immune systems.)

The Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Teachers: James Fitzgerald

Considering that you registering for Splash, your ability to learn is probably important to you. But have you ever wondered what learning and memory means scientifically? In this course, I will discuss the science of how people, and other animals, learn.

A Tour of the Universe
Teachers: Jack Singal

We are lucky because we get to live in a Universe that is extremely fascinating, and we are finally starting to understand it. This course will be an overview and introduction to all of the amazing and exotic stuff out there in the vastness of space. From exploding stars to death ray galaxies, to the 'dark matter' and 'dark energy' that make up almost everything, to the very nature of the universe itself, we'll touch on it all - what we know and how we know it.

Special and General relativity - (2 of 5 in lectures in physics)
Teachers: Jonathan Maltz

You have heard of
$E = mc^2$ but what about
$G_{\mu.\nu} = \frac{8\pi G}{c^4}T_{\mu,\nu} $?

Learn how fast is fast, and how the speed of light made us change our notions of Classical physics, space time and the very nature of the universe.

Geneticist for a day: perform experiments real scientists do everyday!

In this class you will perform six different biology experiments and learn to be a real genetics researcher. You will get to transform normal bacteria into glowing bacteria by inserting a jellyfish gene into it, solve a murder mystery by running a DNA gel, learn how scientists make medicine and isolate your own "medicine", spool DNA out of cow meat, visualize your own DNA and cells and take a picture home with you, and test whether you have a specific gene mutation and learn how your parents pass genes to you.

anyone can take this class, no prior knowledge of biology needed

Colonization and Terraformation of Mars
Teachers: Robert Blount

In the future, people will live on worlds other than own. Come learn how people will conquer the first of such worlds: Mars.

Fun with chemistry
Teachers: Jeff Simon

In this class we will explore some everyday (and not so everyday) examples of chemical reactions and transformations. We'll have some mind-blowing demos, as well as dry ice (cool) and liquid nitrogen (even cooler, literally) for your enjoyment.
Through all of this, we'll look at just what happens during chemical reactions and phase changes and how we can harness chemistry to do things that we want. For this part, I'll ask you what you want to hear about: alternative energy, medicine, food, or materials (or something else you're interested in!)

No knowledge of chemistry is required, but it wouldn't hurt. Any basic science class in middle school or high school should be enough.

Ethics of Scientific and Medical Research - Part 1: Concepts & Principles
Teachers: Paul Nuyujukian

Learn about the core ethical ideas that govern all scientific and medical research. Discover the stringent (or not so stringent) criteria that must be met for medical research and clinical trials. Explore the level of adherence of various forms of scientific research to these core principles and the means of oversight setup to ensure research is conducted in an ethical manner.


Top 5 Amazing Brain Facts
Teachers: Keith Sudheimer

Decades of research in neuroscience and psychology have taught us that the reality of how the brain works is even more amazing than we could have ever imagined. Explore the fuzzy boundaries between perception and consciousness. Then walk the tightrope between consciousness and attention. Learn the dirty secrets your brain has been hiding from you your whole life. Discover colors that have no names. This and many other face melting, mind numbing, cortex twisting discoveries await you.


Megathrust Earthquakes
Teachers: Noel Bartlow

From Sumatra in 2004 to Chile in 2010, megathrust earthquakes are some of the most destructive on earth. What makes these earthquakes so dangerous? What parts of the world are at risk? What can we do about it? Come learn about subduction zones (the areas of the earth where these earthquakes occur) and some of the physics behind these events. Learn what scientists still don't know about these earthquakes, and how close we are to predicting them. Also includes a brief discussion of tsunamis which accompany these events.

Stem Cells: What are they? Why do we care?

What do stem cells look like? How are stem cells grown and used to treat diseases? How many different kinds of stem cells do each of us have in our bodies? Is stem cell research ethical? In this class, we will explore these questions and many more.

High school biology preferred but not required.

The Science of Spectacular Photos

Why don't your vacation photos wind up on the cover of National Geographic? You could blame it on your crummy camera, or you could learn to take better photos with science.

Can you make the sky look more blue? Why are night photos so grainy? How can you make a blurry image sharper?

In this course, we explore the physical phenomena behind taking a great photo. Students will learn about light, color, digital cameras, and image manipulation with demonstrations and experiments.

**Want your photo used in a demo? Send it to scienceofphotos@gmail.com

Basic optics or photography helpful but not necessary.

Ethics of Scientific and Medical Research - Part 2: Examples & Cases
Teachers: Paul Nuyujukian

This second course will explore specific topics, examples, and cases; where the ethics of research are non-trivial to evaluate and, not surprisingly, often accompanied with much social controversy. This class focuses on applying the core principles learned in part 1 to actively debated areas of scientific and and medical research.

None required. Recommended: Ethics of Scientific and Medical Research - Part 1

Special Relativity
Teachers: Dima Kamalov

This is a one-time, three hour course on special relativity. We will cover Michaelson-Morley experiment, time dilation, length contraction, spacetime diagrams and resolve some of the famous paradoxes.

Working with graphs and geometry at the precalculus level. High school physics class useful but not necessary.

Development: How to make an elephant from an egg?
Teachers: Anshul Rana

This course will explore the journey a tiny egg takes to become a giant (and sometimes not-so-giant) organism. We will try to answer questions such as: Why do animals have only one head? Why are both our arms and legs the same length? Why is our head always formed at the top and our feet at the bottom?

Junior high school biology.

DNA, Strawberries, and You!
Teachers: Jennifer Telschow

Explore the world of DNA and cell components as we extract DNA from strawberries! Learn about the function and structure of DNA and take home your own piece of strawberry DNA - that you extract yourself!

Knowing what a cell is!

Statistical Mechanics and Quantum Mechanics (3 of 5 in lectures in physics)
Teachers: Jonathan Maltz

Welcome to the funhouse.

If you thought relativity was weird, just wait.

Dive into the weird world of quantum mechanics were particles can go through walls, become entangled with particles on the other side of the universe, and can be simultaneously in two completely different states all at the same time.

While we are at it, see how statistics and large numbers of degrees in freedom in classical physics emerge into an new theory of probablities which describes systems as complex as atmospheres and biological tissues described though simple parameters such as heat and pressure.

The Science of Optical Illusions
Teachers: Chris Baldassano

Seeing the world around us feels effortless, but our visual system is actually incredibly complicated. We automatically use assumptions about the natural world to influence the way we see objects, and our brain has specialized areas to process different types of visual information. In this class, we'll use optical illusions to investigate the surprisingly complex tricks that our brains use to help us understand the world. We'll learn that all of us are partially blind, that colors are not what they seem, why faces are so important, and much more!

Psychology and Neuroscience: How our brains are related to how we think, feel and behave.
Teachers: Brian Haas

In this class, you will learn about psychology and neuroscience. You will learn about how we can use research techniques to look at how the brain functions while people perform certain tasks. We will go through some new findings that show what areas of the brain are important for how we make decisions, how we feel emotionally and how we behave within our lives. This class will be open to discussions of topics brought up by students. Students will come out of the class with a better understanding of how they can be involved and prepare for a career in psychology or neuroscience.

Teachers: Suresh Palaniyandi

Want to know how a medicine/pill act in our body
What body does to the medicine/pill
Why do you feel acidity when you take a painkiller pill?
Come and join! We will learn some aspects of Pharmacology-study of medicine (drugs) in our body
What are the career options in the field

If the students know basic biology of organ system and bit chemistry, it is sufficient to understand the concepts. But anybody is welcome

Scientists and their dirty little secrets
Teachers: Jeremy Lai

In this course, we'll talk about some of the most famous scientists and their accomplishments. Although these individuals are remembered for their contributions to science, many of them made the headlines with embarrassing implications. Topics include: Richard Feynman, Marie Curie, Erwin Schrodinger, and many more.

Cancer - what you need to know, what you can do
Teachers: Srihari Yamanoor

Cancer is a disease that a lot of scientists are trying to fight and cure. Do you want to be at the forefront of a group of hardworking scientists and researchers helping find a cure?

What is cancer? How many types of disease are there? How does it attack the human body? How is cancer detected? How is the disease currently treated?

What does it take to build a career in science, one that helps you fight diseases like cancer?

Let's find out!

If you had a class in biology, it will definitely help. If not, let me know and we can try to discuss things in a way that you can understand. Be prepared to come to an "old school" class that has you asking and answering a lot of questions and working with chalk, black boards and your curious mind!

Introduction to Blood Disease Leukemia
Teachers: Aparna Raval

Introduction to different types of blood cells in our body and what happens when they stop behaving normally.

Radios and Rainbows Full!
Teachers: Paul Simeon

How does a microwave oven work? What are x-rays? What are UV rays, and why are they bad for us? This class will illuminate the electromagnetic spectrum, and I promise you'll see the world differently after this class.

How to identify any insect and impress your friends!
Teachers: Edward Grow

Have you ever wondered how to tell if an insect is a butterfly, a wasp, a bee, or a beetle?

With a brief introduction to insect taxonomy, we will spend the rest of our time classifying dead and live insects using a dichotomous key.

Because being able to say, "Hey, look, there's a blattaria on my begonias" is so much cooler than "Look, a bug!"

Willingness to handle and be in close proximity to dead and live insects.

Quantum Field Theory, Particle Physics, Cosmology, and all that.(4 of 5 in lectures in physics)
Teachers: Jonathan Maltz

The current state of modern physics; how we think the universe works. Find out how the rules of quantum mechanics and special relativity gives way to a formalism and theory that is the most accurate theory in all of science. A model that describes in principle all of Chemistry, Nuclear physics, and almost every interaction of the world that doesn't involve Gravity. See how the rules of physics on the largest scales (General Relativity) describe the formations of galxies and Superclusters and even decribes the history and beginning of the universe itself in the big bang. Find out how the universe is not only expanding but speeding up, and why 96% of the universe is made out of matter and energy that we have no idea what it is, the so called dark matter and dark energy.

Organic Chemistry, it's not that scary
Teachers: Jeremy Lai

Organic chemistry is often the bane of many medical students, but it really shouldn't deserve such a reputation. It is a fascinating subject that has many implications in medicine and science. I'll introduce the subject and discuss some examples of organic chemistry in the real world.

Some high school chemistry.

How Your Inner Ear Controls your perception of balance and movement

The ear canals are closely related to our perception of movement. Learn why we feel we are still spinning for a while after we have stopped. Students will learn with the help of hands on experiments.

How Science Works

Do you know what science is? Science is not a bunch of facts that you can read in a book - it's why you picked up the book in the first place! Lots of people think they know what scientists do, but very few realise that they are, themselves, scientists! Science is a process, a journey of discovery into the unknown. Whether you like science lessons or not (and especially if you are not familiar with it), we guarantee that we'll give you a greater understanding and appreciation of how science really works - and how thinking like a scientist can help you figure out all sorts of things.

Predicting Volcanic Eruptions - Volcano Simulation
Teachers: Daniel Sinnett

Part 2 of 2

What you learned in part 1 (Predicting Volcanic Eruptions - Basics) will be put to the test - will you be able to predict a volcanic eruption as well as the scientists did?

We will use real earthquake, gas, and deformation data to simulate a volcanic eruption. Teams of students will monitor the volcano's condition, collaborate to issue reports to the mayor (me), issue evacuation orders, and attempt to predict when the volcano will erupt.

The simulation will be ~2hrs.

Predicting Volcanic Eruptions - Basics We will be using the topics covered and work done in the first part of the course in this section. You must attend part one!

Sex and Chickens
Teachers: Natie Ermyas

Come learn about VIRUSES and the different ways they are transmitted between people and between people and animals. We'll go over what a virus is and the basic science you need to understand the field of virology. We'll be learning through two modules on specific virus epidemics - SARS and HIV.

Other topics include: Virus Replication, Virus-Host Interactions, Medicine, and Epidemiology

No prior knowledge needed!

God is Lazy: Lagrangian Mechanics
Teachers: Emma Pierson

Lagrangian mechanics may make you believe in God. It begins with the principle that everything in the universe chooses the cheapest action--objects, for example, somehow choose the shortest path through spacetime. It's as though they're guided by a very lazy God. How do they know how to do this? The answer is elegant, spooky, and astonishingly useful, a principle that unifies many different areas and forms the basis for much of modern physics. We will look at its applications in Newtonian mechanics and discuss its applications in modern physics.

It will be helpful if you know some calculus. You don't need to be great at it, but you do need to have seen the derivative and integral before.

Modern Physic for Beginners
Teachers: Aditya Singh

This class will be a primer of modern physics, and its instruction is based on the explanation of the 'Three Great Conflicts' of Physics (and their consequent resolution).
Discourse and discussion will focus on introducing the class to theories of relativity, quantum mechanics and super-strings, and using intuitive real-day examples to understand the main tenets of each system. There will only be a marginal focus on the higher math required for the theories.
Class shall be conducted in seminar-discussion style.

Build Your Own Voltaic Pile: The Electrochemistry of Batteries

Have you ever wondered how batteries work? Are you enthralled by tales of Alessandro Volta’s demonstrations of the first battery, the voltaic pile? Would you like to build a voltaic pile of your very own?

In this class, we will discuss the basic chemistry behind batteries. We will focus on the advancements made in the 1800’s by Volta, Galvani, and Faraday. Using this knowledge, we will build a voltaic pile out of common materials. Students will make and test their own batteries.


Delusion, Deception, and Baloney: How to Detect Pseudoscience
Teachers: Martin Mueller

Somebody comes up to you and says he has a new elixir that increases your brain power, makes studying easier, and gets you 20% better grades on your tests. How would you respond? Try the product and see what happens? Find out more about it? Dismiss his claims out of hand? In this course, we will look at what distinguishes science from pseudoscience. We'll explore what it means to have good evidence for a claim and how scientists use evidence to build our understanding of the world. And of course we'll explore the flip side as well -- claims based on false evidence, bad reasoning, deception, and delusion. In the process, we build for ourselves a mental toolbox that will help us detect pseudo-scientific arguments wherever we find them.

No specific science knowledge is assumed, and anybody with an interest in science and the question of evidence is invited to attend. You do need to come with an open mind and a willingness to critically examine your own convictions in areas such as astrology, alternative medicine, ghosts, or aliens/UFOs.

Climate Change: A Discussion
Teachers: Daniel Sinnett

Less of a class, and more of a discussion, on the science behind global climate change. Despite a clear scientific consensus on climate change, a significant portion of people still view the science as vague, unclear, or incorrect.

Feel free to come whether you believe the science or are a "skeptic" Come with questions, leave with answers.

Advanced Topics - Supergravity, String theory and the future - (5 of 5 in lectures in physics)
Teachers: Jonathan Maltz

The cutting edge of physics. The rules of Q.F.T. describe the very small and the rules of G.R. describe the very large; when the two are put together however they are inconsistent. It isn't just that they disagree they don't even speak the same language yet they are supposed to describe the same universe. Find out what all this talk of Strings is about. Why we are looking for this strange symmetry between between bosons and fermions, why a 27 km circumference Hadron collider has been built in europe looking for a particle named after a guy called Higgs. Why Emergent phenomemon, Computational physics, Condensed matter and String theory might be the physics of the next century and why the beginning of the universe might have more to do with a bubble forming in boiling water then you think.

This is Your Brain!

Come learn about the most complex and fascinating organ in your body, your brain! How do brain cells communicate? What area of the brain are memories stored in? What does a dog brain look like? Come find out answers to all these questions and more. You'll even have the chance to touch actual human brains!

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
Teachers: Jeremy Lai

In this course, we'll learn how to make delicious liquid nitrogen ice cream. We'll also discuss how liquid nitrogen is used in the research environment and what other cool things we can do with it.

Statistics and the Brain
Teachers: James Fitzgerald

Your brain is continually flooded with information, some of which is useful, and some of which is not. How does the brain make sense of it all? A major goal of statistics is to extract relevant information from mountains of data, so it should not be too surprising that neural processing connects to the mathematical theory of statistics. I will discuss this connection using examples drawn from diverse topics including perception and neural coding.

From Stars to Black Holes

We will begin by exploring the origins of the uinverse and the formation of stars and galaxies. We will then study the life of stars: The different types of stars, how and why they shine and how they die. This will then bring us to supernovae and black holes. While on the subject of black holes, we can talk about a few implications of this extreme phenomenon, such as the possiblity of time travel, worm holes, parallel universes, etc.

Interest in the subject

Visualize the Universe: Inside the Mind of Einstein
Teachers: First Last

We will imagine ourselves a space traveler in the future, zipping through space at near the speed of light. What will we see? What will we experience? How do space and time transform around us? What will people on Earth see?

No math in this class! Everything will be explained graphically, using diagrams and a lot of imagination. We will follow Einstein's original thoughts 100 years ago as he uncovered the amazing relativistic aspects of our universe.

Predicting Volcanic Eruptions - Basics
Teachers: Daniel Sinnett

Part 1 of 2

Mount St. Helens. Nevado del Ruiz. Pinatubo.

All large, destructive, and recent. Come learn about what the volcanologists got right, and wrong, during each of these eruptions.

The first half of this class (~1 hr) will cover volcano basics, volcano hazards, and how we might predict eruptions using earthquakes, gas, and ground deformation.

In the second half (~1 hr), we will split up into teams to prepare for a volcano simulation using real data. Students will study the volcano, make hazard maps, and plan for the worst...


"I'm HIV Positive": A Brief Look into How HIV/AIDS Infects and Affects our Society

This course will first quickly explore the basics of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)--covering what HIV is, how HIV is transmitted, and how HIV affects humans physiologically in the form of AIDS. With that basis, we can then explore how HIV has become a considerable problem in many countries, how our views about sexuality lead to discrimination against HIV positive people, why there are so many misconceptions about HIV/AIDS, and what has been done to slow the spread of disease.

A high-school-level Biology course is recommended, but absolutely not required.

Everything you wanted to know about Birth Control
Teachers: Rae Cherng

This course is an introduction to the pill and other forms of birth control. We will discuss the risks and benefits to various methods of birth control. If you’re curious about what you should know about the pill, sign on up!


Your First GYN Exam: What is a pap and pelvic?
Teachers: Rae Cherng

What is a pap and pelvic? When do I need to start seeing a gynecologist? If you would like to find out more about this important step in every woman's life, please join me for a introductory course about what to expect for your first gynecologic exam.


Brain Imaging: How we do it and what we can learn from it

Learn how MRI works, see our practice MRI machine, and view real brain images, including images from healthy kids and those with psychiatric disorders

Congratulations, It's a Boy! An Introduction to Sex Determination
Teachers: Rhochelle Krawetz

We all know it is common practice for a physician to look between the legs of a newborn child and pronounce them a girl or a boy, but how did those differences get there in the first place? And are the physician's proclamations always correct? This class aims to give a brief introduction to the mechanisms behind human sex determination as it occurs in the fetus and how that impacts a newborn. At the end of the class, we will explore what happens if something in this process goes awry.

Note: This class will make use of some explicit images of neonatal genitalia.

Basic background in biology, particularly molecular biology and genetics.

"Women and children first!" What the sinking of the Titanic can teach us about medical ethics.
Teachers: Bruce McAuley

The sinking of the Titanic presents an extreme example of rationing scarce resources (lifeboats). We will use this example to jump into the world of medical ethics.
We will explore not only the distribution of limited resources, but many other thorny moral problems including end of life care, euthanasia, and our ethical obligations to care for those less fortunate than we are. Examples will be taken from actual cases encountered in everyday medical practice (only the names are changed.)

A desire to wrestle with challenging and fascinating moral dilemmas.

Social Science

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Sudan Beyond 2011: Scenarios for the Future and How Activists Can Prepare

In 2005, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement ended a 20-year civil war between Northern and Southern Sudan. As part of the peace agreement, Southern Sudan will have the choice to secede in 2011. How will the results of the referendum affect stability in the region? Is South Sudan prepared to govern itself? How will oil resources be distributed? What effects will this have on Darfur? We will explore potential outcomes and focus on what students and the international movement as a whole can do to prepare.

Stanford in Government presents: ""Global Warming in California: What high school students can do"

Venture Capitalist Elton Sherwin is an energy policy expert and clean tech entrepreneur.. He will discuss the most important policy initiatives that can combat global warming in California and address the ways in which students can help affect these changes.

An exploration of morality and spirituality
Teachers: Jenna Nicholas

Ever wondered about how we could unite the world?
Interested in spirituality?
Believe in universal values?

Recognize: the equality of men and women, the harmony of science and religion, the need for the abolition of the extremes of wealth and poverty, the need for universal education, the need to find the truth for ourselves?

Well, come along to discuss these issues and find out about The Bahai Faith: a global religion that believes in the unity of all people and tries to implement all of the above principles!

An interest in life :)

Buddhism Meditation Full!

Wanna know the secret of 2,500 Nirvana?

A simple ten or fifteen minutes meditation can help you overcome stress and practice focusing mind and find an inner peace.


Teachers: Laura Cosovanu

Do you want to empower yourself?
Help others? Learn how you could act on an issue you deeply care about?

Law 101 is for those of you interested in becoming an attorney, judge, or a legal officer. However, this course also targets students who do NOT plan to pursue a legal career.

Even though we all get involved in legal transactions, a traffic police stop or a dispute, only a few basic notions of law are taught during primary or secondary education. In this course you will learn some of your basic rights (under constitutional, criminal, family and contract law), how to seek the help of government agencies to enforce these rights and how to become more self-sufficient!


Stanford in Government presents: "Environmental Activism: affecting change through policy and entrepreneurship"

Hear from panelists Teryn Norris, Valerie Gardner and Brendan Appold on their experiences creating and changing environmental policy and environmental entrepreneurship. Learn what actions you can take to follow in their footsteps.

The Psychology of Your Friends' Influence on You
Teachers: Uma Karmarkar

If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you do it too? Are you sure about that? It turns out that the ways we think and the choices we make are shaped by the people around us. Find out more about how this happens in this class about social influence. Drawing on social psychology and neuroscience, we'll use videos and demonstrations to talk about the good, the bad and the ugly ways that we are influenced by other people. We'll even discuss how social pressure can change the world.

Introduction to Islam

Basic description on Islamic belief, practices and prophets

From Cinderella to Mulan: Exploring gender and strength through Disney Princesses (Grades 7-9)
Teachers: Rhochelle Krawetz

Everyone knows that the Disney Princesses get to live happily ever after, but how did they get there and what does that journey tell us? From the passive Cinderella to the headstrong Ariel, we will examine the journeys of the different princesses with an eye to the movies' historical context. In looking at these stories, we will also think carefully about how we judge the princesses. Who is strong, who is weak, why do we perceive them this way and what does this perception tell us about modern conceptions of gender and strength? Of course, discussion will be supplemented with original source material (i.e. watching clips of Disney movies).


Geography Trivia Games

Have you ever dreamed of traveling around the world? Come play our trivia games and find out more about the world out there! We'll have fun and learn about where those countries are located, who are our neighbor countries, and different cultures of the world.

Empower Yourself to Impact your Community’s Health Full!

Interested in making a positive difference in your community? Have an idea for a project but don’t know how to carry it out? Join an interactive session and learn how to plan and launch a successful service project in your community. This course will get you thinking about your passions and visions for the world, and will aim to empower you with the tools and knowledge you need to pursue those visions. We will use the example of reducing healthcare disparities among minority and underserved populations to explain the important aspects of making a positive change in the world.


A Business Mind (for 8th graders or younger): exercise your brain with business puzzles
Teachers: Yu Dilys Sun

In this interactive class, I will walk the students through several brain exercises / business cases to teach them important principles of finance, investing, and strategic thinking.

The class is designed to be fun and interactive. A limited amount of math exercises will be introduced. We will focus more on the thinking side.

This class will be tailored to younger students, so I will any students from 8th grade or below. I have had 12-year-olds who did perfectly well in the sections I taught two years ago. Please email me for permissions or if you have any questions.

How to achieve your goals - Success stories from underrepresented Stanford students

"Do what you have to so you can do what you want to." Education is something that we all have to do but it is also required for many things that we want to do. This class will be presented by 4 Stanford students from underrepresented backgrounds that have fought hard to get where they are today. They will each tell their story and provide their thoughts on the key elements to success as an underrepresented or underserved student. They will also discuss how to make the most out of an educational program such as Splash!

Conversations in Spanish

Let's speak some Spanish! Join me in a Spanish conversation class where we will interact as if we were in a Spanish-speaking classroom. We will sing in Spanish, practice pronunciation and intonation, and even make jokes in Spanish. Class includes film, music, and poetry appreciation and activities. Previous study of Spanish is required.

Advanced Spanish

A Business Mind: finance, investment, consulting - exercise your brain with business puzzles
Teachers: Yu Dilys Sun

In this interactive class, I will walk the students through several brain exercises / business cases to teach them important principles of finance, investing, and strategic thinking.

The class is designed to be fun and interactive. A limited amount of math exercises will be introduced. We focus more on the thinking side.

Special modules may include: tips for reading the Wall Street Journal, stock market fundamentals, a consulting style case walk-through.

Teachers: Laura Cosovanu

Do you want to empower yourself? Help others? Learn how you could act on an issue you deeply care about?
Law 101 is for those of you interested in becoming an attorney, judge, or a legal officer. However, this course also targets students who do NOT plan to pursue a legal career.
Even though we all get involved in legal transactions, a traffic police stop or a dispute, only a few basic notions of law are taught during primary or secondary education. In this course you will learn some of your basic rights (under constitutional, criminal, family and contract law), how to seek the help of government agencies to enforce these rights and how to become more self-sufficient!


Health Care Reform
Teachers: Michael Shaw

For the past year, the US has been embroiled in a debate over health care. We all know that the status quo is unsustainable, as anyone with a pre-existing condition will testify. But there is great consternation over the new legislation, and its impacts on you and me.

Join us for a discussion on how the American health care system got into its current state, why effecting change is so difficult, and where we are now, with new legislation finally in place.

From Cinderella to Mulan: Exploring gender and strength through Disney Princesses (Grades 10-12)
Teachers: Rhochelle Krawetz

Everyone knows that the Disney Princesses get to live happily ever after, but how did they get there and what does that journey tell us? From the passive Cinderella to the headstrong Ariel, we will examine the journeys of the different princesses with an eye to the movies' historical context. In looking at these stories, we will also think carefully about how we judge the princesses. Who is strong, who is weak, why do we perceive them this way and what does this perception tell us about modern conceptions of gender and strength? Of course, discussion will be supplemented with original source material (i.e. watching clips of Disney movies).

How You're Being Lied to With Statistics, and How to Tell
Teachers: Daniel Zaharopol

On June 13, 2007, the New York Times reported that New York City students had made huge gains in math: as many as 11% more were passing the state math exam than the year previously. Does that mean that students had really gotten that much better in one year? It has been found that countries that use fluoride in their drinking water have a higher cancer rate than other nations. Should we stop using fluoride in our water? It has been reported in the media and elsewhere that 150,000 young American women die of anorexia each year. (I’ll give this one away: only about 60,000 women under the age of 50 die in the US at all each year, making this statistic totally impossible.) Sometimes the math and numbers scare people. Come see the many subtleties of statistics, and get a step closer to being able to discriminate the good from the lies.

The American Presidency
Teachers: Tommy Tobin

What do we really know about the men who have led our country? While anecdotes about Washington and his wooden teeth or his cherry tree are common knowledge, the goal of this class is to cut through the nationalistic myths surrounding the office of the Presidency and look at the Presidents as who they were…people. As people, they get can get sick, they can die, they can be crude, and sometimes they can even abuse their power.
The class will trace the history of the Presidents, with an emphasis on presidential disability, from the Constitution to the present day.


Cults: What's the Deal?
Teachers: Amy Estersohn

You've probably heard of cults: the crazy people who believe in aliens, hand out flyers to actively recruit new members, prey on the weak and innocent, and steal all their money?

In this class, we will consider some of the popular conceptions of cults and compare them to the research that has been done. We'll talk about obvious fictions exploited by the media such as "brain-washing" as well as more hotly contested issues surrounding these novel religions.

Not a prerequisite, but a way to get class discussion started-- watch the "Trapped in the Closet" episode of South Park to see a parody of the Scientology religion. (Completely optional, ask your parents for permission first) http://www.southparkstudios.com/guide/912/

Teachers: Aaron Kalb

What is a game? How can we come up with a meaningful definition which encompasses board games, computer games, war games, mind games, and love games?
Why are games fun? What makes games hard?
If a computer can play a game well, is it intelligent? Can a computer enjoy playing a game?
In this interdisciplinary course (placed here because I have to put it somewhere) we'll explore these questions and more, drawing from research in Game Theory (economics), Game Design, Artificial Intelligence, Modal Logic, and Linguistics, among other topics. We'll also spend some time making and playing games.

Music and Politics: Listen to the Lyrics!

Should Americans play "Born in the U.S.A." on the Fourth of July? Was Tupac Shakur's music anti-American? What songs in American history took a stand on the most important political issues of the day? In this one hour bonanza, students will engage with the music and lyrics of artists whose music made a statement.


What is Economics?
Teachers: Chi Hieu Nguyen

This short class will provide you with a quick but interesting glimpse into what economists do and how that is related to you and your life. There will be no technical skills, no models, no mathematics; but instead stories and facts (coupled with basic Economic theories) to expose students to different perspectives of the field.

No special requirement.

An exploration of morality and spirituality
Teachers: Jenna Nicholas

Ever wondered about how we could unite the world?
Interested in spirituality?
Believe in universal values?

Recognize: the equality of men and women, the harmony of science and religion, the need for the abolition of the extremes of wealth and poverty, the need for universal education, the need to find the truth for ourselves?

Well, come along to discuss these issues and find out about The Bahai Faith: a global religion that believes in the unity of all people and tries to implement all of the above principles!

Radical Politics and Grassroots Community Building
Teachers: Michael Zeligs

This class will provide a space for examining lifestyle alternatives and the role of individual empowerment in generating widespread social change. We will examine current grass-roots solutions to climate change and community building, with a focus on how collaborative group projects can generate positive local change.

Open mind, open heart. Those who have or want a vision of what is possible.

History of Indian Science and Math

What has one of the oldest civilizations in the world contributed to the fields of mathematics, science, engineering and medicine? What impact do their ancient contributes have on the world today? The class aims to provide a whirlwind tour of some of the notable advances from India of the past. Special focus will be given to topics such as the number system, city planning, metallurgy, chemistry, astronomy, ayurvedic medicine and yoga. To provide a more enjoyable learning experience, we will provide short exercises for students to learn the material in a more hands on manner. We will also bring samples of the different materials used in ayurvedic medicine so that students will have a chance to see how powerful medicinal properties can be extracted from simple roots and plants. The class will end with a brief session contains yoga breathing and stretching exercises, so please dress comfortably! Also no one will be obligated to participate in the exercises so come anyways if you are interested in the topics!

Introduction to Interpersonal and Group Communication
Teachers: Tim Jaconette

Have you ever wanted to take over a campus club and be the top student leader in that organization? This class will teach you the communication techniques you need in order to rise to a position of prominence in an organized group. You will learn how to make the more experienced students in the organization want to pick you as a future leader. When it comes to organizations that elect their leaders, you will acquire a toolkit of interpersonal communication strategies to help you win that election. You will learn about how to motivate teams of students. You will learn some of the politics behind group decision making. If you someday hope to be a successful member of your school’s student council, this might be a good class for you to take. If you want to be the president of a campus club when you attend college, this also might be a good class for you to take.


Conversations in French

Let's speak some French! Join me in a French conversation class where we will interact as if we were in a French-speaking classroom. We will sing in French, practice pronunciation and intonation, and even make jokes in French. Class includes film, musical and poetry appreciation and activities. Previous knowledge of French, at least basic, is required.

Beginning French

What Did You Say? Use of Rhetorical Devices by Others and Ourselves
Teachers: Raj Bhandari

We will identify rhetorical devices used by civic leaders so that we can pick apartment illogical arguments (parents beware!). We will also use our knowledge of devices to create effective speeches.


Lead Microfinance Campaigns at YOUR high school!

Learn what microfinance is all about and how you can help empower high school students to empower third-world entrepreneurs! We’re with Gumball Capital, a microfinance non-profit, and we’re launching the Gumball Challenge at high schools across the U.S. (previously only at colleges & universities). If you or a high school student you know is interested in being the leader of a chapter at your school, sign up for this class! We’ll give you everything you need: fundraising kits with some grant money to get you started and other really cool resources. Learn more about it here: http://gumballcapital.org/challenge/

How emotions, moods, and stress can lead to depression and/or suicide

The goal of this class is to learn how strong emotions, depression, and stress can add together to increase the risk of suicide. We will discuss how to manage moods and stress using techniques such as mindfulness, and how to deal with suicidal thoughts.

DON'T PANIC: Why humanity is NOT doomed
Teachers: First Last

For 5000 years, humans have been addicted to predictions of the apocalypse.

Judgment Day! Over-population! Disease! War! Famine! Earth Quakes! Tsunamis! Nuclear Winter! Terrorism! Energy Shortages! Peak Oil! Economic collapse!

The names change, but the claim is always the same: the end is near!

In this class, we'll see why the end is NOT near, not even close! We'll see why humans are terrible at understanding the future and foreseeing the obvious solutions to our problems, and perhaps understand why people get so excited about fire and brimstone.