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B5231: Intro to Biochemistry Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Catherine Stark

In this class we will explore the fundamental concepts of biochemistry with fun examples. Come see if biochemistry is worth pursuing further. This will be an interactive class, come prepared to participate!

B5257: How we overcome infection
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Rajiv Gaur

Students will learn the basic idea of infection and a broad picture of how our body react after infection.


Prerequisites
Basic understanding of biology

B5404: The Tree of Everything - Do all species share the same common ancestor?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Chao Jiang

All living species today share the same common ancestor, or so you were told at school (hopefully). What evidences, besides the "unreliable" fossil records, do we scientist have to show this? The secret lies in the essence of all living species on earth (and maybe somewhere else in the universe, we are not sure yet) -- the DNA.


Prerequisites
Somewhat familiar with the theory of evolution and DNA. A curious and open mind if you don't :)

B5113: Demystifying GMOs
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Stevan Jeknic

Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, seem to pop-up in the news all the time. Many groups advocate for labeling GMOs or avoiding them all together. But are their concerns based in science?

In this class we'll talk all about GMOs: what they are, what they do, how they're made, and the most prominent question of all, what are the downsides?

B5238: Consciousness Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kade Pettie

Ever wonder, who am I and why am I in this body and not someone else's? We will explore human and other forms of consciousness from the perspectives of biology, quantum mechanics, theology, and more, none of which need be mutually exclusive. The more thoughts/beliefs, the better, as this will be a discussion-based course.


Prerequisites
An open mind

B5248: The Good, The Bad, and The Hungry
Difficulty: **

Description: Not all microbes are bad; in fact, many are good for you and the planet. Did you know that there are more microbial cells in your body than human cells? Does this make you a microbe? We’ll answer this question and more, and talk about good and bad bacteria, and what microbes eat. Have you ever looked at a microbe up close? We’ll have microscopes to show you some, and other games and activities to further explore the unseen world.


Prerequisites
An interest in life that you cannot see without a microscope!

B5343: DNA Telephone

The process of deciphering DNA information into actual gene expression is incredibly complicated. Do you think you can crack the code? Our interactive workshop will engage students to work together to communicate chemical signals, something life does in fractions of seconds!


Prerequisites
None

B5389: How to Build a Brain
Difficulty: **

Have you ever wondered how you learn to catch a ball? How you learn to speak? How your brain learns to store and retrieve all of your memories? In this course we will investigate the architecture of the brain and central nervous system. You will learn basic principles and exciting tricks that the brain uses to solve problems that you encounter every day.


Prerequisites
Having a brain

B5405: Introduction to Developmental Biology
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: KC Farrell

How do tissues and organisms develop from a single cell? We will examine early development in several model systems.


Prerequisites
Basic understanding of biology!

B5219: Apoptosis: How Cells Die in Development and Disease
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Melissa Ko

In the lifetime of a multicellular organism, such as a human, millions of their cells will die in a coordinated manner. All of this cell death is a natural part of development and disease prevention. How do these cells decide to die and how does death occur?

We will discuss the process of apoptosis, or programmed cell death, that occurs in development and can happen (or fail to happen) in many diseases.


Prerequisites
a basic biology class, students should be familiar with organelles in the cells and what cell signaling is

B5265: To Test or Not to Test? The Ethical Debates of testing for Huntington's disease

Come explore genetic testing and what it means to have Huntington's disease. If you could find out you will develop a disease with no known cure, would you get genetically tested?

B5418: Tree Biology
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Henrietta Bennett

Introduction to the biology of trees: Learn how to identify trees using a dichotomous key, including a brief introduction to tree anatomy, evolution, and ecology.


Prerequisites
None

B5329: Your Amazing Immune System and How It Protects Your Body
Difficulty: **

Every day your immune system is busy protecting you from the thousands of
germs around you that can make you sick. Your immune system does its job so
efficiently that you don’t even notice that it is at work! In this course we will learn the basics of the immune system and how exactly it does its job. We will learn about the myriad of small molecules and cells that make up the immune system and their roles in protecting us against invaders who want to make us sick! We will use real-life examples of diseases and play interactive games to help us learn. Overall, this course is designed to help you better understand how the immune system works!


Prerequisites
Simply an interest in learning about the immune system!

B5364: Metal Bending: How Cells Manipulate the Lifeless to Live
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Giovanni Forcina

Metals are present in every organism, but their importance in biology is often overlooked. This class will explore how cells from a variety of organisms manipulate metals in to promote essential biological functions.


Prerequisites
Some biology and chemistry will be helpful.

B5385: The Good, The Bad, and The Hungry
Difficulty: **

Description: Not all microbes are bad; in fact, many are good for you and the planet. Did you know that there are more microbial cells in your body than human cells? Does this make you a microbe? We’ll answer this question and more, and talk about good and bad bacteria, and what microbes eat. Have you ever looked at a microbe up close? We’ll have microscopes to show you some, and other games and activities to further explore the unseen world.


Prerequisites
An interest in life that you cannot see without a microscope!

B5426: Fighting Cancer
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ingrid Fan, Anin Sayana

What if we could transform the body's defenses into a cancer-fighting machine? Or use robots to diagnose patients? This course introduces some of the latest and greatest advances in cancer biology.

B5228: How do we see?
Difficulty: **

Introduction to the physics and biology of vision. We will cover topics such as how does the eye detect light, difference between sensation and perception, and how does our brain get tricked by optical illusions, how is vision different across different animals.

B5239: Consciousness
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kade Pettie

Ever wonder, who am I and why am I in this body and not someone else's? We will explore human and other forms of consciousness from the perspectives of biology, quantum mechanics, theology, and more, none of which need be mutually exclusive. The more thoughts/beliefs, the better, as this will be a discussion-based course.


Prerequisites
an open mind

B5332: Mind and Body: How Your Mind Makes It Real
Difficulty: **
Teachers: David Carreon

Can a sugar-pill cause morphine release? Can hypnosis cure blindness? Can looks kill (literally)? Can getting shot not hurt?

We'll talk about old history and new science developing around "mind-body" medicine, how your mind and brain affect your body in really interesting ways. We'll meet people with paralysis who can regain their movement, and blind people can regain their sight by the power of words. We'll see how the brain can produce pain completely independently of any "physical" cause.

We'll discuss theories of how the brain might be involved in diseases like fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome.

If that's not enough, you'll learn about ritual executions that rely on the victim's expectation, and soldiers in WWII who get shot but don't seem to mind.

In short, we'll explore the strange and perplexing frontier where Mind meets Body.

B5184: Symbiosis: a love story between corals and dinoflagellates
Difficulty: **

Around the world, coral reefs are experiencing severe environmental stress and turning white, a.k.a "bleaching." What's going on during bleaching? What role do dinoflagellates (microscopic algae) play? And how can we test it?

Students will explore the science of symbiosis and current research through hands-on demonstrations and light microscopy with sea anemones.


Prerequisites
none, just be curious and willing to get salty. Please wear closed-toe shoes (i.e. no flip-flops)

B5206: Pre-Med Panel
Difficulty: **

Interested in pursuing a career in medicine? Curious what it takes during undergrad and medical school? Come hear from a panel of speakers about their experiences and tips as pre-med and medical students at Stanford!

B5244: Whale Watching
Difficulty: **

Ever wondered what whales do underwater? Let's watch and find out!
We will discuss whale biology in general, learn about how the changing ocean is affecting whales, and watch some videos from a whale's point of view.

B5350: Protein Engineering
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sarah Lensch

What are proteins and how are they made? Learn about recombinant techniques and how protein engineering is present in everyday life!

B5093: Can Your DNA Predict Your Future?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Trevor Martin

Is it possible to predict all the diseases you will get the moment you are born? Do our eating habits and lifestyle choices really influence our health much? Find out in this class what modern genetics and medicine have to say about these exciting questions and learn what knowing our DNA sequence really tells us about ourselves.

BONUS: Students will have the option of finding out their phenotype/genotype for a gene involved in tasting bitterness!


Prerequisites
Any sort of introduction to Biology course; should understand basics of DNA.

B5101: The Sequence of Life: An Exploration of Bioinformatics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Fan Liu

What happens when we combine computer science and genetics? What problems can we solve? In this class we will examine the mechanisms of DNA transcription and explore current bioinformatics methods. We will also touch upon new, exciting ideas in the field of bioinformatics such as machine learning and next generation sequencing technologies. We will also discuss the implications of uncovering such vast data and various ways of visualization.


Prerequisites
A basic understanding of cell biology

B5249: Super Algae
Difficulty: **

Algae are amazing microorganisms which use light to grow through the process of photosynthesis. Join us to explore what we can learn from studying algae, and you’ll even have the chance to design and conduct your own take-home experiment with our tame alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii!

B5253: Microscopy techniques used in biology
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Vivek Gupta

In this course we will cover some microscopy techniques used to study molecular cell biology.


Prerequisites
Having some knowledge of cell biology is useful but not required.

B5278: Gut Feelings
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Mackenzie Little

One of the least understood but critically important parts of the human body is our gastrointestinal (GI) system. Good and bad bacteria are waging war inside us everyday. We are continuously trying to understand and gain control over the gut flora, and one of the most controversial and potentially life-saving new methods involves something called a faecal transplant. Yup... its exactly what it sounds like.

B5341: Psychiatry and Philosophy - Understanding Reality With Help From Patients
Difficulty: **
Teachers: David Carreon

What does it mean to be human? How can we know what is true? How can we make rational decisions? How can we make good choices? These three questions will be explored drawing on my experience as a psychiatrist treating patients with schizophrenia, depression and addiction. We will learn from patients, and understand ourselves better by learning from their experience.

We will also save a lot of time for class discussion. Bring your questions, and we'll have a good discussion about these most important questions.

Warning: We will be discussing cases of depression, schizophrenia and addiction. This class may produce strong emotions if you or someone you know have struggled with these conditions.

B5373: Developmental Biology
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Margot Bowen

How does a human baby develop from a single egg and sperm? In this class we will explore the mysterious process of embryonic development. We will learn how a single cell is able to grow into a multicellular organism with complex organs and tissues.

B5436: It's in your blood!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Eden Maloney

How does your body fight off cancer?

How does a wound heal?

How do fevers help fight infections?

The answer is in your blood!

We will explore all the different components of blood and its ability to heal and provide nutrients. Get an up close look at blood with a microscope demonstration and investigate how the heart pumps blood with a sheep heart dissection.

B5202: Stop the outbreak!
Difficulty: **

You are a scientist from the CDC, sent to a remote location to investigate an outbreak and stop it from creating a pandemic!
Using several lines of biological evidence, you and your team will race to decipher the cause of the disease and create an antidote, before it's too late!


Prerequisites
general biology, genetics

B5108: Mushroom Mania! Full!
Difficulty: **

What do cheese, zombie ants and the biggest, oldest living thing have in common? Fungi! Mushrooms are the part of the a fungus that we see, but they're just the tip of the iceberg. Most of the action takes place out of sight.

Come learn about the hidden world of fungi in this interactive course. You will learn about the ecology, evolution, and human uses of fungi, and will get hands-on practice identifying mushrooms on your own!

B5163: A Toast to CRISPR
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Cindy Nguyen

The same thing that can make cats glow can improve the quality of your yogurt. It can also take part of your next noodle stir fry or cure genetic diseases. What is it? The one and only CRISPR! Editing DNA of almost any organism is becoming easier than ever thanks to the new, extremely popular CRISPR system. Not sure what it is? Take this class and get a molecular breakdown of a microscopic tool that is changing the face of biology as we speak!


Prerequisites
Understand biology basics (primarily what are protein, RNA, and DNA)

B5175: 3D Tissue Engineering: Building Body Parts!
Difficulty: **

Imagine you were able to build human body parts. If someone had a dysfunctional kidney (diabetes) or heart (stroke), you would be able to build a healthy kidney or heart outside of the body and then put it back into the body to make the body function properly once again. While this may sound futuristic & science-fiction-like, tissue engineers are working to make this possible! In this class, you will learn the basic components and strategies of engineering tissues as well as the current challenges. The best part? We'll perform a hands-on laboratory simulating the creation of an engineered piece of tissue.

B5267: I'm blue, if I was green I would die.... Evolution of Color in Nature
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Rachel Grant

So many colors exist in nature, in so many forms. Learn about the evolution of incredible color mechanisms, including nanoscale structures and neuron-controlled pigment sacks!

Whether an animal blends in or stands out, the science behind its color is just as fascinating and beautiful as the color itself.

Lecture format

B5337: Addiction and Neuroscience
Difficulty: **
Teachers: David Carreon

Why do we do what we don't want to? Or not do what we want to?

This class will explore the strange, universal human experience of being out of control of our actions. We'll look at big ways this happens with alcohol or drugs, but we'll also look at "behavioral addictions" like Facebook, nail-biting, pornography, gambling and cutting.

We'll look at the basic science, as well as some of the ways people treat addictions, big and small.

B5054: Speciation: Classifying the Biological World
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Michael Dubreuil

Ligers, Tigons, and wholphins, oh my! The concept of species has been used since the early days of biology to classify the natural world around us. However, we are ever coming to realize designating one species from another is not as easy as it first appears.

We will be talking about what makes a species, where our classifications break down, hybrid species, and the human species


Prerequisites
Introduction to Biology

B5112: What Your Body Looks Like On The Inside

Students will learn about human anatomy using cadavers and 3-D visual tools. Various anatomical regions will be covered including the head and neck, abdomen, upper limb, lower limb, back, and heart/lung.

Caution: Real human cadavers are used in the teaching of this course.

B5186: Biological Breakthroughs
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Joshua Eggold

CRISPR, PCR, SDS-PAGE, FISH, RFLP, IF, CyTOF, MIBI, ATAC-seq, ChIP, ACT, CAR. From this list of biological techniques, you can probably tell that scientists really like acronyms! But what else can these techniques tell us? This class will provide an overview of groundbreaking biological techniques that have been developed within the last few decades, with a focus on why they are so useful. We will also spend time discussing the future potentials of biological research to improve our lives. If you’re interested in biology, scientific research, love to think creatively, or want to learn about some awesome technology, this class is for you!


Prerequisites
Understanding of basic biological principles (cells, DNA, protein)

B5333: Practical Neuroscience
Difficulty: **
Teachers: David Carreon

What is the brain? How does it work? How can I make it stronger?

You’ll learn about awesome experiments that show that the brain can be rewired, remolded and strengthened. You’ll meet someone operating with half a brain (literally), people who built physical strength just by thinking about it, and people who rewired their brains with the power of thought. We’ll cover what you need to know about the brain.

If you’ve got a brain, you should take this course! :)

B5413: Hepatitis B Virus
Difficulty: **

This class will give a comprehensive, general overview of HBV, its current state today, what can be done to prevent and treat it, along with the progress of finding cures.


Prerequisites
Be ready and excited to learn

B5414: Introduction to Systems Biology
Difficulty: ***

Biological systems such as cells, organs, and humans, are made up of billions of elements undergoing trillions of chemical transformations on a timescale of nanoseconds.

Is it possible to capture the complexity of a biological system in a computational model?

The exciting new field of systems biology has allowed biologists to optimize cancer drug regimens in patients and simulate entire cells in a computer. In this class, we will cover the fundamental approaches that systems biologists use to model and simulate biological systems. We will also discuss applications of fundamental techniques in contemporary ground-breaking systems biology research.

B5055: Evolution: the Saga of Life
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Michael Dubreuil

Evolution: the process that's responsible for all life you see around you. In this class, you'll get a brief introduction to the process of evolution and hear a collection interesting evolutionary stories from eye evolution to how humans are still evolving today.

B5344: The Principles of Biochemistry
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Kyle Enriquez

Your everyday life is a series of chemical reactions. Every movement, every thought, every taste, every action you take is the product of chemical interactions between your cells and the environment around you. This class will introduce you to some basic biochemistry topics, and I will conclude with some emerging research in the field and some research that the I have completed.


Prerequisites
Basic Biology and Chemistry, a passion for science, and if you can think of some introductory Biochemistry questions that you may have!

B5375: The immunology behind pregnancy
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Amber Moore

Have you ever considered the immunology behind pregnancy? Have you ever wondered why humans reject organs transplants, yet women are able to carry babies for nine months? We will first cover the immune cells that are important in our day to day lives. Then we will discuss which immune cells participate in organ transplant rejection. Finally, we will learn about the immune cells that establish and support a healthy pregnancy.

B5254: Below the Surface
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Paul Bump

In the 21st century the ocean remains one of final frontiers on Earth. In this short class we'll talk about some discoveries from the ocean that have changed how we think about life on this planet as well as the areas of research that remain mysterious. We will also discuss how modern technologies have allowed us to go not only below the surface of the ocean, but also below the surface of an organism.

Come take a dive and explore with us!

B5179: Gender and Sex 101
Difficulty: *

In this class, students will have a quick lesson on gender, sexuality, and sexual health. Ample time will be given for the many questions students are bound to ask!


Prerequisites
Some biology is preferable, but not required. An open mind!

B5335: Exploring science fiction movies through the lens of biochemistry Full!
Difficulty: **

Do you like Sci-Fi movies? Have you ever wondered if movies like Jurrasic Park are actually feasible using modern-day scientific tools? This is the right class for you! We will explore some of the fundamentals of cutting-edge biochemistry, and then analyze selected Sci-Fi movies.


Prerequisites
AP Biology(useful but not required), some background in Chemistry

B5363: Funky Fungi of the Amazon
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Giovanni Forcina

This class will focus on the amazing biodiversity of plant-associated fungi living in the Amazon Rainforest. We will spend a considerable amount of time on the vast chemical repertoire of these organisms and how these chemicals can be manipulated for diverse scientific pursuits.


Prerequisites
Some basic biology and chemistry will be useful, but not necessary.

B5407: Hibernation: nature's solution to human problems?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Katharine Grabek

When you think of hibernation, you probably imagine a bear slumbering away in a cave on a winter's day. But you probably could not imagine that hibernators may hold the answers to a number of human problems, including stroke and heart attack, trauma on the battlefield and even space travel to Mars.

In this class, we will explore hibernation and its biomedical secrets that scientists would like to reveal in order to solve human problems.

B5153: Fantastic Chromosomes and Where to Find Them
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Albert Hinman

Chromosomes are often taught as a very boring area of biology in high school. We are basically told that they divide in cell division and that each human has 23 pairs of them. Yet chromosomes are capable of incredibly amazing things, and they influence biology in ways scientists are just beginning to unravel…

This course will discuss: some of the dynamic events that chromosomes engage in, examples of unique animals that have different numbers of chromosomes throughout their body, and how chromosomes can cause genetic exceptionalities. This course is recommended for those who are interested in biology, medicine, or simply are intrigued by this description.


Prerequisites
A biology course that introduced what chromosomes are - even if the course was really boring.

B5154: From Bouncing Molecules to Stripes and Spines
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Bruno Beltran

Did you know that your body is made up of more than 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 molecules?

From zebra stripes, to patterns on snakes, to the spacing between the bones in your spine, biological systems have to control their organization by positioning individual molecular signals in this sea of molecules.

With so many chemicals floating around, how do organisms control the position of individual molecules? In this class, we will go over various examples of how cells use their genes to create the beautiful and intricate patterns that allow life to exist, even when each individual molecule inside you seems to move completely randomly. There will be cool videos.

This class will not overlap in content with 5107; the two will complement each other well.


Prerequisites
Students should have encountered the idea that all matter is made of molecules, and that chemical reactions happen when two molecules collide with each other. Students should also have encountered the idea that genes are read by the cell to make proteins.

B5209: Unraveling the Helix

Many say that DNA is the blueprint of life, but what does this mean? In this course, you will learn the basics of DNA, from its structure and discovery to how it determines the person you are. We will also be extracting DNA from real organisms so you can see it for yourself (and take some home with you!)

B5255: Medical Apartheid: Disparities in Healthcare by Race
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Mia Leonard

In this class, we will explore what it means to be a person of color navigating the healthcare system. We will talk about discrimination, inaccessibility, human experimentation, and the history of disparities in healthcare for PoC. The class will focus on the struggles of black-identifying folks seeking care, but will speak at length about other minorities as well.


Prerequisites
Prior knowledge of the trans-Atlantic slave trade

B5340: Shocked! - The Science of Neurostimulation
Difficulty: **
Teachers: David Carreon

We'll talk about shocking brains! We'll go from the olden days of neurostimulation of patients during neurosurgery to the latest research. We'll talk about all the ways we can directly act on the best organ ever (but hey, I"m biased).

Included in the class will be:
-A video of me being shocked in the head
-Seeing the speech area disrupted
-Treatment of mental illness (!!!) with neurostimulation.
-A discussion of the God Helmet
-The "Pleasure" Zone.

B5438: It's in your blood!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Eden Maloney

How does your body fight off cancer?

How does a wound heal?

How do fevers help fight infections?

The answer is in your blood!

We will explore all the different components of blood and its ability to heal and provide nutrients. Get an up close look at blood with a microscope demonstration and investigate how the heart pumps blood with a sheep heart dissection.

B5210: Viruses, The Body, and YOU!
Difficulty: **

Ever wondered what ZOMBIES and VIRUSES have in common?

Do you want to know what the flu vaccine is all about?

Are all germs the same? What makes viruses different from bacteria, fungi, and other parasites?

Join us as we discover what viruses are, how they can enter your body, and how we fight viruses and prevent disease!

B5368: Genetics or Hard work: What does it really take to become a great athlete?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Asrat Alemu

An athlete with just 8 months of training once beat another athlete with 20 years of experience in a World Championship high jump competition. What does this say about hard work? Does the 10,000 hour rule really apply to real life situations? Or are we determined at birth to succeed or fail in a certain sport event?

B5425: The Human Genome and Mendelian Diseases
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Johannes Birgmeier

This class will provide a basic introduction to the following questions:

* What is the human genome? Where is it, what does is consist of, and what does it do?

* What if you mess up single, very important places in the genome? What is a Mendelian disease?

* How do you find out which mutations cause Mendelian diseases?


Chemical and Physical Sciences

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C5326: How to Design a Research Project: ISEF Style
Difficulty: ***

Three different High School International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) participants, in fields ranging from Biochemistry to Energy to Nanomaterials share their perspectives on research, how to get involved, and how to make your work meaningful. Each will also provide an overview of their own project. The session as a whole will allow students to not only learn about research, but perhaps think of some ideas of their own.


Prerequisites
An interest in STEM, curiosity, and a love of problem solving. Bring questions with you! That is why we are here!

C5168: The Science of Invisibility
Difficulty: *

Harry Potter has an invisibility cloak - can we make one, too? This class will explore the basic science behind invisibility through a series of interactive demos, and we'll explain how they work. We will also talk about some of the cutting edge research being done on cloaking today!

C5252: Chemistry of Food
Difficulty: **

Learn about the chemistry behind why food is spicy, how jello works, how bread rises and more.

C5353: Build Your Own Cosmic Ray Detector!
Difficulty: **

In 1956, C.L. Stong wrote in a Scientific American column: "If you fasten a disk of alcohol-soaked blotting paper in the bottom of a jar, screw on the lid and up-end the jar on a cake of dry ice, you will occasionally see the concluding phase of an event which may have had its origin millions of years ago in an exploding star." In this class, students will learn how to build their own cloud chambers to detect cosmic radiation, while learning a bit about the physics behind them.

C5391: Advanced Classical Mechanics
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Lawrence Chiou

Given two points in the plane, what is the path connecting them that will carry a point traveling between the two points in the least amount of time? In general, what are the conditions under which there exists a conserved quantity (such as linear or angular momentum)?

To answer these questions, it will help considerably to recast Newton’s laws in an equivalent but much more powerful form instead of working with Newton’s laws directly. A more advanced grounding of mechanics, the so-called Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalisms, provides the theoretical underpinnings for much of physics as we know it today.

We will derive the so-called Lagrange and Hamilton equations and explain some of their implications on thermodynamics and quantum mechanics.


Prerequisites
AP Physics C or equivalent. (Even if you have not formally taken AP Physics, knowledge of basic calculus and introductory mechanics should suffice.)

C5053: Fun with Chemistry

Chemistry is exciting and it happens all around us every day. In this class we will talk about the states of matter, a little about polymers (like plastics), and really anything else that gives us a chance to do cool demos for you all! You may get a chance to make a souvenir to take home, too. You'll just have to come and find out!

C5222: Rain From Space: Cosmic Rays
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Richard Nally

The Earth is constantly being hit by high-energy particles from space. Although invisible to the eye, these "cosmic rays" hit the atmosphere and erupt into a shower of lighter partices, which can be seen by specialized, ground-based detectors. These muons in these cosmic rays have been some of the most energetic particles we have ever seen. In this class, we will discuss cosmic rays, and from them learn about both particle physics and astrophysics.

C5211: The Big Bang, black holes and quantum fields - the big picture of modern physics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Stanislav Fort

The class will give a non-mathematical introduction to our understanding of the Universe at the deepest level. We will cover quantum field theories, curved spacetime, the Big Bang and black holes, just to name a few. We will also look at unsolved problems such as the information paradox and the directionality of time.


Prerequisites
An interest in physics, mathematics or astronomy. The class will be accessible to everyone with a curious mind.

C5223: Cool Polymer Science

Polymers are fascinating materials that can be found almost everywhere in our daily lives. From the plastics we buy at the store to the skin on our bones, polymers come in all shapes and sizes. Due to their interesting and special properties, polymers are used in many applications, from flexible materials to electronic devices to complex fluids. In this short course, taught by the Stanford Polymer Collective, we'll learn about polymers through fun hands-on activities that highlight some of their most important properties.

C5198: The Exciting World of Lasers
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Alexandre Gauthier

Lasers have innumerable applications, from laser tag to laser eye surgery. We will discuss the unique properties that make laser light different from ordinary light, and learn about some interesting applications of lasers.


Prerequisites
Some understanding of very basic physics concepts would be helpful (e.g. the structure of an atom, electrons and nucleus).

C5192: Modern Cosmology
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Bradley Emi

A brief introduction to cosmology, the study of the large-scale structure of the universe. We'll talk about the meaning of gravity, the geometry of the universe, cosmological parameters, the age and origin of the universe, inflation, and finish with the standard cosmological model.


Prerequisites
Comfort with manipulating algebraic expressions (a solid algebra class or pre-calculus) is required. Algebraic physics (at the middle school level) is recommended.

C5268: The Chemistry of Coke: Taste the Feeling Full!
Difficulty: **

After looking at a brief history of Coca-Cola, this class will explore the current varieties of Coke and their chemical compositions. We will investigate these chemical compositions through the variety of sweeteners used in three different Coke products. After discussion, students will get to taste the difference in each one.

C5421: The Physics of Curling
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Cameron Kim

Often called "chess on ice," curling is beginning to infiltrate the United States at a very quick pace. Curling clubs are popping up all across the nation and more amateur curlers are joining the sport every year. But how does it work? Why does curling seem to defy physical laws of motion? What good does sweeping really do? And how important is it to yell at your team while on the ice? Come learn about the history of the sport, how it's played and its rich history, and the controversial science of curling! You'll also learn how to participate in curling in the Bay Area.


Prerequisites
A background in physical sciences will be helpful, but concepts addressed will be in context of curling (don't worry, most curlers don't understand the physics either, but we know how to play). No curling experience is required.

C5431: Einstein Showed Couch Potatoes Weigh Lighter
Difficulty: ****
Teachers: Siyun Zhou, xinyi jiang

Einstein formulated the theory of special relativity(SR) around 1905. The theory captures the relationship between space and time. SR itself produces many well-known interesting results (eg. The Twin Paradox, The snake and the axe). However, it fails to explain some paradoxes involving gravity. Later between 1907 and 1915, Einstein proposed the theory of General Relativity(GR) in an attempt to connect space-time, the main subject of SR, with gravity. The course will explore some interesting results from SR and provide a motivation for GR. Most importantly, it will provide you with a perfect reason to stay a couch potato.


Prerequisites
Curiosity about physics and calculus is a bonus but high school algebra is all you need.

C5152: Molecular Gastronomy: Chemistry of the Delicious
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Amy Liu

This class is for anyone who loves food, cooking or chemistry! We will focus on the science behind avant-garde cuisine such as cooking with vacuum chambers, liquid nitrogen, and more. You'll get to try your hand at some spherification, the process of shaping a liquid into spheres, and make (and eat!) your own popping boba!


Prerequisites
Culinary curiosity and a willingness to learn and try new things! Basic middle school chemistry may be helpful but is not required.

C5230: The Chemistry of Fuel Cells
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Peter Csernica

Heard of fuel cells but still wondering what all the hype is about? Learn about how a fuel cell works, how a fuel cell is similar to a battery, and what we can expect from fuel cells in the future. We will also talk briefly about what aspects of fuel cells researchers try to improve, and what approaches they might take to doing so. This discussion will be fairly non-specific and should be accessible to most students, although more detailed questions are welcomed if you have them! The class will be primarily a very interactive lecture, but will also include a working fuel cell mini-vehicle as a demo!


Prerequisites
An interest in science and energy! Any chemistry knowledge will help but the class should be enjoyable and interesting regardless of your chemistry background.

C5107: From Molecular Motion to Biological Machines with Langevin Dynamics Full!
Difficulty: *****
Teachers: Bruno Beltran

Did you know that your body is made up of more than 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 molecules?

From zebra stripes to patterns on snakes to the spacing between the bones in your spine, biological systems have to control their organization by positioning individual molecular signals in this sea of molecules.

With so many chemicals floating around, how do organisms control the position of individual types?

In the first half of the class, we will learn how to use simple ideas from physics to mathematically describe the motion of individual molecules diffusing and reacting in a biological system. We will learn exactly it means for something to move around "randomly", and use this new understanding to derive the "Langevin Dynamics" approach to atomic simulation using only the simple fact that molecules react by colliding with each other.

In the second half of the class, we will use our new physics knowledge to work as a class on a real question from biology. Example questions that will be chosen from are: How can an embryo create the pattern of signals needed to form its spinal column during development? How can the tiny bacterial cells all around us move the two copies of their DNA into each new cell when they split in two, even without anything to pull two copies of the DNA apart? Students will have a chance to see what it feels like to do work on the cutting edge of these fields. There will also be cool videos of each system to help the class decide what to work on.


Prerequisites
Students should have encountered the idea that all matter is made of molecules, and that molecular reactions happen when two molecules collide with each other. Students should be able to follow every step of the math as long as they are comfortable with the material in Calculus I. Necessary topics from probability theory and differential equations will be introduced during class. This class is a follow up for "B5154: From Bouncing Molecules to Stripes and Spines". That class is not a strict per-requisite, but will help the student get more out of the second half of this class.

C5387: Exploring Einstein's Special Relativity
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Lawrence Chiou

As Einstein posited at the turn of the last century, if we accept that the speed of light is the universal “speed limit” and that the laws of physics are the same to all inertial observers, then a simple thought experiment reveals stunning inconsistencies in the foundations of Newtonian physics.

The theory of special relativity is elegant enough that starting with nothing but two simple postulates and a little algebra, we can derive and explain all of the fundamental results. We will also discuss some rudimentary aspects of relativistic dynamics (which requires a third assumption).

C5205: Chemistry of Soap!
Difficulty: **

Have you ever wondered what soap is, or how it's made? In this class, we'll explore the chemistry of soaps: its history, production, composition, and importance. Then you'll get to cook up your own small batch of soap to bring home!

C5237: Quantum key distribution: how can quantum mechanics secure your communication?
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Ching-Yang Yu

What is “quantum”? How does the weirdness of quantum mechanics promise another revolution in information technology?
In this class, you’ll learn the basic principles of quantum mechanics, and apply these principles to understand quantum key distribution, a perfectly secure way for communication. The class will foster physical understanding through demonstrations during lecture.


Prerequisites
Algebra; trigonometry

C5372: Tales of the Table: A countdown of the craziest chemistry stories in history
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Shelby Parks

This class will be a collection of mind-blowing stories about select elements on the periodic table. It will also provide insight into the history of mankind's understanding of Chemistry.

C5429: Introduction to Nanochemistry
Difficulty: **

Have you ever thought about building tiny structures atom by atom? Nanochemistry is concerned with just that! We will be learning about the differences in molecular behavior on the nanoscale that make nanomaterials so unique and useful, as well as some cool recent applications of nanotechnology, such as nanobiosensors and quantum dot solar cells.


Prerequisites
knowledge of some chemistry (atoms, photons, fluorescence, molecular bonding)


Earth and Planetary Sciences

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R5176: Imaging the Earth with Sound
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Ethan Williams

How do we know that the Earth has a solid inner core and a liquid outer core? How do we know that magma chambers exist under volcanoes? How do we find fossil fuels such as natural gas? These are just a few of the problems in geoscience that have been solved through seismic imaging. Speaking generally, seismic imaging describes the field of geophysics that uses sound to build a picture of the subsurface. In this class we will talk about the two subfields of seismic imaging: active seismic, which uses a manmade source such as dynamite to create sound, and passive seismic, which records natural sound created by earthquakes. We will learn about the physics of sound propagating through the solid Earth and discuss its applications to the fields of engineering and geology. Prerequisites: high school physics, trigonometry


Prerequisites
high school physics, trigonometry

R5243: Why is it getting so hot in here?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Eric Lebel

This class will look at greenhouse gases, what they are, and how they are causing the temperature of the planet to rise. We will learn about radiation, the albedo effect, and positive and negative impacts. Students will leave this class with an understanding of why greenhouse gases are causing the planet to warm up.


Prerequisites
Algebra

R5215: SHARKS: Friends, not food
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Harmony Folse

Come and learn about how sharks are probably the most misunderstood creatures in the sea. Through informative videos, slideshows, lively discussion and an interactive shark anatomy model, we will talk about how sharks are perfectly adapted to their aquatic environment, how shark attacks are much less common than you think and how shark fin soup is decimating their populations world-wide. All you need to bring is an open-mind about sharks and a desire to learn about these massive(ly awesome) creatures. Additionally, we will discuss what you can do to ensure the survival of sharks on Earth. Hopefully, you will walk away from this class with a much more positive idea of sharks!

R5360: A Guide to Sustainable Agriculture
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Julia Leal

This class will be a hands-on experience to learning the dynamic ways in which humans interact with the land by taking place at the 6-acre O’Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm. Following a brief history and tour of the farm, the various components that make this living laboratory a successful model for sustainable agriculture will be explored. These include discussing the process of food traveling from field to table, introducing basic principles of soil science, and considering some of the research currently being conducted there.

R5403: Natural Science
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Mason Curtis

Learn about Nature and the way the world works!

Activities include:

Gathering fruits (oranges and lemons etc) from Stanford canpus. We will then talk about how they grew and why the plant makes them....and maybe get to eat a few!

Discuss geology and why some plants grow around here, and others don't!

R5365: The Search for Life in the Unierse
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Michael Dubreuil

Are we alone in the universe? How can we know? If we do find life, where can we find it and what will it look like? Will it be microbial or multi-cellular? Will life on other planets even have cells?

In this class we'll discuss these questions and the modern attempts to answer them in a brief overview of the Search for Life in the Universe!


Prerequisites
basic biology (recommended)

R5109: Splash into Oceanography
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Nate Marshall

Discover the incredible world of our dynamic oceans! Learn about why ocean currents exist, why corals become bleached when the oceans warm, what national and state policies protect the oceans, and other super important information. We will also discuss threats to the ocean and what we can do about these.

R5177: Imaging the Earth with E&M
Difficulty: ****
Teachers: Ethan Williams

How do we quantify the size of our water resources stored in aquifers? How do we find iron ore deposits and other mineral resources? How do we map an archaeological sit without digging it up? These are just a few of the problems that have been solved through geophysical imaging methods that utilize electricity and magnetism. Tools available to scientists and engineers in this broad field include electrical resistivity tomography (ERT), magnetotelluric imaging (MT), ground-penetrating radar (GPR) and transient time-domain electromagnetics (TDEM), each of which can provide us with a picture of different properties in the subsurface. In this class we will discuss the basic physics behind each of these methods and discuss their applications to the fields of engineering and geology. Prerequisites: high school physics (including E&M), calculus recommended


Prerequisites
High school physics (including E&M), calculus recommended

R5379: Understanding Plate Tectonics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Janine Birnbaum

We will learn about the formation of the Earth and the processes that shape what we see at the surface. We will discuss the mechanics behind plate motion and why it makes the Earth so unique in the solar system. Additionally, we will cover the rock cycle and the composition of the Earth.

R5383: How the southern end of the world was built: Geology of Patagonia
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Zach Sickmann

Explore the 150 million year history of geologic processes that created some of the world's most stunning scenery. This course will use interactive demos and real world examples to introduce plate tectonics, sedimentology, structural geology and glacial geomorphology.


Engineering

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E5115: What is Computer Science?
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Nick Troccoli

Computer science is more than just programming - it's learning how to solve problems using computers. This class will teach you the fundamentals of computer science and how to think like a computer scientist: how to solve programming problems, understand what a computer is doing, and most importantly how to approach programming bugs if they come up. Join us and learn what computer science is all about!

E5420: Motorcycles and Mechanisms Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Joe Johnson

We’ll be taking apart my 1964 Honda Dream motorcycle and exploring how it works.

Students will get hands on experience taking things apart and putting them back together.

Here’s a picture of a motorcycle similar to mine: http://www.rcycle.com/Ken_Fisher_Honda_305_Dream_068_cropped_op_800x512.jpg


Prerequisites
Be Hands-On

E5097: Introduction to Electric Circuit Elements
Difficulty: ****
Teachers: Nicholas Dwork

In this class we will learn about the fundamental circuit elements and how they work. Specifically, we'll be discussing the following: battery, resistor, capacitor, transistor, and logic gates.

E5226: Giant Jenga & Global Warming: The Future of Our World

An insightful metaphor into how climate change happened and is happening, and how we can, as individuals, contribute to real solutions. The class will cover some of the basic human psychology behind the "tragedy of the commons" as well as a few of the techniques being used in policy and in engineering to overcome the contributors to global warming.

E5380: Intro to Microfluidics
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Neeraja Ravi

Microfluidics is the science and technology of manipulating and controlling small volumes of fluids. Come learn about how these technologies can be used for disease detection and diagnostics!


Prerequisites
A positive attitude and willingness to learn!

E5432: Real Life Star Wars! - An Intro to Mechatronics and Robotics Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Joseph Campion

Dive into the world of mechatronics by experimenting with Star Wars related robots and machines. Create a lightsaber, program R2D2 to follow the light or the dark side, and experience the real-life force!

This class will you give you hands on experience with several aspects of mechatronics and robotics including creating circuits to light LEDs, program a line-following robot with tape sensors, and experience virtual haptic environments.

The class will be spilt up into teams to accomplish various tasks and compete to rule the Galaxy...


Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of physics would be helpful, but is not necessary. No programming or electronics experience required. But enthusiasm and interest in robotics and mechatronics is strongly encouraged!

E5266: Introduction to Optimization
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Rick Fenrich

What's the fastest way you can get home from school? How can you maximize your startup's profit? How light can you make an airplane? Why are bubbles spherical? These are all examples of optimization problems, which can be found in nature, science, engineering, and your daily life.

This class maximizes the fun in learning about this everyday concept while minimizing boredom. We'll talk about what optimization is, real life examples of it, and basic methods for optimizing (i.e. minimizing or maximizing) various things of interest. At the end you'll have a hands on opportunity to build and test your own optimization algorithm with a team.


Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of what a derivative is.

E5355: 3D Printing and Image Processing
Difficulty: **

How do you 3D print someone’s brain? Their heart? What is all the hype over 3D printing about? What even is 3D printing? This class will provide an overview of current 3D printing technologies, their applications and limitations, and current research. We will explore the science behind 3D printing modalities such as fused deposition modeling, stereolithography, and selective laser sintering. We will also give a brief primer on image processing and segmentation, and discuss the connection between 3D printing, 3D modeling, and image processing. Finally, we will cover examples of 3D printing and image processing, mainly for biomedical applications.


Prerequisites
High school science and math preferable but not necessary.

E5358: Materials Gone Wrong! Full!

It's a bad day if your phone screen cracks, but it's something else entirely if your airplane falls out of the sky. Learn about the science and engineering behind materials failures in history through demonstrations and hands-on experiments. Emphasis on HANDS-ON demonstrations, not a boring lecture! We'll experience first-hand how liquid metals can catastrophically destroy structural materials in applications like space exploration and aerospace. We'll explore how many materials can change dramatically with changes in structure, temperature, and other conditions. You'll walk away from this class with greater knowledge of the atomic structure of materials and a deeper appreciation for the diverse properties of the materials that surround our everyday life.

E5162: Diffusion MRI Full!
Difficulty: ***

Ever wonder about how to measure tissue microstructure using an MRI? In this class we will discuss the basics of image formation, the connection between tissue microstructure and the diffusion MR signal, and the applications of diffusion MRI in neuroscience and medicine.

E5174: Build Your Own Speaker Full!

Each student will build a simple styrofoam cup speaker. We will learn about sound, how speakers work, and basic circuits.


Prerequisites
Please bring a portable music player such as an MP3 player or smartphone if you have one. A few extras will be available to use if you do not have one.

E5263: Computers from the ground up
Difficulty: ****

Class will introduce computer architecture from an electrical engineering perspective and talk about processor components. It will then move on to discuss concepts such as memory allocation and basic compilers functioning


Prerequisites
-Basic coding -Basic understanding of circuits would be helpful

E5354: The Explosive History of Lithium Batteries
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Michael Statt

This course will cover how the modern-day lithium-ion battery came to be. We will answer how lithium-ion batteries work, why they stop working over time, and why they sometimes explode. We will also cover some of the research being done to solve these problems for next-generation lithium batteries.


Prerequisites
A basic course in chemistry is heavily recommended.

E5440: Engineering at Stanford
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Enze Chen

Come hear from current Stanford students what it's like to study engineering in college! A variety of disciplines and interests will be represented.


Prerequisites
None; all students are welcome!

E5060: Basic programming
Difficulty: **

Programming skills have been getting more popular in recent years. In this lecture, I'm going to teach you basic python, walk through simple coding question together, talk about how to approach simple coding problems, and how to learn coding by yourself via online resources. I hope this could be a good start for new coders


Prerequisites
basic python

E5148: An Introduction to Earthquake Engineering
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Cristian Acevedo

Earthquakes are one of Earth's most devastating phenomena. Come learn about earthquake mechanisms and design of structures in earthquake prone areas (like California) and experience shaking first hand!
The class will cover the basic physics behind structural earthquake engineering design; the focus will be on explaining concepts through demonstrations.

E5151: Squishy Circuits
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Amy Liu

Explore electronics and create circuits using Play-Doh! We'll investigate the difference between a conductor and an insulator and try our hand at crafting series and parallel circuits. Everyone will get the chance to build their own Play-Doh sculpture and figure out how to light it up with LEDs and a battery. The class will be a playful and creative investigation of electricity and the mechanisms that power our homes and the devices we use in our day-to-day lives.


Prerequisites
Excitement and willingness to explore and have fun with science! Course assumes no prior knowledge of electronics/circuitry.

E5241: Stormwater engineering
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nabiul Afrooz

This class is designed to introduce the students to the type of engineering measures we can take to manage our stormwater. There will be hands-on activity to demonstrate how we can purify our stormwater using low-cost filter materials.

E5393: Where does our Electricity Come From?
Difficulty: ***

Learn about the technologies that allow us to turn on the lights. From solar to wind to coal, gas and nuclear, we'll talk physics, politics, and everything in between!

E5110: Rube Goldberg Challenge
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Matthew Volk

Engineering is all about working together! In this class we will first learn about the different kinds of engineering and then break into groups that are each responsible for building one component of a giant Rube Goldberg machine. The ultimate challenge? Trying to put them all together at the end!


Humanities

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H5328: Crash Course in Christian History
Difficulty: **
Teachers: David Carreon

In the first century, Jesus of Nazareth started a movement that would change the world. It's a story that takes place in the colosseum of Rome, to the emperor's palace; from barbarian forests to glittering cathedrals; from the front lines of the Crusades to the nonviolent sit-ins of Dr. King. Creeds, Crusades, Cathedrals, Witch Hunts, Universities, Wars of Religion, will all be covered and put in historical context. We will look at key figures, events, and ideas from a variety of perspectives to try to understand the arc of Christian history and it's impact on the world.

H5384: Humanities at Stanford
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Brian Ngo

Interested in the state of humanities departments at Stanford? Or even interested in taking humanities classes in college? In this panel discussion, we'll bring in three to five current Stanford students whose interests range from English literature, history, political science, philosophy, and more! We'll discuss our struggles, our experiences, and (sigh) our job prospects after Stanford. But more importantly, you'll have the opportunity to ask our panelists any questions you might have about the humanities!


Prerequisites
Not sure what humanities at Stanford is? Check out this url: http://shc.stanford.edu/what-are-the-humanities

H5399: Writing with Power: The Empathy Approach
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Amanda Rizkalla

This creative writing course will teach students how to use language to strike a chord with their readers. Students will receive instruction on how to use empathy as a means to evoke emotion and create meaningful scenes and situations in their writing. No experience needed -- just an open mind and eagerness to write!

H5443: Thai as a second language Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jose Gonzalez

Language


Prerequisites
We will learn Thai together! By the end of the class you will leave being able to introduce yourself!

H5331: The Birth of Science
Difficulty: **
Teachers: David Carreon

Where did science come from? Who were the heroes who invented it? Why wasn't it invented sooner?

In this class, we'll talk about the exciting story of how we went from alchemy to chemistry, from astrology to astronomy. We'll talk about the epic debate about whether it was the earth or the sun in the center of the universe, discussing the discoveries and politics involved. You'll hear about popes and kings, monks and bishops, and even a few professors.

If that's not enough, I'll tell you:

*Why practically nobody thought the earth was flat
*How Galileo accomplished the greatest troll of all time
*Why it's really hard to prove that the earth revolves around the sun (without satellites)

H5370: Hallowed by No Traditions, Hampered by None: The Story of Stanford's Founding
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Alexandra Stern

This course offers students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the campus by offering a brief history of Stanford's founders, particularly paying attention the university's place in Gilded Age America. Plenty of intrigue for all as topics will include the unexpected loss of the Stanfords' only son, the Stanfords' engagement with spiritualism, the founding vision of Stanford's mission, and the murder of Mrs. Jane Stanford in 1905. You won't be able to look at the campus the same way again.

H5434: Italo Calvino
Difficulty: **

The novels and short stories of Italian author Italo Calvino (1923-1985) blend fantasy, fable, and philosophy in tales as uniformly captivating as they are stylistically diverse. In this class we will survey some of Calvino's most celebrated works—including Invisible Cities, If on a Winter Night a Traveller, The Nonexistent Knight, and The Castle of Crossed Destinies—by reading and discussing passages from each, in particular focusing on how these works provoke reflection on the act of reading and interpretation. Don't worry if you haven't heard of Calvino before, come and join us if you're interested in discovering an author whose tales prove just as humorous and entertaining to read as they are insightful and thought-provoking.

H5059: Esperanto for Beginners
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: KC Farrell

Kiel vi fartas? How are you doing?

Esperanto is a constructed language that combines features of Romance, Germanic, and Slavic languages. Esperanto speakers live all around the world. Many learn Esperanto to travel and meet other Esperantists (Esperantistoj) with whom they share no native language. Others learn Esperanto because it assists in learning other Latinate, Germanic, and Slavic languages. It is a beautiful language that is popular among polyglots.

In this class, we will learn the basics of Esperanto grammar and vocabulary.

Watch this interesting video to hear from people who were raised speaking Esperanto in Brasil, Belgium, Japan, Poland, and other countries: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzDS2WyemBI


Prerequisites
Love of language! You do not need to know any Esperanto! However, knowledge of another language (especially of a Latinate, Slavic, or Germanic language (such as Spanish, Polish, German, Romanian, Portuguese, et cetera)) will help but is NOT required.

H5096: Talk like TED: The Art of Oral Communication
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Amy Tarangelo

In this course, we will explore how speakers at TED conferences craft effective oral presentations, and how these same communication skills can help students in high school, college, and beyond! By studying and discussing videos of top TED speakers, students will learn the habits of effective communication. Topics covered will include oral presentation skills, effective slide design, and content organization. We will also discuss common fears about public speaking and ways to overcome them. Students will then have an opportunity to practice these skills with an oral communication tutor from Stanford's Hume Center for Writing and Speaking.


Prerequisites
None

H5183: Living in a World of Strangers
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Kristin Wilson

This class is an opportunity for students to think, talk and do some active work around living in a rapidly complexifying world.
How do you live ethically and productively?
How do you think about your place in the world in a time like this?
How do you interact in a world of strangers, strangeness and new things?
How does one capitalise on difference and similarity?

It's a longish class, but there'll be activities as well as breaks in-between.


Prerequisites
An open critical and curious mind

H5217: Pedagogy of Love
Difficulty: *

In this class, you will learn how the skills of empathy and kindness can enhance your learning of content. We will explore how school can be a place where identity is affirmed and nurtured.

H5277: Creative Writing
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sunho Paik

Free write session, following a group workshop on different types of creative writing and how to make stories

H5369: In the Devil's Snare: Explaining the Salem Witch Trials
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Alexandra Stern

Witch hunting was hardly an unusual practice in early modern Europe. However, the long history of the practice cannot adequately explain the Salem witch trials of the 1690s, in which over 200 people were accused of witchcraft. Exploring the history of Puritan life and belief in colonial America and using primary source evidence from the trials, we will seek to determine and understand the origins of the mass hysteria that produced one of the most infamous and bloody witch hunts in American history.


Prerequisites
Just an interest in early American history.

H5158: How to "See" a Painting: An Introduction to Art History
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Andrew Lokay

How do you analyze a painting? In this course, we will discuss works of art from the Renaissance and learn how to break down works of art and understand them. Using examples from this fascinating historical moment, I'll present some facts and strategies, and then we'll discuss as a group. You will gain experience analyzing paintings and learning how to think about what they see. Art museums can be confusing and intimidating, and after this class, you will be able to explore them confidently. You'll know how to make sense of what you see, and you'll gain a deeper appreciation for art.


Prerequisites
None – come ready to learn!

H5171: Sports and Culture
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Benjamin Spar

Have you been fascinated with the public response to Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem? Do you often find yourself viewing athletes from a cultural lens? Then this is the class for you! We will learn about the history of athletes making large societal impacts and discuss the responsibilities of the modern sports star. You will come out of this class equipped with the skills to have intelligent discussions about the greater impact of sports with both fans and haters.


Prerequisites
Some basic sports knowledge

H5427: Existentialism: The Meaning of Life
Difficulty: ****
Teachers: Jeremy Quach

Why do I get up in the morning? How do I live a good life? What is it that gives my life meaning? Where does that meaning come from? Is there anything wrong with living a meaningless life? Such are the questions we will ponder in this introduction to existentialism, a philosophical tradition that explores how we give meaning to our lives.

No background with existentialism or philosophy is required--all you need is an open, critical mind and a curiosity about your life. We'll read selections from Milan Kundera, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Fredrick Nietzsche, and others. This class will largely be discussion focused, and students will leave the class with various ways to think about their lives and what gives it meaning. Such a journey to find meaning in this life is surely one that spans an entire lifetime, but I hope to help you begin such a journey.

H5189: Language Learning 101
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Emily Franklin

tl;dr: general language learning resources, phonology (study of sounds) + international phonetic alphabet

Got a language you want to learn? Are you learning it? Not sure where to start? Just curious? If you thought "yes" to any of these, come to this class!

First, we'll briefly go over resources for language learning in general.

Then we'll learn about the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and basic phonology using lollipops. We'll discuss how they can be applied to language learning.

The goal of this class is to give you tools and resources to enhance your language learning, whether you're a beginner or a veteran in your target language(s).

(All sections are the same.)

(7-9 graders)

H5052: Free Will
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Taylor Madigan

Do we have free will? What even is free will? Why is it important to study? There are many reasons why we might care about free will: to make sense of our notions of agency, autonomy, and self-determination, or to make sense of relationships and notions such as friendship or love. However, we will focus on the importance of free will for moral responsibility.

Many of the contemporary debates about free will involve free will’s compatibility (or lack thereof) with determinism of one kind or another. Determinism, broadly construed, can be characterized by the claim that future events (including those of human action) are determined for one reason or another. We will focus on two varieties of determinism, theological determinism and causal determinism, although there are other varieties (for example, logical determinism). That is, can we have free will if there exists an all-knowing God? Can we have free will if the universe (and thereby human thought and action) is governed by natural laws? For each variety of determinism we can (i) deny its reality, (ii) accept its reality but argue that it is compatible with the existence of free will, or (iii) accept its reality and deny its compatibility with free will. We will explore these options in this class, with a heavy emphasis on Q&A, discussion, and debate. Come with an open mind and a readiness to practice your critical thinking skills!

H5199: Language Learning 101
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Emily Franklin

tl;dr: general language learning resources, phonology (study of sounds) + international phonetic alphabet

Got a language you want to learn? Are you learning it? Not sure where to start? Just curious? If you thought "yes" to any of these, come to this class!

First, we'll briefly go over resources for language learning in general.

Then we'll learn about the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and basic phonology using lollipops. We'll discuss how they can be applied to language learning.

The goal of this class is to give you tools and resources to enhance your language learning, whether you're a beginner or a veteran in your target language(s).

(All sections are the same.)

(10-12 graders)

H5250: Intro to Chinese Language and Culture
Difficulty: *

Are you interested in learning more about Chinese language and culture? This class will teach you how to introduce yourself in Mandarin Chinese and use other interesting phrases. We'll go over what makes Chinese characters so interesting, how to pronounce them, and how to write in Chinese.

This class will also introduce students to some fun aspects of Chinese culture, including Chinese calligraphy painting and making dumplings. You'll also hear from our teachers about their first-hand experiences studying abroad in China. Chinese snacks will be provided!


Prerequisites
None, this class is for beginners.

H5406: The poetry of T. S. Eliot
Difficulty: **

T. S. Eliot is a towering figure in 20th century English language poetry. In this class we will trace the progression of Eliot's career and life by reading and discussing excerpts from his poems, from his youthful masterpiece "The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock" to the culmination of his vision in the "Four Quartets". Along the way, we will take in his troubled reverie on the modern age, "The Waste Land", and the expression of his religious struggles in "Journey of the Magi". No prior knowledge is required.

H5273: Becoming a Strong Writer
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Grace Zhao

Learn about writing techniques that you can apply to your essay, poetry, novel, short story, or play. We'll examine point of view, role of voice, and language structure. Writing is important not only for the humanities, but for science, math, and technology! There will be short writing exercises.

H5419: Walking the Streets of Florence: From the Renaissance to the present
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Enze Chen, Grace Wu

We will be taking a stroll through the streets of Florence, from the time of the Medici to the present. Along the way, we'll be looking at art, architecture, and food. We may also discuss historical and social issues, whether it be World War II or the recent refugee crisis. Andiamo tutti!


Prerequisites
An interest in Italy, with good taste for art, architecture, and food!

H5229: Intro to Hip-Hop
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Marcus Gomez

Who is Tupac, and why does everyone think he's still alive? Where did old school Usher go? How small is Biggie Smalls? How good is mom's spaghetti? What happens when the hotline bling?

Hip-hop is a HUGE genre, and it might feel intimidating to get a grip on it. In this class, we'll give you a crash course to the major styles and artists of hip-hop and rap (which means we'll be listening to music for most of the time). Snacks and "supa hot fire" will be provided.

H5165: Chinese as a second language
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jose Gonzalez

Language


Prerequisites
We will learn Chinese together! By the end of the class you will leave being able to introduce yourself!

H5204: Mind-Blowing: what it feels like & what it means
Difficulty: ***

When was the last time you had your mind blown? Was it from a book, or from art, or from an experience? This class explores what it feels like to have your mind blown, specifically the relationship between mind-blowing ideas and mind-blowing design. The class will take you on a journey through your own passions, push you to find the best ways to express your ideas, and help you design the tools you need to create meaningful change in both your life and in the world. The mind-blowing is an intersection of philosophy, culture, design, and physical experience, so be prepared to engage your entire mind, body, and heart in the process.

H5410: Beckett's Plays
Difficulty: ***

Samuel Beckett has been acclaimed as one of the twentieth century’s most influential novelists and playwrights, and is most famous for having written "Waiting for Godot". His mature works—often described as ‘minimalist’ and ‘absurdist’—betray a preoccupation with man’s inability to escape himself. Neither shying away from the caliginous depths of our individual psyches, nor our intimate connection to our bodies (and their eventual decay), Beckett’s works offer a window into the parts of the mind that normally remain beyond articulation. In this class we will explore how these concerns informed both the subject matter and style of Beckett’s creations by watching and discussing some of his shorter plays. No prior knowledge of Beckett or theater will be assumed—just an interest in investigating what has made Beckett such an influential literary figure!

H5430: Choose a major/career path that fits you
Difficulty: **

As we grow up we tend change our minds on what careers we will pursue from astronaut to professional football players. Changing ones mind doesn’t just happen at the pre-college level, it can happen during and after college. Come join in activities and listen to advice from a panel of college students, professors, and career development counselors on ways to test out the waters before diving into a career path. This panel is for students who want to reflect on how to pick a major or focus in life.


Life Skills and Hobbies

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L5149: Speaking with Confidence: Leadership Bootcamp
Difficulty: **

Have you ever felt like no one was listening to you? Do you get nervous thinking about public speaking? Take our class on leadership skills to learn how to present yourself with confidence and capture the attention of your audience. We cover topics such as vocabulary, tone, gestures, and eye contact.

L5188: Bird Basics Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Rebecca Shi

Have you ever seen a cool bird outside and wondered what it was? Come learn a few basics of birdwatching and how to identify backyard and other common birds! After an introduction to IDing birds, we will head outside to search for the common birds around Stanford.

Designed for students who have no experience with identifying birds, but an enthusiasm to learn about the natural world.

L5251: Entrepreneurship Crash Course
Difficulty: **

Interested in entrepreneurship? Ever wondered what it's like to develop a product and pitch your idea? This class will provide an interactive overview of entrepreneurship, including a design activity and pitching practice. No prior design or public speaking experience necessary.

L5402: Mindfulness Meditation
Difficulty: **

This class focuses on guided meditation. Life comes with it stressors, however if you can take 12-18 minutes every day to meditate you can make long term changes to your life. It is easy to learn step-by-step process that you can do at home, work, or wherever you are. This is a short guided meditation that anyone can do at their own convenience. The instructions for this short guided meditation are very simple, involving your breathing and thought process. This meditation can be practiced sitting on a chair.


Prerequisites
No Prerequites

L5416: Let's Categorize our Quirks!
Difficulty: *

Have you ever struggled to find the right words to describe yourself? Have you been frustrated by a friend or family member that you can't seem to understand? Do your parents say they "just don't get you"? You're not alone! Each of us is a weird tangle of strengths, weaknesses, motivations, and fears; in this Splash class, we'll explore two tools that will help us untangle this craziness. Together we'll take two tests - The Enneagram and The Five Love Languages - and we'll discuss different categories of personalities and communication styles. We'll learn that categories don't define us; rather, they give us the vocabulary we need to understand ourselves, celebrate our strengths, and become better friends.

L5247: Healthy Masculinity
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Brian Ombonga

Discussion and small talk on what it means to be a "man", and how every guy can define their own masculinity in a healthy manner. (Geared towards those who identify as men/masculine but all are welcome)

L5327: Listen Up! Peer Counseling Skills
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Madelyn Voorhees

How do you support a friend in time of need? How do you listen to someone as they process hard life decisions or circumstances?

Come learn some practical life skills that will give you concrete skills to help you to become a better listener and friend!


Prerequisites
Be a human.

L5408: Miss CEO: Becoming An Effective Leader
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Rebecca Belisle

The world needs great leaders to tackle its biggest problems… and that starts with YOU! Although women are underrepresented in today's leadership ranks, this class will inspire and teach you how to position yourself as a leader in high school, college, and beyond. Come learn about relevant leadership skills such as effective negotiation and clear communication that will help you excel in a variety of academic, personal, and professional situations. More importantly you will also learn how to put these skills into practice starting today --including securing dream mentors, finding professional opportunities, and getting on the right trajectory for career achievement early on. The instructors for this class feature women from the Stanford community who have extensive experience leading and making innovative contributions to their fields. They also have a passion for helping students achieve their leadership potential, which you can learn more about at www.missceo.org.

L5433: Puzzling Hour!
Difficulty: **

Enjoy doing crosswords(5) or logic puzzles? Heard of puzzle(1) hunts? Just want to learn(1) more about puzzles?
In doing a puzzle, you are provided with some information(7) and are tasked to extract an answer. This answer is usually a word or phrase(5). There(2) aren’t any clear directions. This is all part of the puzzle!(7)

We’ll do a couple of puzzles together in small groups, talk about puzzle hunts around the area, and maybe even create our own puzzle!

(Hint: apple(5) = e)

L5094: From College to Medical School
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Yoo Kim

"From College to Medicine" will give provide a brief overview on how to prepare for medical school admissions and get the most out of your college experience. The course is based on my own experiences in the medical school admissions process along with those of others. The course will include lessons on:

-Figuring out whether medicine is right for you.
-How you can get the most out of your university for your pre-med experience.
-How to excel in your prerequisite courses.
-How to mobilize your extracurricular activities to further your goals in medicine.
-Crafting your very own "pre-med story" for medical school admissions.

L5182: Let's get personal: how to supercharge your personal statement
Difficulty: *

Almost every application requires some form of personal statement. Wondering how to get into the right college? Looking for a competitive job or scholarship? You will need a strong personal narrative that makes the case for YOU to be a serious contender. THAT is the essence of a personal statement.

In this class, we review when and why you will need a personal statement. The most important part of the class? You! Come prepared to delve into your own personal narrative as we discuss the ins and outs of crafting a compelling personal statement.

L5095: What Every College Science Student Should Know
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Yoo Kim

The workshop "What Every College Science Student Should Know" aims to serve as a mentor for the aspiring STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) student. This workshop is a distillation of years of research and interviews with successful scientists and other science students. The workshop will point out the challenges students commonly face when pursuing a science major. We'll focus on choosing a major, mastering study skills and time management, conducting scientific research, finding a job, applying to graduate and professional schools, and, most importantly, how to foster and maintain a lifelong love of science.

L5216: Intro to Personal Finance
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Melissa Ko

The average American household is thousands of dollars in debt. Learning about personal finance can help you avoid money problems down the road and empower you to reach your goals!

In this class, we will discuss what you will want to know about finances to make smart decisions with your money.

Come find out little steps that you can take now to practice and build better money habits. Please bring any questions you would like to discuss about personal finance. Note that this is NOT purely an investing class, though we can talk a little about how investing may fit into your saving strategy.


Prerequisites
This class is geared towards complete beginners. If you don’t know or understand credit scores, budgeting, or interest rates, then this is the class for you.

L5240: Self-Compassion: Reversing the Golden Rule

We all know the golden rule: treat others the way you want to be treated. This assumes that we treat ourselves well. In reality, we're mean to ourselves in ways we would never be to anyone else.

What if we reversed the golden rule, and instead treated ourselves as we would want others to be treated? Research shows that we be less anxious, depressed, and stressed, and more healthy, happy, confident, creative, and productive. If those things sound like something you want, then this is the class for you.

In this fun and interactive workshop, you'll get a toolbox full of skills to help you practice more self-compassion. Come join us for less than two hours, and leave with a better life.

L5323: Leadership in Service: How to Run Your High School
Difficulty: *

Both of the teachers of this course have had extensive experience leading at their respective high schools across the nation. Combined over their high school careers they have just over 2000 hours of combined service to their community, both abroad and domestic. We will be teaching basic leadership skills that set students apart as they enter/finish up high school; a valuable skill not only for applying to colleges (Go Cardinal!) but also for developing as individuals.


Prerequisites
A passion for serving others through leadership or partnership. Coffee for the teachers of the course is greatly appreciated. We will turn nothing away, but it is absolutely not required.

L5366: STEM Outreach for Girls: Leadership
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Neeraja Ravi

Interested in getting more involved with STEM and research, and want to learn the skills to go out there and do it? Want to lead an environmental club, apply for science fairs, and become confident in your abilities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics? Come join us for this seminar in leadership!


Prerequisites
Come with a great attitude!

L5428: Entrepreneurship Crash Course Full!
Difficulty: **

Interested in entrepreneurship? Ever wondered what it's like to develop a product and pitch your idea? This class will provide an interactive overview of entrepreneurship, including a design activity and pitching practice. No prior design or public speaking experience necessary.

L5439: Cupcake Engineering
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Madison Largey

Interested in learning how to bake amazing bakery-quality cupcakes? Come learn how to bake, fill, pipe, decorate etc...


Prerequisites
N/A

L5264: Designing your way into top colleges
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Mingming Jiang

Attention freshmen and sophomores! Already thinking about how to distinguish yourself in the college application process? Wondering how to both get into your dream college and have a memorable journey? Then this class is for you.

In this highly interactive class, you will learn how to apply the design process to design your future self. At the end of the class, you will (1) have a better idea on what to emphasize about yourself in college application, (2) take home with methods and tools that are helpful throughout your high school years, and (3) know clearly the next steps to take to get closer to your goals. Furthermore, you will become part of the community with your classmates and support each other in the future.

L5269: Chill, bro: beginner mindfulness
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Sharon Lu

Our lives are full of stressors - it's easy to lose yourself in the storm of school, work, relationships, social media, and more. In order to make it in this world, you need to learn to chill!. This class will provide an introduction to mindfulness, the art of nonjudgemental awareness. Drawing from principles of Zen, meditation, and design thinking, we will learn the essentials of observing and appreciating yourself and the world around you. Through this we hope to take the first steps toward leading a more focused, healthier, and happier life with peace and clarity of mind.


Prerequisites
None

L5441: A Day in the College Student's Life
Difficulty: *

College life is very different from that of middle and high school; students have a lot more time and activities they can fill it with. Participate in a Q and A session with students who are doing everything from singing in a cappella groups and competing on varsity athletics teams to running healthcare hackathons!

L5225: Research at Stanford

Come hear about the types of research you can do in college from current Stanford students! There will be information and a question and answer session with students who do research across the sciences and humanities.

L5346: Making It Up on the Spot: How to do Improv and Freestyle Rap
Difficulty: *

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. Do improv and freestyle cuz its cool." -Mahatma Gandhi (jk)

In this class you will get to build the invaluable life skills of being able to entertain at a moment's notice. No prior experience necessary! Come ready to laugh and have fun and possibly learn a little bit too!

L5218: The (Learnable) Art of Beautiful Connections
Difficulty: **

Ever had an uncomfortable conversation? Ever kept cringing about that one awkward thing you said? Ever felt frustrated with yourself for not being able to connect with people as easily as others seem to?

Social anxiety is the third most common psychological issue in the US. Luckily, it's something that people can overcome by building socio-emotional skills! In this fun and interactive class, we'll explore how listening strategies, empathy, and self-compassion can help us become more comfortable with ourselves and form deep, exciting connections with others.

Students will leave class with a conversational toolkit based on focused appreciation of others and reduced self-criticism. Even if you don't have social anxiety, this workshop is a wonderful way to grow your interpersonal skills.


Prerequisites
Come with your "growth mindset" on - look at challenges as an opportunity to learn and improve!

L5272: Go play Go!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Alex Lu, Jimmy Zhou

"Learning go is easy. Mastering go is a delightful, never ending challenge."

"Go is a game of strategy. Two players compete by placing markers on a smooth board with a simple grid drawn on it, usually 19 by 19 lines. Each player seeks to enclose
areas with his markers, much like partitioning a field with sections of fencing. Further, each player may capture his
opponent's markers. The object of the game is to control more of the board than the opponent, a simple goal that leads to the elegant and fascinating complexities of go."

-The Way to Go, by Karl Baker

L5196: Liars Club

Join us for a jam-packed session of playing games dedicated to bluffing and deception: Mafia, Resistance, and Liar's Dice! We, the Liars Club, will supply all the materials and teach you all the rules. Feel free to drop in for as many sessions as you like! FUN GUARANTEED.

L5235: Surviving the Model Minority Stereotype in College Applications
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Angela Luo

What does it take to get into a school like Stanford? How do you stand out amongst thousands of other applicants, especially when you don't have perfect grades or top-notch extracurriculars? In this class, I will talk about my personal experience in applying to colleges, including the struggles I had with writing my essays and differentiating myself as not just another Asian American (although, all ethnicities are welcome!). This is my story about the college application process, and this is my truth.

L5338: Justice - What’s the Right Thing to Do?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: David Carreon

Bank bailouts. Stealing to feed your hungry kid. Lying to save Jews in your basement. Waterboarding. What’s right and what’s wrong? And how do we know?

This will be a crash course in Ethics, the rigorous discipline of determining what’s right. This lost science will be critical for anyone who will have to make decisions in their life.

I’m modeling this course after the enormously popular class and book taught by Michael Sandel at Harvard (Google my course title).

L5422: This. Is. Jeopardy! Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Cameron Kim

Are you a trivia genius? Do you have random useless facts stuck in your head that you need to get out? Has it been a dream of yours to make it a "true daily double"? Why not try your luck on America's Favorite Game Show, Jeopardy! Created by Merv Griffin after a suggestion from his wife, Jeopardy! has become an American cultural icon, spurring celebrities like Ken Jennings, Julia Collins, and parodies on Saturday Night Live. Come learn about the rich history of this game show, how to play it, how to get on the real thing, and play a real game of Jeopardy! from a former Jeopardy! contestant.


Prerequisites
Just a passion for trivia! We'll be using previous Teen Tournament questions for these games.

L5423: Spotlight On: Mastering the Art of Personal Statements and Essays
Difficulty: *

Spotlight On! Describe yourself in one sentence, go! What?!?!

This seemingly impossible task will be unraveled for you in our course "Spotlight On: Mastering the Art of Personal Statements and Essays." Through lecture and interactive brainstorming exercises, we will make you proficient at the task of describing yourself and your goals in less than a couple sentences. We will cover everything from college application essays to personal statements for jobs or volunteer programs and much more! Please come ready to interact and share your thoughts as participation is essential to get the most out of this course. We are very hands-on people! :) So come and have fun with us as we show you the magic of words!


Prerequisites
enthusiasm and willingness to participate in class

L5208: The Practice of Everyday Happiness
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Carter Osborne

This class explores one simple question: how can we become happier?

We will use fun activities, interactive practices, and wildly entertaining stories to learn about the many components of happiness: compassion, gratitude, relaxation, and more.

How can we better express gratitude for others? What is "self-compassion," and how can we use it to enrich ourselves? Does being happy actually produce benefits in our social, personal, and academic lives? (hint: it does)

Students will leave the class with plenty of skills and practices to more effectively manage stress, stay resilient during challenging times, and (most importantly) increase everyday happiness.


Prerequisites
Positive energy and an open mind!

L5261: Ultimate Frisbee
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Sesha McMinn

This will be an intro class where students can learn the basics of ultimate frisbee. I will teach basic throwing techniques, field positioning, field formations, and the rules of the game. Then we will scrimmage to put our knowledge of ultimate frisbee to the test.

L5395: Bikes and Bike Repair
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kevin Penner

Covering bike repair and some basic information about biking

L5160: Wilderness Cooking

We will be teaching the kids how to cook some basic, but delicious meals, using supplies available while camping.

Allergen Warning: We will most likely be using gluten, dairy, eggs and soy in our cooking.

L5187: The Language of Logic: How to Prove your Point
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Joshua Eggold

What makes a good argument? How can you tell if argument is sound? The answer: logic! In this class we’ll take a look at some basic principles of logic including informal, categorical, and propositional logic, with lots of fun hands-on examples. We’ll also discuss common logical fallacies and how to avoid them. Most importantly we’ll talk about everyday uses of logic and how to spot a good argument. We’ll also be tackling some challenging and fun logic puzzles! IF this sounds like fun, THEN you should attend this class. It’s only logical!

L5195: The Happiness Project
Difficulty: *

This class is all about what it actually means to be happy in life. Topics discussed will include exercise, nutrition, relationships, creative outlets, free time, success, mental health, and overall lifestyle happiness.

L5214: Growth Mindset: Mistakes, the Stakes, and You
Difficulty: *

This class will explore the value in making mistakes, as well as ways to become a more uninhibited and therefore creative thinker. We will play games, consider case studies, and engage in discussions. We believe this class is an especially good fit for middle and high school students, since it will provide a new and exciting approach to learning. Anyone is welcome to join in the fun. No prior experience necessary!

L5321: Pop Some Tags
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Samantha Sekar

Especially this year everyone has heard about how important it is to vote in your local, state, and federal elections, and it is! But did you know that you actually vote every day? Every dollar you spend is a vote for the way you want to see the world, and the world is so complicated now that it's sometimes difficult to know what your dollar is supporting when you buy a jacket or even donate money to a charity.

During this class, we're going to explore how our favorite products, like bananas and phones get to our pantries and pockets and do some group activities to help us build our conscientious decision-making skills.


Prerequisites
A curiosity about how the world works and an eagerness to make the world a better place

L5347: Meditation
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Andrew Guan

Learn how to be happier, defeat your bad habits, and live a healthier life!

L5386: Drink Better Coffee: an introduction to manual brewing
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Maryann Tung

Is your coffee stale and bitter? Is your Starbucks habit draining your wallet? Dip your taste buds into the world of specialty coffee with this introductory class on brewing better coffee at home!

We will discuss the basics of how to get the best flavor out of your coffee beans and what tools you will need to do it. This will be followed by a hands-on demonstration and tasting of coffee brewed using various manual (non-espresso) methods, including French press, Kalita Wave pour over, cold brew, and Aeropress.


Prerequisites
Interest in tasting coffee and getting caffeinated =)

L5392: Super Smash Bros Melee: The Inner Game
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Eric Xu, Jeffrey Zhang

A journey into one of the greatest video games ever created.
Join us to play Super Smash Bros. Melee and learn about how to play it at a high level and apply its inner game to other aspects of life.

L5397: Walk and Talk
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Matthew Trost

Hey, let's have a conversation about: anything!
And let's have it in a group!
And let's walk around Stanford's beautiful campus while we talk!

This "class" is for people who want to see Stanford's campus and enjoy being outside, all while talking about whatever the group is interested in! Topics can range from technical (e.g. "how does a CPU differ from an FPGA?" "What is this thing called 3-D printing?") to social ("What's it like to have four older siblings?" "How does Chinese or Japanese society differ from our own?") to fun ("Have you ever heard of chess variants?" "What's the most interesting word you've ever encountered?") to philosophical ("What are the qualities of a good person?") to riddles/logic puzzles, to anything else... It all depends on the group. It all depends on YOU!

Note: if it is raining we will hold class inside. We will still have the "talk" component and I might add some group games as well.


Prerequisites
You must be: 1) okay with walking around outside for over an hour 2) willing to engage with the conversation and be respectful

L5400: Make a Zine!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Olivia Montoya

A zine is a self-published mini-magazine that can contain anything: comics, poetry, photography, short stories, personal essays, info about your favorite topic; it's up to you! Learn a little about the world of zines and how you can make one (or two, or ten!)


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L5050: Lunch Period
Difficulty:
Teachers:

Enjoy a break for lunch with your friends! Please register for at least one lunch period on each day of the program.

L5051: Lunch Period
Difficulty:
Teachers:

Enjoy a break for lunch with your friends! Please register for at least one lunch period on each day of the program.


Mathematics and Computer Science

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M5111: To Infinity and Beyond!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jonathan Kang

Ever wondered what is the biggest number? That's easy! There's no biggest number! But the notion of infinity is more than meets the eye.

In this course, we will attempt to answer questions such as: What do we really mean when we say there are infinitely many natural numbers? How did we arrive at our present understanding of infinity? Are there different kinds of infinities?

The infinite has preoccupied mathematicians and philosophers of centuries past. Come learn more about this fascinating topic!


Prerequisites
Familiarity with algebra, comfort with basic mathematical proofs.

M5201: Mathematics of Symmetry
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Benjamin Ponemon

What do you imagine when you hear symmetry? Do you think of your body, and how the left side and right side are mirrors of one another? Symmetry is a very important concept in mathematics, science, and engineering. Mathematical equations and physical problems often have symmetries, and exploiting these can lead to otherwise unreachable solutions to problems or greater insight into the processes which govern our universe.


Prerequisites
Algebra, physics

M5221: Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Samir Menon

Bitcoin gets a lot press, but how does it actually work? And how do the ideas behind Bitcoin enable “smart contract” systems like Ethereum?

The way Bitcoin works is so ingenious that you might even call it beautiful. I hope to convey that to you by focusing on what makes Bitcoin so different; I’ll put more emphasis on the high-level design of the system, rather than the exact code or mathematics behind it.

We’ll also talk about how Ethereum smart contracts work, and the kinds of decentralized applications people have built with them: social networks, virtual worlds, crowdfunding sites, and even companies!


Prerequisites
Basic programming experience would be helpful, but not required.

M5193: Intro to Modern Cryptography Full!
Difficulty: *****
Teachers: Max Spero

Ever wonder how safe your data is? Did you know you can mathematically prove that your data is secure under modern cryptographic techniques? You can find out more by taking Intro to Modern Cryptography!

This class will be an overview of the theory and mathematics behind modern cryptography. We will cover one time pads, block ciphers, hashing, and public key encryption.

This is a very advanced topic and I expect to teach it so that students gain more than just a cursory overview of the subject. Please come with an eagerness to learn and willingness to ask questions.

This class borrows material from Dan Boneh's CS255 class at Stanford. If you find this classinteresting check out his Coursera class here: https://www.coursera.org/learn/crypto.

M5056: Learn Graphical Programming: Art on with Code
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Katherine Sun

Make art with technology! Learn basic computer graphics including drawing, animation, and interactive art.

Laptops will be provided.


Prerequisites
Some basic understanding of programming preferred but not expected. We will be covering loops, classes, arrays, functions, and shapes.

M5342: How to Type Math or Introduction to LaTeX
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Katherine Sytwu

"My math homework looks great on paper, but so clumsy looking when I type it up on the computer!" So how should you type up math equations? In this class, you'll learn about LaTeX, a math typesetting language that will make all of your math documents look beautiful. We'll walk through a brief algebra proof, and then work together to type it up in LaTeX. Don't rely on a clumsy equation editor ever again!


Prerequisites
Algebra

M5262: Python Bee!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ningrui Li

Join us for a couple of rounds of Python Bee!

It's like a spelling bee, but you collaboratively spell out Python functions with other students.

https://blogs.dropbox.com/developers/2013/07/introducing-the-python-bee/


Prerequisites
Understand the fundamentals of Python programming (arithmetic, conditionals, string manipulation, lists, loops).

M5159: Why your intuition is WRONG
Difficulty: ****
Teachers: Alex Han

Have you ever thought about why your intuition is completely off about numbers? Why casinos still bring in chumps? Why banks ruin the economy every now and then?

Come to this class and we'll have some really cool math puzzles that almost everyone will get wrong! Then we'll use probability to show the deceptive but correct answer. We'll then discuss why we may have had the wrong answers, and what the implications of this may be by taking examples from psychology and economics.

We'll be discussing some (probably not all!) topics from the following:
- random and pseudorandom numbers
- the Monty Hall problem
- Bayes theorem
- probability of sequences
- numerical cognition
- the Taleb "distribution" (why humans shouldn't be in charge of banks)


Prerequisites
Some familiarity with probability (like probability that a die lands on any number is 1/6) is good!

M5437: Graph Theory
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Katherine Sytwu

What do maps, Facebook, and power grids all have in common? They can be studied with graph theory! These aren't the graphs you're used to - instead, these graphs help us study things that are connected to one other. In this class, we'll learn about some of the basic tools of graph theory and how we can use them to make conclusions about these systems.

M5161: Quantum Computing
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Vikul Gupta

Introduction to quantum computing: its history, basic principles, and current research.


Prerequisites
Advanced physics and/or a willingness to quickly go over advanced concepts

M5164: The Science Behind Weather Forecasts: Introduction to Numerical Methods

Forecasts are made by solving the mathematical equations which represent
the physical laws of the atmosphere. These predictions on made on a grid of points analogous to different geographical locations. We know that large numerical predictions like weather forecasts are done on powerful computers, or 'supercomputers', but what really goes on in these computations? In this class, you will learn about the underlying 'schemes' scientists use to solve these equations and how they are interpreted by a computer to solve equations that govern our world. Each individual in the class will act as grid point in the computation, performing the tasks of processor. You'll be sure to get a new found appreciation for modern computers!


Prerequisites
Comfort with high school math, ideally through calculus but that is not required!

M5396: Intro to CS using Java
Difficulty: ****
Teachers: Matthew Trost

This class will cover basic logical concepts in computer science. We will use the Java programming language and code in an online IDE.

We will be working with "hard code" as opposed to something graphics-based like Alice, Scratch, Greenfoot, etc. because I feel I can best teach with code, not drag-and-drop graphical interfaces.To clarify: We will be writing code and reading textual output; not making mini graphical games or building websites.

Due to our highly limited time, we will move quickly. My goal is to give you exposure to many fundamental programming concepts (and their Java syntax) such as variable declarations, I/O, for and while loops, and if statements. I will also briefly address more general ideas in computer science such as other programming languages, IDEs, APIs, comments, and debugging. We will not cover object orientation due to time constraints.

This class is designed to give beginners a taste of the logic and mechanics involved in entry-level computer programming. Those with prior CS experience are welcome but should note that I will be starting from the beginning. Due to our limited time, we will not be able to do exercises on every concept I cover, so this class is probably *most* useful to someone who is going to continue studying CS after this class so they can solidify their understanding of the concepts I introduce. I will address avenues for continuing CS study (e.g. online MOOCs, high school classes, etc.) in class as well.

Note: Splash! will provide Chromebooks for our class to use but if you are already bringing a laptop for another class you are welcome to use that as well. I wouldn't recommend bringing a laptop for this class alone, however, because the Chromebooks will do just fine for our purposes (we are using an online IDE).


Prerequisites
familiarity with algebra is highly preferred

M5357: Logic puzzles
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Corinne Horn

For those of you who need a break from the busy day of classes, this is your opportunity to sit in a quiet place and solve logic puzzles.

Here is a sample of some puzzles I will bring:
- Rubik's cube
- Wood snake
- Sudoku
- Ken Ken
- Logic games as word problems.
- Magic rings
We will sit on the lawn and work on puzzles while listening to relaxing music.

My favorite puzzle is KenKen, so I will teach those interested how to play it.


Prerequisites
None

M5105: MLx: Modern Topics in Machine Learning
Difficulty: ****

This course is a companion to "Learning from Data". Students should be familiar with some of the formalisms of machine learning prior to enrolling (we will provide rapid review). In this course, we will give examples and dig deep into cool, recent machine learning and deep learning models that give great performance on standard datasets (ImageNet/MNIST/etc.) and have awesome applications to problems like speech recognition and image detection. We will additional modern (2016) topics as time permits.


Prerequisites
Some exposure to at least one of: probability (expectation of a random variable, probability density and distributions), statistics (inferential models, regression), machine learning/optimisation (gradient descent), etc. We will (briefly) review the essentials, but we'll go quickly. Students are highly encouraged to attend "ML1: Learning from Data", an introduction to machine learning.

M5200: Sneaky Statistics, Perplexing Probability
Difficulty: **

You encounter randomness and chance every single day. Probability and statistics give you the ability to interpret and understand this randomness. In this class, we’ll cover an introduction to portions of these two important subjects, and put them in the context of actual problems: How can you tell if a sequence is random? What is ‘the Wisdom of the Crowd?’ How likely are people in a room to share a birthday? In this interactive workshop, find out the answers to these questions and more!

M5213: Computer Science at Stanford
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Bradley Emi

Come learn about what it's like to study Computer Science in college! Taught by a panel of Computer Science students at Stanford.

M5233: Instructions Not Included: Puzzle Solving
Difficulty: ***

What exactly is a puzzle? It's a mass of data from which you need to extract a word or phrase. The data can be a crossword with some hidden twists, an innocent-looking photograph, or a modified version of 2048.

We will go over some tools to solve these puzzles, such as Morse, Braille, flag semaphore, or binary codes. Then, we will discuss some general strategies for solving puzzles. Lastly, we'll delve into tackling some fun challenges originating from various puzzlehunts.


Prerequisites
Strong logical reasoning, desire to think outside the box