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Arts

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A74: LumiKNIT: Harry Potter Knitting Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Rebecca Dollinger

Whether you're a newbie knitter or an experienced garment maker, this class will be a fun journey into creating a knit piece in the Harry Potter/Hogwarts style. The class will start with basic knitting techniques, which will then go into the basic project of knitting a house scarf for one of the four house colors of Hogwarts. I will be working with students individually to tailor the class to each particular skill level. If you are more advanced or just feeling adventurous, there will be more advanced scarf patterns if you so desire. There will be multiple patterns and I will come and help so that every student can create an exciting piece they are proud of.


Prerequisites
Knitting experience is a plus but not required

A56: Classical Music: Why Should I Care?
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Eron Smith

CLASSICAL MUSIC IS SO BORING! It all sounds the same! It's all by old dead guys, only retired people care about it, the concert environment is so snobby...
So why should you care about classical music? Why do people like it? What's interesting about it? What do people listen for and study?
In this course, we'll talk about classical music in the context where it was born, the real people who created it, and how it affected the music we hear today. We'll learn ridiculous fun facts about composers, explore pieces in the huge variety of music under the "classical" umbrella, and talk about music as a snapshot in time, reflecting and affecting the world around it. Classical music is for everyone, including you! Curiosity and [respectful] opinions welcome.

A72: History and Methods of Braiding
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lizzette Gazca

In this class we will review the past and present hairstyles and their evolution throughout time. After a short presentation we will take a stab at recreating the intricate and beautiful designs. There will be many braids to choose from: milkmaid, mermaid, fishtail, feather chain, and waterfall. Please bring any hair elastics, bobby pins, hairbrushes, hairspray, or hair accessories that you would like to use.


Prerequisites
Please come with clean, washed hair. If you can, straighten your hair prior to class.

A83: Experience the Human Symphony
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sophia Sun

Do you love shows like The Sing-Off? Have you always wanted to sing and make friends through music? Have you ever wanted to dance like somebody is watching and sing like somebody is *definitely* listening? Then this course is for you! Join Midnight Echo, a 5C co-ed a cappella group, for a session of musical fun as we learn and perform a piece together.


Prerequisites
This course would be more fun for you if you can read a little music.

A67: Music Creation Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Zoe Tucker

Want to learn to make original music?
In this class, we'll discuss how to create our own songs and compositions from scratch. We'll also talk about the songwriting process and improvisation.
Feel free to bring any musical instruments that you play, or simply your voice.


Prerequisites
Some musical experience is useful, but you do not need to know how to read music.

A78: Sustainable Notebook Making! Full!
Difficulty: *

2 words: SUSTAINABLE NOTEBOOKS. That's right, in this class, we'll be teaching you how to make some rad notebooks from recycled paper and cardboard. Make one for yourself, your friends, your mom, etc. It'll be a fun, relaxing way to spend an hour - plus, you'll have something awesome to take home at the end!

A58: DNA: Dance, Nature, and Animals
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Joseph Reynolds

Southern California is one of five Mediterranean regions on Earth. The idyllic mixture of landscape and habitat create a unique environment supporting a wide variety of life. This course answers the question: how do you create choreography inspired by the wildlife and terrain of Southern California?

A85: Principles of Improv
Difficulty: *

So what would happen if we put a bunch of actors of a stage...without a script?
In this class you will learn some of the basics of improv, play some improv games to train your abilities and, most importantly, have fun. All experience levels welcome. Come with an open mind and a willingness to take risks!


Prerequisites
None!

A88: Origami for Service
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Isabell Lee

Do you want to learn origami? Do you like community service? In Origami for Service, you will learn how to origami can be combined into a community service project and learn how to make some simple creations! Origami options may include jumping frogs, butterflies, and cranes, depending on what the class wants to make.


Engineering

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E66: Introduction to Arduino Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: David Harris

This is a course about tiny computers for people who have no previous experience. The Arduino is an inexpensive and easy-to-learn computer board that is enormously popular with the do-it-yourself maker movement.

You'll learn to program an Arduino to blink lights, play music, and play a game.


Prerequisites
none

E93: Rocketry 101 Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Allison Mis, Jacob Roth

Rocketry is, among other things, the science of making explosions do what you want. Come learn about the basics of rocket design, construction, and what can happen when things go wrong.

E96: The Internet: Exploring a Complex System
Difficulty: **
Teachers: J.D. Zamfirescu

Possibly the largest engineering project ever created by man: the Internet puts millions of phones and computers all milliseconds away from each other, and it's hard to imagine life without it.

This fully distributed system works because of a few protocols that all Internet devices follow.

In this class, we'll explore the physical and logical foundations of the Internet, and get hands-on with the four fundamental protocols most commonly used: Ethernet, IP, TCP, and HTTP.

Bring a laptop (if you like) to follow along with our exploration!


Humanities

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H51: Beginning Chinese by Immersion
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Claire Fan, Sara Gong

Do you like learning new languages? And solving puzzles? We'll combine the two in this class by learning basic spoken Mandarin Chinese the way a native speaker learns it - by immersion! This will be a fun and somewhat crazy ride involving absolutely no English.


Prerequisites
A reasonable amount of patience.

H54: disABILITY- Interpreting the World From a Different Lense
Difficulty: *

In this class, we will explore some of the most common learning disabilities that students encounter in high school, college and beyond. Disabilities we will explore include hearing difficulties, auditory processing disorders, visual processing disorders, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and more. In the latter part of the class, we will briefly discuss legislation and required accommodations. Through these exercises, we intend to increase awareness of learning disabilities, as opposed to promoting the stereotypes which currently exist.

H64: Beyonce, Feminist?
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jessica Debrah

Ever wonder what Feminism is? What is the difference between Feminism and Black Feminism? And does Beyonce deserve the title "feminist"? This class may answer all these questions and more. Infused with theories by woman about feminism and its many facets, a brief choreography based on Beyonce's music (participation in choreography is optional but highly recommend) this class will get you moving and thinking.

H70: Assumption Town: A Creative Writing Workshop
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Rebecca Dollinger

"Assumptions lie behind the work of all writers" -Richard Hugo. When we write stories, we create characters. We create lives and towns and places that are fictional. So how does one start creating a world different from their own reality? The answer is assumptions. We, as people, make assumptions about everything we see. We judge people by what they're wearing. We decide what kind of town we're driving through based on the number of Starbucks by the road. So how can we convert this to our writing? By learning how to make assumptions in our writing, we learn how to create another world. In this workshop, we, as a class, will create a town based on assumptions. We will brainstorm ideas and quirks, storylines and characters, eventually creating the final product of a written piece (poem, story, etc.) about our town.

H81: Starting "Interdisciplinary studies": Being "well rounded" doesn't mean that you're smart, and real depth comes from connections
Difficulty: **

There's more to the subjects that we glance at from day to day than what we see. From the posts we consume on the daily, to people we read about and 'accept', and the information that we learn, it all seems so easily understandable.

"Yes, I've got that and that's all there is to it."

Well, this class will challenge what you think you know about:
- one man; civil rights leader Martin Luther King,
- one social media outlet; Twitter,
- and, one everyday subject; History.

If you want to revive old subjects, join me. I encourage students with all academic and extracurricular interests to come. You'll be a valuable asset to our interdisciplinary conversation.


Prerequisites
American History (any level)(must) Economics (any level) (will help) Foreign History (any level) (will help)

H99: Racial Stereotypes: Model Minority
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Rishov Chatterjee

We will learn what a stereotype is, define Model minority, identify influences of the model minority in their everyday life and see how these factors influence the way you see yourself.

We will discuss
· What’s a Stereotype?
· How do you define a stereotype?
· How did the drawing activity relate to stereotypes?
· What are stereotypes that impact you? How does it make you feel?

Lastly, we will learn how to stop stereotypes & how to be an Ally!


Lunch

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L98: Lunch Period
Difficulty: None
Teachers:

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


Math & Computer Science

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M68: Infinite Infinities!
Difficulty: **

How many whole numbers are there? Infinite! How many rational numbers (fractions) are there? Infinite! Are there more of one than of the other? We will prove that some infinities are bigger than others, and that there are even infinitely many different sizes of infinity!

M95: Building a Web App
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Matt Dahl

You've learned about scripting and built command-line programs, but how can you translate that into making something cool that you can put on the Internet for *anyone* to use?

In this class, we'll talk about the basics of how the Internet works, and how things get interesting when more computers than just your own are involved. Then we'll jump into building a non-trivial modern web app using the up-and-coming MeteorJS framework.

This is a class to expand your knowledge beyond the basics of HTML and CSS - we will be making a dynamic app, not a boring static website. Come ready to work mostly in JavaScript!


Prerequisites
Prior experience with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

M87: Learn to Code in 2 Hours Flat! Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Daniel Gorelik

Learn to code in just 2 hours! Using the fun, flexible, intuitive language Python, we'll hit the ground running with fun programming puzzles & small projects. After this class, you'll be familiar with the basic logic of CS, and you'll be ready to dive into learning any new language!

Questions? Want to say hi? Email Danny - dgorelik at hmc dot edu

M77: Data Structures and Algorithms
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Daniel Zhu

How do computers represent and interpret large amounts of data? How can a processor search through a vast list of numbers? How are complicated calculations and basic tasks simplified by these data structures?

M94: Gitting Going with Git
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Matt Dahl

When you code, do you long for a way to restore old changes? To be able to develop features in parallel without conflicts? To collaborate easily with other people?

Git does all this and more. We will learn about the tenets of version-control systems, how to use command-line git, and how to work with GitHub. Great skills for personal projects and internships alike!

Soon you too will be able to interactively rebase and cherry-pick commits across branches like a pro :)


Prerequisites
No prior experience with git required. But you should know what the command-line is, and have coded enough before to understand why you might want to use git!

M65: Bro, Do You Even Count?
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Dina Sinclair

Combinatorics - the art of counting things - is an incredibly beautiful, intuitive branch of mathematics, If you've ever wondered how to move beyond enumerating, how to count sets, orderings, llamas (because who wouldn't want to count llamas?) and maybe even different kinds of infinity (wait, that's even possible? Yes, some infinities are more infinite than others...) then this class is for you!

M90: Programming and Game Design in Scratch Full!
Difficulty: **

Learn the basics of programming and create your own game!

Using the fun and intuitive programming language Scratch, students will learn to make puzzle, racing, or adventure games, as well as anything else they can imagine! The class includes an introduction to conditionals, loops, functions, and other ubiquitous elements of programming.

No previous experience required. For any questions, please contact mhoward@hmc.edu

M86: Chaos Theory, Fractals, and the Mandelbrot Set
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Daniel Gorelik

The Mandelbrot and Julia sets are some of the most beautiful pictures in all of mathematics, but they were only first seen less than forty years ago. In this course, we will try to understand the remarkable -- but relatively simple -- math that goes into generating these sets, and some interesting other implications of the math behind these sets.

This is a great website to explore to beauty and complexity of the Mandelbrot Set before the class: http://www.atopon.org/mandel/


Prerequisites
High School Algebra 2 (knowledge of complex numbers preferred)


Social Sciences

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P92: Game Theory and Human Goodness
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Jason Twohy

This course covers basic two-player, single-turn game theory. More importantly, it examines its dramatic implications for humanity's moral evolution and the prospect of utilitarian government.


Science

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S63: Physics and Unicycling Full!
Difficulty: **

Students will learn to unicycle and learn the basic physics and control theory behind unicycles and Segways. Unicycles and helmets will be provided.


Prerequisites
Students should be in good physical health and comfortable with a bicycle.

S69: Intro to Organic Chemistry
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kate Arriola

A brief introduction to the infamous topic of Organic Chemistry. Topics and techniques will be built up from chemistry principles taught at the high school level.

Impress your friends by knowing about such fancy topics as isomers, stereochemistry, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy!


Prerequisites
Basic Chemistry Course

S97: Science of Sugar Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Anya Kwan

In this class, I will look at different types of sugar and how they change with heat. We will make candy of multiple kinds so that the students can really see how sugar changes.


Prerequisites
N/A

S55: Sexual Education
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Chris Donnay

A brief introduction to all things sex ed. We will begin with a summary of anatomy, then move onto the logistics of intercourse. The course will encourage safe sex and consent culture.

S57: Splat or Kaboom: What makes volcanoes behave the way they do? Closed!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Anne Fulton

Volcanoes are among Earth's most active geological features, and in this class, we will investigate the various types of volcanoes and their potential hazards. This will involve several hands-on activities and demonstrations with a mix of lecture and discussion.


Miscellaneous

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X91: College Application Essay Workshop
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Haley Ferguson

They prey on your fear. They feast on your hesitation. They lurk in the darkest corners of your consciousness, stepping out only to play a starring role in your nightmares. They're college essays, and they can be pretty scary--but they don't have to be! This class will give you a head start in the essay writing process. You'll leave knowing the basics of college essay writing and having generated or refined ideas of your own. Discover how rewarding and awesome writing college essays can be!

X80: Cha Cha Dance!
Difficulty: *

Learn the basics of Cha Cha Dancing! No experience required, so bring your two best left feet and we'll go from there!

X60: So You Want to Travel South America.....
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Lenore Byers

Come learn about what's worth the hype, and what isn't. Learn the Do's and Dont's about packing, planning and eating. We will focus on tips specific to South America, but some are applicable to traveling in general.


Prerequisites
Must be interested in learning how to explore the world

X76: Teaching at Public Schools (K-12)
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kate Arriola

By this time, you have spent more than half your life in the educational system. But how much do you really know about it? In this class, we will explore a side of education participants are often not exposed to, examining the history of public schools, challenges educators face, and our collective educational goals.

X82: Intro to Mindfulness
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Evan Iliakis

Clinical Psychology meets... Buddhism?! Is your life tainted by feelings of sadness, hopelessness or fear? Or are you just interested in enhancing your conscious experience? Mindfulness, based on MBCT as developed by psychologists in big-name institutions in both the USA and the UK, is a form of meditation based mind training derived from Buddhist 'anapanasati' scientifically proven to prevent people from spiralling and relapsing into anxiety disorders and depression. What's more, it enhances our conscious experience by attuning us to our sensations, enabling us to fully perceive and immerse ourselves into the things that we enjoy. What sets mindfulness apart is its accessiblity, and the fact that you can practice it on your own and reap major benefit from it without having to set too much time aside. I'll show you what exactly mindfulness is, what you have to gain from it, and how to begin pursuing it, if you so choose.


Prerequisites
None

X71: Kundalini Yoga & Meditation
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Alison Rollman

Learn how to use the ancient yogic technology of Kundalini & Meditation to increase health, wellbeing, and vitality. Join us for a fun class where we'll be moving, sweating, breathing deeply, chanting, and meditating together, creating a community of people dedicated to living life intentionally as their highest self. Whether you're new to yoga or a seasoned pro, this class is for you!


Prerequisites
N/A

X53: Breaking Down the College Application Process
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Pablo Ordonez

In my course, we will explore the application timeline, what exactly makes a successful application, what factors are considered in the college admissions process, etc.

By the end of the class, students should have a clearer idea of how they will approach the college process.


Prerequisites
A focused mind that's not afraid to ask questions or interact.

X59: Introduction to Contract Bridge
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Yu Xuan Hong

It's not just for your grandmother. We will cover an introduction to the card game of contract bridge.

X62: Read Russian in 33 minutes Full!
Difficulty: *

Be ready to learn the alphabet in 33 minutes and read Russian words and phrases. Enjoy learning about the culture, trying new food, and communicating in Russian using basic phrases.

X73: Game Design Workshop
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jackson Warley

Game designers face an interesting set of challenges. Making people have fun is a difficult task and the design process often involves many trade-offs and tough choices. We'll discuss the hallmarks of good game design, play and analyze different games, and use what we learn to improve existing games or design new ones. E-mail jackson.warley@pomona.edu if you have any questions.


Prerequisites
I expect you to have played a game at some point in your life.

X75: Strategies In Voting-Based Elimination Games
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Matthew Williamson

The popular TV shows "Survivor" and "Big Brother" are first and foremost reality TV, hooking the audience with drama and emotions. But beneath all that is an incredibly complex game of social power struggles and only one winner. Join us as we discover what makes these games so intellectually challenging and interesting, and look back at some of the clever ways people have played the game.

X79: East Coast Swing Dancing
Difficulty: *

Learn the basics of East Coast Swing Dancing! No experience required. Simple and fun!


Prerequisites
None

X84: Comedy, Critical thinking, and Social Justice Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Andikan Archibong

You May Be broke But You're Never Too Broke To Pay Attention And Spare Some Change.

Question everything, Be hilarious, Cause Positive Changes

X89: The Domino Effect: How to Play Double 6 Dominoes
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Lindsey Mahomes

Have you always wanted to learn how to play the totally awesome and fun game of Dominoes, specifically the Double 6 version? No? Well, sign up anyways! This course will cover the basics, as well as some advanced tips for those wishing to take their game to the next level. Even if you're already familiar with the game, come and play a few hands! All are welcome.


Prerequisites
1) A good attitude 2) Being awesome