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Arts

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A144: Watercolor Wonder Workshop Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Aurora Leeson

Are your watercolor paintings a blur of colors? Do you want to learn the basics of handling watercolor paints? Here to you: a crash course on basic watercolor technique! Including: Wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, creating mysterious white spots on your paper!

A159: Screenwriting 1-0-FUN
Difficulty: *

Have a story to tell? Curious about how they write movies in Hollywood? In this class, we'll take a look at some professional screenplays, talk a bit about screenwriting techniques, and write some screenplays of our own!

A176: Intro to West Coast Swing Social Dance
Difficulty: *
Teachers: William Lamb, Bob Zeng

West Coast Swing is one of the easiest and most popular styles of social dance. We will learn the basics of West Coast, and teach variations on those simpler moves.

A183: Improv 101 (1 hour session)
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Vanessa Hayes

Ever wanted to meet an alien on the moon, take a trip in the Amazon rainforest in the 1940s, or have an evil twin? You can do all this and everything else imaginable in improvisational acting! Learn the rules of improv, a bunch of cool improv games, and basically just spend some time being creative in a casual, pressure-free environment. Not to mention that experience with improv can improve your public speaking skills, make you better in interviews, and generally make you a fast thinker. What's not to love?

A162: Nail Art
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Valerie Kwee

Learn how to use simple tools you could find around the house to create nail designs.

A145: Card Tricks! Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Gary Luo

Ever want to be a brilliant magician? Ever want to be able to make whatever you want disappear? Well, this is a good start! Learn a few card tricks and sleight of hand to impress all your friends!

A164: Makeup
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Sehreen Khan

The name speaks for itself! If you want to learn how to create the perfect base on your face, learn what foundation types suit you best, what tools to use, how to create the perfect wing, how to contour/strobe, fill in brows, bake, cut creases, and anything beauty/skincare related this is the class for you! We will explore the amazing world of beauty! I will offer alternatives to high end makeup brands for those who love beauty but are on a budget! This class is open to absolutely anyone who is interested. Please bring any products that you want to learn more about and any brushes you have so you can try out what you learn in class!

A169: Introduction to East Coast Swing
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Liam Lloyd

This class will cover the basics of East Coast Swing, which is the dance you see people doing in the background during party scenes in World War II movies. After taking this class students should be fully prepared to participate in a social swing dance.


Prerequisites
None

A141: A Crash Course in Comics
Difficulty: **

Learn some of the basics for illustrating your own comic. Topics covered will include paneling, contrast, readability, storytelling, character creation, thumbnails, and more! We will teach you how to create your own mini comic. Please bring your own pencils/erasers, and any other supplies you’d like to draw with.

A160: Come Learn Kathak - An Indian Classical Dance!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jivika Rajani

What's Kathak you ask? Why, Kathak is one of the 7 Classical Dances of India, and, lucky for you, also happens to be super fun to learn! Kathak (which means “storyteller”) is known for its emphasis on expression, rhythmic footwork and graceful yet unbelievably fast spins, or “chakars.” Come learn about the history of this traditional dance and try your hand(s and legs!) at some super-cool steps. Everyone is welcome!

A107: Magic of the Mind
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Matthew Williamson

Come for a brief history of mentalism, the performance art of feats of the mind, and more importantly, to learn how to impress audiences with your own mental prowess. Learn the secrets to super memory and subliminal suggestion...or just learn how to fake it.

A108: Let's write a play!
Difficulty: *

No matter what you find interesting in life, you can write a successful play. Everyone has a creative side to them and this course will help you unleash it! In this course we will begin with an activity where people will think of a conflict and write a monologue that comes to their head, and we will use this monologue to develop a character that can then be the main character in your play, with the story of this character turning into the underlying plot of the play. You can let your imagination take you anywhere you wish with your writing--into wars, deserted islands, or even made-up lands--and we will see together, where the story ends up--because the truth is, your imagination can take you places you never dreamed you could explore.

A124: Body and Space
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Brooklyn Robinson

A movement exploration geared toward understanding how one's body moves through space. This is a practice that translates from the stage, to athletics to public speaking. There will be dancing, games, singing, shouting and a good time had by all!! Come ready to move.
*This is a movement based seminar but most activities can be modified for any ability.

A125: Principles of Improv Full!
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
Willingness to be silly in front of people you do not know.

A143: Funksplosion
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Malyq McElroy

A basic hip hop course concentrated solely in movement and rhythm. Designed for students of all backgrounds, no prior experience required.

Clothes that you can move in are necessary.

A178: Improv 101
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Vanessa Hayes

Ever wanted to meet an alien on the moon, take a trip in the Amazon rainforest in the 1940s, or have an evil twin? You can do all this and everything else imaginable in improvisational acting! Learn the rules of improv, a bunch of cool improv games, and basically just spend some time being creative in a casual, pressure-free environment. Not to mention that experience with improv can improve your public speaking skills, make you better in interviews, and generally make you a fast thinker. What's not to love?


Engineering

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E182: Design Thinking Workshop
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nicki Maslan

This is going to be a crash course in design thinking. We will go through the design process including interviewing, brainstorming, and prototyping.


Prerequisites
No previous experience necessary!

E149: Designing with Arduino
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jane Wu

This is a continuation of E114: Introduction to Arduino. In this course, you will learn more about how to use parts commonly found in Arduino projects, such as potentiometers, LEDs, and servos. Then, you will have the opportunity to use these parts to design your own project! All supplies will be provided, but creativity will be needed.


Prerequisites
E114: Introduction to Arduino

E114: Introduction to Arduino Full!
Difficulty: **

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.

E161: Rocketry: How Does it Work?
Difficulty: **

In this class, we will discuss how a series of controlled explosions and sensitive controls make rockets enter space(and come back).


Humanities

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H170: Art of Living
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Conner Roberts

You are alive and well. A breathing and language-using creature on this planet for a number of years before your biology has other tasks for your tissue and energy.

In this course we will learn the basic tools of dialogue: to talk with anyone about everything, to dive into questions and mysteries that had plagued your grandfather and his mother, and those paradoxes that Buddhist monks meditate on and rappers put into verse.

Come prepared to stir up the spirits of Jazz and Astronomy, keep it 100, and journey with your peers on a wonderful and (potentially) dangerous path. We will return as different people, maybe a bit wiser.


Prerequisites
Human

H150: Existentialism
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lindsay Daitch

“Life has no meaning a priori… It is up to you to give it a meaning, and value is nothing but the meaning that you choose.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

This class is a basic introduction to Existentialism: an area of philosophy dealing with the personal freedom we have in shaping our lives and values.


Prerequisites
None

H100: Beginning Chinese by Immersion Full!
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.

H118: Coffee: From the Enlightenment to Modern Society
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Minh-Quan Do

Imagine: on a cold winter day, you were sitting outside at a café, enjoying your favorite latte. Suddenly, you diverted your line of sight from the seemingly endless flow of people up and down the street , stared at that hot and fragrant cup on your hand, and started to wonder about the story of your favorite drink.

The history of coffee is an interesting one. In this workshop, we will travel through space and time from modern day Claremont to the 18th century Paris to examine one of the most fascinating movements in European history - the Enlightenment. What's interesting, however, is that in this lesson we will infer much about the movement basing on inquiries into the 18th century Parisan coffeehouses, and how that affects certain places in the world today. This means that we will get to know about philosophers like Montesquieu, Voltaire, Diderot, and so on, as café-goers. How cool is that?

Spoiler: the session might involve some coffee-tasting stuff.


Prerequisites
Not allergic to coffee. Not a tea bigot (joking about the latter; if you are a tea bigot, come and witness the awesomeness of coffee).

H137: Magic and Morals for Muggles
Difficulty: *

This is a class for Harry Potter fans who want to delve deeper into the morality behind some of the tougher decisions faced by our favorite characters. Come prepare to talk AND listen as we share our opinions about right and wrong in the wizarding world. If you want, bring ideas of morally ambiguous Harry Potter scenes that you want to discuss!


Prerequisites
Must have read all 7 Harry Potter books.

H131: Jane Austen's Impact on Today's Society
Difficulty: *

This class will look at the life and legacy of Jane Austen and why her works continue to inspire and intrigue so many nearly two hundred years after her death. We will examine how Austen challenged social norms of her time, as well as some current interpretations of her writings in movies and literature. This will include a look at rom-coms, feminism, Regency Era games, a statue of Colin Firth, and zombie fiction.

H112: 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.

H165: Deconstructing Illegality: Full!
Difficulty: *

This workshop aims to inform undocumented, DACAmented and peer allies about the issues surrounding undocumented students. It will deconstruct the misconceptions about immigration policies and how these affect undocumented high school students trying to pursue a higher education. This workshop will also provide information on resources designed for helping undocumented students get to college.


Lunch

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L180: 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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M153: The World's Oldest Calculator (That You Can Take to Any Test)
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Carolyn Atkinson

How high can you count on your fingers? 10? 18? 30? 1,023? In this class, we will learn a super sweet party trick: counting unusually high on just your 10 (or 1010) digits. More than just a terrific tool for tallying, we will discover how you (yes you!) have the laws of exponents written into your hands RIGHT NOW so that you never forget them on a math exam again.


Prerequisites
This is useful up through precalculus mathematics, but may be illuminating to higher mathematics as well, especially if you've never tried to count in any system but Base 10.

M105: Decentralization, Freedom, and Privacy – Changing Your Lifestyle on the Internet
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Kent Shikama

Did you ever wonder what that green lock icon left of your URL bar on your browser was? Did you ever receive an .asc file attachment in an email or an email titled -----BEGIN PGP MESSAGE----- from some person? Do you have concerns with Facebook in terms of privacy and freedom?

This course will be an interactive workshop-style journey that will get you set up with all the best practices for navigating the internet. We will cover cryptography and security on the internet, teach what it means to use Firefox as your browser, set you up with PGP, introduce to you Diaspora and the Federation, and get you spinning with a full node of a cryptocurrency.

M129: 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 and share code easily with other people?

Git is a command-line version control system that does all this and more. We will cover both the theoretical tenets of git (blobs, trees, commits, and tags) along with how to actually use git at the command-line for a project of your own.

Not something you'll learn in school! 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!

M106: Hash Functions not Hash Browns
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Kent Shikama

As of this time of writing, the Bitcoin network has a hash rate of 463,352,741 GH/s, which means that it is doing more calculations per second than the top 500 supercomputers are capable of doing per second combined. Did you ever wonder what exactly is being calculated? Hashes.

In one hour we will cover all you need to know about the hash function and its importance. We will cover what the hash function is, what you can hash, what the hash of "hash brown" is, how passwords are verified on a website, and how Bitcoin uses hashes.


Prerequisites
A strong mathematical background

M157: Introductory Topology: Knots, Surfaces, and Spaces
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Mitch Butler

Explore the fascinating and mind-bending (literally) branch of math that is Topology! Never heard of it? Neither had I, until college! We’ll explore some cool things about Knot Theory, Surfaces and their classification, as well as topological properties and characteristics of familiar (and not-so-familiar) Spaces.

The word “Introduction” is not used loosely. The level of mathematical rigor is low. No calculus required. Minimal algebra required (if any). Will more experience in math help? Maybe a little bit. Proofs and rigorous definitions will be kept to a minimum. The direction of the class will very much be up to the students. If they want to spend the whole hour on knots, we can do that!

M152: Generating Functions and the Fibonacci Sequence
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Arjun Goswami

An introduction to generating functions. We will explore some seriously cool and nontrivial mathematical problems that can be solved with generating functions, including an explicit formula for the Fibonacci sequence. In addition, we explore some interesting combinatorial problems in discrete mathematics, including applications of the Catalan numbers.


Prerequisites
Calculus (differentiation, integration, and power series) . The Binomial Theorem.

M130: Intro to JavaScript
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Matt Dahl

The programming language that was infamously created in just ten days in 1995 is now eating the world. JavaScript is no longer just for your browser - you can use it for server-side code (via e.g. Node.js), mobile apps (via e.g. ReactJS), and even for Mac/Windows/Linux desktop apps (via e.g. Electron). Come learn how to use the most popular language in the world! (cf. https://stackoverflow.com/research/developer-survey-2015#tech)

We will start with a discussion of JavaScript's unique language features (e.g. prototypical inheritance, closures, first-class functions), and then cover how to actually use JavaScript to build a dynamic website. We will mainly discuss the ECMAScript 5 specification (the kind of JavaScript that runs in most web browsers today), but may cover ES6 and ES7 features if time allows.


Prerequisites
No prior experience with JavaScript required. However, you must have coded before in either an object-oriented language (e.g. Java, Python, C++) or in a functional language (e.g. Lisp, Haskell)! Basic HTML and CSS experience is a plus, since we will be using JavaScript to enhance a website in this class.

M136: Programming and Game Design in Scratch Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Max Howard

Learn the basics of programming and create your own game!

Using the fun and intuitive programming language Scratch, students will learn to make brick breaker or a racing game, or 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

M120: Introduction to Machine Learning Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Rowan Zellers

Interested in:
- How cutting-edge medical technologies are able to detect disease?
- How Netflix chooses movies to recommend to you?
- How Google can teach a car to drive itself?
- How Siri is able to understand what you say?

Then you might be interested in this class! These are just some of the (many) problems in machine learning, which is s the science of how computers can make decisions from data.

In this class, we'll explore a little bit of the principles behind machine learning, and go over some exciting applications.

M155: Geometrical Mind
Difficulty: ****
Teachers: Jason Twohy

Fractals. Chaos. Information. Language. Truth. We'll use mathematics to tie these ideas together, and see how they provide a powerful new way of thinking about the conscious mind.

M175: Fractals: Math in Art and Nature
Difficulty: **

Mathematics is not only an important subject it is also all around us in nature and can be very beautiful. Fractals are complex geometries that can be found in nature, are inspiration for art, and are mathematically interesting. From this lesson we hope to teach the basic mathematics to understand fractal complexity. More importantly, we hope to show that math can make beautiful artwork whether made by a computer, human, or mother nature.


Prerequisites
A general understanding of Logarithms and Complex numbers.

M101: Combinatorial Game Theory
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Jalex Stark

Alice and Bob have a pile of 10 berries to split between them. They don't really care how many berries they get to eat, but they would each like to eat the last berry. Bob proposes that they take turns eating the berries: first Alice eats one berry, and then Bob eats one berry, and so on until all the berries are gone.
Alice objects, noting that Bob will surely get to eat the last berry this way. Alice makes a counterproposal: on each person's turn, they get to choose whether to eat one berry or two.

Should Bob accept this proposal? That is, would Bob have some strategy for eating the last berry if they play by Alice's rules? (Play the game with a friend! You should be able to find a winning strategy for one of the players if you try hard enough.)

In this class, we'll learn general methods for solving any game that looks enough like this one.


Prerequisites
Some comfort with mathematical abstraction. Familiarity with binary numbers at the level of the section "Counting in binary" of the Wikipedia page "Binary number". (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binary_number#Counting_in_binary)

M126: Mathematics of Origami
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Julia Ruiter

Origami is an ancient Japanese art that actually relies quite heavily on math and problem solving. This is especially true for a modern subset of origami called Modular Origami.

In the class, student will learn about various aspects of origami from its types and origins, to folding fortune tellers, to folding and assembling basic modular origami, to using math to alter designs.

M134: To Infinity and Beyond
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Jackson Warley

The idea of infinity is easy to state, but a closer look at the concept can quickly lead to bizarre conclusions. When we are faced with the infinite, our preconceptions about number and distance often mislead us, and certain fundamental truths of arithmetic appear to break down.

We will try to develop an intuition for the way that infinite quantities behave by examining some of the most fascinating and mind-blowing paradoxes of infinity.

E-mail jackson.warley@pomona.edu if you have any questions!


Prerequisites
No prerequisites. The more comfortable you are with abstraction, the easier this class will be.

M179: Make Your Own Website!
Difficulty: *

Learn how to make your own website in an hour! You’ll learn how web pages work, what HTML really is, how to add style to your web pages, and even how to make them interactive.

No previous experience required! We’ll make a website together as a class. You’ll also make your own personal website and put it on the Internet.


Social Sciences

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P142: Mental Health 101: What is mental illness?
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Rebecca Dollinger

Mental illness. It's a scary topic and one that is not discussed nearly enough. 1 in 4 American adults currently live with mental illness, and an approximated 20 percent (1 in 5) American youth ages 13-18 live with mental illness. The goal of this course is to teach a basic overview of common mental health disorders, such as major depression, generalized anxiety, OCD, and Bipolar, and encourage students to start the discussion with their families and friends. The stigma that is attached to talking about mental health is not only unnecessary but severely harmful.


Prerequisites
All are welcome!!!!!

P156: Game Theory and Human Goodness
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Jason Twohy

An economist, a philosopher, and a game theorist are chatting. The economist says, "People are selfish." The philosopher replies, "Well, sometimes. But we often do the morally right thing." The game theorist says to them, "What if I told you you're both right?"
This class will introduce some basic game theory concepts, then apply them to the controversial topic of human social psychology.

P113: Mental Health 102: Self Care
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Rebecca Dollinger

No, you do not need to have mental illness to attend this workshop! The techniques taught here are valuable for any student or individual, regardless of their mental health status.
In this workshop, we will explore self-care measures you can take to keep yourself mentally well. These techniques will teach you how to listen to your mind, recognize what you need, reach out for support, and in general take care of yourself.


Prerequisites
Mental Health 101: Mental Illness OR a basic knowledge of mental health (AKA ability to understand terms such as major depression, panic attacks, and self harm)

P111: Occupy Wall Street: What do Economists think of Inequality?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lenore Byers

So you've heard about the 1% vs. the 99% and the rising inequality in America. But what does that mean? Is it good? Is it bad? This class will talk about what inequality is, long term trends in America, and what economists think about it.


Prerequisites
None! Everyone is welcome.

P140: The Romanovs
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Sarah Krasner

The Romanov dynasty ruled Russia from 1613 to 1917, when Nicholas II abdicated in the face of revolution, and included some of the most interesting rulers of their times. After all, who wouldn't be interested in an Empress who overthrew her husband and led Russia to its Golden Age?


Science

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S181: Neurodegeneration: Concept & Research
Difficulty: **

Neurodegeneration is a molecular mechanism in many species in the planet. For humans, it leads to diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and for some individuals, hereditary illnesses like Huntington’s disease and Lou Gherig’s disease. In this course, you’ll learn about the concept of neurodegeneration at the molecular and evolutionary level, different types of research that has been conducted in trying to understand how neurodegeneration works and genetic engineering experiments that have been done to tackle neurodegeneration at various levels of organization, in-silico, hands-on techniques to experiment with at home to study neurodegeneration on your own as a budding bioinformatician and also the basics of molecular and systems biology in a nutshell.


Prerequisites
Any prior Biology course or background is certainly helpful, but not required to take this course as neurodegeneration is such a topic that everyone should understand.

S174: Let's Get Neural! Full!
Difficulty: **

Ever wonder how your brain controls everything that you do? Come join us to learn the basics of neuroscience and how your brain can change behavior. We will be discussing a series of case studies and focusing on what happens when your brain isn't doing its job.

S109: The Buzz About Bees!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Salvatore Daddario

Just how important are honey bees? SUPER IMPORTANT!!! Come learn about some of the amazing things that honey bees do (e.g. the queen mates with over fifty males at once and, in the process, the males all die) and some basic honey bee biology. The course will cover the honey bee lifespan, mating cycle, basic immunology, hive defense, and sociality.

S115: Debunking Scientific Fairy-Tales: Metaphors, Stereotypes, and Allocating Agency in Science Writing
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Carolyn Atkinson

You've heard it before, the origin of human life: an egg cell sits around, at peril of 'wasting away' in menstruation unless an intrepid sperm cell makes it through the trials and tribulations of the vaginal canal in order to penetrate the egg and save the day! This 'sleeping beauty' model of human conception is still written into scientific literature as high up as professional journals, and it's in your textbook--but at what cost? In this course, we evaluate the risks and benefits of relying on social stereotypes as metaphors for purely biological processes, and we think critically about the baby-making story we have all been told in an effort to separate fact from fiction inside our bodies.


Prerequisites
1) Any level of sex-ed OR biology study. 2) Please try to be able to say 'vagina' out loud with a straight face.

S116: Paleontology & the History of Life
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Bryan Gee

Sure, Jurassic World was a cool movie, but just how realistic was it? Come find out what paleontologists really do (from an actual paleontologist) and learn about amazing extinct animals that you never even knew existed! This course will cover the evolution of life, from single-celled organisms to weird invertebrates like Hallucigenia, a worm with legs and spines, and the terror birds, 9-foot tall birds that ate small horses. Of course, we’ll talk about dinosaurs, watch clips from documentaries, and discuss how scientists can reconstruct the life history and ecology of ancient organisms.


Prerequisites
Experience with biology preferred

S123: Energy and the Future of Our Planet
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Cristian Woroch

Growing up in the 21st century means being aware and understanding the risks of climate change. This large, multifaceted problem is likely to change the course of human history, and if we don't act decisively, it will be catastrophic. A large cause of climate change, scientists say, is the burning of fossil fuels. Unfortunately, many countries, including the US, are dependent on coal, oil and natural gas for most of their energy. If we are to combat climate change, we need to transition to other sources of energy. This transition requires breakthroughs in science and engineering in order to make renewable sources of energy competitive with fossil fuels. This class takes a brief look at different forms of alternative energy and discusses the science behind them, the current problems with them, and what researchers are trying to improve them.


Prerequisites
Chemistry (strongly recommended) Physics (encouraged) A

S167: Immortality: How Do We Age, and How Can We Stop It?
Difficulty: ***

The mantra "everybody dies" has been a central pillar of our society for generations. But does it have to be? We will investigate exciting biotechnological research efforts in the realms of age-extension and neurodegeneration to better understand the possibility of a future where aging is just another disease, and one with a medical solution.


Prerequisites
Biology, Chemistry (recommended but not required)

S177: Ugly Animals: Why Do They Look Like That?
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Nathan Justin

This course will explore some of the strange animals that roam our earth and look at how evolution has created biodiversity: both the beautiful and the ugly. We will introduce the concept of evolution and then explore how the mechanisms of evolution have led to these strange organisms.


Prerequisites
None needed!


Miscellaneous

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X171: The College Application Process Full!
Difficulty: *

In this course, we will explore what is one of the scariest parts of high school for some students: applying to college. We'll discuss the timeline, how to begin exploring schools, and spend substantial time on writing the application essay.


Prerequisites
None

X148: The "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" Food Pyramid
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Lily Naik

We will be talking about the various things consumed in the popular show "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and whether or not it is realistic that these characters are able to ingest things without major health problems.

X173: Shark Bites Bakery Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Erica Barry

We will be learning how to bake, learn about how to run a business, and learn some fun facts about sharks! This class will be led by 3 students who started their own business called Shark Bites Bakery at Pomona College.

X132: Stretching 007 Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Lucia Zerner

We are going to have an hour of relaxation and stretching activities. Come hang out, destress, and get ready for March!


Prerequisites
none

X110: Read Russian in 33 minutes Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Alena Dollar

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.

X119: Study Abroad in High School! For Free!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Dana Nothnagel

For students who are tired of the traditional classroom setting, looking for a new challenge, or want to see the world, come learn about several fully funded State Department scholarship programs designed to send high school students abroad for summers, semesters, full academic years, and gap years.

X127: Whale Sounds!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Laura Kirol

Do you think whales are cool? So do we! We'll spend an hour listening to whale songs and talking about what they mean for the whales.


Prerequisites
none!

X128: Beat your Friends at Scrabble
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Trevor Pontifex

Years ago I read a Scrabble strategy guide that blew my mind. Almost overnight, my scores shot up by 50%.

In this crash course, I attempt to condense that book into a one-hour session. The quick tips I will teach have the potential to transform your game. You'll never look at a Scrabble board the same way again.

Topics covered include: the power of two-letter words, prioritizing tiles, balancing your rack, finding "bingos," maximizing use of bonus squares, strategic board positioning, and more!


Prerequisites
a basic understanding of the Scrabble game rules

X138: Low-Income/First-Generational Students: How to get Paid to go to College
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Hyobin You

Low income/first generation/minorities will be the focus, but also scholarships for anyone will be presented.

X146: Codes and Codebreaking through the Ages
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Porter Adams

The science of secrecy can be the difference between winning and losing a war. This class will cover codes from Julius Caesar to modern times. If you like writing hidden messages, or if you like breaking them, come learn!

X151: Introduction to Contract Bridge
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Yu Xuan Hong

What do Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Audrey Grant, and Deng Xiaoping have in common? They all love bridge!

Contract bridge is a simple yet endlessly fascinating card game. To play it, one only needs 3 friends, a standard 52-deck card, and lots of focus. Depending little on luck, bridge is the "game of the mind." It cultivates the player's logical reasoning, strategy making, theory of mind, competitiveness, and collaboration.

Interested in learning to play this amazing card game? You have a great opportunity here at Claremont Splash. Sign up now!

X163: Oratory, Persuasive Speech, and Effective Communication
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Eli Cohen

In the course of a day, you have countless genius thoughts. We all know, however, that communicating these thoughts to other people -- with the same clarity, persuasiveness, and genius -- is never easy. What's the snag? Why is it so hard to articulate our ideas to others? Why don't the ideas is your head sound just as awesome when you speak them aloud? These are the questions of rhetoric.

Rhetoric, or the art of persuasive speech and writing, is a powerful tool. It is so powerful that Plato feared it would dominate society. Aristotle found the art so formidable, he wrote three volumes teaching his students how to use it.

This course is less concerned with the classics, however, and more concerned with giving you the tools to express yourself clearly and convincingly. Language is influence. Take this course to learn why. Walk away knowing how to wield such influence for yourself.

X166: STEM Education, Tech Entrepreneurship, Information Revolution
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Rishov Chatterjee

Do you want to learn how companies like Facebook and Twitter make so much money? Do you want to learn how to create your own business by building an app? You'll learn about app design and the programming fundamentals needed to make your potential businesses and ideas thrive.

But hold on, there's much more involved. Have you ever questioned what you're learning in your math and science classes? How do you feel about learning math and science in general? The majority of students in our generation don't like math and science. You will learn to build perspective of your own education in this course. You'll also learn the concept of information and how vital it is to convey across an array of applications in your everyday life.

The aim is for this course to make you feel enlightened in a variety of fields, but also putting into perspective on the interpolation of our information era, your education and the journey towards becoming a tech entrepreneur.


Prerequisites
A laptop (optional) A notebook (optional)

X168: The Martian Metropolis
Difficulty: *

The consensus among the world’s leading scientists is unanimous, humans must become a multi-planetary species in order to ensure long-term survival. But that is not the only reason we should send humans to Mars to build the first city in outer space. Why is deep space exploration and the colonization of mars and other planets important? What does the human future in space look like?

X172: Sex and Relationships
Difficulty: *

Sex is fun, sex is powerful. Romantic or sexual relationships are one way to connect and share with other people and often play an important role in our overall health and well-being.

This course will cover important topics in healthy relationships and birth control, leaving you with a valuable knowledge base to help you navigate the complex and important world of relationships and sex.

Key Takeaways from this class:
-Top 10 Birth Control Methods for Teens
-The Most Common STDs and how to prevent and treat them
- Ways to improve current and future relationships

This class is taught by the Claremont College Planned Parenthood Chapter