Claremont
Welcome to ESP

Splash Spring 2017
Course Catalog

Jump to Categories
Arts Engineering
Humanities Math & Computer Science
Science Miscellaneous
Social Sciences Lunch


Arts

[ Return to Category List ]

A184: Origami - The Japanese Art of Paperfolding
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Michelle Tunger

This course will teach the students about the background and history of origami, a Japanese art form from the 17th century. Participants will also learn how to do basic folds. Afterwards, the students will have the opportunity to fold a variety of things, for instance cranes, flowers, stars, ...

A214: Storytelling in Interactive Media (Video Games)
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Xiang Wen Kuan

From books and theatre, to audio and film, the art of storytelling has evolved together with our technologies and new forms of media. For our generation, our new form of media is Video Games. Go beyond gameplay and learn how Video Games are able to tell stories in a way that no other medium can!


Prerequisites
Beware of spoilers

A223: Intro to Lexivism Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Akotowaa Ofori

Lexivism is a word coined by Akotowaa, which is a contraction of "lexical activism". A lexivist, in short, one who advocates for the recognized significance of words and word-related art. This course will focus on dissecting lexivism, and analysing examples of art forms (spoken word poems, articles, TV shows etc.) that can be considered "lexivist".

A208: Punny Watercolor Cards
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Max Hlavacek, Lisa Yin

Do you like puns? Do you like giving cards to family members, friends, loved ones, enemies, pets, etc? Have you ever wanted to try watercolor? If you answered yes to any of the above, this course is right for you!
We will be learning how to use watercolors and make cards that you can take home.

A218: Field Sketching Full!
Difficulty: **

This course will teach the basics of sketching from life in the field in a way that is accessible to all skill levels. Focusing on birds, we'll go over how to quickly sketch and have fun doing it!

A201: Needle Felting 101
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Megan Mai

Tired of getting tangled up in thread? Feeling frustrated with your sewing machine? Want to learn how to make something that doesn't require any stitching? Try needle felting! Poke to your heart's content as you learn the basics of needle felting and create your own adorable plush. No experience necessary. Materials will be provided.

A199: Crocheting 101
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Lauren Colella

We will be learning some of the basic crocheting stitches such as the slip knot, chain stitch, single, and double crochets

A192: 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.


Prerequisites
none!

A193: Let's write a play! Full!
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.

A194: Alternative Poetry
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Selena Spier

The class will explore three non-traditional poetic forms: erasure poetry, SLAM poetry, and somonka (a two-part, collaborative Japanese form, with a syllabic pattern similar to a haiku). After a presentation of each form, students will pick their favorite and separate into teams. They will be given 30 minutes to prepare poems, and at the end of the class each team will present what they've created. The winning team will receive a small prize.

A202: Principles of Improv
Difficulty: *

So what would happen if we put a bunch of actors on a stage...without a script?
In this class, you will learn some of the basics of improvisational theater, 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!

A204: Something Wicked This Way Comes Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Matthew Brown

Since opening on Broadway in 2003, Wicked has remained one of the most commercially successful and popular (pun intended) musicals around. It grosses millions of dollars a week, it has multiple international and touring productions running simultaneously, and the songs have developed a life of their own. But how did we get here? In Something Wicked This Way Comes, we'll discuss the rise of the show that managed to bounce back from terrible reviews to become the musical juggernaut it is today. We'll listen to songs, look at quotes from the creative team, and put the show in a larger context of what it means to be a modern musical in the decades-old art of musical theatre. If you heard "Defying Gravity" on Glee or heard Mika and Ariana Grande sing "Popular Song" and wondered where those hits came from, then this is the class for you!

A207: Bullet Journal Basics
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Rebecca Dollinger

Designed by Ryder Carroll, the bullet journal system is the analog system for the digital age. The bullet journal is a unique planner system that is incredibly adjustable and adaptable to your life, and includes components of a diary, a scrapbook, a planner, a notebook, all of the above, none of the above, etc. Learn the basics in this workshop, plus design and create your own bullet journal that is unique to your life!

A222: Intro to Modern Dance
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Ina Flood

During the beginning of the 20th century, there was a dance movement mirroring the free spirit and rebellion of jazz music. The founders of modern dance took the strict rules of ballet and broke as many as they could. Their goal? To find out where dance really comes from and its importance. Along the way they developed a dance style made to work with our bodies, not against them. Learn basics of fall and recovery, weight placement, and expressing ideas through motion.

Attire: Wear something you can move in. For your feet socks or dance shoes would work, or you can dance barefoot (my favorite!)


Prerequisites
Some dance experience recommended, but not required.


Engineering

[ Return to Category List ]

E206: Designing with Arduino
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jane Wu

Have you always wanted to work on cool electronics projects on your own, but didn't know where to start? If so, this class is for you!

This class will cover basic electronics, coding with Arduino, servos, keypads, and LEDs. You will also work on creating your own keypad door lock.


Prerequisites
M203: Introduction to Arduino (recommended)


Humanities

[ Return to Category List ]

H205: Learn to Read the Russian Alphabet
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sarah Krasner

Have an interest in Russian? Want to learn how to read the Cyrillic Alphabet and pick up some basic Russian phrases? Then sign up for this introductory course!

H228: Government from Nothing: An Experiment in Political Creativity
Difficulty: **

Imagine yourself in a state in which there are no previously set rules and no distinctions between you and the next person. You get to decide: How should this society be governed? Why should people listen to your ideas - what do they get out of it?

In this class, we'll start with the above simulation and then get into some of the various political philosophies that exist! Come learn some philosophy and decide which one you believe!


Prerequisites
No previous knowledge of political philosophy necessary, just curiosity and a willingness to learn and discuss for a couple of hours!

H186: 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.

H200: Well-Being and Flourishing: Positive Psychology
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Brenda Castro

Positive psychology is a new field in psychology dedicated to helping people increase their well-being and flourish in life. This course will introduce you to some of the empirically-proven strategies that help people increase their life satisfaction, engagement, positive relationships, achievement, and meaning in life.

H217: Public Service and Finding Your Voice Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Tom Erb

This class will help you improve your public speaking skills, discover your own personal story, and dive into the world of activism. If you are interested in making a change in the world, but are not sure where to start, this is the class for you. We will even do a mock meeting with a politician to practice your new skills.


Prerequisites
A desire to make a difference.


Lunch

[ Return to Category List ]

L229: Lunch Period
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Matthew Brown

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

[ Return to Category List ]

M226: Modern Geometry
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jackson Warley

In high school, geometry is often presented as an old and stagnant field of math. Recently, however, geometry has been a very active field of research, and modern geometry looks a lot different from the geometry you may have seen in classes.

This class will survey some of the most exciting parts of modern computational geometry, including some important algorithms and applications from computer science to origami.

Please e-mail jackson.warley@pomona.edu if you have any questions.


Prerequisites
A geometry class is recommended but not required.

M203: 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

M188: 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.

M196: CryptoParty!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Adam Starr

Come learn the basics of Tor, encryption, and digital privacy and security!


Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of a computer.

M219: Feminism and Computer Science! Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Erica Goodwin

Want to try coding for the first time? Wondering how to combine computer science and social activism? Come explore how feminism and computer science are related, learn about the intersectionality of identity, and create a personal website!


Social Sciences

[ Return to Category List ]

P187: 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!!!!!


Science

[ Return to Category List ]

S215: Moods, Hormones and Pheromones Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Priyanka Ramanan

Have you ever wondered what was going on in your body when you’re under stress? What happens in our cells when we’re falling in love? How crying is useful? Is PMS an actual thing? In this class, we’ll explore the biology behind our moods and emotions, and dive deep down into the building blocks of our bodies to understand just how powerful these tiny molecules are in influencing the way we feel everyday. We’ll then go on to explore what we know about pheromones, the invisible messengers that are thought to act elicit interesting responses between the opposite sexes. We’ll also debunk common perceptions surrounding hormones and pheromones, by examining the line between research and popular culture. From this understanding of how hormones and pheromones work, we’ll finally look at techniques we can use in our daily lives to ensure that we don’t upset the balance of our lovely chemical workers, and hopefully come out with a better understanding of ourselves and the biology behind the dynamic multitude of our moods.

S185: Winning Casino Games with Quantum Physics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Calvin Leung

A casino owner devises a simple game that can be theoretically be won at most 75% of the time. A pair of physicists, Alice and Bob, enter the casino and start winning 85% of the time. How do they do it? We'll learn some of the basic principles of quantum mechanics, and talk about how the phenomenon of quantum entanglement can be applied to this problem.


Prerequisites
Geometry, familiarity with trigonometric functions (sine/cosine).

S221: Bringing the Sun to Us
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ina Flood

Solar. Wind. Geothermal. Hydroelectric. Scientists are rushing to improve renewable energy technologies to accommodate our growing demand. However, there's one potential energy source that's often left out: fusion. Fusion uses the energy released by two atoms fusing together: it's the energy source of the sun, it's clean, it's safe, and it's very environmentally friendly. The drawback? The technology hasn't been developed yet. Learn about how fusion works, its benefits as an energy source, and what's holding development of this potentially world changing energy source back.


Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of atoms

S227: Fun with Fluids
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Eric Cooper

Have you every wondered how jellyfish swimming, your beating heart and smoke rings might be related? It turns out that from a fluid mechanics perspective these all use the same thing - a vortex ring! In this class we'll talk about vortex rings and more exciting fluid mechanics ideas. Then we'll get the chance to play with hands on demonstrations and experiments from the Pomona physics department.

S213: The Future of Space Exploration
Difficulty: **

Imagine taking off from the surface of Earth, embarking on a journey farther than any human has taken before. Where will you go? How will you travel? What will you need to take with you? Will your body be able to endure the trip? In this class, we will review current and potential future means of space exploration. Topics, depending on class interest, may include biological effects and limitations of space travel, current and futuristic propulsion technologies, potential targets for exploration, and reasons to explore. Come explore with us!


Prerequisites
Interest! No previous classes required.

S220: When Things get Small
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ina Flood

As humans, we tend to have a fairly descent idea of how the physical world works: we can do things like catching frisbees and stopping at traffic lights. However, during the last century physicists have discovered that at the subatomic scale- the world of the components of atoms- things get weird. Discover the uncertain, buzzing, unperceived quantum world which surrounds us.


Miscellaneous

[ Return to Category List ]

X224: Hiding in Plain (Digital) Sight
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Carolyn Atkinson

ALL GENDERS, ALL SKILLS!
Facial recognition software is ubiquitous in our daily lives: from fun Snapchat filters to large-scale surveillance possibilities. One art project launched in 2010 called CV Dazzle seeks to use makeup and hair to obscure facial features beyond computer recognition without the use of masks. In this course we'll use theatrical-grade 2-D makeup to try and fool common facial detection software. Leave your Instabrows at the door. Expect to walk out looking like a rebel from the (imminent?) cyberpunk apocalypse!

ALLERGY INFO: makeup sponges will be latex-free. Most products will be hypoallergenic (mostly Ben Nye). Some products may cause short-term staining to face or hair. Email the instructor if you are aware of any skin allergies.


Prerequisites
Come with a clean and moisturized face! If you already own a foundation you like to use on your whole face, bring it!

X209: Go Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kent Shikama

Learn to play Go, an abstract strategy board game that has been played for over 2000 years. The rules are very simple and yet it is said to be more complicated than chess. Whether you've never played before or are an experienced Go player, feel free to join!

X198: How to Keep a Journal Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Olivia Wood

Do you want to keep a journal, but you’re not sure how to get started? Are you a longtime journal-writer who wants to share your methods and learn new ones? Sign up for this fun, low-pressure class about the ins and outs of keeping a journal. We’ll go over different materials, techniques, and ideas for using your journal in creative ways. We'll even practice some different journaling styles. No experience necessary!

X225: Game Design Workshop Full!
Difficulty: *

Game designers face an interesting set of challenges. We'll see how to create meaningful choices for players by working to modify existing games, playing them together, and using player feedback to refine our designs.

No previous experience is required. E-mail jackson.warley@pomona.edu for more information or if you have any questions.

X195: High School Study Abroad Scholarships
Difficulty: *

Looking for adventure or just something different? Come learn about full scholarships provided by the U.S. State Department just for high school students to study abroad all over the world. From South Korea to South Africa to Morocco to Macedonia, dozens of countries are offered! Semesters, summers, IB programs, intensive language programs, and gap years! All students who have any interest in traveling should come. We'll talk about the each scholarship, the application process, and our own experiences abroad.

X197: How to Learn a Language in 1 Hour
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lathan Liou

Are you currently taking a language class? Do you find that you still can’t speak the language or carry on a conversation without lots of “uhhs” and “ahhs” even though you’ve been studying the language? If you want to learn how to speak another language fluently, then this is the class for you!
This will not be so much AP/IB-specific prep as it will be general language acquisition techniques. My belief is that speaking and comprehension should be taught before reading and writing because more often than not, speaking is far more useful than writing essays. However, school systems across America teach it the opposite way: reading and writing first. I believe this is incorrect, and I will teach you the key to understanding how to learn a language effectively.
In this class, I will be going over a systematic approach to learning how to build your language knowledge. If you’re taking French/Spanish, then this class will hopefully provide the tools to be able to speak fluently. If you want to learn a new language, then this class will provide the strategy to do so!


Prerequisites
Language course (preferred, but not required)

X212: Africa: The Birth of RACISM
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Betel Tesfamariam

We will critique past and present narratives about AFRICA/Black Diaspora and study film, poetry and photography that works for or against these narratives.