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Arts

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A242: Improv 101
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Vanessa Hayes

Are you interested in acting? Do you love watching SNL or Whose Line is It Anyway and wonder how they do it? Do you have a general love of being silly and spontaneous? If you've said yes to any of the above, then Improv is for you! Learn some improv games, have fun with some new people, and take a step out of your comfort zone for an hour. We'll start with easy games to warm up with each other, and then work our way up to games that require some more weirdness and fewer inhibitions.

A237: Introduction to Comedy Improv
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Sara McAllister

We will practice and discuss the basics of improv with the goal of making everyone more comfortable performing in front of others.

Reasons to sign up for this course (none of these are required, one may be recommended):
* you like improv
* you have never heard of improv
* or you have heard of improv
* you love performing
* you want to be more comfortable in front of people
* you want to meet some STEM majors who perform improv
* you want to have fun
* you don't know what to do with 2 hours of your Saturday and figure that you might as well try improv

A260: The Art of Slowing Down in a Museum
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Victoria Hernandez

This course will introduce the importance of observation and how to interact with artwork as a learning tool. The class will take place in the Collections Study Room at Pomona College Museum of Art. Students will have opportunities to handle artwork from the museum's permanent collection. For that reason, the class has limited occupancy of 10.This course emphasizes making fine art accessible to all. This course intends to broadens students' perspectives by being patient and open minded plus handling artwork is fun!

A262: Anatomy of a Hit Song
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Matthew Brown

Have you ever wondered what makes a song a hit? In this class, we will discuss a variety of reasons why some songs stick with you while others fall by the wayside. We will examine some of the most popular pop/rock songs from different eras and see what they have in common, if anything. Then, we'll look at a song that broke the rules and became one of the indomitable classics of popular music: Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." We'll look at the craft of lyric writing and some rudimentary points of music theory, breaking these songs down and seeing what makes them tick. Who knows – maybe you'll be the one writing the next big hit song!

A258: DIY Vision Boards
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Rebecca Dollinger

What does your dream life look like? Is there a big house? A fancy car? Or maybe you love the idea of traveling the world, or being a top executive for a Fortune 500 company. Whatever your dreams are, vision boards can help you create your perfect life. In this workshop, we will go over not only the fun and creative process of cutting and pasting pictures and stickers, but also the psychology and real effects of visualization and planning your life path, beginning with your goals in mind. It's that time again, when "New Year, New You" excitement is starting to fade and you settle back into routine, which makes it even more vital to start visualizing, setting goals, and making a path to achieve everything you ever dreamed of.


Prerequisites
All are welcome! Even if you do not believe yourself to be creative or a fan of the self-help genre, we will be going over very basic techniques of establishing goals and creating plans for achieving those goals

A250: Field Sketching
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Payne Rueter

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! Students will be expected to go on a short walk; materials will be provided.

A251: Draw Pokemon
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sarah Silcox

Shapes and colors bro.

A257: 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! If you have a blank or mostly blank notebook you wish to convert into your very own BuJo, please bring it! If not, there will be printable dotted pages for students to staple together to form their own journal.

A263: Modern Dance
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Ina Flood

As musicians experimented musically with jazz at the beginning of the 20th century, dance also experimented with new forms and methods of expressing emotion. The result was modern dance. We'll be learning a brief history of modern dance while moving through it! Wearing clothing you can move in is suggested.

A249: Zine your Feels
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Rowan Rumley-Wells

Have you ever had an idea, identity, or even that you wanted to explore but didn't feel like there was a way for you to do that?Let me introduce you to the zine.

A crash course on the history and meaning of zines. We'll look at some examples and talk a bit as a group about what we want to express. The majority of the class will be spent cutting and pasting and putting our ideas together into a diy publication.

A235: Knitting 101 Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Savannah Meadors

An introductory knitting course, designed to teach basic knitting skills (including casting on/off, knit stitch, purl stitch) and get students started on a project of their choosing (options will include a beanie and a scarf), which they will be able to take home. All materials will go home with students at the end of the class.

A273: Intro to Improvisation
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Eric Gofen

We will play some improv games!

A241: Crash Course in Comics
Difficulty: **

Love super heroes? Enjoy manga? Read webcomics? Even if none of these apply and you want to try your hand at making your own stories, join us!

Topics for this course will include storytelling, character creation, paneling, contrast and more!
We just want to make some art you are proud of and give you the tools you need to tell your story.


Prerequisites
All drawing skill levels are welcome We only ask you bring whatever materials you want to draw with.


Engineering

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E238: Introduction to Arduino
Difficulty: **
Teachers: David Harris

Arduino is a credit-card sized computer that lets you build nifty gadgets such as flashing lights, musics, and games. In this workshop, you'll learn to program an Arduino and build your first circuits. No previous experience is expected, and this workshop is intended for complete beginners, while Designing with Arduino is a good fit for those with some previous programming experience.

E236: 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.

E248: So What's All This Solar Stuff Anyway?
Difficulty: **

This will be a quick introduction into solar technologies, their applications, and trajectory. If you've always wanted to know about the magical power source that is the sun, then this is the course for you!


Humanities

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H261: The China Question
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sydney Warren

This class will give students the opportunity to think about an engage US foreign policy and the China question. In this class, students will learn about China and China's current foreign policy initiatives including the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), One Belt One Road (OBOR). Students will also learn about the advantages and challenges these two initiatives bring to the US. Furthermore, students will also learn about designing policy recommendations to the US government and will be asked to brainstorm ideas to solve the China question.

H256: 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.

H274: Faking it: how technologies alter what we know and believe
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Wentao Guo

"Seeing is believing," goes one saying. Another: "a picture is worth a thousand words."

How do the technologies around us change what we know and believe about the world? What are the implications of rapidly advancing software that can fake voices and videos of real people really, really well? In this class, we'll think about the ways in which technologies like newspapers, photographs, and video editing software have been used to deceive people into "seeing" the world in alternate ways. We'll talk about propaganda, believing in fairies, democracy, and everything in between.

Come and let's learn together! Everyone is welcome!


Lunch

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L266: 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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M264: The Infinity Hotel
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Ina Flood

Things get weird when we go to infinity! Come learn the strange story of the infinity hotel and explore what happens when numbers just keep getting bigger.


Prerequisites
Some familiarity with the concept of infinity.

M271: Intro to Data Science and Machine Learning
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Rishov Chatterjee

In this course, we'll be talking about the #1 job on Glassdoor called Data Science. We'll answer questions such as what exactly is this fascinating field and how does it differ from mathematics or computer science? We'll also go over things such as how to become a data scientist and I'll even teach beginners how to program in Python and build a basic stock market prediction app. We'll go over all the math and computer science concepts related to Data Science and even go over concepts in Data Mining, Deep Learning, and Artificial Intelligence to really get everyone excited about this field.

M272: Paradoxes!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Eric Gofen

We will examine and discuss ideas such as Zeno’s paradox and the Lottery problem and the Paradox of the Heap.


Prerequisites
None

M245: Web design from scratch, for beginners
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Wentao Guo

Curious how websites work? Interested in making your own? Cool! We'll learn how websites turn from files on the Internet to pages in your browser, and we'll learn how to create our own websites from nothing, using basic HTML and CSS code. I'll explain why understanding basic HTML and CSS is so important to web design, even in a world where different tools enable users to make websites without knowing any code. I'll be teaching you the fundamentals that you can build off of to create all sorts of cool stuff yourself.

Seriously, no experience necessary--if you can use a computer, you're set!

Hope to see you there!


Social Sciences

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P255: 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!!!!!

P269: Politics are cool, but what can I do?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Victoria Anders

You may have heard about presidential elections, Black Lives Matter, the Women's March, and this strange word called "civics." You may have heard about affirmative action, the Chicano movement, and social justice. Or maybe have heard people talk about "the state of our nation," communities of color, and that you have to be 18 and a citizen to vote in the US. (if you haven't heard of one or many of these terms, we will cover all of these and more; you and everyone is welcome!)

But what do these terms mean to you? How can YOU be a force of change and needed conversations in your community? Yes, YOU!

This course will dip students' feet into our individual notions of family, community, and identity; our experiences seeing things happening to the people around us that we don't believe should be happening; and possibly have even thought about ways these problems could change. Every student, every person, every one of you can be a force for change, starting in small ways.


Prerequisites
None, just come ready to be open with others and yourself.

P253: Political Lobbying & Public Speaking: How To Make Your Voice Heard
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Tom Erb

In this class we will learn how to effectively tell your own story, advocate for policy change, and talk to elected officials. Have you always wanted to change the world but do not know where to start? This class is for you. (If you have a particular interest in environmental issues or combatting climate change, this is definitely for you!)


Prerequisites
A desire to change the world for the better.

P259: Invent a Language!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Evan Iliakis

Have you ever wanted to create a secret language no one understands, or an artistic language for characters to speak in your novel? Or are you just interested in how it's done? This class will guide you through the process of inventing your own language from scratch, and arm you with the tools to do so alone in the future.

P247: What do You Really Know about this World?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sitong Xu

How much do you really know about the world? Do you understand what globalization is about and how it is influencing you in this fast-pacing, constantly changing world? We will play games to learn different aspects of the international community that will challenge your conceptions of the world.


Prerequisites
None

P267: Life's Hardest Decisions and How We Make Them
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Henry DeRuff

Have you ever been faced with an ethical dilemma? Maybe you've had to choose between sticking by a friend when they've done something bad, or thought about whether or not to lie to a family member because you feel like the truth might hurt them. We face problems like these every day, and how we act in these situations is often indicative of who we are as people. What are our responsibilities to others? To ourselves? To society?

In this class, we'll begin with an introduction to three standard ethical theories, debate between them and decide which one (if any!) we believe, and try to solve some of these dilemmas.

P239: Girls Accelerator: Learning How to Kick-Start Your Own Business
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Erica Barry

This class aims to inspire the next generation of female entrepreneurs to make financial decisions with confidence and think creatively. In this one-hour crash course in entrepreneurship, girls will learn all of the basics necessary to start their own business -- whether they want to be Youtube influencers, sell crafts on Etsy, or develop their own app!


Science

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S240: STEM the Write Way
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Sarah Tran

Are you interested in a STEM career, whether that’s becoming a doctor, physicist, mathematician, engineer, or computer programmer? Can you also write effectively and enthusiastically? It’s okay if you don’t know how to yet, because this workshop is for learning how to write engagingly in relation to STEM topics! Although writing may be harder for a lot of students whose strength is in STEM, being able to write clearly, effectively, and memorably is a skill that is critical to anyone, regardless of your career path. You might want to write articles explaining the discoveries you’ve made to the public, admissions essays for college, or a memoir about your time working at a hospital or research lab. Writing is much more than putting a few sentences together; the best writing is emotional and relatable. In this workshop, we’ll use CREATIVE WRITING to hopefully break down the walls of writing for you. Being able to write about your own experiences can help you cope as well as share your memories. In this class we’ll learn about what makes interesting writing and have plenty of time to write our own piece, whether that’s an essay, story, narrative, or poem. Hopefully you’ll walk out with a piece that is personally significant to you as well as with a newfound understanding that writing doesn’t have to be boring, stiff, or formal; in fact, engaging writing demands that you be the opposite. Come as a beginner to creative writing or as an experienced writer ready to relieve some STEM stress!


Prerequisites
Please bring paper and a writing utensil! A laptop is fine too if you have one / prefer to work that way, but not required.

S268: A "Crash" Course in Rocketry with Kerbal Space Program
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nathan Sunbury

Want to learn rocket science by playing a videogame?

In this class, we will use Kerbal Space Program (a rocketry and spaceflight simulator) to learn about how we get to space.

In the first hour, we will investigate how rockets work and use some basic physics to describe rocket trajectories, orbits, and propulsion. We will also look at the advantages and disadvantages of several alternatives to conventional rockets with regards to long-term space travel and colonization.

The second half of the class will involve playing around in Kerbal Space Program to try to see the physics we discussed earlier in action.


Prerequisites
Some basic understanding of mechanics (forces, Newton's laws, etc.) would be helpful, but not essential.

S252: 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!

S254: Fun with Fluids
Difficulty: **

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.


Miscellaneous

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X234: High Performance Driving: Racing Theory and Technique
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Trevor Pontifex

Part lecture, part discussion, this class teaches situational awareness that will make students faster on a track and safer on the street. It is taught by a Sports Car Club of America racing driver. Topics include seating position, vision, determining the fastest route through a corner, and maximizing grip. The goal is to empower students to become more skilled and more alert drivers by teaching them how to direct their focus.

X231: 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.

X232: Card Games: How to Play, How to Win
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sydney Warren

Want to play card games? Want to learn card games that no one else knows how to play? Want to just hang out and play some card games? In this hour-long session, you'll have the opportunity to learn and play multiple different card games.


Prerequisites
Tolerance for losing at card games and willingness to learn new things!

X243: Sexciting Sex Ed
Difficulty: *

"The Talk" for most of us was awkward, incomplete, and maybe more than just a bit inaccurate. For all those with residual questions and curiosities, or those hoping to get a more accurate and less judgmental version of the talk the second time around, we're here to help!
We plan to talk honestly and openly about pleasure anatomy, consent, sexuality and gender, the correct way to protect yourself from STDs and pregnancy (if applicable), and anything else you're curious about. We also plan to direct you toward resources you can use to continue educating yourself so you can have safe, healthy, enjoyable sex.

X270: Emergent and Disruptive Technologies
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Rishov Chatterjee

This course will give you an introduction to the concepts of "emergent" and "disruptive" technologies which are basically the technologies that are making a significant impact on our world. We'll specifically cover advances in medicine, transportation, entertainment, and economics. You'll learn all the key words, latest developments, and truly come out of this course with an understanding of what it takes to make a technology disruptive or emergent and how you can also take part in the new technological revolution.

X244: Social Justice Outdoors: Race, Recreation and Reimagination
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Betel Tesfamariam

We will share our experiences in the outdoors with one another and examine why they may be different or similar. This class will consider how politics, history, race and representation have influenced our understanding of the outdoors, environmentalism and environmental justice. The content of the class will rely heavily on multimedia-magazines, videos, artwork etc.

X246: How to Become Fluent in Spanish
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lathan Liou

Tired of not being able to communicate effectively in the language you want even after so many years in the classroom? Are you tired of the reading/writing emphasis in your language classes at school? This course will give you the resources and the tools to become fluent in Spanish. If you're interested in learning another language, what I'll teach you is COMPLETELY transferable!


Prerequisites
Ideally, have taken Spanish But, this course is also great for those who want to learn Spanish for the first time