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Arts

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A282: Stepping (STOMP dance)
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Brian Bishop

Have you ever seen "STOMP" the movie or the broadway musical?
Or seen stepping teams at black fraternities?
They're really good, so we won't be doing all of that, but we will be learning some basics. By the end of the class we will have a short step performance!! Come one come all :)


Prerequisites
a good attitude

A293: Songwriting 1-0-FUN! Full!
Difficulty: **

Interested in songwriting or composition? Always wanted to create your own music, but never quite sure where to start? We'll cover the basics of music theory and composition, then write a song as a class.

This class will be participation-heavy, so come prepared to chip in with your ideas! Also, feel free (but not obligated) to come with your own instrument.


Prerequisites
Some prior music experience and/or the ability to read music is recommended, but not required.

A278: Film Appreciation and Discussion
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Nathan Shankar

A gripping thriller, heartbreaking love story, and devastating parable for the human condition, director Kenji Mizoguchi's Sanso the Bailiff (1954) is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest films ever made.

We will be watching Sansho the Bailiff, and engaging in an hour of discussion about the film and its related themes, form, and philosophical questions afterwards.

A296: Beginning Circus Arts
Difficulty: **

Ever wanted to run away and join the circus? Now's your chance! We'll be teaching a beginning circus arts class where you can learn the basics of aerial silks, tumbling, and juggling. All experience levels are welcome!

A307: Building the Disney Musical Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Matthew Brown

Have you ever wondered about how Disney's movie musicals are written? How do the songs work? How do they function in the story? In Building the Disney Musical, we'll look at Disney movies from The Little Mermaid to Moana and discuss how aspects of screenwriting and songwriting fuse to create something, well, magical!

A291: Cell phone photography Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Ruby Simon

This course will teach students how to use their cell phones to take cool pictures! Any type of cell phone camera is fine.

A304: Art & Emotion
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Alicia Garza

Let's make art through ~emotion~

As in, we will use watercolor and ink to translate what were are feeling to paper. The class will start with a short lecture on the elements of art (which can be used to represent emotions!!!), and will be followed by making art.

To feel a range of emotions in a short amount of time, we will play music of different genres, speeds, etc. and practice getting ~in tune~ with the tunes and the work of our hands.

Creativity and fun times all around, guaranteed.


Prerequisites
Open mind and willingness to try (and try, try again)

A287: Choreo with Kdubbs
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Karease Williams

This course will be focused around hip hop and jazz choreography. Students will be first go through a warmup, then learn beginner Jazz and Hip Hop techniques across the floor, following a choreography routine, ending with a cool down and stretches. This course will be at a beginner level, and will be adjusted based on the experiences of the class.


Engineering

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E281: Introduction to 3D Printing Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: David Harris

Do you like making thing? Then maybe 3D printing is for you. In this course you will learn what 3D printing is, design your own model, and print it on a 3D printer. At the end of the day you will receive your own model that you made.

E279: Introduction to Arduino Full!
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.

E280: Designing with Arduino Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Aom Pongpiriyakarn

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
Taken Intro to Arduino or had some experience with Arduino/coding.


Humanities

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H299: Let's Get Creative!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Milena Passage

This course will be a crash course in creating writing! We will start off with a bunch of short, but fun creating writing exercise to get the juices flowing! Then we will start on some longer pieces of writing. At the end of class, students will get to share what they have been working on during class!


Prerequisites
None

H276: A short history of the Congo and conflict
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Evan Nachtrieb

A short history of the deadliest, most underreported, and quite possible the most misunderstood conflict in the world. The class is focused on explaining the insecurity and war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is a history and current events class that covers up to the present situation in the country. This class will give the student a greater understanding of an extremely relevant and underreported on conflict.

H284: The Story Telling Genius of Shrek
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ryan Fann

This class will explore how the meme himself follows the classic narrative of the Hero's Journey in the first movie.

H275: The Art of Story Weaving Experience
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Joshua Corwin

One's life narrative can be very powerfully moving and motivating. Each moment is for forgiving and for giving, and each moment beholds a path for an individual. To recognize how little seemingly unimportant events from one's experience can be tied together to share a message of strength and hope is a creative endeavor that can help make this world a better place: for forgiving and for giving.


Prerequisites
Nothing.

H300: How Our Identities Are Intertwined
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Milena Passage

This course will be a discussion based ethics course focused on intersectional identity. We will be going over various terms, like, colorism, white feminism, white privilege, cultural relativism etc. Then students will participate in several activities to learn more about themselves and the intersections of people's identity. We will end the class with a discussion on what we've learned and explored.


Prerequisites
none

H301: Spoken Word for Teenage Angst
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Anna Koppelman

Is there someone you like who doesn’t like you back? Or a book you can’t stop thinking about? Are your parents annoying? Or is there something you are really looking forward too (new One Direction album? Are they still cool? were they ever) All of these things can be used as motivation to create incredibly powerful spoken word poetry. If you are at an all time high with your teenage angst, this class is for you. Through watching, reading and analyzing certain poems, as well as writing your own, this class will help you take what’s on your mind and turn it into art.

H302: AAPIs and the Model Minority/Media
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Milly Chi

This course is an introduction to the concept of the model minority myth. This class will offer and encourage a critical analysis of identity (including the implications of a label like "Asian-American") and foster discussion on the model minority myth's ties to contemporary events/issues and arts/media representation. Students of all ages and backgrounds are welcome!

H288: Is this one thing or two or infinitely many things? Introduction to Metaphysics of Identity
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Zoe Lee

Let's play with clay and ponder upon the nature of things- is a clay statue (that is made of clay) just one thing (the clay statue)? Then what happens to the lump of clay that you made the statue with? What about you yourself- you would think that there is only one and the same you that persisted for more than a decade, but how can the same person have different bodies at different times (e.g. 8 lbs then and 150 lbs now)? In this class, we will discuss some philosophical puzzles regarding the identity of things--mainly how an object can survive through change--and build philosophical responses to those puzzles.


Prerequisites
Curiosity about the world!

H295: The City: A Philosophical Inquiry
Difficulty: **

In this course we will be exploring the question 'What is the City'? What constitutes a city and how might we define it? Using philosophical inquiry and drawing upon historical cases from the ancient world to the present day, we aim to reframe our understanding of this phenomenon we both inhabit and embody.


Lunch

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L308: 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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M285: Coding Basics: Introduction to MIT Scratch Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Elizabeth Song

Never coded before or only coded at a beginner level but want to learn? This is the class for you! Scratch is a beginner coding software developed at MIT that uses drag and drop coding with visual blocks. We will create programs and work in groups to make a game.

M292: Cool Mathematical Puzzles Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Saaket Jajodia

If you're a cool guy/gal you'll wanna take this cool class with a cool dude who will teach you some cool mathy things


Prerequisites
Ability to grasp basic mathematical concepts

M305: The Infinity Hotel Full!
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.

M297: An Introduction to Data and Decision Science
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Rishov Chatterjee

In this course, we'll look at two important fields that come together side-by-side:

1. Data Science
2. Decision Science

The interesting thing about these fields is that because they're so interdisciplinary, nobody really has an explicit definition for them besides combining all the fields of study that go into them on a daily basis.

So why is it necessary to know about these two fields? For one, it's highly in demand and pretty much all technology in the future is going to be embedded with concepts that stem from these fields. And secondly, it's pretty awesome because you don't have to be a natural math or computer science savant to break into these growing fields.

Before going into the fine details of these state-of-the-art disciplines, I'll be making it clear to you what exactly Data and Decision Science are and how it's different from the other buzz words that you hear about such as "Machine Learning" or "Artificial Intelligence". We'll definitely include a hands-on element in the course which will rely on using a powerful tool called a Jupyter notebook in which we can write notes and code in one place. The code we'll write will be written using the Python programming language. Don't worry if you don't know any programming, I'll provide a very friendly introduction to what you need to know to follow along in-class and also from the course prerequisites.

For the hands-on element, we'll look at using concepts from data science and decision science to predict Boston housing prices using a machine learning model which you know about from basic Algebra $$ y = mx + b $$, but we'll build on it more formally as $$ \hat{y} = \beta _1 x_1 + \beta _0 $$ and see how we can get into other methods like using more than one variable to predict the housing price ($$ \hat{y} = \beta _3 x_3 + \beta _2 x_2 + \beta _1 x_1 + \beta _0 $$) or creating a method that'll give us an interpretable process of making the decision whether or not to buy a house. You'll also learn a lot about statistics, calculus, and linear algebra in this course without feeling intimidated.

Other than the hands-on elements, I'll leave you with other very valuable skills that can come in handy if you ever want to become an entrepreneur or a product manager for a company in the tech industry. I'll also advocate how these fields are very welcoming to the liberal arts because the knowledge from those fields of study can be very valuable for getting amazing results for the objectives of data and decision scientists.


Prerequisites
1. Know what $$ y = mx + b $$ is in Algebra I. 2. A will to take in a lot of information at a high-level. 3. Some of the introductory material that I will be releasing before the course starts.


Social Sciences

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P289: Gun Laws in the US
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Aaron Scher

In this class we will take a look at both the history and contemporary status of gun laws in the United States. Due to the time allotted, both will be covered briefly with the goal of enhancing overall understanding of the topic.

P298: Personalized Education and Being Informed
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Rishov Chatterjee

This is a course that talks about how education is changing in our world today and the great challenges to students that are associated with this continuous change. One of the biggest challenges we face is ignorance so we'll see how ignorance, as a concept and as a vehicle of fake news, disseminates in the modern world with little regard for people to be informed with the facts. We'll also talk about concepts such as bias and viable sourcing.

We'll also talk about what personalized education is and what it looks like in the future along with its pros and cons, in contrast to the educational system that students are currently navigating themselves into.

P294: True Crime and Social Justice
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Derrick Nguyen

Attention true crime enthusiasts! In this course we will be looking into various subjects of criminology and other fields to review the different perceptions and attitudes of true crime. We will be examining specific cases that bring into question morality when laws can't guarantee justice for all, the rights of victims and survivors, and the dire consequences of misjudgments and prejudice. Such topics include but are not limited to: Paul Bateson and the victimization of LGBT men, the innocent black youth convicted in the Central Park Jogger case, Rachel Jeantel and her discredited testimony in the Trayvon Martin shooting, and more. By the time you leave the classroom, hopefully you will have learned the rippling effect media and society has and that you continue to ask yourself what responsibilities you have as an individual and what biases might arise that you can identify in future reports of crime. Further note: Because of the nature of the subject, explicit topics will be addressed such as murder, sexual assault, and more (I will try my best to stray away from discussing into detail about these triggering subjects)


Science

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S290: STEM the Write Way
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Sarah Tran

Like many students around the country, you may be interested in a STEM career, whether that’s being a doctor, an engineer, a scientist, or a computer programmer. However, many students in STEM report that writing is a weakness for them. Although writing may be harder for a lot of students whose strength is in STEM, being able to write clearly, effectively, engagingly, 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 and med school, 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. Along with a few writing tips, a brainstorming session, and plenty of guidance, I’ll give you the choice of such prompts like: “Tell a story about how you knew you wanted to work in STEM” or “Write a poem about something that is beautiful to you.” Hopefully you’ll walk out with a piece that is personally significant to you as well as a newfound understanding that writing doesn’t have to be boring or stiff or formal; in fact, engaging writing demands you be the opposite.

S306: What's really going on?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ina Flood

As humans, we tend to have a fairly descent idea of how the physical world works. However, during the last century physicists have discovered that at the subatomic scale - the world inside of and around atoms - things get weird. And at large scales, space starts getting...bendy. Discover the uncertain, unexpected reality that secretly exists all around us.


Miscellaneous

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X283: Equitable and Effective Student Leadership
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Ash Maria

Learn in-depth skills around being a student leader that looks past the pom poms and posters, and instead focuses on creating real positive change in their school community.

This will include asking hard questions about if us as student leaders are actually serving our entire student population, or just the small subset that is consistently engaged.

X286: Financial Literacy
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Baili Zhong

Learn about the basics of finance to be rich/financially stable in the future.
Learn about checking and savings accounts, credit scores, different types of investments like stocks, bonds, and cash.
Learn about the basics of how to invest in stocks and cashback apps on your phone for easy money.

X303: Black Girl Magic!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Paris Primm

This course is an introductory look at how Black women represent themselves in literature, art, and music throughout the late 20th and early 21st century. From battling Eurocentric ideals of beauty to finding and amplifying their voice in social and political movements, this course will feature all Black women authors, poets, and artists. We will compare modern and contemporary views on said topics.