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Arts

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A546: The History of the Beatles
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Bryan Boyd

Have you ever wondered how the greatest band in history reached superstardom? Look no further, in this class we will go through the history of the Beatles and discuss how they were formed, some of the greatest hits from their albums, and what happened after they broke up. Be prepared to rock!

A490: DIY Friendship Bracelets Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Julia Wang

Learn how to many your own friendship bracelets! We will go over different types of knots and how to read bracelet making patterns for exciting and fun bracelet designs. All levels welcome!

**Note** You will have to learn how to tie a forward knot beforehand if you don't know already, but instructions will be sent in advance.


Prerequisites
Must have your own friendship bracelet thread!

A587: Piano Masterclass
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ophir Horovitz

If you are an intermediate/advanced classical piano student who is seeking additional feedback on performance or advice for performance or competition preparation, don’t hesitate to sign up! You will have a chance to perform for other attendees as well as myself, and receive feedback and pointers for your performance. Any standard classical repertoire is acceptable. We will also have an open discussion at the end for any questions pertaining to piano study, performance, or competitions. If you would like to perform, please email me at ophirh10@stanford.edu with your repertoire choice. If you would like to sit in to listen, just sign up for the class here! My artistic website can be found at: ohorovitz10.wixsite.com/ophir-horovitz. Hope to see you there!

A463: History of Western Modern Art (1800s-1950s): The Journey to Abstraction
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lili Price

Have you ever wondered how our definition of “art” changed from grand, realistic depictions of heroes to pieces like Malevich’s “Black Square”? Between 1830 and 1950, the world came to recognize art as a creative form of expression, rather than a way to record life. This art history course will center around the many artistic sub-movements that eventually led to this drastic shift in thinking (including but not limited to: Realism and American Realism, Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism, Fauvism, Primitivism, Cubism, Futurism, and Suprematism). By analyzing significant artworks in each period, the journey from realistic depiction to the “avant-garde” will become clear and ever more impressive. NOTE: This is Part 1 of a two-part class covering Modern Art history as a whole. Either part can be taken individually, but it is recommended to take both for a more holistic understanding of the subject. Part 2 is entitled “History of Western Modern Art (Post 1950s): Art for Change”.

A496: What Do All Those Words Mean When The Credits Roll?
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Haylee McDonnell

Learn about all of the different jobs involved in the physical production of films!

A502: Hand Lettering :D Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Leia Chao

Spice up your class notes, bullet journal, birthday cards, and more with beautiful hand lettering!

This hands-on workshop will cover easy faux calligraphy, bubble letters, decorative doodles, and more! No experience required – beginners welcome!

Please come prepared with these materials:
A notebook or several sheets of paper (lines, graph or dot paper is best)
A pencil or pen
A marker (optional)

A578: Voices of Years and Memories: The Lives and Music of Fanny Hensel and Florence Price
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Julian Gau

In the world of classical music, we tend to celebrate a narrow subset of the wide and diverse array of people who were creating and playing music. Specifically, a very white and male one. Let's talk about two artists: Fanny Hensel, a German pianist, composer, and sister to Felix Mendelssohn; and Florence Price, an American pianist, organist, and the first African-American woman to make it big as an orchestral composer.

We'll learn about their lives and music, and how their circumstances affected the art they created. Aside from words and pictures, there will also be live performances of their piano music. Finally, some important questions that bring us to today: whose music do we perform, and on a greater level, whose stories do we tell?

A464: History of Western Modern Art (1950s and Beyond): Art for Change
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lili Price

In the 1950s and beyond, art became a method to express thought, rather than a means of aesthetic decoration. Art was utilized to trigger, spread, and implement social/cultural/political change. This art history class will cover artistic sub-movements from the 1950s, ‘60s, and 70’s, including but not limited to: Dadaism, the Harlem Renaissance, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Fluxus, Conceptual Art, Feminist Art, Land Art, Performance Art, and Neo-Expressionism. By analyzing significant artworks in each period, you will come to understand and appreciate how art expanded beyond the canvas, how it left galleries and museums, and how art became and succeeded as a social practice. NOTE: This is Part 2 of a two-part class covering Modern Art history as a whole. Either part can be taken individually, but it is recommended to take both for a more holistic understanding of the subject. Part 1 is entitled “History of Western Modern Art (1800s-1950s): The Journey to Abstraction”.

A553: Summarizing Tolkien's Silmarillion
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Eric Wooten

We will summarize the First Age of Middle-Earth, running from the Awakening of the Elves to the War of Wrath. Designed to be friendly to students who might have an interest in Tolkien or the Silmarillion, but may be daunted by its reputation. It's really better than you think.

A539: Writing for the Stage Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Brett Iarrobino

This course is designed as a workshop for students interested in writing dramatic or comedic scripts. We will learn basic techniques of stagecraft, including dialogue and character development, as well as the dramatic structure and the technical elements of a play. From there, we’ll work both collaboratively and individually using writing prompts to create our own scenes in whatever medium students prefer to write in. By the end of the course, students will walk away with one short play or sketch that has been read aloud and/or performed by their peers.

A477: Kpop Dance Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Vivian Wang

Calling all Kpop fans! Whether you love Kpop songs, have always wanted to do a Kpop cover, or spend hours on Youtube everyday staring at Kpop boys...this class is for you! An hour will be dedicated to learning the choreography from one of your favorite Kpop groups. No experience necessary! This is a class for true beginners who want to try Kpop choreography.


Prerequisites
Make sure you are in a place where you can move freely without hitting anything! Going outside highly recommended :)

A592: Improv and Monologue Workshop for Actors!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Skya Theobald

An improv and monologue workshop for anyone interested in acting for theatre or film!
Ideal for grades 10-12. Fantastic for serious actors but valuable for everyone. If you are in grade 9 and would like to join the class, please email me at skya@stanford.edu.
The first half of class we will explore how to be spontaneous and how to deal with failure both on and off the stage and how to translate that into intricate and thrilling on-stage scenes. For the second half, please prepare a 1-minute monologue which we will break down and work on together. Memorization is optional.


Prerequisites
Please prepare a 1 minute monologue!


Engineering

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E582: Intro to Web Development
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ruth-Ann Armstrong

Workshop based class in which students learn the basics of HTML/CSS and create a website using the skills that they have learned.

E549: What Lava Lamps Can Teach Us About Engineering Full!
Difficulty: **

Curious if engineering is meant for you? This class will be a discussion of what engineering is broadly about, and through the creation of a lava lamp together we can see these concepts put into action!

E475: Think like an Engineer Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Rebecca Reals

Engineering doesn't have to be intimidating! In this class you'll learn how engineers turn an abstract idea into a real life product. Explore the engineering design process, discuss engineering ethics, and uncover famous engineering failures. Finally, experience the excitement for yourself and put your newfound knowledge to the test as you develop a plan of your own to solve a difficult dilemma.

E594: Real Rocket Science with Fake Engineers

Come learn how to do Rocket Science™, then build and launch your own bottle rocket with the Stanford Student Space Initiative!

E465: Neurons, Mobility, and Rehabilitation Engineering: Current Topics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Noah Rubin

Greetings! This class is meant to provide a brief peek into the realm of neurorehabilitation engineering. It will broadly go over some of the disorders (such as Parkinson's disease) that affect your sensorimotor system, as well as some of the methods engineers are currently exploring to treat these ailments.

My goal is simply to give you small but broad look into this field and see some of the treatments that you may not be aware of, such that if anything particularly interests you, you will have some grounding and terminology to look into them further on your own. :)


Prerequisites
A basic understanding of physics and biology would be very helpful, but I do not want to restrict anyone.

E498: Understanding Engineering Marvels
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ashvin Nagarajan

Let's take a look at some of the coolest engineering miracles from iPhones to quantum computers and from helicopters to space travel. We will learn how these marvels work and what the future of engineering holds.

E569: Chemical Engineering: From Finding Alternative Fuels to Making Cosmetics Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Andreia Fenley

Chemical engineers use chemistry, physics, and math along with engineering tools to solve problems relating to the production and use of chemicals. This includes problems like refining gasoline, purifying drinking water, treating waste, processing food, and making medicines. In this class, you will get an introduction to the field of chemical engineering with fun connections to everyday things like sports gear, cooking, and more.

E551: The Fifth Horseman: A Brief Guide to Nuclear Weapons
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Chris Rielage

In many ways, the world has behaved as if nuclear weapons went away after the end of the Cold War. Unfortunately, some 12,000 warheads still exist around the world. Especially in a world of rising great power competition, understanding nuclear technology, strategy, and history is essential to any informed thinker. Our class will cover topics including, but not limited to: 1) basic weapon technologies, 2) strategic concepts, 3) and the modern nuclear balance.

E596: Materials Gone Wrong!
Difficulty: **

It's a bad day if your phone screen cracks, but it's something else entirely if your airplane falls out of the sky. Learn about the science and engineering behind materials failures in history through exciting demonstrations and Q&A with Materials Science Graduate Students. Emphasis on exciting demonstrations, not a boring lecture! We'll experience first-hand how liquid metals can catastrophically destroy structural materials in applications like space exploration and aerospace. We'll explore how many materials can change dramatically with changes in structure, temperature, and other conditions. We’re happy to bring our demonstrations to you virtually! You'll walk away from this class with greater knowledge of the atomic structure of materials and a deeper appreciation for the diverse properties of the materials that surround our everyday life.

E474: Solar Panels: Sunlight to Electricity Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Bridget Denzer

Have you ever wondered about how solar panels work? This course will introduce you to semiconductors and their role in transforming solar radiation into electricity in a solar cell.


Humanities

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H470: I Spy: Greco-Roman Mythology Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Tashi Treadway

Learn the mythological stories and their meanings through observing visual art. This will be an interactive class!

H567: Antisocial Personality Disorder & Crimes Full!
Difficulty: *

Have you ever heard about Ted Bundy? Interested in learning more about criminals? In this course, we will discuss antisocial personality disorder & psychopathy. We will also discuss copycat crimes, copycat mass shootings, and copycat suicides.

Content Warning: We will discuss mass shootings and suicides, though not in detail.


Prerequisites
n/a

H471: The Law as Literature: A Close Reading of Fraudulent Legal Arguments Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Michael Kielstra

"The law" is surprisingly hard to pin down as a concept. It is a mass of Acts of Congress, judicial decisions, and annotations, written in a language which often seems very different from any other. Understanding the meaning of the law often seems to be the domain of those who have spent years studying it. In this class, we will take a different approach, reading legal decisions from a literary perspective and debating, not what they say about what is and isn't legal, but what they say about the nature of the people who were involved in the cases. We will, in short, apply literary criticism to the law, in the hopes of demonstrating that English class and Civics class are not as separate as they appear to be. In the process, we will attempt to answer the single most critical question of government: what is the purpose of having any law at all?

Our focus will be the 2012 Canadian case of Meads v. Meads. In 2012, Dennis Meads's ex-wife sued him for child support. He claimed that he could not be convicted by the court: since it displayed Canada's crest, complete with motto "From sea to sea", it was in fact an Admiralty court and had no jurisdiction on land. He seemed completely certain that this was a good idea, and further investigation revealed that he had been scammed by someone posing as a law expert and selling him unworkable arguments. We'll discuss the ways in which this scam is more intricate than it appears, and what its existence, and the judge's response to it, says about the law in Canada and eleswhere.

You don't need to know any law to take this class.


Prerequisites
There will be some required reading that will be sent out to registrants ahead of time. It should not take more than half an hour. Please do it.

H503: Why Your Government Lies to You Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Bill Geraci

Governments Lie to their citizens. Why? Democratic, authoritarian, doesn’t matter. We’ll look at a moment in the US’ past when our Government lied to us and figure out why.


Prerequisites
None

H488: From Tiktoks to Newspaper Cartoons: The Evolution of Political Satire Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kristin D'Angelo

Have your parents ever roasted you for being on your phone too much, for spending hours scrolling through social media? Have they ever spent hours reading the newspaper? Well, you should inform them that news has evolved, and that those little political cartoons they look at mocking current politics have transformed into witty and sometimes questionable video clips of kids on the Internet giving their hot take on current events. In this class, we'll analyze some of the most infamous political cartoons from the past, alongside some of the most iconic vines and tiktoks of our generation, and observe how political satire has changed with each generation.
*Note: Some strong language is used in some of the tiktoks.

H504: What A Government We Have! What Government Do We Have?
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Bill Geraci

What are the three ways humans have organized themselves? And how have we Americans set ourselves up for our "experiment"? Are we a democracy? Spoiler alert: It's not what you think! Come find out just how crazily our Founding Fathers didn't trust politicians!


Prerequisites
None

H523: Coup d’Etat: Tips and Tricks Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Felix Moisand

Promising young revolutionary looking to overthrow the old regime? Aspiring dictator looking to guard yourself against future threats? Come join us as we dive into what a coup d'etat is and how they work bringing in real life examples.

H505: The Four Forms of Prayer
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Bill Geraci

Prayers are a large part of our relationship with God. But what forms do prayers take and what do these forms tell us? From Homeric Greek to 20th Century movies clips: how may we learn more about our relationship to God by re-examining the four forms of prayer.


Prerequisites
None

H494: Irish Presence in America
Difficulty: *
Teachers: H. Alex Chen

This course examines the influence of the Irish diaspora in America and examines the impact of the American Irish communities. It will assess the social and political influence of American Irish communities in the rebellions, revolts, and revolutions that led to the establishment of independent Ireland. The overreaching idea is the strong ties between Ireland and the United States throughout history.

Topics include the potato famine, cultural memory, Irish communities in America, the Young Ireland Movement, the Fenian Brotherhood and the Irish Republican Brotherhood, and the Easter Rising of 1916. If time allows, the course will address the cultural significance of St. Patrick's Day and late generation Irish identity in America.


Prerequisites
None.

H560: Poetic Justice: the impact of Tupac Shakur
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Justice Brown

In this course we will listen to songs and watch music videos to explore the meaning and significance behind the work of one of the most influential artists of the 90s: Tupac Shakur.

H506: A New Way to See Movies from Our Past Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Bill Geraci

What good are old movies? Some are just plain great movies having terrific performances, great photography and / or writing. (Even in black and white! Even silent!) And some are just crap. But there's another entire use for old movies. Come find out what I mean and see if you really see into our past! Increase your awareness of things present and past!


Prerequisites
None

H487: Prejudice and "the English language"
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Evan Hochstein

Double negatives (e.g. “there ain’t no justice”) are a feature typical of African American Vernacular English and Southern English. When people say double negatives “don’t make sense” or “sound dumb”... what do they really mean? The purpose of this class is to investigate linguistic prejudice: prejudice toward someone’s particular dialect or language. We will look at linguistic prejudice toward nonstandard accents and nonstandard grammar, examine our implicit biases and address misconceptions, illustrate why linguistic prejudice is a serious problem, and discuss how we can begin to address linguistic prejudice.

H499: Food Through a Societal Lens
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Ryan Moon

Class description: What's the connection between what you eat on a daily basis and your health? Is there a relationship between what we eat and where we fall in America economically, racially, and socially? In this class, we will piece through these questions based on studies, research, and most importantly, based on your experiences.

H548: Socrates and the Art of Philosophizing Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nico Taylor

Reading and discussion of Plato's "Apology," in which Socrates, the protagonist, stands trial for philosophizing around the city – or, as the jury puts it, corrupting the youth, and making bad arguments look good. Consideration of the question: what do philosophers do when they philosophize? (Or at least: what was Socrates doing?)


Prerequisites
Read: the "Apology."

H507: How to Succeed with Bosses and Bureaucrats Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Bill Geraci

(This is a class which you’ll use likely daily for the rest of your life!) We all live in hierarchical structures: Work, family,  school…. What patterns should you watch for and which tactics should you take to help your point win the day? Come learn some of the tactics used by bad bosses…and some history, too!


Prerequisites
None

H547: Psychopaths Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sevi Burget-Foster

"He's such a PSYCHOPATH." The word is thrown about all the time, but do we really know what it means?
This course will define psychopathy, touching on the two major theories about what psychopathy really is. We will go over some studies that support each theory. We will then identify psychopathic traits in both real and fictional people, and discuss why fictional portrayals might differ from real-life examples.

H568: PTSD & Dissociative Identity Disorder Full!
Difficulty: *

In this course, we will discuss trauma & stressor related disorders such as PTSD and dissociative identity disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder).


Prerequisites
n/a

H557: Why I love Roland
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Andrea Massari

The "Song of Roland" is a 900 year old poem about war. We're gonna read from the original Old French text and learn the values of that very weird society of violent and emotional aristocrats.

H469: Latin101: The Endings! Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Tashi Treadway

Have you ever wondered where words like "magnitude" and "neonatal" come from? Have you ever wanted to sound like Harry Potter?
Then, you might want to learn Latin! This class will be a fun introduction to the language and culture of the Romans. I suggest this if you are wondering what foreign language to take in school/college.

H585: The American Ghost Story
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lizzie Dowdle

Have you ever wondered about why Americans celebrate Halloween? Do you spend your time watching episode after episode of Buzzfeed Unsolved: Supernatural? Then this is the course for you! In this class, we will learn about the history of ghosts in American culture. Be ready to be spooked!

H524: The Armchair General
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Felix Moisand

Military history is a great way to get engaged with history and practice your strategic thinking skills. In this class we'll take a look at some historical battlefield scenarios and vote on the strategies we should employ to change history... or not. I'll do my best to present the scenarios with accurate fog of war to limit the benefit of hindsight!


Prerequisites
May assume a basic familiarity of major historical conflicts such as WW2 or the American Civil War.

H508: How To Hear Politicians and Political Speech Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Bill Geraci

Pre Trump what are the patterns and buzzwords of modern political speech? What should you listen for? And how can you know what to ignore? Learn how to discard the junk and get toward the meat....


Prerequisites
None

H509: The three great American lies Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Bill Geraci

Come learn why all hierarchical societies (and what *that* means) must be based on lies. Briefly consider historical examples. Then explore the three greatest lies of our own society and how they show up throughout our lives. See if you agree! Understand what to watch for to understand how you’re being manipulated and therefore how to avoid it. And a new way to see what goes on around you.


Prerequisites
None

H571: H11967: Building Histories for Your Fantasy, Science Fiction, or Dystopia Full!
Difficulty: **

In the year 2150, we've colonized Mars. How did we get from here to there?

On the planet Trzymy, there is a plot to overthrow the Usurper! How did he come to power and what is the heritage of his country?

We're doomed. We know we're doomed. The leaders say so. Has it always been this way? If not, when did things change and how?

Creating a solid history to lean on in your story telling can make the tale a lot easier to craft for an author, or at least a lot easier to follow for a reader!

We will work to understand how histories work and what we need to do to build them!


Prerequisites
Must love one or more of the genres in the title and have a desire to create your own!

H458: Political Theory and its Application in Contemporary Society
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Christian Geramita

Do you have an interest in politics? Would you like to construct a foundation within the subject while also studying real-world examples of its practical application? Well, you’ve come to the right place. This class will take you on a journey mapping out the rudimentary aspects of a political system ranging from the basic structures of a government to the diversity of political ideology. We will look at countries like China, the U.K., the U.S., and others that manifest some basic commonalities of governments around the world in conjunction with their own unique aspects. We will also attempt to explore the history and impacts of policies surrounding contemporary issues around elections, education, healthcare, and foreign policy. Each day of instruction will be divided by topical relevance to the basic functions of a government, domestic policy, foreign policy, elections/campaigns, and political ideology. Activities, such as extended discussions guided by thematic questions, will be conducted regularly during the class to create an atmosphere of interactivity and comfortability. In this class, you will also be responsible for creating and presenting a final project on a relevant political issue and proposing a solution to said issue. To give you time in doing so, the last 15-30 minutes of each class day will be allocated for independent work and research on an approved topic. The main goal behind this project and the aforementioned class discussions would be to inspire you to pursue a career in debate, political science, or an associated field that tests your creativity and critical thinking skills. You will be tested on whether you can create both creative and pragmatic solutions to issues our modern world is facing today in the realm of politics. Lastly, this class will also lead you to attaining a broader understanding of the ideologies that drive political discourse today and where they come from within our socioeconomic environments.


Prerequisites
None

H493: Behavioral Economics: $1 Today or $2 Tomorrow? Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jen Park

Why do we spend money the way we do? Why do people love free giveaways so much? Is receiving $1 today better than receiving $2 tomorrow?

Classical economics assumes that people make "rational" money decisions. But as you've probably noticed in your real life, we don't always make great choices (for example, that shirt you bought and never wear...) Behavioral economics tries to address this. We'll talk about some common mistakes we make in our daily decisions and discuss ways to fight these biases.

H483: Snake Flags
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Bard Cosman

Where does the Don't Tread on Me rattlesnake come from, and why is it so loaded with meaning? The brazen serpent (neḥushtan) that Moses raised in the Book of Numbers is a convincing ancestor for the American snake flag family, of which the Gadsden flag is the best known. The neḥushtan also seems to be the ancestor of the fouled-anchor emblems of the world's navies--like the anchor on the US Marine Corps flag. In tracing these stories, we'll touch on language, history, Jewish and Christian religion, and how symbols encode meaning, and we'll show that you can discuss flags without talking politics.


Prerequisites

H510: The biochemical challenge to Ecstatic Religion -or- the nature of miracles.
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Bill Geraci

All religions have an "ecstatic" element to them. Think of Muslim Sufis, Jewish Kabalists or some of the Christian Monks or Hindu saints. But what if someone could achieve that ecstatic sate because of a stroke? What does that do to this aspect of religion?


Prerequisites
None

H468: President Madison on the Founding of the United States
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Bil Lewis

President James Madison would like to come to your classroom and lead a forum on the issues and debates leading to the establishment of this country. From 1776 onward, as the United States came into being, James Madison was at the center of it all.

With the assistance of audience members reading appropriate dramatic
quotations from Patrick Henry, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Dolly Madison, etc., he will lead investigations into events from the House of Burgesses, the Constitutional Convention, the “Dinner Party,” etc., that marked the coming of age of the United States.
More than a mere recitation of dates and facts, this will be an exploration the underlying reasons that prompted them to act as they did. Many of the issues they confronted then continue to be relevant today.
• Should we be one Country?
• What debts should be paid?
• Who gets the power of Taxation?
• Should a Private Bank issue money?
• Should we be agrarian? Or a center
of manufacturing?
• How do we limit the influence of Great Corporations on our public life?
• How can we protect the Common Man from the rapaciousness of the Rich and Powerful?
• How do we eliminate Slavery? • How do we make real the
“Spirit of ’76?” So we can truly say that “All Men are Created Equal.”

H521: Breaking the Silence: Suicide Prevention
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Albert Nguyen

Stress, anxiety and depression is on the rise - they create challenges for both society and individuals, especially during these uncertain times. And severe conditions can lead to the worst outcomes, such as suicide.

Suicide is much more common than we think. Let's have an open discussion, learn more about it, why it happens, and be willing to speak out about it. Suicide is strongest in secret. By talking about it, we can overpower it.

If you've experience loss by suicide, have struggled with it yourself, or know someone who does - please consider where you are emotionally before signing up for this class.

Respect and confidentiality: When peers share feelings in the group, all the members will treat that
person with the utmost respect and warmth. In addition, the content of the group will be kept confidential,
and we will all extend the same considerations to each other that we expect for ourselves.

H511: The Actual Nature of Human Nature Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Bill Geraci

Why do people act the way do? Tired of theories which don't work in the real world? Come hear what I’ve figured out so far. I approach this from several angles…and have two sentences which explain 80% of Our Human Endeavor. Let’s compare notes!


Prerequisites
None

H527: Defining Global Health in 2020
Difficulty: **

MIT Global Health Alliance presents an introduction to global health and the pandemic's impact on it. Get ready to have discussions about why it is important to remedy healthcare disparities. Why does it matter now? Besides COVID-19, what are other questions about global health and pressing challenges we need to address?

H550: Intro to Social Psychology Full!
Difficulty: **

Why do people behave differently in groups than they do when alone? Why would a perfectly reasonable person agree to administer shocks to somebody just because that person got questions wrong? Does power corrupt and if so, how? What experiment predicted what would happen at the prison, Abu Ghraib.


Prerequisites
Willingness to question assumptions and your own thinking. Willingness to listen to others.

H478: The Persian Wars 500-480 BCE
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Joshua Hoffman

This course will cover the famous Persian Wars between the Persian Empire and a coalition of Greek City-States headed by Athens and Sparta.

It will be lecture based but with plenty of room for questions and observations.

H486: Introduction to Navigating the Courtroom: Hands on Learning For Future Pre-Law students Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Shreya Chimpiri

To get what you want, you got to be able to fight for it. Whether it be a multi-million dollar business deal, a decade long fight for custody, or a crucial decision about whether to lock someone up for the rest of their days, being a good debater is an invaluable skill to win the high risk, high reward cases that lawyers are presented with everyday.

Come be a part of TWO engaging courtroom simulations where you'll get the chance to work as part of a legal defense team and create an argument on your own about topics on the docket right now. Think you have what it takes to be the next big lawyer?


Prerequisites
For the team exercise, there will be no prior preparation. All materials will be given to you during class time and arguments will be created on the spot. For the individual exercise, there are only 6 lawyer spots available with the rest of the class acting as jury members and dealing with decision deliberations. If you're interested in being one of the 6 and being assigned a topic that you'll have to create a very brief argument for beforehand, please email me at shreyachimpiri2022@u.northwestern.edu! I'll work with you through it, and I'd love to see you give actual lawyering a shot ;)


Math & Computer Science

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M512: Building Quantum Circuits Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Jordan Hines

How does a quantum computer work and what does an algorithm for one look like? In this class, we'll talk about the fundamentals of quantum computing with the help of IBM's online circuit composer, which will allow you to build your own quantum circuits and see what they do!


Prerequisites
Comfort with matrix operations

M513: Ramsey Theory Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Dylan Hendrickson

How many people do you need to put in a room to make sure four of them are either all friends or all strangers? Why does anyone care about huge numbers like Graham's number of TREE(3) come from? Ramsey theory asks how big a random object has to be for it to necessarily contain some structure.


Prerequisites
Be ready to think about math with little practical relevance. Having seen induction before will help, but isn't necessary.

M588: The Deterministic Finite Automaton (and more)
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ophir Horovitz

Take a dive into the Theory of Computation, one of the most exciting subfields of computer science! In this class, you'll learn about how problems in computation can be solved using mathematical objects called “machines,”, and how a specific type of problem allows a simple and beautiful type of machine to solve it. Take this class if you’re interested in discovering more about a fascinating field that lies at the intersection of computer science, mathematics, and logic!


Prerequisites
Some familiarity with set notation will help but is not required by any means.

M457: The Magic of the Internet Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Drew Wadsworth

How do computers communicate? What is happening when your browser asks Google to search the web, and how does Zoom run a video call? In this class, we will explore the concepts behind computer networks like the internet, including Wi-Fi, routing, reliability, and the applications that are built on top of the internet.


Prerequisites
Having seen binary (bits and bytes) may help but is absolutely not required.

M473: Intro to Algorithms Full!
Difficulty: **

Algorithms are the basis of programming and are ubiquitous in every day life. Learn the process of writing algorithms and how to use algorithms to solve problems.
We will be covering how the Curiosity Rover on Mars uses machine learning to navigate and you will have the chance to guide your own rover sprite through a maze.


Prerequisites
Access to a computer and internet required

M574: Natural Language Processing (How Siri, Google Translate, Alexa, etc. work) Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: David Morley

This class will cover some of the techniques that are used in natural language processing (word vector/character models, etc) and also provide a brief interlude into machine learning. Everyone should be able to get something out of this course no matter their skill set.

For those who want to
get the most out of the course it might be helpful to have a minor background in neural networks/machine learning to give context to the ideas presented,
for this introduction I would recommend the series by 3Blue1Brown on the
topic at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aircAruvnKk

M514: Cellular Automata Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Dylan Hendrickson

A cellular automaton is a grid of cells that changes according to simple rules, but can have complicated behavior. The most famous one is Conway's Game of Life. We'll discuss 1- and 2- dimensional automata, look at cool patterns they can produce, and see just how powerful they can be.


Prerequisites
You should be familiar with converting numbers to and from binary.

M595: Introduction to UX/UI Design
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Amy Nguyen

In this class, we'll explore the field of UX/ UI design. What is UX/ UI? Why does it matter? What can you do with it? You'll also learn to design a mobile application yourself!

M554: How to Win at (Some) Games Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Zachary Winkeler

I want to give a talk about how to win at games in general, but it turns out that games are hard.

Instead, I'll be talking about a very specific subset of games called "impartial games". These games are much easier to analyze, but are by no means trivial. Our goal will be to come up with a strategy to beat any impartial game. Along the way, we'll do some weird math like "playing tic-tac-toe with only X's" and "accidentally drawing a Sierpiński triangle on a chess board".

M479: Right Under Your Nose: How to Use The Internet to Find Out About Anything Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Salvatore LaRussa

You probably know that the internet is a great place to find all kinds of things like memes, recordings of Tik Toks, the directions to your friend's houses, and recipes for cakes you can make in a mug. But what about the more important stuff? Did you know that, publicly available on the internet, there is the information to figure out why there's that weird abandoned lot in your neighborhood? Or why the cops are racing past your house in the middle of the night? Or, even more surprising, that Border Patrol was using predator drones to spy on protestors in Minneapolis? Crazier still, using only publicly available information on the internet, people just like you and me have tracked down the soldiers involved in shooting down a passenger airliner over Ukraine, and are actively watching human rights abuses by dictators and despots all over the world. This class is about how you can use the internet to find out not only the stuff that everyone knows, but to figure out some things people have long forgotten or really want to stay hidden.


Prerequisites
All you need for this class are critical thinking and the ability to use Google. Also, as the description implies, some potentially alarming topics will be mentioned, including mass surveillance and terrorism. I will give some warning when I will be talking about these subjects, but this is just a heads up.

M519: How to Lose Money On The Internet: Political Statistics and Prediction Markets
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Thomas Sheridan

In this course, we will learn about the basics of probability (outcomes, probabilities, expected value) focusing on how these concepts are applied to real-world prediction markets. We will also look at how polling is conducted, and how accurate (or inaccurate!) it can be.

M489: How to write quality code like a professional
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Bob Allen

You already know how to write some code, but you want to learn the difference between the way you do it now, and how professionals who get paid good money write tested, easy to read, high-quality code.

I'll teach you as much as I can in 90 minutes: it's about test DRIVING your code, and making code that reads like prose, aka "clean" code.


Prerequisites
You must already be able to write code in Java or Python or JavaScript. If you can solve FizzBuzz at Cyber-Dojo.org or anywhere, that's good enough as a starting point.

M573: Euler's Identity
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Michael Frim

We are going to be deriving what has been described as the most beautiful theorem in mathematics: Euler's identity. A simple one-line equation that elegantly relates $$e,i,\pi,1,$$ and $$0$$, five fundamental constants of the universe. We will start by deriving the general form of Taylor expansion. We will then expand into the realm of complex numbers to see the beauty of the universe come alive. If time allows, we will discuss some of the applications of Euler's identity, from differential equations to quantum mechanics.


Prerequisites
Familiarity with complex numbers and taking derivatives.


Science

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S534: How to solve climate change Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Sam Allon, Jesse Gordon

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the world. In this class, we will learn about potential personal, technological, and technological solutions.

S542: Chakra
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Meena Jain, Mona Jain

Teach how to activate Charkras by chanting a mantra, color, and deep breathing. The word “chakra” from Sanskrit translates to “wheel” or “disk,”. There are seven charkras in our body. Within these chakras is pure healing energy centers within the human bocy. These seven charkras are the energy centers in out body which can be activated through chanting mantras, colors, and deep breathing to keep us health and happy.


Prerequisites
none

S500: COVID-19: What We Know
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Camryn Kellogg

All of our lives are being impacted by COVID-19, and this class will explore what we know so far, how we know it, and what this means moving forward.

This is a class for people of all levels- we will cover the very basics of viruses, what makes COVID-19 unique, and how we can best protect ourselves.

S562: History of Molecular Biology Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Catherine Stark

Come one come all to listen to the fascinating story of the history of molecular biology. We will embark on a journey to understand some of the key experiments that elucidated the central dogma and formed the framework for current understanding of how life works at the molecular level.


Prerequisites
curiosity! wonder! excitement!

S561: Interesting Results from Albert Einstein's Theory of General Relativity Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Keith Phuthi

We'll describe a number of interesting things that Einstein's theory of General Relativity predicted. A lot of these things were things that could not be measured at the time but with new experiments we continue to confirm many predictions made back in the early twentieth century.


Prerequisites
Some background in physics will be useful but not necessary. This class will be mostly description through pictures and not slogging through equations

S462: Brain Injuries and How They Help Us Understand the Brain
Difficulty: **

This course will briefly introduce the main lobes of the brain (for some background) before going into different case studies that touch into cognitive neuroscience. The studies that will be discussed will range from accidents leading to complete changes in personality to surgeries that caused amnesia. I will also introduce sources for future reading so that students can continue learning beyond this course. Background knowledge not necessary! Come learn about some really interesting cases that show us how fascinating the brain is!

S543: Yoga, mantra and meditation
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Meena Jain, Mona Jain

yoga for neck, back, shoulder, mantra, meditation, om chanting, yoga for stress release


Prerequisites
none

S491: Being Anti-Racist in STEM Classrooms: An Introduction
Difficulty: **

When we talk about anti-racist curriculum in schools, we often do not talk about STEM subjects. But STEM and the fight against racism are closely intertwined. This class is an introduction on how high school STEM classrooms can be actively anti-racist and empower their students of color. It will be especially interesting for students interested STEM and/or education and are looking to think about their education more critically. Lesson plan created with the Diversify Our Narrative campaign.

S532: This is Your Brain on Drugs: Neuopsychopharmacology
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lauren MacLachlan

We're going to cover and discuss a variety of potential topics relating to drugs (illicit and prescription) - their effects on behavior, their action in the brain, and even many of the societal implications of these agents' use and abuse.

If there are any questions you might have in particular, feel free to ask! I keep about a third of the class open for questions.


Prerequisites
Some biology, chemistry, or psychology might be helpful, since this class moves fairly quickly. The only thing I really ask is that you come into the class with an open mind and the ability to take the topics seriously - I keep most of the class lighthearted and funny, but you don't want to be the guy laughing because you think drugs are funny when we discuss opioid deaths :/

S598: Us vs Them: The Psychology of Prejudice
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Melissa Santos

How do humans learn to discriminate? Why are we loyal to groups, whether it be our family, school, country, or home sports team? Discover the psychological insights into human divisiveness: we'll discuss stereotyping, implicit biases, social identity, and more, and apply this knowledge to key case studies and current events.

S565: DNA: Polymerase Chain Reaction
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Meena Jain, Mona Jain

What is DNA and What is Polymerase Chain Reaction, how to extract sample and get the humam identification pattern to find out if two specimens are from same individual or from a different individual


Prerequisites
none

S484: The Unscientific Method: Challenges Facing Science As A Discipline
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Benjamin Rudshteyn

This class gives an overview of challenges facing science as a discipline. We’ll discuss how the Scientific Method should work and how it should plays out in practice in terms of topics such as the the following:
Publishing
Peer review
Plagiarism
Scientific misconduct
Public relations
Unconscious bias
Reproducibility


Prerequisites
High school level/Regents science classes

S531: Psychiatric and Neurological Disorder
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lauren MacLachlan

"Multiple personalities," hearing color, surviving a rod being blasted through your brain, and more - welcome to a whirlwind tour of neuroscience and abnormal psychology through the things that go wrong.


Prerequisites
Everything will be nice and light-hearted for the most part, but a number of our topics are fairly serious.

S593: Yeast, Fungi, and Bacteria: Beyond Bread, Mushroom, and Cheese
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Alexander Soohoo

When the general public thinks of yeast, fungi, and bacteria, there is a general feeling of unease. They are dirty; they are gross. Or, people associate these organisms with food. However, while unsettling to some and tasty to others, yeast, fungi, and bacteria have been a rich source of medicinally important natural products for the past century. There have been numerous U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs derived from these organisms, helping patients treat infections, lower cholesterol, and more. Can we discover more natural products that fight cancers, delay Alzheimer’s, or prevent heart disease? Additionally, these organisms have recently been utilized as “green factories.” Can these organisms be used to create fuels, biodegradable products, or alternative forms of meat? This course will provide an overview of current research using biology and chemistry to not only discover and develop new medicines but also to find alternative ways to create products we use every day. Join me as we go treasure hunting in some of the underappreciated parts of the natural world!

S599: The Psychology of Influence
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Melissa Santos

Why do we listen to other people? What compels us to obey, to conform, or to compromise? Join me for an interactive lecture about the psychology of influence! We'll talk about key psychological studies that will help us understand why our behavior is so affected by others around us, and how the power of influence can be used for both bad and good.

S541: Epidemiology: Disease Snapshots
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kenneth Cox

Are you tired of hearing about COVID-19??? Do you want to learn about diseases that are deadlier and harder to contain than COVID??? Take this class to find out!

S485: Introduction to Computational Chemistry
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Benjamin Rudshteyn

Computational chemistry is the branch of chemistry that uses computers to solve equations from quantum mechanics to solve problems in chemistry such as predicting the structure, properties, and patterns of reactivity of molecules. This course will be a very math-lite survey of what computational chemistry is about and the fundamental balance of computational expediency and accuracy.


Prerequisites
Regents level chemistry (AP is even better)

S518: Imaging Atoms Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Michael Boyer

Have you ever wondered how you can image the atomic structure of materials? In this class you will learn how one basic concept of quantum mechanics allowed for the development of a state-of-the-art experimental technique, scanning tunneling microscopy, to do just this. Then we will explore how the microscope is used to give information about materials at the atomic scale.


Prerequisites
None

S601: Introduction to Environmental Policy
Difficulty: **

Do you want to save the world? In this class, students will participate in a stakeholder-style activity to learn about how environmental policies are made and the politics behind these decisions.

S558: Wildfires
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Clair Travis

Fall means fire season for the Western United States! Ever wonder why California always seems to be on fire? Or how wildfires can get to be hundreds of thousands of acres? Or how fires like that are even fought? In this course we'll cover the basic ecology behind wildfires, how they are dealt with, their causes, and why they seem to be getting worse. We'll also go over resources at your disposal as a curious citizen for all large fires in the United States.

S472: Interacting with Light Full!

Why is the internet so fast? Why is spear fishing so hard? Can you measure microscopic things without a microscope? Learn how light plays tricks with our eyes, how fiber optics work, and how to measure the width of a hair without a microscope! We will talk about different properties of light, such as refraction and diffraction.


Prerequisites
None required. We will use some simple algebra and geometry.

S530: I'm Not a Morning Person: Chronobiology
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lauren MacLachlan

Circadian rhythms - everyone has one, right? Turns out that some people have rhythms that make them woefully nocturnal (hi), while some people would be better suited for life on another planet. This class is for anyone who HATES waking up early, anyone who's ever felt like they got run over by a bus after hopping some time zones, or anyone who is interested in why exactly the number "24" isn't just a social construct but is woven into our DNA.

We'll definitely be getting into some neuroscience and genetics here, but we're also gonna talk about what it's like to live in a cave and whether that sleeping cure your Grandma tells you "works every time" is real or not.


Prerequisites
A bit of genetics or biology would be helpful, but definitely won't get in the way!

S501: Lung Health 101
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Camryn Kellogg

Are you Pre-Med? Interested in diseases of the airway in lung? Got asthma?? Then this is the class for you! We will cover everything to do with lungs including anatomy, cellular biology, air quality, disease, pollution, and smoking.

S481: Ask a Surgeon about Appendicitis
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Bard Cosman

10% of our population gets this disease, traditionally treated surgically. To explain appendicitis, we touch on anatomy, physiology, medical history, surgical technique, and the movable boundary between medicine and surgery.
It's an interactive class (as in medical school) rather than a lecture, so I'll call on folks for responses. You don't need to prepare, just be willing to participate.


Prerequisites
Be willing to be called on and offer an opinion.

S544: Who Done It - An Introduction to Forensic Science Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Chloe Chow

How do forensic scientists figure out what happened at a crime scene from looking at the evidence?

We will be learning the basics of different modes of forensic analysis, from fingerprinting to weapons analysis to fiber analysis, and how they can be used to solve a crime. Through the examination of a mock crime scene, we will attempt to solve a "murder" by applying forensic skills to a problem. We will also learn about the role forensic science plays in the justice system, and how forensic science fails.

S579: Advances in Super-Resolution Microscopy
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Scott Hester

We are living in an unprecedented age of biological imaging. Courtesy of the development of genetically-encoded fluorescent proteins and the microscopes that exploit them, a wealth of biological dynamics have come to "light". This course will cover a wide range of imaging techniques, with emphasis on those that function below the diffraction limit. After a brief synopsis of the history of microscopy, various techniques such as PALM, SIM, Lattice Light Sheet (with adaptive optics), IsoView, and 2-Photon microscopy will be discussed. Fetal development, cancer metastasis, cellular endocytosis, dendritic arbor formation, neuronal firing kinetics, and single-molecule tracking will be illustrated using these methods.


Prerequisites
An interest in the biological world.

S526: Science at Home Mashup
Difficulty: **

Follow along in a series of experiments as we delve into science you can do at home. You will learn how make clouds, soda explosions, ooblek, and more!
Come and see what we have in store!

S515: A Battle of Forces: The Role of Inflammation in Disease
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Tanvi Banota

The immune system lies in a delicate balance between the Light and the Dark, mediated by the Force: inflammation. Like in Star Wars, the mediators of inflammation work together and against each other to ensure our bodies are capable of fighting disease, toxicity, and cancer. Inflammation seems to play a role in almost every major disease (including a major role in the progression of COVID), but there's so much we still don't know about it. Do the keys to curing diseases like Alzheimer's, pulmonary fibrosis, and heart disease lie in controlling our body's inflammatory response to them?

In this course, we'll use Star Wars as an analogy to take a closer look at your immune system and the inflammatory response, especially how macrophages -- the white blood cell commanders of your disease-fighting army -- are the "chosen ones" destined to bring balance to the Forces of inflammation, and how inflammation plays a larger role in disease than you might have ever imagined.


Prerequisites
Basic biology knowledge, no knowledge of Star Wars required!

S540: Why do we fail? Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Gary Zhang

It's not until you fall that you fly, but sometimes you just fall. In this class, we'll dive into cognitive science and how our brains enforce unconscious behavioral rules: designed to prevent failure, but which sometimes cause it instead. And since failure is a healthy part of the journey to success, we'll see how to code our psychological software to fail more, learn more, and thus fail less. *This course was previously offered as "How to fail, correctly" in the 2020 May Rainstorm program, and is identical in content.*

S495: Sleep, Do we Really Need It?
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Noah Milman

Learn about the biological basis of sleep and what happens when we don't get enough of it!

S456: An Exploration into Earth's Oceans
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Courtney Anderson

Have you ever wandered what lies at the bottom of the ocean? Or wondered how animals live under the bone crushing pressure of the ocean? Or even wondered how deep the deepest place on Earth is? In this seminar we will explore the the wonders of the ocean and it’s adverse impacts on our daily lives. Come and join this introductory seminar that is open to all who wish to learn about our blue planet!

S482: Ask a Surgeon about Cancer
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Bard Cosman

Talking about cancer, the family of diseases that is the #2 killer of Americans, means going into many different areas of medicine. To explain how these diseases are managed, we touch on anatomy, physiology, cancer staging, surgical technique, and the interaction between surgery and other medical specialties.
It's an interactive class (as in medical school) rather than a lecture, so I'll call on folks for responses. You don't need to prepare, just be willing to participate.


Prerequisites
Be willing to be called on and offer a response.

S529: Psychology Mythbusters! Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Melissa Santos

Do birds of a feather flock together? Do innocent people confess to crimes they didn't commit? Does birth order affect future life success?

If these questions keep you up at night, join me for a crash-course in psychology myth busting! We'll cover a dozen myths and review the psychological studies that either support or bust them.

S535: The mechanisms of life: An exploration in the anatomy of different animals Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Tony Kinchen

Have you ever wondered how a shark's body plan looked compared to a turtles, or how a shark's skin can actually function a lot like human teeth? There are so many amazing similarities and differences between the animals of our world, and yet we hardly ever question or notice them. This class will explore the anatomies of different animals from sharks, birds, to turtles. Come join us and see how connected all living things really are!

S583: Whodunit? How to Use DNA to Solve Crimes
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Alyssa Lyn Fortier

You've probably heard that DNA found at a crime scene can be used to identify criminals. But how exactly does this work? In this class, we'll explore the genetic principles behind forensic DNA matching and familial DNA matching, and the biases and privacy concerns that come with it.

S589: Learn to Save Lives by Stopping the Bleed
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nick Hakes

The number one cause of preventable death after injury is bleeding. Because someone who is severely bleeding can bleed to death in as little as five minutes, bleeding control — keeping the blood inside the body — is of utmost importance. In this class, Stanford Trauma Surgery will teach you how to save lives by Stopping the Bleed.

S497: The Cat Conspiracy: Human Brain Parasites and Other Oddities
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Chloe Noll

Do you have a morbid fascination with human parasites? Want to learn about microscopic organisms that will fuel your nightmares? Then this class is for you! From toxoplasma gondii to rabies to mad cow disease, we will learn learn how these parasites hack your neurology and examine the strange results that follow. In this class, we will focus specifically on parasites that change your brain and learn about new research revealing the shocking effects of a mind-altering parasite that has already infected at least 30% of humanity!

S564: Treating Cancer: Introduction to Radiation Oncology
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nadia Saeed

What is cancer? How do we prevent, diagnose, and treat it? Did you know radiation can be harnessed to target tumors? We'll explore the exciting field of oncology and work together through an interactive hands-on activity exploring radiologic anatomy.


Prerequisites
No specific prerequisites, although a basic course in biology would be helpful.

S525: Psychology: Tik Tok
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sina Zakeri

Want to learn how to renegade? Well then this might not be the exact course for you... In this fun course we are going to learn about the psychological impacts of Tik Tok! We will be exploring how Tik Tok impacts one's perceptions and grades, how it is structured to addict the users, and so on!

S480: Why do our scientists seem so clueless during COVID-19? An introduction to the modern scientific process
Difficulty: *

Early on during the COVID-19 pandemic, health experts and scientists made numerous mistakes, which to some degree misguided the general public. Understandably, many people start to question the credibility of these scientists. Why do they seem so clueless when it comes to COVID-19?
In this lesson, we will give an introduction to the modern process of science. We hope to provide a more accurate picture of modern scientific process. Spoiler alert: it is nothing like the movies...

S520: Magic Space Balloons and You: Molecular Orbitals and How Chemistry Really Works
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Thomas Sheridan

We will learn about the basics behind molecular orbitals and bonding in molecules. This course will go over (very briefly) how to make molecular orbital diagrams, the geometry behind molecular orbitals, and the conceptual basis behind how bonding actually happens.


Prerequisites
At least one chemistry class. This will be a relatively difficult (1st year college/senior year HS class) but I will start from the basics of chemical bonding.

S580: Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in the United States
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Derek Chen

Are you interested in medicine, public health, or a related healthcare career? Curious how where you live can affect your health? This class will introduce fundamental concepts about health among racial/ethnic minorities groups in the United States. Topics covered include learning about the indicators of population health to examining how neighborhood factors and socioeconomic status can influence health outcomes and health behaviors across racial and ethnic groups. We will also briefly cover how all this relates to the COVID19 pandemic.


Prerequisites
All students welcome!

S581: Cancer Genetics & Epigenetics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Derek Chen

Ever wondered how cancer arises in the first place? Interested in learning how genetics play a role in cancer? This class will introduce fundamental concepts in cancer genetics and discuss the genetic mechanisms & DNA repair mechanisms behind this disease. We'll also cover the epigenetics and how your environment may be playing a role in influencing your genetics.


Prerequisites
All students welcome!


Miscellaneous

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X522: Who Cares About Accounting? Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Felix Moisand

For most people accounting and boring go hand in hand. In this class, you'll learn how basic financial accounting is the language of business, how it can help you understand how well businesses are doing, and even how you can bring it back to your daily life.

X570: What We Say to People, What People Hear
Difficulty: **

“I don’t understand!” “What do you mean?” “How could you do that to me?” Have any of these been said to you? Did you know the answer? If you aren’t sure, take this course. We’ll discuss some of the reasons you are so misunderstood. The class will be lecture/discussion, with references to major theories and theorists as an inclusion, but not the major focus. The purpose of this course is to give you some tools for self-examination. It is neither for counseling nor for therapy.


Prerequisites
The major prerequisite is open-mindedness, and the other is to be non-critical of other participant.

X545: Investing in the Stock Market Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Andrew Richards

Want to learn how to invest in the stock market? Take this class to learn the basics, learn how the market is influenced by the pandemic, and practice investing!

X555: YOGA FOR BEGINNERS.
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Mona Jain, Anil Sharma

Class Title: yoga For Beginners

Category: Miscellaneous

Class Description:
SUKHASANA - EASY POSE--There are some amazing benefits of Sukhasana. It spreads a sense of calm and peace through your mind and body. Your body alignment is improved. Practicing this asana helps elongate your spine.
PADMASANA- ( LOTUS POSE)--The Posture is a power packed hip and heart opener, with numerous physical and spiritual benefits. It is one of the best meditative poses.
VAJRASANA-(THUNDERBOLT OR DIAMOND POSE)-It Strengthens pelvic muscles by changing the flow of blood and nerve impulses the pelvic region. It improves the whole digestive tract, relieves
stomach disorders such as acidity and peptic ulcer.
KAPAL BHARTI-(FIRE OF BREATH) -It Helps in Weight loss,Mental Agility,Blood Circulation,Enhances beauty, Healthy body organs,Stress relief. It lights up your life.
TULASANA-(BALANCE / SCALE POSE)-Strengthens your arms, wrists, and upper body region. Makes your shoulders strong.
Relaxes muscles and calm the mind. increases the sense of balance. It includes tightening the abs and bring out a rigid stomach. The muscles of your abdomen are pulled up tight and thus lungs show sign of improvement.

Prerequisites:
Any one is eligible for taking this class. There are no prerequisites required for this class as the class is for Beginners.


Prerequisites
Any one is eligible for taking this class. There are no prerequisites required for this class as the class is for Beginners.

X533: A Splash-tacular Game Show Full!
Difficulty: *

Since I've been little, I've cherished plopping myself on the couch and cranking through some episodes of my favorite game and competition shows.

But it's time I turn the tables. And so I have now devised my own game show - there'll be teams, there'll be challenges, and there may even be prizes. But I need the contestants, which is where you, my young Splasher, come into play. Whatever your thing is - solving puzzles, thinking outside the box, competitive drive... Game on.

Featuring challenges inspired by Chain Reaction, Only Connect, and more!


Prerequisites
You don't have to be a Jeopardy whiz to play this game! This game is fun for everyone and will be highly interactive - so be prepared to work as a team with your fellow Splashers!

X516: Intimate Justice: Reimagining Sex Ed
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Grace Kwak

*First day of health class*
Teacher: "Don't have sex, because you will get pregnant and die! Don't have sex in the missionary position, don't have sex standing up, just don't do it, OK, promise? OK, now everybody take some rubbers." — Mean Girls (2004)

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If you've seen the movie Mean Girls, you know this scene is just for laughs. But actually, that kind of sex ed isn't too far off from the reality in U.S. high schools today. For example, did you know that only 17 states require sex ed program content to just be *medically accurate*? Yep, and there are a lot more mind-boggling facts where that came from.

Or maybe you feel like you've learned enough -- you know that contraception is good and STI's are bad, and maybe some basics about sexual consent too. But I think there's a lot more to sex ed than learning what's safe and legal. If you'd like to dip your toes in some sex ed that's *feminist* (i.e. why do straight women typically orgasm less than men during sex — and how can we change that?), *inclusive* (i.e. how can we approach sex ed in an LGBTQ-inclusive way?), and *supportive* (i.e. how do we figure out our own values, boundaries, and desires regarding sex), this class is for you!

X461: Get Into the College of Your Dreams with the Perfect College Essay!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Neira Ibrahimovic

Are you wondering what it takes to get into the school of your dreams? Well look no further- this class will teach you all about how to write the perfect college essay that will make you a strong candidate for any school! Come learn about the steps to writing your essays, tips to make them better, and even get a head start by starting today! I'll also show you all my college essays that got me into UCLA and UC Berkeley, and we can work together from there... this class is a MUST!

***Disclaimer: We do not guarantee admission into the college of students’ choice.***

X528: Hack your life! Time management and tackling procrastination Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Melissa Santos

Got a lot on your plate? Join me for an interactive workshop where we strategize how to best make use of our time and find motivation. Emphasis on the psychology of procrastination, flexible planning, consistently using a planner/calendar, and of course, finding time for self-care.

X460: Rubik's Cube 101 Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Richard Parada

Have a spare Rubik's Cube lying around the house? Ever wondered how to solve it? Look no further! This class is your one stop shop for solving the cube! No prior cubing experience necessary; come with a cube ready to learn!

If you have any other puzzles feel free to bring them!


Prerequisites
A standard 3x3 Rubik's Cube. $4 quality cubes here: https://www.thecubicle.com/collections/3x3-speed-cubes?sort_by=price-ascending

X602: How to Negotiate and Get More of What You Want
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Alisa Yu

From asking for a better salary offer, to advocating your viewpoint to people who disagree, negotiation is a critical skill in life. This class will teach you to negotiate strategically and confidently with others, and will help debunk some fundamental misconceptions about the negotiation process. In this lecture-style class, you will learn practical and actionable tips to get more of what you want in your life and future career.

X572: How to Build Meaningful Relationships: Personal and Professional
Difficulty: *

“It’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know.” Put simply, relationships are your key to success. Oftentimes, reaching out to that individual who fascinates you can be the hardest step, but also the most rewarding. Learn all about how to start and develop meaningful relationships to expand your network and make lifelong friends, so you reach fulfillment in every aspect of your social/professional life.


Prerequisites
N/A

X575: How to Love Yourself Unconditionally
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Emmy Ibrahimovic

When we love ourselves, we can more freely love others. To create world peace, we must first find inner peace. Self love is the bridge to a more peaceful, compassionate world.

So, how do we overflow and give ourselves this self love? This course will provide you with some POWERFUL practices including affirmations, journaling, and breathwork to deepen your relationship with your being, so that you can show up for your community as your most radiant, beautiful self!

X556: Surviving YouTube Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Andrea Massari

The internet is hunting ground for pretend intellectuals who spread dangerous ideas. Let's watch videos and learn a couple of tools to see through their game: rationalizations, confidence acts, truism dilution, deepities...

X576: How to Transform Your Connection with Food and Nature
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Emmy Ibrahimovic

This course will help you build a healthy relationship with food and will profoundly deepen your connection with Mother Nature. We will learn how to practice mindful and intuitive eating, so that we can be present and fully appreciate our food. We will particularly be focused on vegan foods that are grown from the Earth. We will also introduce some transformative ways to connect with Nature that will inspire you to look within and experience YOUR True Nature.

X577: Spirituality for Beginners
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Emmy Ibrahimovic

This course will expand your awareness on what spirituality truly means and how to apply spirituality into your daily life. For instance, you will be receiving a guided meditation, which will reconnect you to your inner light. After this course, you will be so much more self aware and feel a deeper connection with all of Life. This course is a must for anyone who has just started or who is on their spiritual journey. You will gain the tools necessary to raise your vibration and expand your consciousness so that you can be of greatest service to humanity.

X600: Intro to Pilates
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Amisha Iyer

Ever tried working out in your bedroom? Did you hit yourself on the wall or crash into your bed? Did your parents complain about the thumping when you tried to do jumping jacks? Quarantine workouts aren't ideal when you don't have the space or the motivation. But wait, there's a solution. Enter Pilates, a chill, bedroom-friendly way for you to keep active and take a break from the stress of online school. All you need is a yoga mat (or yoga mat sized space), a water bottle and a small towel, and you're ready to start on your Pilates journey!

X563: All About American Crosswords
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Emily Yi, Wayne Zhao

You've probably done, or at least seen a crossword sometimes in your life, but have you ever stopped to think about how they became so ubiquitous? Come learn all about the history of crosswords, from their humble tiny origins, through a surprisingly starring role during WWII, all the way up to the modern history of computer-assisted cruciverbalism! Along the way, hopefully you'll pick up a few resources and jargon across all of crossword-dom.

X459: Tachyon “Technologia”
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Michelle Dong

“Tachyon” is the photon that is faster than light speed that currently believes that it should not exist. “Technologia” is the root for technology in ancient greek, which means “systemic treatment.”

Tachyon “Technologia” is a fast-paced course bricolaging introductions to history of science, postmodernism literature, scientific discovery and ideas in Astrophysics this century, and recent technology developments. The central purpose of this bricolage is to show the creativity of scientific and technological ideas and how the ideas have influenced the life of the people in creative ways.

The postmodern belief that a correct description of reality is impossible is developed from Nietzsche’s idea of all truth is limited, approximate, and is constantly evolving, Bohr’s Copenhagen interpretation of quantum physics, Einstein’s special relativity, etc. Deriving from the philosophical and scientific ideas, postmodernism deals with concern of representation and irony of self-awareness. Though hyperreality, flattening of affect, intertextuality, metafiction, etc. Postmodernism literature sees human experience as unstable and sees an individual as fragmented, yet the individual and society try to bricolage different pieces to make it a unique art with special approaches.

In Astrophysics, superluminal motion is an interesting concept that due to the geometric effect, when we try to find a object travelling near the speed of light, it would appear to travel at the 7 times of the speed of the light usually and it could approach to 120 times if it is even closer to the light speed. When people try to find objects that travel at a certain angle near light speed in space, people need not limit themselves to try to find the objects that appear to travel near light speed, but need to look at much faster objects, and thus wilder creativity is really necessary in Astrophysics and all science and technology.


Prerequisites
None

X552: Help solve climate change
Difficulty: **
Teachers: John Gage

We know the technical changes needed for a relatively safe climate future: reduce human-made greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050 and reduce CO2 in the air to 350 ppm well before 2100. We also know that when pollution is free, we get too much of it. Climate pollution is still free in most countries. Economists say the cheapest, fairest, and most comprehensive way to address our climate pollution problem is a three-part solution:
1) Put a steadily increasing price on climate pollution when it enters the economy,
2) Give the money collected to the third party that is being harmed (all households equally), and
3) Use border carbon adjustments to protect US businesses and push our carbon price around the world.
A strong carbon price signal will incentivize efficiency, innovation, transition, and drawdown. Sending the cash back to households will protect purchasing power. It sounds so easy! What's preventing us from doing this? Is it possible to break the logjam and save ourselves? Can any of us do anything to help solve the most significant existential crisis human civilization has ever faced? Yes, we can. Each of us can take effective action in this pivotal moment in humankind’s history. Ordinary citizens advocating for change is our last, best hope to avoid climate catastrophe. Let's get started right now!

X517: College and Scholarship Workshop
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Elizabeth Barahona

I will help you learn about the college and scholarship process.

*Disclaimer: Rainstorm does not guarantee admission to any higher education institution with participation in this program.