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Arts

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A870: Indian cooking, how to make Indian Fresh Bread
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Mona Jain, Meena Jain

How to make Indian Fresh Bread


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
No


Engineering

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E918: Materials Gone Wrong!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Andrew Lee

It's a bad day when your phone screen cracks or your car tire pops, but imagine your entire cargo ship splitting in two! Join us for this demo-filled extravaganza where we examine materials in extreme environments and how it leads to their untimely demise!


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
None


Humanities

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H855: I Spy: Greco-Roman Mythology
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Tashi Treadway

Consider Greco-Roman mythological stories and their deeper meanings by observing visual art - ancient and modern. Come prepared to share your thoughts!


Class Style
Seminar

H857: 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 below 350 ppm by 2100. We also know that when pollution is free, we get too much of it. Climate pollution is still free in most countries. The most powerful and fair way to address our climate pollution problem is to fix the market's failure to account for it with a three-part solution:

1) Charge fossil fuel producers for the climate pollution in their products,
2) Give the money collected to all households on an equal basis, and
3) Use border carbon adjustments to protect US businesses and push the 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 and support the high price needed. Complementary policies are also necessary, but this is our best first step.

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!


Class Style
Lecture

H862: 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.”


Class Style
Activity

H863: History of Magic and Alchemy in the Western World
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Hunter Newman

History isn't just a bunch of names, dates, and facts. It is the story of human civilization from the beginning to now. In this class we will cover the story of both magic and alchemy from their mysterious origins to how they are used today. We'll cover these practices through history. From the first villages during Prehistory to the creation of Wicca and how magic and alchemy are used today. This class will also touch on specific topics such as philosophers stone and certain witch trials.


Class Style
Lecture

H865: Algorithmic Justice through Media Literacy Education
Difficulty: *
Teachers: MELDA YILDIZ

This workshop investigates the role of Algorithmic Bias/ Injustice integrating new technologies such as Global Positioning System (GPS) while developing global competencies, geospatial intelligence, and computational thinking skills. It offers creative strategies and possibilities for eradicating myths and misconceptions in education. We will engage in a wide range of media literacy activities exploring geospatial and computational thinking skills. We will investigate alternative points of view on news, global issues, algorithmic bias, and social justice through media literacy education.


Class Style
Discussion

H866: ASL Fingerspelling and Classifiers
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Charlie Orsburn

*Part 1!* See "ASL Fingerspelling and Classifiers (H868) for Part 2!

If you are learning ASL and you feel like you are all thumbs when it comes to fingerspelling. Or, when someone finger spells something you think "I have no idea what they spelled!"
This is the class for you. We will spend the first hour learning what you know and working out the kinks. The second hour will be spent on using classifiers those pesky handshapes that aren't signs at all, but are used for storytelling, joke telling, poems, and NO, not for charades. Although, they are very useful when you are in a foreign country and don't know the language, but user beware.


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
American Sign Language fingerspelling and at least some ASL exposure. Students should be comfortable with "cameras on" so that we can communicate with ASL!

H867: ASL Fingerspelling Shortcuts
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Charlie Orsburn

*Part 2!* See "ASL Fingerspelling and Classifiers (H867) for Part 1!

Are you are learning ASL and feel like you are all thumbs when it comes to fingerspelling? Or, when someone finger spells something, and you say to yourself: "I have no idea what they spelled!"? This is the class for you. We will spend the first hour learning what you know and working out the kinks. You will become more confident in your fingerspelling and in reading someone else's fingerspelling. We will also work on using classifiers. If you aren't familiar with the term classifiers, don't worry. If you have taken an ASL course you have seen them. Be prepared to be seen. Fair warning. You will be expected to participate in this course and be seen on the zoom in front of the class. It will be fun and everyone will make mistakes. We learn not from our successes but from our failures. I know. It took me six years to learn ASL and I am still learning 30 plus years later


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
American Sign Language (ASL) fingerspelling and at least some ASL exposure. Students should be comfortable with "cameras on" so that we can communicate with ASL!

H879: China's Century of Chaos (19th Century)
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Joshua Hoffman

Join in on the roller-coaster ride that was Dynastic China's final century. How 4,000 years of Dynastic rule was ended in under 100. From envy of the world to utter and total collapse.


In this lecture style class, I will be telling the story of these events, such as the two wars over drugs, how China almost became ruled by the self-proclaimed brother of Jesus, and how the Emperor sided with the very rebels that wanted to overthrow them. And more!


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
None. This course is specifically designed to be understandable to everyone.

H886: Germanic Tribes and the Creation of Englaland (England)
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Owen Sheard

This course hopes to help explain many of the obscurities around revolving around the fall of Roman Britain and the beginnging of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms which led to the modern day English people. We hope to show you new ways of looking at ancient cultures, especially those peoples we would assume to be basic 'barbarians' using archaeological/literary/genetic/anthropological techniques - disciplines everyone may have some interest in based on a STEM or humanities background


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
None

H888: Introduction to Journalism
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Anne Wen

What's the difference a paparazzi and news reporter? What's the value of documents and legacy media? How do we differentiate fake news? In this class, you learn about the basics of news reporting. Compared to movie clips that show reporters chasing people around, you get a sense of the types of stories that reporters write, the questions they ask, and the value of journalism.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
Open to everyone, but the class is intended for people without any journalism experience.

H895: Behavioral Economics: $1 Today or $2 Tomorrow?
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.


Class Style
Seminar

H899: Viking Age Iceland
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Hunter Ford

Ever wonder what the vikings did when they weren't busy raiding and pillaging? In Iceland they created a free society of independent people where law, culture, and creativity flourished. Who were these first Icelanders? What was their daily life like? And how did they resolve conflicts in a land with no king or government? We'll answer these questions and many more as we explore the fascinating history of Viking Age Iceland.


Class Style
Seminar

H919: Thinking Correctly
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ruhi Khan

This course will go over various heuristics and fallacies our brain uses when we think. We will explore why we make decisions and how to make correct decisions.


Class Style
Lecture

H902: We Live in a Society: Political Philosophy 101
Difficulty: **

Have you ever felt lost in history class hearing about all of those influential thinkers? If so, this class is for you! In this class we will cover political philosophers such as: Aristotle, Plato, Machiavelli, Locke, Hobbes, and Rousseau and explore how they approached human nature and society. No prior knowledge of these philosophers is expected, come willing to learn and discuss!


Class Style
Lecture


Math & Computer Science

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M861: Inside Java
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Bil Lewis

Goals:

Students will leave the class with a solid understanding of the basic design of Java and the JVM. We will not write any JVM byte code, but we will examine it.


They will understand how method dispatch works via both Classes and Interfaces.

They will know how Objects are laid out in memory, where Instance Variables are stored, how they are accessed.

They will see how Hardware Interrupts turn into Unix Signals, into Java Exceptions, and are handled.


The class will open with an exploration of Java from Eclipse, using reflection interfaces. We will compare Java to Common Lisp and C++. We will continue on to consider type hierarchies, multiple inheritance, and primitives.

The class concludes with an open discussion of anything the Students want to talk about.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
A solid basic understanding of Java.

M890: An Algorithm a Day Keeps the Doctor Away? Ethical Consequences of AI in Healthcare
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jennifer John, Amir Zur

Google recently launched an app that uses AI to diagnose skin cancer. Human dermatologists notoriously underperform in detecting conditions when their patient's skin is dark, but will AI do better?

To answer this question, we'll explore different notions of fairness, how they've been applied in algorithms, and how they perform in medical case studies.

Whether you're interested in medicine, computer science, or something else entirely, this class will provide you with a framework to ethically analyze a variety of scenarios and understand the impact AI might have on healthcare.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
No prereqs; excitement to learn and discuss!

M896: Introduction to Sorting Algorithms
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Zachary Siegel

This course will cover some of the most common sorting algorithms used in computer science, including insertion, selection, merge, and quick sort. We will be covering the theory behind the algorithms as opposed to the code; therefore, no previous coding experience is required. The course will culminate in a sorting challenge, where students will be tasked with identifying various sorting algorithms through various pieces of information about an array that is being sorted!


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Previous basic coding experience would be beneficial, but not required.

M901: How to Use The Internet to Find Out About Anything: Now with Even More Internet!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Salvatore LaRussa

In the past couple of years, everything has gone remote at least once. We've learned to take classes, go to doctor's appointments, and have parties over Zoom. At this point, the internet is probably the last thing you expect to be surprised by. But it also contains more information than you could ever remember, and more words than you can read in a lifetime. This class aims to show you the stuff you haven't seen yet. Join me as we explore everything from open-source NSA coding tools to the complete works of Shakespeare, and answer questions ranging from "what is American cheese, actually?" to how to evade facial recognition software on social media.

Note: This is an entirely updated version of a class offered during previous Rainstorms; you do not need to have attended the previous class, nor will this one repeat material. Check out one of those previous versions here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtQrPttZrHY


Class Style
Lecture

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. I will give some warning when I will be talking about these subjects, but this is just a heads up.

M921: Trippy Transitions and Efficient Exchanges: Basic Models of Computing
Difficulty: **

In this class, we will learn about theoretical computational models including Deterministic Finite Automata (DFAs) and Non-Deterministic Finite Automata (NFAs) and learn how to make and test an NFA using an online tool. We will also touch on the theory of distributed computing by exploring communication complexity: if two computers need to work to solve a problem, how do we minimize the amount of times they need to exchange data? After taking this class, you will have a good understanding of some of the fundamental models that underpin computers.


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
Basic familiarity with binary numbers (for instance, understanding how to add and subtract binary numbers and conversion to and from decimal numbers) Some interest in computer theory

M923: How to Win at (Some) Games
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".


Class Style
Lecture


Science

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S856: Exceptional Embryos: insights into development
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Honorine Destain

Have you ever wondered how conjoined twins come to be? Or whether the accounts of babies with tails or gills are really true? Can you be born with all of your organs in different places inside your body? The answer to these, and many other, fascinating questions lies in embryology, the study of how organisms develop as embryos. In this class, we’ll discuss fringe embryological cases, like the famous dipygus Myrtle Corbin, and what they reveal to us about the biological processes behind how we go from being a fertilized egg to a fully formed person.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
Some knowledge of biology is helpful, but not required.

S860: Bioinspired Design
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Tatum Dwyer

Bioinspired design views the process of how we learn from Nature as an innovation strategy translating principles of function, performance and aesthetics from biology to human technology. The creative design process is driven by interdisciplinary exchange among engineering, biology, medicine, art, architecture and business. We will learn about the biomimicry design process from original scientific breakthroughs to entrepreneurial start-ups using case studies that include gecko-inspired adhesives, robots that run, fly and swim, artificial muscles, computer animation, medical devices and prosthetics while highlighting health, the environment, and safety.


Class Style
Lecture

S864: MCB 000: Advances in Super-Resolution and Fluorescence 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 vast 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, STORM, Lattice Light Sheet (with adaptive optics), IsoView, and 2-Photon microscopy will be discussed. Immune cell activity, fetal development, cancer metastasis, cellular endocytosis, neuronal firing kinetics, and single-molecule tracking will be illustrated using these methods.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
An interest in the biological world.

S871: What is Polymerase Chain Reaction
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Mona Jain, Meena Jain

What is Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)?
How to amplify DNA using PCR


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
none

S872: Yoga and Deep Breathing
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Mona Jain, Meena Jain

yoga for neck, back, shoulder, eyes, knee, meditation, and deep breathing


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
none

S875: Human Identification Through DNA Typing
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Meena Jain, Ram Kishore

What is DNA
What is Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
How to amplify DNA by PCR


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
none

S876: Vaccines: Fighting off the Pandemic!

This course will explain how vaccines harness the power of the immune system to protect against future infections. It will also discuss different types of vaccines,
emphasizing modern technologies used in the current COVID vaccines. Finally, this course will illustrate how
herd immunity and other public health measures work to prevent spread of an infection at a population level.


Class Style
Seminar

S883: The Science of Using Crystals for Harnessing and Controlling Energy
Difficulty: ***

Energy -- making it, storing it, using it, and doing it all sustainably -- is one of the biggest challenges facing the world. Crystals are beautiful, intriguing, and claimed by many enthusiastic bloggers to have elusive properties for controlling and harnessing our inner energies. But in the world of real science, crystals are perhaps more exciting and powerful than any blogger imagined--including harnessing, storing, and controlling energy in the 21st century! We will talk about how the chemistry and physics of crystals leads to exciting properties and applications to solar cells for catching sunlight, batteries for storing energy, catalysts for clean fuels, and maybe even superconductors. In addition to materials already in use, we will explore future energy applications involving cutting edge nano- and quantum-materials. Along the way, we will learn about bonding, lattices, band structure, surfaces, and other fundamentals of material science underlying these critical applications.


Class Style
Lecture

S884: A Chemist and Physicist Tackle the Question: What is the World Made Of?
Difficulty: ***

What is the world made of? Different scientific fields each have unique tools and perspectives when it comes to exploring and describing the matter which surrounds us. In this class, an enthusiastic teaching duo - consisting of a chemist and a physicist - will take you on a journey of the different chemical and physical approaches scientists use to understand the material world. We will answer big questions like “how do different energy scales explain why the sky is blue?” and “how do bonding and symmetry combine to make metals conduct electricity?”. Through this exploration, we will learn how physicists and chemists think about matter and how we can combine these different understandings to answer key questions about the world around us. As a bonus, we will talk about our individual journey’s as scientists in chemistry and physics and give a quick breakdown of cutting-edge research happening in our laboratories.


Class Style
Lecture

S885: Five Paths through Physics

When you hear “physics,” you might think of a class taught in high school, or as headlines about detecting gravitational waves or photographing a black hole. However, the road from first experiencing physics to active research is often confusing, and it looks very different for each person. In this seminar-style class, five early-career physicists describe their journeys to physics, and their exciting study of stars, atoms, materials, plasmas, and quantum gravity. The class will conclude with a question-and-answer session where students can ask about science, career paths, life in physics, or anything else.


Class Style
Seminar

S889: Why is plastic recycling a lie
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Yuelang Chen

You are taught to recycle plastic waste. You see recycling labels on almost all plastic products. There are recycling bins everywhere. However, why is plastic pollution getting worse and worse? Is it consumers’ fault? In this class, you will learn why plastic recycling is a lie, and how this lie has worked for so many people for so long.


Class Style
Discussion

S891: Animal Behavior - The Basics
Difficulty: **

What drives behavior in animals? How do animals respond to danger? How do animals learn and why do they play? We will explore these topics (and a few more) and consider why behavior matters in the wild.


Class Style
Discussion

S897: CRISPR: Opportunity or Threat?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Audrey Xu

What are the components of CRISPR/Cas9 Genome Editing? What implications does CRISPR have for our future?Why is CRISPR not widely used? What are the underlying ethical concerns regarding CRISPR? What determines the possibility of advancements from mice to humans in the near future? In this class, you will not only be able to learn about what CRISPR is, but also the consequences of CRISPR and the social agents that are interwoven with CRISPR development. Enjoy this adventure!


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Everyone is welcomed!

S898: Nuclear Energy
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Hunter Ford

We'll cover the science and history of nuclear power plants: how they work, how they've evolved, and what the future of nuclear power might look like. From the promise of nearly unlimited clean power to the threat of nuclear disasters like Chernobyl, join us as we explore the amazing world of nuclear energy!


Class Style
Lecture

S903: Medical Technology: Past, Present, and Future
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Charlie DeLorey

If you are at all interested in the multidisciplinary field of medical technology, this is for you! This course will present a brief history of medical tech, technologies currently in use today, and some that could be in our near future. Technologies that will be discussed include: the da Vinci surgical robot, hybrid CT imaging, implantable biosensors, and augmented reality in surgery. This course will be in lecture format with time for questions whenever they come up.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
A familiarity with physics and biology concepts (like the electromagnetic spectrum, human organ functions, etc.) will help, but can be picked up during the course as well.

S906: 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 seminar (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.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
Willingness to see and talk about some gross things, get called on, and participate. You aren't expected to know any answers, but you should want to engage with the material.

S907: 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.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
Willingness to see and talk about some gross things, get called on, and participate. You aren't expected to know any answers, but you should want to engage with the material.

S913: Imaging Atoms
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.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
None

S915: Understanding Dark Matter
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Joel Bernstein

You may have heard that over 80% of the matter that makes up our universe is mysterious "dark matter." But if we can't see it, how can we possibly know that it's there? In this class, I'd like to convince you that most galaxies we observe must contain dark matter - even if we don't know what it is.

At it's core, this is a physics problem. Luckily, there are only two equations needed, both of which you've seen before if you've taken a high school physics class. If you haven't, don't fret! I'll still be giving you an intuitive understanding of why we need dark matter. The equations will just be there for those who want to see them.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
No prior knowledge is needed. However, if you've taken a physics class, or seen the equations for 1) gravity and 2) centripetal force, you'll be amazed at how simple the solution to our problem is!

S916: MIT Linguist vs. Tom Scott
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Trevor Driscoll

YouTuber Tom Scott has a series of videos in which he addresses a variety of linguistic phenomena. He's intelligent and charismatic, but has anyone fact checked this guy? Can the complexities of language be adequately captured in his 5 minute video format? In this class, you'll get to see where Tom Scott gets it right, gets it wrong, doesn't have enough time to discuss the nuance, and learn about the science underlying this beloved video series.


Class Style
Discussion

S917: Disability - Neurodiversity - Superpower: A Neuroscientific Examination
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lauren MacLachlan

In this class, we'll consider a number of neuropsychiatric conditions across contexts of advantages and disadvantages in function. We'll learn what biology we can about these conditions through neuroscience and genetics, and we'll bring that understanding to light when examining behavior and society.

Some focuses will include: Models of disability, neurodevelopmental conditions like ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder, DSM-defined personality disorders like Borderline Personality Disorder, the relationship of mood and schizophrenia spectrum disorders and creativity, intrinsic circadian rhythm disorders like Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder, and some additional considerations like synesthesia or Congenital Insensitivity to Pain.


Class Style
Discussion

Prerequisites
I'll teach you all the biology and science you'll need to know, but we'll move fast! Since this course concerns material that is especially personal to so many individuals (including many of your peers!), be sure to come in with a scientific and respectful perspective :)

S924: The Science of Pokémon: Synthetic Biology and More
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lauren MacLachlan

Did you grow up trying to catch 'em all? Or are you looking to answer the real questions - is it actually possible for a whale to breed with a cat? Can a creature eat like a plant, or... Breathe fire? Could we actually create an electric yellow mouse in a lab?

Make no mistake - this is a class on genetics and a crazy field called synthetic biology, which you've heard of in news stories on "designer babies" and CRISPR, and in movies like Jurassic Park.

So let's stretch our imagination and see what biology allows. It'll all start with a woolly mammoth frozen in ice, an elephant uterus, and a really long needle...


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
At least know what Pokémon are so I don't seem crazy :P

S925: A Brain Made Out of People: The Stilwell Brain
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lauren MacLachlan

All we need is a football field, custom t-shirts, some sort of flag-based signaling mechanism, and 200 of our closest friends - great!

Well, we may not have those things, but fortunately our friend Michael of Vsauce was able to string it all together for us in his Kansas hometown. The experiment that results is a fantastic demonstration of really important concepts in neuroscience, like sensation, perception, and how your brain is able to communicate within itself to integrate the smallest of inputs like the light your eyes process into things that actually make sense, like images of numbers or colors or your grandma.

We're going to use The Stilwell Brain as a vehicle to dive deeper into the visual system, neural communication, and sensation and perception!


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
This course might be slightly easier to follow if you watch The Stilwell Brain (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rA5qnZUXcqo), but be advised we'll be watching basically all of it in class!

S927: Location, Location, Location: Bacteria and Evolution
Difficulty: **

If I were a bacteria, what would I value? How do bacteria interact and cope with their environments? What do the bacteria on my gut and skin do? How do my bacteria interact with the animals and plants I am surrounded by? Where did all these bacteria come from? We will address all this and more during our class section. We will highlight why we as humans rely on the trillions of microbes that surround us or reside inside of us.


Class Style
Lecture

S877: Viruses 101
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kalani Ratnasiri

What are viruses? Are viruses alive? How do viruses cause disease? Come learn about these tiny, disease-causing agents through discussion and fun games! We'll answer the questions above and more as we go through the basics of the viral life cycle and take a closer look at specific viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, HIV, norovirus, dengue and Ebola.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
eagerness to learn

S887: The Quantum Realm and our Universe: An introduction to the Standard Model and the elusive Neutrinos
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Olivia Bitter

Scientists have an innate curiosity to push the boundaries of their knowledge of the universe. What else would have led them to discover particles smaller than atoms, like protons and electrons? But why stop there? What if there were even smaller particles and what if these could help explain the great mysteries of the cosmos from the Big Bang to the present day? Well, that’s exactly what the field of particle physics studies. Welcome to the wacky world of subatomic quantum particles that is the subject of a vibrant and fast-growing area of physics research. This seminar seeks to introduce and illuminate exactly what this area of physics is and to further highlight the subatomic particles known as neutrinos which could answer many important questions in modern physics. An extension into the interdisciplinary nature of particle physics will also be discussed including how high school students can start to be involved in meaningful research in this field.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
Curiosity and an open mind!

S904: Let's Tour The Invisible! An Adventure in Particle Physics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Barkotel Zemenu

They say your face is bombarded by trillions of particles every second. Which you don’t see.

They say your hair contains many trillion atoms. Which you can’t see.

And they even say your Wi-Fi comes from an invisible spectrum. Which, of course, you will never see!

Finally, they say, all the things you don’t see make up the things you do see! So what do you see?

Particle physics can be surprising, confusing and downright funny at times. In this class, we’ll attempt to explore the tiniest and the fundamental things in nature. Not only do we focus on *what* we know (sorry, what “they” know) about the world, but also think about *how* they know what they know.

At the end of our Tour in Particle Physics, maybe you’ll see the atoms in your hair, the particles slapping your face, and the Wi-Fi that got you through Zoom days.


Class Style
Lecture

S914: Introduction to Lagrangian Mechanics
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Wyatt Kremer

Identifying bodies within a system, drawing free body diagrams, and using F=ma to solve for the resulting motion - are all dynamics problems just an application of Newton's laws? We will explore a powerful formulation of mechanics called Lagrangian formalism and why we would ever prefer to use it. In doing so, we may find that our understanding of solving basic mechanics problems grows more profound.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Familiarity with basic Newtonian mechanics and calculus will help you better understand our derivations


Miscellaneous

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X868: YOGA FOR BEGINNERS.
Difficulty: **
Teachers: 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.


Class Style
Activity

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

X878: Change Ringing - mathematical music
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Tom Farthing

We explore the ancient art of English Change Ringing. Traditional English tower bells rotate through a full-circle which produces a powerful sound, but preclude the playing of "normal" music. However, a set of bells can be rung in succession to create a ribbon of sound. If the ringers ring the bells in rapid, structured, unique permutations, you have the challenging, fun, interdependent game of Change Ringing


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
It will be helpful if students create a (free) account on na.ringingroom.com

X881: How to Live Your Life Like a VR Game: Become the Main Character of Your Life
Difficulty: *
Teachers: erick amezcua

Have you ever not done something because you were afraid of what people would think about you?

Have you ever felt like your social inhibition and inner critic hold you back?

Now let me ask you this:

HOW WOULD YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE IF IT WERE A VIRTUAL REALITY GAME?

You would be totally free, absolutely uninhibited, and living in line with your authentic self.

In this course you will learn how to overcome social inhibition, identify and destroy self-limiting beliefs, and unleash your mind so that you can truly live as the full being that you were meant to be.


This course will be taught by UCLA senior Erick Amezcua, whose current purpose in life is to teach young people how to live their life as if they were playing a VR game.

If you want to unshackle your mind from the inner villains of social inhibition and limitation, if you want to access the full potential of your virtual reality character in THIS lifetime, enroll below RIGHT NOW.

See you on the other side ;)


Class Style
Seminar

X882: Juicy Joy
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Emmy Joy

During this one-of-a-kind class, we will dive into all things JOY, so that you can become your most EXPANSIVE, JOYFUL SELF as you BUBBLE with JUICY JUICY GOODNESS!!💓
OH YESSSSS!!!!!☀️

JOY is a Pillar of the New Earth Paradigm!❣️JOY is our guiding compass, and JOY is what connects us all!✨We share JOY through our smiles and through our laughter!😂Our True Nature IS JOY!🌻We are here to shift the paradigm through JOYYY!!!!🌸

We are here to create a JOY REVOLUTION!!!!!!🌟Imagine all of us radiating so much JOY!💛As we activate our inner child and ZEST for Life!!!😛As we PLAY in wonder with the miracle of every moment!🧚As we awaken the JOYYYY in the core of our being!!!! 💖SOOO FUN!!!!💞

During this class, you will find out how to CULTIVATE the JUICIEST JOY EVER through some incredible practices that will fill up your JOY cup so that you can OOZE this energy into your every interaction and allow this energy to become a way of being! 😁You will feel an entire energetic shift and upgrade, which will not only transform YOUR Life but also all the lives you get to impact with your JOY!☀️

We are here to be the living embodiments of JOY JOY JOY!!!!!🌻We are here for the JOYYY REVOLUTION!!!🌈
Come play in this PORTAL of JOY with us!🐬Let’s rise and EXPAND together!!!🦋


Class Style
Seminar

X892: So, What's Next? Existential Risk
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kenneth Cox

Humanity's been through a lot of stuff throughout history, but we've toughed it out. Will our good luck continue far into the future? In this class, we'll look at a few problems that some scientists consider existential threats to our species.


Class Style
Seminar

X894: Event Planning 101
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Vanny Koornwinder

This course will give you a basic understanding of planning an event. It gives you insight into what an event planner does precisely. Lastly, it will provide you with the basic knowledge of getting into this exciting, rewarding and often fun-filled career.


Class Style
Lecture

X920: Scholarships 101
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Chika Adiele

College can get super expensive and I don't want money to stop you from attending the school of of your dreams. Come to my class where I'll teach you to win schoalrhsip money!


Class Style
Lecture

X922: How to Create/Afford the Life you Want
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Chika Adiele

I work with many people in my life who have dreams of wanting to do something. They say, I can't afford this or I don't know anyone who can help me with this. No worries! I'll show you the strategies.


Class Style
Discussion

X926: Rubik´s Cube 101
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ricky Parada

Have a spare Rubik´s cube lying around the house that you've been dying to solve? Look no further! This beginner friendly walkthrough will teach you the steps you need to accomplish your first solve, no matter your prior experience!


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
3x3 Rubik's Cube: cheap options available here https://www.thecubicle.com/collections/3x3-speed-cubes?sort_by=price-ascending