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Splash! Fall 2009
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Lambda Calculus Full!
Teachers: Joshua Ehrlich

Lambda calculus was one of the first models of computation, Using only three simple "operations" we can produce the same power as any programming language.

Some computer science background is recommended. Students need to be familiar with if/else constructs, recursion, and basic data structures.

What Computers Really Can't Do.
Teachers: Gregory Prisament

Give a computer the right program and enough memory and time and it can solve any problem... right? Incorrect.

It turns out that computers are fundamentally limited in what they can do. Computers are provably useless at solving some simply-stated, practical problems.

We'll take a look at what sorts of problems spell trouble for computers, gaining insight into a fascinating topic that is central to Computer Science.

Hands-on activities will include simulating Turing Machines with M&Ms and playing with tiles.

Some familiarity with the following mathematical concepts will be helpful (but not required): - Polynomials - Exponents & logarithms - Binary numbers - Truth tables & logic

P vs NP
Teachers: Joshua Ehrlich

Some problems in computer science are easy. Other problems are hard. In this class I will discuss the difference between certain easy problems and their hard counterparts.

Minimum of one year experience with computer science. Should be comfortable with logic.

Programming with Java

This is an introduction to programming class. Learn how to program Java using the graphics-based Processing programming environment.

See for more about Processing.

Creating a Fully-Functional Website with Notepad!
Teachers: Kevin Liang

Yes exactly what is says. The only programs we will be using are just Notepad and a FTP client (Filezilla). We will be able to make a fully functional website with just those 2 programs believe it or not! I will be teaching only HTML and CSS and if we have time I will teach some basic PHP and MySQL.

Optional: You may bring your own laptop for a more hands-on experience.

Recommended: Take Alvin Sng's Web Programming class after my class. You will be well prepared for it.

Artifical Intelligence Paradigms
Teachers: Peter Pham

Learn how AI works at a high level and it's limitations. If interest permits, specific algorithms will be discussed.

A familiarity with programming is helpful and will allow implementation of algorithms discussed.

Intro to Web 2.0
Teachers: Alvin Sng

In a time when the internet first started, all we would see was websites that had no integration. Much of this has changed over the decade. Now websites like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube are all Web Programmed meaning the user can update the website. If you’re a typical internet user, you would wonder how those websites are created. This class will be going over the basics of web programming and how they work.

C**: Pointers on C Pointers
Teachers: Frank Li

Pointers, references, and the nitty-gritty of manual memory management. Get an assembly-level understanding of how numbers, arrays, and complex structures are represented. After this class, you'll never fear char** again!

Introductory knowledge of C, arrays, and structs.

Computers - What is inside and How does it work ?

The computer is a black-box for many of us. Though most of us know how to use one, what happens inside is often a mystery to many. This course takes you through a journey inside the computer and also introduces you to a journey inside various parts of the computer. For example, what is inside the CPU ? How does a hard-drive work ? What are buses ? How do these pieces work together ?

Metacircular Scheming
Teachers: Aviv Ovadya

An impractical introduction to Scheme, a ridiculously flexible and powerful programming language. I will teach how to implement Scheme in Scheme, while learning Scheme.

This class is meant for people who don’t know Scheme (or other Lisp variants). However, you should have some minimum programming experience - you should know how to use 'if statements', functions and recursion.

Hacking the Java Virtual Machine
Teachers: Daniel Lubarov

While Java feels like a static language, modern JVMs are actually quite dynamic. Classes can be loaded, inspected, and even modified at runtime. We will use Java's instrumentation framework and the ASM bytecode library to see what programs are really up to -- how they're using resources, where they're sending information, and so forth. You will learn all about Java bytecode and how JVMs work in general. By the end of this course, you should have the expertise needed to write Java agents for a variety of purposes.

We will be exploring the dark depths of the Java platform. You should be comfortable with Java's object model (classes, interfaces, inheritance, polymorphism) and core language features (local variables, static and instance fields, exceptions).

Contest Programming Strategies
Teachers: Frank Li

Programming contests are becoming increasingly accessible to high school students interested in computer science. Whether you go for the big leagues with Google CodeJam and TopCoder, or attend local contests like Stanford ProCo, you'll need to learn how to write code for a contest setting. From common algorithms to speed optimization tips, this class will help you solve that one problem you just needed to win.

**You MUST bring your own laptop; we will be going through examples, and you'll get a chance to test out your skills in a mini-contest at the end of class.

Basic knowledge of a programming language.

Web Programming
Teachers: Alvin Sng

This class is for those that have some experience in computer programming and want an in depth look on how a dynamic website is created. I will be going through a complete step by step walkthrough of creating a blog from scratch. If you are just learning web programming this class would be perfect for you. If you are new to web designing I would recommend that you take the "Creating a Fully-Functional Website with Notepad!" by Kevin Liang.

Web Design (HTML/CSS) Recommended.

Reading Code

Are you a pretty good programmer but looking to move to the next level? You know some PHP and can kind of hack your way around stuff, but get stuck when it comes to debugging, or modifying someone else's code?

A key skill for professional programmers is the ability to read code and understand what it does. That's what we'll talk about in this new, experimental class. Bring code that interests you and we'll plow through it!

Programming ability required. No specific language experience necessary, but you must have programmed in a language with functions and control flow. (HTML doesn't count!)


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Making a Splash with clean water!
Teachers: Sara Piaskowy

There is more to water quality than meets the eye. Come and learn about how we make water safe to drink. Be ready for hands-on activities and a chance to explore a resource we use everyday but often take for granted.

Water you Waiting For?
Teachers: Joe Johnson

We’ll learn about Bernoulli’s Equation and apply this to everyday situations. WIth the help of MythBusters and water guns, you’ll be able to blow your friend’s minds with your knowledge surrounding fluid flow.

This is a good class for those thinking about mechanical / aeronautical / astronautical engineering and engineering in general


From Atoms to Apps - Part 1: Silicon. It's what's for breakfast. (and lunch, and dinner)
Teachers: Frank Lin

Ever wondered how computer chips are made? People always talk about computers being made from silicon transistors. And that they run on "1's" and "0's". But how do 1's and 0's allow you to check facebook? And what is a transistor-ma-jiggy?

The first part of a 3-class series on Silicon Valley industries, this class will attempt to cover the basics of Device Physics and Fabrication, with a little bit of VLSI thrown in. You will learn about how these tiny MOS transistor devices are made, and why they are useful.

Stick around for another exciting class, "From Atoms to Apps - Part 2: C-P-YOU!"

No background is necessary, but a little knowledge of the periodic table (especially groups III, IV and V) would come in handy. If you can explain what n-type silicon and p-type silicon is, you should skip this class and take Part 2. If you know what the Fermi level is and can draw diagrams for the aforementioned types, then you should come help me teach this class.

Water you STILL Waiting For?
Teachers: Joe Johnson

This is the more advanced fluid dynamics class. We'll talk about laminar and turbulent flow, the Reynolds number, and if we have time move into aerodynamics.

This is also a good class to take if you are interesting in engineering!

After this class you can boast to your friends that you are pretty much a genius now.

Understanding of basic Physics concepts

Man Made Satellites
Teachers: Ashish Goel

We will begin with discussing the need for going into space. We will briefly talk about the popular space missions. We will then talk about the various aspects of a space mission including orbit, launch, space environment and discuss why dealing with space missions is not a trivial task. We will then talk about the various components of a satellite such as payload, power generation, communication with ground station etc. We will conclude with a discussion on how students can get involved in the process of satellite design, right at the high school level.

Basic concepts of physics and mathematics such as force, acceleration, gravity, trigonometry etc.

From Atoms to Apps - Part 2: C-P-You!
Teachers: Alex Landau, Frank Lin

So you know how a transistor works. But how does it become a "computer". Transistors sitting on silicon don't magically start doing the things you ask them to in your code. This class explains how code you write "magically" gets executed by the millions of non-sentient (dumb) transistors.

This class requires student participation and interaction, despite the abstraction of the subject. Come prepared to run around and act out silly things, like pretending to be a Register File, or the Arithmetic/Logical Unit.

And stick around for Part 3 of the series, "From Atoms to Apps - Part 3: Software Isn't Hard".

Coding experience would be helpful, but not required. If you know what a data hazard is (the original title for this class was "The Dukes of Data Hazards"), then you shouldn't be in this class. You should be helping me teach it. Preferably you should have taken "From Atoms to Apps - Part 1: Silicon. It's what's for breakfast".

Imaging Systems: Using electromagnetic waves and mathematical algorithms to take pictures
Teachers: Albert Chen

In this class, we discuss how electromagnetic waves and mathematical algorithms are used to design modern imaging systems. We discuss how to characterize imaging system performance. We will start with the well-known digital camera, and then discuss more advanced optical imaging systems, such as telescopes and adaptive optics systems. We then examine how microwave radars can image the Earth from outer space, and discuss how CT and MRI systems form images of the human body. Along the way, we will explore some advanced mathematical topics, such as vector calculus and Fourier Transforms, and see how these tools are applied in the design of imaging systems.

Basic math background.

San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge Project - an Overview
Teachers: michael daly

a time sequence review of the actual project, including a photo slide show of sequential progress since the very beginning

a genuine interest in the Bay Area project

Blue Gold: Making Water Drinkable

We drink, shower, cook, and clean with water from our taps every day, but this water usually doesn't start out so clean. Learn about how engineering deals with challenges in cleaning up water and even get a chance to build your own water filter! This is a more advanced introduction to water quality intended for high-school students to find out how water is purified before it reaches the tap.

A basic understanding of biology, chemistry, and/or environmental science and algebra.

How to Build Steel Structures, Bridges, Skyscrapers
Teachers: michael daly

How major steel structures are conceived, designed, fabricated and built. The class will discuss both ancient, traditional, and modern digital means of designing structures, the methods of procurement and fabrication of materials, the mobilizations and equipment used, and of course, the incredible people who actually do the work,

actual examples of well known structures will be used as learning models, .such as the Transamerica Pyramid structure

A genuine interest in the subject materials and a willingness to participate in discussions.

Building Speakers with basic supplies Full!
Teachers: Anika Huhn

Design your own speakers out of household objects (plus magnet wire) and analyze how their sound output changes when you make specific changes to the design. I will teach you the basics and give you some design ideas. You should come ready to ask questions and analyze your design. You might want to look at or before class. I will bring in a wide variety of materials, but if you want to try something, feel free to bring it along.

You might like the class more if you have an interest in electronics, but there are no prerequisites.


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Rubik's cube for beginners

Dazzle your friends! Intimidate your foes!

Though it looks mind-bogglingly complex and has 43 quintillion possible configurations, the dirty truth is that anyone can solve a Rubik's cube with some guidance and a little practice. I'll teach you the classic "layer method," which can be used for solves of 4 minutes or less.

Everyone in this class will solve a cube before they leave--guaranteed.

Cubes provided.


Whack & Sew: Fearless Sewing!
Teachers: Shauna Rakshe

Don't let fussy patterns intimidate you! Whether you've had some experience sewing or have never even sewn on a button, you can enjoy simple sewing projects with amazing results.

In this class, we'll use both hand and machine sewing to create decorative pillows. You'll learn to operate a sewing machine and sew basic seams, to use fusible interfacing to applique one fabric to another, and to sew both simple and decorative seams by hand. The focus of this class will be on developing the skills to create your own projects in a fun, low-pressure environment. No complicated must-get-it-exactly-right patterns and directions here: you'll simply think up a design, take the scissors and "whack" out your shapes, and sew as your whimsy takes you!

All materials will be provided; you can take your pillow home at the end of class!


Oriental Middle Eastern Dance (Belly Dancing)
Teachers: tania anaissie

Ever wanted to learn to move your hips like Shakira? This is your chance! Learn the basics of Oriental Middle Eastern Dance such as hip drops, shimmies, and undulations to fast-beat Arabic beats. The instructor will perform a short solo to provide the full effect and then break down the moves step by step. Time providing, the students will learn some choreography. Don't be shy, this class is for anyone who is interested.

None! Just come with a positive attitude and be ready to learn.

Simple Indian cooking
Teachers: Rani Agrawal

Learn to make simple Indian food fast and easy. Also learn the age old wisdom of use of spices and their health benfits.

None, Should be able to deal with instructors sense of Humor

Traveling around China
Teachers: Xin Shi, Jieying Zheng

We will take you on a journey to China, one of the world’s cultural treasure-houses and greatest travel destinations. We will explore the beauty and legend of the dramatic landscapes, and history and life of the popular cities as well. Dim Sum and snacks from China will be provided.

how to make a masquerade mask
Teachers: May Wah Sun, macy sun


Introduction to Insight Meditation
Teachers: Amy McMullen

Do you have stress in your life? Feel like your mind sometimes races out of control? Want to develop a way to center yourself, finding the place of peace within you, even when craziness surrounds you?

In this class we will explore some basic principles of Insight Meditation, a Buddhist meditation method of exploring the mind that cultivates wisdom and compassion. We will specifically discuss conditioned patterns of mind that often create stress and suffering and how seeing these clearly can lead to joy and equanimity.


Ultimate Frisbee
Teachers: Chris Van

Learn the basics of Ultimate Frisbee! We'll practice different kinds of throws, in addition to learning the rules and strategies behind playing organized frisbee. The class will end with 7 on 7 scrimmages.

Athletic apparel (sneakers, t-shirt, shorts). Please bring both a light and a dark t-shirt (no gray) and water or your preferred sports beverage of choice.

Juggling Stress!
Teachers: Karen Law

English homework, new friends, concerned parents, a big presentation, tomorrow's track meet, a health concern, future aspirations--all these things can cause stress, in different ways and to varying degrees. In this interactive class, you'll have the opportunity to bring up some of the stresses that you've been juggling and to learn a set of tried-and-true techniques tailored to combat each of them. Come discover how to manage stress so that it doesn't manage you!

DIY Computer Building
Teachers: Scott Meyer

A practical guide for ordering computer parts, ensuring compatibility, estimating performance, and designing the system you want. No knowledge of computers is required, and some knowledge won’t hurt. Students will have limited hands on interaction and are able to ask questions at any time. In response to feedback from last year, an entire computer will be assembled during class.

Street Painting In Chalk Pastel
Teachers: Mai Le

This class is going to teach technical skill in chalk pastel, specifically touching on color theory, shading forms in color, rules of drawing perspective, and the history of street painting. The majority of the class, we will be working together to complete a street painting of Van Gogh's "Starry Night". No previous experience is required, you just have to be willing to get a little messy and have fun. I will provide hand wipes, but you should also wear shorts or pants that you don't mind getting chalk on. The chalk should wash out easily, but your pants will get dirty for the time being. Also, we'll be spending class outdoors, so I suggest bringing a hat and sunglasses.

Practical Ways to Improve Your Social Skills
Teachers: Chase Blanchard

Come learn really practical advice on how to portray yourself as a more confident person. This class will teach you how to improve your body language, voice, and communication skills. It covers topics such as detecting lies, acting in uncomfortable situations, and meeting new people. This class draws from over 1500 pages of research to help you understand negative and positive behaviors in social interactions you never thought actually mattered.

An Introduction to Cooking
Teachers: Jeremy Lai

Do you burn water? Do you get scared by those humongous knives you see on Top Chef? Take this class if you want an introduction to proper knife skills, preparing vegetables, and cooking simple dishes.

Nutrition Label Reading + Introduction to Chi Quong exercise
Teachers: May To

Come and learn what you are eating!!
We will explore label reading on packaged foods - fresh, frozen, canned, as a meal, desserts, cereals and more.
There will be samples and hands on practise. At the end, let’s have some fun and strength a little. There will be a short but fun session on introduction to Chi Quong for health and everyday exercise. It is simple and easy to do.


Digital Photography
Teachers: Warren Mar

Do you have a digital camera, but always use it on automatic? Unlock the potential of your camera by knowing what of all those camera settings mean. Topics Covered: Color Perception, How a camera works, Post-processing, such as High Dynamic Range images and much more.

This is a more of a technical overview than artistic concepts.

An interest in taking pictures

Circuit training for sports and fitness Full!

Circuit training consists of several full body strength or cardio exercises done back to back with very little rest. It is ideal for anyone who wants to improve sports performance or simply get into a better shape.

You are actually going to work out in this class (though not at full intensity). You'll also learn to make your own circuit with minimum number of equipments.

Please wear comfortable cloths (gym cloths), sports shoes and carry a bottle of water with you. Please do not eat anything heavy for about an hour before the class.

Collaging and Poetry
Teachers: alice chen, helen liu

Express yourself with a Two in One deal, where you get to collage and end up with a piece of poetry. Collaging is an easy-going and creative way to piece together something they way you want it to be.

Fun with verses!

We are going to have fun writing verses and reading out each others verses! I shall give a short introductory lecture on the different types of meters, rhythms and styles, but we shall get down to the fun part of actually composing verses as soon as possible.

Comiket, Touhou, NicoNicoDouga, and Vocaloid? Explore popular Japanese creative and memetic phenomena!

Do you know what a MAD is? What about doujins? You might have heard some of these terms if you have perused various online creative communities. These Japanese products are all fan-make works produced by the fans, for the fans, yet they are the source of some of the most viral memes on the internet. We will explore the sources of these phenomena in Japan, and how it has impacted Japanese popular culture and the internet, with a focus on the Touhou Project series of danmaku games and the virtual singing idol software Vocaloid, as well as the vehicles for such expressions of creativity, the Comic Market convention and the NicoNicoDouga website.

Stamp Collecting
Teachers: Joanna Huey, Lucy Wu

Stamps are used to celebrate everything including people, sports, holidays, history, Disney, and culture. Any interest you have, there are stamps for you. This class will teach you how to start your own stamp collection. It's a simple, yet rewarding hobby that is shared by people all over the world.

Origami Roses 1
Teachers: Russell Chou

Have you ever folded an origami flower? What about a rose? Here we will learn how to fold a very nice origami rose, along with leaves if we have time.
Minor folding experience would be helpful.

Avoiding Toxins/Boosting Immunity

We will be discussing safe, non-toxic ways to clean that will save you and your family money. We will also cover some tips on personal care products that will not harm your body. We will also identify some natural ways of boosting the body's immune system.


Zen and the Art of Bicycle Maintenance
Teachers: Tom Kabat

Bring your bike to a course intended to help both of you align your functions in harmony with nature. We will skim the surface of various philosophies and apply them to bike maintenance in a hands-on interactive practical and whimsical session. We hope to center ourselves and our wheels, adjust our attitudes and our shifters, lean on each other and our brakes. We hope to find the proper position both for ourselves on the bikes and for the bikes in the world.

Bring a bike that you think needs to be brought into harmony with you.

The Art of Origami
Teachers: Jenny Thai

In this class, we'll be learning to fold a few origami pieces including the paper crane, iris, rabbit, snake, jumping frog, and six-colored cube. Beginners are definitely welcome as we'll start with a simple piece but bear in mind that some of the pieces will get a little more complicated.

No course prerequisites are needed, although some experience with origami will definitely give you an edge. Just come in with patience and a willingness to learn. The more you practice, the better you get! Note: limited paper supplies. Bring your own paper if you can! Notebook paper, printer paper, construction paper--all of these will do. And scissors will be helpful but not necessary.

Unusual Bicycle design and construction techniques
Teachers: Tom Kabat

Explore the possibilities of unusual bicycle design and construction. You can learn ways to make a bike that could set you apart from the crowd.
Bike history,
Bike design strategies,
Ergonomics of bicycling.
CAD (Cardboard Aided Design) system development for full scale 3-D modeling.
Wood bike construction techniques.
We will design bikes and review each others' designs.

Ability to brainstorm, (share ideas, explore ideas and add to/build upon ideas of others.)

Backpacking Around the World 101
Teachers: Namita Bisaria

Ever feel like escaping out of routine into the world of a professional travel? In this course, I will teach you how to setup your very own backpacking trip from raising money, finding a time window, finding cheap tickets around the world, finding jobs around the world, and basically how to save your precious dollars while traveling safely. I will address everything from hitchhiking to food, and draw from my experience traveling continuously for the past 10 months to countries such as Italy, Spain, Greece, Egypt, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Nepal...and many others!

A heart to follow.

Let's Throw Things at Each Other! Juggling 201

If you're already set on how to throw and catch, the next best thing is to throw and catch in large groups. This is a course for those who are already comfortable enough with a three-ball pattern that they would like to learn passing tricks. You can also just come to show off, swap tricks, and hang out and practice hard throws in a juggling-supportive environment.

If you'd like to bring your own props, please do!

Relatively-successful (or at least cheerful) completion of Juggling 101; or the ability to juggle 3 objects already.

Intro to Zen Meditation
Teachers: Rebecca Nie

Ever wonder what you really are? Ever want to rise above the changing phenomenons of the world? Please join me to explore the answer to these questions. We will follow the ancient traditions of Zen Meditation, and share stories about the history of Zen. Discussion group may follow if necessary.

Please wear comfortable attire for the class, for example, gym out-fits should be fine.

Creative Repurposing
Teachers: Shuai Chen

We will take normal everyday materials you find in your household and recreate them into art, jewelry, etc. Projects include purses from jeans, bracelets from wrapping paper, necklace pendants from pine cones, grocery bags from T-shirts... Your imagination is the limit to what you can do!


Music Making 101: "With a little help from my friends"

Each section is divided into groups and gets materials to make their own musical instruments. We will use everyday objects to make musical crafts. We will then use those instruments to compose a song!!

Let's Throw Things! Juggling 101

Come now, everyone tells you that juggling is a life skill, but most of them have lost track of their metaphor. In this course, we'll teach you how to make a set of juggling balls out of easy to find materials, and we'll show you the simple steps that will have you juggling in no time. Anyone can learn; no prior experience or especial coordination is required. By the end of this class, you'll be well on your way to juggling ninjutsu, and you can take your juggling balls home so as to hone your skills!

Hands, and a robust ego that can handle dropping things and picking them back up for an hour.

Become a better photographer
Teachers: Kevin Hardekopf

Learn to take pictures that are more thrilling than your average vacation snapshot. We will explore several important principles behind the aesthetics of photography such as, composition, depth of field, angle etc. A sense for the beautiful can be developed and by following a few fundamental rules we can successfully portray what captures our eye.
May include a short field trip on campus to apply techniques, and learn how a photographer "sees" his/her environment. Some basic photo editing introduced.

bring your digital camera, if you have one

Origami for Fun
Teachers: Joanna Huey, Lucy Wu

Come learn how to make fun stuff with paper! Things that we have done in the past are: boats, camera, piano, pacman, and more! This class is for beginners. If you’ve done any origami before, you might be get bored.

Cake Decorating
Teachers: Mairi Litherland

Learn the fabulous and delicious art of cake decorating! With a few simple techniques, you can impress your friends and family with your edible creations. I will show you how to mix and color icing, tricks for covering your cake smoothly, and how to use various decorating tips to make stars, flowers, and other designs. After I discuss the basics, it's all hands on! Use what you learn to decorate your own personal cake to take home and share. I will provide cakes and decorating supplies.

Learn to Fly !
Teachers: Yulin Li

How an airplane flies and how to fly an airplane.
I will introduce you the basic structure of airplanes, basic maneuvers of flying and anything you want to know about flight training.


Going Green 101
Teachers: Caity Monroe

By now we all know that the environment-- and how we treat it-- matters. But to go a step further and actually make sustainable, environmentally friendly choices requires a little bit of practice and background information. This class will give you the basics on recycling, composting etc. We'll go over easy, quick, and fun ways to reduce your carbon footprint. We'll also spend some of the class decorating reusable bags that you can bring with you to the store instead of using plastic or paper ones!

Giant Origami!
Teachers: Aviv Ovadya

We will buy the largest paper we can find (and afford/transport). And then we will teach you how to fold something awesome out of it. Depending on the size of the paper, you may be working in teams with 10 foot squares, or individually/pairs with 3 foot squares. (So you may not be able to keep what you make - but it might not fit in the car anyway so don't feel so bad.)
No previous experience necessary, but we are more likely to pair up origami newbies.

Getting the Most out of Your Academic Career!

Come learn how to improve your study habits. This course will focus on finding the optimal time to study, enhancing note-taking efficiency, improving listening skills, speed reading and critical thinking skills. It will also cover some aspects of the California university systems so that graduating seniors will be better informed of the available choices. However, this course will benefit everybody.

How to Draw ANYTHING: sketch training for life

The most important thing about drawing (and life) is your MINDSET, or how you look at it. Come learn how to draw anything, in any style, by changing how you look at drawing. fun, dirty, frustrating, exciting, p.s. you can draw. AND if you can learn how to draw with this method you can prepare yourself to learn most anything.

You would be surprised how far being able to draw takes you. From professional graphics careers to impressing friends. The ability to sketch and clearly communicate your ideas helps streamline countless processes in your life. example: would you rather tell someone about your dream house/room/date or SHOW THEM with sketches? good times.

Learn the mindset of the old masters (michaelangelo, leonardo, raphael) current masters and beyond which allowed them to sketch what was on their mind. Energetic lessons complied from studies of art history, world travels, training with Disney, and success as a graphic designer. With bonus tips borrowed directly from the world famous Stanford Product Design Process.

-no skill necessary.
-I can teach you how to make this class look like gold on a resume.

patience, open mind, excitement (no boring students), and supplies: - charcoals/old school pencils, -3 (or more) white square erasers (staples) - Large drawing pads/notebooks (no smaller than a sheet of loose leaf paper, but the bigger the better) we want "good" artists, "bad" artists, "not an" artist, anyone really just come on down.

UNICEF: Awareness of children in the developing world
Teachers: Vibha Mahendra

Introduce students to public health issues and poverty facing children in developing countries through the examination of the world’s foremost humanitarian organization: the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).


Origami Roses 2 Full!
Teachers: Russell Chou

Have you ever folded an origami flower? What about a rose? Here we will learn how to fold a Kawasaki Rose, a very pretty but somewhat complicated design.
This is a hard model, intermediate folding experience is required.

Henna Tattooing

Learn basic design techniques for Henna pattern on hands. Practice few design. Choose design elements. Create henna tattoo on our own or your partner's hand.

Creative mind. Wear clothes that you might get messy and you won't mind. Bring a paper / plastic bag to cover your hand so that the pattern doesnot spoil during travel.

Liberal Arts

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Graphic Design I: The Thinking
Teachers: Luke Joyner

This class will be the first of a three-part introduction to graphic design, with an emphasis on the thought process that goes into making something look great, rather than the technical skills required to carry a good design out (which will come in the second part).

We will go over things like balance, choice of typeface, use of color, stylistic decisions, fitting the design to the content, seeking out originality, and other choices that a graphic designer must consider over the course of any project.

You must take this class to take Graphic Design II: The Skills, and Graphic Design III: The Project. You can take this class and not the other two if you choose.

Fiction Writers' Critique Group
Teachers: David Edwards

A critique group can be an excellent venue for writers seeking to hone their skills as storytellers. Receiving criticism from other writers and readers allows the author to gauge the effectiveness of her work and catch problems that may not have been otherwise apparent to her. In a small group setting, we will exchange and cooperatively critique each other's work in a positive community environment. Students should bring to group ten copies of a story or excerpt (fiction or creative non-fiction) no longer than three pages, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins and 12-pt Times New Roman font. Content should not exceed a PG-13 rating. If time allows afterward, we will have a short creative writing workshop.

Graphic Design II: The Skills
Teachers: Luke Joyner

In this hour, we'll go over some basic skills in the repertoire of the graphic designer, both in digital and non-digital media. We'll do various things by hand, then briefly go over the Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign programs in the Adobe Creative Suite, and talk about how the particular medium you choose informs the actual content of the work you make, as well as the process.

This class is the second part of a three-part introduction to graphic design. You must take Graphic Design I: The Thinking if you want to take this class. If you want to take Graphic Design III: The Project, you must take both this class and Graphic Design I: The Thinking.


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Saturday Lunch Period

Join us on the main quad for lunch - either bring your own, or pick up a sandwich or pizza from us.

Liberal Arts

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Urban Legends
Teachers: Graham Anderson

Why do we tell urban legends as reality when they're seldom true? What makes a successful urban legend, and what does an urban legend say about the person who passes it along? What do urban legends have in common with religion, and what human needs and desires to urban legends exploit for propagation? Like religions, do urban legends serve some legitimate human purposes, or are they simply viral memes?

Graphic Design III: The Project
Teachers: Luke Joyner

In this two-hour finale, you will be able, using whatever medium you choose, to work on a graphic design project suggested by the instructor, or one of your choice. You will use the ideas and skills discussed in the first two hours of the sequence as you make decisions and come up with a finished project.

This is the third part of a three-part introduction to graphic design. You must take the first two parts to take this class.

The Excellent Essay
Teachers: David Edwards

Essays are everywhere. Between English classes, history classes, AP tests, SATs, and college applications, by the time you graduate high school, you will have written more than you can count--and that will be only the beginning. Being able to write a knock-your-socks-off essay is a skill that can give you a huge head-start in school--but what makes a good essay? In this short workshop, we will explore strategies for designing, writing, and refining top-of-the-line essays that are sure to affect and impress.

The American Presidency
Teachers: Tommy Tobin

What do we really know about the men who have led our country? While anecdotes about Washington and his wooden teeth or his cherry tree are common knowledge, the goal of this class is to cut through the nationalistic myths surrounding the office of the Presidency and look at the Presidents as who they were...people. As people, they get can get sick, they can die, they can be crude, and sometimes they can even abuse their power.
The class will trace the history of the Presidents, with an emphasis on presidential disability, from the Constitution to the present day.

None, but Interest in US History is a plus.

The Basics of American Sign Language

Have you ever been interested in American Sign Language? Want to look cool by communicating to your friends without speaking? This course will teach you a few fundamentals (the manual alphabet, the number system, simple greetings and vocabulary) in order to get you started in learning this great language!

Women and Old Testament Sources
Teachers: Kenneth Shafer

Survey of the Fabulous Stories in the Old Testament from Genesis - First Kings. When were the stories written? Who wrote them?

What was her name? What was her

Interest. Willingness to ask questions.

The Excellent Essay (Upperclass Group)
Teachers: David Edwards

Essays are everywhere. You've no doubt written your fair share of them already, but still more are looming on the horizon--and these aren't just any essays. AP essays, SAT essays, and college application essays have spooked many a student--but that needn't be the case. In this short workshop, we will explore strategies for designing, writing, and refining top-of-the-line essays that will give you an edge on the competition.

Dominate Your Personal Statement
Teachers: Jason Shen

For many students, the scariest thing about the college application process is writing a personal statement. One 500-1000 word essay is supposed to capture your character and show who you TRULY are to college admissions panels.

Fortunately, there is a proven method for developing a better personal statement - and it's brought to you by the Stanford Daily.

Staff members at the Daily have identified a 10-step program that is designed to identify your strengths, discover cool stories to tell, and structure your essay to impress college admin boards.

Jason Shen, '08, is the Chief Operating Officer of the Stanford Daily and the creator of this program and will show you how you can be a stronger applicant by dominating your personal statement.

Introduction to Arabic
Teachers: Aleena Syed

Arabic is one of the world's most fascinating and beautiful languages! Introduction to Arabic takes you through the fundamentals of the Arabic alphabet and script! By the end of this course you'll know the entire Arabic alphabet, you'll practice writing, and you'll learn a few common Arabic phrases!


How to End Oppression
Teachers: Michael Hirohama

We have an abundance of opportunities to end oppression. In this experiential workshop, participants will participate in a support group meeting. Please be prepared to listen to others without side-conversations or interruptions and to contribute when inspired to do so.

Participate in a meeting of Slaves Anonymous for beginners. Begin to see the nature of oppression more clearly and imagining its demise through inquiry and mutual support.

Materials will be available that you can use to create a meeting in your own neighborhood.

Objective: Participants will learn how to increase personal autonomy and work with others to create the conditions needed for liberation.

History of Swine Flu Scares and Vaccine Risks
Teachers: Michael Hirohama

Did you know there was a swine flu scare in the mid-1970's? Do you know that vaccines can cause chronic illnesses or worse? Become informed before you decide to take a shot.

Warning: Expect to be shocked. Although the co-teachers will strive to be gentle and sensitive in their presentations and interactions with each other and our audience, due to the nature of this topic, the content of this class will be disturbing.

Co-teachers will briefly introduce key concepts, historical facts and terminology related to swine flu and vaccinations. The co-teachers will converse on this topic with questions from each other and the audience. Questions about suitable preventative measures are encouraged.

Speculations Gone Wild: The World of SciFi and Fantastic Fiction
Teachers: Haerin Shin

Ever watched Star Trek? How about all those robot or superhero cartoons that used to air on Saturdays, such as Transformers or He-Man? What about Harry Potter or Dark Knight? We are surrounded by science fiction, fantasies, and tales of the supernatural from the very dawn of childhood, although we may not be consciously aware of this fact. These genres have been considered as having one foot buried in far-fetched fantasies (involving aliens, space ships or dragons!) and the other firmly planted in the realm of conventional, "aesthetically appreciated" art. We can likely agree that these stories are entertaining, but what about their meaning, their values?

Let's stop for a second and recall all those things that don't strictly fall into the category of the "realistic portrayal of the world" in our daily lives. They're nearly omnipresent, in ads, movies, books… all kinds of media teem with references to things that aren't always "real." What's the fascination here? Why such abundance if they're mere far-fetched fancies? In our class, we will use various references to elements of the "unreal" in various kinds of media, which may apply to any form of textual/visual representation (including film, literature, graphic novels, advertisements or even simple pictures or photos), as a way of preparing yourselves for critical analysis and research.

Anyone who loves some meaningful fun!


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Sunday Lunch Period

Join us on the main quad for lunch - either bring your own, or pick up a sandwich or pizza from us.

Liberal Arts

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Writing Unblocked - Critical Articulation Workshop

How many times have you put off an assignment because of "Writer's block"? What are the steps to clear, successful academic writing and what analytical skills does effective articulation call upon? Drawing from legal writing workshop experience, this one hour course will help you develop, design and detail your thought process.

Failure Full!

Most human societies stigmatize failure. In the past, failure often led to people being ostracized and ignored. Today, however, we're lucky to be in one of the failure-accepting societies in human history.

Join our discussion about failure, being wrong, and why it's ok (and crucial!) to make mistakes!

Failure. You must have failed at something, so be sure to bring a story about it!

Intentional communities
Teachers: Dima Kamalov

We will look at the role of intentional communities from ancient times to present day. We will begin focusing with utopia-driven communities of the nineteenth century, and discuss the similarities and differences of "the modern family" with other people-groupings.

The class will be primarily discussion-driven.

Being open-minded and comfortable with other people's value systems. I welcome students of all moral and religious upbringings, so long as they welcome all of their classmates'. There will be no historical background you will be expected to know. Being comfortable with discussion-based class is important; while I will present some material, the majority of class will be run through discussions which you would learn best through participating.

Intro to Fiction Writing
Teachers: Andrew Valencia

Are you interested in writing stories of your very own, but don't know where to begin? Do you have an idea for a novel or short story, but you're not sure of how to get started? In this informal, two hour-long course, you'll get the chance to explore the basics of plot, character development, narration, style, and structure with a Stanford English major and published fiction writer. You'll also get the chance to develop your own storylines through a series of exercises and brainstorming sessions with other aspiring writers. No previous creative writing experience necessary; the only requirement is an active imagination.

Compassionate Cooking: Vegetarian/Vegan Nutrition and Ethics

Our class offers a survey of the ethical, environmental, and humanitarian issues surrounding meat and dairy consumption. We will also discuss the nutritional essentials of a veg*n diet and end by creating our very own delicious vegan treat!

A love of food!

Dialog About 11 September 2001 and Its Effects Upon Us
Teachers: Michael Hirohama

Explore your experience of the history of events connected to September 11, 2001.

Teachers will support dialog within (internal) and between participants (students and teachers) by encouraging deep listening and expression of personal experiences and understandings of events connected to September 11.

As participants, we will

1. make a safe space that honors emotions (attention to and acknowledgment of genuine feelings),
2. elicit inquiry (to be curious, wonder, to accept not knowing and question gently) and
3. develop epistemological understanding (why were we shown what we were shown, who benefited, etc.).

Learning goals: A participant will understand more about him- or herself and develop a stronger critical consciousness.


"'A great number of things I once thought were amenable to cure are probably not. I guess I realize that more of what we do is not curing but just being there.'

"Which may explain why, on the day after September 11, he [Dr. Lloyd Thompson] accepted an invitation to visit the elementary school in the town where he resides....

"Christine [Thompson, wife and nurse] came along, with her 'bigger bucket of compassion,' though I think it was probably more of a Jack-and-Jill job: two bearers, one bucket. They had made a handout for parents explaining that for very young children there is no difference between the repetition of an image on television and the repetition of an event; the same building falling over and over, with the same people jumping out of it, will be for them a different building and different people each time, an endless multiplication of catastrophes. Beyond that, the program was fairly simple, as Christine explains:

"'We talked about people in a bad and scary time who were doing something good and what could we notice about that. What could we see? Who was helping? Who was taking care? I think it's important to paint the helpers with as big a brush as you paint the destroyers ... that even the smallest person can make a difference, can have something to add, some way to help. We didn't have any big-time answers. All we could say is that it wasn't so bad that it couldn't be talked about, and we were there to listen.'"

[An excerpt from Garret Keizer's *Help: The Original Human Dilemma* pp. 144-145.]

Curiosity. Willingness to listen.

Beginning Photography
Teachers: Elaine Dearing

Learn the concepts behind basic photography, whether it be with a film or digital camera. Discuss how to compose a successful image, different types of camera formats, technical terminology, and how to improve current photography skills.

Learn to Play the Ukulele
Teachers: Scott Meyer

This class is for the absolute beginner with string instruments. (It’s fine if you play a different instrument and this is the first time you ever tried to learn a string instrument) You will be bored if you already know how to play.

We'll learn how to play a couple Beatles’ songs and hopefully by the end of the class you will be a pro. If you don't know Eleanor Rigby, listen to it a few times.

Elves, Klingons, and Esperantists: The Art of Invented Languages
Teachers: David Edwards

Conlanging--that is, creating constructed languages--is something of a peculiar hobby, and one likely to spark interesting discussions (and odd looks) around the dinner table. However, for people like J.R.R. Tolkien, it was so fascinating that it became a "secret vice." For many, conlanging provides a venue for exploration into the infinite possibilities of language. This lecture/workshop will walk through the basic first steps of creating an original constructed language, from designing a phonology to laying the groundwork for grammar and semantics. We will investigate many real-world languages and how they can inform the creation of artificial ones--we will try to break out of the English "box" and discover entirely new ways of expressing ideas. For any students who have tried or been intrigued by conlanging in the past to anyone who simply loves language and studying how different people express their thoughts, this is the seminar for you.

History of Mind Control
Teachers: Michael Hirohama

Can you be influenced to think or not think or behave in certain ways? Are you? How can you be less vulnerable to oppressive control?

Warning: Expect to be shocked. Although the co-teachers will strive to be gentle and sensitive in their presentations and interactions with each other and our audience, due to the nature of this topic, the content of this class will be disturbing.

Co-teachers will briefly introduce key concepts, historical facts and terminology related to mind control at the individual and collective levels. The co-teachers will converse on this topic with questions from each other and the audience. Questions about suitable preventative measures are encouraged.

Take Your Writing from Muggle to Magic: The Rhetoric of Harry Potter
Teachers: Katie Rosman

Ever wonder what makes a good story? Through the lens of JK Rowling's wildly popular Harry Potter novels, this class provides an introduction to the mechanics behind effective writing. Students will engage with passages from the novels to explore what basic features make stories interesting, engaging, and enjoyable to read. This class is for anyone looking to either improve their writing skills or increase their knowledge of the writing process (and a must for all Harry Potter fans).

Tapping into the Power of Your Right Brain
Teachers: Melanie Hayes

Use your right brain to release your creative energy. Through various creative methods you will learn to utilize your whole brain. This course is designed for both artists and engineers, writers and scientists. It celebrates a whole brain approach to learning and living.


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The Mathematics of Gene Evolution
Teachers: Philip Labo

In this course, I will discuss several probabilistic models of evolution. In the first hour I'll discuss two discrete time processes: the Wright-Fisher model (which looks into the future) and Kingman's coalescent (which looks into the past). In the second hour, we'll turn to the continuous-time model of Moran. Mathematical objects called interacting particle systems can be brought to bear in the analysis of Moran model dynamics. We'll discuss these and again see that the analysis benefits from looking both forwards and backwards in time. In sum, this course will provide a concise view of techniques used in the modeling of evolution through time.

Who Wants to be a Millionaire... by solving a really difficult math problem?
Teachers: Kazuo Yamazaki

In celebration of new Millennium, the Clay Mathematics Institute offered $1 Million dollar to anybody who solves 7 selected mathematical problems. One of them has been solved, namely Poincare's Conjecture. We discuss one of the 6 unsolved problems, the Navier-Stokes Equation. While the subject in serious detail is apt for advanced graduate students, the class is intended only to give an idea of the significance of the Navier-Stokes Equation and its main difficulty.

The lecturer will assumes no mathematical background except genuine interest in the topic.

An Introduction to Probability with Poker
Teachers: Warren Mar

An introduction to probability from coin flips to poker hands. Learn how to calculate the probability for poker hands. Learn to calculate the odds.

Interest in math and games of chance. This class is geared toward the 7-9 grade level range, but all grades welcomed.

4-D Hypercubes Full!
Teachers: Anika Huhn

Come build models of various interesting mathematical objects out of pipe cleaners! I will teach you a bit about dimensions then we will discuss applications in groups while you build.

no prerequisites

Game Theory: Mathematical Games
Teachers: Andrew Spann

Did you know that Connect Four is a win for Player 1 and the players of Checkers can always force a tie? We will talk about mathematical techniques used to prove when a game is winnable by one player or the other. We will talk about the difference between strong and weak solutions (knowing when a game can be won from any position or just the initial position). We'll use the concepts of invariants to tell us why FreeCell can have unwinnable hands and look at how computers use backwards induction to analyze complicated games such as Chess.


Cryptography plays an essential role in modern society; without it, using computers to send sensitive messages would be very dangerous. But thanks to some clever number theory, we can safely submit credit card information with little risk of interception.

In this class, we'll look at some encryption methods and some possible attacks on them.

Teachers: Daniel Zaharopol

In 1874, the mathematician Georg Cantor first came up with the profound ideas that led to "transfinite numbers." His insights allowed mathematicians to look at precisely what infinity means, to work with it, to understand exactly what they can do with this improbable concept. Now we can answer questions such as "when are two infinite collections of objects the same size?" We can understand how to compare the infinite set consisting of all integers with the infinite set consisting of all rational numbers (all fractions). And we can determine just how many sizes of infinity there are. Be prepared to have all your preconceptions thrown out the window in a challenging math class.

Probabilistic Paradoxes
Teachers: Yuhong Wang

On the surface, probability is simple, usually requiring little numerical computation and memorization of only a few rules. But the way it is applied to specific situations can give rise to some contradictory interpretations. How can you win by losing? Make a game that would be worth any price to play? Keep changing your choices but never reach the better one? Create the downfall of democratic voting? We will look at these problems (and more) and see if we can resolve the paradoxes.

Fun with Möbius Strips

An ordinary piece of paper has two sides and four edges. A round piece of paper has two sides and just one edge. A sphere has two sides (the outside and the inside), and no edges at all. But can you make something with just one side and one edge? As August Ferdinand Möbius discovered in 1858, you can, and all you need is paper, scissors, and tape.

In the first half of the class, you'll be able to make lots of Möbius strips, and you'll be able to see for yourself the weird stuff that happens when you try cutting one up. In the second half of the class, we'll explain why these things happen when you cut up a Möbius strip. We'll also look at some other objects that are Möbius strips in disguise. If we have time, we'll try to glue the edge of the Möbius strip to itself. (It's trickier than you might think.)

You don't need to know anything about Möbius strips to take this class, but even if you do, I'm pretty sure you'll see something you haven't seen before.

If you can, bring scissors and tape. We'll have some, too, so don't worry if you forget.

Game Theory: Economic Games Full!
Teachers: Andrew Spann

We'll look at games involving strategic decision making and guessing how other players will behave. We'll talk about decision trees, rational behavior, and Nash equilibrium. We'll play some short games demonstrating these concepts.

Pi in the sky
Teachers: Sohan Dharmaraja

This course is meant to give you an idea of how to 'determine the unknown by experimentation'.

We'll use very basic probability to establish simple things - the chances of getting heads or tails in a coin toss, the area of a circle, etc.

Finally, we'll have a fun practical hands-on project to determine the value of $$\pi$$ - the winning group will get something yummy to take home! :)

Nothing really - just an imagination and an idea of what 'probability' is.

The Mathematics of Set Full!

Set is a game of visual perception involving a deck of eighty-one unique cards that can be played by people with little or no mathematical background, but the game can also be thought of as a collection of $$3^4$$ objects that can be used to prove things about the game. The class will cover an introduction to modular arithmetic, a proof of why there must be a set given any 21 cards of an 81-card deck, and, assuming time permits, exposure to a few variations of the game and proofs regarding them.

Algebra I; previous exposure to the game suggested but not required

Metric Spaces, Compactness, and the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra
Teachers: Daniel Zaharopol

This class is about several different concepts in mathematics, and how they interact to produce some really stunning results. It's about the power of generalization. And it all starts with one simple question. What is distance?

We'll ask what the most important ideas about the notion of "distance" are, and then find a way to generalize them to places far different than just the distance between two points in space. This will lead us to define mathematical objects called "metric spaces," sets of points where we can tell how far apart two points are, but nothing else. Yet even with just that --- just a notion of distance --- we'll be able to come up with a huge host of results, including, finally, the idea of "compactness," one of the most fundamental notions in mathematics.

These ideas are extremely abstract, and you should come prepared for a very difficult math class. However, when we're done, we'll be able to prove a truly amazing result: every polynomial has a root in the complex numbers. With extra time, we'll use our results to discuss precisely the convergence of sequences and infinite sums.

A big willingness for generalization, and, if you're not experienced in mathematics beyond school, a willingness to be lost.

Games and Surreal Numbers
Teachers: Theodore Hwa

Let's play a game! In this course, we'll explore how a number system called the Surreal Numbers can help us understand many different games. Games that, at first glance, look very different turn out to be equivalent because they correspond to the same surreal number. We'll study a variety of games such as Nim, Hackenbush, Domineering, Amazons, and possibly others!

Why the Math You've Learned in School is True
Teachers: Daniel Zaharopol

Is math just memorization to you? Do you struggle through tests by memorizing formulas and hoping there are enough clues to know which number to plug in for which variable? Do you hate the word "variable?"

This class may or may not be the cure, but it will show you a new way of thinking about mathematics. We'll see some of the most beautiful --- yes, beautiful --- things about math. Maybe you don't think that math *can* be beautiful. But I think it is, because it gives you insight into the workings of the human mind, much like a good piece of art. Come see why.

High school algebra.

Performing Arts

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Evolution of Music: From Bach to Britney

Ever wonder how music has changed over the centuries? How Bach and Mozart have influenced your favorite pop melodies? In this class, we will trace classical music as it has evolved through the centuries. We will also explore its the ways it shows up popular music today. Join us for a fun, informative look at the history of music!


Beginning 4-count Swing! (Follows Sign-up)

Come learn a really fun and simple social partner dance, 4-count swing! It's very easy to pick up and can be danced to a wide variety of music.

Partners are not necessary, but you should be prepared to dance barefeet, with socks, or bring dancing shoes.

If you are a follow (usually girls) then sign up for this one, both sign-ups are for the same class. Sign up for the other section if you are a lead.

Beginning 4-count Swing! (Leads Sign-up)
Teachers: Russell Chou

Come learn a really fun and simple social partner dance, 4-count swing! It's very easy to pick up and can be danced to a wide variety of music.

Partners are not necessary, but you should be prepared to dance barefeet, with socks, or bring dancing shoes.

If you are a lead (usually guys) then sign up for this one, both sign-ups are for the same class. Sign up for the other section if you are a follow.

Latin dance

We are going to teach latin dance, such as salsa, cha cha cha, rumba, samba, mambo, merengue, tumba, bachata, and cumbia. All levels are welcome to try out. It's going to be fun!

There are no pre requisites. All levels (beginning, intermediate, and advanced) can try out. You don't need to bring a partner.

Argentine Tango for Beginners
Teachers: Laura Elias

Back to SPLASH by popular demand… Argentine Tango for Beginners!
Come to this exciting workshop to learn the secrets of Tango, the dance of love and passion that has captivated the minds and bodies of many generations around the world, including Bay Area high schoolers at last Spring's SPLASH.
No partner necessary. Please wear comfortable shoes with soles you can pivot in (leather or suede, not rubber). If you don’t have any, just bring socks that you can put over your shoes. We will teach only one section this Fall so be sure to sign up early as space is limited.

What Is Improv?: A Brief, Hands-On Introduction (Gr. 7-9) Full!
Teachers: Max Sosna-Spear

Over a couple of hours we will look at some of the fundamental premises of improvisational theatre and explore them through some specialized games and activities.

Intro to Music Theory
Teachers: Michelle Zeman

We will cover the basics of music theory, including reading treble and bass clef staffs, identifying keys, learning notes and time signatures, and constructing simple chords. Taught with the assumption that students do not already know how to read music. We will also learn the solfege system (do-re-mi) and do some simple sight-reading exercises. Come prepared for some light singing (there will be no solos, I promise!).

What Is Improv?: A Brief, Hands-On Introduction (Gr. 10-12)
Teachers: Max Sosna-Spear

Over a couple of hours we will look at some of the fundamental premises of improvisational theatre and explore them through some specialized games and activities.

Partner Dancing
Teachers: Daniel Dumitran

We are going to teach 4 30-45 beginner workshops for the following dances: American Foxtrot, International Waltz, Salsa and International Cha-cha


Writing Your Own Screenplay and Getting it Produced as an Independent Film
Teachers: Scott White

A step-by-step presentation of how to adapt the script for a one-act play into the screenplay for a feature film. The teacher will provide concrete examples based on his adaptation of the script for “El Centro Basco,” which was produced for five performances by the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, starting in April 2009. The teacher will contrast the independent film production process with that for theatrical productions. Film excerpts will be shown. The teacher will also provide each student with a complimentary copy of the copyrighted script and screenplay.

Familiarity with theatrical perfromances and related films.

Songwriting 101: How to voice your creativity Full!
Teachers: Ayla Nereo

Do you have notes or chord progressions floating through your head, but don't know how to fit words with them? Do you want to write in a way that feels true to yourself?

Although there is no "one way" to write a song, we will explore different ways to access your own voice, and how it can come out through writing lyrics and melodies. We'll also play with sound, words, rhythm, and movement, to access the mental and emotional parts of ourselves that need a creative outlet. Come with an openness to challenging your creative boundaries, letting your voice out, and having fun together.

Bring the chords in your head, songs-in-progress, or a musical instrument if you've got one!

Come as you are.

Peking Opera and Face Painting
Teachers: Emily Song

Make-up is a special art in Chinese operas, especially in Peking Opera, where it distinguishes different roles and reveals their dispositions and moral qualities via artistic exaggeration, truthful portrayals and symbolism. A mostly red face, for example, stands for courage and loyalty, and white represents brutality and cruelty.

In this course, we will explore the world of Peking Opera and have fun with the application of face painting. Students will be divided in groups of two. You may design your own Peking Opera characters and paint it on your partner!

So I think you can dance! Jazz and Lyrical Dance Class Full!
Teachers: Natalia Duong

Love Mia Michaels? Think that learning a jazz routine would be fun?

Come out and dance with me! We will do a warm-up, cover some basic technique, and learn a short routine. The level is beginning-intermediate with options of challenging yourself with more advanced style. Please come dressed in comfortable clothing that you can move in. No dance shoes necessary.

"Let's Wash our Face!" - Performance Art Via Skin Cleansing Regimen.
Teachers: Glenda Swetman

Join a dermatologist and an artist as they attempt a cross disciplinary experiment. Be a part of a happening Become living sculpture. Perform in a fluxus concert. We will combine performance art, the simple act of washing your face and the acting exercise of a “personal moment” via film fragments in a participatory event.

This course will explore familiar categories such as art/culture, theatre/drama, media/politics, hygiene/ medicine and the public/private practices of everyday life. Through the ritual of washing your face, we will challenge the norm and explore the interrelation, fusion and interdependency of the disciplines above, emerging with an understanding of embodiment and embeddedness.

How will you wash your face?

We will end with an exploration of the “skin ideal,” and its manifestations in art, medicine and society as a whole. We will also learn the basics of skin biology and how to optimize our own skin care regimens (if we really want to…)

Participants are encouraged to bring a towel.

Unrecognized Influence: Propaganda Through Cartoons
Teachers: Tommy Tobin

Cartoons- you probably remember watching Thundercats, Transformers, or Pokemon, but are you aware of the effect these show may have had on you? This seminar's mission is to give students a aew appreciation for children’s media, especially about its careful crafting and implementation for the utmost impact upon innocent children.
I want to expose a close parallel between political socialization through propaganda and children’s media.
I hope that this class will cause its participants to take another look at their childhood and make them pause and reflect upon making a future decision, especially regarding media choices.

Must have watched children's TV at some point

Intro to Step Dance Full!
Teachers: Risha Bera

Learn how to STEP OFF! Using out feet and hands, we'll learn to create hip hop rhythms.

Participants must wear sneakers


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Teachers: Brant Carlson

Did you know there are about 50 lightning strikes on Earth every second? That the most powerful lightning in the world is in Kansas? How does a big cloud of water vapor do that?… What actually happens in lightning is very intricate and ranges from the very small sparks that start everything off to the tree-branch structures we see in the sky to the hot channels (hotter than the sun!) that make thunder. This course will talk about Lightning, how, why, and when it happens, and what it can do. We’ll even do some experiments that may shock you - that is, if you want to be shocked.

Social Science

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Social Contract Theory
Teachers: Frank Wang

Interested in law, social science, or learning about how governments work? This is the class for you! Social contracts represent the foundations of many government's constitutions and laws. For example, the US has many striking similarities to John Locke's social contract theory. Who receives rights? Why do they receive these specific rights? How much power does the government have? We will discuss and answer these important questions in this class. We will examine 3 different social contract theories (Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau) to gain a better understanding of the abstract concept of a government or a governing body.


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How Come We Haven't Made an HIV Vaccine Yet?
Teachers: jake rosenberg

How Come We Haven't Made an HIV Vaccine Yet? This course will describe the fundamentals of vaccine science and HIV biology, and describe some of the reasons why we as a scientific community and as a society have not been able to come up with a vaccine that can prevent HIV transmission.

High school biology.

Colonization and Terraformation of Mars
Teachers: Robert Blount

In the future, mankind will head to Mars and make it our second home. But how will this be done? Come learn about terraformation: the process of making a planet more like Earth.

Oreo-ases: The rate of cookie catalysis and how it relates to disease

Enzymes, life’s chemists, can accelerate the rates of biological processes by up to 20 orders of magnitude over the uncatalyzed reaction. In this exploration, students will become enzymes (oreo-ases), and experiment with how mutations affect the rates of reaction, to gain an intuitive understanding of enzyme kinetics. Also, using HIV protease as the case study, students will explore the atomic level details of how mutations affect the structure of the enzyme, which, in turn, affects the rate at which it can carry out reactions. We will use a molecular viewer (SwissPDB) in this part of the exploration.

A good knowledge of chemistry and chemical kinetics would be helpful but not required.

Everything You Wanted To Know About Weather And Storms
Teachers: John Ten Hoeve

This course will cover the basic properties and processes of the atmosphere, weather, and storms. Topics discussed include the structure of the atmosphere, why the wind blows, how clouds and precipitation form, and the science behind lightning and thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Several in-class demonstrations will help illustrate these concepts.

No prerequisites needed

Social Science

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Time: how to use your most valuable asset
Teachers: Duncan Riach

In a world of increasing complexity and time demands, many people struggle with creating balance in their lives. The instructor has spent the past 17 years developing his system of time and commitment management which enables him to lead a balanced life while being highly productive and focused on actualizing a deeply meaningful purpose.

This is a perfect time in your life to learn in this class how to lead a successful, fulfilling, stress-free life.



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The Low Temperature Universe
Teachers: Paul Simeon

We are used to thinking of the universe as a hot
place, full of bright stars, quasars, gamma ray bursts,
and so on. So, instead, what I want to do is to try to persuade you that the universe is a remarkably cool place. We will discuss the coldest things in the universe as well as the basics of temperature and light.

Social Science

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Don't Have A Cow (Literally)
Teachers: Norris Mei

Do you know the story behind the meat on your plate? Do you know it has a role in global warming? Join us for a relaxed presentation and discussion about the environmental impact and politics of the meat we eat. Learn how reducing your meat consumption is better than buying a Prius. Topics include deforestation, greenhouse gases and agricultural policies, among other things that will surely be food for thought.

Comments from high school students who have previously taken the class:

"They were interactive and extremely informative."

"You guys are great teachers and your interest in the topic was contagious. Awesome job! :D"

Instructors for this class are junior undergraduates from the departments of Human Biology and Political Science. Neither instructor is a full-time vegetarian but both embrace conscientious eating values. Non-vegetarians and vegetarians alike are encouraged to take this class.


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Making Spare Parts: Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
Teachers: N C, Caroline Townsend

Some lesser-evolved organisms have the ability to regenerate parts of their bodies. Starfish can grow new arms, lizards can grow new tails, and tarantellas can regenerate their legs. Why then can’t highly evolved humans do the same? Join us to learn a little about stem cells and how exciting new advances in stem cells are starting to change the way we think about regenerative medicine.

A little bio knowledge would nice but not necessary!

The Science behind the Evolution/Creation "debate"
Teachers: Dan Dickinson

Charles Darwin's theory of Evolution by Natural Selection ranks among the greatest achievements of humankind, and yet it has not been widely accepted by the American public (according to one poll, more Americans believe in flying saucers than in evolution). In this course, we'll talk about what Darwin's theory actually says and try to understand the evidence that it's based on. Then, we'll talk about common misunderstandings of the theory that lead some people to reject it. Finally, we'll look at some real-world examples of how our understanding of Evolution has benefited mankind.

Very basic understanding of biology (you should know what a cell is, what a gene is, what DNA is, etc.)

Social Science

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Poverty in America
Teachers: Donald Goens

Consider this: The US has the largest national economy in the world, yet also has some of the highest relative poverty rates among industrialized countries. What kinds of factors have led to this difference in wealth? What kinds of support systems are offered to combat poverty in America? How can we further combat these trends? In this class we will discuss food security, access to shelter, healthcare, income and educational inequality, and other contributing factors to poverty in America.



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Lectures in Physics 1: Classical mechanics and Electrodynamics
Teachers: Jonathan Maltz

The Physics of the everyday world, how balls roll, people walk, boats float, planes fly, and rollercoasters work. While not as exotic as some of the other concepts in physics, it is the basis of most of what will follow and it has some pretty wild ideas in its own right.

Social Science

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Obamacare 2009: The Great Health Care Debate
Teachers: Max Jan

The current health care reform debate in Congress is shaping the biggest change to America's social welfare system in decades. What are the key issues? How does our current health care system work? We will demystify the greatest domestic challenge facing our government today.


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This is your brain!

We are a bunch of Neuroscience graduate students and we are really passionate about learning and teaching about the brain. It is after all, the most important organ of the body! What is the brain? What makes up a brain? What does the brain do? We will attempt to answer these questions and more as well as show you some real brains.


How Scientists Solve the Mysteries Behind the Biology of Love and Relationships

Have you ever wondered what’s going on in your brain when you see that cute girl in chemistry class? Ever wondered how scientists would figure that out?

Come learn about the logic of designing experiments to answer these questions as well as about current research on the biology behind why we find certain people attractive and why some people are more likely than others to stay in committed relationships!

Radios and Rainbows
Teachers: Paul Simeon

How does a microwave oven work? Why is the sky blue? What are x-rays? This class will illuminate the the topic of electromagnetic radiation.

HIV/AIDS: A World Epidemic. What Can We Do?
Teachers: Gino Mazzotti

Our two hour class will start with simple facts about the impact of the disease both locally and internationally. Because our local beneficiary works specifically with people 26 and under, they have great information that is relevant to both high school and college student. We will also provide information on health care in other countries such as Rwanda where our beneficiary is currently located.

The rest of the class will involve us explaining what students can do at their schools to raise money and awareness to combat HIV/AIDS. This will be a session of brainstorming ideas from them but at the same time us explaining what we do and how we do it. The goal is to start getting some of the schools around here to have their own Dance Marathons or even just a 6 hour event.

This is great for anyone that loves to fundraise, wants to learn more about HIV/AIDS and its impact, and anyone who likes to plan parties or dances.

interest in helping others, having fun doing it, and making a diference

Lectures in physics 2: Statistical physics and Quantum mechanics
Teachers: Jonathan Maltz

The physics of complicated systems, ensembles, heat and probablities give way to the weird world of the very small and the quantum realm of what really is reality. Why If you have seen one electron you've seen them all, and why in reality you can't stand still if you stay in the same spot.

Elephants, rhinos, and ants: Ecology of the Kenyan savanna
Teachers: Amelia Wolf

We’ve all seen elephants and lions in zoos or on TV, but do you know what they do when roaming across the savanna? What plants do they eat? And what happens when they disappear from an ecosystem? In this class, we’ll take a look at what makes an African savanna tick: we’ll start out learning about the main savanna animals, and how the animals and plants work together to create this beautiful and iconic ecosystem. The class will end with a discussion of how people – both in Kenya and around the world – are changing this ecosystem.

Why the Moon?
Teachers: Noel Bakhtian

With the Space Shuttle program ending and the International Space Station set to de-orbit in a few years, the future of human space exploration is up in the air (literally!). Should we go to Mars next? the Moon? an asteroid? or just stay in low-Earth orbit? This science-based lecture and discussion will enumerate many of the reasons a return to the Moon is in our best interest.

Social Science

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"We Won't Get Fooled Again": Statistics Interpreted
Teachers: Lauren Shapiro

Statistics are an important tool for summarizing, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Often, however, statistics are misinterpreted and incorrectly reported on. Join us to learn a few basic concepts and how to avoid some common misconceptions. You won’t get fooled again!