Splash 2017
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Arts

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A4: Ukelele for Beginners
Difficulty: *

Come learn how to play awesome, new tunes on the ukelele! No need for musical background or experience, we will start from scratch. We'll have fun, sing, and jam out with our ukeleles together (ukeleles will be provided)

A25: Sketching and Still-Life Drawing
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Ashley Chen

Fun drawing and sketches! We will strengthen the artistic mind through fun and quick exercises for all abilities as well as discuss characteristics of a well-composed work of art. We will be drawing a diverse assortment of objects (you are encouraged to bring anything you're interested in drawing), some live modelling, and face portraits.

A39: Origami
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Stephanie Brody

Let's fold some paper in an artistic sequence

A35: Music Composition
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Michael Tu

An intro to music composition. Great for those that do not know any music theory but have wanted to try to make their own music! Come for a long session of composing music!

A43: Intro to Drama
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Matthew Campos

Students will learn how to create and perform a character based on what they're given in combination with own imagination. This class is intended to be an open, stress-free environment where students can express themselves.

A47: Intro to Arranging for A Cappella
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Julia Kan

Transform your favorite songs into arrangements for an a cappella group! Learn how to take song structure apart, hear common chord progressions, and use Noteflight to create a cohesive arrangement that can be sung. Basic music theory knowledge will be required.


Humanities

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H5: Model United Nations Crash Course
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lasya Rajan

Basic information about the history of the UN, how high school students simulate the UN through Model UN, concluding with a simplified mock session of a Model UN committee!

H7: Write Better Essays!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Yunkyo(Eunice) Kim

Writing essays can be such a pain. Often times, students put in all of their time and effort, to find themselves being disappointed when they don't get the grade they want. This class is designed to investigate and resolve some of the typical problems students face when they write essays. Hopefully, students will realize that writing essays are actually really fun!

H45: Sherlock and British Detective Literature
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Afareen Jaleel

From James Bond to Sherlock Holmes, detective spy stories have increased in popularity in recent years. In this class, we will watch BBC Sherlock's A Study in Pink, and read excerpts from Arthur Conan Doyle's Sign of Four to analyze aspects of detective culture and its reflection on human society, from the Victorian Era to today.

H14: Intro to Memeology
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Keena Gao, Andrew Shen

What makes memes viral? Why do we feel an inherent need to spread memes or share them? What makes up the history of memes and social media bases that they explode on? Learn all about your favorite viral videos, images, and more! You will be number 1 after this class!

H37: American Sign Language Full!
Difficulty: **

An intro to ASL and Deaf culture that will help kids learn America's fourth most-used language. This crash course will be covering the alphabet, basic conversational signs, and Deaf culture etiquette using interactive lessons. From monolinguals to multilinguals, ASL is a fun and valuable language to learn.

H11: Crazy Sounds of the World's Languages!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Eli Haber

Learn about some of the most unusual sounds that occur in languages around the world, how to pronounce them, and how linguists classify them.

H19: Intro To Debate 101
Difficulty: **

Learn the basics of argumentation and practice debating your friends!

H18: Mindfulness Meditation
Difficulty: *

Practicing meditation means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, and surrounding environment. Meditation is not just for relaxation; it’s primary purpose is to develop the capacity to respond skillfully and gracefully to life’s difficulties as well as its joys. The goals of meditation are varied, and range from spiritual enlightenment, to the transformation of attitudes, to better health. Together we will learn the basics of meditation.

H46: Communication: A History
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Vedant Misra

A class that examines how the ability to communicate evolved in humans, and it sets us apart from other animals. Since the class is based on communication, students can expect discussion in a small group and as a full class

H9: The True Cost of a Hamburger (America's Broken Farm System)
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lucie Nolden

Do you know where your hamburger comes from? From the laboratory to the farm, and from the feedlot to your plate, a McDonald's hamburger takes a toll on farmers, animals, the environment, and your own health that you aren't paying for on the dollar menu. Learn how America's farm system is broken and why what you eat, and where it comes from, matters.

H29: Introduction to Ancient Greek
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Julia Chiang

This is a class meant to provide a basic introduction to the Ancient Greek language, with the goal of being able to translate a few sentences by the end. We will cover the Greek alphabet, basic grammar structures, how to conjugate verbs and decline nouns, and learn a little Ancient Greek culture along the way. If you are taking a romance language (like French or Spanish) already, this class will most likely be easier.

H12: Computational Linguistics Puzzles
Difficulty: **

Come and solve language puzzles, in the style of the NACLO and ILO competitions. If you have no idea what that means, you should still come!

H13: Law and Order: LHS Mock Trials
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Ananya Walhekar

Come and learn what goes on in a courtroom. You've seen it in the movies--now see what's behind those "Objection, your Honour!" and learn the arguments and basics of law. Will be exhilarating-- public speaking and active participation encouraged. Will do play some games to teach concepts and perform mini mock trials.

H16: International Environmental Issues
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Tamara Kamis

The future lies at the intersection of environmental issues and international relations. Students will learn about renewable resources, pollution, rising sea levels, and poaching, as well as how the international community is responding to these threats. The class will end with a simulation of a United Nations conference negotiating a climate treaty, with students representing different countries.


Lunch

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L2: Lunch Period
Difficulty: *
Teachers:

Enjoy a break for lunch with your friends! Please register for at least one lunch period on each day of the program.


Math & Computer Science

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M42: USACO and Competitive Programming
Difficulty: **

Have you ever wondered how Google Maps can quickly find the fastest route from wherever you are to the nearest Starbucks? Or even just how a computer can seemingly instantly pull up a definition to any word you want?

Well neither of these actions are instantaneous. In fact, if it weren't for some very clever ideas, it could take over 100 years for Google Maps to route you to your friend's house 15 minutes away. How does this work?

The answer: Algorithms.

This class will go over some simple algorithms, such as graph algorithms similar to the shortest path algorithms Google uses, and hash tables that can be used to look up words in a dictionary extremely quickly. This class will be focused on skills for nation-wide programming competitions, especially USACO, and will also provide an introduction to these contests in general.

M32: Graph Theory
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Albert Zhang

Learn the basics of graph theory, the math of vertices/nodes and edges, and the applications of graph theory.

M31: The Catalan Numbers and Their Appearances
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Albert Zhang

Discover the mysterious and exciting Catalan numbers, which can appear in many unexpected places.

M22: Deep learning, image recognition, and convolutional neural networks
Difficulty: ****
Teachers: Andrew Gritsevskiy

How do we tell a human from a flamingo?

As simple as this problem may seem, creating any reasonable algorithm for telling them apart is an unbelievably hard problem. (If you don't believe me, try writing one yourself!) Would you apply an edge-detection filter and look for a flamingo's graceful neck? Well, what if this is my arm? Would you look for percentages of the color pink? Well, what if I have a fascination with pink pants? A couple of hours of fruitless attempts at reasonably solving this problem will lead you to believe that this problem is, in fact, very, very hard.

However, this problem does have a solution. How can Google Photos sort your images so well, and how can modern software detect signs of skin cancer with a higher accuracy than doctors?

One word: sorcery.

In this class, we will delve into the black magic of image recognition through deep learning and convolutional neural networks. We will start by building up a mathematical intuition for how they work; then, we will analyze modern implementations; and finally, we will end with an introduction to the most modern neural architectures, including the inception model and Google's AlphaGo. We will also discuss the applications of neural networks to, like, every field of science ever.

Come learn about this incredible magic!!



Note: this class is going to be very difficult, as we will be going through an entire semester of Stanford curriculum in under two hours. I will do my best to make everything understandable to everyone, but a knowledge of basic derivatives and matrix multiplications will help you immensely. Either way, do not expect to understand everything that will be taught in this class, but consider this an introduction to the amazing and intriguing field of thaumaturgy.

M26: Logic Puzzles
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ashley Chen

How can you tell if someone's lying or telling the truth? How is this related to eye-color? And fake coins? And poisoned wine? We will tackle all of these problems and more! Come by for lots of confusion and discussion in an attempt to discover the real truth. If only it was this easy in real life...

M30: Circle Geometry
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Albert Zhang

Extend your knowledge and problem solving skills through this class. Learn about the geometry of circles, including topics such as inscribed angles, tangents, Ptolemy's Theorem, and more!

M36: Tetris
Difficulty: **

Since the very dawn of humanity, Tetris has been venerated as an art so sublime that only the chosen can ever dream of beating it. However, modern technology provides us, for the first time, with an opportunity to $$\textit{solve Tetris}$$ (almost). Come learn algorithms that can handily beat anyone, including the science bowl captains, in this famous Russian game. Competition will be held if time allows.


[Class no: 1702.08579]


Science

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S20: Honor Earth Science In 1 Hour
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Keena Gao, Andrew Shen

Are you going to Honor Earth Science next year and are feeling scared and depressed? Do you love science and want to find out more? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you are ready to take this class. You will be able to ask us any questions you might have on various science-y topics!

S44: Introduction to Marine Biology
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Afareen Jaleel

From sea turtles and jellyfish to blobfish and harp seals, marine organisms encompass a vast array of biodiversity. Dive into the exciting world of marine biology as we explore life in the ocean, and human impacts on marine life!

S40: Introduction to Molecular Orbital Theory
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Andrew Gritsevskiy

How do atoms stick together?

Turns out, most of the reasons that we are given in science class turn out to fail miserably under any reasonable level of scrutiny. Here, we will teach you the real explanation for why atoms stick together--Molecular Orbital Theory.

S28: Bananas for Bananas
Difficulty: **

Have you ever wanted to start your very own banana plantation? No? Well, it's never too late!

Come learn about the intricacies of banana farming at this intriguing class, taught by two certified** banana experts.

Bananas will be provided.

S33: Dry Ice!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Sidharth Anantha

Have fun by experimenting with dry ice, and explore its wonders! Students will have dun with several experiments, and in general, just play with the substance!


Miscellaneous

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X41: How to Play Magic: the Gathering
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Markus Tuomi

Ever wanted to learn how to play the classic trading card game of Magic: the Gathering? Well now you can. I will teach newer players the fundamentals of the game, and free starter decks will be provided for al of the students. No prior knowledge or experience is required.

X10: Introduction to Quiz Bowl
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Megha Prasad

Quiz Bowl is a club at LHS that has been extremely successful at local and national tournaments in previous years. It is a buzzer style competition with questions about literature, history, arts, science, geography, myth, math, and current events/pop culture, This course will introduce students to the rules and types of questions that appear.

X34: Anime :D
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Vivian Li

Take a break from your classes and watch anime!!!!

X8: Ultimate Frisbee!
Difficulty: *

Come learn about ultimate frisbee! A co-ed 7 v. 7 sport, ultimate frisbee combines the intense competitive nature of any sport with a level of sportsmanship and integrity that is unparalleled. Ultimate frisbee has programs ranging from K-5 all the way through the collegiate and professional level, meaning that there are always opportunities to play within your nearby town or community. Students will learn the basics of the game, watch videos showcasing gameplay, receive information about local playing opportunities, and get practice throwing the frisbee. This class is open to all and no experience is necessary whatsoever. Even if you've never touched a frisbee in your life, we encourage you to come give ultimate a shot and see what the fun is all about!

X27: Werewolf
Difficulty: **

Come by for a game of Werewolf, a close variant to Mafia. All rules will be explained at the start of class, and then it will be up to you to find the werewolves among your neighbors.