Splash 2019
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Arts

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A116: Crocheting 101
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Anna Maffa

In this class, you'll learn basic crochet stitches that will allow you to make anything you'd like - from socks to stuffed animals. We'll start off with easy projects!

A105: Intro to Computer Animation Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nicolaes Anderberg

Using programs like adobe animate, students will learn all the technical skills they need to make animations. This includes key framing, tweens, symbols and other features.

A119: How to Draw a Realistic Eye
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jiyoon Choi

Do you love to doodle? Ever catch yourself drawing on your notes in class? You can learn how to draw a realistic eye in this class! You can learn how to draw anatomically realistic eyes in various perspectives and practice realism. Students will be guided in a step-by-step process and have a super fun time exploring their interests in drawing!

A121: Intro to Playwriting
Difficulty: **

Love drama? Want to write your own plays, but don't know where to start? Join us at Intro to Playwriting for an immersive, fun look at writing plays! We'll read a sample play together as a class, do some playwriting drills to get us warmed up, brainstorm some ideas, and start writing! Baked goods may or many not be included :)

A120: Cookies and Creative Writing
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Devanshi Bhangle

Love writing? Have a cool new idea for a story but just don't know where to start? Want to talk about dragons for an hour? If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, this course is perfect for you! We're going to be talking about the fundamentals of any good fiction story: how to develop memorable characters, build believable worlds, incorporate fantastical elements like magic and monsters, and move your plot along at an authentic pace. In addition, we'll look at popular books, shows, and movies and mercilessly criticize your faves while eating baked goods and diabolically laughing in the background.


Humanities

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H108: Meet the Press
Difficulty: **

Do you like writing? Are you interested in news? If so, take this class to learn the basics of journalism and write your own articles!

H114: How to fail APUSH (AP US History)
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Savik Kinger

Did you know that George Washington stuffed his mouth with Cotton Balls? Did you know that it took 6 secret service members to get President William Taft to get him out of the White House Bath Tub? Did you know that President Johnson was once a tailor? One of the facts mentioned above is a lie, and the rest are TRUE! Only 10.7% of students get a 5 (highest score) on the APUSH exam, so if you want to learn the history of America that makes that number so low, and just some fun wacky stories about America and its presidents, Sign Up!

H118: Introduction to Economics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Keena Gao

An introduction to the wonderful world of economics(no experience needed)! We will briefly cover microeconomics(individuals and individual businesses) and macroeconomics(regional/national markets) in this class:)

H107: Literature Between the Margins
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ria Bhandarkar

"To be in the margin is to be part of the whole but outside the main body." - bell hooks
Using texts by authors Roxane Gay, Junot Diaz, and Amy Tan and various movie clips, we will consider the effects of race, gender, and class in different types of media.
Through an intersectional view, themes like globalization, multiculturalism, race and justice will be explored.

H124: Photojournalism
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Athena Li

TIME Magazine. National Geographic. Even Humans of New York - what do these three magazines have in common? All three utilize photojournalism to captivate meaningful events into one that can be treasured forever, into a single flick of time. In this photojournalism class, we will learn how to do this by interviewing people about their stories, making meaningful discoveries within nature, etc.


Lunch

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L125: Lunch Period
Difficulty: None
Teachers:

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


Math & Computer Science

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M126: Intro to Quadratic Residue
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Sooyoung Choi

Which numbers do you get when you divide square numbers with prime $$p$$? Our question starts with the modular equation $$x^2\equiv a \pmod{p}.$$ The values of $a$ are called quadratic residue and we will discover their properties.


Prerequisites
Modular Arithmetic

M128: Triangle Centers
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sooyoung Choi

How many centers are there in triangle?
There are more than 30000 centers on the triangle! We will discover the basic and the most important centers of the triangle.


Prerequisites
Geometry 1 (Recommended)

M110: Unit Analysis & Fermi Estimation
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Michael Ji

Note: This Splash class is based on Fermi Questions, a Science Olympiad competition event.

How many tennis balls fit inside a double-decker tourist bus? What about golf balls?

This class will teach you the methodology of "answering" these types of questions.
Using unit/dimensional analysis, scientific notation, and your own knowledge, you'll learn how to estimate numerical answers to seemingly absurd or impossible questions to answer.


Prerequisites
Algebra I Recommended

M111: Ciphers, Cryptography, and Code
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Vidushi Meel, Robin Pan

This class gives a taste of the codebreaker event at Lexington High's Science Olympiad team. Some codes the class will learn will be ceasar cipher and AMSCO. The class will move quickly and may be hard for grade 6 students, but is nevertheless interesting!


Prerequisites
The class will most likely utilize a lot of math to cipher and undecipher codes, so interest or fluency in mathematical processes such as using variables in equations will be very useful.


Science

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S122: Detective Biology Lab: Meal & Murder
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Harnidh Kaur

Through a detective experiment, students will test for these macromolecules from an evidence sample from the crime scene. Learn about the major four macromolecules (lipids, carbohydrates, proteins, nucleic acids) and understand the presence of macromolecules in different foods that we eat.

S104: Intro to Gene Expression: Why Liver Cells are Different from Brain Cells
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Robert Li

Have you ever wondered how a strand of DNA gives rise to the incredible complexity of the human body? The short answer: different proteins.

From your eye cells to your liver cells, your body displays displays a whole array of characteristics. Multiple cellular processes facilitate the diversity of cells. In this class we will go over transcription, translation, and ultimately, gene expression.

Within this class you will be able to understand how nucleotide base pairs turns into proteins, and how that yields your body.


Prerequisites
7th Grade Biology (Basic understanding of cells and DNA)

S123: (Intuitive) Intro to Special Relativity
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Ashish Puri

A fifty minute intuition-based introduction to arguably the most counter-intuitive scientific theory. Einstein's attempt to reconcile mechanics with electromagnetism lead him to some weird effects (like time passing at different rates for relatively moving observers, an ultimate universal speed limit, and an unsatisfying kind of time travel). This is an attempt to understand some of these things intuitively.


Miscellaneous

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X103: How to Get Filthy Rich in 2 Hours
Difficulty: **

Have you ever wondered how Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and Donald Trump all got so rich? The answer lies in their ability to be lazy and cheat capitalism, coupled with an elementary background in economics. In fact, after taking this course, YOU will be able to do the same!

For 2 hours, we will focus on the most important factors of getting rich in the short-term and long-term, including teaching the following topics:

1. Microeconomics, macroeconomics and the stock market (including bonds and investing)
2. Starting a profitable business with your friends (and eventually backstabbing them)
3. Expected value and decision theory (quick maths)
4. Easy bets you’ll always win (guaranteed or your money back)
5. How to manage your money wisely (haste makes waste)

For you communists out there, we’ll teach you how to apply this knowledge to break down the inner workings of capitalism. But for everyone, this course will place you on a path to financial prosperity!


Prerequisites
The ability to follow along with a fast-paced course and a desire to become rich.

X109: How To Become An Activist
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Emily Weinberg

Do you see what is going on in the world and wish you knew how you could make a change? Take this class to learn about the importance of being an activist and how anyone can become an advocate for the things they care about. Learn the basic steps needed to organize and educate your peers and how to make a difference in the world around you.


Prerequisites
Caring about current day issues