Splash Spring 2020
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Arts

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A280: Introductory Magic
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Liam Cheng

For those who find magic fascinating and would like to learn some tricks! This class will cover some fundamentals of magic, including handling cards, coin vanishes, and some magic with everyday objects.

A287: Introduction to Chinese language and Culture
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Tongbin Zhang

For beginners in the language. The course aims at acquisition of the usual basic language skills of listening, speaking. Presentation of basic grammar and an introduction to Chinese culture. Pinyin (the most widely used Chinese phonetic system) will be taught as a tool to learn the spoken language. Students will also learn Chinese characters in order to be able to communicate effectively in real Chinese situations.


Prerequisites
Interested in Chinese culture and language, know a little bit about Pinyin.

A270: Netflix's You: Insights into Humanity
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Arpan Sahoo

Netflix's You is an American psychological thriller television series about a man with a warped sense of what it means to love someone. During this course, we will examine what this show can teach young adults about love, friendship, and the pursuit of happiness.

A271: Dissecting The Godfather: Breaking Down Symbolism in a Cult Classic Film
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kevin Liu

The Godfather is widely regarded as one of the greatest films in history and is revolutionary for its extensive symbolism. Learn about director Francis Ford Coppola's decisions in images, colors, sound, and dialogue and relate them to themes of crime and justice, family and loyalty, and the American identity. Analyze reasons behind filmmaking decisions and appreciate filmmaking. Students should be advised that some scenes shown will include violence.

A292: History of Hip Hop
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Marie Eric

Want to learn how we got to the hip hop dance we know today? Want to learn a sick dance routine? This is the class for you! We will go over some famous hip hop choreographers and moments in history that shaped modern dance. In addition, you will be learning a short routine. Beginners welcome!

A299: You, Too, Can Write Movies!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: A. Reid Bradshaw

Why do shows like Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad attract such a following? Why are we so invested in the Avengers rising victorious over Thanos? What makes a show like Firefly or a movie like the Rocky Horror Picture Show a "cult classic"? What actually goes into making these forms of media?

In this class we will watch a few instances of compelling visual storytelling, discuss what makes them tick, and then collectively form a writer's room and create our own, brainstorming characters and settings before writing a scene. Get ready to think about screenwriting in a way you may never have before!

A302: What is opera anyway?
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Maya Watson

Ever wondered what is so great about dramatic and loud opera music? In this class we'll learn what arias and recitatives are and get confused by the convoluted plots of famous operas. We'll even do some singing of our own and, who knows, maybe find out one of us is destined to be the next big opera diva...


Humanities

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H293: How Geography Shaped Nations
Difficulty: *

In this course we will look at the geographical foundations for the development of nations. Which ways the landscape of the physical world shaped the political and why the understanding of these influences are not fully developed. Similar approach to history as in "Guns, Germs, and Steel" by Jared Diamond.

H275: Google Mapping Baltimore's Segregation
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kevin Liu

Gain a deeper understanding Baltimore's history using web tools. Segregation is a painful but visible part of Baltimore's cityscape. We will use Google Maps and Street View to explore the city's physical and human geography that contribute to this segregation. Students will learn a brief history of Baltimore's segregation and interpret it through looking at particular streets.

H285: Personal Identity
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lawrence Cao

In this class we can talk about the persistence question: what make us remain the same person across time. For example, why I'm the same person as the eight-year-old version of me. Is it because of the same soul? Same body? Continued memories? Will anything qualify? Come and share your thoughts.

H278: Intro to American Political History
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jeremy Hoffner

In this course, we will discuss American politics with an emphasis on tracing how our politics has changed, and not changed, during our national history. Possible topics include: Presidential Electoral History, the History of Domestic Policy, and American Military Involvement Abroad.


Prerequisites
Basic Knowledge of American History and the American Political System

H282: Delve Into the Syrian Refugee Crisis
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Layla Yousef

On September 2, 2015, the lifeless body of three-year-old Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi washed ashore on the Turkish coast, becoming a symbol of the world’s largest humanitarian emergency of our era: the Syrian Refugee Crisis. With over 13.5 million refugees left searching for a safe haven, the international community has failed to provide sanctuary to those fleeing the deleterious ramifications of the Assad regime. In this class, we will explore and analyze the origins of the Crisis, proxy-war actors, United Nations intervention, resettlement conflicts, and required action. By the end of the class, you will not only have a better understanding of the aforementioned factors, but of the international community and Middle Eastern politics as well.

H298: Nanofiction
Difficulty: **
Teachers: A. Reid Bradshaw

How can we tell a story in the smallest possible space? In this class we will explore classic forms of tiny fiction, including the Six-Word Story and Flash Fiction. We will discuss how these forms cross between fiction and poetry and then write a bunch of our own! Notebooks and pencils will be provided.

H301: Primaries, Caucuses, Delegates, O My!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Roberto Jarrin

Selecting a President is perhaps the most important decision we make as a country. But arguably even more important is how we design the process of selecting a President. In this class we will explore the history of the presidential election, the electoral college, and the Democratic and Republican Presidential Primaries.


Math & Computer Science

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M279: Java Programming
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Julian Billini

This course will teach students about the basics of the Java programming language, also giving the students a better sense of Object-Oriented Programming. Then, students will apply this knowledge into making various graphical designs/animations via Java Applet to run locally on the computer.

M290: Cryptography: Introduction to Codes and Ciphers
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Patrick Prochazka

This course will give students an introduction to cryptography, the study of codes and ciphers. Students will learn about the methods used to encrypt and decrypt various cryptographic systems. They will also learn about some common techniques used to break encrypted messages. Afterwards, students will also learn about some of the modern cryptographic techniques used in cybersecurity. The class will culminate in a team problem solving challenge.


Science

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S273: Regeneration of the Eye: Magic or Science?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Arpan Sahoo

In this course, we will investigate how different cell types in the eye can be regenerated. Students should expect to learn about the immune system, drug discovery, CRISPR, and confocal microscopy.

S288: The Science of Marathon Running
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nathaniel Semanek

The marathon is the universally accepted yardstick of willpower, as athletes push their bodies to deal with dehydration, cramps, and fatigue. In this course, we will examine the biology, chemistry, and physics of running the 26.2 miles. How do chemicals play a role in carb-loading? What does your body really need to succeed on race day? How does your stride length and shoe type contribute to your overall pace? This class will answer these questions, in addition to an explosive demonstration of the true power of carbohydrates.

S295: The Pursuit of Happiness

Life is a terrain full of hills and valleys. In happiness, you realize the things you are fortunate to have. When you are down, you touch the soul of your being and you feel its beauty. However, it is vital to enjoy the good days and have the courage to go through bad ones. This class will teach you about how your body reacts to external factors conducive to your emotions, and how you can improve the quality of your life.

S300: Eating Animals
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Michael Gentry

Today's modern diet relies heavily on meals dependent on meat. But more and more people are turning to a vegan diet. We will investigate the reasons behind the shift to plant-based diets and questions such as: Is it ethical to eat animals? What are the environmental impacts of a plant-based vs meat-eating diet? And what are the long term health effects of each?

S294: The Science of Sleep
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kaitlyn Storm

Why do we need sleep? This course will explore what happens in both the brain and body when we sleep while also investigating how we can get more benefits from our sleep.

S291: The Chemistry of Ice Cream
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Maria Estrada

Do you know what ice cream is made of? How it is made? Do you want to make your own ice cream? You're at the right place! Join us for the inside scoop on ice cream making!

S276: Applying Science to 3 am Thoughts
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Aniket Pratapneni

3 am thoughts walk the fine line between sanity and insanity. There's just enough residual coherence and rationality to express oneself and discuss concepts, but also enough of that all-too-familiar sleep-deprivation-induced madness to not immediately dismiss what one normally would. But in that state, all you can really do is theorize about those wild hypotheticals.

One of the most important thing about science, however, is that it's universal. We tend to apply it to the real world, but really, you can use science to extrapolate forward from any hypothetical, regardless of how absurd.

In this class, we'll apply scientific concepts to explore how to power a house on Mars, what would happen if the Niagara Falls were funneled through a straw, how to smash a hole through the Earth, and other similarly ludicrous ideas.

S277: Personalized Medicine: The Future of Healthcare
Difficulty: **
Teachers: William Blair

Gain an understanding of how the medical system is evolving to fit the individual genetic profile of patients, and how this switch to personalized medicine will beckon a new generation of healthcare.

S296: A Closer Look at Jurassic Park
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sruthi Katakam

Jurassic Park is the quintessential dinosaur movie, and spawned an entire franchise based on the idea of reverse-engineering dinos from fossils. But how much of the science behind the park is true? What did they get wrong? More importantly, is a real Jurassic Park in our future? We will analyze the science in the movie and make predictions about the future of biotech.

S303: Meditation: What is it and what's the science behind it?
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Charles Xu

Meditation is entering a time of resurgence, with internet blogs saying meditation can do anything from help prevent cancer or even help increase fertility. But what is meditation at its core, and does it actually have tangible health benefits? I will cover both questions in this class.

S305: Chocolate: Simple Ingredients, Fascinating Chemistry
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Elizabeth Mensah

Have you wondered why chocolate never regains its original texture once it melts and re-solidifies? Do you wonder why some chocolates melt instantly in the mouth and others do not? Are you interested in the chemistry behind how these two types of chocolates are obtained? Are you interested in chocolate, where and how it is made? Then join this class!

S306: Case Studies: Brains Gone Bad
Difficulty: **

Over the course of history, neuroscientists have gathered the vast majority of the study's information not from labs or college credits, but from the patients they have observed. This interactive course will present some of the most notable lesion studies that have shaped the Neuroscience field into what is today. We will break down the effects of these brain damages in the most simplest form, while making sure to touch on the anatomical and everyday effects of these injuries.


Prerequisites
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Miscellaneous

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X297: Taste of China: Dumpling Making!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Daniel Qian, Jenny Wu

Learn how to roll dough, prepare filling, and fold different styles of Chinese dumplings. Both traditional pork fillings and modified vegan fillings will be provided. At the end of the class, we will boil/panfry them together!

X289: Consent and Healthy Boundaries
Difficulty: *

What is consent? Learn about what consent means in your relationships, decision making, and everyday life. Participate in a simple activities to better understand how to give consent and identify when you get consent. Small snack included!

X281: Tumbling Tutorial: Intro to Gymnastics
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Reshmi Patel

Learn and practice basic gymnastics skills and stunts. Come try something new-- no prior experience needed!

X304: Public Speaking and Debate
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Shravan Venkatesan

Whether it's class presentations or casual conversation, public speaking is a skill which is useful for everyone, and that everyone can improve on. This class will present basic techniques for speaking to a wide range of audiences, and will aim to give everyone confidence in their every day speaking abilities.