Splash Fall 2022
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Arts

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A408: Ardent about Art!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kayla Rabey

Ever wondered if you are an undiscovered Bob Ross?? Come find out in this fun, all-level painting class! Materials will be provided and you will get to bring home your creation!

A411: Watercolor 101
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sophie Yao

Introductory class to watercolor. We will learn basic watercolor techniques such as gradient and color blending, color layering, washes, and wet-in-wet watercolor painting. It's a space for you to express your artistic side!


Prerequisites
n/a

A415: Tiktok Dancing 101
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Meghna Kommu

learn the few basic moves of TikTok dancing and learn to create more dances!

A422: Junk Art
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Janis Park

Let's make our own piece of artwork using junk! Use your creativity to transform recycled items into wonderful art. Materials will be provided - come and join our fun junk art class!

A432: Intro to Hand-Lettering
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sofia Arboleda

In this class, you'll get to learn a variety of hand-lettering styles in order to ultimately create your own font and stationary you get to take home! Materials will be provided.


Humanities

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H400: Who are you? Entrepreneur or Intrepreneur
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Zhiyuan Yang

This lesson will introduce what entrepreneurs and intrepreneurs are, including similarities, differences, respective characteristics and positions in the organization.

H409: Women in Greek Mythology
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Alex Paolucci

We will be examining the roles that women in Greek myths commonly occupy, and investigating some myths that pose exceptions to this rule. No prior knowledge of Greek mythology is necessary.

H421: The Art of Public Speaking Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Aryan Gala

Through this course, one will have a better idea of how to speak in group settings or in front of an audience. One will learn better ways to connect with the audience and get heard. There will also be fun exercises where students can practice these newly learned skills.

H429: Food Diplomacy
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Raghav Agrawal

The 17th to 20th century saw the world's colonial powers engage in a quest for global supremacy. Their trading prowess does come to mind, yet, a more powerful but unexpected reason takes center stage - food!
This course will explore how the need for food and spices dictated historical trade, and how food diplomacy still plays an important role today!


Math & Computer Science

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M401: Intro to Programming
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Mahmoud Said

Explore programming concepts applicable to most programming languages, including Python, C++, JavaScript, and others! Learn about variables, functions, data structures, and control flow. No prior programming experience required, foundations will be explained.


Prerequisites
Have an interest in programming and computing!

M420: Creating Chaos: The Mandelbrot Set
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Vishnu Srinivasan

This class takes a look at the absolute chaos that emerges from something as simple as taking a number, squaring it, and adding a another number to it. We'll be taking a journey through this unpredictability, and through the mind of the man who discovered it. The course should also serve as a gateway into the broad field that is Chaos Theory.


Prerequisites
High school algebra, precalculus.

M427: Probability: What are the Odds?
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Marcus Kwok

Want to inform your gambling, using math? Whether its socks out of the drawer or slots on the machine, this course will run over all of the basics of probability, as well as some of the less basics. As we make our way up, we will learn about our chances in infinite probability spaces and calculate the value of our investments using expected output. Disclaimer: we do not endorse gambling.

M431: Intro to Cryptography
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Bill Chen

At some point in your life, you've probably sent a secret message to your besties, to your crush, or to possibly anyone. Encryption and decryption allow communication to be completed in a secure manner, and the course provides an introduction to some elementary codes and ciphers in cryptography, including rail fence cipher, Ceasar cipher, Playfair cipher, Morse Code, etc.

M433: The Numbers Don't Lie: The Power of Statistics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sofia Arboleda

In this class, you'll learn about the basics of statistics, presenting data, and how statistics may be used and sometimes misused to influence our daily lives and decisions.


Science

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S399: The Pleistocene: The Cold Cradle of Humanity
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Michael Wolf

In this course, we will cover the details of the pleistocene epoch, better known as the ice age. Besides discussing human evolution, we will also delved into the variety of other species that thrived at this time, as well as the conditions that made this world possible.

S403: The Beauty of Water: A Physical, Chemical, and Biological Perspective Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Andy Chia

What is water, and how does the liquid support everything we know? This class will look at the fundamental aspects of what makes water extraordinary through a look at its unique physical and chemical properties, how life adapted around it, and how it may hold the key to understanding the conditions necessary for life out in space.


Prerequisites
Some high school chemistry

S404: Food Science! - An Exploration
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Andy Chia

Food! It's delicious and something that we all enjoy, but why is that? Throughout this class, we will be exploring that fundamental question by looking at a series of case studies about our own bodies, plants, and even the molecular components of what makes food, food!

I would suggest leaving some room in your stomach because some of these experiments will involve eating!

S405: An Introduction to Aging
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Andy Chia

This course will introduce some fundamental aspects of what aging is, both from philosophical and biological aspects of where life began all the way to death. It will also look more deeply into why and how humans have been trying to comprehend death from a biological perspective.


Prerequisites
Some introductory high school biology

S407: Investigating Nanoparticles in Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ria Thakur

A basic introduction to the potential of nanoparticles in diagnosing and combating cancer.


Prerequisites
N/A

S410: Detecting Cancer Using a Simple Blood Test
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sean Lee

Are you interested in learning more about cancer detection? In this introductory course, we will be discussing liquid biopsies, an up-and-coming cancer diagnostic method using a simple blood test. We will first explore the biological underpinnings of cancer, followed by a deep-dive into "next-generation sequencing", a method for detecting rare mutations.


Prerequisites
A basic understanding of DNA is preferred

S412: Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Austin Chen

With their ability to develop into various types of cells in the body, stem cells have emerged as a potential therapeutic tool in medicine. In this course, we will introduce the history of stem cell research, stem cell basics, types of stem cells, and their molecular, cellular, and therapeutic properties. We will also discuss recent breakthroughs in stem cell research and their applications in regenerative medicine.

S413: Biomedical Imaging Techniques
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Austin Chen

How can we visualize the tissues in our bodies at tiny scales? This course provides an introduction to biomedical imaging modalities, such as X-ray, CT, SPECT, PET, and MRI. We will also discuss recent research and clinical applications of the biomedical imaging techniques, from neurological diseases to cancers.

S414: How to Blow Up a Black Hole
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Aniket Pratapneni

A step-by-step, scientific guide on how to engineer a supernova-scale explosion. A fun experiment to try out on your enemies! Or their entire solar system, for that matter.

S416: The Central Dogma
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Abhishek Das

The Central Dogma is one of the most important processes in biology - it describes how proteins are expressed in the cell. Come by to learn more about it!

S418: "Lead to Gold!" Said The Chemist
Difficulty: **
Teachers: James Kwon

Chemistry has drastically changed over the years and it has influences and roots all over the place because of it. This session will be exploring some concepts traditionally found in Alchemy and its 'contributions' to Chemistry, talking a little bit about how feasible it might be. Kinda like a small Chemistry history lesson!


Prerequisites
I'll try to explain any Alchemy-related and Chemistry-related information as best I can :)

S424: The Natural History of Baltimore
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jack Gao

Take a stroll outside, and you will find various trees and their leaves along the sidewalk. Leave a piece of bread out and you might find it quickly invaded by insects. Whether you like seafood or not, chances are, you have heard of the famous Maryland blue crabs. No matter where you look, you will always find nature as a large part of our lives. In this course, we will take a closer look at the natural heritage of Baltimore: how it had changed; how it will continue to change; and how it would affect all of us?

S428: An Introduction to Biochemistry
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Rohin Gurumurthy

Biochemistry is the application of chemistry to the study of biological processes at the cellular and molecular level. We will learn the foundational principles of biochemistry through lecture and experiments.

S430: The Future of Bionic Prosthetics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sakshi Singhal

Interested in exploring the extent to which bionic prosthetics can improve the quality of life of amputees? This course will focus on the design and function of neural technology, and the societal impact of these technologies!


Prerequisites
Basic knowledge about how the nervous system works

S434: It’s About More Than Just The Sugar: Diabetes 101
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Wassim Bouhsane

This class will introduce students to diabetes, a chronic health condition that impairs about 40 million U.S. adults’ ability to regulate the amount of sugar in their blood. The class will begin with an overview of the biology of diabetes and transition into a discussion of how diabetes affects not only those living with the condition but diabetics’ family members and friends as well. By the end of the class, students will walk away understanding that the effects of diabetes can’t be addressed by putting Hershey’s out of business; it will require the effort of community members, doctors, policymakers, and researchers. All students are welcome to register!

(Sorry Hershey’s for picking on you, but your chocolate is a 1).

S435: A Story of 100 Nanometers: The Biology, Epidemiology, and Tragedy of HIV
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Wassim Bouhsane

In the early 1980s, doctors in New York and Los Angeles began noticing something strange: young men in their twenties who were previously healthy began developing an extremely rare form of pneumonia to which they would all pass away from. It was not for a few years that these doctors—and the world—identified what was causing these mysterious deaths: the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. Since claiming its first victims over four decades ago, this incredibly tiny virus—only 100 nanometers long—has infected nearly 85 million people around the world and killed nearly 40 million—the majority of them in sub-Saharan Africa. This class will tell the fascinating story of HIV, sharing the virus’s biology, epidemiology, and horrendous tragedy with students. This class will also explain why HIV is such a difficult virus to combat and share what is currently being done to eradicate this virus. All students with an interest in anything from infectious disease to medicine to stuffed animals are welcome to register for this class! :)

S440: The Forgetful Disease- Alzheimer's
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Calvin Chen

Have you been forgetful lately? There is a disease that might explain it... Just kidding! You probably don't have it, but those who are much older might. Sign up and learn about how Alzheimer's might be affecting the memory of the older generation. Who knows, it might be helpful when you get old.....

S441: The Biology of Plants
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sheryl Lin

Dang, plants are everywhere. Do you know anything about them? Do I know anything about them? No!
How do roots sense gravity or know where to grow? How does photosynthesis work, and why does it involve quantum physics? If Venus Flytraps can grab things, do plants have a nervous system? Come and learn more about how plants work, and how we can engineer them to do our bidding. I will offer you a free rooted cutting from one of my plants (Genghis Khan or Pericles), if you can pot it yourself!

S398: Introduction to Bioanalytical Techniques
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Wilson Huang

Interested in the sort of molecular biology experiments conducted in research and industry settings? This course will begin by giving a quick overview on DNA, RNA, and proteins and proceed to examine the basic theory and method regarding foundational bioanalytical techniques such as PCR, ELISA, gel electrophoresis and the cloning cycle. The course will then explore more technical experiments involving next generation DNA sequencing and common staining procedures performed on clinical samples.


Miscellaneous

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X402: School Life Hacks
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Hyeongmin Cho

Don't know how to study?
Wanna build up better habits?
Trying to find new friends?
Just want a more convenient school life?

If you find yourself asking these things, then this course is perfect for YOU. Learn how to get by in school from your neighborhood introvert who somehow found his way into Johns Hopkins.


Prerequisites
Be alive

X406: How to Make Simple Meals Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Phoebe Wang

Learn how to make some simple and easy meals for yourself and/or friends/family!

X417: How to Get Into College
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Alexandria Pereira

Thinking about furthering your education? Want to pursue a college degree or trade school but don't know where to start? Have questions about the process? Want someone to bounce ideas off of? This class will cover the different components of applying to college/trade school and what you, as a high schooler, can do to set yourself up for success. We will utilize tools and brainstorming techniques to help solidify your school and career paths and financial aid resources. Please come ready to participate. Beverages included!


Prerequisites
None

X419: Free Talk: Genshin Impact
Difficulty: *
Teachers: James Kwon

Hello there, Travelers! In this 45 minute short, informal session we will mainly be sharing and talking about aspects of the game "Genshin Impact" like team comps, artifacts, and really anything, so feel free to bring suggestions you are interested in to talk about. Maybe I'll learn one or two things myself!


Prerequisites
If you play Genshin Impact, great! If you don't play but are interested, you are still welcome to join :D

X423: Smash Ultimate: Tips and Tech
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Dean Sharif

Unsurprisingly, Super Smash Bros Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch has become a staple party game since its release in 2018. Large events and casual gatherings alike, it always feels better when you’re winning. This course offers fundamentals such as vocabulary, gameplay feedback, as well as information on higher level tech in order to fully optimize your gameplay and bring in more wins.


Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of and experience with Smash Ultimate

X426: Amazing People Who Didn't Change the World
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Theodore Richards

You hear a lot about people who change the world, doing admirable things that benefit society, but what about the countless other unappreciated people who accomplished unfathomable goals, persevered through extreme adversity, that have lost their popularity over time or never got the recognition they deserved? In this course, we will discuss some of the most remarkable people you've (probably) never heard of.

X436: When The Lemons Don’t Want To Be Made Into Lemonade: A Few Secrets To Happiness
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Wassim Bouhsane

There are moments in life when all we want to do is climb into bed, curl up into a ball, and cry at the top of our lungs. It’s moments like these that we wonder if the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” actually means anything or helps us in any way. Unfortunately, in many cases, it doesn’t. This course will teach students how to be happy when life gets rough and show them how always trying to “make lemonade” may not always be the best strategy toward achieving long-lasting happiness. All students interested in clapping “along if you feel like a room without a roof” are welcome to register for this class! (Pharrell’s a real one) :)

X437: Leadership in a Little More than an Hour
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Elianna Perlman

Learn the basics of how to be an effective leader, all crammed into just over an hour.

X439: How to Make an Escape Room
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Elianna Perlman

Learn the basics of making an escape room and all about the processes that go on behind the scenes of the experience.