Splash Spring 2022
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Engineering

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E397: Introduction to 3-D Printing
Difficulty: **

Introductory course taking you through the basics of 3-D modeling using Solidworks. Will focus on the practical uses of various tools within the program.


Prerequisites
Don't need Solidworks downloaded or any prior experience!


Humanities

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H380: Lead your own Civilization! Learning History by Playing a Role-Playing Game
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Tony Yao

All too often, History in school is about memorizing facts. In this experimental class, we'll try to learn history through playing a "table-top-style" game instead! Students will be tasked with leading fictional civilizations across Afro-Eurasia. Your choices will affect the course of your civilization based on general historical principles.

H386: The Nature of Explanation
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lawrence Cao

We can cover some basic theories of explanations. Whether explanation is a worldly relation (meaning it’s independent from us and our minds) or it is a human-centered relation which we actively plays a role. I hope you find this interesting as explanation is considered essential in our scientific inquiry. No prereqs.

H396: Modern Latin American History
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Roberto Jarrin

This class will give a brief history of this culturally diverse area of the world since their independence from European powers in the early 19th century. We will dive deeper into a few of the many political and social trends during this time, including Peronism in Argentina and Velaquismo in Ecuador.


Math & Computer Science

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M374: Computer and Web Security
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Shravan Venkatesan

Everything these days runs on computers, so it is important that these systems are secure and resistant to attacks. Learn about some common security vulnerabilities in today's computers, cyber attacks which exploit those weaknesses, and ways to protect against these attacks.

M387: Neural Networks: What Are They?
Difficulty: **

An introduction to neural networks and what they are. We often hear the term "neural network", but we don't really know what they are. This course attempts to very basically show what they are. We will be building a simple, non-convolutional network from scratch.


Prerequisites
An understanding of algebra. Some ability to code in Python is recommended.


Science

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S376: Why We Sleep & How To Make It Your Superpower
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sam Bronckers

Why do some animals sleep for only 1 hour a day while others sleep for more than 20 hours a day? Why do we dream in our sleep? What helps us fall asleep and get good quality sleep? What happens if we don't? Come find out the answers to these questions and more!

S379: How Rare Are We?
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Tony Yao

The Universe is incredibly vast, yet we are the only intelligent civilization we know of. Just how rare are we?? In this class, we will walk through the rare events in Earth's history, from evolutionary quirks to mass extinctions, that have created intelligent life. Then, as a class, we'll estimate just how unlikely we are!

S382: 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.

S383: How to Power a House on Mars
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Aniket Pratapneni

In this class, we'll use engineering and the laws of physics to explore one of the most effective (and yet, one of the most absurd) ways to power a house on Mars.

S388: So Fly! An Introduction to Drosophila Genetics
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Elaine Yang

The humble fruit fly is a ubiquitous model organism found in research laboratories the world over. Learn about principles of genetics with a deep dive into what makes Drosophila melanogaster so popular amongst scientists, and gain insight into the unique culture of caring for and working with flies.

S389: 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.

S390: Liquid Biopsy: the next-generation of cancer diagnostics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sean Lee

Liquid biopsies are a promising class of diagnostics for early detection of cancer, especially given their non-invasive and relatively accurate nature. Through this course, students will learn about the biological basis behind liquid biopsies (with a particular focus on circulating tumor DNA, or ctDNA), earlier techniques for the detection of ctDNA such as digital PCR, as well as current advances in liquid biopsy techniques involving ‘next-generation sequencing’.


Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of DNA is preferred but not required

S391: Jurassic Park: Fact or Fiction?
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.

S392: The Beauty of Water: A Physical, Chemical, and Biological Perspective
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

S393: An Introduction to Aging Full!
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

S394: 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!

S395: The Carboniferous Period: The Land Before the Land Before Time
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Michael Wolf

I this course, we will explore the wonders of the Carboniferous Period, lasting from about 360-300 mya-- long before the rise of dinosaurs.

S381: 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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X375: How to Play Chess
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Shravan Venkatesan

Chess can be a very challenging game to get into, but it can also be very rewarding and teach you a lot of practical skills. We will learn the fundamentals of chess by going through some example games and positions.

X378: Pre-Dental 101
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nathaniel Semanek

Are you interested in the field of STEM? Are you also interested in a career in medicine? From the perspective of a pre-dental student, this course will cover the importance of oral health and the field of dentistry. We will cover the pros and cons of the job, while also comparing the pre-dental academic path to the pre-medical path. I will discuss the application requirements and how technology is changing how dentists work with patients. With this information, students will learn how to read basic dental X-Rays. This will also be a great class (full of advice) for any student considering a pre-health path in college!

X384: Understanding Procrastination
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kaitlyn Storm

What is procrastination? Where does it come from and why is it so hard to stop it? These are all questions explored throughout this course. We'll discuss how procrastination manifests, where it evolved from, and some tips and tricks to overcome it.

X385: Understanding Procrastination
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kaitlyn Storm

What is procrastination? Where does it come from and why is it so hard to stop it? These are all questions explored throughout this course. We'll discuss how procrastination manifests, where it evolved from, and some tips and tricks to overcome it.