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Spring WAVU 2013 Course Offerings are Here

Posted by on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 in news.

Spring 2013 7th & 8th Grade Courses

Lyrics: From Epic Poems to Modern Pop

This class will revel in an eclectic mix of lyrics from Homer and Dante to Dylan and Tupac. Beginning with the origins of the form in ancient Greece and continuing through to its incarnations in Renaissance, Romantic, and Modern poetry, we will read literary lyrics alongside pop artists like Taylor Swift. Throughout these readings and listenings, we will explore the forms and techniques of the lyric as well as its cultural and historical contexts and impacts. Students will engage in close readings, discussions, and both reflective and creative writing. – Deann Armstrong

Introduction to Microbiology and Immunology

Did you eat enough dirt when you were a kid? Were you vaccinated? Have you been treated for every ear infection you’ve had? Use the tools of microbiology and immunology to understand how various microbes both help and harm the human body. Explore the challenges you might face as a patient when deciding on treatments and/or preventative medical care. – Holly Algood, Ph.D. and Jennifer Gaddy, Ph.D. (associate instructor).

Modular Arithmetic

How does Pac Man play tic-tac-toe? How would the game of chess change if you could move your rook off the left side of the board and have it reappear on the right? These questions might seem silly, but they invoke advanced mathematical concepts, with broad applications to computer science, theoretical physics, organic chemistry, and more. Students will study these concepts by investigating symmetries of regular polygons, permutations, and cyclic groups. Working in groups to solve unique and complex problems, students will come away from this course looking at math in a whole new way. – Jason Brasel

Spring 2013 9th & 10th Grade Courses

Computer Programing and the Smart Phone

Smart phones allow us to have powerful technology in the palms of our hands. They are intuitive, user-friendly, and sometimes just plain cool.  But they aren’t magic. Someone had to design and program all the apps and software powering these nifty devices. In this computer engineering class, we will gain a fundamental understanding of the challenges and opportunities involved with programming android-based smart phones. – Stephanie Weeden-Wright

Bioarchaeologists are Biological Anthropologists that use archaeological methods to excavate ancient human remains and their associated contexts (tombs, grave goods) to understand the lives and deaths of ancient populations. We will explore how bioarchaeologists determine age at death, sex, and estimate the height of an individual from their skeletal remains. We will also learn how to identify diseases and traumatic injuries in bones, and and learn how bioarchaeologists infer ancient behaviors from these skeletal markers. Finally, we will examine several mock archaeological sites and conduct our own skeletal analyses to better understand how more about the cultural practices of the ancient Vanderbilitan people. – Beth Koontz

The Structure of US Law

This course explores the founding principles of the American legal system and how those principles play out in modern society. Students will discuss concepts first year law students are expected to master, including the complex relationship between government, society, and individuals. In addition to studying the philosophical underpinnings of Constitutional and criminal law, students will learn about the way the judiciary and attorneys interact in the interpretation and application of law in American society. – Amanda Nguyen