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Session 1: June 8-12

June 8-12

Rising 1st Ancient Egypt (canceled)Survive & Thrive
Rising 2nd/3rd BioengineeringShaping up in Geometry
Rising 4th/5th No Quick FixPuzzles & Problem Solving
Rising 6th/7th Spatial Smarts (canceled)From Page to ScreenPop Culture and Philosophy

Course Descriptions


Ancient Egypt- canceled

Survive and Thrive

Have you ever pondered how animals know when danger is near? Have you ever wondered what animals do in a thunderstorm? Have you questioned how animals survive in the blistering heat of summer or in the coldest months of winter? If so, you are thinking like a scientist. In this course, we will delve into these questions and many others as we investigate the habits of animals, learning more about their unique characteristics and habitats. Throughout the class, you will investigate serious questions related to preservation and animal protection, so get ready to take on the multi-faceted roles of scientist and animal advocate.



Think engineering is all about machines? Not true! Come and learn how the world of biology and engineering combine to answer some of our most complex biological questions! In this class you will become a biological engineer as you study how the body works, developing ways to help it work more effectively. In order to begin devising solutions, you will learn about the parts of the cell and how they work together to make a body function. You will explore the role of DNA and genetics and learn how engineers and scientists use this knowledge to understand and treat disease. By using both the scientific method and engineering design, you will employ problem-solving skills and creativity to observe, formulate hypotheses, and investigate real life problems.

Shaping Up in Geometry

What makes a square a square? Can you prove it? Why is a square always a rectangle but a rectangle is only sometimes square? How many ways can you classify a particular shape? Why are classifications even important? What is the relationship between two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes? In this class, we will explore these questions and many more as you think about the importance of shapes in our lives. As you learn more about the relationship between two-dimensional and three dimension shapes you will learn how to create flat, accurate representations or the three-dimensional world. Through our study of shapes will discover more about numbers, algebra, and measurement.


No Quick Fix

Have you ever wondered what role cells play in the larger systems of our human body? How do biological concepts relate to social systems within our world, such as health care and public education? We hear about illness and disease everyday. Where do these stories and the diseases begin? How are the diseases spread? How does this affect the cells in our body, health care, and society at large? In this class, you will work to understand the causes and possible outcomes for these complex and interconnected systems through the mindset of a physician.

Puzzles and Problem Solving

How does a group of logical pirates agree to distribute their loot? If a car changes its speed according to its distance from its final destination, how long does it take the car to reach its goal? You will learn to answer these questions and many more in this course as you learn the principles of probability, logic, and game theory. In this hands-on math class, we will explore problem-solving methods by wrapping our minds around counterintuitive solutions and teasing our brains with apparent contradictions. As the class develops, you may even begin to pose your own questions for the class to solve. Get ready to get stumped and stump others in a class that is sure to make you think critically and strategize with precision.


Spatial Smarts – canceled

From Page to Screen: Film Adaptations

Have you ever loved a book and anxiously awaited for the movie to be created only to be disappointed when you finally watched the film? So often the book and the movie don’t match. Something feels off – the actors, the setting, the events. It’s a challenge to translate the characters and events on the page into actors and events on the screen, especially given the infinite number of ways those characters and events can be interpreted. In this course you will take on the role of a literary and film critic as you read stories and analyze how they have been adapted for film. By studying multiple adaptions of the same story, we will think critically about filmmakers’ artistic choices when approaching a story. We’ll investigate questions like – What elements separate a good adaption from a terrible one? Why do some films do justice to the original work and others don’t? – This class will appeal to anyone who loves reading books and watching good movies.

Pop Culture and Philosophy

Do Marvel comics teach us anything about metaphysics? What even is metaphysics? What might Plato or Hobbes  have to say to about the Hunger Games? Today there are many books, movies, and tv shows that portray vampires and zombies. We will explore vampires and zombies to help us understand our brain and how it relates to our body. Delving further into the connection between pop culture and philosophy, we will look at what Foucault might have to say about social media or rap and pop music. In this course you will be introduced to a range of thinkers and theories in western philosophy by way of popular culture (and, inversely, we will to reflect on popular culture by way of philosophy). Get ready to think about the trends of today based on ideas of the past.