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Session 2: June 15-19

June 15-19

Rising 1st Ancient EgyptDive into Design
Rising 2nd/3rd X Marks the SpotShaping up in Geometry
Rising 4th/5th Media ManiaNo Quick Fix
Rising 6th/7th Written in BonesGraphic LiteratureFrom Page to Screen

Course Descriptions


Beyond the Pyramids: Egyptian Exploration

Did you know that the Ancient Egyptian civilization lasted over 3,000 years? When we think of Ancient Egypt we often think about pyramids, mummies, and hieroglyphics, but Ancient Egypt has even more to offer. In this course you will take on the role of an anthropologist to investigate how the Egyptians’ systems of language, leadership, economics, architecture, and geography created a strong civilization that lasted for thousands of years. Don’t worry — we will talk about mummies and pyramids too. Plus, you’ll even get to try your hand at writing Egyptian hieroglyphics!

Dive into Design

What did it take to create your favorite swimming pool? Did you know that architects and engineers used principles of mathematics and measurement to ensure that your favorite swimming pool is a fun and safe place? In this course, you will become engineers as you learn to use measuring and modeling to create the perfect swimming pool. As you work through the design process you will learn to answer lots of important questions – Why do we measure? Why is accuracy even important? What should you consider when choosing a measurement tool? Get ready to dive into the deep end of a problem-based task that requires critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and lots of fun with measurement.


X Marks the Spot

Let’s go treasure hunting! While some ancient treasures have been found using modern technology—answering some of histories deepest secrets—there are many legendary lost treasures still waiting to be discovered. In this class we will consider what history and literature tell us about lost treasures and decipher if such clues help us to solve long-standing mysteries. The sunken Spanish fleet off the coast of Florida will take us back to the early 1700s. We will learn about the colonies of the New World and the ships that transported gold, silver, and other precious cargo across the Atlantic Ocean. We’ll consider the treasure (gold said to be worth over one billion dollars), supposedly buried near Victorio Peak in New Mexico as well as the 750 tons of Incan gold said to be lost in the national park “Los Llaganates” in the mountains of Ecuador. We will consider questions such as: What did treasure mean to different cultures and during different time periods and how do the stories of lost treasure become “lost” themselves?

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.


Media Mania! Using Science to Study Media’s Impact

Without a doubt, we live in a media-driven age. From newspapers and magazines to television and smartphones, media is not only accessible to us, it also asserts itself into our busy lives. In this class we will pull back the curtain to examine how the media industry works and investigate how media and technology impact our lives. We will uncover the research methods and theories used by academic scholars to investigate issues regarding youth media use, as well as techniques used by industry representatives to determine whether media products are meeting their goals. Class participation will culminate in a student-developed experiment designed to investigate a hypothesis related to media and technology. Students will collect their own data and perform a data analysis, examining the results of their research. The class will engage in the scientific method as real scientists!

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.


Written in Bones: Tales from the Ancient Andes

At the height of its power, the Inka Empire stretched over 2000 miles and controlled a diverse population of farmers, herders, chieftains, and warriors. This great empire, and its cultural predecessors, made incredible innovations in art, astronomy, engineering, and warfare, but unlike the Romans or Persians, they left no written record. This course fuses biology and archaeology to reconstruct Andean history through a unique body of evidence—the human remains of ancient people themselves. Mummies and the bones of ancestors played a vital role in Andean religion and society, and for scientists, they provide a window into diet, disease, and warfare in the past. Students will learn the field and laboratory techniques of bioarchaeological scientists and immerse themselves in the history of pre-Hispanic Peru through case studies and hands-on activities that explore the unique cultural and mortuary practices of this world region. Get ready to journey into the lost worlds of the ancient Andes!

Graphic Literature: Art and Story in Comic Books

Let’s face it. We’re not used to thinking about them as a medium of literature, but comic books are great. What other medium so effectively combines all the pleasures of literature with all the visual pleasures of art, making a whole greater than the sum of its parts? How does this dynamic relationship produce its own unique experience of reading? In this course, we’re going to explore the specifics of this experience, and learn how the combination of the literary and artistic sides of graphic narratives work together to create impressions of time, motion, and feeling with few, and sometimes no words at all. In the process, we will explore a variety of art styles and compare them with other forms of media like animation. Be ready to make observations, share opinions, and even try your hand at drawing your own graphic narrative!

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.