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Splash Fall 2017
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Arts

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A838: Shim Sham
Difficulty: **

Learn a world-renowned line dance that you can dance anywhere! The shim-sham is a swing style dance that is quick to learn, and super fun to perform!

A839: Bollywood dance
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Priyanka Tejwani

Easy Bollywood dance to upbeat music.

A791: From Cursive to Calligraphy Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Katrina Montane

If you find yourself wanting to create pretty words in calligraphy but have no idea where to start, this class is for you! Using cursive, you will learn how to write out your favorite quote in faux calligraphy. You could use this skill to make decorations for your room, make birthday cards, start a bullet journal, and much more! Pens and card stock will be provided... just come with your favorite quote picked out!


Prerequisites
Interest in cursive handwriting

A751: Irish Step + Social Dance
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Mera Liccione

Get your feet of flames on and learn some ceilis and other traditional Irish step dances. No previous dance experience necessary to join in this nearly 300 year old tradition.

A758: Crochet for Beginners Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Ashling Zhang

Crochet is kind of like knitting, but with one hook instead of two needles. Learn how to make a ton of cozy creations (like beanies, scarves, stuffed animals, socks, and more) with this neat technique! We'll focus on the very basics of crochet to help you get started. Our objective for this beginner's level class is to learn how to start a crochet project, how to make a slip stitch, and how to make a single-crochet stitch.

A772: Nail Art Workshop Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Zollie Yavarow

Learn about the basics of nail care and nail art tools and techniques. There are a wide variety of easy techniques that will make your nails look fantastic. Then put what you've learned into practice!

A822: K-Pop Dance 101
Difficulty: *

Are you a fan of Korean popular music? Have you ever wanted to try to dance like a K-pop idol? In this class, you'll learn a dance routine from popular K-pop songs and be able to impress all your friends! No dance experience required!


Prerequisites
Wear comfortable clothes.

A796: How to Watch a Movie
Difficulty: *

Everyone loves watching a good movie, but have you ever thought about how a movie is made? In this class, we are going to talk about the creative choices that filmmakers make – cinematography, color, editing, sound design, etc. Everything appears on the screen for a reason!

A820: Baking Full!
Difficulty: **

We will be baking halloween themed cupcakes with the class!

A783: Origami Butterflies
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Amy Fan

Learn how to fold origami butterflies designed by famous origami artist Michael LaFosse. Prior experience with origami is helpful, but not necessary.

A817: Basics of Music Production
Difficulty: **

Do you love music? Do you want to bring your own musical ideas to life? Do you want to get people to “turn up” to your music?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the class for you! Together we’ll be exploring the exciting world of music production. We’ll deconstruct some of today’s hottest songs, and in the process, you’ll learn the basic techniques that producers use to make musical magic. You’ll even have opportunities to test out your own music-making skills along the way!

No prior knowledge of music theory is necessary for success in this class. Students should bring a laptop and headphones if they have them and download the free music production software sent to them prior to attending this course.


Prerequisites
Laptops are not required, but students should bring a laptop if they have one and download the free software we send them prior to attending the course

A786: Hip Hop Dance FUN
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Arianna Carr

In this course, students get the opportunity to learn a fun, energy filled dance that will allow them to feel free to express themselves through movement, facials, and performance! After teaching a dance based off of hip hop fundamentals, students will get to perform the dance in front of their classmates.


Prerequisites
no dance experience required

A813: Aztec Dancing
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Josie Tarin

Give a brief description about the Aztec culture, how they came to be, by showing them powerpoint, discussing the influence that the Aztecs had on the Spanish and English language and then showing them some videos of Aztec Dancing online and finally, working with them to teach them a dance.

A809: Podcasting 101
Difficulty: *

Have you ever wanted to start your own show, or start a discussion you want people to hear? In Podcasting 101, we will give you the skills you need to get your stories out there! Podcasts are an audio-based medium, which consist of recorded pieces that people can download and listen to. In this course, we will teach you how to create a podcast yourself!

A764: DIY Thanksgiving Crafts
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Sunny Zhang

Brighten up your home and impress your friends and relatives with DIY Thanksgiving crafts! There may or may not be a turkey involved.

A828: The Art of Film
Difficulty: *
Teachers: jake ukleja

While there exist numerous arbiters of success for films (such as Rotten Tomatoes, Ebert, the Oscars, and box office gross, to name a few) there are numerous production factors at play that should be explored in context to determine how to analyze the "success" of a film.

A819: the play's the thing
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Stephanie Dodd

We will be investigating the basic elements of the texts behind some of the greatest works of the theatre.
Please feel free to bring along any plays with which you are already familiar.
Groups will also be able to write their own plays or work with passages from other texts.

A767: Dance Your HeART Out!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Brianna Rochelle

Get ready to move! Whether you have dance experience or not, come learn some techniques to express your thoughts and emotions in the form of dance.

Class setup: Warm up, improv, choreography, presentation, wrap up.

Dress comfortably.

A750: Improv 101 Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Mera Liccione

Whether you love Whose Line is it Anyway or are always the last one to speak up in class, improv is for everyone! Learn the basics of how to put together a scene with no script, think on your feet, and how to be funny- even if you think you aren't.

A816: Introduction to Photoshop Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Maxwell Rosenberg

Students will learn the basics of using photoshop and photo editing. Photoshop is a useful skill in both a professional and recreational setting. Whether you are creating campaign posters for a student government run or just editing a potential instagram picture, photoshop is a fun an useful skill to have.


Engineering

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E746: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Basics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lauren Heckelman

The development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in 1972 was revolutionary for the medical field. MRI enables doctors to see the inside of your body without exposing you to harmful radiation, unlike x-rays, CTs, etc. In this class, we will learn what makes MRI so unique, as well as the basics of how images of the body are generated.

E802: Paper Airplanes Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Mitchell Parekh

Learn how to design and throw paper airplanes like a pro! There will be a tournament and prizes for the best design, longest distance thrown, and most creative airplane.


Prerequisites
Working knowledge of paper folding.

E766: Lend a Hand Full!
Difficulty: *

Learn about the applications of 3D printing and engineering design in the realm of prosthetic devices. Then, pair up with someone and come up with your own creative, innovative, or crazy design for a unique device. Finally, present your idea and convince the class that yours is the best!

E749: Impromp-Do! Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Iris Chang, Yutao Gong

Impromptu Team Engineering Challenges!

CREATE: Building a solution to a problem
ex. -Build a mini house using notecards, straws, etc. that can withstand natural disasters (earthquake, shaking the table, hail, dropping marbles, and hurricane, fan!)
COMMUNICATE: An oral presentation to pitch a product/solution
ex. -Pitch a method to turn off the light switch from your bed using the materials given!
COLLABORATE: Individual parts contribute to a solution!
-Some portion of the challenge/puzzle will be completed with some team members NOT SPEAKING.

E777: Girls Engineering Change
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Anne Li

Learn how to solder a circuit board and think like an engineer! This year, we are building solar panel usb chargers and personal shower timers.

Girls Engineering Change strives to promote STEM fields, specifically engineering to young girls. We hope to foster their penchant for problem solving with hands on circuit building and soldering workshops. Girls get an introduction to what engineering is, and what it's like to think like an engineer. Furthermore, the gadgets that they build raise awareness towards an important cause and/or are donated to charity.

E776: Semiconductor Science
Difficulty: **

Ever wonder how a computer magically knows how to work? In this class we study the smallest component in a computer--the semiconducting transistor. First, we will focus on the physics that makes a semiconductor work. We'll then learn how transistors can make circuits as complex as a computer. At the end of the class, we'll have a real-life demonstration of transistors in action.


Prerequisites
Basic Understanding of Chemistry Knows what a Computer is


Humanities

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H833: Defining Refugees: A Legal Discussion
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nicole Lindbergh

Students will learn the complex network of benefits and entitlements that are associated with the status of refugee--and why so many desperately needy people do not qualify. By the end of the class, students will understand what constitutes a refugee and will join the discussion of whether that definition as understood by various institutions should be expanded...or restricted.

H829: Fake News: A History
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nicole Lindbergh

Despite the term's coinage in 2016, the market of fake news has been thriving in Western cultures since the first days of political journalism. Focusing on the progression of reporting in Western theaters of thought from the Early Modern Era to today, we will analyze the causes and effects of dishonest media in Revolutionary France, the Coal Fields of Colorado, and more. Hopefully, students will emerge with a more balanced perspective of the challenges we face today and will learn to recognize the reasons humans have lied and mislead the public in the past and will continue to do so in the future. (Note this is a history lecture and not a political lecture; I am not going to discuss modern politics and will focus on the greater uses of journalism in different time periods, including our own.)

H847: Survival of the Prettiest
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Shweta Lodha

This class will be focused on discussing the many commercial and social factors that influence the creation of standards of beauty. By examining the many ways in which standards of beauty vary throughout time and across cultures, we hope to empower students by raising awareness amongst students about the degree to which beauty is truly a social construct.

H827: Storytelling 101
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jessica Marlow

Once upon a time in a far away land (aka Duke University), there was a class, dedicated to one of the earliest and most winsome arts: story. While the term "story" may immediately bring to mind the "once upon a times" of youth, story is a powerful force which extends beyond the realm of fairy tales into everyday life. TV shows, video games, YA novels, songs, 6 o'clock news (the list goes on) are all examples of modern storytelling. In this course, we will explore various storytelling techniques which expand our creative horizons and enable us to bring the stories we encounter - either in our imaginations or in everyday life - into fruition.

P.S. It'll be fun!

H753: Adventure Education - Maplewood Cemetery
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Patrick Hong

Using Maplewood Cemetery as a starting point (figuratively, not physically), we'll start discussions about death, remembrance, religion, war, symbols, and social issues. What happens to us after we die? Who is remembered/how are they remembered? Should I go to cemeteries at night? These are the kinds of questions we will be considering. We will also see how Maplewood Cemetery reflects Durham's troubled past... did someone say ghosts?

H771: Humanities & Science: How They can be Interconnected
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Yoonseo Choi

Wondering how you're supposed to fit arts and science together? Wonder why STEAM works better in society instead of STEM? Wonder if arts can ever balance with science? Then come to an entertaining course filled with your conveniences about both fields. I promise: you won't get bored about it.

H765: The Land of the Bible
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sarah Seibert

From the verdant, rolling hills of Galilee to the dry barren desert to a sea too salty to be inhabited by most forms of life, the setting of the Bible is intriguing and exciting. Learning about the geography, topography and meteorology of this land makes the Bible's stories come to life. Come join us on this interactive adventure!

H757: Creative Writing - Writing about Yourself
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Brian Lin

This is a no frills class teaching you how to write about yourself. We won't be worrying about grammar nor will we be looking for symbolism and motifs in long novels.

Instead, we'll talk about how to write clearly, look at some good examples, write a bit ourselves, and then share what we've created.

H835: Korean 101: Hangul
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jaime Trevino

Learn the Korean alphabet, how to read korean, and many common phrases (as seen in K dramas and conversational Korean!)

Bring a notebook!


Math & Computer Science

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M748: Fermi Estimation: Wrong but Close Enough
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Eidan Jacob

Physicist Enrico Fermi was known for his ability to make good approximate calculations with little or no actual data. Many times in life we are faced with questions that need "good enough" answers with little information available. At other times we are presented with some statistical claim and have to decide on the spot whether or not it is believable. We'll do some problems together and talk about the philosophy behind Fermi Estimation.


Prerequisites
You should be comfortable with intermediate math, especially exponents and scientific notation. Background knowledge from basically any field can be useful. And, be willing to admit that you don't know the answer, because that's the point!

M744: How to be a Human Calculator Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ryan Kwon

Have you ever wondered how some people can come up with answers to math problems at unbelievable speeds? Do you want to see what goes through their brains as they think about numbers? Learn the math tricks human calculators use that will give you the tools to be faster at math!


Prerequisites
Proficiency of four math operations (+-*/) required Knowledge of exponents, square roots, and basic algebra is preferred, but not required

M844: Program a Game with Java
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Samuel Rabinowitz

Learn how to code by making a game in Java! Learn basic programming concepts with instant visual feedback. Then apply what you learned to make a game, with individualized help along the way! We will be using Processing, a Java implementation that simplifies graphics.
No programming experience required! But if you have some, you're welcome to come too to expand your skills. Bring your laptop. If you want to save yourself setup time, download Processing from https://processing.org/download/

M797: Program a Computer Game through Scratch
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Bao Van

Learn to use Scratch and make a cool video game. Manipulate sound, interact with sprites, drag-and-drop blocks of code, and create a fun game! You can be as creative as you want. No Programming experience necessary!

M814: Turtles with Python
Difficulty: **

Want to learn how to code? Do you enjoy drawing things? Come to our class where we'll teach you how to draw things in the coding language python through an aspect of python called turtles!

M756: Encryption and Cybersecurity
Difficulty: **

Encryption and protection of data is of great importance to society - from the medical records of a patient to the confidential information of government and global corporations. In this course, we will explore classical methods of encryption used thousands of years ago and see how we can break them. We will then discuss modern methods of cryptography that form the basis of present-day data protection. Along the way, we will explore interesting properties of prime numbers and how they contribute to modern encryption. Computer demonstrations will be used to see how these cryptography methods work in real life.


Prerequisites
You should be comfortable with High School Algebra. We will be exploring concepts that build on a strong foundation of Algebra that allow a discussion of prime numbers and modular arithmetic.

M800: The Art of Problem Solving Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jason Liu, David Wang

Problem-solving is a process—an ongoing activity in which we take what we know to discover what we don't know. It involves overcoming obstacles by generating hypotheses, testing those predictions, and arriving at satisfactory solutions. Problem-solving involves three basic functions: Seeking information, Generating new knowledge, and Making decisions.

We plan to show our students how to ask the right questions, and solve problems that they may not at first know how to solve, but with intuition and questioning be able to figure it out.


Prerequisites
Algebra, trigonometry, basic physics.


Science

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S810: How We Perceive The World
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sarah Feng

This course is a psychological class focusing on interesting cognitive facts and how we perceive the world. Interesting topics like gestalt principles, categorization, how we have 3D perception are included. Fun cognitive related tasks will be included in the course.


Prerequisites
NA

S801: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
Difficulty: ***

Richard Feynman once said "If you think you understand quantum mechanics, you don't understand quantum mechanics." If you're curious about what makes quantum mechanics so difficult to understand come take this course! :D. We will go over quantum mechanics with some mathematical detail so you can comprehend what makes physicists scratch their heads.


Prerequisites
Algebra 1 Algebra 2 Pre-Calculus Calculus

S825: Cool Chemistry Experiments! Full!
Difficulty: **

Do you think chemistry is cool? Have you ever dreamt of being a mad scientist? Now is your chance to shine! We'll be mixing chemicals together (safely, of course) while learning the science behind what makes them react!

S752: Topic in Neuroscience: Magic of Glial Cells
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: William Chen

This course provides a general discussion of the nervous system and the neuron. The main focus will be on neuroglia - non-neuronal cells that have numerous critical roles. We will discuss the role of glial cells from the perspective of basic research. This course enables you to evaluate contemporary findings and synthesize and communicate conclusions.

S830: Modern Topics in Biological Research: Programming the Immune System
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kristie Kim, Angus Li

Recent advances in cell engineering allow us to attack cancer cells expressing myriad varieties of antigen targets. Using T cells expressing artificial chimeric antigen receptors (CAR-T cells), we are now able to eradicate some types of cancer, especially leukemias, that have been completely unresponsive to conventional therapies. With more advanced genetic and protein engineering techniques, the possibilities for programming these immune responses continue to expand. What are the possibilities of CAR-T, and what are the potential limitations? What are the experimental methods underlying these treatments? This class will serve as a basic introduction to these ideas.


Prerequisites
Prior exposure to biology is helpful.

S769: The Science of Skincare
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lijia Zhang

A brief description of the chemicals that are present in our skincare products, the biological changes they induce, and the importance of diet on maintaining healthy skin.

S775: Special Relativity--Understanding the Universal Speed Limit
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jimmy Shackford

Ever wonder how objects behave at speeds near the speed of light? Want to know how Einstein's findings impacted the field of physics?
In this class, students will be introduced to the ideas behind special relativity. This class will present some of the history, thought experiments, and concepts pertaining to special relativity.

S778: Out of this World: Astronomy Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Dang Nguyen

Have you ever wanted to be an astronaut before and surf the stars and dreamy galaxy tides? Welcome to this course on the condensed universe and everything in it (and beyond it?)! Learn about some of the biggest names in space, from fearsome black holes to ethereal nebulae. This crash course will briefly touch on several varieties of cosmological events and objects, as well as discuss the universe as a whole and its destiny. Compact and fast-paced class

S834: Medical Terminology
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jaime Trevino

Learn how to construct and break down medical terms!! This class will introduce many common medical conditions, tools, and anatomical references.

(Bring a notebook!)

S785: Drugs, Rewards, and Addiction
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Connor Hile

This course will give a brief overview of the neural mechanisms involved with drugs and addiction, such as the neurotransmitters involved in short-term and long-term addiction.

S805: Looking at the Brain! Anatomy and Function Full!
Difficulty: **

Have you ever wondered how you can remember things, how you can learn, how you can speak? This class will answer these questions and more!
Your brain is the most amazing organ in the human body and it (literally!) does everything for you.
Come and learn how!

S788: Introduction to Biological Research
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Zollie Yavarow

Receive an introduction to the world of biological research! First, what is research all about? What makes it exciting? Then, learn about some common techniques and how they work. I will discuss a research project completed in college to provide an example of these techniques. Finally, we will briefly dive into some research opportunities available to high school students.


Prerequisites
Basic understanding of DNA and protein will be helpful

S761: Bacteria, Viruses, and Infectious Disease Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jeffrey Letourneau

In this introduction to microbiology, we will design experiments, learn how doctors diagnose infectious diseases, and discuss hot topics in the field such as antibiotic resistance.

S832: Intro to the Amazon Rainforest
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Johanna Depenthal

Learn about South America's most exciting ecosystem! We'll do a quick tour of the most fascinating plants and animals of the Amazon region, learn about how we use products from these forests every day, and talk about main threats to its existence and ways we can respond.

S742: Introduction to Boolean Algebra and Its Applications in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
Difficulty: *

This is an introductory course to boolean algebra and how it can be used in real-world systems. A wide range of examples will be drawn from the fields of biology, chemistry, and physics. Some basic logic expressions using Python (programming language) may be covered as well.

S824: Genomes In Our Lives!
Difficulty: **

Did you know that humans share 98.8% of our genetic code with chimpanzees? Have ~1% of our DNA makes us so different from our most closely related animal friends? And each other?! Sign up to find out more, as well as take home some of your own DNA!

S818: Make your own microscope: See the everyday hidden cosmos
Difficulty: *

The first microscope was invented in the early 1600s. Following it came our realization that there exists a parallel, minuscule universe of microbes and cells, which has revolutionized the way we understand biology. Since then, we have come an extremely long way. There are now over hundreds of different microscopes and techniques ranging from the simple to mindbogglingly complex; however, the basic principles are similar. In this workshop, you will form teams and independently construct your microscope, using simple day-to-day items. In the second part of class, we will prepare samples from humans (yes we're looking at you!), plants, microorganisms and learn to stain them. We will switch to game show mode next, where your team will capture the best images (simply using smartphones), and compete with other teams for attractive prizes! 

NB: For those who have a smart phone, please bring them along! The instructors will also share ours to ensure there is at least one per team

S842: Nutritional Biochemistry: Debunking Diets and Metabolic Myths
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Monica Hsiang

In our day in age, new fad diets seem to crop up every day promising easy and instant weight loss. However, do these diets even work and are they doing more harm to the body than good? In this class, we will learn how our bodies process and utilize energy from food! We will use the knowledge we learn to critically evaluate different diets to see how they work to promote weight loss and how they could possibly be problematic given how metabolism works.

S811: The Art of Medicine
Difficulty: **

In this class students will synthesize creative and scientific skills by working through a series of modules that explore the biomedical processes that underlie disease - from mental illness to genetic disorders - through artistic depictions. Using The Art Clinic curriculum to learn about and create renditions of different ailments, student artworks will ultimately be featured at Duke in a gallery promoting health awareness. In the process students will learn about how we communicate changes in health, explain the process of disease, and represent the reality and experiences of illness.

S804: Fungal Pathogens and How We Study Them
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Aaliyah Davy

This course is an introduction to fungal pathogens, and some fungal biology. We will start by discussing the basics of microbiology then venture into fungal organisms, and how modern research is being used to understand them more. We will discuss pathogens like Cryptococcus neoformans. There will also be a discussion on how doctors approach treatment for fungal infections and why it is difficult to do so. Lastly, we will briefly look at current research methods for studying these microorganisms.


Prerequisites
Some background in biology would help, but not required!


Miscellaneous

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X792: Latinx and Applying to College

This class will offer guidance to high school students on the college application process. It will be tailored for students of Latinx descent, but students of any background are welcome. We will review important information regarding FAFSA, CSS Profile, The Common App, etc.

X781: NBA: The Evolution of the Game
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ahmed Ahad, Erik Zimmer

This class will explore a wide range of topics regarding the NBA, such as the eventful 2017 offseason, player comparisons, season outlooks, all time top 10's and the evolution of the game in recent years. Ideally, natural class discussion will dictate much of the topics! I will be teaching the course with my friend Erik Zimmer.

X779: Speedy Cinnamon Rolls! Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Dang Nguyen

When making things from scratch, the quickest sweets that come to mind are cakes and cookies. But cinnamon rolls in under an hour sounds like a challenge, and no challenge should ever go unopposed, especially with sweet, gooey cinnamon rolls as a reward. Come enjoy this modified cinnamon roll recipe and be the envy of those around you once they get a good whiff of the rolls you made yourself!


Prerequisites
Should probably like cinnamon...and dessert

X836: Investing 101 Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Christopher Ong

This class will provide an introduction to personal finance. The goal is to teach students how to grow their savings and invest wisely.

X845: Let's Play Yutnori!!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Karis Yoon

Have you ever played the board game "Sorry!"? Do you enjoy throwing sticks in the air? Well you're in luck.

Yutnori is a traditional Korean board game played during Korean New Year celebrations. It's a rowdy game, not unlike Sorry!, but much much better. There are no limits on the number of players and you also play on teams, so you can plan your strategy together. And, instead of dice or cards, you throw sticks into the air. Sounds exciting, right? What are you waiting for? Let's play Yutnori!

X840: Stepping
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Marvin Lloyd

Stepping is a form of dance in which the dancer's body is used as an instrument to make rhythms and sounds. This form of stepping is commonly used in the African American community, more specifically Black Greek Life.

X803: Body Positivity
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Stephanie Ng

Students will learn:
- What body image is
- How body image relates to mental health
- Methods of building body positive practices into daily life (Writing and reciting self affirmations, self-appreciation poster)
- How to spread body positivity in the community (e.g. Sentence starters for more body positive conversations) + time to brainstorm your ideas!

X808: Gluten-Free Baking
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Tara Stout

Know someone who always gets left out when everyone else eats cake? Are you that person who doesn't get to eat yummy dessert because you can't eat wheat or gluten? Come to this class to learn how to make a simple gluten-free dessert! You'll also learn some tips and tricks of gluten-free baking for your future creations.

X759: How to get a job: resume writing and interview skills
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jeffrey Letourneau

Looking for your first part-time job or even a professional internship? Need to write a resume for college applications and don't know where to start? In this class, we will go over the basics of writing a resume and practice answering common interview questions.

X768: Competitive Online Pokemon Battling
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Joshua Yen

Do you want to learn how to build Pokemon teams that can win online tournaments? Are you just getting started and want to understand what people mean by win conditions and counters? Sign up for this class and get good at Pokemon!


Prerequisites
some way to use the internet

X831: Should College Rankings Matter: The Sociology of Applying to College
Difficulty: *
Teachers: David Chen, Rise Miller

Duke University is ranked #9 by U.S. News as of September 2017 and we guarantee that almost all of the Class of 2021 considered Duke's ranking in their college selection. Students, teachers, counselors, parents, and the public depend on rankings to distinguish between schools. How do you think college rankings are calculated? Have you ever wondered what these rankings actually mean? Do high rankings make a good college or do good colleges make high rankings? We will discuss all of these questions and more in our 50 minute class!

If you're a high school student planning on applying to colleges, we have some valuable experiences to share with you! We want you to make an informed decision about college and your future outside of high school -- and to know that the metrics that define a "good school" do not derive from a perfect science.

X743: Basic American Sign Language Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jennifer Ricano

Come learn the basics of American Sign Language! We'll start with the alphabet and basic numbers and work our way up. No prior knowledge required.

X747: Ethical Eating
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Eidan Jacob

A range of philosophical, ethical, environmental, and economic arguments all promote cutting animal products out of one's diet. Whether you survive on water and soybeans alone or are a voracious carnivore, I invite you to investigate the practice of animal-based food production. No prior knowledge is necessary.

X763: Centering Practices
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sarah Seibert

Do you feel stressed out and frazzled all the time? While it's important to slow down and be still, sometimes it's hard to know what that even looks like. This class will explore several centering practices that you can use at home such as Lectio Divina (using Christian Scriptures) and Tai Chi. Come be still awhile and rest your weary soul.

X784: Compasses 101: How to Find Your Way like a True Explorer
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Erin Butcher

Way back in the olden days (aka, before the world was given the gift of GPS), people had to navigate through unknown lands all on their own using one mighty tool to guide them: the compass. In this course, students will learn how to properly use a compass and take pace (a way of finding distance). At the end, they will spilt into groups to hunt for hidden treasure using their new skills and a set of directions.


Prerequisites
None

X794: America Divided: A House Divided
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Trey Walk

Why are America's cities and neighborhoods are still divided by race and class if segregation was outlawed during the civil rights movement in the 1960s? How does this impact people's lives?
In this course we will try to answer these questions. We will discuss how housing segregation leads to poverty, inequality, and educational disparities.

First we will watch a film on these issues, then we will have interactive activities and discussion.

X755: Public Speaking: Overcoming Fear and Conveying Confidence Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jonathan Chapman

Did you know that the greatest fear in the United States is public speaking? Why are people so afraid of it, and what can we do to make it less daunting? In this class, each student will become familiar with speaking in the broader sense, examine common vocal distractions, and prepare a 2-3 minute speech on their own.

X787: Harry Potter and The Sorting Hat
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Quinn Baker

How much did the Sorting system play into the outcome of the war against Voldemort? What are the ethics behind banning the Unforgivable Curses? And, as always, the age-old question: was Snape truly good or evil? Come learn and discuss the seven books series that shaped a generation with a slight focus on the House and Sorting system's purpose, benefits, and flaws. This is a discussion based class, so be ready to share your own ideas!


Prerequisites
Have read all 7 Harry Potter books

X745: Solving your first Rubik's Cube (Beginners)
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Ryan Kwon

Learn how to solve a Rubik's Cube for the very first time! I have a document typed up for you to take home so you can practice there. If possible, bring your own Rubik's Cube!

X795: Intro to Backpacking
Difficulty: *

Want to get into backpacking or advance your skills? Learn the basics like what gear you'll need, what food to bring, how to treat water, how to properly poop in the woods and do a proper bear hang. We will also teach you ways to avoid pain like properly adjusting and weighting packs. Get backpacking hacks and the inside scoop on long distance hiking and trail culture from an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker.

X798: Sleight of Hand 101--Close-Up Card Magic
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Wesley Pritzlaff

Have you ever been intrigued by a seemingly impossible magic trick? Do you want to be able to deceive your friends and family? Do you want to learn an unnecessary, yet highly rewarding talent? If you answered yes... or no, to any of the above questions, then this course is for you! Sleight of Hand 101--Close-Up Card Magic will help you learn the basics of card handling and misdirection. Some of the topics that will be covered include: Deck grip, angles, verbal and physical misdirection, controls, and forces. You will also learn a few tricks as well! A list of resources will also be provided at the end of the course if you are interested in advancing your development as a magician. Decks will be provided for you to practice, but please bring your own if you have one. This course is for both beginners and experienced magicians.

X754: League of Legends 101: Getting Good
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kunaal Sharma

Do you play League of Legends? Are you stuck in Bronze or Silver? Do your teammates constantly flame you for your full AD Nami Jungle?

Well then this is the class for you! Learn from Diamond Elo players how to roam, climb the ranked ladder like a god, and what it takes to play competitive League at a College level.

X760: Baking Bread (in a bag!) Full!
Difficulty: *

Learn about the science of bread while preparing dough that you can bake later at home.

X780: Mind Over Matter: Meditation & Mindfulness for a Healthier You
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Sierra Winters

This course will be divided into three segments:
First, we will explore the health benefits of practicing mindfulness and what to expect (or rather, NOT expect) during meditation.
Next, we will practice four different meditations (such as an eating meditation and a walking meditation) that you can perform on your own, anywhere you go.
Finally, we will discuss how to incorporate meditation and mindfulness into your daily life, from finding mindfulness resources to establishing meditation habits.

X799: Avocados! Full!
Difficulty: **

Come join us and learn how to make guacamole!

X815: Juggling Full!
Difficulty: *

We will be teaching people how to juggle from a beginner to intermediate level. No prior experience is required. We plan on teaching multiple props including balls, rings, and clubs. If you have your own juggling equipment, please feel free to bring it.

X790: Survival of the Prettiest
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Yesha Desai

Explore beauty standards and societal ideals of the "perfect body" over time and between genders. This class focuses on the current eating disorder endemic and unrealistic perceptions of beauty influenced by the media and entertainment industry. Empower fellow students and yourself while learning to understand beauty for what it truly is and discovering what you find beautiful about yourself and your peers!

X837: Beginning Aikido
Difficulty: **

Aikido is a style of Japanese martial art that emphasizes defense against multiple attackers. Many of its techniques focus on redirecting the attackers' energy, and are practiced from grabs, thrusts, and overhead strikes. Although deadly force has been de-emphasized over time, pain has not! This class will introduce you to a variety of simple, effective responses to various different attacks, and teach you some fun techniques to practice with friends!

X806: Let's Play Ultimate!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kevin Liao

Ultimate (or ultimate frisbee) is a a fun team-based game involving only a few friends and a disk. Please wear close-toed shoes and be dressed for the weather as we will be playing outside!

X789: Lifesaving Skills: CPR, AED and the Heimlich
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Spencer Flynn

When an emergency strikes, do you want to know what to do? In this fun and potentially life-changing class you'll learn all the skills you need to save someone's life in two different life-threatening situations: choking and cardiac arrest.

X812: How to Become a Leader and Change the World
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Thomas Williford

This class will have candy.
This class will have explosions.
This class will help you change the world.

Every day that you live, you have a choice.

You will either work to make this world a better place, or you will allow the world to become worse. So often, individuals fail to realize that choosing not to act (inaction) is actually a choice working against the forces of good. As Albert Einstein said, "The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything."

In this class, we will first work to both discover your personal leadership strengths, as well as define your unique style of leadership. Next, we will run through a set of activities and demonstrations to illustrate just how powerful effective leaders can be. Finally, we will work together to unearth the real life problems YOU have, and develop strategies to turn those pesky problems into solved solutions.

I promise you, this class will be worth your time. If you let it, this class might just change your life.


Prerequisites
A desire to make a difference in the world.