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Splash Spring 2017
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Arts

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A706: Asian Pop Culture Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Phyllis Leong

Examine the trends in Asian Popular Culture (Korean, Chinese, Japanese) through videos, songs and potentially a dance challenge. Learn about soft power in pop culture and its impact on its audience. This is a discussion-based course that encourages student participation.

A678: Bollywood Dance Workshop
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Raj Borra, Emily Meng

Learn a short, easy dance piece to a popular Bollywood song. No dance experience is necessary at all - just come and have fun!

A735: Raas Dance: An Indian Artform
Difficulty: **

Come learn Raas, a lively, traditional folk dance from northern India with a modern twist! Raas is a popular extracurricular activity across the US for people from all backgrounds, including at Duke. We'll cover the four steps of Raas and even learn some choreography! Whether you're an expert or completely new to dance, we'll all learn together in a relaxed and fun environment.

A714: Crochet for Beginners Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ashling Zhang

Learn the very basics of crochet! When people ask me, "what's crochet?" I usually say, "sort of like knitting with one hook instead of two needles." Crochet can be used to make a wide variety of creative projects, including hats, scarves, amigurumis (think cute little plushies), blankets, and so much more. We'll be learning chaining, single crochet, and maybe double crochet for this introductory class. Feel free to bring your own crochet hook if you have one!

A692: Shim Sham
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Becky Li, Eli Weed

Want to learn a dance known all around the country, even the world? Come learn the Shim-Sham! The Shim-Sham is a fun line dance usually done at social swing dance locations.

A710: The Art of Medicine Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kelsey Graywill

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.

A707: Intro to Chinese Calligraphy Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Yutao Gong

Briefly introduce the components of a Chinese character and teach the students to write some simple Chinese calligraphy.

A680: Henna/Mehndi!!! Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Tina Liang

Mend is temporary tattooing that originating in India

**Note: if you've already taken the class, please do not sign up again so other students have a chance to take it as well!


Prerequisites
None

A723: Boost Your Mood! (The Art of Mood Boards) Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Abena Ansah-Yeboah

Allow students to create personalized mood boards that express their creativity and emit positivity!

A715: Irish Stepdancing
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Mera Liccione

Introduction to Irish group dances and solo dances


Engineering

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E669: 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.

E726: FM Radio: From Theory to Applications
Difficulty: **

We outline the theory behind frequency modulation (FM) radio and show students how to examine transmitted and received signals with an oscilloscope. Students will proceed to build their own FM radio receivers out of electronic components we provide.


Prerequisites
We assume no prior knowledge of electronics.

E679: Girls Engineering Change
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Raya Islam

Learn how to engineer the change you wish to see in the world by building kits that can help people around the word and make a difference in their life! You will be paired with engineering student mentors to learn important engineering skills, make friends, and so much more.


Humanities

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H727: Magic in Religion
Difficulty: **

There was once a rabbi who was asked by the people of Salzburg to help him find a solution to their curse - six beautiful Jewish maidens had gone missing the last two years. After praying, he has a vision where he is in an unfamiliar town and spends the next weeks searching for it, until finally he finds what he has been looking for. He meets another rabbi that is well versed in the magical arts and they are able to teleport and then trick the sorcerer responsible for the kidnappings to release the girls from their spell. This tale, along with others we will be sharing in class, shows the different kinds of magic performed during the medieval ages and distinguishes when it was considered “bad” or “good” magic.

H685: Norse Folklore
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Autumn Tompkin

If you think you love Greek Mythology, you haven't learned about Norse Gods!

The legends of Norse mythology tell an amazing, magical narrative that spans the creation of the cosmos. Learn about Ragnarok and other gods/ goddesses with long names who did super cool things!

Also, we might watch clips from the Almighty Johnsons! Also, this is an interactive course. Be prepared to have fun while learning. Also..... I'm excited to teach, so be excited to learn. Yay!

P.S. I'm very dramatic, so expect me to act out several key scenes.

H713: The History of Hacky Sack
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Gabriel Crowell

Footbag. Hacky Sack. Bean Bag. Keepie Uppie. There are many names for the small fabric sack which was a cultural craze in the the latter part of the 20th century. This class will be looking at the origin of the footbag and its cultural influences. Students will also learn and play two different variants of Hacky Sack. No previous experience required.

H675: Student Movements that Changed the World
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Madeleine Roberts

Have you ever wondered how young people can organize and change the world? Well, it's happened before. In fact, one of the most important student movements of all time, the Greensboro Sit-Ins, took place less than an hour away from Durham. Young people collectively have been the most forceful agents for change, and student movements have helped shape our world in the past century. This class will explore some of the most impactful ones, such as the Tiananmen Square Protests, protests and divestment against the South African Apartheid, and the Antiwar Movement, among others.

H730: German 101
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Paul Cajamarca

Germany is the economic and political heart of Europe. The German language claims a proud history of literature and cinema, and German's grammatical logic is famous around the world. Come learn basic German and open your mind to completely new ways of expressing yourself!

H704: Korean 101
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Xiaoyu Cai, Jin Oh

Interested in Korean Pop, Korean dramas, or generally Korean/foreign languages? Then take our class and learn the Korean alphabet and everyday Korean phrases! We'll use sample videos and lots of speaking practice for an interactive experience and lots of fun!

H695: Say it!....I Don't Know!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jaymin Patel

This class is focused on exposing ignorance as a virtue. As students all over the world are attempting to gain a higher level of learning, there is a defensive need to protect one's pride. This pride prevents questions and kills the spirit of learning. This class aims to keep that spirit alive by comfortably swimming in a ocean of ignorance.


Prerequisites
I would encourage reading a short book by Leah Cohen called I Don't Know, but not required.

H712: The Power of Stories
Difficulty: *

Stories are powerful. Songs, movies, plays, and books tell us important things about ourselves and our societies. Narratives influence our perceptions of historical events. One-sided stories can dictate what we believe about other types of people. Stories can also influence what we believe and how we act.

This course will ask lots of questions about stories including: Why is storytelling so important in pop culture? What do these popular stories tell about us as a society? How do stories control our interpretations of history? How do they affect our views of ourselves and people different from us? How can they persuade us to believe and do things?


Math & Computer Science

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M694: Non-Euclidean Geometry
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Brandon Read

Think all triangles have 180 degrees? Think again! One little-considered fact of traditional high school (Euclidean) geometry is that it only applies on flat surfaces, and things are definitely different on curved surfaces (like the number of degrees in triangles!) In this class, we will talk about properties of curved surfaces, how to modify Euclidean geometry to apply to them, and explore some properties of these geometries. Specifically we will cover both spherical and hyperbolic geometries.


Prerequisites
Currently taking or have taken high school Geometry, Math II, or equivalent

M720: What even is applied mathematics?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Efe Aras

Are you excited about mathematics? Perhaps you want to study engineering-computer science-math, but not sure what they are? Here, I will go over certain applications of mathematics as we try to understand what mathematics is even used for. We will go over the notion of a proof (is square root of 2 a rational number?), and how it is used to provide theoretical guarantees for real-life math. We will go over applications of mathematics in game theory (for instance, say I ask everyone to guess a number between 1-100, and your guess should be the 2/3 of the average of the guesses; what would you guess?), security & privacy (if I want to tell you "yes", and I lie with probability p, given that you heard a "yes", what are the chances that I actually meant it?), and algorithms (what is the quickest way to get from point A to point B) Given enough time, we may get to explore additional topics on cryptography, population dynamics, and algorithms.


Prerequisites
The only requirement is an appreciation of mathematics (and willingness to ask questions)! Preferred background in basic probability (What are the chances that sum of two dice is 7?), basic properties of numbers (What is a rational number? Is 51*49*47 divisible by 2?) but even if these are missing; just let me know and I can try to fill in the gaps.

M667: 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

M687: Card Math - Elementary Probability and Combinatorics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Brandon Read

What is the probability you are dealt pocket aces? How rare is getting 4-of-a-kind in a 7-card hand? How many full hands of no limit holdem will you have to play to have a 90% chance of having a royal flush? If you already have 1 Jack in your hand, what is the probability you see at least one more after drawing 5 cards? In this class we will discuss elementary probability theory and combinatorics (counting methods) in the context of card games and learn how to calculate the answers to the above questions and more.

M717: Intro to Programming wih Scratch
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Brian Nieves

Learn how to create animations and games using MIT's Scratch programming language! You will need a computer.

M684: Making a Simple Game using Python: The Fundamentals of Programming
Difficulty: **

In this class, we will walk through the process of creating a simple command line Python game to familiarize students with the fundamentals of programming, and giving them the basic tools they need to learn more on their own.


Prerequisites
Laptop and drive to learn coding.

M693: Understanding Infinity
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Brandon Read

Infinity is strange. By definition, we can't count to it or point to it, and yet it is everywhere around us. If I want to pick a point on a map, there are infinitely many possibilities. If you pick a number, no matter how large, I can always pick a bigger one.
But to get even more abstract, infinity has many strange properties. For example, you can imagine a hotel which can hold an infinite number of people. If this "infinite hotel" has absolutely no rooms available, you can still make room for a new guest by asking the person in the first room to move to the second room, the person in the second to move to the third, and so on. Now the first room is vacant!
In this class we will explore many aspects of the mathematical concept of infinity. Specific topics will include mathematical induction, properties of countably infinite sets, variations on the hotel thought experiment (known as Hilbert's Hotel), and uncountably infinite sets.


Prerequisites
There are no strict prerequisites, but infinity is abstract. The more mathematical background you have, the better you will understand the material.


Science

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S729: 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!

S708: 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.

S724: Introduction to CPR
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jay Gupta

This class will provide an introduction on how to perform CPR in life-threatening situations.

S702: Neurogenesis and Neurological Diseases
Difficulty: ***

This class will be an overview of the growth and development of nervous tissue. We will discuss how neurons are generated from stem cells, and the implications of this phenomenon in understanding and curing a multitude of neurological diseases. Co-taught by William Chen and Zahra Lalee.

S698: Neglected Tropical Diseases
Difficulty: *

Did you know 1/6 of the world has a neglected tropical disease (NTD)? These diseases trap their victims in a cycle of poverty but get little attention. The purpose of this course is to survey some of the 17 NTDs in the biological and the broader societal contexts, and to analyze some of their social and ethical implications. This course will also cover the current status of NTDs.


Prerequisites
None

S700: The Art of Problem Solving
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.

S682: Zombie Plagues
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Chris Chang, Dev Dabke

We'll investigate the biology and math of viruses. We'll cover how a potential zombie virus would work and infect humans. Additionally, we'll take a look at some mathematical models that could predict how a zombie virus would be able to take over the world.


Prerequisites
Basic biology, some algebra

S686: Computational Medicine
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Rachel Ballantyne

How can artificial intelligence improve patient care? How can machine learning be used to understand human genetics? Come learn about the exciting connections between medicine and computing! The course will first cover some basics - a general overview of how to program, and a discussion of how the human body works and how to treat disease. From there, we will delve in to a discussion of cutting-edge projects that combine medicine with computer science, to learn more about health and find better ways to cure diseases. If you’re interested in medicine or computer science or both, this is a class for you!


Prerequisites
One previous biology class OR one previous computer science class is required. An understanding of programming is helpful but not required - students with no programming background are welcome to attend.

S728: Cool Science Experiments! Full!
Difficulty: **

We're going to do multiple mini-science experiments to "spark" your interest about science, featuring homemade lightning and invisible ink.

S668: The Physics of Guitar
Difficulty: **

Do you like music? How about science? Then sign up for 'The Physics of Guitar,' and learn all about how the physics of waves apply to the strings of a guitar. Together we'll explore the physical basis of fretting, tuning, bending, and natural harmonics. No experience with physics or guitar necessary.

S709: On the Origin of Pokemon: An Analysis of Evolution told through Pokemon
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Alex Heap, Freddie Xu

Teaching the science of evolution through the example of Pokemon, comparing the two and debunking common misconceptions about evolution by natural selection.


Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of Pokemon as well as biology.

S696: Lemurs 101: Lemur Diversity
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Chelsea Southworth

An introduction to the 100+ species of lemurs that live on the island of Madagascar! We'll talk about what makes lemurs special, the different groups of lemurs, and some of the conservation threats facing them.

S676: The Neuroscience of Vision and Perception Full!
Difficulty: **

Dive in to the science behind how we go around seeing in our everyday lives! We will explore the different ways in which visual information is transported from your eyes to your brain and how that information becomes images and information we can understand, as well as the different things that can go wrong along the way.

S665: 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.

S705: Hexapoda, Gotta catch 'em all! (A beginner's guide to the world of insects)
Difficulty: **

This course explores the incredible diversity of insects and how the hobby of insect collection led to the the creation of Pokemon - one of the most popular handheld console games since it's inception in the '90s. Students will get to see parallels between the work of entomologists and that of Pokemon trainers and will how to identify several commonly found insects.

S697: Lemurs 102: Lemur Behavior
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Chelsea Southworth

Why do girls rule in lemur societies? How do males win over a mate? What's up with all of those weird vocalizations? Dive deeper into the world of lemurs, and learn all about how they interact with each other and their environment.


Prerequisites
Lemurs 101, or basic knowledge about lemurs

S736: 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

S688: The Art of Chemistry: Chemistry in Picture Form
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Matthew Draelos

This course will explain the fundamental principles that govern all chemical reactions -- in picture form. While these pictures require a lot of theory to elucidate, the pictures themselves and are highly intuitive.

We will briefly cover the math behind our diagrams, but we will mainly focus on the pictures themselves and how we may use them to understand chemical reactivity. We will begin with a discussion of single atom reactivity and then move to multi-atom systems by the end of the session. By the end of our discussion, students will be able to make simple predictions about molecular reactivities by looking at a molecule's picture.

This class will prove invaluable to student who wants to take higher level chemistry at the college level, including organic chemistry and inorganic chemistry.


Prerequisites
Quantitative Chemistry or equivalent high school Chemistry. AP Chemistry recommended.

S725: Lifesaving Skills: CPR, AED and the Heimlich Full!
Difficulty: *

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.

S719: Introduction to Chemistry
Difficulty: **

A series of demonstrations to show concepts in chemistry.

S737: Intro to Biotechnology
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nadia Kirmani

Are you interested in learning about recombinant DNA and cloning? How about developing drug delivery systems for medical applications like cancer therapy? Then take this class and discover more about the rapidly growing field of biotechnological research.


Miscellaneous

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X674: 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 join a vegan student to discuss these. No prior knowledge is necessary.

X691: Effective Altruism
Difficulty: *

Are you interested in doing the most good possible? Effective Altruism is a philosophy and social movement that applies evidence and reason to figure out the most effective ways to improve the world. People often don’t choose to work on the most important causes. As a consequence, even if they do some good, they’ve missed an opportunity to make a much bigger difference. It turns out the most effective charities in the world have as much as 1,000 times the impact per dollar as the least effective charities. In this class we will discuss the basic principles of Effective Altruism and show you how you can use your life and career to make the greatest impact possible.

X681: Face Masks, Skin Care, and Miscellaneous Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Becky Li

Want to experience wearing sheet masks? Wear one, as we talk about skin care, the misfortunes of having acne, and the woes of being a teenager.

X671: How Do Those Models Look So Good?
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jemi Galani

Enter the reality of the fashion industry and learn about how those models gracing the covers of every magazine are in such great shape. Beware: the answer may not be what you expect!

X716: A Taste of the South: Deviled Eggs
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Grace Li, Kevin Lin

Think eggs are boring? There's a reason why no one does comfort food better than the South––deviled eggs. We'll learn how to make them plain or turn them into sailboats or owls. Food is always as much fun as you make it.

X673: Logic: Theory & Games
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Vicki Zhang

- Intro to basic terms and principles of logic deductions
- Intro to various interesting logical games from fields such as linguistics and LSAT (law entrance exam), maybe compsci


Prerequisites
Interest!

X670: Origami Butterflies Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Amy Fan

Learn how to make origami butterflies designed by the world renowned origami artist Michael LaFosse.

There are two sections of this class. The earlier class will be for students who are relatively inexperienced with origami (have not folded beyond a crane, waterbomb, lilly, etc.) Please sign up for the later class if you have more experience with paper folding.

X722: Basic Ukrainian
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ariana Allen

Learn the basics of the Ukrainian language. We'll cover the alphabet, numbers, basic phrases and more! No prior knowledge required.

X690: Baking 101: Chocolate Chip Cookie Edition Full!
Difficulty: **

Ever wonder how to bake the perfect chocolate chip cookie? Do you know whether to use baking soda or baking powder? How about using room temperature butter versus melted butter? Well, we can answer your baking conundrums! We will show you the differences between various ingredients, and let you sample them yourselves!

X699: Futurology
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Trenton Bricken

In our everyday lives it is easy to get caught up in the present and never pause to think about the future and dramatic changes it might hold. In our age of the rapid advancement of technology it is very likely that the world even 10 years from now will be very different from the one today with many far reaching consequences.

When will driver-less cars hit the roads and what will their impact be? How much of the labor force will be automated by robots and what will people do instead? What is cryonics and does it have the potential to defeat death? This class will address some very important topics humanity will face in the years to come and give students who attend it a valuable glance into the future they will be living in.

X689: Rubiks Cubing Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: james wu

Learn how to solve a 3x3 rubiks cube!


Prerequisites
Please bring your own rubiks cube! We will have a limited number that you can borrow, but it would be preferred if you brought your own.

X666: Solving your first Rubik's Cube (Beginners) Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ryan Kwon

Learn how to solve a Rubik's Cube for the very first time! You also get to keep it!

X677: Priceless Planning and Reflecting
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Katie Taylor

The rewards of having an organized life often cannot be measured. Knowing where emails are as well as which ones need to be answered is a skill many people do not have today. Being able to look at the day ahead and know what is coming without having to look at every syllabus and online calendar is my favorite. Writing a short journal response about your day will make you smile just a few years later. Learn what I do to stay organized, why I do it, and how you can too!

X683: Introduction to Weight Training
Difficulty: *

Are you overwhelmed by the dizzying amount of fitness fads and weight loss programs out there? Do you want to build a bigger, stronger, leaner you but don't know where to start? In this class, we will present the fundamental principles of weight training that can serve as guidelines to those who are just beginning their journey. To those who have experience with weight training but are frustrated with lack of progress, hopefully our class can help you break through that plateau. We will cover the basic physiology of muscle-building, the various muscle groups of the body, how to develop a training split that works for you, the merits of compound vs. isolation exercises, bulking and cutting cycles, nutrition, recovery, and supplementation. This class is accessible to students of all experience levels. Join us as we give you a whirlwind tour on how to maximize your muscle gains.

X703: Let's Play Ultimate!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kevin Liao

Ultimate (or ultimate frisbee) is a team sport that revolves around passing a flying disc from player to player eventually passing the disc to a teammate in the opposing end zone. Ultimate has seen increasing popularity in recent years including a boom of collegiate and high school leagues across the country. It's a great way to have fun with a group of friends. This course will focus mainly on rules with some techniques and also gameplay. No prior experience needed!


Prerequisites
Must be human

X721: Karate 101: Basic Self-Defense
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Katrina Montane

A few basic karate moves and fighting stances will be taught. Will include some light cardio. Learn important rules of karate: discipline and respect!

X672: Basic American Sign Language
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.

X718: Introduction to Memeology
Difficulty: *
Teachers: William Ye, James Zhou

Explore the evolution of web-based meme culture and the burgeoning role of memes in shaping current events and quotidian life in an age of digital modernity.

X734: Edible Cookie Dough
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jasmine Tsai

Step by step process of how to make edible (eggless) cookie dough! Includes teaching proper kitchen sanitary knowledge and cookie-making techniques. Students get to take home some amount of cookie dough that they made.