Here you'll find a list of our nine available courses and their curriculum. We prefer that you sign up for the three classes that you are most interested in. When you sign up, make sure that you pick the week that has the most favorable timing for you. Each course lasts for one week.
WRITTEN IN THE STARS: A MIDDLE SCHOOLER’S GUIDE TO EXPLORING ASTRONOMY
In this course, students will learn the foundations of astronomy including scientific literacy skills and understanding the scale of the universe, the history of the universe and the course of stellar and galactic evolution, some basic applications of Einstein's theory of relativity and the mechanics of the universe, and new research about the future of the universe and unsolved mysteries such as dark matter.
Introduction to Genetics: What makes you you?
Have you ever thought about why you and your siblings look different from each other even though you have the same parents? Or why the animals we see today are different from the ones from a few hundred years ago? All of this has to do with genetics. In this course, students will explore how species evolve through Darwin and his finches. Along with this, they will learn about how genes are inherited through the use of Punnett squares. This course includes small activities, both online and on paper, demonstrating how traits are passed down and how certain species can go extinct because of how they look. Come explore genetics with us and have fun along the way!
Physics: The Science behind the Egg Drop Test
Have you ever wondered what happens to an egg when you drop it off an 8-story building? The answer lies in the fundamentals of physics! In this course, we will explore how objects move (kinematics) and why they move (dynamics). Students will learn through real life and computer-based simulations, such as projectile motion and forces to help them better understand physics concepts. We will then apply these physics concepts to the egg drop. To finish the course, we will show you how to make your very own egg drop test package which you will be able to replicate on your own. Join us as we explore kinematics, Newton’s laws of physics, forces, and momentum!
*Prerequisite: One year of pre-algebra.
Coding: Introduction to python
Since programming requires a lot of self-teaching, the biggest obstacle in a computer science career is getting started. In this course, students will use Python to understand the fundamentals. We'll go through the rules (syntax, the "grammar") of coding, if conditions, while & for loops, functions, and a couple of small problems & projects, like making a calculator. By the end of the course, students should be self-sufficient enough to become an advanced programmer!
When you think of a game, what comes to mind? Chess, poker, Monopoly... Yes, these are all games, but game theory and statistics apply so much more than just simple board games. The stock market, financial transactions, and company competition are all games as well. In this course, we will cover these concepts with examples and games played by the students. Some of these examples will be the prisoner’s dilemma, how casinos make millions, and what is going on behind the scenes when Costco has a 20% sale on Ritz Crackers. Students will develop familiarity with some major concepts of game theory including independent and dependent events, dominance, mixed strategies, probability matrices, the Nash equilibrium, and much more. This course will give a taste to students on the importance of statistics and probability in the world today and in what ways to apply it.
Chemistry and cookies
We all love cookies. But how does a simple clump of dough become the classic confectionery treat? We can answer this through chemistry! We will learn about the fundamentals of chemistry, such as chemical reactions. Students will explore these topics through virtual experiments and simulations. Then, we will apply these concepts to the real-life example of cookie baking and students will leave the course with a thorough understanding of the chemistry behind cookies and how to apply it to other scenarios. Join us to explore cookies, to learn chemistry, and most importantly, to have a great time!
Introduction to the biology of cancer
Students will learn about cancer on a cellular level and gain a basic understanding of the mechanisms responsible for making this disease so devastating. At the end of this course, students will be able to define cancer, recognize the hallmarks of cancer, understand that cancer is a genetic disease, and explain how cancer is treated and how it can be prevented. This course is relatively advanced and fast paced, so it is recommended that students who opt to take this course have some background knowledge of basic concepts in biology (or at least an avid interest in the subject).
introduction to economics
At the foundation of all micro- and macroeconomics are basic economic principles. This course provides a fascinating introduction to high-school-level economics, including the economic perspective, utility maximization, competition, supply and demand, and market failures. Employing their previous experiences and intuition, students will develop rational decision making skills that are applicable to their own experiences as young consumers. Over the course of the week, students will create their own budget lines, achieve consumer equilibrium, read fundamental economic texts, and collaborate to construct a basic market model.