Splash Fall 2019
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Arts

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A283: Jazz Chords across Music
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Stephen Tracy

A brief overview on the influence of jazz scales and chords and its application across classic and contemporary Western music.

A249: Creative Writing
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Gali Davar

This course is open to all levels. We will use activities to engage imaginations and discover that we have so many stories waiting inside us. We will do a crash-course of the creative writing process: brainstorm, draft, revise, peer-edit, and share.

A268: An Overview of Music Theory
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Andrew Chen

This class will discuss various types of scales, chords, seventh chords, chord inversions, roman numeral analysis, and 4-part harmonies.

An exposure of music is strongly encouraged.

A260: Intro to Italian
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Leah Sagan-Dworsky

Students will gain general knowledge of the Italian language like greetings, numbers, and colors.

A239: Introduction to Use of Cosmetics
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Ruoxi Zhang

This course will teach the basic procedures of doing makeup, including some useful makeup techniques. After the course, students are expected to recognize uses of different cosmetic products and ways of finding the most suitable products for themselves. Learning makeup looks for various occasions is also included. Students can bring their own cosmetics.

A273: Animate: An Introduction to 2D Frame By Frame Animation
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Osamah Mandawi

Teaches the Twelve Basic Principles of Animation, as described by the legendary Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, two of Disney's Nine Old Men. Covers animation resources, free platforms, exercises, and even contests to participate in. No drawing skills required.


Humanities

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H263: Contemporary Poetry!
Difficulty: **

Are you an avid poetry lover, or have always wanted to learn more about poetry? Have you had minimal exposure to different kinds of poetry in High School? We will read two to three poems by world renowned poets, such as Maya Angelou, Eve Ensler, and Langston Hughes. Together, we will explore the themes of each piece that are relevant to our twenty first century culture, including discussions on feminism, human rights, and identity. You will also get the chance to use your artistic abilities by collaborating with other students on a final mural, showcasing what you have learned and enjoyed. Candy will also be provided! We hope to see you there!


Prerequisites
At least one completed high school English course

H276: 276: Rise of Sparta and Athens
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Joshua Hoffman

Almost everyone knows about Athens and Sparta yet they learn it from heavily dramatized and often fictionalized adaptations in movies and tv shows. This course will tell the story of the true and exciting rise of these incredibly famous nations. The story of Athens will begin with it's inclusion in the Illiad, through being one of the only city-states to survive the bronze age collapse, to suffering under extreme political corruption and tyranny, to the prosperous and only "democratic" Greek city we know of today. The story of Sparta will begin in the Illiad under its last mythical king Menelaus the husband of Helen, through its invasion by the Dorians and extreme reform to become the legendary warrior/slave state we learn about today.


Prerequisites
Be prepared to have Disney's Hercules and the 300 movie ruined for you.

H234: Playing by the Rules: Who made them and why should we follow them?
Difficulty: **

We live our lives by a set of rules established by someone else. But have you ever stopped to consider why we follow them, or who even made them? This course is a brief introduction into the origins of rules, philosophically speaking, discussing the theories behind them, what makes something right or wrong and who even made the rules to begin with!

H257: Around the World in 80 Days: Navigating Cross Cultural Identities
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Morgan Silcox

Are you interested in learning about culture?
Have you ever struggled to answer the question: Where are you from?
Do you want to learn more about yourself and others?

Dive right in to how culture shapes us as individuals! Learn about how interacting with different cultures in one’s adolescence can affect personal identity, relationships and the advantages and disadvantages that come with this background.

H278: David vs. Goliath, The Greek-Persian War.
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Joshua Hoffman

This class is the story of one of the greatest "underdog" wars in history. A scattered collection of a handful of Greek City-States, Athens and Sparta their leaders, fight off an invasion by the Persian Empire, over 100 times the size of Greece, the largest empire the world had ever seen.

H252: 1960s Music History
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Alex Shoshani

This course is perfect for any 60s music lover or anyone who is interested in how history and culture connect! We will go over some hits by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and more as well as their connections to American History.

H250: Teleportation, Clones, and Brains in Vats: Who, Where, and When are We?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Allegra Copland

If a teleporter vaporizes your body and then rebuilds it somewhere else, did you die in the process? Where do "you" go when you die? And what does it mean to be a consciousness, anyway? How much of your personality can change without you becoming a "different" person? In this course we will attack from as many angles as possible the problem of conscious existence and identity. No previous knowledge necessary.


Prerequisites
Be comfortable discussing death.

H277: Solving Climate Change from the Inside Out
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nicholas Greco

As has become apparent over the past several decades, human consumption is proceeding at an unsustainable rate. Throw in an ever expanding global population and emerging markets world-wide and we have a problem. The solution to this lies somewhere at the intersection of science, corporate practices, and the law. In this course, we will examine the complex interplay between these three arenas in the United States - the basic facts of our situation. From there, we will evaluate what can be done to secure a sustainable future.

H247: The Causes of The Great War
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Henry Wasserman

World War I is known as The Great War for a reason. It was a conflict that spanned the globe, spelled the end to centuries-old empires, and employed new technologies to a devastating effect. Revolutionary and complex in many ways, historians have spent over one hundred years unraveling and arguing over the causes of the war. This class serves as a brief introduction to the politics at play and other driving factors to why Europe went to war in 1914. If you’re interested in learning about one of the most important events of the 20th century, this is the class for you! No previous experience necessary, just be ready to learn!


Prerequisites
None

H280: Athens VS Sparta. The Greek World Wars. 431-404.
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Joshua Hoffman

This course is the story of the famous war between Athens and Sparta and all of their allies, which together make up more than half of the greek world. The original Grand Alliance of Greeks that had fought to fend off the huge Persian Empire has split in half. Sparta, with an their league of the most of the surrounding city-states(The Peloponnesian League), wants to keep the status quo but is forced by their allies to check the power of arrogant Athens, who has turned the remaining allies in the "defensive anti-Persian alliance" into their own Athenian Empire. Sparta had the strongest army in Greece unmatched on land, but Athens controlled the seas with one of the most powerful fleets in the entire world. What follows is perhaps one of the best-recorded evenly matched war of the entire ancient world, studied by historians, politicians, and diplomats. Long-standing traditions in war are shattered, hegemonies shift and break, and both sides have to resort to extreme political change unimaginable just decades earlier.
If you want to hear the story of the war which caused the greatest upheaval of Ancient Greece in seven hundred years than this is the class for you.

H236: Entrepreneurship Workshop
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Arianna Arguetty

This course is a workshop focusing on entrepreneurial startups. Students are encouraged to bring their own ideas to work on, but ideas can be supplied for practice. The first hour of the class will look at the formation of a business idea and pitch deck, culminating with a review of each teams' big idea. The second hour will go over the skills necessary to grow a business once funding is secured.


Prerequisites
None

H256: Ecofeminism, Biodiversity, and Environmental Ethics for Beginners
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Dannie Brice

Climate change and Global Warming are some of the world's biggest issues today! Ecofeminism plays a salient role in how we will define environmental issues. We will use the term as a useful lens and foundation to analyzing climate change, global environmental crisis, and gender-related issues that intersect altogether. Join this course to learn the fundamentals of environmental issues, how to define it, and how to use your knowledge from this class for radical action! Moreover, join our conversation on what actions are occurring at a federal level for our global futures!


Prerequisites
** No Former knowledge required** Open to all!

H274: Escape Your Cave!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nakul Srinivas

Come learn about the most famous work by the father of Western philosophy and how it is related to your life! We will watch a video adaptation of Plato's Allegory of the Cave and perform hands on activities to understand it. Connections will be made to the eastern philosophical concept of "Maya" and to a video adaptation of the modern essay "This is Water". We will end with a mindfulness activity, and everyone will get a chance to write their own allegories in groups.

H285: The Fall of Ancient Greece. 70 Years of War
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Joshua Hoffman

This course is the last chapter to the great story of Ancient Greece, the final wars of Over lordship where one city, be it Sparta, Athens, Thebes, and more, contend for ruler ship over it all. This course will tell the story of the not-so-famous aftermath of the famous 30 years war between Athens and Sparta. This aftermath has completely destroyed the power of one of the city-states, but the other finds itself surrounded only be enemies. Even former allies are their most bitter enemies. The result is another seventy years of warfare, with the total upheaval of the status quo in ancient Greece. The to become Overlord over Greece continues and finally ends. Such ambitious city-states include the old former empires of Athens and Sparta, both now hated by the Greek world, and newcomers such as Thebes.

With the Greek World in turmoil through infighting, Macedon, a small formerly unimportant kingdom in the north, takes notice.

H242: Spying in the Modern Era
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Maggie Hastings

From James Bond to Charlies Angels, modern media loves the ideas of spies. However, some of the best spies of WWII and the Cold War are now merely footnotes in a textbook. This course will look back at some of the scandals of espionage, real spy equipment, and what the true goals of spies were in the 20th century.


Science

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S286: Fighting Alzheimer's from your classroom
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Liam Kaufman

Are scientists the only ones who can do research? Do you need to have a lab with expensive equipment? In this class learn how you can contribute to important scientific research right from a computer screen, just by playing a game. Alzheimer’s is the 7th biggest killer in the world, and there is still no cure. But with your help of deciding whether stalls in the brain are clogged or flowing can help lead to new discoveries and help scientists find a cure. What you do together in an hour is what takes a day for science researchers to do in a lab.

S272: Fish Tank Science: Chemistry in the Home Aquarium
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Jonah Lee

There's a difference between keeping a fish alive and letting it thrive! Learn about the fascinating chemistry at play in freshwater and saltwater fish tanks, including the "Nitrogen Cycle," anaerobic denitrification, pH, temperature, and more! See how a wide array of components can create a healthy and happy aquarium.

S243: Intro to Inheritance
Difficulty: **

After briefly covering genes and chromosomes, we will explore how test crosses are used to predict phenotypes and genotypes of future generations. Various patterns of inheritance will be discussed. This knowledge can be used to analyze pedigrees and to learn about other applications of genetics in testing and screening for diseases.

S288: Introduction to Immunology: Our body’s greatest natural fighters!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Frances Maher

Have you ever wondered how our body protects itself against invading bacteria, viruses, and other diseases? We have the greatest natural fighters in our own bodies: the Immune System! This interactive and hands-on learning course provides an overview of the immune system and the different types of immune cells and factors that mediate immune responses. You will learn about immune tissues, different types of immune cells, innate immunity, adaptive immunity, chemokines and cytokines, and other immunology topics. Did you know that immune system has been used to kill cancer cells? We will also have a short overview about the ground-breaking cancer immunotherapy!

Please bring a laptop to participate in our fun online modules and games.


Prerequisites
Any high school biology class

S259: Learning & Memory
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Luochen Liu

A neuroscience class that includes an overlap of biology and psychology. Intended to give students interested in the subject a general idea of a college neuroscience class and about how neuroscience differs with other scientific subjects. Covers general concepts of learning memory and then moves on to the biological mechanism of learning.


Prerequisites
basic biology

S251: Paper Airplanes
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Allegra Copland

Come learn about the science of paper airplanes--and then make your own! Supplies provided.


Prerequisites
Enthusiasm and ability to follow directions

S270: Does Your Brain Dream? Or Do You Dream? Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Daniel Shin

Neuroscience is the study of the brain. But anyways, what on earth are our brains doing when we sleep? Are they going through the events of the day, are they "deleting" unnecessary files or are they doing nothing? In this course we will learn basic properties of neurons and discuss the neurological significance of dreaming and sleeping.


Prerequisites
An open and creative mind! May be helpful if you have a background in biology, chemistry or psychology, but not necessary.

S254: Linguistics: Language Unraveled
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ryan Partlan

In this course I'll outline some of the basic principles of linguistics and dispel some very common misconceptions about language. I will also outline some unexpected connections between language and other fields including neuroscience, computer science, and history.

S258: The Chemistry of Cooking: Grilled Cheese Edition
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Reika Oshima

Who doesn’t love a gooey, crispy-breaded, warm grilled cheese? The Grilled Cheese is not only an iconic snack, but one that is rich in its opportunities to understand real-life applications of chemistry.

In this course, we will do a deep-dive into how cheese is made from milk, how different cheeses are made, and what makes a cheese “meltable” enough for the perfect grilled cheese.


Prerequisites
Basic high school chemistry and biology is helpful, but not necessarily needed.

S275: A Brief Introduction to Astrophysics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Emily Flanagan

Are you interested in learning about the mysteries of our universe? Curious to learn about dark matter, dark energy, and black holes? This course will cover all of this and more! Topics will cover the basics of dark matter and energy, the cosmic ray background, black holes and other celestial bodies, as well as what it is that scientists are working on now.

S245: A Bee or Not a Bee?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Heather Galloway

This crash course in entomology will be focused on learning the key differences between a few of the main orders of insects (flies, beetles, bees, true bugs). We will learn how to identify to which order an individual belongs.

S253: Intro to Java
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Andrew Chen

This course will introduce the language of JAVA.

Students will learn the basics of JAVA and learn how to write programs using JAVA. Topics covered will include primitive types, methods, loops, logic (if, else statements), and arrays.

No experience needed.

S238: How to Use Biochemistry for Fun and Profit (but mostly fun)
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Salvatore LaRussa

Have you ever wondered how science REALLY gets done? Sure, maybe you've had to tame an ancient Bunsen burner or stared at some petri dishes of some common strain of bacteria in a class in school, but what about the cool stuff?
In this crash-course to experimental design class, you get to come up with the questions you want to answer, and I'll try to walk you through the sorts of cutting-edge (and less-than-cutting-edge) methods real scientists would use to try to solve your problem. The experiments designed in class can range from the reasonable to the ridiculous, but the goal is for you to walk away from this class with a better idea of the problem solving that gets done in real labs all around the world. Biochemistry will be what this discussion-based class will focus on, but you can really pick any experiment you want, from curing cancer, to how to produce enough spider silk to sew a sofa. The limit is our collective creativity.


Prerequisites
Some basic familiarity with biology and the things you're likely to find in a lab would be good, but is not necessary. Come willing to ask questions.

S282: Mood: Microbiome
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nurel Arriaran

There's an entire universe living directly inside each of us: the microbiome! Learn about how tiny microorganisms in your gut-flora are influencing everything from your mental health to your immunity. We will explore how this relatively new branch of science is being implemented to address mental well-being and chronic diseases.


Miscellaneous

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X237: An Introduction to the Rubik’s Cube
Difficulty: **

This class will cover the methods of solving the Rubik’s cube, different events and techniques, and some common misconceptions. It is about cubing in general, and it will not cover specifically how to solve the cube, but it will give some guidance if you are interested in pursuing it further. No prior experience or knowledge about the Rubik’s cube is required.

X246: Infinity, The Biggest Thing EVER
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Max Weinstein

Ever felt small in the universe? Be prepared to feel even smaller, or if you have an open mind, bigger than all of it!

Come learn about infinity, a really fun and mysterious subject, through a variety of approaches including philosophy math and poetry!

The class will go over how to prove that some infinities are in fact bigger than other infinities!


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X255: Crushing Period Stigma! 1
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Hunter Kessous

We will learn about menstrual stigma: what it is and how to break it! Additionally, students will be educated on current MA policies on menstrual product accessibility. Finally, we will talk about advocacy and brainstorm ways to get involved on many different levels.

X279: Breaking Barriers: First-Generation College Students
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Nurel Arriaran

If you are considering college and are the first in your family to do so, this class if just for you! First-generation college students are students who are the first in their family to attend college. Individually, they hold unique, powerful stories and together, they are advancing the world. In this class, we will explore the doubts, the questions, the pride, and the fear that may come with being a future first-generation college student. This course is lead by first-gen college students themselves. We will share advice and personal stories to help support you along your journey.

X244: Talking About Relationships & Dating
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Daniel Shin

Relationships and dating can be beautiful, in every aspect of the word. It can be a positive and fulfilling learning experience and growth for both partners. However, dating can also be confusing, heart-breaking and unfortunately, abusive. In this course, we will have a condensed-milk format of discussing perspectives, tips and resources for folks wanting to date, folks already dating and folks coming out of a relationship.


Prerequisites
Since this course will cover some sensitive topics, all students must respectful, mindful and thoughtful to each other. Any personal information that is shared does not leave the classroom.

X287: Boba Addicts: the secret recipe and history behind boba Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Allison Chou

In this course, students will learn about how tapioca balls are made, what are the different kinds of boba (difference in milk tea, tapioca ball colors, etc.), and the history of boba when it originated in Taiwan.

X289: Crushing Period Stigma! 2
Difficulty: *

We will learn about menstrual stigma: what it is and how to break it! Additionally, students will be educated on current MA policies on menstrual product accessibility. Finally, we will talk about advocacy and brainstorm ways to get involved on many different levels.

X290: Athleticism and Musicianship
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Alexandra Nichols

Are you a musician? Are you an athlete? Perhaps you're both! This class will explore the relatedness between sports and the relatedness between athleticism and musicianship. We will be observing, analyzing, and discussing a wide range of media (including pictures and videos).

X261: How To Make Jam
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jake Mitchell

This course will teach you how to make your own wonderful jam, a brief history of jam, the important differences between jam, jelly, and preserves, and some applications for what you have learned.

X265: Craving Curiosity: The Chocolate Framework
Difficulty: *

Eating a piece of chocolate is a pretty mundane activity--or is it?

This course will give you a taste of examining something as simple as chocolate through scientific, economic, health, political and ethical perspectives.

Curiosity exists everywhere, and it leads you to the most important questions and solutions when you blur the boundaries between disciplines and are bold enough to look at the big picture.

Presenting---the Chocolate Framework. Maybe with real chocolate!