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Biological and Medical Science

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B2429: A brief introduction to population genetics
Difficulty: **

The human genome is comprised of three billion base pairs, of which, surprisingly, 99.9% of the
base pairs are identical across the entire human population. Only a very small fraction of the genome
harbors any variation. It is this small, variable fraction that plays an important role in natural selection
and can inform us about historical events such as human migration.

We will be discussing and using hands-on activities to illustrate various forces in evolution including
drift, selection, demography, and mutation. We will look at case studies in biological organisms that
highlight the impact of these evolutionary forces, including studies on human ancestry, disease and
personalized medicine.


Prerequisites
Some math and biology background useful but not necessary.

B2339: Getting a 'taste' of experimental biology: DNA extraction from strawberries
Difficulty: **

In this section, students will get a basic introduction about the molecule that is the blueprint of life: DNA. After learning about some of its physical and biological properties, we will isolate DNA from strawberries, which you can then take home!

B2472: What your body looks like on the inside

Medical students will take you through a tour of human anatomy. Note: students will learn with human cadavers, people who have died and donated their bodies to be studied by medical students. Students who are squeamish or uncomfortable around dead bodies should not enroll in this class.

B2494: Are Genes Fate?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Trevor Martin

Is it possible to predict all the diseases you will get the moment you are born? Do our eating habits and lifestyle choices really influence our health? Is a world like that shown in the movie Gattaca a possibility for our future? Find out in this class what modern genetics and medicine have to say about these exciting questions and learn what knowing a person's DNA sequence really tells us and what are the strengths and limitations of prediction based on a DNA sequence.


Prerequisites
Any sort of introduction to Biology course; should understand basics of DNA and genes.

B2532: Science Writing
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Leslie Todd

We'll explore some methods for writing papers for publication in scientific journals. The examples will focus on writing for a medical journal about hantavirus, which recently caused illness and death in several visitors to Yosemite National Park. Bring paper and pencil -- we'll be writing.

B2359: Bendy Bones Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Devan Diwanji

The central idea of this class is that dairy contributes to our health by providing calcium for bone strength and growth. Yet, some forms of dairy are preferred over others depending on calcium, fat, and caloric content. The importance of calcium intake during adolescence will be stressed with the "Bendy Bones" activity.


Prerequisites
None; intended for the age groups specified below.

B2423: 10 Awesome Things You Didn't Know About Science
Difficulty: *

Multimedia and audiovisual demos and presentations to peak scientific curiosity in young minds. From cool organisms to recent discoveries, you will definitely be exposed to something new to remind you how exciting research can be. Come to our class and you'll walk away amazed by science!


Prerequisites
none - you don't need any background knowledge to be intrigued by the crazy discoveries of modern science.

B2444: Cancer and Stem Cells
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Dena Leeman

Come to this class to learn more about stem cells, cancer, the reasoning behind some of the ways we currently treat cancer, and some new discoveries in the cancer and stem cell fields!

B2474: Game theory and the Evolution of Cooperation
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Michael McLaren

Would you risk your own life to save your brother or sister? How about to save a person you never met? While certainly an extreme example, such altruistic, or selfless, acts are common throughout the tree of life, from bacteria to humans. Yet the prevalence of altruism, and cooperation more generally, is puzzling from an evolutionary point of view. Selfish individuals can get help from others without having to give anything back; shouldn't natural selection then favor selfish behavior, ultimately leading to the loss of cooperation?

We will use evolutionary game theory as a framework for understanding the evolution of cooperation, and discuss some possible solutions to this famous evolutionary puzzle.


Prerequisites
Algebra I

B2367: Finding a Cure for Cancer
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Melissa Ko

It has been more than forty years since President Nixon declared "war" on cancer, starting a nationwide effort to research and develop more effective treatments for cancer. So now, in 2012, many are wondering: where is the cure?

Learn about the complexities of cancer and tumor biology, the kinds of questions we are answering with research now, and why "finding a cure for cancer" is not as simple as it sounds.


Prerequisites
basic understanding of cell biology and cancer biology

B2439: Practical Neuroscience -
Difficulty: **
Teachers: David Carreon

What is the brain? How does it work? How can I make it stronger?

You'll learn about awesome experiments that show that the brain can be rewired, remolded and strengthened. From procrastination to daydreaming, neural networks and willpower, we'll cover what you need to know about the brain.

If you've got a brain, you should take this course! :)

B2399: Stem Cells in Life and Disease
Difficulty: **

An introductory survey of stem cell biology in multicellular organisms, including worms, flies, lizards, fish, mice, and, of course, humans. We'll breeze through basic biological principles, then move directly into "case studies" of how stem cells can be both the cause and cure of common diseases. Taught by Stanford PhD students in Cancer Biology.


Prerequisites
High school biology (regular, honors, or AP all welcome).

B2414: Hepatitis B: Exploring the Greatest Health Disparity in Asian and Pacific Islanders
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Arie Kim

1 in 10 Asians and Pacific Islanders is infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV), the leading cause of liver cancer in the world. In this class, we will discuss the biology of hepatitis B, the vaccination and screening process, and the treatment options. We will also explore epidemiology of why hepatitis B is more prevalent in certain demographics. Finally, we'll have a group discussion about how you can make a difference in your community through involvement with the Asian Liver Center and Team HBV high school chapters!

B2459: Lights, cameras, biology!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Mingyu Chung

Learn how scientists make and study movies of cells to learn about how cells work.

B2505: Evolution of Sleep
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Fanuel Muindi

Sleep patterns vary in many ways across species. The aim of this class is to summarize our understanding of the diversity of sleep patterns found across species from insects, fish, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Through the comparative approach, you will learn the fundamental characteristics of sleep across species through their similarities and differences!

B2524: Understand Evolution by Inventing LEGO Animals
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Yan Guo, Dawei Lin

Animals are Nature's inventions through evolution, which is a process consisting of inventions, modifications and selections. In this class, you will be a master of LEGO animal kingdom to build amazing animals using evaluation principles.

B2511: Human Sleep Disorders
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Fanuel Muindi

According to the CDC, an estimated 50-70 million US adults have some sort of sleep disorder. Insufficient sleep has been linked to many maladies including diabetes, depression, and obesity. In this class, we will discuss some of the sleep disorders from their etiology, symptoms, and current treatments. We will also discuss some tips for good sleep hygiene.

B2408: Food: The good, the bad and the ugly
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Martell Hesketh

Did you know to make a simple PB&J sandwich all your ingredients had to travel about 6,500 miles??? Do you know where the peanuts that make peanut butter are grown or the wheat to make your bread?

In this class we will explore where our food came from in the past and how we get it today through activities, discussion and videos.


Prerequisites
A love for food and hunger for knowledge!

B2588: RNAi (RNA interference)
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Deborah Caswell

This class will cover the history of the discovery of microRNAs and how we are using them as molecular tools today to combat diseases such as cancer.

B2510: WE ARE WHAT WE EAT.
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sophia Chernikova

We will explore the evolution of an old saying in relationship to modern chronic disease, touching upon the role of a healthy lifestyle in prevention and cure of various chronic diseases including cancer.

B2483: Genetic Counseling: What's in your genes?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kristen Dilzell

Does the term "genetic counseling" make you think of the movie Gattaca or designer babies? What does a genetic counselor actually do? This class will answer this question by introducing students to an exciting profession that combines the fields of medicine, genetics, psychology, and ethics. This class will explore the different roles genetic counselors play in various settings and review real case examples of genetic counseling sessions to give participants the opportunity to explore this interesting career path.

B2430: Why Do You Smell?: The Neurobiology of Smell
Difficulty: *

How are we able to enjoy the scent of frying bacon in the morning? Why does smelling popcorn trigger that flashback of watching Spiderman in 3D? The olfactory system is the elegant biological network that allows us to have these experiences. In this course, we will describe how different parts of this system work together to create our sense of smell: from the specialized cells that detect chemical compounds in the air, to the signals that are sent to the brain, to the regions of the brain that process these signals. In addition, we will discuss how the olfactory system is linked to other networks and can affect our behavior, memories, and sense of taste.

We will teach this course through a combination of lectures, videos, and activities. Videos will include examples of how changes in the olfactory system of mice and flies can drastically affect their behavior. Activities will involve smelling a steroid that smells very different to different people, using the olfactory system to enhance the taste of jellybeans, and much more.

This course does not come with any prerequisites, as we will provide a brief introduction to how cells in the brain function by themselves and with each other. The only requirement is an interest in neurobiology and the desire to see some amazing examples of how the olfactory system works

B2523: Understand DNA Through LEGO and Games
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Yan Guo, Dawei Lin

DNA is a long molecule that carries the blueprints that build all living organisms including humans, plants and bacteria. You will learn what it looks like and how it works through Lego building and game playing.

B2497: Biology on TV!
Difficulty: **

You've seen it on House. You've seen it on Grey's Anatomy. Now you can see biology as you've never seen it before through the eyes of Stanford biologists! In this course we will examine biology in the media and find the scientific truth behind popular shows such as House, MD. Students will interact with training Stanford scientists to solve disease problems and learn biology basics at the level of cells, proteins and DNA!


Prerequisites
High School Physical Science or comparable class required. Introductory Biology or Chemistry recommended.

B2598: The Biology of Immortality?: Stem Cells in Youth and Aging
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Elizabeth Pollina

Is eternal youth really the stuff of legends? As biologists better understand what makes us age, we may be unlocking new clues to how to reverse aspects of aging and age-related diseases. Take this class to learn more about stem cells and how they may be useful for understanding aging.


Prerequisites
Basic biology is useful

B2389: The Great Stem Cell Debate

After some background information about recent developments in stem cell technology, therapy, research is provided, students will get to roleplay and debate and discuss the ethical implications behind these advancements and about the future of stem cell research. Get ready to “roll"-play!

B2394: Your Body Type & the 3 Season Diet
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Raji Lukkoor

Are you a “Spring” body type, a “Summer” body type, or a “Winter” body type? Have you ever heard the expression, “You are what you eat,” and wondered what exactly it means? Can you name some of the locally-grown, seasonal fruits and vegetables? Come find out in this fascinating course, entitled “Your Body Type & the 3 Season Diet.”

B2409: Food: The good, the bad and the ugly Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Martell Hesketh

Did you know to make a simple PB&J sandwich all your ingredients had to travel about 6,500 miles??? Do you know where the peanuts that make peanut butter are grown or the wheat to make your bread?

In this class we will explore where our food came from in the past and how we get it today through activities, discussion and videos.


Prerequisites
A love for food and hunger for knowledge!

B2492: Oreo-ases: The rate of cookie catalysis and how it relates to disease
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Helen Wiersma

In this class students will become enzymes - processing substrates (oreos) and exploring a variety of different scenerios by measuring parameters of enzyme kinetics. Such scenerios include introducing "drug-based inhibitors" to the "enzymes" (students), causeing the "enzymes" to have mutations, and exploring real world disease scenerios.


Prerequisites
none

B2503: So what's going on up there?
Difficulty: **

In this class we going to learn about the brain and various structures in it while also having the opportunity to look at some brains up close and personal.


Prerequisites
The ability to work around real brains.

B2541: 21st Century Advancements in Stem Cell Technology

So you’ve heard about stem cells on the news or in class, and you’d like to find out more about what they can do. This course, taught by members of the Stanford Student Society for Stem Cell Research, will cover recent advancements in stem cell technology and research. If you’ve ever wondered whether stem cells can be used to grow organs, repair spinal cord injuries, or cure cancer, this class is for you!

B2627: Hands On Brain Lab - Extended

NOTE: This is a longer version of class B2519 (Hands On Brain Lab).

How do memories form? How do optical illusions work? What in the world is a homonculus? The brain is by far the most complicated but at the same time the most amazing organ in the body! Come take this course to learn the answers to these and other fascinating questions. Plus you will get to examine real human and animal brains!

B2344: Biofilms: the Wonderful World of Bacterial Communities
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Pascale Guiton

Bacteria are everywhere and similar to humans they communicate with each other and reside within "small houses". Enroll for this course to learn about the exciting features of a bacterial village.


Prerequisites
An interest in biology and micro-organisms will be a plus

B2403: Nobel Prizes in Medicine, how do people get them? Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Olga Razorenova

What makes the discoveries so exciting that they get selected to win a Nobel Prize? I will discuss the examples of recent discoveries in biology and their contribution to the general picture of human knowledge.

B2417: International Global Health: success stories and what it is like to work in the field
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Simona Zompi

Have you ever thought how is it like to be one of the characters of Contagion in real life? How to combat an epidemic and eradicate infectious diseases? How to stop the exponential increase of the world population? How to decrease tobacco use? In a word: how to get 7 billion people well? Come and here about some of the most amazing success stories in Global Public Health, real stories from the field, and learn what you can do to contribute.


Prerequisites
Watch the movie "Contagion" if you can!

B2441: Real Science: What It Is and How to Spot BS
Difficulty: **
Teachers: David Carreon

Lots of people talk about what "Scientists say" and what is "experimentally proven". We all want to be rational and make good decisions.

But what is science, really? And how do you know when someone is just trying to BS you by throwing around the word "science"? We'll talk about that, and, like real scientists, do some real experiments.

B2519: Hands On Brain Lab

How do memories form? How do optical illusions work? What in the world is a homonculus? The brain is by far the most complicated but at the same time the most amazing organ in the body! Come take this course to learn the answers to these and other fascinating questions. Plus you will get to examine real human and animal brains!

B2520: Bone Marrow Transplantation: The Case of Robin Roberts
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Suparna Dutt

Good Morning America host Robin Roberts recently received a bone marrow transplant. Why did she get it? Who was her donor?
Please come to my class to get an overview of Bone Marrow Transplantation.


Prerequisites
Grade 7-12

B2570: "I'm HIV Positive": A Brief Look into How HIV Infects and Affects Our Society
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Renaud Vann

This course will first quickly explore the basics of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)--covering what HIV is, how HIV is transmitted, and how HIV affects humans physiologically in the form of AIDS. With that basis, we can then explore how HIV has become a considerable problem in many countries, how our views about sexuality lead to discrimination against HIV positive people, why there are so many misconceptions about HIV/AIDS, and what has been done to slow the spread of disease.


Prerequisites
A high-school-level Biology course is recommended, but absolutely not required.

B2626: Genes and Genetic Engineering
Difficulty: **

David, Aslihan, and myself will teach a basic introduction to the gene as the basic unit of biological function. We will also talk about the exciting prospect of using genetic engineering/synthetic biology to create a better world.


Prerequisites
Enthusiasm!


Engineering

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E2587: Introduction to Optimization
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: zouhair mahboubi

Optimization plays an important role in many aspects of engineering. From minimizing the fuel used by an airplane to maximizing its range.
We will briefly introduce the mathematics behind optimization and motivate its use through different practical examples


Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of calculus

E2425: Mars Rovers
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Cyrus Foster

This class will be a mix of science and engineering. We’ll take at look the recently landed Mars Science Lab Curiosity rover, as well as past rover missions to Mars. We’ll learn how these rovers are designed, assembled and tested (and how they land on Mars!). We’ll then look at their science instruments and discuss recent results and their implications on the possibility of life on Mars.

E2442: Designing Earthquake Safe Buildings
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Henry Burton

Students will get an introduction to the various engineering disciplines that are involved in building design. This will be followed by an introduction to the field of structural engineering. Finally students will learn how basic structural engineering techniques are used to design buildings that can withstand earthquakes.


Prerequisites
None

E2565: An Intro to Mechanical Engineering Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Michael Si

This class introduces you to mechanical engineering (ME) and shows some of the cool things mechanical engineers do. Topics include discussions on basic sub-disciplines under ME and product design.


Prerequisites
High school knowledge of math and physics

E2450: Build your own electronics! Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lacey Kitch

We'll use some simple electronic parts to complete a surprise project that you'll get to take home! Past projects include a motion detector alarm for your room, an mp3 player, a portable charger for your phone, and other interesting projects!

E2340: Engineering Arts & Crafts
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Karen Law

Did you know that some of Stanford's best engineering students spent the years before college not building circuits in their parents' garages or fixing cars but rather doing arts & crafts? It's true; the skills you pick up from arts & crafts (including spatial reasoning, hand-eye coordination, experimentation, and perseverance) translate directly into skills that make for great engineers! In this unconventional introduction to engineering, you'll take part in the creative processes that engineers use on a daily basis and learn how arts & crafts and engineering go hand in hand. We'll explore brainstorming, drawing, and engineering design, and our class will culminate in a mini "pastry-making" activity to showcase your engineering prowess. No previous arts & crafts or engineering experience required.

E2556: South Bay Stadiums: Politics and Planning, Architecture and Engineering
Difficulty: **
Teachers: michael daly

An overview of these major projects coming to the South Bay, and an explanation of all the factors related to them. The class materials are visual, and do not require technical background. The purpose is to enable class participants to become articulate and understanding about these stadiums, and to see the actual and residual benefits that can accompany them.

E2569: Bridge Building with Skallops- 11th and 12th Grades
Difficulty: *

Skallops are a building tool which turn cards into building blocks. Students will work in teams using skallops to create a bridge, then compete with the other teams to see which bridge will hold the most weight.


Prerequisites
None

E2357: Fly like a Paper Plane Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Ken Soong

Learn about paper airplanes! Or if you're already an expert, come for a paper airplane battle royal!

We'll talk briefly about the forces at work when a paper airplane is in flight, and then apply this knowledge to your own paper airplane. Come in ready to engineer!

There will be an ongoing competition to see who can make the paper airplane that:
1) Flies the furthest
or
2) Stays in the air the longest
No prior experience needed!

E2436: Living Factories
Difficulty: **

Cells have evolved over billions of years to highly specialized functions. We can now take advantage of what nature has evolved to engineer living factories: cells that can produce fuels, chemicals, and building materials from very simple and "green" natural resources.

This course will cover methods for synthetic biology, methods for engineering new metabolic pathways, and real-world applications. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to run an in-class experiment testing the effects of various metabolic engineering and synthetic biology methods on production of interesting products.


Prerequisites
Cell biology, molecular biology, some metabolism/biochemistry

E2451: Start.Home
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Lizzie Peiros

The Stanford Solar Decathlon team has been working on designing and constructing a net-zero house called Start.Home. With this class we will talk about sustainable designs that we have learned about through research for this home: including water preservation, lowering energy consumption and new technologies for homes

We also plan on making sustainable "gingerbread" houses (not real gingerbread, but same idea)

E2609: Learn Electronics with LightUp
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Josh Chan

Build your own circuits in 2D and 3D and learn how digital logic works with LightUp!

E2548: Blowin' with the Wind - Sailboat Design
Difficulty: **

In this class you will build your own miniature sailboat and compete against the clock!

The basics of sailboat design will be taught. These concepts can be applied to a variety of wind sports.

E2557: San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge ~Mechanics and Architecture
Difficulty: **
Teachers: michael daly

This class explains why this project is necessary and how the project is fulfilling its design intent. It will give to students an ability to comprehend, and then articulate, the mechanics involved in this project.It will also explain CalTrans goals.

E2562: Bridge Building with Skallops- 9th and 10th Grades
Difficulty: *

Skallops are a building tool which turn cards into building blocks. Students will work in teams using skallops to create a bridge, then compete with the other teams to see which bridge will hold the most weight.


Prerequisites
None

E2558: Principles of Batteries
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Yiyang Li

Ever wonder how the battery in your phone, laptop, or car works? Learn the science behind how batteries operate. We'll also build a battery in the class using oranges to demonstrate the principles.


Prerequisites
You have seen the periodic table before; high school chemistry recommended.

E2504: Space Communications
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Sawson Taheri

This class will cover the basics of radio communication, with an emphasis on space based radio communication.

Learn about: -Radio theory -Antennas -Time domain vs Frequency Domain -Digital communication -How to track and communicate with satellites -Communication with the International Space Station

Students may get a chance to make their own amateur radio satellite contact!


Prerequisites
Completing of Beginning Algebra.

E2563: Bridge Building with Skallops- 7th and 8th Grade
Difficulty: *

Skallops are a building tool which turn cards into building blocks. Students will work in teams using skallops to create a bridge, then compete with the other teams to see which bridge will hold the most weight.


Prerequisites
None

E2410: 3D Computer Modeling of Buildings
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Bing XU

I bet you must have drawn a house on a paper before. But do you know that architects and engineers actually build their models with computer softwares in 3D? Want to learn the basic skills to make a 3D building model by your own or simply play it for fun? Come to join us!


Prerequisites
None


Hobbies

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H2381: Knit Wit! Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Lisa Holmes

Learn the basics of knitting and choose from awesome patterns that you can finish IN CLASS! Think knitting requires patience? You are right! The good thing is that knitting can actually GIVE you patience and as an added bonus, you have something you can wear or share. Yarn and needles will be provided. Just bring your smile and willingness to learn.

H2610: Japanese Riichi Mahjong
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Russell Chou

Learn how to play REAL mahjong, not mahjong solitaire. Riichi mahjong is the most common variant played in Japan, which is similar but has a few differences from Chinese mahjong.

H2426: Beggining No Limit Texas Hold'em: Fundamentals
Difficulty: *
Teachers: roberto salcido

Previously the domain of gangsters and degenerates, No Limit Texas Hold'em has skyrocketed in popularity over the past few years. Whether you are playing for millions of dollars on national t.v. or just playing for nickels and dimes with friends, there is no more exciting, nerve-racking, intense card game out there, guaranteed! Includes both classroom instruction and actual playing experience!


Prerequisites
being awesome/ and or intersting

H2470: Chocolate Overload Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Ariel Reid

I wish to teach the children how to make chocolate cupcakes with chocolate chip cookies at the bottom of the cupcakes with chocolate frosting.

H2475: Dribble Like PRO
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kenneth Huo

If you like basketball, or just like playing balls, and enjoy NCAA, NBA game, and you will like to Dribble Like PRO with us, come join us!

We are planning to just have fun, since, this will not be a NJB or AAU type of boot camp.

Show and share your ball skill with us!


Prerequisites
Bring your basketall or any ball, any good size bouncing balls!

H2613: What the heck is Touhou?
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Russell Chou

You might have heard of Touhou Project, a series of fan-made shoot-em-up games that have taken the anime-comic-game community by storm, racking up hits on websites such as Pixiv, NicoNicoDouga, and conventions like Comiket and abroad. Come learn about why it is the #1 most popular fan franchise in internet history!

H2346: Nutrition Label reading + Introduction to Chi Quong exercise
Difficulty: *
Teachers: May To

Come and learn what you are eating!!
We will explore label reading on packaged foods - fresh, frozen, canned, as a meal, desserts, cereals and more.
There will be samples and hands on practice. At the end, let’s have some fun and strength a little. There will be a short but fun session on introduction to Chi Quong for health and everyday exercise. It is simple and easy to do.


Prerequisites
None

H2379: Polynesian Dance Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Cheryl Miyake

Ever envisioned yourself sitting on a beach in Hawaii? Do you love Lilo & Stitch? Have you ever seen a lu'au? If you want to be part of the action and witness authentic Polynesian culture, come learn a fun dance with us!


Prerequisites
A smile and dancing feet (shoes are not required)

H2420: Magic: the Gathering! A Collectable Card Game
Difficulty: **
Teachers: David Lam

Magic: the Gathering is one of the oldest collectable card games and is still played today by thousands of people.

In this class, we'll go over the basic rules of the game, find out why Magic is such an awesome game, and then make our own decks and play them against other people!


Prerequisites
No experience required, but people that have some knowledge of Magic are welcome to come. All you have to bring is an open mind and excitement.

H2478: Chess: Fundamentals and Strategies
Difficulty: *

Aspiring to be the next Bobby Fischer? Want to impress your friends with your Chess skills? Or just play chess for fun? This course is for you!

Through demonstrative games and interactive problem solving, we will help you sharpen your strategic and tactical skills. The course will help you understand positional play including careful piece maneuvering, as well as how to deal a winning blow with that well-timed sacrifice. We will also cover often understudied endgame techniques, emphasizing their importance in winning games.

Please register if this interests you!


Prerequisites
Basic rules of chess.

H2578: Dragons!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Paul Kivelson

Everyone has heard of dragons. Dragons are the big scaly monsters that can breath fire, right? Well, as it turns out, it depends. Dragons appear in many different shapes and sizes all throughout the myths and legends of many nations and through much of literature as well. The class will be divided into three parts, in first part we will be looking at the origins of dragons as they appear in various mythologies around the world. The second part will be a look at the how dragons have evolved recently in books and movies. The third part will be a Q and A about the other two parts.

H2612: Vocaloid: The Fan Phenomenon
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Russell Chou

Have you heard of supercell? Do you know who Hatsune Miku is? Explore Japanese MAD’s and the virtual singing idol software Vocaloid and how they have impacted Japanese (and now the world’s) popular culture, as well as the vehicle for such expressions of creativity, NicoNicoDouga.

H2345: Nutrition Label reading + Introduction to Chi Quong exercise
Difficulty: *
Teachers: May To

Nutrition Label reading + Introduction to Chi Quong exercise
Come and learn what you are eating!!
We will explore label reading on packaged foods - fresh, frozen, canned, as a meal, desserts, cereals and more.
There will be samples and hands on practise. At the end, let’s have some fun and strength a little. There will be a short but fun session on introduction to Chi Quong for health and everyday exercise. It is simple and easy to do.


Prerequisites
None

H2446: Balloon Animals (or balloon anything else)
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Dena Leeman

In this fun, relaxing class we’ll go over the basics of making balloon animals and then you’ll spend the rest of the time making whatever you want out of balloons! Come with ideas of what you’d like to make— no matter what it is, you can try to make it!

H2462: Get Sticky: Learn Lacrosse!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jacqueline Le

Learn the basics of lacrosse! Catching, throwing, ground ball pick up, and cradling.

H2428: Advanced No Limit Texas Hold'em
Difficulty: **
Teachers: roberto salcido

Pocket Rockets. Cold Deck. Runner Runner. If you already know the meaning of these terms, chances are you are an experienced poker player. This seminar will introduce you to advanced poker strategy, focusing on both the mathematical and psychological aspects of poker. Includes both classroom instruction and actual playing experience!


Prerequisites
some previous experience playing hold'em

H2477: Hawk Watching / Raptors Conservation
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kenneth Huo

Will you be able to tell the difference of Red-tailoed Hawk, Turkey Vulture or Peregrine Falcon from afar?

Come and discover the Wildlife in the California Sky with us!


Prerequisites
Bring your binoculars,cameras, scopes!

H2611: Origami Roses
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Russell Chou

Learn how to fold medium difficulty origami roses, based on the crane-base.


Prerequisites
Being able to fold a crane would be good

H2617: Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Thia Konda

Avid Tokiens FANS
Strategy Battle Game - Lord of the Rings
lotr sbg


Prerequisites
Avid Tokiens fan

H2632: Pixel Art with Post-Its
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Melissa Ko

Make huge works of art out of post-it notes! Using each individual post-it note as a single color pixel, you can recreate sprites from your favorite retro video games. Choose your design, or create your own, and work as a team to make awesome murals of Pokemon, Mario, and more.

H2360: Baller Bootcamp Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Emily Liang, Evan Shieh

This basketball clinic will introduce students to the fundamentals of basketball, including dribbling moves, shooting form, layups, and accurate passing. Students will scrimmage each other and play fun games to practice their skills, all while learning the most important components of basketball: teamwork and having fun!

H2405: The Real Pokemon TCG
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Joe Getsy

Learn how to play from a former competitor. This game requires a lot of logical thinking and strategy. It's a very interesting game, and it takes patience to learn the nuances of the game. We'll only be able to scratch the surface, but I hope that the class will make you want to learn more!

You do not need any cards or other materials to play--We'll use a computer simulation.


Prerequisites
Patience, logic/reasoning/strategic skills and an interest to learn how to play!

H2526: Capoeira
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Lucas O'Conor

Capoeira is a martial art with an emphasis on creative movements and acrobatics. I will teach kids the basic movements and rhythm of capoeira and have them play an interactive capoeira game.

H2551: Scottish Highland Dance
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Haley Brogan

A fun, active type of dance that anyone can try. Moves can be compared to ballet, but overall a completely unique version. Join to learn the basic movements and combine them into a full dance or two!


Prerequisites
A good attitude

H2597: Logic Puzzles and Games: Rubik's cubes, KenKen, Sudoku, and more!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Corinne Horn

Logic puzzles can be a productive and satisfying hobby. This class will be a short 45 outdoor class where students will a variety of puzzles and logic games to choose from, including Rubik's cubes, Sudoku, KenKen, wooden logic puzzles, metal interlocking puzzles, snake puzzles, etc.

I will be teaching interested students how to solve a KenKen puzzle, which is a more mentally stimulating version of Sudoku. For those who are uninterested in learning how to solve this puzzle, their time may be spent on any of the other games available.


Prerequisites
None

H2348: Mother Monster: The ART & POP of Lady Gaga
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Johnathan Bowes

Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, just danced out onto the international scene in 2008 and 2009 with The Fame. In the years since, Mother Monster has redefined what it means to be an international superstar. This class will look at how her music and other works have developed over the past few years and created the icon we know as Lady Gaga.

This class, first offered at Splash! Spring 2012, has been updated to include what's known about Gaga's next masterpiece, ARTPOP, and other works since the release of Born This Way.


Prerequisites
At least a basic familiarity with the albums The Fame, The Fame Monster, and Born This Way, along with Gaga's major music videos.

H2535: Pretzel Making
Difficulty: *

Come make your own personalized pretzel creation! We will go over how to make dough as well as how to form and bake pretzels.

H2513: Henna Your Hands! Creative, Temporary Body Art
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Marcella Anthony

Learn a brief history of Mehandi, known as Henna - a traditional body art. Explore traditional and modern uses and designs, the science of henna, then practice designing your own henna tattoo and adorn yourself!


Prerequisites
None

H2591: Introductory Origami
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Trevor Shannon

You've heard of folding proteins, but what about folding paper?

Learn the basics of origami by actually folding a few models. We will go over how to read an origami diagram and also the names of some basic folds.

By the end, you'll have a finished origami model!

H2631: Sit and Knit
Difficulty: *

It's Knittin' Time Again! Join us for a "Sit & Knit" where you can either bring a project you are working on or start a new project. During this informal session we will explore the benefits of the knitting circle. Gather with knitters of all skill levels and learn new stitch patterns, rummage through knitting books and websites (bring your technology or a pad & pen to write down the URLs) and learn about charity knitting projects.

H2527: Understanding Korean culture
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Junghyun Park

We introduce values and beliefs in Korean culture, such as compassion, relationship and roles in society, harmony, face. Some of them are related to the Confucian concept, but there indeed are more than that. Korean TV dramas are also included to help understandings.


Prerequisites
None (But if students can speak and understand Korean, or know how to read Han-Gul (Korean letter), it could be of great help.) If students think about values and beliefs of American culture before the class, it would be nice.

H2542: Scrabble Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Megan Mizar

Learn scrabble strategies for beginners and increase your board game stealth through tile placement, uncommon words, and power plays.


Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of Scrabble rules and own scrabble board

H2500: How to Start a Splash
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Daniel Zaharopol

Splash is run by students --- undergraduates and graduates at Stanford University. Beyond Stanford, there are Splash programs running at over a dozen universities nationwide and when you go to college, wherever you go to college, you have the opportunity to start another Splash yourself. Come learn about all of the intricacies that go into running a massive program like Splash and find out how you can do it yourself.

H2336: Understanding Diplomacy Through Wargaming
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Daniel Whalen

Much of historical European politics would have made more sense if you were there at the time. This class will give you a chance to recreate those politics. Take command of countries in a simple war game and learn about the balance of power by seeing it play out in action.

H2411: Creating Websites -an easy way
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jayshree Jain

Make your free websites using fun learning..


Prerequisites
computer access, Internet & Gmail a/c

H2413: Technical Aspects of Photography
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Tony Jin

Come learn what makes a great photo! You'll learn about topics like composition, exposure, aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, etc. Don't know what those are? Great! I'll teach you all that. You'll come out of the class with a better understanding of how a camera works and how to use that knowledge to your advantage so you can show off your awesome photography to your friends!


Prerequisites
No physics is necessary, though it would help to have a bit of intuition about light. Also, please BRING A CAMERA if you can, preferably with manual controls, but if you don't have one, even an camera phone is fine!

H2552: How to Make Felt Critters
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Tiffany Huoth

Want to learn to make your own personal "little critter"? All it takes is some felt, cotton balls and a little creativity!


Prerequisites
Knows how to handle a sewing needle!

H2555: Quidditch for Muggles

Stanford Quidditch, Silicon Valley Skrewts, and San Jose State Owls want you! We'll go over the basics of quidditch as it is played by high schools and colleges throughout the world, and play some scrimmages. We'll provide the brooms!

Wear shoes you can run in (e.g. sneakers).
Bring a water bottle so you can keep hydrated.
Sunscreen is recommended.

H2628: Origami for Beginners
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Al Sweigart

Origami is the art of folding a single sheet of paper into intricate
paper sculptures.

We will start with the basic crane, and make a cat and T-Rex (and
others if we have the time).

Video instructions for these steps can be found on
http://coffeeghost.net/origami/

H2553: Intro to Rapping
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Benjamin Bravo

This class will include skills on how to rap, skills on how to write rap lyrics, and some brief information about the different styles of rap. This class is for people who enjoy rap music and want to learn how to rap and make their own rap lyrics.


Life Skills

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L2574: “Unleashing Your Authentic Leadership”
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Carmen Lence

Do you ever feel confused about who you are as a leader? Have you ever wondered how you can become an inspiring leader?

Everybody has a leader inside them: an authentic leader that has the courage to stand for what he or she believes, a leader who is not afraid of presenting his or her authentic self.

This hands-on workshop will unleash the authentic leader living inside you by:

• Helping you to examine and understand the story of your life.
• Converting your deepest pain into your greatest fuel.
• Aiding you to become aware of who you really are.
• Encouraging you to explore your values, beliefs and purpose.
• Creating your own personal development plan.

“ All of us have the spark of leadership in us… The challenge is to understand ourselves well enough to discover where we can use our leadership gifts to serve others.” Ann Fudge, Young & Rubicam Chairman and CEO

L2623: Anyone Can Make It - Success Stories from Underrepresented Students at Stanford in Splash!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Tim Huang, Tevin Tatro

In this class, you’ll talk to students from underrepresented and low-income backgrounds who made it to Stanford and are thriving as leaders today. Many of these students are from low-income rural and innercity public and charter schools. Many of these students are also first generation college students whose parents did not go to college. They’ll tell their stories and provide their thoughts on the key elements to success as a student from an underserved or underrepresented area. They will also discuss how to make the most out of your education and programs like Splash!

This is NOT a class to ask about how to get into Stanford. This is a class geared towards the needs of the low-income, underrepresented students that come to Splash through financial aid.


Prerequisites
None.

L2543: Public Speaking Primer: Handy Tips for Better Communication and Timed Arguments Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Ayesha Rasheed

For anyone that wishes to learn or enhance public speaking skills, this workshop aims to help students realize that they can speak publicly with great effectiveness by working on their confidence and comfort as well as proven small skills, such as good eye contact, projection, and speed of speaking.

The class, if interested, can also discuss keys for doing well in activities such as mock trial and making persuasive arguments under time pressure.


Prerequisites
None! Just be willing to listen and be supportive of your peers if they're shy :) If you're also into Mock Trial, this would be a great class for you!

L2545: Guesstimation: How to think like a Scientist!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Michael Shaw

Have you ever seen someone guess the attendance at a concert, the number of cells in the human body, or the amount of ice cream consumed daily in Boston? Do you worry that you’re not “mathy” enough to do the same? This ability is not inherent talent, or dumb luck: it’s a skill that we’ll learn!

Science asks us to look analytically at the world around us—to study complexity in all its wondrous forms. We break down these mysterious problems into simple pieces that we can wrap our heads around; then, put together the jigsaw, and voila: You have done something extra-ordinary.

Come ready to think outside the box and to exercise your mind in new ways. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist or a nationally-ranked mathematician to have fun and flex some new mental muscles!

L2380: Talkin' Cash
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Beth Crittenden

It’s the economy! You’ve been hearing the talk about our struggling economy, but how does that impact you? Learn how to manage your money for a lifetime of financial success. In this engaging and interactive class you will explore your habits and attitudes about money, create a spending plan, set financial goals and learn money management basics. Who knows? You may find that being a financial coach is the perfect career for you!

L2559: Expertise by Design
Difficulty: *
Teachers: David Payne

Why are some people great? What has allowed MJ, Mozart, and others to rise above everyone else? We will explore what makes people highly skilled at music, athletics, math, and more and see how those lessons can apply to everyone so they can design their own "talent".

L2592: Interview Skills for Internship, College, and Job Applications
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Oriana Li Halevy

Are you anxious about internship, college, or job interviews? Come to this interactive course to receive solid tips from a Class of 1992 Harvard College pre-med turned United Nations intern turned US Department of State diplomatic interpreter turned multinational law firm corporate attorney turned venture investor, cross-border business consultant and strategist, and bilingual communications specialist and published translator/editor who has been on both sides of these interviews since high school. This course is for anyone wishing to develop and fine-tune interviewing skills that can be applied in a variety of settings and endeavors.

Topics will include the following:
Critical importance of the first 30 seconds
Common interview questions
Common pitfalls
Attitude and body language
Research
Closing the interview
Thank you notes

L2372: Quick and Dirty Estimation: Solving the Impossible (“Fermi Problems”)
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Tony Li

How many blades of grass are on a typical suburban lawn? How much water do you use over a lifetime? How much does the U.S. population spend on gas for cars each year?

Do these questions seem impossible to answer, or nearly so? You can’t count every blade of grass or keep track of every drop of water (well, you can try, but you have better things to do with your time). In this class, we’ll learn how to get quick and dirty answers to these types of problems, using what are called “back of the envelope” estimates. In doing so, we’ll learn about more than just simple estimation. We’ll figure out how to think through problems with very little information, just by drawing on what you already know. We’ll get a real feel for incredibly big and small numbers. And, even for unfamiliar problems we don’t know the answers to, we’ll pick up the tools to tell the difference between totally reasonable and totally ridiculous.


Prerequisites
Exposure to exponents and the metric system. We’ll review! You don’t have to be an expert, but it will help to have seen these things before.

L2396: Public Speak with Ease
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kellie J Barrow

Does public speaking make your heart race, palms sweaty and legs shake?
Come into a safe and supportive
room where you will be able to speak with ease, move past stage fright and present yourself with power, charisma and humor.


Prerequisites
none

L2480: Can Buildings Be Made Safer?
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kenneth Huo

Earthquake causes damage to buildings!

How buildings can be made better able to withstand this shaking?

We will be reading, studying and talking about blueprints of houses/buildings, and general ideas of how buildings are built.

We will be talking about architecture, engineering and earthquake.

L2502: Disaster Preparedness
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Mango Martin

The class will discuss ideas for collecting, storing, and disinfecting water for emergencies.

L2434: Practicing Peace Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Solveij Praxis

We will welcome you with tea to a class all about nurturing your inner peace. Join us for creative writing, yoga, and meditation. We hope students will be willing to express themselves intellectually (through writing), physically (through yoga), and spiritually (through meditation). Please bring a towel or a yoga mat if you have one!

L2589: How to Win Friends and Influence People
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Antonio Ramirez

The class is a discussion of the advice taken from Dale Carnegie's book How to Win Friends and Influence People. My goal is to help students become more confident and enthusiastic about life!

L2382: Let's design a satisfying sustainable life.
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Tom Kabat

Let’s brainstorm to design a satisfying and sustainable life. We will have group discussion of values, choices and results.

L2630: Power Searching with Google
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Massimo Paolini

Come in to learn about some of the advanced search features within Google that can help you find files and information that you need faster!

L2395: Life Coaching 101 Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Don Rottiers

This life coaching course is about YOU. Through this class we will give you the tools to find your inner leader who reminds you of your strengths, helps you to feel better about yourself and gives you valuable feedback on your thoughts and behavior to support you in moving forward. The focus is on positive change: stating this is where I am now, what do I want next? In this class you will stretch yourself and you will also have fun! We will guide you in developing your self-awareness, change any limiting beliefs and create new, productive habits. You will be accountable for the actions that you set which will help you to reach the goals that you have created. All of this will have a happy and fulfilling impact on your life.

L2525: Caregiving
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Melisa Rillera

A class to give insight on caregiving (self/others). The goal is for the student/caregiver to walk away with more coping skills and understanding on how to help their family member/friend with their activities of daily living and as a result be a better caregiver after attending the class.

L2621: Travel by Bicycle: Introduction to Touring
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Katie Dektar

Bicycle touring is an easy, enjoyable, economical and eco-friendly way to travel.
This class will give a basic overview of bicycle touring, including:
Who can do it (anyone)
Why do it (tons of reasons)
How to do do it (gear, maps & food)

L2383: Bicycle maintenance Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Tom Kabat

Bring your bike. We will adjust it together. We diagnose problems and make adjustments. We can even adjust the bike to fit you better.

L2388: Friendship 101
Difficulty: *

Has a friend ever come to you in a time of need? Have you ever felt like you didn’t know what to say? Come practice with Stanford Peer Counselors who will help you become a better listener and a more supportive friend!

L2469: Making Good Decisons
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Pallav Agrawal

“Should I ask him/her out for a date?” “Should I apply to Stanford?” “I am facing a decision situation - what should I do?”

We face decisions all the time in our life, and often make them without realizing that we have choices. How should we think clearly about our decisions?

This class introduces students to decision analysis, the best story we have on approaching decisions thoughtfully. Developed largely at Stanford, Decision Analysis is inspired by the Buddha’s approach of combining a warm heart with a cool head. A cool head protects us from the trap of losing our balance with emotion, while a warm heart protects us from indifference.

We will learn how to dissect our decisions into their components and look at them in a manner that gives us insights. This class will be taught in an experiential manner (and not theoretical lecturing), with students grappling with decisions and learning in the context of class simulations."


Prerequisites
Committed students - please show up with a great desire to learn how to make good decisions in your life. If you put in the right effort, you will come away with great questions to ask when you face tough decisions

L2590: Using Basic Hand Tools
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Trevor Shannon

An introductory class on using hand tools for people who have never turned a screw or hammered a nail!

What's the difference between a "plus" and a "minus" screw? What's that weird claw thing on the back of a hammer?

If you've never built anything before, come learn how to use basic hand tools like screwdrivers, hammers, pliers, and saws. We will get a chance to play with all these different tools and learn about how they work.


Prerequisites
No or very little experience with hand tools. This is for beginners!

L2437: Productivity Bootcamp
Difficulty: *
Teachers: A B

Have you ever wanted to turn your ideas into reality? Ever wanted to get more done? Have you ever wanted to be able to think of a vision and then know that you could implement it? Then this Productivity Bootcamp is for you.

I'm a productivity nerd and we'll go over everything that I know. We'll wiz through productivity methodologies, important strategies, tools, platforms, resources, services, thought processes, and a lot more.

The class will be extremely practical and interactive: the goal will be to learn through doing, so we'll be making ideas happen in class.

The singular goal will be to improve as much as possible the productivity of every student in the class. Get ready.

L2516: Hustles, Scams, Espionage, Hacking, and Other Security Issues
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ben Lei

Ever wonder how these activities are carried out? What are the state of the art techniques? The focus of this class will be on common hustles and scams, though other security issues will be briefly covered too (for example, I can gain full access to all the files in a regular Macbook in 7 minutes without using any software or coding). Most of the time will be devoted to multiple video clips and demonstrations to keep the lessons memorable. Due to the breadth of this topic, expect the class to be exceedingly fast-paced. I promise that you will leave this class better prepared to avoid these problems, though I'll try not to make you too paranoid.


Prerequisites
A healthy amount of curiosity.

L2568: Design in Your Everyday Life
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nitya Rajeshuni

How do you want to live your life? In today's world, we innovate in many different areas: science, technology, the arts, mathematics, etc. However, one thing that we rarely focus on is how to innovate and design in our own lives.

At the Stanford d.school (design school), we believe in "taking on the world's messy problems together." Human values are at the heart of this creative methodology. In this class, we will apply Stanford's award-winning design thinking practices to tackle life's messy problems.

We will use our ambition, dreams, enthusiasm, and innovation to design a new way to face our challenges, do the things we love to do, tackle the problems we need to tackle, and to live a more full, exciting, and passionate life.

Let's tackle life's messy problems TOGETHER.

L2386: How Young People Can Change the World
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Priyanka Jain

An interactive discussion about how the next generation can get involved in solving world issues. We will specifically discuss the United Nation's Foundation Girl Up campaign and the student-run social network for social good, iCAREweCARE. Join us to learn more about how you can make a difference in our world!

L2440: Justice - What's the Right Thing to Do?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: David Carreon

Bank bailouts. Stealing to feed your hungry kid. Lying to save Jews in your basement. Waterboarding. What's right and what's wrong? And how do we know?

This will be a crash course in Ethics, the rigorous discipline of determining what's right. This lost science will be critical for anyone who will have to make decisions in their life.

I'm modeling this course after the enormously popular class and book taught by Michael Sandel at Harvard (Google my course title).

L2354: Make Everyday Thanksgiving: Gratitude, Self-Compassion, and Happiness
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Tim Huang

Did you know that gratitude and self-compassion can rewire your brain and behavior for the better? Did you also know that they can help you deal with stress in school, improve your physical health, and transform your social life? In this class, you'll learn about the power of gratitude and self-compassion to change your life and increase your happiness! We'll look at scientific research from positive psychology and neurobiology, discuss all things happiness, and engage in a few fun exercises that will be useful in your everyday life.


Prerequisites
None! Just an willingness to be open-minded and learn new things!

L2419: One Way to Change Lives (your own and others' ) as a High Schooler
Difficulty: **
Teachers: William Kim

Want to change lives but don't know how?
Want to be a leader?
Want a brilliant business idea?
Wish you were better at public speaking?
Want to learn about micro lending?

In this class, we'll cover one sector of social entrepreneurship: micro lending, and how you can get involved and develop your own leadership skills. It'll be a personal talk, about how the instructor went from an introverted, nerdy Asian to an introverted, nerdy Asian praised by President Obama and the California State Legislature for innovative ideas on entrepreneurship in his non-profit, Happy Day Microfunds (hdmf.org).

Come if you're interested in micro lending, if you don't know about micro lending, if you want to be a leader but don't know how, if you're a leader, if you think you want to help change lives, if you want to change your life, or if you like candy.


Prerequisites
Just be excited!

L2471: Miss CEO: Becoming an Effective Leader Full!
Difficulty: *

The world needs great leaders to tackle its biggest problems... and that starts with YOU! Although women are underrepresented in today's leadership ranks, this class will inspire and teach you how to position yourself as a leader in high school, college, and beyond. Come learn about relevant leadership skills such as effective negotiation and clear communication that will help you excel in a variety of academic, personal, and professional situations. More importantly you will also learn how to put these skills into practice starting today --including securing dream mentors, finding internships, navigating the college application process, and getting on the right trajectory for career achievement early on.

The instructors for this class feature women from the Stanford community who have extensive experience leading and making innovative contributions to their fields. They also have a passion for helping students achieve their leadership potential, which you can learn more about at www.missceo.org.


Prerequisites
A desire to learn, grow, and discover your inner leader.

L2476: The World of Dreams
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Marcus Jackson

A fun introduction into the world of dreams and lucid dreaming. We will talk briefly about the history of dreams then go into what exactly lucid dreams are. Most importantly we will discuss different techniques to induce lucid dreams and the benefits of paying attention to your dreams.


Prerequisites
Open mind

L2521: Project Management Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Rene Morkos

Want to learn how to professionally manage any project from a bake sale to a large construction site? Learn how to create and manage schedules and costs.

L2575: Learn how to make crêpes
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Hilary Noad

Come and learn how to make the delicious, thin pancakes known as crêpes. We'll mix up some batter, cook some crepes, and top them off with savory and sweet fillings.

Potential allergens--
In this class, we will use the following types of ingredients:
Dairy
Eggs
Wheat
Nuts (Nutella)

L2585: Energy and You!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Cong Dinh

Do you live on this planet? Well, then Energy Service Corps wants you to learn about energy efficiency and how you can help Earth! There may be many things that you may be doing that is hurting the environment, but you do not know about it! Come to our class to learn about how you can help, all on your own. We will also teach ways to help your community and spread the word to others.


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L2618: Lunch Period
Difficulty: None
Teachers:

Enjoy a break for lunch with your friends! Please register for at least one lunch period on each day of the program.

L2619: Lunch Period
Difficulty: None
Teachers:

Enjoy a break for lunch with your friends! Please register for at least one lunch period on each day of the program.


Mathematics and Computer Science

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M2378: Node.js - making websites live!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Alvin Sng

Every wanted to make websites live? tired of javascript AJAX calls? Well, this is the class for you! In this class we will explore Node.js, a server side web server that is fast & efficient. Node.js is in javaScript so if you are familiar with client side javaScript programming in browsers then you will find learning Node.js to be a breeze. We will also use the Nowjs & Epxress framework. More info at http://nodejs.org/, http://nowjs.com/ & http://expressjs.com/


Prerequisites
Javascript

M2387: Geometry of Numbers
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Jeremy Booher

Which positive integers are the sum of two squares? For example, 5 = 1+4, but 3 cannot be written as the sum of two squares. We will investigate and form a conjecture, and then prove it using techniques developed by Hermann Minkowski. These techniques now go by the name the geometry of numbers, and are an elegant application of geometric ideas to algebraic number theory.


Prerequisites
The geometry and algebra involved are simple. However, the point of this is to prove a theorem, so not being afraid of mathematical proofs is essential.

M2431: Vedic Maths
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Nandan Sawant

Always wondered how that one guy in your class rattled out the square of 98 or multiplication of two huge numbers within fraction of seconds? This class is your answer!

Vedic Mathematics is a system of mathematics that was presented by an Indian mathematician Bharati Krishna Tirtha. The calculation strategies provided by Vedic mathematics are said to be creative and useful, most notably within the education system. It’s a system similar to Trachtenberg system, known as system of rapid mental calculation.

We won’t go about formally stating or proving any corollaries (sutras), but just focus on interesting examples to show how Vedic Maths can make your life lot simpler!


Prerequisites
Love for maths

M2385: The Limits of Computation
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jeremy Booher

Can every problem be solved? We will first look at a very limited model of computation, finite state automata, and see how to prove that some problems are beyond their power to solve. Finite state automata are very simple, so this is not surprising. What is more surprising is that we will see that all computers run into the same sort of problem.


Prerequisites
There are no specific mathematical prerequisites, but a familiarity with mathematical reasoning would be helpful (for example, as developed in high school geometry);

M2412: The Wizardry Behind Modern Cryptography
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: David Wu, tim mwangi

Is it possible to perform computations on data without knowing what that data is? Is it possible to share a secret with 100 people in a way that any group of 10 or more people can learn the secret but any group with less than 10 people can not? Is it possible to commit to a choice ahead of time without disclosing what that choice is until some future time?

The answer to all of the above questions is YES. While on the surface, such protocols seem almost magical, they are all made possible by clever mathematical tricks, some of which are quite simple to grasp! In this course, we will pull back the curtains and examine some of the mathematical tricks that enable the "wizardry behind modern cryptography."


Prerequisites
Comfort with basic mathematics (e.g. high school algebra) and abstract ideas.

M2468: Interconnected: The Networks Around Us
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Christie Brandt

From Facebook to the global economy, our world is growing increasingly interconnected. This course provides a whirlwind tour of the basics of the study of complex networks, especially social networks.

We will first talk about the basics of graph structure and some of the properties of graphs, then talk about some properties specific to social networks such as triadic closure and short distances. We will look at real-world examples and talk about how companies such as Facebook make use of these properties. Time allowing, we will also interactively explore tipping and network contagion.


Prerequisites
A little background knowledge of graphs may be helpful, but will not be necessary.

M2457: Escaping the Web
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kurt Barry

User tracking is ubiquitous on the modern internet; privacy is an illusion. Deleting your cookies is NOT enough. Learn about supercookies and browser fingerprinting. Discover clever defenses to help you escape the Web and preserve your right to anonymity.


Prerequisites
none

M2601: Start a Company.
Difficulty: **

Ever wanted to start your own business? Learn how entrepreneurs start with an idea, test their ideas with customers, and turn their ideas into real businesses. In this class, you will work with a team to conceive, test, and develop a go-to-market strategy for a business idea… all in less then two hours! This interactive course will be taught by seed stage venture capitalists and entrepreneurs David Rogier and Steph Pameri, who will also share what investors look for when they invest in early stage start-ups.


Prerequisites
No business idea needed!

M2550: Grid Based Logic Puzzles
Difficulty: **

Do you like Sudoku? How about minesweeper? If you do, you might like some of these puzzles too.

We will be going over the rules and some solving techniques for several grid based logic puzzles, including light-up, slitherlink, and nurikabe. These puzzles can be solved using a pencil and paper, and are an excellent way to excercise your mind.

M2368: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Peter Pham

We will survey perspectives and techniques in modern Artificial Intelligence. In particular we will discuss the assumptions and objectives of the classification and reinforcement learning paradigms.

M2377: HTML, CSS, & JavaScript - A splash original!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Alvin Sng

In this class we will cover everything you need to know to make a website! This is always a splash favorite class based on past survey results. We will learn the fundamentals of HTML, then learn CSS to style the website and finally add in some JavaScript make the website dynamic.


Prerequisites
None

M2453: Intro To Video Game Creation Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Zach Galant

Learn to make computer games using Multimedia Fusion, a powerful software tool that makes it really easy to make fun games for the web, iOS, Android, and XBOX.

M2517: Proving CLT by FT
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Peng Hui How

Central Limit Theorem (CLT) says for sufficiently large independently collected samples, their sum will always approach a Gaussian distribution. In this class, you will learn how to prove this magic theorem, using an equally magical tool -- the Fourier Transform.


Prerequisites
Solid calculus background, especially integration. Basic knowledge in probability and sampling theory. No knowledge of CLT or Fourier Analysis required.

M2594: Beat the Dealer: Blackjack Card Counting
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Edgar Shaghoulian

Come learn to count cards and win in one of the most popular games in the world.

M2466: Adversarial World: A Whirlwind Tour of Game Theory in Real World Problems
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Christie Brandt

Game theory isn’t about chess or checkers. Many world problems, from splitting up household chores to nuclear disarmament to segregation, can be seen as the interactions of “selfish agents”: people acting to benefit themselves and not necessarily the common good. But that doesn't mean the intuitive mathematical models are always good at predicting human behaviour.

This course will be a short, whirlwind tour of the fundamentals of game theory, some of the more intriguing games, and the real-world situations that they relate to. We will play out the games interactively and focus on discussing them mathematically—then talk about when and why game theorists get it wrong and real-life behaviour doesn’t reflect the models. We will most likely discuss utility, rationality, dominated strategies, and possibly Nash equilibria in the context of the ultimatum game, prisoner's dilemma, and the tragedy of the commons; topics will vary depending on time and class interest.


Prerequisites
A working familiarity with probability and expectation is useful, but not necessary. No knowledge of game theory is assumed.

M2573: Build a 120-cell Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Andrea Hawksley

The 3-dimensional world is familiar to us, but it is
difficult for us to imagine a 4-dimensional world. In this class we
will build a 3D model of a 120-cell, one of the 6 regular 4-polytopes,
out of Zometool, and develop our abilities to visualize and understand
the 4th dimension.

M2583: Error Correction, Hamming Codes, and 7 Questions with a Liar
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Andrew Guo

Quick! Think of a number from 0-15! Done? Okay, now I’ll ask you few questions. You must honestly answer yes or no to each question, but you are also allowed to lie once in your responses. Here are the questions:

1) Is your number greater than or equal to eight?
2) Is your number one of 4,5,6,7,12,13,14,15?
3) Is your number one of 2,3,6,7,10,11,14,15?
4) Is your number odd?
5) Is your number one of 1,2,4,7,9,10,12,15?
6) Is your number one of 1,2,5,6,8,11,12,15?
7) Is your number one of 1,3,4,6,8,10,13,15?

I claim that, from your answers, I can determine the number that you chose and whether you lied or not. If you want to know how this can be done and want to learn some interesting mathematics (with applications to computer science), then you should come to this class! We will be looking at error-correcting codes and their special properties. In particular, we’ll use the Hamming codes to construct a strategy for our little game.


Prerequisites
Knowing how to convert numbers from decimal to binary notation.

M2338: Peg Solitaire
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Theodore Hwa

You've probably played it at some point: start with a board full of pegs except for one hole in the center, and remove pegs one by one by jumping over them. The object is to leave just a final peg in the center.

But this "central" game is only one of numerous puzzles on a peg solitaire board. We can try to end the game in a hole other than the center, or to start the game with a different initial vacancy, or start the game with more than one vacancy, or end the game with some pretty pattern on the board... you get the point. Some of these puzzles are possible to solve, and others are unfortunately impossible.

In this class, we'll look at some of the mathematics that help us either to solve peg solitaire puzzles, or to prove that certain puzzles are impossible.


Prerequisites
Some basic algebra will be helpful.

M2593: Computers from the Ground Up
Difficulty: **

In this class we'll dive into the nitty gritty details, as we describe how a computer works all the way from transistors and logic gates through compilers and operating systems. Topics covered will include: transistors, digital logic, basic CPU and GPU architecture, pipelining, out-of-order execution, multi-threading, caching, memory, hard drives, monitors, operating systems, compilers, and running applications.


Prerequisites
Basic familiarity with computers, logic, and circuits isn't required, but will probably be beneficial.

M2615: The Internet & Computer Networks
Difficulty: ***

Learn about TCP/IP, BitTorrent, HTTP, Ethernet, SMTP, IMAP, and lots of other transfer protocols in this class on computer networking,

We'll talk about servers, clients, peers, the global IP address shortage, successful (and failed) network protocols, and the relationship between ping times and the speed of light, and lots of other stuff in between.

If you know a little about computer networks but want to get really in-depth, this is the class for you!

M2418: The Magic of Lytro - demystify digital refocusing
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Alfred Zong

Have you seen a photo taken by a Lytro camera? Have you wondered why an image can be refocused after it is taken? In this class, you will learn the trick behind the miracle of digital refocusing!


Prerequisites
Understanding of image formation via pinhole or convex lens. Basic concept in geometry, such as similar triangles. Familiarity with function and calculus.

M2518: The mystery of probability
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Vivek Kaul

From stock markets to quantum mechanics to weather to life decisions, probability impacts all areas of our life. This class will be giving the intuition behind foundations of probability theory and mix it with fun problem solving.

M2579: Complexity: What do ant colonies, stock markets and facebook have in common?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jacob Jensen

Complexity science studies emergent phenomena that result when many simple parts build a system with dynamic behavior that simple models can't capture. How can a bunch of ants creates an enormous colony and efficiently search for and retrieve food, when each individual ant alone couldn't even feed itself? The answer is in the pheremone trails that each ant lays down when it's heading back to the nest, telling others whether it found food or not, leading to an ever-growing wave of followers swarming to the richest source of nutrients. These sorts of effects, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts in a surprising way, exist in systems like the stock market, Facebook, and the Billboard top 40 too!

M2607: Life in the Computer
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Omar Rizwan

Have you ever wondered if we're all just living in a giant computer? We'll check out some awesome programs which simulate life on your home computer. You can watch species and civilizations rise and fall right on your monitor!


Prerequisites
Programming experience useful, but not at all required.

M2358: Create a web site in about an hour Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Massimo Paolini

Using the popular Open Source Platform, WordPress you will learn how to install the software, configure it, change the design and add functionality.
We’ll talk about themes, how to modify the standard 2011 theme in WordPress 3.4+, add functionality with plugins and widgets, and create content with pages and blog posts.

M2564: Hands-On Group Theory
Difficulty: *

This class will take some ideas from the mathematical field of group theory and present them in a hands-on, fun way. Students will interact with the ideas and with each other, learning about group theory from within. We won't be learning much notation or mathematical language, but we will be covering some basic ideas from a more big-picture point of view. You don't need to have any math experience, just readiness to get excited and participate!


Physical Science

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P2397: Death from the Skies!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kristi Schneck

Every summer usually brings several blockbuster disaster movies featuring terrible physics. From giant asteroids to killer solar flares to mutating neutrinos, Hollywood has concocted many fantastic ways that the universe could kill us. As you've probably guessed, many of these scenarios as portrayed in the movies are completely implausible, but a few start with a grain of truth. Come to this class to find out if astrophysical catastrophes are as common and deadly as they are in the movies!

P2398: The other side of particle physics: neutrinos, dark matter, and cosmic rays
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kristi Schneck

When most people hear the phrase "particle physics," they immediately think of huge colliders like the LHC. However, accelerators and the search for the Higgs boson are not the full story! This class will cover the other side of particle physics: the astounding numbers of particles that pass by the earth every day, how physicists are trying to detect them, and what they can tell us about the nature of the universe.

P2561: Fourier Transforms and Music
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Crystal Bray

Fourier Transforms or Transformers in disguise? Want to learn about waveforms, music, and complicated math equations? This is the class for you!!! Open to everyone!!!

P2415: The Scale of the Universe
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Yao-Yuan Mao

How small is an atom and how big is the Galaxy? It is easy for us to think of how long an inch or a meter is, but when it comes to things that has extreme scales, it becomes very difficult to describe them in terms of these common units.

In this course, we will talk about the currently known largest and smallest scales in the Universe. We will also learn some uncommon units, which are very useful when you try to describe protons or the Milky Way. (Do you know physicists use energy as a measure for things at the very small scale, while the astrophysicists use time as a measure for things at the very large scale?)

P2539: Introduction to Interstellar War
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Daniel Kane

We discuss what a realistic war between civilizations in different star systems might look like. Emphasis is on first strikes and defenses against them. Topics include: lasers, kinetic bombardment, concealment and black holes.


Prerequisites
Although the class is designed to be accessible to those with no background, familiarity with basic algebra and basic physics would probably be useful.

P2595: Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, Part I Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Robert Moffatt

(This is part one of a two-part class.) In this class, I will describe the principles behind many familiar fluid phenomena. Topics include: airplane wings, helicopters, drag, parachutes, terminal velocity, tornados, vortex rings, propellers, wind turbines, boundary layers, flow separation, golf balls, and cavitation. Part I will cover an introduction to the laws of fluid motion, types of fluid flow, Bernoulli's law, vortices, drag, and lift forces.

P2540: Introduction to Interstellar Empires
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Daniel Kane

We discuss difficulties associated with maintaining a unified civilization across star systems and present potential methods for dealing with them. Topics include: costs of travel, ramscoops, Von Neumann machines, and stellar mining.


Prerequisites
Although the class is designed to be accessible to those with no background, familiarity with basic algebra and basic physics would probably be useful.

P2586: Nuclear Fusion Energy
Difficulty: **

In this class we will explore the field of nuclear fusion energy in the context of renewable energies. Nuclear fusion is the energy source that powers our sun, and it has the potential to provide clean, sustainable, affordable and abundant energy for the masses here on earth. Unfortunately, attempts to recreate this powerful process terrestrially have so far been unsuccessful. In this class we will investigate the science and technology behind nuclear fusion power. We will explain why nuclear fusion power has been “30 years away” for the past 50 years and also look into some new developments that may be bringing us much closer to the goal of commercial fusion power.


Prerequisites
Interest in the subject. None of these are essential, but basic knowledge of atomic structure and electromagnetism will be helpful.

P2544: On Black Holes, Singularities, and the Event Horizon: A Journey into the Abyss
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Michael Shaw

Back by popular demand! We’re going to dive right into the most massive objects in our universe—billions of times the mass of the sun. (Note: we won’t actually dive into a black hole—it’s hard to get out).

When small stars die, they peter out. When massive stars die, they explode in supernovas, outshining an entire galaxy, and what’s left is a black hole, a singularity of mass so dense that even light is trapped behind. We’ll tour around a few black holes, study their effect on our daily lives, and of course, the seven ways a black hole can kill you. I’ll venture into wormholes, white holes, and other exotics. We’ll even bring in a sporting interest and talk about how Stephen Hawking once lost a bet on black holes, and how it was related to the ultimate demise and even death of these most mysterious of objects. (Food for thought: how does a black hole die, anyway?)

Be ready to open your minds, to be bent by the curvature of spacetime, and generally to lose yourself in the fun and beauty of the most amazing objects out there in the sky.

P2506: Particles, Colliders, and the Higgs Boson
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Tim Wiser

What are the fundamental building blocks of the universe? Are atoms the most basic component of matter, or can we break them down into smaller parts? What forces hold things together and push things apart? And how do we know? These are all questions that particle physics seeks to answer.

In this class, you will:
-Learn about quarks, leptons, gluons, and the recently discovered Higgs boson and how they fit together into the Standard Model of Particle Physics!
-Learn to draw Feynman diagrams -- simple pictures that describe how particles interact!
-Find out how particle colliders such as the LHC produce and detect these strange fundamental particles!
-Hear what scientists are looking for now that the Higgs boson has been discovered, like extra dimensions, supersymmetry, and dark matter!


Prerequisites
High school physics recommended, not required

P2384: Muon in a Jar
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Spencer Gessner

We build cloud chambers to detect muons produced by cosmic rays from outer space.


Prerequisites
None

P2443: The Light Fantastic: Lasers & Their Applications
Difficulty: *
Teachers: David Nicholson

In this class, we will learn about what light is, what lasers are, and where they are used in the real world.

P2456: Spectrogram it!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jimmy G

The spectrogram is a cool way to visualize sound and music -- a scientific version of your iTunes visualizer.

To start, we will introduce some basic concepts of sound waves and the frequency spectrum, and then see how different sounds look on a spectrogram, possibly including different types of instruments, animal sounds, and music. We will finish off the class by taking requests to see your favorite songs on a spectrogram!

P2498: Antimatter, light, and the beautiful language of particle physics Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kiel Howe

Welcome to the bizarre world of particle physics -- where you can create something from (almost) nothing, where every particle has an evil twin (antimatter), and where in many cases physicists have only a vague idea what's going on!

Many of these concepts can be explained by beautiful and simple drawings called Feynman diagrams. These diagrams are the language of particle physics and I will introduce you to them in the context of the three simplest particles - the electron, positron, and photon. The class will be interactive and you will be drawing lots of feynman diagrams yourself!


Prerequisites
Introductory physics course and/or independent reading about physics will be very useful. A little trigonometry will also be useful but not necessary.

P2406: Color in Living Systems and Minerals/Gems
Difficulty: **

Ever wondered about the colors in your life... why the grass is green while a ruby is red? Let's learn about the main sources of color in both living systems and minerals/gems, since the fundamental interaction of light and matter to produce color is not very different in either system. Finally, you will identity the source of color in a plant and in a mineral based on its structure. A background in high school chemistry is necessary for this class.


Prerequisites
high school chemistry

P2376: Threats to Coral Reef Ecosystems
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nicole Sarto

In this class, we will talk about the natural and anthropogenic threats to coral reefs including storm damage, disease outbreaks, tourism, pollution, coastal development, overfishing, ocean acidification and rising sea surface temperatures. We will also discuss possible strategies for addressing these issues.


Prerequisites
Some introductory biology and chemistry helpful, but not required.

P2424: Fun with Chemistry

Using dry ice, liquid nitrogen, silly putty and more, we will explore
the nature of phase transformations of matter. If time, we’ll also
look at another type of matter transformation - chemical reactions -
that might be explosive, colorful, surprising, or all of the above!


Prerequisites
none!

P2467: How Sailboats Work
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Alex Fried

Sailing can be a fun and challenging sport, but would you believe that the fastest point of sail is not downwind, but upwind? This non-intuitive fact is often explained with Bernoulli's principle. However, there are actually more subtle principles at work and we will attempt to understand them in this class.


Prerequisites
There will be some physics equations--or at least pictures qualitatively illustrating their content. It would be helpful to have some high school physics background: Newton's laws, energy/work, conservation of momentum, torque. Be prepared to think!

P2370: Inventions; Teaching with Patented Toys
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Howard Peters

A fun talk exploring the world of invention and innovation using patented toys as props-SLINKY, FRISBEE, Yo-YO, etc.
You don't need to be a rocket scientist to be an inventor. At the end, A free drawing for attendees for some patented toys.

P2620: High Energy Physics: Particles, Accelera- tors, and Detectors!
Difficulty: **

It’s been an exciting year for particle physics– this July scientists announced they have seen the first hints of the Higgs Boson, a never before seen particle!

But why does the Higgs Boson matter? And how can we see it? In this class, we’ll explore every step of how scientists look for the fundamental building blocks of matter– from accelerating particles, to explaining the theories, to looking at the data.

Note that this class will have an hour lunch break in the middle, and continue afterwards, when we’ll take a field trip to the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory a few miles away. We’ll see a real accelerator and visit the control room, and even visit one of SLAC’s gargantuan particle detectors.


Prerequisites
Basic algebra, physics knowledge will help

P2464: Fun with Photons!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Patrick Landreman

Come learn and play with light! Some background on the properties of light will be taught, but the main portion of this class is dedicated to letting students learn by doing hands on demos to explore the many properties of light and see how they can and are used in modern society. Properties such as color, polarization, diffraction, guiding, reflection, refraction, fluorescence, and absorption will be covered.

P2596: Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, Part II
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Robert Moffatt

(This is part two of a two-part class.) In this class, I will describe the principles behind many familiar fluid phenomena. Topics include: airplane wings, helicopters, drag, parachutes, terminal velocity, tornados, vortex rings, propellers, wind turbines, boundary layers, flow separation, golf balls, and cavitation. Part II includes application of the laws of fluid motion to various situations, and, if time permits, an in-class demonstration of fluid motion through the blades of a model helicopter.

P2547: What would Newton say?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Rajiv Krishnakumar

We will essentially be talking about Newton’s 3 laws of motion and will be focusing on building up an intuition for them. We will also emphasize that these laws are simple and easy to understand!

P2625: Planet Earth!
Difficulty: *

In this class you will sit back and enjoy watching the marvels of Earth through the award winning BBC series Planet Earth.

Drop by at any time to learn about nature and wildlife!


Social Science

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S2487: Maritime Majesty of the Ming Dynasty
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ranjana Mehra

Dried plums? Check. Pickled vegetables? Check. Rice wine? Check. Soybeans? Check. Are we in for a midnight feast out of the pages of an Enid Blyton book? No, but read on dear reader. The list goes on to tubs of earth, horses, silk, porcelain, lacquer ware, and otters. Why otters? As Europe rubbed the dark ages out of its eyes, Son of Heaven, Chinese Emperor Zhu Di launched a massive naval operation to acquaint the world with the majesty of the Middle Kingdom and to bring the neighboring port states into its tribute paying system. In 1405, he commissioned his loyal eunuch Zheng He with the task of launching Ming Dynasty’s pioneering voyages into the unknown seas splashing the shores of Asia and Africa and some think beyond, several decades before Columbus, Vasco De Gama, and Magellan. Come then with me to gain a fresh perspective on the world as it could have been as we cruise the uncharted oceans with the adept circumnavigators of 15th century China. We will start from Nanjing China, pick up savvy sailors from local seas, fight the pirates in the Malaccan Strait, amaze the landlubbers as we move 28,000 men on towering nine-mast junks, unfurling our billowing sails, eclipsing the sun. But, what’s this? Alas, we will come back to a China that had turned inwards, a China that did not think twice before expunging the accomplishments of its navy from its records. Champa? Check, Siam? Check, Palembang? Check, Samudra? Check, Chittagong? Check, Ceylon? Check, Calicut? Check, Hormuz? Check, Djofar? Check, Aden? Check, Mogadishu? Check, Malindi? Check, China???

S2366: This is your brain on shopping
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Amy Estersohn

Why do we buy, and what are some of the psychological and neurological reasons for our behaviors?

This class will be an introductory, non-technical approach to these questions.

S2362: Thinking Like an Economist Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Tevin Tatro

Explore how economists think about issues. We will discuss terms like marginal benefit, supply and demand, and opportunity costs. You should leave with curiosity to further explore this realm of inquiry. The point is to inspire enthusiasm for the subject which is sometimes unfairly referred to as the "dismal science".

S2373: Politics of the Middle East
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jessica Ward

The Middle East is in the news a lot. This class will give a background in understanding contemporary events in the Middle East from the Arab Spring to Islamic Extremism through history and political science.


Prerequisites
None

S2355: What does it take to be an American citizen?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jillynne Quinn

There are several paths to citizenship in the United States: you can be born in the country, your parents could be citizens, or you can become a naturalized citizen. One of the steps to naturalization is to take a civics test. In this class, we will discuss this test, what it means to be a citizen, and try to answer some of the test questions ourselves.


Prerequisites
Interest in civics

S2507: Current Events and Trends
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ben Lei

"There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns--the ones we don't know we don't know."

The goal of this class is to reduce your unknown unknowns by overwhelming your worldview with interesting ideas and perspectives from disparate fields. Join our discussion of current developments in international politics, business, science, and technology--I will outline major topics and excellent sources for staying up to date on them. This class is for the 45-minute whirlwind--sign up for the below class for the 105-minute whirlwind.


Prerequisites
A keen interest in what the heck is currently happening in the world.

S2582: What's the point of education?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Daniel Schwartz

Mark Twain once said, “Never let your schooling interfere with your education.” But what does he mean? What’s schooling, and what’s education? Is there a difference?

But most importantly, how do they affect you and how much you enjoy your life? And why should we even care?

(This “class” won’t really be like what you have at school — instead, it’ll be a relaxed and free-form discussion.)


Prerequisites
An open mind! (Or the desire to un-brainwash yourself).

S2538: Chemistry, Contracts, Coffeehouses, and Kings: Political and Intellectual History of Early Modern England
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Layne Novak

A brief overview of early modern English political and intellectual history from 1650 to 1789, including the rise of empiricism, the English Civil Wars, social contract theory, the Scientific Revolution and the Royal Society, Cromwell and the Restoration, the Scottish Enlightenment, epistolary novels, "public Enlightenment," trade and mercantilism, and the love/hate relationship between France and Britain.

S2560: The Prisoner's Dilemma!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Sheila Ramaswamy

Learn about how oligopolies work and some basic economic theory through this fun activity.

S2365: Why your brain isn’t a calculator- even if you know how to add
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Amy Estersohn

OFFERED AT PREVIOUS SPLASHES

This class will cover some of the shortcuts our brains use to help us make everyday decisions, from what we buy at the store to which treatments doctors choose to how we decide to take risks. We’ll learn through games and simulations, so bring your strategy face to the table.


Prerequisites
1. A brain. 2. 11+ years of life experience. 3. Enjoy playing games. 4. Basic arithmetic skills may not be particularly helpful.

S2501: Leadership in Health Disparities

What would happen if you couldn’t go to a doctor when you were sick? Given what the word “disparity” means, what might a “health disparity” be? We will talk about the causes and impact of health disparities and discuss how to do an assessment related to health-disparity issues. We will also brainstorm and design a solution for positively impacting a health disparity in your own community.

S2363: Justice: Utilitarianism
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Tevin Tatro

The classic course on political philosophy. This is the first of a series of seminar classes on the big questions: what do people deserve? Who should get what? What is the right thing to do? How do we live the good life?

This first class will explore the thinkers John Stuart Mill and Jeremy Bentham.


Prerequisites
Passion

S2454: Divorced, Beheaded, Died
Difficulty: **

Treason! Affairs! Murder!

Who changes the religious hierarchy of England permanently just to call off a marriage? King Henry VIII does. This redheaded, temperamental monarch of medieval England might seem like an obscure historical figure, but in fact he lived a very interesting life. He married six times and personally beheaded two of his wives, all in an attempt to have a male son. This course will primarily cover the lives (and deaths) of Henry VIII and his six wives with plenty of violence, plotting, and drama in a storytelling fashion. We will also touch on the political goings-on of western Europe at the time as they become relevant to the story.

The best part? It's 100% true!


Prerequisites
None - all you need is an interest in juicy historical gossip and really good stories!

S2350: Prejudice & Pride: Queer/LGBT History
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Johnathan Bowes

In 1895, Oscar Wilde was convicted of "gross indecency" for practicing "the love that dare not speak its name." In 2001, the Netherlands became the first nation in the world to allow same-sex marriage. How did such a dramatic shift occur in a little over a century, and have similar shifts happened in the past?

This class will look at how societies over the past few thousand years have dealt with queer/LGBT-identified people. We'll touch on things from Plato to Prop 8, mahus to massacres, and beyond. The class will be roughly half-lecture, half-discussion.

S2364: Justice: Libertarianism
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Tevin Tatro

The classic course on political philosophy. This is the second of a series of seminar classes on the big questions: what do people deserve? Who should get what? Is the "good" thing to do whatever makes you happy?

We will discuss the Libertarian conception of rights.

We will also discuss the thinkers Robert Nozick and Milton Friedman.


Prerequisites
the Splash class Justice: Utilitarianism

S2435: Psychology of Conformity and Obedience
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Esther Palacios

Learn about why people conform to social norms, why people obey others, and how to prevent this from happening to you!

S2606: The Ground
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Joshua Horowitz

Having a head at the TOP of your body is pretty useful, but it makes it easy to forget that there’s a world of things happening at the other end.

In this class, we’ll go for a short walk around the Stanford campus, paying careful attention to the world around our feet. I hope we’ll have the opportunity to talk a bit about rocks, bugs, weeds, manholes, and more.

(Feel free to bring a camera or other recording device, but this class won’t be focused on them.)

S2452: War for the White House
Difficulty: **

Just two days after this class concludes, Americans will head to the polls to decide one of the most important elections in United States history.

In this class, we'll learn about all of the major issues of the Presidential campaign, where the candidates stand, and how those issues affect you!

Tentative activities include a brief lecture and a highly interactive discussion and debate.

This class is for everyone, regardless of political affiliation or previous political knowledge. All are welcome!

S2508: Current Events and Trends - Extended
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ben Lei

"There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns--the ones we don't know we don't know."

The goal of this class is to reduce your unknown unknowns by overwhelming your worldview with interesting ideas and perspectives from disparate fields. Join our discussion of current developments in international politics, business, science, and technology--I will outline major topics and excellent sources for staying up to date on them. This class is for the 105-minute whirlwind--sign up for the above class for the 45-minute whirlwind.


Prerequisites
A keen interest in what the heck is currently happening in the world. Also, be aware that this class is 105-minutes long, so be ready to stay sharp, though we will have multiple breaks.

S2341: Law 101
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Laura Cosovanu

Do you want to empower yourself?
Law 101 is for everybody, and not only for those of you interested in becoming attorneys, judges, or a legal officers.
Everyone deals with the law - every single day. In this course you will learn some of your basic rights (under constitutional, criminal, family and contract law), how to seek the help of government agencies to enforce these rights and how to become more self-sufficient!


Prerequisites
None

S2347: Discover the Other Facets of AFRICA
Difficulty: **

It is very true that poverty and war plague the african continent, but this course will introduce you to the beautiful people and the cultural diversity and riches of the craddle of life: The African Continent.

S2421: When Archaeology Saves the Day
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Allison Mickel

If it weren't for archaeology, would the world still believe that cavechildren rode brontosauruses to school? Would we think that aliens created the Pyramids? This course teaches the basics of archaeological reasoning by going through some myths that people believed, challenging students to make sense of the archaeological evidence and prove those myths wrong all over again. Students will learn what archaeology is like, what it's capable of, and what some myths are that we might STILL have wrong!

S2482: Grow a Civilization
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jon Irons

This is no boring history lecture. This is history alive.

Civilizations don't just pop up out of nowhere. They grow like everything else. But how? In this class we'll use a hands-on and interactive lesson to better understand how groups of people come together and grow.


Prerequisites
Some familiarity with world history.

S2349: Dixie 101: How the South Was Made
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Johnathan Bowes

Have y'all ever wondered how the American South got to be the way it is? What about the states from Texas to Virginia gave rise to country music, dulcet drawls, and NASCAR? Why is the Civil War still such a big deal in the states of the Confederacy? This course aims to look at how the South developed through history into the region we know today, from the first colonies to slave and plantation culture and to the rise of Southernization in modern America.

S2481: How to get a Date: The Science of Attraction and Flirting
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jason Anderson

Have you ever wanted to know how to tell if somebody is interested in you? Do you want to know how you can lead others to feel more attracted to you, without changing how you look or act? This class will cover the science of attraction and flirting from a social psychological perspective. Specifically, the class will cover the physical and psychological factors which lead individuals to be attracted to one another, as well as the ways men and women flirt.

S2571: DETECTIVE AT WORK Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: SAPNA SINGH

You are beginning to think about life and career, right? Perhaps you are shadowing professionals, meeting with vocational counselors at school or are generally asking questions. Do you ask about professional hazards? What happens if you get hurt at work? What happens afterwards? Let us explore some real life scenarios. You be the detective, the injured worker, the employer! Find out how good you are at observation, analysis and critical thinking and if you have the makings of a good lawyer!!

S2602: Can You Make a Law? Simulating the legislative process in Congress.
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Salil Dudani

This class will be a game simulating how Congress makes laws. We will divide ourselves into the House and the Senate, and there will be a President. Each group will discuss and debate a bill relevant to your life, and then we will vote. To get the version you want, you will have to convince your own group to pass it, convince the other group to pass it, and convince the president to not veto it!

S2584: American Political Challenges and Opportunities
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Albert Tomasso

Not long ago, America was known as a global leader with good schools, solid infrastructure, a heal