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Splash Fall 2017
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Please note: while we consider this the "Final Course Catalog", changes may occur up to or even on the weekend of Splash Fall 2017.



Visual and Performing Arts

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A5984: Indian Classical Music
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Durga Ganesh

South Indian classical music, also known as Carnatic music or Karnataka Sangeetham, is believed to have originated from the Sama Veda, an ancient scripture. Carnatic music began to diverge from its North Indian counterpart (commonly known as Hindustani music) during the Moghul establishment in India between 1200-1500 AD; while Hindustani music was shaped by heavy Persian influences, Carnatic music developed as a distinct art form that was largely unaffected by Islamic music.

This course will provide students with an introduction to Indian classical music, with an emphasis on Carnatic music. Students will learn the terminology of this genre of music as well as basic theory. However, the main focus of the class will be on teaching students to appreciate the art form in an interactive manner, with videos, audio clips, and even a live demonstration.


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Lecture

A6088: Instagram 101: Take Breathtaking Photos on your Phone! Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: An Nguyen

This course will cover the basics of photography, and how you can start taking amazing photos on just your phone!

We will be looking at modern phones and their capacity to take photos-- focusing on technical aspects like lighting, exposure, and fundamental photography techniques that anyone could use.

We will also be looking at photography apps like Instagram and Snapseed, and how to utilize these tools to make your photos look amazing!


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
Come in with your three favorite photos

A6097: Sound on Stage: Audio's Role in Theater
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Dan Holland

In the world of theater, it is often said that the best sound design isn't noticed. While this may be true for some plays (especially musicals), there remains a vast realm of (largely unexplored) possibilities for theater audio. This class will cover the basics of theater sound design and begin to delve into the many creative possibilities a theater sound designer has at hand.


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Lecture

A6031: Yes! And Improv Workshop Full!
Difficulty: *

Improv is a fantastic and challenging way to increase acting and public speaking skills. Come play theater games meant to help us gain confidence and connect with our scene partners and audience. Yes And, Only Questions, Fairytale in a Minute, and many more! No prior experience needed, just lots of enthusiasm!


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Activity

A6150: Music and Art at Stanford
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Aubrey Beam

Join us for an hour of hearing about visual and performing arts opportunities at Stanford from actual students!


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Discussion

A6029: Film Appreciation and Discussion
Difficulty: **

We will be watching Blade Runner by director Ridley Scott and engaging in an hour of discussion about the film and its related themes, form, and philosophical questions afterwards.


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Discussion

A6177: Speak Like a Leader: Smart Presentation and Argumentation Full!
Difficulty: **

Love TEDx talks but shy on stage? Want to do debate but intimidated by the format and pace?

Wherever you are in your public speaking journey - whether trying to conquer stage fright or hoping to refine your presentation and delivery - we will teach you tricks for success.

By the end of the session, you'll acquire effective skills for public speaking, debate, and argumentation and useful lifelong skills for everyday communication in a small and casual classroom setting.

This class is for everyone! Make it yours.


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Activity

Prerequisites
Nothing but a desire to speak well! :)

A5944: Performing Shakespeare
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Diego Dew, Alexi Stein

Come join members of the Stanford Shakespeare Company and learn the basics of performing a Shakespeare scene! Shakespearean language can seem pretty difficult and intimidating when you read it in English class, but when you see it performed you can understand it. His tragedies can be sad and moving, and his comedies are filled with bad puns and ridiculous fight scenes. We will teach you how to use the text to inform your character and how to use your body to help tell the story. No acting experience is required, but a willingness to be silly is highly recommended.


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Activity

A5982: Jazz/Contemporary Dance
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Stephanie Chang

Do you love dancing? Come move and groove to some sassy jazz, then let out all the feels in an ooey-gooey contemporary combo.

Class format will be a short warmup followed by a combination - either upbeat jazz or slower contemporary (depends on how the class feels!). If we have time and willing dancers, we can do both combos!

No dance experience is necessary, but the class will be geared toward an Intermediate level.


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Activity

A6100: The Art of Conducting
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Eric Lebel

Ever wondered what it takes to conduct an ensemble? In this course, we will explore the basic principles of conducting with an emphasis on developing your gesture. We will talk about basic beat patterns, entrances and cut-offs, dynamics, articulation, and expression. Students should leave this course with a general understanding of how to effectively conduct a simple piece of music in front of any ensemble. Anyone with an interest in learning to conduct should take this course, and instrumentalists and singers are especially encouraged to take it!


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Activity

Prerequisites
Basic ability to read music notes and rhythms and understand music terminology

A6160: Dancing Up the Glass Escalator: Exploring Gender-Based Inequality in Ballet Choreography
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Colette Kelly

"sorry, there is no such thing as equality in ballet: women dance on point, men lift and support women. women receive flowers, men escort women off stage. not the other way around (I know there are couple of exceptions). and I am very comfortable with that." — Alexei Ratmansky, facebook post

A dearth of women exists in the upper echelons of ballet choreography, a phenomenon noted by both academia and the popular press. And yet many arguments as to why women do not become choreographers reflect back on women in ballet – claiming a lack of interest, ambition, or even ability – and fail to acknowledge the structural and systemic inequities that promote men in ballet at the expense of their female peers. Failing to acknowledge institutional inequality places the fault of discrimination upon its victims, and ignores the gendered hierarchy within ballet institutions. As an alternative, learn how to situate ballet choreography in the context of sociological theory, to shed light on how institutions promote token men in ballet to artistic leadership positions, disproving the notion that women do not become choreographers simply because of cultural reasons that relate back to the women themselves.


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Seminar

Prerequisites
An interest in taking down the patriarchy

A6079: Character Design
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Eugene Kim

Learn some cool pointers in making your characters come to life with personality! All ages and skill levels welcome!


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Lecture


Biological and Medical Sciences

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B6126: Making a Life or Death Decision
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Giovanni Forcina

This course will provide an introduction to cell death. We will cover the basic biological molecules that control these processes, the many ways that cells can undergo regulated cell death, and discuss how understanding these pathways can lead to the treatment of human disease.


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Lecture

Prerequisites
Some knowledge of basic biology and macromolecules is useful, but not essential for this course.

B6147: Surgery and Stem Cells
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Matthew Murphy

Surgery is a great specialty! You can make a big difference to peoples lives. What makes Stanford such a great place is that Scientists and Surgeons are working together to make patients lives better. Come and join us to learn about some of the exciting new ideas we are working on to help people with joint problems.


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Lecture

Prerequisites
Topics to revise: Stem Cell Biology Osteoarthritis Surgery

B6155: History of Molecular Biology Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Catherine Stark

Come one come all to listen to the fascinating story of the history of molecular biology. We will embark on a journey to understand some of the key experiments that elucidated the central dogma and formed the framework for current understanding of how life works at the molecular level.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
curiosity! wonder! excitement!

B5995: Grocery Store Botany
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Rachel Engstrand

Come learn about the amazing diversity, structure and evolutionary history of the plants you can get at the grocery store! Why did the mafia control the artichoke industry? What do mangoes and poison oak have in common? We'll learn the answers to all of these questions and many more.

We will have a short basic introduction to plant structures and then we will learn about the unexpected origin as well as some fun facts about the foods you eat everyday. Get hands-on practice identifying plant features on fruits and vegetables and enjoy some tasty snacks at the end.


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Seminar

B6020: Lighting up cells to study brain cancer Full!
Difficulty: ***

Glioblastoma is the most aggressive primary brain tumor, and despite available therapies, prognosis remains extremely poor. The median patient survival from the time of diagnosis is 16 months. Animal models are used to understand tumor response to new therapies, before they are piloted in human clinical trials. One way to track the respone of the tumor to a new drug is bioluminescence, which occurs through a chemical reaction that produces light energy within an organism's body. Luciferase, an oxidative enzyme found in fireflies, is used to produce bioluminescence.

This Stanford SPLASH fall 2017 class will begin with an overview of glioblastoma and the orthotopic animal model that is used to study it. Then we review bioluminescence images to understand how the implanted brain tumor changes in size over time. We will wrap-up by discussing the advantages and disadvantages of the use of animal models for the study of human disease.


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Seminar

Prerequisites
Biology

B6056: Protein structure: build and antibody Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Fatima Pardo

We will explore how biomolecules are formed at the molecular level. Students will learn about primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary structure of proteins. In the end they will work together to assemble an antibody, as they learn about its structure and how it performs its function.


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Activity

B5943: What Your Body Looks Like On The Inside
Difficulty: **

Students will learn about human anatomy using cadavers and 3-D visual tools. Various anatomical regions will be covered including the head and neck, abdomen, upper limb, lower limb, back, and heart/lung. Caution: Real human cadavers are used in the teaching of this course.


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
Caution: Real human cadavers are used in the teaching of this course.

B6016: Diagnosis - The first step for treatment
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Rajiv Gaur

The class will spread the awareness and importance of diagnosis. The attendees will understand the need and complexity of diagnosis and its scientific background.


Class Style
Lecture

B6041: Decision Making in Bacteria: An Introduction to Regulation of Gene Expression
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Rishabh Kapoor

As humans, we make decisions in response to our environment all the time. If it's cold outside, we might drink hot choclate. If it's warm, an iced coke would be better. But how do bacteria--simple, single-celled organisms--"decide" what to eat, or where to move? They clearly don't have brains. This class will introduce students to the basic concepts of gene expression and chemical detection via an exploration of operons.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Basic biology, or a first-year high school biology class.

B6071: How to Save a Life: The Magic Behind Emergency Medicine
Difficulty: **

Ever wanted to learn CPR? Ever wondered what happens on the inside of the ambulance? Or maybe how a first responder handles a car accident? Then this class is for you!

We'll cover the basics of emergency medicine and introduce you to the inner-workings of one of the most fascinating professions on the planet. Hear from a certified Emergency Medical Technician as he shares his stories from over 500 emergency calls! And learn, practice, and perform some skills yourself along the way :)

Note: We are not offering any form of certification in either CPR or EMS. We are simply introducing you to this fascinating world and sharing our passion!


Class Style
Seminar

B6103: Germ or No Germ

Germ or No Germ is a game show class in which you will test your knowledge about the history of vaccines, and how they work. Students will be learning about vaccine fundamentals by teaming up with their classmates to test their current knowledge.


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Activity

B6122: Sanity, Insanity, and Religion
Difficulty: **
Teachers: David Carreon

Freud said that God was our projecting our desires for a perfect father into heaven. Marx said religion was the opiate of the masses. But are these things true? What does it mean to be sane? Does sanity require us to hold strictly to things that we can measure and control? In a world filled with religion, how does religion affect the mind?

In short, we will examine NOT the claims of religious faith (e.g. "Does God exist?"), but the EFFECTS of belief and practice of religion. We will look at historical perspectives and contemporary research on the relationship between religion and health, mental and physical. Drawing from sociology, history, psychiatry and neuroscience, we will see how common practices and beliefs relate to human well-being.

Some questions we will explore: Are some people just prone to it? What does religion do to a brain? Is there a relationship between good-neighborliness and religious practice? What is the relationship between mental illness and faith?


Class Style
Lecture

B6148: The neuroscience of face and object recognition Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Dawn Finzi

This course will cover how faces and objects are represented in the brain and what happens when this process goes awry (i.e. visual agnosias and prosopagnosia)


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Some very basic knowledge of neuroscience and neuroanatomy will be useful but not required

B5971: Global Health Outside Hospital
Difficulty: **

Have you ever wondered how the public health officials control a global disease outbreak? Come join Partners in Health Engage at Stanford and contribute to discussions about how to deal with a disease outbreak based on a case study. Learn about the interactions between stakeholders on the disease outbreak, and discover how you can get involved and make a difference in global health.


Class Style
Discussion

B6149: Dissecting Owl Puke: Interpreting Bones from Pellets Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Maria Viteri

Owls are raptors, or birds of prey, and therefore hunt and eat other animals. They regurgitate the bones of their prey in the form of pellets, offering scientists a wealth of ecological information. Together, we will dissect barn owl pellets and learn about how the bones we discover can contribute to science.


Class Style
Activity

B6151: I'm blue, if I was green I would die.... Evolution of Color in Nature
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Rachel Grant

So many colors exist in nature, in so many forms. Learn about the evolution of incredible color mechanisms, including nanoscale structures and neuron-controlled pigment sacks!

Whether an animal blends in or stands out, the science behind its color is just as fascinating and beautiful as the color itself.

Lecture format


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Lecture

B6030: Cancer 101 Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jason Rodencal

Ever wondered what cancer is, and how it works? Where does it come from and why is it so hard to treat? Register to learn about the disease that affects millions of people every year. This class will be accessible for people who have no knowledge of cancer, so folks at all biology comprehension levels are welcome!


Class Style
Discussion

B6154: That Penis Does WHAT? - Evolution of Odd Reproductive Strategies
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Rachel Grant

Think you know how sex works? Think again. We'll take a look at some bizarre examples of reproductive strategies across the animal kingdom, and talk about them in the context of evolution.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Mature enough to sit through a class on reproductive strategies

B5934: Evolution: the Saga of Life Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Michael Dubreuil

Evolution: the process that's responsible for all life you see around you. In this class, you'll get a brief introduction to the process of evolution and hear a collection of interesting evolutionary stories from eye evolution to how humans are still evolving today.


Class Style
Seminar

B5979: Weird science: dissecting the "science" in movies
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Yanniv Dorone

Movies with science-based themes (such as Jurassic Park) have traditionally fascinated and entertained audiences around the world. The same cannot be said for scientists who oftentimes find the plot line wrong or overly simplified. Join me to discuss and dissect the “science” in some of the most beloved blockbuster films.


Class Style
Discussion

B5985: There’s a Flamingo in my genes: genetic mutants 101
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Emily Kolenbrander

Did you know you have a gene in your DNA called Sonic hedgehog? And one called Spock? It’s not just because biologists have a good sense of humor- these names actually can tell us a lot about what a gene does! In this class you will learn how biologists use mutants with awesome names to make important discoveries, and how they give genes their names in the first place. You will also practice identifying mutants and naming them yourself!


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Familiarity with basic DNA concepts is helpful but not required!

B6118: Psychiatry and Philosophy: Understanding Reality With Help From Patients
Difficulty: **
Teachers: David Carreon

What does it mean to be human? How can we know what is true? How can we make rational decisions? How can we make good choices? These three questions will be explored drawing on my experience as a psychiatrist treating patients with schizophrenia, depression and addiction. We will learn from patients, and understand ourselves better by learning from their experience.

We will also save a lot of time for class discussion. Bring your questions, and we'll have a good discussion about these most important questions.

Warning: We will be discussing cases of depression, schizophrenia and addiction. This class may produce strong emotions if you or someone you know have struggled with these conditions.


Class Style
Lecture

B6153: Sharing Wrong Decisions in Medicine
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Tristan Lerbs

Helping patients is certainly one of the most rewarding experiences of medical practice. To provide that help, a lifelong learning process is necessary. This process is not just based on textbooks and journals, but also greatly depends on experiences. These experiences may be good ones. But even by treating patients as thoroughly as possible, wrong decisions will ultimately occur. To everyone. Wrong decisions do not contradict that reasonable care was provided. They do not imply mistakes. But the question should be raised if a better care could have been possible. That question may be annoying and embarrassing. But it will ultimately improve patient care. Although conferences in which these problems are discussed have become more widespread, a more sharing atmosphere could become reality.

Before coming to Stanford, I had been working as a first and second year resident in General Surgery and Internal Medicine in Germany. During our lecture, I want to share my experiences about my own decisions that retrospectively turned out to be wrong. Independently from the major and profession that you will choose, I would like to encourage you to critically think about our society's way to deal with wrong decisions (and mistakes).


Class Style
Seminar

B6164: Saving Endangered Species with Feces!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jordana Meyer

The amazing world of poo! Come learn all about how scientists use dung left behind by animals to better understand their world. The secrets lie within…from determining pregnancies to levels of stress, diets to parasites….its all there! We can even tell who is who!
From the savannahs of Africa looking at elephants and rhino to the forests in your own back yard full of mountain lions, bobcats and deer; we will be focusing on the threats and pressures wildlife are facing today and how these scientific tools can help to better conserve them. The more we understand a species the better we can help to protect them!


Class Style
Seminar

B6184: Genetic Engineering: Powerful Tools from Bacterial Immune Systems
Difficulty: **

Biological research often utilizes discoveries in weird creatures to solve problems in human health. Based on the bacterial immune system (yes even bacteria have immune responses!), learn about how our powerful genetic engineering tools are built upon unexpected findings in seemingly simple organisms. This class will cover the history of some of these tools, overview current cutting edge techniques, and end with a discussion on the future of genetic engineering.


Class Style
Discussion

B5939: CRISPR & Genome Engineering Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Michael Dubreuil

Whether or not you've heard of it before, CRISPR/Cas9 is revolutionizing the biological world. I'll cover a short history of genome engineering, how the CRISPR/Cas9 system works, and applications of this amazing biological tool!


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
First year biology

B5954: Riding the Genomics Wave Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Fan Liu

What is genomics? How do we parse sequences of A, T, G, and C’s to do amazing things, namely to understand and diagnose diseases? Not sure what I’m talking about? Join me as we ride the ~genomics wave~!


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
Basic high school course in biology, no programming experience required but recommended

B5976: Exercise Physiology
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Nicole Moyen

Have you ever wondered why your heart rate goes up when you start exercising, or why your muscles get bigger from weight lifting? In this class we'll delve into what happens during exercise to your heart, your muscles, and your lungs, and WHY these things happen! If you're curious about how exercise causes changes in the human body, come to this class!


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Familiarity with exercise. Helps to have background class in physiology, but not necessary.

B5978: Optical Illusions
Difficulty: **

Have you ever been fooled by an optical illusion? Have you ever wondered if what you see is what is really there? Our eyes and brain have interesting abilities to help us perceive the world around us, but sometimes we can be tricked due to these same abilities. In this class we'll explore some well-known optical illusions and learn about why they might work.


Class Style
Discussion

B6027: Symbiosis: A Love Story between Corals and Dinoflagellates
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Lorraine Ling

Around the world, coral reefs are threatened by environmental stress both locally, such as pollution, and globally, such as ocean acidification and rising sea temperatures. These severe environmental stressors are leading to the phenomenon of “coral bleaching.” Why do corals turn white-colored during bleaching? What is a "dinoflagellate" and why are they important for corals?

Students will explore how environmental stress affects corals through hands-on demonstrations of ocean chemistry, experiment with sea anemones, view living coral and bleached coral, and gain an understanding of symbiosis.


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
none, just be curious and willing to get salty. Please wear closed-toe shoes (i.e. no flip-flops)

B6045: Epigenetic Causes of Cancer
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Brooks Benard, Derek Le

Don't know what epigenetics is? That's fine: we'll teach you all you need to know. This class will introduce you to the field of epigenetics and how it relates to cancer. Come and learn about how the spatial and temporal architecture of the genome can determine how cells misbehave.


Class Style
Lecture

B6133: Birds - Those Feathered Phenoms Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Lucas Pavan

How do birds meet the unique challenges of their everyday lives like finding food, attracting mates, coping with the changing seasons, and even just taking to the air in the first place? Why are they so hard to understand, and what tools can we use to learn more about their behaviour?

We will use pictures and videos to discover some of the diverse and spectacular ways in which birds have evolved to survive on every continent. Although our exploration will take us around the globe, we will also include local Californian birds that you can find in your own neighborhood.

Following the lecture, there will be an optional birding walk around campus to find some of the species discussed in class. No equipment or prior experience will be necessary. Although, ff you have binoculars, feel free to bring them.


Class Style
Lecture

B6162: Medical Imaging Jeopardy!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Ningrui Li, Grant Yang

Come explore the wonders of medical imaging by participating in America's favorite quiz show, where you get to deal with riveting categories such as "That's not Lupus", "PET-pourri", and "Diagnose that Fruit!"

This class will be fun and interactive, and you don't have to know anything about medical imaging to join!


Class Style
Discussion

B6168: Hysteria in the Media: Portrayals of Mental Illness in Pop Culture
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Olivia Jang, Chris Jo

In this interactive class, we'll take a critical look at how psychiatric disorders are portrayed in popular media. What do our favorite shows or movies get right? What harmful misconceptions about mental illness do they perpetuate? Come prepared to discuss!

Please be aware that because of the disorders we are discussing, this class may produce emotional discomfort if you or someone you know have struggled with psychiatric conditions.


Class Style
Seminar

B6180: Protein Engineering
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sarah Lensch

What are proteins and how are they made? Learn about recombinant techniques and how protein engineering is present in everyday life!


Class Style
Lecture

B5990: The Tree of Everything - Do all species share the same common ancestor?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Chao Jiang

All living species today share the same common ancestor, or so you were told at school (hopefully). What evidences, besides the "unreliable" fossil records, do we scientist have to show this? The secret lies in the essence of all living species on earth (and maybe somewhere else in the universe, we are not sure yet) -- the DNA.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
Somewhat familiar with the theory of evolution and DNA. A curious and open mind if you don't :)

B6069: Drugs: Bench to Bedside
Difficulty: *

How do drugs go from being discovered in the lab to being used to treat patients? What do pharmaceutical companies have to do to get their drugs approved? Come learn about the drug development process and see what it takes to bring a drug to market!


Class Style
Lecture

B6127: The Sweet Side of Biology
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Giovanni Forcina

This course will provide an introduction to the science of sugars and the many roles these molecules play in biological processes. We will discuss how the shapes of these molecules contributes to their biological functions and how understanding sugar biology can lead to the betterment of human health.


Class Style
Lecture

B5930: Pre-Med Panel
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nicholas Rodriguez

Interested in pursuing a career in medicine? Curious what it takes during undergrad and medical school? Come hear from a panel of speakers about their experiences and tips as pre-med and medical students at Stanford!


Class Style
Panel

B5933: Speciation: Classifying the Biological World
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Michael Dubreuil

Ligers, Tigons, and wholphins, oh my! The concept of species has been used since the early days of biology to classify the natural world around us. However, we are ever coming to realize designating one species from another is not as easy as it first appears.

We will be talking about what makes a species, where our classifications break down, hybrid species, and the human species


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Introduction to Biology

B5991: Mushroom Mania!

What do cheese, zombie ants and the biggest, oldest living thing have in common? Fungi! Mushrooms are the part of the a fungus that we see, but they're just the tip of the iceberg. Most of the action takes place out of sight.

Come learn about the hidden world of fungi in this interactive course. You will learn about the ecology, evolution, and human uses of fungi, and will get hands-on practice identifying mushrooms on your own!


Class Style
Activity

B6007: The Immunology Behind Pregnancy
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Amber Moore

Have you ever considered the immunology behind pregnancy? Have you ever wondered why humans reject organs transplants, yet women are able to carry babies for nine months? We will first cover the immune cells that are important in our day to day lives. Then we will discuss which immune cells participate in organ transplant rejection. Finally, we will learn about the immune cells that establish and support a healthy pregnancy.


Class Style
Lecture

B6033: Local Ecology and Native Plants: A Tour of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve Full!
Difficulty: *

For this class, we'll be heading over to Stanford's very own Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. We'll take a look at some of the unique ecosystems and native plants present at the preserve on an hour-long, easy walk. We'll also see and discuss some of the active research being conducted at Jasper Ridge by Stanford faculty across many schools and departments. Transportation is provided!

Note: Students should bring shoes that are comfortable to walk in. Suggestions for other things to bring include: a water bottle, hat, sunscreen, and bug spray, if desired.


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
None!

B6060: Asian Alcohol Facial Flushing Syndrome and Aldehyde dehydrogenase-why does it matter?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jeewon Sylvia Kim

Aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) deficiency is the most common human enzymopathy in the world, affecting 560 million East Asians or 8% of the world population. ALDH2 deficiency is caused by a single point gene variation or amino acid substitution, which renders the enzyme inactive in metabolizing toxic and reactive aldehydes, common ingredient in diets, alcohol, in the environment and products of normal metabolism.
ALDH2 deficiency causes the well-known “Asian Alcohol Facial Flushing Syndrome”, due to the accumulation and sensitivity to acetaldehyde toxicity after alcohol consumption. Many scientific studies have shown that ALDH2 deficiency is associated with alcohol-related diseases. In this class, I am going to talk about why it matters to know about ALDH2 and how the gene variant increases risk to alcohol related diseases. I will also do a fun and quick experiment to see if you have ALDH2 gene variant or not!


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Biology

B6102: Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut?
Difficulty: **

Discussion of necessary qualifications to be an astronaut: from enduring spacecraft travel to living on the International Space Station. What does it really mean to be an astronaut?


Class Style
Discussion

B6173: Meet a Tree
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ellie Norby

Science studies the world around us, so let's make the outdoors our lab! Students will find their own tree to study, learn and apply experimental design, and leave with a notebook containing all their discoveries.


Class Style
Activity

B5942: Let's Build a Brain: an overview of Developmental Neurobiology Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kristin Muench

Have you ever wondered how a single fertilized egg cells turns into a functioning brain? By the time a baby is born, they have already performed one of nature's greatest feats: developing an amazingly complex central nervous system containing more than 100 billion neurons making approximately 100 trillion precise connections. In this interactive lecture, you will learn how this process unfolds.


Class Style
Seminar

B5999: Animal Behavior: Is my cat actually plotting to take over the world Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Aryana Razmara

Ever wonder whether your dog actually feels guilty when he gives you puppy dog eyes after doing something bad? Or what your cat is thinking when she wakes from her nap and promptly sprints across the house?
Maybe you're just generally fascinated by the behavior of animals and want to know more about how we go about understanding their behaviors. Possibly even learn about how to do research yourself!
In this class we talk about the basics of animal behaviors and the research techniques used to study them.


Class Style
Lecture

B6117: Choose: The Science of Consciousness and Freewill
Difficulty: **
Teachers: David Carreon

Are humans free? Are we awake?

These common beliefs have recently been questioned by scientist and philosopher alike. Some claim our experience and actions are simply the result of physical law and necessity.

But what is the latest science? We'll discuss recent findings from neuroscience, biology and quantum mechanics. We'll loop in cognitive scientists and philosophers to gain some insight about these most important issues.


Class Style
Lecture

B6171: Topics in Global Health - Why children get sick and efforts to keep them healthy Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Laura Kwong

Are you interested in health? Do you want to know more about some of the health issues faced by children in low-income countries? In this class you will learn more about some of the pressing health issues faced by children in low-income countries and some ways we are trying to change the situation.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
None

B6018: Exploring Exposure to Your Environment
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Laura Kwong

Learn how our physical, chemical, and biological environment impacts human health through this introduction to exposure science. Exposure science explores the many ways we interact with the world around us and how these interactions can affect our health.


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
none

B6053: Underrepresented Heroes in Science
Difficulty: *

This course will go through some of the historically underrepresented professors who have made significant contributions to their scientific fields, emphasis will be placed on discussing their background and life journey.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
All are welcome!

B6136: How To Develop A Social Justice Career in Medicine
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Melanie Aguayo

This class will examine inspirational individuals who have spearheaded projects at the intersection of social justice and medicine. The purpose of this class is to inspire and to see how doctors and health professionals before us have given back to the global community.
We will also discuss tangible steps and ideas to start your own projects and research.


Class Style
Lecture

B5980: Developmental Biology
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Margot Bowen

How does a human baby develop from a single egg and sperm? In this class we will explore the mysterious process of embryonic development. We will learn how a single cell is able to grow into a multicellular organism with complex organs and tissues.


Class Style
Lecture

B6006: Organ Transplantation: The Past, Present and Future
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Amber Moore

Do you want to learn about the history of organ transplantation? How about the most recent news involving human tissue and cells being generated in pig and cattle embryos? Thanks to advancement in technology, genetics, stem cell biology and immunology, scientists and doctors have made much progress in the laboratory and in the clinic. We have come a long way in the field of transplantation, but we have much more to accomplish! Come and learn so that you can one day join us in saving lives.


Class Style
Lecture

B6019: Exploring Exposure to Your Environment Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Laura Kwong

Learn how our physical, chemical, and biological environment impacts human health through this introduction to exposure science. Exposure science explores the many ways we interact with the world around us and how these interactions can affect our health.


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
none

B6055: Designer Genes: The Biology, The Ethics, The Breakthrough Full!
Difficulty: ***

We will discuss the science behind gene editing technologies, as well as its ethical implications and recent breakthroughs. Topics of discussion include CRISPR, viral vectors, prenatal testing, and research in gene-editing on zygotes.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Biology at the level of studying genetics, DNA structure, and molecular biology

B6083: What is Sex? Biology, Sex, and Gender
Difficulty: *

What makes you male, female... or intersex? If you have never heard of intersex, you should come to this class to learn more!

We will discuss the biology of sex determination in humans and in some other interesting species. (Did you know that some species have temperature-dependent sex determination?)

We will also spend time discussing how biological sex relates to gender and sexuality. If biological sex is not black and white (male/female), what does that mean for gender and sexuality in our society?

Everyone is welcome (LGBTQIA++), this is a safe environment!


Class Style
Discussion

B6094: Biological Breakthroughs
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Joshua Eggold

CRISPR, PCR, SDS-PAGE, FISH, RFLP, IF, CyTOF, MIBI, ATAC-seq, ChIP, ACT, CAR. From this list of biological techniques, you can probably tell that scientists really like acronyms! But what else can these techniques tell us? This class will provide an overview of groundbreaking biological techniques that have been developed within the last few decades, with a focus on why they are so useful. We will also spend time discussing the future potentials of biological research to improve our lives. If you’re interested in biology, scientific research, love to think creatively, or want to learn about some awesome technology, this class is for you!


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Understanding of basic biological principles (cells, DNA, protein)

B6157: Reading the Mind Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Michelle Ly

Have you ever thought about how you control you body? Fascinated with the concept of creating new memories? Or just interested in learning more about the exciting and growing field of neuroscience? Learn more about how the brain interacts with the world around you in order to adapt and change with the times.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Some biology would help understand concepts

B6198: Brain Basics: How Our Brains Encode Who We Are Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Chris Miller

This class will explore the basic structure and function of the nervous system and show students how the brain enables and encodes sensation, movement, language, memory, personality, thoughts, behaviors, and emotions--as well as tell the fascinating stories of how scientific pioneers made these remarkable discoveries.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
Some background in biology could be helpful.

B6116: Introduction to Neuroscience
Difficulty: **

Have you ever wondered how your brain learns to store and retrieve your memories? How you learned to speak? In this course we will discuss what we currently know about the brain, as well as the cutting-edge strategies neuroscientists are using to solve the remaining mysteries. You will learn basic principles and exciting tricks that the brain uses to solve problems that you encounter every day.


Class Style
Discussion

Prerequisites
Having a brain

B5986: Preparing for the Pre-Med Path
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Sharon Chen

I am an undergraduate Senior at Stanford currently applying to medical school. I grew up in the Bay Area and remember how lost I felt as a freshman in a public high school with its 1:600 counselor to student ratio. I knew that I wanted to do medicine in the future but did not have the slightest idea of where to start. For those of you who feel the same, come join me for a half-hour lecture on tips I wish I had known in high school followed by a Q&A session.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
None

B5993: Introduction to Global Health
Difficulty: **

What is global health? What are the social determinants of health and what is the distribution of inequality? This class will discuss "hot topics" in global health including Ebola, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, climate change, and more! The course structure is a balance of a video, short lecture, discussion time and a fun, real-world case study. In this hands-on case study, you will have the opportunity to design a global health intervention!


Class Style
Activity

B6000: Hepatitis B 101
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Eric Lin, Vivian Lou

Come learn about hepatitis B through discussion and fun games! We will go through the basics of the hepatitis B virus, disease transmission, and public health issues surrounding this topic, with an emphasis on ways to take action to spread awareness.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
eagerness to learn

B6023: The Eye in Illusions
Difficulty: *

Ever wonder how we detect movement or different colors or notice things from the corner of our eyes without looking directly at them? Everything we see is built from what the eyes tell the brain!

We will take a tour of the basic parts of the nervous system that support vision and discuss some interesting aspects that make the our eyes unique. We will use visual illusions and activities to learn how different parts of eye and brain work together to create a complete picture of everything around us.


Class Style
Seminar

B6047: Science on the Brink - Recent Advances and their Ethical Implications
Difficulty: **

Would you approve of procedures that could edit human intelligence? What about experimenting with highly infectious influenza strains? While recent scientific breakthroughs have given us more power than ever to understand and manipulate biological systems, the ethical questions they bring with them can be complex. At this workshop, you’ll learn about some of these cutting-edge technologies, what they can achieve today, and how to think critically about their ethical implications. We’ll introduce you to the science of CRISPR gene editing, personalized genomics, evolving pathogens, and more, and we’ll discuss some tough questions about the consequences of these advances. With growing technical capabilities, it is more important now than ever to be able to think and talk about controversial science in its broader context.


Class Style
Discussion

Prerequisites
Basic exposure to genes / DNA recommended, but not required.

B6065: Getting into your Genes
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Monica Nesselbush

Stop in for an introduction to human genetics and how we have come to understand the basic unit of biological information and heredity. During the second half of class, we will explore how recent technological advances have improved our understanding of the gene and how they have been applied, for example in cancer diagnosis and treatment.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
None

B6120: Mind and Body: How Your Mind Makes It Real
Difficulty: **
Teachers: David Carreon

Can a sugar-pill cause morphine release? Can hypnosis cure blindness? Can looks kill (literally)? Can getting shot not hurt?

We'll talk about old history and new science developing around "mind-body" medicine, how your mind and brain affect your body in really interesting ways. We'll meet people with paralysis who can regain their movement, and blind people can regain their sight by the power of words. We'll see how the brain can produce pain completely independently of any "physical" cause.

We'll discuss theories of how the brain might be involved in diseases like fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome.

If that's not enough, you'll learn about ritual executions that rely on the victim's expectation, and soldiers in WWII who get shot but don't seem to mind.

In short, we'll explore the strange and perplexing frontier where Mind meets Body.


Class Style
Lecture

B6128: Microscopy Techniques used in Biology Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Vivek Gupta

Biologists, physicists, and engineers are developing more advanced tools to analyze the vast array of processes vital to cell function. We will discuss a few of these techniques and the principles behind them such as fluorescence, atomic force microscopy and traction force microscopy.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Highschool or middle school biology

B6131: GMO-Friend or Foe?
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Amy Calgaro-Kozina

In this course, learn about the different methods used to make genetically altered plants and how they were developed. Take a glimpse of the FDA's food regulations: why do some crops "slip by" while others never make it to grocery stores? Learn the science behind arguments for and against GMO crops. Explore potential positive and negative implications of GMO use for human health, the environment and society. So, GMO-Friend or Foe? You decide!


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
High school biology

B6172: Topics in Global Health - Why children get sick and efforts to keep them healthy Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Laura Kwong

Are you interested in health? Do you want to know more about some of the health issues faced by children in low-income countries? In this class you will learn more about some of the pressing health issues faced by children in low-income countries and some ways we are trying to change the situation.


Class Style
Seminar

B5983: To Test or Not to Test? The Ethical Debates of Testing For Huntington's Disease
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Cole Holderman

Come explore genetic testing and what it means to have Huntington's disease. If you could find out you will develop a disease with no known cure, would you get genetically tested? How would that effect your future?


Class Style
Discussion


Chemical and Physical Sciences

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C5974: The energetic Universe
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Elena Orlando

With our eyes, in the visual band, the Universe appears to be very quiet and static.
However, this does not happen when we look at the Universe in the gamma-ray band.
In this class we will learn about our energetic Universe in gamma rays.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
none

C5963: Introduction to Special Relativity
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Alexandre Gauthier

Special relativity describes the behavior of systems moving at speeds close to the speed of light. Once you start moving so fast, a lot of weird stuff starts to happen.

We will discuss Einstein's postulates, the two statements which form the foundation of special relativity. Then we will introduce time dilation - the bizarre idea that "moving clocks tick slower."


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
An understanding of algebra would be helpful, but is not necessary.

C6080: Famous Physics Equations, Explained
Difficulty: ****
Teachers: Brendan Corcoran

There are just a few equations that explain everything that happens in the universe from how your iPhone works to the behavior of black holes. In this class, we will describe what these equations are, what they mean, and how we got them.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
Comfortable with precalculus-level math

C6014: Introduction to Particle Physics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Benjamin Spar

In this class we will learn all of the basics of particle physics! There are no prerequisites for this class, you just have to want to learn about the smallest known things in the universe! We are going to discuss all fundamental forces and particles and learn the rules of Feynman diagrams. Higgs Bosons! Supersymmetry! We will talk about them all!


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
None!

C6138: What's so Super about Superconductors?
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Katherine Sytwu

Superconductors promise better electronics, less energy waste, and even levitating trains! Come see a superconductor in action and learn why physicists continue studying this exotic material.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
Familiarity with basic electricity and magnetism (currents, magnetic field lines, etc.)

C6156: Building Viruses: exploration of Icosahedral Viruses Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Bette Webster

Explore the symmetry and structure of Icosahedral Viruses. Build paper models of common viruses to examine 3D capsid structure.


Class Style
Discussion

C6084: Quantum Key Distribution: How Can Quantum Mechanics Secure Your Communication?
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Ching-Yang Yu

What is “quantum”? How does the weirdness of quantum mechanics promise another revolution in information technology?
In this class, you’ll learn the basic principles of quantum mechanics, and apply these principles to understand quantum key distribution, a perfectly secure way for communication. The class will foster physical understanding through demonstrations during lecture.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Algebra; trigonometry

C6106: Introduction to Astronomy
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Stanislav Fort

I will give an introduction to objects and phenomena we can observe in the sky during day and night, their history, how people quantify them, and how they affected our understanding of the physical universe. We will discuss the coordinate systems on the celestial sphere, objects in the Solar System, artificial satellites, stellar magnitudes, types of stars, and galaxies. We will also look at tides, why the shadow of an eclipse goes from west to east rather than the other way road, and why every full moon is not a lunar eclipse and every new moon is not a solar eclipse.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
The class will use very little mathematics and should be accessible to every inquisitive mind.

C6049: Battery Chemistry
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Abby Taussig

How is your potato battery going to save the world? Come build batteries out of vegetables and learn about how energy storage enables the proliferation of renewables. We will dive into the chemistry behind the batteries we use everyday.


Class Style
Activity

C6086: Rain From Space: Cosmic Rays
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Richard Nally

The Earth is constantly being hit by high-energy particles from space. Although invisible to the eye, these "cosmic rays" hit the atmosphere and erupt into a shower of lighter partices, which can be seen by specialized, ground-based detectors. These muons in these cosmic rays have been some of the most energetic particles we have ever seen. In this class, we will discuss cosmic rays, and from them learn about both particle physics and astrophysics.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
While there are no formal prerequisites (other than a desire to learn!), past students have suggested that some familiarity with physics is helpful. In particular, concepts like conservation laws will appear in the lecture, and while I will certainly introduce them, seeing these for the first time can be intimidating.

C6123: 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.


Class Style
Lecture

C6048: Intro to Special Relativity Full!
Difficulty: ****

There is a fundamental speed limit on the universe - don't you want to learn about it?! The assumption of special relativity is very simple: nothing goes faster than the speed of light, but the implications, from time slowing down, space elongating the twin paradox etc are non-intuitive. Take this class if you want a brief introduction to the topic.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
Comfortable with high-school pre-calc math level.

C6073: To Infinity and Beyond!
Difficulty: **

So... what in the universe is going to happen to the universe? How exactly was it even created? In this class, we will learn how the universe was formed, how it evolves, and ultimately where it is going. It seems like we're just small members of a grand entity, but in this course we will explore the seemingly infinite universe and beyond!


Class Style
Lecture

C6098: Physics Through the Ages
Difficulty: **

Today, when we want to know something, we often Google it. But have you ever wondered how people throughout history knew the things they knew? From ancient civilizations measuring the circumference of the Earth, to early 20th century crystallographers doing multi-dimensional Fourier transforms by hand, science was different in the old days. This class will show some examples of incredible ingenuity, without great technological advancement, from the history of physics. Then, we will try to reproduce some of these measurements using the techniques of the day.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Algebra

C6137: Nanotechnology: Small Science with a Big Impact
Difficulty: **

What is nanotechnology? It's found in our things all around us, from sunscreen to odor-resistant fabric to medieval stained glass. Learn how nanoscience can improve solar cells, cure cancer, filter water, and more!


Class Style
Lecture

C6183: Chemistry of Food Full!

What makes food power you? In this class, we'll look at the chemistry behind our digestive system and how chemical reactions work to get the energy our bodies need from food. We'll also explore lots of cool chemical properties of food, like pH. Plus, there will be plenty of samples for students to eat!


Class Style
Seminar

C6063: Sweet Science Full!
Difficulty: **

Come learn the fundamentals of chemistry using your favorite candies! Learn how marshmallows, chocolate, and gum can teach us about density, solubility, and other concepts.


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
Please note that the candies used in these experiments may contain common allergens, such as nuts, milk, and wheat.

C5958: An Introduction to Experimental Particle Physics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ryan Linehan

All of matter is made from elementary particles that are smaller than atoms. But wait, if these particles are so small, how can we possibly study them?

This class is an introduction to how physicists detect and study subatomic and elementary particles. We'll first discuss some properties of different subatomic particles and how they interact with each other. Following that, we'll use the LArIAT detector at Fermilab as a case study of detector techniques and technology.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Some basic knowledge about electromagnetism and chemistry is good, but it's not absolutely required.

C6096: Chemistry of Batteries Full!

How do batteries work? Let's look inside to see what materials they use and how that lets them power our devices such as smartphones, laptops, cars, and scooters. We'll talk about the limits and future of batteries as well as how they're made. We'll build simple batteries in class out of different materials.


Class Style
Activity

C6175: The real reasons behind chemical phenomena
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Michael Oduoza

Often, in high school chemistry, the chemical concepts that students are taught are greatly simplified; this course will attempt to give students an insight into the "real" reasons behind the most seemingly basic chemical and physical phenomena, such as bonding. This course will give students an overview of the level of depth they can expect in core college-level Science courses.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
AP Chemistry preferred

C6052: Bell's Theorem: A Proof that Quantum Mechanics can't be Explained Away
Difficulty: ****

In this class we will give a rigorous formulation of the quantum mechanics needed to derive Bell Inequalities, which say that, if certain experimental results hold, then the universe must be either nonlocal (there can be instantaneous action at a distance) or violate realism (physical quantities do not exist until they are measured). Spoiler alert: the experimental results do hold, meaning our universe really is wacky!


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
Mathematical maturity, some physics knowledge helpful.

C6085: Homemade Chemistry Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kurt Russell

Have you ever wondered what is in a battery or wanted to make your own? How about figuring out how to send secret messages to your friends? Come find out how these things can be done and try them out for yourself.


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
An interest in science, a desire to learn, and wanting to have fun.

C5969: Conceptual Quantum Mechanics
Difficulty: ***

In this course we will introduce the key ideas and concepts in quantum mechanics using no mathematics beyond high school algebra. We will focus on three simple quantum mechanical systems, the photon in a box, the electron in a box, and Schrodinger's cat. Focus will be on the interpretation and meaning of quantum mechanics, from Copenhagen to Everett (many-worlds). We will attempt to correct several common misconceptions regarding quantum mechanics, including several regarding the role of consciousness in the theory.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Classical Mechanics

C5994: Fun with Chemistry Full!

Chemistry is exciting and it happens all around us every day. In this class we will talk about the states of matter, a little about polymers (like plastics), and really anything else that gives us a chance to do cool demos for you all! You may get a chance to make a souvenir to take home, too. You'll just have to come and find out!


Class Style
Activity

C6037: Beam Me Up Scotty! – From Star Trek to Frontiers of Quantum Information and Computation
Difficulty: ***

In 1960s, the Star Trek scene of Captain Kirk buckling up for teleportation was a beautiful fantasy for a generation of young Americans dreaming of superpowers. Half a century has passed, and we are witnessing this year the first successful interspace quantum teleportation, performed by the Micius Satellite of China. With the rapid development of quantum information, dreams are turning into realities.

In this class, we will explore fundamental aspects of quantum information that underlie a variety of quantum technologies. To start out, we will work through the braket formalism of quantum mechanics and in particular, quantum logic. This formalism will allow us to demystify the concept of quantum entanglement and anticipate its usefulness. Armed with our mini toolbox, we will take a vote from the class to decide which specific toy problems of quantum information we will try to solve. The list of topics includes (but is not limited to): Quantum teleportation, Quantum computers, Quantum Algorithms, Quantum Error Correction. By solving these problems, we will see how extremely concise principles of quantum mechanics lead to profound and surprising consequences.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Confidence in messing with vectors and matrices, ability to draw squares and straight lines (which one of your teachers often fails to do), interest in cracking puzzles.

C6058: Introduction to Nanochemistry
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Caitlin Hogan

Have you ever thought about building tiny structures atom by atom? Nanochemistry is concerned with just that! We will be learning about the differences in molecular behavior on the nanoscale that make nanomaterials so unique and useful, as well as some cool recent applications of nanotechnology, such as nanobiosensors and quantum dot solar cells.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
knowledge of some chemistry (atoms, photons, fluorescence, molecular bonding)

C6125: Dino Physics
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Michael Kozina

I will talk about how basic physics principles can help us learn more about dinosaurs. This includes topics ranging from how fast dinosaurs could run to what color were dinosaurs.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Basic mechanics.

C6176: Chemistry & Renewable Energy
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Peter Csernica

Lean some of the ways that chemistry can provide us with renewable energy today & in the future! We will focus on two electrochemical devices: batteries and fuel cells. You will learn the very basics of how they work, and we will discuss their similarities and differences. Class will include a working mini-Fuel Cell Car as a demo!

Class will focus mostly on understanding the basics of how both devices operate, and should be accessible to anyone with an interest in learning more! Will be an interactive lecture.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
An interest in learning more about the subject.

C5951: Black Holes, Dimensionality, and Imaginary Time
Difficulty: *****
Teachers: Diego Celis

Ever wondered how black holes work? Why do they do the things they do, and what do they actually do? What's a singularity, and why are they important?

Or perhaps you've wondered about what our world is made out of. How many dimensions are there, and how do they work? What is the heart of our space made out of?

And imaginary time?! What is that?

Well, if any or all of these topics interest you, then you're in for a treat. This class will give you a solid introduction and understanding of how our world works and the tools we can use to study theoretical physics and the cosmos.

This class will be challenging, but if you are at least the tiny bit interested please attend! I can most definitely work with you and ensure you leave Stanford with a comprehensive understanding of the material. I look forward to meeting you!

NOTE: this class will not take up the entire 105min block. You'll be dismissed early, but feel free to stay to ask questions.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Integral and differential calculus. Physics I and preferably preliminary understanding of AP Physics C. Multivariate differentials preferred, but not required.


Engineering

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E5964: Earthquake Engineering
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Amory Martin

Earthquakes are one of Earth's most devastating phenomena. Come learn about earthquake mechanisms and design of structures in earthquake prone areas, like California, and experience shaking first hand!
The class will cover the basic physics behind structural earthquake engineering design. The focus will be on explaining concepts through demonstrations.


Class Style
Lecture

E6188: Motorcycles and Mechanisms Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Joe Johnson

We’ll be taking apart my 1964 Honda Dream motorcycle and exploring how it works.

Students will get hands on experience taking things apart and putting them back together.

Here’s a picture of a motorcycle similar to mine: http://www.rcycle.com/Ken_Fisher_Honda_305_Dream_068_cropped_op_800x512.jpg


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
Be Hands-On

E6039: Storage Wars: Building a Better Battery

Ever wonder how a battery can power something as small as a phone and as large as a car? Curious about different battery types and uses? Come learn about battery technology and innovative ways we can improve energy storage.


Class Style
Lecture

E5966: Build your own speaker! Full!
Difficulty: **

In this class, you will learn about electricity and sound! We will discuss how electric signals get magically converted into sound waves in a speaker. And the best part, we will build our own speaker!


Class Style
Activity

E6191: Engineering at Stanford
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Tim Abbott

Come hear from current Stanford students what it's like to study engineering in college! A variety of disciplines and interests will be represented.


Class Style
Panel

E6064: Our Energy Future
Difficulty: **

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a wind turbine! Ever wonder about the history of US energy and where it's going? Come take a deep dive into understanding how our energy landscape is evolving every day.


Class Style
Activity

E6012: Water you waiting for? Come learn about water in California
Difficulty: **

Come learn about a necessary resource we often take for granted! This class is designed to introduce students to where your water comes from and ways to purify it for reuse. The class will discuss the various engineering technologies needed to increase clean drinking water resources in California. There will be an in class demonstration on how water can be purified through low-cost filter materials and discussions on real life case studies on ways these filters are implemented in the field.


Class Style
Lecture

E6091: Aircraft Navigation, Control and Weather
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Joshua Bosworth

Modern air travel is safe and routine, but this wasn't always the case. This class covers the history, basic principles and employment of aircraft navigation equipment, and how navigation equipment, control systems and weather prediction enable safe and routine air travel.


Class Style
Discussion

E6005: Designing Cities of the Future Full!

Cities are complex. They must balance built, natural, and human systems. Explore the nuances of defining and measuring important characteristics of urban spaces.
Collaborate with others as we brainstorm, analyze, and create a sustainable city of the future!


Class Style
Activity

E6166: LED Multiplexing
Difficulty: **

Ever wonder how your LED displays work? In this class, students will learn about time-division multiplexing, a popular technique used to control light matrices like electronic displays. The class will begin with an introduction to multiplexing and an overview of the design. Students will then work together to implement their own multiplexed LED display circuits, and program a microcontroller to drive the displays.


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of circuits

E5973: Automotive Fundamentals
Difficulty: **

Cars are one of the most underappreciated and least understood machines that our modern societies are privileged to have. This course will help students develop a basic understanding of how an automobile functions through lecture and the use of working models.

We will learn to be able to recognize components under the hood of most cars as well as identify the components and functions of various systems working within the car. Topics will include general engine operation, transmission operation, brake systems, suspension systems, as well as a brief insight in how technology plays a pivotal role in a modern automobile. This course assumes no previous knowledge in automotive technology and all students are welcome to join. Practical skills will also be taught such as how to change engine oil and basic diagnosis and repair. Breaks and snacks will be included!


Class Style
Lecture

E6025: Materials Gone Wrong!

It's a bad day if your phone screen cracks, but it's something else entirely if your airplane falls out of the sky. Learn about the science and engineering behind materials failures in history through demonstrations and hands-on experiments. Emphasis on HANDS-ON demonstrations, not a boring lecture! We'll experience first-hand how liquid metals can catastrophically destroy structural materials in applications like space exploration and aerospace. We'll explore how many materials can change dramatically with changes in structure, temperature, and other conditions. You'll walk away from this class with greater knowledge of the atomic structure of materials and a deeper appreciation for the diverse properties of the materials that surround our everyday life.


Class Style
Activity

E6165: Introduction to Catalysis: Enabling the Reactions That Run the World
Difficulty: **

Catalysts play a central role in enabling the reactions that sustain our bodies, our machines, and even our lawns. Come learn how these fascinating substances are central to some of the world’s most useful processes and how the latest cutting edge catalysis research has the potential to change the future of these processes as we know them.


Class Style
Lecture

E6185: Building Robots Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Ashwin Agarwal

We’re gonna be looking at all things robots - motors, mechanics, controllers, programming.


Class Style
Activity

E6076: Crash Course: d.Thinking Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Keaaokahonua Davis

Come learn the design thinking process in this quick hands on workshop. Discover how designers bridge the gap between experiences, technology, or products and the people who use them.


Class Style
Activity


Humanities

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H6181: Forrest Gump: a Run Through U.S. History
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Danielle Cruz

"Run, Forrest, run!"

Love the actor Tom Hanks? Interested in modern United States history? Come explore different life-changing events that altered history as we know it today through the lens of the 1994 classic movie "Forrest Gump"! Following Forrest from the 50s to the 80s, we'll cover a wide range of historical markers -- some well-known and some overlooked -- spanning from the Vietnam War to Watergate to Ping-Pong Diplomacy and more! All the while, we'll watch clips of the movie in between!

(You don't need to watch "Forrest Gump" beforehand to join.)


Class Style
Lecture

H6143: History of API Immigration
Difficulty: **

Interested in learning about the history of Asian/Pacific Islander Immigration to the United States? From the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882 to the recent repeal of DACA, U.S. legislation and attitudes surrounding immigration have closely shaped the experiences of API communities in the United States. This class aims to give an overview of the legislation surrounding API immigrants, the evolution of immigration trends, the role these communities played in cultural and urban development, and the impact they had on national rhetoric surrounding immigration and American identity.


Class Style
Discussion

H6187: A Textbook Case of Racism: Exploring Race in Historical Textbooks
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Moses Hetfield

The information in high school textbooks may seem objective and factual to the point of being bland, but the textbooks our grandparents used contain "facts" that a modern reader would find prejudiced and offensive. In this class, we will look through a collection of textbooks from the 19th century to the present, with a particular focus on how they discuss race. Some questions we will explore include: How and why have textbooks changed? What educational and ideological purposes have textbooks served, and what is the political significance of textbook choices? What can we learn about the role of textbooks today by looking through old textbooks?


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
Some basic knowledge of US history would be useful to provide context for old textbooks, but no prior knowledge is required.

H6193: Humanities at Stanford
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Juliann Hallum

Come and learn about the humanities opportunities around campus! There will be actors, dancers, writers, and musicians available to answer your questions!


Class Style
Panel

H6145: A Textbook Case of Racism: Exploring Race in Historical Textbooks
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Moses Hetfield

The information in high school textbooks may seem objective and factual to the point of being bland, but the textbooks our grandparents used contain "facts" that a modern reader would find prejudiced and offensive. In this class, we will look through a collection of textbooks from the 19th century to the present, with a particular focus on how they discuss race. Some questions we will explore include: How and why have textbooks changed? What educational and ideological purposes have textbooks served, and what is the political significance of textbook choices? What can we learn about the role of textbooks today by looking through old textbooks?


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
Some basic knowledge of US history would be useful to provide context for old textbooks, but no prior knowledge is required.

H6003: Writing the Short Story Inside You: A Creative Writing Workshop Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Shana Hadi

Do you enjoy writing? Is there a story idea that’s been waiting to spring out of you? In this creative writing workshop, we’ll be exploring how to turn a kernel of an idea into the beginnings of a fully-fledged short story, using Andy Weir’s “The Egg” as an example.

While a significant portion of the class will be spent writing, don’t worry -- whether you have written novels before or are on the brink of your literary journey, all you need to bring is a willingness to learn and your imagination!


Class Style
Activity

H6068: Localization: Migration of Media
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Paul Tran

What do Power Rangers, Pokemon, and Godzilla all have in common? They came from overseas, but became popular in America! Through localization, we can explain how media moves from country to country and why we sometimes make changes to the source material.


Class Style
Lecture

H6178: From Spark to Story: Planning a Narrative Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kendall Hoffman

Have you ever wanted to write a book? Draw a comic? Create a short story? Craft an epic poem? Record a narrative podcast?

Learn how to bring a project from an idea to a plan - through character creation, setting development, and plot mapping, you'll leave class with the skeleton for whatever story you want to tell!

No writing experience is necessary.


Class Style
Seminar

H6124: The Birth of Science
Difficulty: **
Teachers: David Carreon

Where did science come from? Who were the heroes who invented it? Why wasn't it invented sooner?

In this class, we'll talk about the exciting story of how we went from alchemy to chemistry, from astrology to astronomy. We'll talk about the epic debate about whether it was the earth or the sun in the center of the universe, discussing the discoveries and politics involved. You'll hear about popes and kings, monks and bishops, and even a few professors.

If that's not enough, I'll tell you:

*Why practically nobody thought the earth was flat
*How Galileo accomplished the greatest troll of all time
*Why it's really hard to prove that the earth revolves around the sun (without satellites)


Class Style
Lecture

H6129: Esperanto for Beginners
Difficulty: **
Teachers: KC Farrell

Kiel vi fartas? How are you doing?

Esperanto is a constructed language that combines features of Romance, Germanic, and Slavic languages. Esperanto speakers live all around the world. Many learn Esperanto to travel and meet other Esperantists (Esperantistoj) with whom they share no native language. Others learn Esperanto because it assists in learning other Latinate, Germanic, and Slavic languages. It is a beautiful language that is popular among polyglots.

In this class, we will learn the basics of Esperanto grammar and vocabulary.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
Love of language! You do not need to know any Esperanto! Knowledge of another language (especially of a Latinate, Slavic, or Germanic language (such as Spanish, Polish, German, Romanian, Portuguese, et cetera) will help but is NOT required.

H6163: Making Myths Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Emma Heath

Do you love myths? Ever imagined your own mythological world?

In the course, we'll study a few mythological traditions (focusing on the Greeks) in order to understand what makes mythology so timeless and exciting.

Then... we'll use myths as a starting point to write our own creative stories!

By the end, you'll take home the ability to talk about some mythological traditions, and have gained some key creative writing tools.


Class Style
Seminar

H6042: History of Memes
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Eunice Jung

How did memes take the internet by storm? What does the future of meme-hood look like? How can memes be real if our eyes aren't real? If you want one of the questions answered... come take this guy fieri approved course!


Class Style
Lecture

H6061: Mob Bosses and Boss Mobs: An introduction to game theory
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Harry Thaman

Ever wondered what the mafia and EPA have in common? How about why big stores promise to "match prices"? And what does this have to do with competitive rock-paper-scissors competitions?

All of these are problems that deal with "game theory", a branch of economics. But don't worry! It's really approachable and you'll get to participate in a bunch of activities with your classmates.

Notes: This is about "game theory" which is different than "games" - sorry to disappoint! It also draws on math concepts but no math knowledge is required.


Class Style
Activity

H6087: Could a computer have a mind?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Taylor Madigan

What are mental states? Are they the kinds of things that a computer could have, in a literal sense? In this class we will discuss the Turing Test, the theory of mind known as "functionalism," and John Searle's "Chinese Room" argument that purports to show that a computer could not have a mind in any literal sense.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
None

H6099: Science vs Church: conflict, cohabitation or symbiosis
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Diogo Bragança

How do science and religion see each other? Is there a fundamental conflict? Do they interfere in each other?
In this course, we review the history of science and analyze how its relationship with religion was, namely with the Roman Catholic Church.
We will talk about medieval science, Galileo and the Inquisition, the conflict thesis, the influence of the Jesuits, the Big Bang theory, genetics and evolution, and we end up talking about the two great philosophical assumptions of science and how they relate to Christianity.
See you there!
Diogo Bragança - Physics PhD student


Class Style
Seminar

H6130: Introduction to French for Romance Speakers
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: KC Farrell

That class offers an introduction to French for students who have never studied French but already speak one or more Romance/Latinate languages (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian, et cetera).

If you have studied only Latin, you are also welcome to join but you may have more difficulty.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
You can speak a romance language at any level (you do not need to be fluent).

H6132: Intro to Finnish Language and Culture
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Maria Haanpaa

Are you interested in learning more about Finnish language and culture? This class will teach you how to introduce yourself in Finnish and use other interesting phrases. This class will also introduce students to some fun aspects of Finnish culture. Finnish snacks will be provided!


Class Style
Lecture

H6141: Writing Personal Statements (and other essays)
Difficulty: **
Teachers: David Altman

Are you nervous about writing your personal statement? Not sure how to set yourself apart from every other applicant? Do you just want general essay-writing advice? This is the class for you! We'll start with a seminar-style discussion of how to write a good personal statement, which will lead into a Q&A session. Finally, we'll leave some time to workshop essays together. Bring a personal statement (finished or unfinished) to work on. Or, if you don't have one, we'll brainstorm and start one together!


Class Style
Seminar

H5972: From Black and White to Binge Watching: The History of the American Sitcom
Difficulty: **

Do you love watching tv? Are you a fan of good sitcoms? Come laugh with us and learn about the evolution of television and how your favorite shows fit into history. From I Love Lucy to Modern Family and everything in between, come with us on a journey filled with love, laughter, tears (ok maybe not tears), and lots of tv!


Class Style
Lecture

H6026: An Introduction to Phonetics with Elvish Writing
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Will Monroe

Ever wondered how speakers of foreign languages and actors that play aliens in sci-fi movies make such unusual sounds? Want to expand your sound inventory and make some of those sounds yourself? Are you interested in learning how to decipher the flowing Elvish letters from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy? Join us for a tour of the basics of phonetics and you can learn a new alphabet on the side!

The class begins with a look at Tolkien's Tengwar, a writing system that is closely tied to the science of speech. Once you know the basic rules of the script, you can learn it in only a few hours of practice. We will then explore the full diversity of the sounds of human language, from the basics of where your tongue can go, to clicks, ejectives, and more.


Class Style
Lecture

H6082: What We Can't Say Yet: Open Questions in Linguistics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Eric Zelikman

Discuss interesting problems in fields from psycholinguistics to computational linguistics that are considered unsolved. How is linguistic intuition formed? What is the best way to translate words which have no direct analog in another language? Are there patterns in the ways a standard dialect connects to other dialects? How did language come about in the first place?


Class Style
Discussion

H5952: Existentialism, Nihilism, and Purpose
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Diego Celis

Why are we here? More importantly, what is the point of us even being here? Is it worth it? Is anything worth it? What is worth? Where are we going, and why are we going to begin with?

The philosophical and realistic implications of scientific discoveries have stricken many with great dread, depression, and insecurity regarding the purpose of life and the world around us.

In this discussion seminar, we will seek to explore these issues and concerns to try and find answers within ourselves. A great goal of this class is to share your perspective with others and learn from others' perspectives so that you may enrich your view of your place in the world.

Be warned that this class openly and freely challenges in discussion topics like religion, purpose, and morality. This class will also deal with dark subject matter. However, by treating these subjects with gravitas we will learn and explore a lot about our existence.

NOTE: this class will not take up the entire 105min block. You'll be dismissed early, but feel free to stay to ask questions.


Class Style
Discussion

Prerequisites
Must have an open mind. Must be able to discuss and challenge topics like religion, purpose, and morality. Must be able to handle discussing dark subject matter. No prior knowledge regarding philosophers or their works is required, as none will be used.


Life Skills and Hobbies

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L5949: Miss CEO: Becoming an Effective Leader
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nita Singh Kaushal

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.


Class Style
Lecture

L5960: Creative Pathways to University
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Derry Akin

Come join us as we learn about creative alternative pathways to university! In our class, we'll talk about traditional schooling, homeschooling, community college, transferring to university, alternative learning formats, and how these different options might work for different students' unique educational needs and goals.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
Make sure to bring paper and a pencil!

L5961: Thinking About College
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Derry Akin

Stressed about college applications? Not sure what to major in? Don't know which schools to apply to? Curious about strategies for success once you get to college? Come join us in our class as we explore these topics and more!


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
Make sure to bring paper and a pencil!

L6009: Entrepreneurship Crash Course Full!
Difficulty: **

Interested in entrepreneurship? Ever wondered what it's like to develop a product and pitch your idea? This class will provide an interactive overview of entrepreneurship, including a design activity and pitching practice. No prior design or public speaking experience necessary.


Class Style
Seminar


Lunch

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L5956: 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.


Life Skills and Hobbies

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L6144: Tagpro Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Glenn Yu, Jeffrey Zhang

Come bond with your friends and learn to play the online capture-the-flag game of your life! Learn real-world skills like cooperating with other people, being aggressive when appropriate, and communicating effectively. Hopefully, by the end, you will appreciate how such a simple game can have so many intricacies (like many other things in life).


Class Style
Activity

L6078: To University, And Beyond!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: HB Groenendal

Applying to get into the miraculous Stanford University but not sure if your application will cut the bill? Want help with editing personal statements, or just want someone who's been through the process before to give it a look-through?
Great!
Bring essays, resumes, and any other application materials you're working on to workshop them with two Stanford Undergrads!

**DISCLAIMER** We are Not Affiliated with the Stanford Department of Admissions and therefore cannot guarantee anyone's admission to this university. We can, however, try to polish your admissions' materials to the best it can be.


Class Style
Activity

L6107: How to Become a Better Listener
Difficulty: *

Are you interested in learning some lifelong skills that could help you become a better friend, build trust, and improve your overall relationships? In this fun, interactive 45-minute workshop, Stanford undergrads from the Bridge Peer Counseling Center on campus will teach you how to gain these valuable skills through becoming a better listener. These skills and practices are used daily by peer counselors to support the Stanford community.


Class Style
Discussion

L5992: Learn to learn better
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Marc Vaz

The goal of this class is to enabled anyone to supercharge their learning.
It covers new breakthroughs in neuroscience and developmental psychology, and from there develops tools and techniques that anyone can use to learn better, tackle procrastination, take tests better, manage their time, and change their approach to learning.
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Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
None, just an interest in improving yourself Caveat: If you've taken the Learning how to Learn course on Coursera you will have already seen some of the material covered here

L6081: Sneakers 101
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Johnny Armenta, Max Lee

Have you ever wondered what your shoes tell about your personality and identity? Why people are willing to drop thousands of dollars on a pair of Yeezys? If so, this class is for you! In this class, we will learn how sneakers are made, learn more about sneaker culture and history, and even design our own sneakers!


Class Style
Discussion

L6002: Modern Swing
Difficulty: **

Swing dance is a style of dance that became popular in the 1920s. Today, it is a catch-all term for dance styles ranging from Lindy Hop to Jitterbug and has even been adapted to more modern styles.

Using the most basic steps, we will teach students several swing dance dips and will demonstrate more advanced moves. Students will leave the class with some cool moves they can use to impress their friends and an appreciation for an integral part of American History and Culture


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
This is supposed to be a low stress and fun class. No prior dance experience necessary but come with an expectation and willingness to have a great time.

L5981: Intro to Esperanto
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Zoe Himwich

Tolstoy famously claimed that learning Esperanto was the task of a few hours. This class will teach alphabet, constructions, and basic vocabulary. We will also discuss fun historical facts around the creation and adoption of the language.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
None

L6050: Education Through Travel
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Tyler Pullen

Hoping to study, work, volunteer, or generally travel abroad without sacrificing educational value? Wondering about how to pay for it? Come to this class for eclectic tips on all things travel before and during college!


Class Style
Lecture

L6152: Move Your Audience - The Art of Public Speaking
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Tristan Lerbs

Would you like to become a better speaker? Would you like to receive advice and ideas on how to approach a talk and have a lasting impact on your audience?

Speaking to an audience is a gift. It is the opportunity to influence, to change, to teach, to move. And it is more about the passion for your topic and the language, than any formal techniques. Nevertheless, great speaking requires practice, basic knowledge, and willingness to try new things. That’s why I’d like to share with you my experience and my knowledge as a teacher, physician, researcher and a long-time member of a public speaking society, Toastmasters International.

We’ll spend the first hour discussing different techniques that you can apply, from the introduction over to the main part, up to the powerful conclusion of your talk. During the second hour you will try these techniques by giving your own talk! You will prepare and give a short speech, two to three minutes long, on a topic of your choice. Some ideas include hobbies, sports, travelling, your school and your aims for the future. You can pick one of these, or prepare any of your own beforehand.. We’ll dedicate final part of our session to giving and receiving feedback from and to your fellow students on the talks presented.

It may seem difficult to become a proficient public speaker. And, indeed, it will take time and effort. But, pretty quickly, you will get an amazing tool at your disposal to connect with people, influence your team members, management and much more. And, speaking is actually a lot of fun!

This course will help you develop ideas for your future talks, and I hope you will continue practicing your public speaking skills after this course. I would be glad to see you at our course!


Class Style
Seminar


Lunch

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L5957: 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.


Life Skills and Hobbies

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L6011: Self-Therapy Superpowers
Difficulty: *****
Teachers: Adam Jensen

This class teaches a superpowered introspection tool (called 'Focusing'), that students can apply to their own difficult emotions. This class is relevant for anyone who struggles with procrastination, perfectionism, social anxiety, or any kind of challenging emotions. It's also relevant for those who just want to feel more in touch with themselves.

At the University of Chicago, beginning in 1953, Eugene Gendlin did 15 years of research analyzing what made psychotherapy either successful or unsuccessful. He concluded that it is not the therapist's technique that determines the success of psychotherapy, but rather the way the patient behaves, and what the patient does inside himself during the therapy sessions.

In this class, you'll learn and then practice the mystery superpower that Gendlin discovered.


DISCLAIMER

The class is offered for informational and academic purposes only, and should not be used to replace the specialized training and professional judgment of a health care or mental health care professional.

I, Stanford, and Stanford ESP, cannot be held responsible for the use of the information provided. I cannot and will not assume the role of a therapist. Please always consult a trained mental health professional before making any decision regarding treatment of yourself or others.

FURTHER WARNINGS (taken from a research organization that studies introspection)

It is important to clearly flag the crazy things that can happen to you if you dig into your mind. Among the things we've experienced: crying, shaking, extreme suffering, mood swings, sleepiness, loss of feeling in parts of the body, depersonalization, feelings of unpleasant weirdness, persistent non-hallucinatory visual imaginations, unexpected belief changes, demotivation, uncomfortable changes in proprioception, and much more. These have ranged from the very mild to the very extreme, and have lasted moments, hours, or days. All with healthy, waking adults, and all without drugs.

If you're thinking "there's no way that happens," then talk to some friends who actually have experience with this stuff. If you're thinking "that sort of thing won't happen to me," that must be because you're planning to not get very far into looking into your mind.

Speaking with perfect seriousness, if you do look into introspection, please take adequate precautions. Understand that you are exploring voluntarily, at your own risk, and that weird, unpleasant, and sometimes extremely painful effects like the ones listed above simply will happen if you keep digging. Also, though we really, really wish we could help everyone directly, for now we simply do not have the capacity for this. This means that you should make sure that you have your own independent support network, people who will help you if your mood or motivation collapses or something like that happens.

This is not meant to overshadow the benefits. As we said, we're all heavily in favor of introspection. In addition to the weird, negative effects listed above, we've also seen tons of positive effects, including reduction in suffering, stabilization of mood, increased wakefulness, greater awareness of the body, greater feelings of connection, the abatement of persistent non-hallucinatory visual imaginations, desirable belief changes, re-motivation, and more.


Class Style
Activity

L6062: Media bias in the information age: the death of journalism
Difficulty: **

As much as the internet has connected us across vast distances, it has also divided us. As we read increasingly disparate news sources, one thing is certain: attitudes towards important social issues will become more polarized. Does this mean the media must be held accountable to prevent biased coverage? Or are we ultimately responsible for discovering the truth ourselves?

Take this class to discuss where media bias today comes from and to practice upholding journalistic standards yourself.

When misinformation cannot be contained, it is up to YOU to find the truth.


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
Passion for truth!

L6092: A Day in the College Student's Life
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Andy Chen

College life is very different from that of middle and high school; students have a lot more time and activities they can fill it with. Participate in a Q and A session with students who are doing everything from singing in a cappella groups and competing on varsity athletics teams to running healthcare hackathons!


Class Style
Panel

L5940: Bird Basics
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Rebecca Shi

Have you ever seen a brightly colored bird in your backyard or a raptor flying overhead, and wondered what it was? Come learn a few basics of birdwatching and how to identify backyard and other common birds! You will also learn how to use a field guide to help you identify a bird. After an indoor introduction to bird identification, we will head outside to search for the common birds around Stanford.

Designed for students who have no experience with identifying birds, but an enthusiasm to learn about the natural world.


Class Style
Seminar

L5946: Ask a Question, Make A Difference: Suicide Prevention Empowerment
Difficulty: ****

What should you do if someone you know is struggling? Suicide is a difficult and sensitive issue that impacts millions of people. However, everyone has the power to make a positive difference in the lives of the people they care about. This workshop offers concrete ways to help by teaching you Question-Persuade-Refer protocol for suicide prevention, an empirically-based way to (1) recognize warning signs of suicide, (2) approach and talk to someone who you are worried about, and (3) learn about resources and get help. Led by QPR-Certified peer counselors, this workshop will include time for debriefing and self-care.

*Please be aware that this workshop will discuss sensitive, difficult topics and focuses on the issue of suicide.


Class Style
Seminar

L5931: Research at Stanford

Come hear about the types of research you can do in college from current Stanford students! There will be information and a question and answer session with students who do research across the sciences and humanities.


Class Style
Panel

L5988: Making It Up on the Spot: How to do Improv and Freestyle Rap Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jack Golub

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. Do improv and freestyle cuz its cool." -Mahatma Gandhi (jk)

In this class you will get to build the invaluable life skills of being able to entertain at a moment's notice. No prior experience necessary! Come ready to laugh and have fun and possibly learn a little bit too!


Class Style
Activity

L6028: Tour of Stanford's Sustainable Living Laboratory
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Songhee Han

Take a tour of Roble Hall, a student residence at Stanford that promotes sustainable lifestyle for its residents and others! Roble residents will lead personalized tours of the residence and also discussions afterwards in the renowned Roble theater. What does sustainable living mean? If you're interested in this question, join us!


Class Style
Activity

L6108: Mind Stretch
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Moataz Razeen

Feeling trapped by mental constraints?
Come join me in interesting activities like the 9-dot game that will help you stretch your mental abilities!


Class Style
Activity

L5968: Liars Club

Join us for a jam-packed session of playing games dedicated to bluffing and deception: Mafia, Resistance, and Liar's Dice! We, the Liars Club, will supply all the materials and teach you all the rules. Feel free to drop in for as many sessions as you like! FUN GUARANTEED.


Class Style
Activity

L6010: Entrepreneurship Crash Course
Difficulty: **

Interested in entrepreneurship? Ever wondered what it's like to develop a product and pitch your idea? This class will provide an interactive overview of entrepreneurship, including a design activity and pitching practice. No prior design or public speaking experience necessary.


Class Style
Activity

L6034: Learn to play Go!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Elisabeth Meyer

Go, also known as weiqi or baduk, is a 2500-year-old board game which makes it the oldest (and funnest) board game still played today. If you like chess or puzzles or even candy crush, this is the game for you. It's easy to pick up but quickly gains complexity as you learn more about it.

Come learn about go, including its history and why computers had so much trouble learning it, and then learn to play!


Class Style
Activity

L5941: Let’s Talk! Communicating & Resolving Conflicts in Relationships
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Angela Lee

Talking about relationships shouldn’t be something that only happens in a fight. Thinking and reflecting on your relationship can be a great growing experience, no matter where it is. Think about a relationship that you are currently in (like a friend, a family member, a partner) and we’ll talk through it together. Whether you want to learn about how to resolve a conflict or an issue in your relationship, or you think that things are going fantastically and you want to let them know, we will work together to learn how to make these conversations effective and peaceful.


Class Style
Discussion

Prerequisites
N/A


Mathematics and Computer Science

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M5996: Network Biology 101
Difficulty: ***

Biology is complex. To help us tackle its challenges, researchers use representative models. One type of model is a mathematical structure called a "Network". In this class, you will learn and use an array of computational platforms and visualization tools (R, D3, Cytoscape, and more) to solve a real biological problem.


Class Style
Discussion

M6038: Almost Everything You'll Ever Need to Know About Calculus
Difficulty: ****
Teachers: Hunter Swan

Crash course on calculus. I claim that you can learn the essential ideas of calculus in about two hours. I dare you to prove me wrong!

This class is not for the faint of heart. It is heavily problem-oriented, so come prepared to flex your mathematical muscles.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Algebra

M6189: Website Development in 45 Minutes
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Chaitanya Asawa

Learn how to and together build a website in 45 minutes!


Class Style
Lecture

M6182: Zero Knowledge Protocols
Difficulty: ****

One of the central tenets of cryptography and more broadly, secure negotiations, is being able to prove to someone you know the solution to a problem that they desire without actually revealing the solution. This idea is prevalent through all of modern cryptography as well as confidential and critical decisionmaking processes. This class will provide an introduction to zero knowledge proofs and their roles in modern voting protocols, cryptography, and secure processes in businesses, the government, and science.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
A second course in Algebra (Algebra 2) or equivalent mathematical maturity

M6004: Graph Algorithms Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Tracey Lin, Max Spero

In this class, we will learn about graphs and graph algorithms.

We will cover:
* What is a graph?
* A few graph algorithms
* Data structures necessary to implement graph algorithms

Then, students will implement some of the algorithms themselves using Python.

Possible algorithms we will cover are:
* Depth-First Search
* Breadth-First Search
* Djikstra's Algorithm
* A* Algorithm
* Kruskal's Algorithm


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Programming experience

M6135: Magic, Madness and More: Computer Science Decoded
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jerry Hong, Kelsey Wang

So what is coding, actually? How is this mysterious idea of computer science used to create amazing things like apps we use every day? We’ll start with a brief overview of the most important concepts of computer programming, and transition into activities where you’ll collaborate to solve real-life problems with computer science principles - and pitch your solutions to the class.

You’ll explore the immense power of programming and stretch your imagination to the limit in this fast-paced, half-instructive, half-interactive class. If you’ve had little or no exposure to computer science before, this class is for you!


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
Must be willing to participate and collaborate with other Splash students - and keep an open mind!

M6161: Computer Science at Stanford
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Bradley Emi

Come learn about what it's like to study Computer Science in college! Taught by a panel of Computer Science students at Stanford.


Class Style
Panel

M5977: Intro to Game Theory Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Grace Zhao

How do politicians win elections?
Why do people procrastinate?
How do companies determine product prices?

At the heart of game theory is the study of decision-making. We’ll apply mathematical models to real life situations in order to understand strategy optimization. Learn about Nash equilibriums, and walk away with the ability to pinpoint smart solutions!


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Algebra

M5928: Understanding Big Data: Data Analysis Through Programming Full!
Difficulty: ****
Teachers: William Gearty

When most people think about computer science and programming, they think about websites and video games. However, in the age of Big Data, programming has become a vital tool for researchers (such as myself) that need to analyze lots of data. In this class, I will introduce R, an open source programming language for statistical computing and graphics. We'll start at the basics (2 + 2 = 4), and by the end you should be able to analyze any dataset and visualize your results with pretty graphs.


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
No programming experience is required. Some statistics knowledge may be useful but is not required.

M5997: To Infinity and Beyond!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jonathan Kang

Ever wondered what is the biggest number? That's easy! There's no biggest number! But the notion of infinity is more than meets the eye.

In this course, we will attempt to answer questions such as: What do we really mean when we say there are infinitely many natural numbers? How did we arrive at our present understanding of infinity? Are there different kinds of infinities?

The infinite has preoccupied mathematicians and philosophers of centuries past. Come learn more about this fascinating topic!


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Familiarity with algebra, comfort with basic mathematical proofs.

M6101: Immersive Technology: New Realities
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Khoi Le

Ever wanted to blast robots in space, paint in three-dimensions, or become the guardian of a medieval castle? In virtual reality, anything is possible. Come learn about the blossoming industry of immersive technology, also known as virtual and augmented reality, mixed reality, or XR. We'll take turns trying different types of XR experiences and talking about the possibilities for the future of XR.


Class Style
Activity

M6139: Introduction to Sabermetrics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Rohan Mehta

An introduction to the mathematical analysis of baseball. Find out how people evaluate players, predict outcomes, and come up with statistics like BABIP, wRC+, and WAR while learning important principles in statistics and probability theory.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
Familiarity with the rules of baseball and basic baseball terminology required. Basic probability and statistics knowledge is helpful, but not required.

M6186: Math-Games Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Dylan Cable

We will explore and play two games that arise from math problems. We will try to figure out how to win these games and to understand the math behind these games.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
None--being curious about math and/or games.

M6015: Demystifying Hot Topics in Computer Science
Difficulty: *

This course provides an accessible overview of some of the latest topics in computer science. Our lineup of teachers come from a variety of backgrounds and interests, and they will share their stories about what computer science looks like in college and industry. The class will be very much driven by participants, so come with questions!


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
No programming experience necessary!

M6140: Twist: How to Solve a Rubik's Cube
Difficulty: ***

Ever wanted to impress your friends? Ever think only geniuses were capable of solving the Rubik's cube? We can make you a genius in less than 3 hours! We will teach you not only how to solve it but some cool tricks and theory as well! (Cubes will be provided for classroom use only.)


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
A somewhat lengthy attention span

M5998: Mathematic
Difficulty: *

We'll be doing fun hands-on mathemagic tricks. Learn how to: fit your entire body through an index card; magically cut a paper loop in half, just to get another paper loop; win money from your friends; and more!


Class Style
Activity