Splash Fall 2020
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Biological and Medical Sciences

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B7633: Cancer Genetics & Epigenetics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Derek Chen

Ever wondered how cancer arises in the first place? Interested in learning how genetics play a role in cancer? This class will introduce fundamental concepts in cancer genetics and discuss the genetic mechanisms & DNA repair mechanisms behind this disease. We'll also cover the epigenetics and how your environment may be playing a role in influencing your genetics.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
All students welcome!

B7650: Evolutionary Medicine
Difficulty: ***

Why are body systems prone to disease? This course will explore theories about the evolutionary basis of diseases, including sickle-cell anemia, cancer, diabetes, and psychiatric disease. We will synthesize genetics, physiology, and evolution to better understand human health and disease


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
High school biology

B7632: Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in the United States
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Derek Chen

Are you interested in medicine, public health, or a related healthcare career? Curious how where you live can affect your health? This class will introduce fundamental concepts about health among racial/ethnic minorities groups in the United States. Topics covered include learning about the indicators of population health to examining how neighborhood factors and socioeconomic status can influence health outcomes and health behaviors across racial and ethnic groups. We will also briefly cover how all this relates to the COVID19 pandemic.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
All students welcome!

B7636: Whodunit? How to Use DNA to Solve Crimes
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Alyssa Lyn Fortier

You've probably heard that DNA found at a crime scene can be used to identify criminals. But how exactly does this work? In this class, we'll explore the genetic principles behind forensic DNA matching and familial DNA matching, and the biases and privacy concerns that come with it.


Class Style
Seminar

B7637: Hepatitis B 101
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Andrew Li

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
Seminar

Prerequisites
eagerness to learn

B7642: Learn to Save Lives by Stopping the Bleed
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Nick Hakes

The number one cause of preventable death after injury is bleeding. Because someone who is severely bleeding can bleed to death in as little as five minutes, bleeding control — keeping the blood inside the body — is of utmost importance. In this class, Stanford Trauma Surgery will teach you how to save lives by Stopping the Bleed.


Class Style
Lecture


Chemical and Physical Sciences

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C7646: Yeast, Fungi, and Bacteria: Beyond Bread, Mushroom, and Cheese
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Alexander Soohoo

When the general public thinks of yeast, fungi, and bacteria, there is a general feeling of unease. They are dirty; they are gross. Or, people associate these organisms with food. However, while unsettling to some and tasty to others, yeast, fungi, and bacteria have been a rich source of medicinally important natural products for the past century. There have been numerous U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs derived from these organisms, helping patients treat infections, lower cholesterol, and more. Can we discover more natural products that fight cancers, delay Alzheimer’s, or prevent heart disease? Additionally, these organisms have recently been utilized as “green factories.” Can these organisms be used to create fuels, biodegradable products, or alternative forms of meat? This course will provide an overview of current research using biology and chemistry to not only discover and develop new medicines but also to find alternative ways to create products we use every day. Join me as we go treasure hunting in some of the underappreciated parts of the natural world!


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Seminar


Engineering

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E7635: Intro to Web Development
Difficulty: **

Workshop based class in which students learn the basics of HTML/CSS and create a website using the skills that they have learned. Chromebooks will be provided.


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
Bring a laptop if you are able to

E7647: Real Rocket Science with Fake Engineers

Come learn how to do Rocket Science™, then build and launch your own bottle rocket with the Stanford Student Space Initiative!


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
None!

E7649: Materials Gone Wrong!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Andrew Lee

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 exciting demonstrations and Q&A with Materials Science Graduate Students. Emphasis on exciting 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. We’re happy to bring our demonstrations to you virtually! 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.


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Activity


Humanities

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H7638: The American Ghost Story
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Lizzie Dowdle

Have you ever wondered about why Americans celebrate Halloween? Do you spend your time watching episode after episode of Buzzfeed Unsolved: Supernatural? Then this is the course for you! In this class, we will learn about the history of ghosts in American culture. Be ready to be spooked!


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
None!


Lunch

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L7631: 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.

L7630: Lunch Period
Difficulty: None
Teachers:

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


Mathematics and Computer Science

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M7644: Speaking through Fractals: What Language and Trees Have in Common
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jennifer John

What's the longest sentence you can come up with? What if that sentence only had one word? How do you know the sentence is grammatically correct?

And what does all this have to do with fractals?

In our class, you'll learn the one simple concept that explains how our minds represent language, how computers solve complex problems, and how you can draw realistic trees that will blow away your artistic friends. No experience required -- if you enjoy friendly mathematical banter and aesthetically pleasing diagrams, this class is for you!


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
None!

M7648: Introduction to UX/UI Design
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Amy Nguyen

In this class, we'll explore the field of UX/ UI design. What is UX/ UI? Why does it matter? What can you do with it? You'll also learn to design a mobile application yourself!


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Activity

M7641: The Deterministic Finite Automaton (and more)
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Ophir Horovitz

Take a dive into one of the most exciting subfields of computer science, the Theory of Computation! In this class, you'll be introduced to the tip of the iceberg of theory--that is, regular languages and their computational models. What's a regular language? What are its computational models? Come on over to class to find out!


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
An open mind, a penchant for cool and interesting theories


Physical Education

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P7643: Intro to Pilates
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Amisha Iyer

Ever tried working out in your bedroom? Did you hit yourself on the wall or crash into your bed? Did your parents complain about the thumping when you tried to do jumping jacks? Quarantine workouts aren't ideal when you don't have the space or the motivation. But wait, there's a solution. Enter Pilates, a chill, bedroom-friendly way for you to keep active and take a break from the stress of online school. All you need is a yoga mat (or yoga mat sized space), a water bottle and a small towel, and you're ready to start on your Pilates journey!


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Activity


Social Sciences

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S7652: The Psychology of Influence
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Melissa Santos

Why do we listen to other people? What compels us to obey, to conform, or to compromise?

Join me for an interactive lecture about the psychology of influence! We'll talk about key psychological studies that will help us understand why our behavior is so affected by others around us, and how the power of influence can be used for both bad and good.


Class Style
Lecture

S7651: Us vs Them: The Psychology of Prejudice
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Melissa Santos

How do humans learn to discriminate? Why are we loyal to groups, whether it be our family, school, country, or home sports team?

Discover the psychological insights into human divisiveness: we'll discuss stereotyping, implicit biases, social identity, and more, and apply this knowledge to key case studies and current events.


Class Style
Lecture

S7639: How to Negotiate and Get More of What You Want
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Alisa Yu

From asking for a better salary offer, to advocating your viewpoint to people who disagree, negotiation is a critical skill in life. This class will teach you to negotiate strategically and confidently with others, and will help debunk some fundamental misconceptions about the negotiation process. In this lecture-style class, you will learn practical and actionable tips to get more of what you want in your life and future career.


Class Style
Lecture


Visual and Performing Arts

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A7645: Monologue Workshop for Actors!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Skya Theobald

A monologue workshop for anyone interested in acting for theatre or film! Ideal for grades 10-12 and for serious actors. If you are in grades 8 or 9 and would like to join the class please email me at skya@stanford.edu.
Actors must prepare a 1 minute monologue which we will break down and work on together. Memorization is optional.


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
Please prepare a 1 minute monologue!

A7640: Piano Masterclass
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ophir Horovitz

Will be held via Zoom. For advanced classical pianists, any standard classical repertoire acceptable. If you are interested in performing, please email ophirh10@stanford.edu with your repertoire choice. If you would like to sit in to listen, just sign up for the class here!


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Seminar