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Miscellaneous

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?378: Modernizing the World: Digital Transformation Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: James Gan

Come learn how Leaders in Digital Transformation apply technology to modernize businesses and help the global economy


Prerequisites
Basic economics knowledge (helps, not required)

?399: Origami 101
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Dwijayini Hemanth

Have you ever wondered how to make a piece of paper into a flower, crane, or box? Well now you can! This class will be an introduction to the ancient art of origami. We will go over the basic folds and make origami that you can take home! No experience necessary!

?388: Introduction to Emergency Medical Services Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Catherine Appleby

Have you ever wondered what it's like to drive with lights and sirens? Or what an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Paramedic does? We'll learn about how Emergency Medical Services (EMS) works and the types of calls an EMT or Paramedic may have to deal with. For some of the more common calls, we will learn how an EMT may recognize and deal with a medical emergency without a diagnosis from a doctor. The class will also go over the fascinating history of pre-hospital healthcare, before there were ambulances to transport patients to the hospital. To end, we will learn how to take vitals, including blood pressure and lung sounds, something that a lot of healthcare professionals learn how to do.

?380: Bookish Social Media Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kelly Stone

Do you love reading, watching Youtube videos, and/or taking artsy photos to post on Instagram? This is your chance to combine these fun interests and learn more about the book industry! We will explore a bunch of different online destinations, such as Goodreads, Booktube, and Bookstagram, where you can visit and post your own online content or admire the work of others. Plus, you'll get to use your creativity to come up with your own ideas for a bookish photoshoot!

?382: The Future of Humanity: A discussion on Technology, Biology, and Ethics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Melody Spencer

What do the Matrix, Gattaca, and Star Trek have to do with our future? Are these movies purely fictional, or do they contain a sliver of truth? Inspired by these ideas, scientists look at the knowledge we have today to make predictions about future technology. Is it possible to control our genes, and if so, how will that change our society? Is it possible for humans to explore deep space, and if we can, will we colonize other planets? Look at the science with us and make your own predictions!

?386: Introduction to Debate & Public Speaking Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Richard Chen

We debate all the time with parents and friends. We can argue about anything as complex as philosophy and politics and as mundane as what to eat for dinner.

Being a strong debater and communicator is essential for any career field. However, many students never get the benefit of public speaking because they are intimidated by audiences and the demands of impromptu speaking. This seminar will help build basic skills in argumentation and oral communication.


Arts

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A408: Striking a Chord: The Joy of Singing Together
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jenna Nam

In this class, we'll be exploring the art of making music with our voices! Members of the Cornell University Glee Club and Chorus will be teaching various ways we can create harmony and will be introducing techniques for priming sight singing skills. Come ready to have fun, learn, and sing (as a group of course) a bit with us! No formal music instruction background necessary.

A403: Fiber Spinning
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Lindsay Sprague

Learn how fiber is produced, make a drop spindle, and learn how to spin sheep's wool and angora fiber. Daisy and Delilah the Cornell sheep, and Mr. Peabody the angora rabbit will be present. Those with allergies to pet dander and fur be advised.

A383: Introductory Architecture: Identifying Styles
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Edward Tremel

Have you ever noticed how strikingly different some buildings look from each other? Wondered what exactly makes old buildings look "old" or new buildings look "new"? Or heard a building described as "Gothic" but didn't know what that really meant? In this class, you'll learn to identify the features of buildings that make them unique and interesting. In addition, you'll see how buildings with similar features can be grouped into named categories, such as "Victorian Gothic" and "Art Deco." Next time you're walking through a college campus or a historic downtown, this class will help you recognize the architectural styles you see around you.


Prerequisites
Curiosity and interest in the appearances of buildings.


Engineering

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E373: Crash Course in Tissue Engineering and Artificial Organs Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jordan Harrod

Most of us know or have heard about people who need new organs, whether it be a heart, a kidney, or a skin graft, and through this, have learned about how difficult (and expensive) it is to attain them. However, doctors, scientists, and engineers are currently on the brink of developing the technology needed to eradicate this problem completely.

In this class, we will talk about current research on and applications of tissue engineering and artificial organs, and what the future of biomedical engineering looks like. We will also look briefly at the feasibility of related fictional technologies in the real world.


Prerequisites
High school biology will be helpful, but is not necessary.

E411: Creative Projectiles: The clever ways scientists launch objects through the air Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Arthur Campello

This course focuses on the ingenuous ways physicists and engineers devise to launch objects. In looking at these we will cover some basic physical mechanics such as momentum and energy conservation. We'll also delve into the clever electromagnetic tricks used to launch probes (rail gun mechanics). These engaging concepts require relatively little knowledge coming in and illustrate the most fundamental of physics concepts.


Prerequisites
Only an understanding of addition, multiplication, and algebra is needed for this course.


Humanities

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H387: Introduction to Mexican Culture and Spanish
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Hailey Schwartz

Have you ever wanted to learn more about our neighboring country, Mexico? Ever wonder what exactly Mexican food is or where that hot chocolate you are drinking is from? Want to impress your friends and family or maybe improve your Spanish speaking skills? Then this class is for you! In this class, you will learn fun facts about the history of the country, Mexican culture including holidays and traditional Mexican foods and some basic Spanish. Students will also have the opportunity to learn how to make guacamole and bring home a copy of the recipe to make themselves!


Prerequisites
No Spanish knowledge is needed for this class. We will be preparing and eating guacamole in class. Please be aware in case of food allergies.


Lunch

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L406: Lunch Period
Difficulty: *
Teachers:

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


Physical Education

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L402: Horses 101
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Lindsay Sprague

Horses are majestic creatures who require a lot of respect and patience. Learn all the techniques to work safely around them, as taught by the American Association for Horsemanship Safety. Exercises and demonstrations to position yourself correctly for a secure seat taught on the ground, along with proper grooming and tack placement. Katie the miniature horse will be our demo animal. Students with fur or dander allergies be advised.


Math & Computer Sciences

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M381: Machine Learning!
Difficulty: **

If you’ve followed tech news lately, you’ve probably heard the term “machine learning” a lot. Machine learning sounds scary and complicated, but in truth, all machine learning algorithms are based on one simple principle. We’ll discuss this principle, then we’ll discuss five popular machine learning algorithms and how they fit into this principle. Finally, we’ll point you to some popular machine learning libraries and, if time permits, do a demo or group activity (no coding required).


Prerequisites
- Know what matrices, vectors, and functions are. We’ll go over the concepts in multivariable calculus and linear algebra that you need for this class. - Be able to follow along with Python code (proficiency in Python is not required but helps!)

M391: The Simplest Programming Language Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Harrison Goldstein

This course will introduce students to the lambda ($$lambda$$) calculus. Many years before computers even existed, Alonzo Church invented a programming language! Students will learn about these foundations of computing, and do some activities with it.


Prerequisites
Some knowledge of programming will be helpful (any language).

M405: Introduction to Card Counting Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Matthew Shih

In this course we will cover the rules of blackjack as well as the basics and mathematics of card counting. We will examine techniques used to discourage card counting and why they are effective. Finally, we will put our knowledge into practice by playing blackjack and put card counting to the test.

M377: Leading Technology Projects: Tech & Product Management
Difficulty: *
Teachers: James Gan

Product Management is the organizational lifecycle function dealing with planning, forecasting, producing, and marketing a product.

As a Senior studying Economics, Computer Science, and Information Science, I found this to be a perfect path for me.

Sign up for this class if you want to learn how to design and lead technology projects!

You may design a mobile game and figure out how to produce it with a budget, and how to make money off it. You may design the next Macbook.

At the very least, you can learn about the Product Management path and possibly discover something to pursue in college!


Prerequisites
Preferred: Basic understanding of cost/benefit thinking Basic understanding of technology and its history

M393: Imaginary Numbers: Properties and Applications
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Manvith Narahari

Have you ever wondered what $$\sqrt{-1}$$ really is? Mathematicians call this number imaginary, but is it even a number at all?

In this course, we'll explore imaginary numbers and how they arise from arithmetic operations. We'll trace the development of different number systems as we try to gain intuition about how imaginary numbers work.


Prerequisites
Algebra Knowledge: polynomials, exponentiation, logarithms, trigonometry (ex: sine, cosine, tangent), vectors


Physical & Biological Sciences

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P397: Optogenetics and Neuroscience Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Lindsay Sprague

Drosophila are a great genetic model organism, and with some cool new technology, we can control them like robots! Optogenetics is useful to study what happens when you activate or deactivate a class of neurons, or an entire motor circuit.


Prerequisites
Highschool biology is helpful but not required.

P396: Neuroscience for Everyone: Neurophysiology Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Lindsay Sprague

This class will cover basic principles of neuroscience including organization of the nervous system, neuromodulators, synaptic plasticity, and analyzing data collected during class.


Prerequisites
High school biology is helpful, but not required.

P376: Theoretical Physics 101: How to Learn About The Universe (or Die Trying) Full!
Difficulty: **

Have you ever had cool ideas about how you think the universe works? Like physics, but hate math? This course is a non-mathematical intro on how you can take an idea you have about how things work and turn it into an even better one.

The topics & structure of the course will be largely decided by student curiosity, but expect 5-10 minute discussions on aspects of how to do theoretical physics interspersed with interesting hands-on examples of strange physical phenomena!

Questions that may or may not be answered in this course include:
-Why are scientists no fun at parties?
-How is the universe out to drive me nuts?
-Why does everyone keep getting math involved?
-How hot would the Sun be if it was made out of gerbils?

If you want, come prepared with an idea/question about physics and we'll discuss it!


Prerequisites
The only course prerequisite is to be curious about the world around you.

P384: All about DNA: How to extract the material, decipher the code, and translate the message!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kathleen Gordon

What do strawberries and humans have in common? DNA! DNA controls how tall a tree can grow, how tadpoles become frogs, and how many fingers and toes we have. In this class, students will learn all about the structure, organization, transcription, and translation of DNA. Students will learn about how DNA acts as a code and how to decipher the messages it contains. We will discuss how the discovery of DNA changed our understanding of genetics and how DNA is studied today. We will learn about how DNA sequencing works and compare human DNA to other living things. Finally, students will isolate DNA from strawberries themselves!

P400: Conserving Lepidoptera - Moths and Butterflies!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Lindsay Sprague

Everyone loves butterflies, especially up close and personal! Students learn how to identify host and nectar plants, what butterfly eggs, larvae, and pupal forms look like; how to tell an adult male from a female, and other significant morphological features of various species. The focus of this class is on sustainable conservation of Lepidoptera in all stages, and practical how-to advice for butterfly hunters who have a mystery larvae to identify and rear.


Prerequisites
N/A

P398: Discovery of the Atom Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Saaj Chattopadhyay

Curious to know what "stuff" is made up off? Want to know why everything is mostly "empty"? If you said YES! to both those questions this crash course is the one for you.
We will put on our scientist's hats and walk in the footsteps of the scientists who discovered the atom.

P409: Proteins!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Anthony Nzessi

Students who take this course will get a brief introduction to proteins and how proteins works. I will talk a little bit about diet as well as building protein and breaking down protein. I will also talk about the basic biology of proteins.


Prerequisites
Basic introduction to biology

P390: Investigating Bacteria or: Questions You Would Ask an Alien Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Srinand Paruthiyil

Bacteria are like aliens you can ask all sorts of questions that they may have the weirdest answers to. How do they talk, what do they eat, what do they breathe, how do they fight, how do they form communities, and what can they do for humans? Bacteria have strange answers, they talk with a chemical language, they breathe uranium, they form incredibly complex societies, they make chemicals that give us a smile, they can even survive the harsh environment of outer space. We’ll go through a survey of fascinating behaviors and we’ll even have some of those bacterial societies for you guys to look at!


Prerequisites
High school biology is suggested

P401: Symbiotic Farming
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Lindsay Sprague

Cornell has a strong focus on agriculture, and this course seeks to introduce prospective students to the joys of animal science. Learn the function of many of the animals on a typical farm, how they need each other, and how to manage crops and livestock for best yield. There will be live animals present, including a chicken, duck, goose, turkey, rabbit, goat, sheep, and miniature horse. Students with animal fur or dander allergies be advised.


Prerequisites
Love of animals!

P407: The Truth About Your Health
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Amber Krisch

Our health is the first thing we should prioritize, yet we are still guided in the wrong direction when it comes to living our happiest, most vibrant lives. Is modern medicine really saving us, or are we putting ourselves more in danger? Are there natural ways - such as chiropractic, acupuncture, or home remedies - to treat serious illnesses? I will cover everything from natural ways to avoid the common cold to debunking myths about our obesity epidemic, sugar, vitamins, and various well-known diseases. Get ready to rethink what you know to be true.

P412: Game of Membrane Proteins Full!
Difficulty: **

Are you interested to know how we hear, how we make memories and why we are in tears when we have spicy foods? We will discuss about one of the important proteins in the kingdom of life called as membrane proteins, and how they play a vital role in all these phenomenon. The class will also include a demo of a technique which helps scientist study membrane protein.


Prerequisites
High school biology and physics


Social Sciences

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S410: Markets, Money, and Labor (with apples!!) Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Arthur Campello

This course will delve into basic supply and demand economics, explaining where prices come from, how companies compete, how people purchase goods, and even a quick mention of taxes. This course requires only a very basic understanding of math and describes important and applicable concepts through engagement (simulation of goods and services with apples and peelers).


Prerequisites
Only an understanding of addition, multiplication, algebra and plotting is needed.

S375: Sustainable Impact Investments
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Linh Vuu

In a world under threat of destruction by catastrophic pollution and man-made disasters, what role should financial institutions play in helping with sustainable development goals? The current goal for banks is to deliver competitive market returns and satisfy shareholders' needs. Delivering positive social impact is often used as a marketing ploy. Can we find a bridge in which helping one's community translates to gains that aren't limited to monetary profits? In this course, we will learn about the ethics of sustainability, corporate morality, and responsible investing.

S385: North Korea: A Historical Context Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Neil Chitrao

As tensions between North Korea and the United States continue to flare up, a study of the history of the Hermit Kingdom could prove valuable. Why is the country so resistant to outside influences? Why did it develop nuclear weapons, and why does it want to launch them at us? What are our options as Kim Jong-Un remains belligerent? Find out the answer to all of these questions and more at this class.

S394: Psychology and Pop Culture Full!
Difficulty: **

What is the psychology behind pop culture trends? We will be talking about topics like why reality TV is so addictive, pop music is so catchy, and why people feel the urge to binge watch certain TV shows over others. If you are interested in answering all these questions, then this class is for you! Clips from your favorite TV shows and your favorite pop songs will be played!


Prerequisites
None

S374: Digital Business Leadership & Strategy
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Linh Vuu

Are you interested in entrepreneurship and applying your start-up passions to capitalize on an increasingly digital business landscape? Are you not sure what that even means? Join us for a class that will help you explore your leadership potential as we learn about different digital business models - e.g. open source, software as a service, cognitive solutions, etc. This class will be 25% lecture- and 75% discussion-based.

S379: Hidden Histories of the Unseen Minority
Difficulty: *
Teachers: James Gan, Linh Vuu

Throughout history, minorities have been forced to face discrimination, exclusion from society, barriers to opportunities, oppression, and under-appreciation in American history. Diversity impels us to realize feelings of self-awareness, insight, and determination in the sense that we must work harder to overcome the conscious and unconscious biases of others. Asian-American history is a story rarely told in secondary and university education. In this course, we will explore key events that have shaped Asian-American culture.

S392: How to Get Involved Politically
Difficulty: *

The purpose of this discussion guide is to create an opportunity for teens to talk together, and find ways to make our community a place where young people can grow up successfully. Most public issues involve and affect young people as well as adults. But there if often little chance in most communities for all of us to work together on community problems in a positive and respectful way. This class will allow teens to understand the importance of civic participation and the tools which allow individuals to engage in the political process.