SIG at Yale University: Courses

Once you have chosen your campus, it is time to select your courses and customize your SIG experience. SIG is committed to fostering the recognition of each student’s unique abilities as well as providing opportunities to explore new interests. We encourage students to choose a course schedule that includes areas of passion and strength, but also allows for the exploration of new interests. Students may take four classes in the four-period day. All campus courses are ninety minutes long and run for 15 sessions during the three week program.

Tips on Choosing Courses and Making Your Schedule:

The most important thing to consider when choosing courses is to create a schedule that helps the student develop individual passions and also pursue topics of interest. We suggest that parents with any academic questions or concerns contact the SIG office. Here are guidelines we have found helpful:

  • Choose two courses within an area of strength, such as science or humanities.
  • Try a course in a new area of interest!
  • Choose a course from the arts or fitness offerings.

A computer lab is provided on most campuses for access during available times. While personal computers are not required, they are recommended for many courses.

Students can change courses on the second academic day only, as long as an appropriate course alternate is available. Students may drop a course at any time and have a daytime, self-directed study period instead. The daytime study period is not listed in the schedule, but may be arranged on campus through the Academic Dean.

Evening Study/Tutorial Period

SIG provides a nightly Study/Tutorial period for residential and extended commuter students. This self-directed study period allows additional time to conduct research and to work on individual and group projects.

Please Note: Not all courses run at all campuses. Students must choose alternative courses in case a selected class is at capacity or is not offered due to under-enrollment. We also encourage students to apply early to increase their chances of getting their first choice courses. Our final schedule of courses is reflective of the preferences of students enrolled at that campus. Course schedule adjustments by campus occur in April. Students may transfer to another campus as long as there is space on the alternate campus.

Session I June 29 - July 19
Session II July 21 - August 10

Session I

Humanities
E13Period - 3New!Writing the Future

People of almost all historic ages and cultures have attempted to predict the future. Today futurists range from predicting ecological catastrophes to envisioning utopian societies. By imagining, forecasting, and writing about future scenarios for our world, we can create important possibilities and take strategic, problem-solving action. In addition to refining your writing and verbal skills, this course will help you develop a future-thinking outlook for succeeding in complex and dynamically evolving circumstances, employing some of the tools that futurists use, such as trend analysis and mind mapping. Be prepared!

E14Period - 1Philosophy: Diving into Deep Thoughts

How do you know when something is real? What is fear? What is the most important part of life? Think deeply about these questions, and more, as you dive into philosophy and observe, consider, and discuss the world around you. Pose your own big questions and gain an understanding of some of the philosophical thinkers and thought that have shaped our society and our world.

Math, Science & Technology
E15Period - 2Anticipating Algebra

“When will I ever use algebra?” you may ask. Here’s one way. Introduce yourself to algebra by focusing on its real-world applications. In addition to tackling concepts of linear equations and factoring, you also may see how algebra can be fun by exploring games, tessellations, and probability.

E16Period - 1New!Unlocking the Genetic Code

Understanding the encryption on your genetic code will open your eyes to a whole new dimension of science: genetics. It was the unique genetic makeup of the infamous “swine flu” or H1N1 that enabled the virus to traverse animal species and thrive. Gain an understanding of DNA and the processes by which it codes living organisms. Study the structure of the double helix and investigate ways that scientists reengineer it. Consider the potential applications of this new field of research to your life and generation.

E17Period - 3Planetary Science: Putting the ‘U’ in Universe

Planetary science seeks to explain the structures and motions of objects in our solar system. In this class, you’ll examine how our planet’s unique role in the solar system and how changes in the universe affect us. You will distinguish planets by their properties, sizes, and unique characteristics and study how physics, chemistry, and geology help them evolve. Want more to think about? Consider where we came from. What has happened to our planet over the past billions of years, and what will happen to it in the future? Design your own Mission to Mars, plan a planetary expedition, or design a new way to research the outer planets! Come pursue your questions about Earth and its relationship to the rest of the universe.

E18Period - 2New!Geology: Getting to the Core of the Matter

The planet Earth was formed roughly 4.5 billion years ago and, to this day, 100 billion trillion kilograms of liquid core lie still un-cooled. In this course you will explore additional jaw-dropping phenomena that make life on Earth possible. For example, did you know that Earth is the only planet in our solar system with plate tectonics, and that this phenomenon is necessary for life to flourish? Did you know there are hundreds of interesting geological careers as well? In this course you will learn about gold deposits and mining, fossil fuels and oil drilling, and mineral formation related to rare metals and gems! Intensely explore into the numerous geological components that make up this amazing planet and delve deeply into what fascinates you about geologic Earth.

Multi-Disciplinary
E19Period - 4Spying: Secrets, Surveillance, and Science

Did you know that the newest satellite technology can look into your living room from thousands of miles away in space? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a spy and monitor this technology? Did you know that some of the gadgets from James Bond films really exist? Come discover how spies keep—and uncover— secrets. Get an inside look at the science behind spies’ tricks of the trade. Create an original spy gadget and persuade your peers of its usefulness.

E20Period - 2SIG Monopoly: Money in the Game of Life

Take a lesson from popular board games and explore the concepts of investing, housing, portfolios, and diversification of funds! Investing isn’t just for grown-ups anymore. Today, great ideas can become business ventures for individuals of any age. This class will help you make the most of your money even as a young person. Topics will include savings and interest, income and expenses, and the basics of the stock market. You will invest some imaginary money and determine your risk tolerance level in a stress-free way.

E21Period - 4New!Aspiring Architects

Architecture has afforded humans with the opportunity throughout history to combine the functional needs of human safety, protection, and activity with beautiful forms of self-expression. Architecture of the present and future offers solutions to ecological and other challenges. In this course you will create an architectural solution to a problem that concerns you. In the process you will delve into architectural concepts, information about inventive projects such as Arcosanti and Victory City, the history of local architecture, and the contributions of such great innovators as Frank Lloyd Wright and Buckminster Fuller.

Humanities
J26Period - 4New!Immortal Fiction

Immortal characters play intriguing roles in fantasy fiction and are increasingly popular in current culture. Come explore and celebrate the enduring and important genre of fantasy literature and its immortal characters! In addition to examining elements of mythology and folklore in popular and contemporary works, as well as in traditional pieces, we will trace the influence of humankind’s fascination with immortality and eternal life through literature, film, and other media. Immerse yourself in the worlds created by your favorite fantasy authors and express your imaginative, creative self by writing about your own immortal character!

J27Period - 1New!Legally Speaking

Interested in a career in law, or just want to possess a lawyer’s argumentation skills? Come explore some of the elements that make law such an exciting and rewarding profession and learn to win debates. Through public speaking exercises and awareness of legal issues, you will develop persuasive argumentation skills crucial to success in future professions, both legal and otherwise. You will practice skills while enacting trials and assuming the role of judge, jury, prosecutor, defender, or witness. Living the courtroom drama will hone your organizational skills, develop speaking and questioning abilities, and deepen your understanding of concepts underlying our justice system. Best of all, you can begin to assess your personal aptitude for a potential law career.

J28Period - 1Chemistry: The Essential Element

Welcome to the laboratory that is the world in which you live. Experiment with domestic chemicals, environmental materials, foods, and living organisms to discover the chemical nature of substances, their properties, reactions, and their uses in daily life. Design a series of experiments to test your hypotheses about the chemical reactions of substances. Materials Fee: $25

J29Period - 4Algebraic Expressions

For students who have not yet taken Algebra I, let us introduce you to linear and quadratic equations, polynomials, rational functions, and graphing. Class highlights include factoring algebraic expressions and using algebra to solve word problems.

J30Period - 4Online Design: Untangling the Web

Have you ever wondered why some websites are so successful and others are not? Do you know the differences behind the scenes of blogs, Wikis, and photo hosting sites such as Flickr? Come to understand the history of the internet and the evolution of web design. Learn the ins and outs of designing and implementing a properly functioning website. Through this hands-on, project-based course you will be in charge of all aspects from website purpose, design, page layout, navigation and the intricate technology behind the page. Whether you are a novice or a veteran web designer this course has something for you! Materials Fee: $25

Math, Science & Technology
J31Period - 2Fun with Newtonian Physics

Sir Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion laid the foundation of physics. Come explore classical mechanics as applied to everyday backyard rockets, roller coasters, and pinewood derby cars which all use principles of physics! Understanding scientific topics such as speed, momentum, and thrust will help you shoot your rocket higher, design a faster and safer coaster, and bring home first prize at the derby! Come broaden your understanding of physics and experiment with new and exciting designs that test principles of this exciting field of science.

J32Period - 3New!Biomechanics of Living Creatures

Did you know the strongest animal on the planet is actually a two-inch sized beetle, proportionally speaking? Did you know that, in a scaled comparison of a domestic cat to a horse, both can jump equally as high? Biomechanics uses mathematics to study the biological systems of living creatures. In this course you will explore everything from surface-to-volume limitations of a single cell, to why a whale can remain underwater for extended periods of time. Understanding biomechanics will help introduce you to the exciting career of bioengineering.

Multi-Disciplinary
J33Period - 2Thinking Inside, Outside, and Beyond the Box

Will you have the next great idea? In 1948, when George de Mestral made a connection between the burrs stuck to his pants and a way to fasten things together (which became Velcro), he was “thinking outside the box”. Here is a class that will help you learn to think beyond the expected! People who make unique parallels and see new solutions will become our most valued problem-solvers of the future. Learn strategies and gain multiple perspectives that will assist you in discovering creative solutions to problems now and in your future.

J34Period - 3Taking Stock in Money Matters

Investing isn’t just for adults anymore. Young people live in an age when the world of finance is an integral part of everyone’s daily life. This class will introduce you to the world of investing so that you can make the most of your money, even as a young person. Topics will include savings and interest, income and expenses, and the basics of the stock market. You will invest some imaginary money and determine your risk tolerance level in a stress-free way as you develop your financial acumen.

J35Period - 3Move Over Sherlock

How do real detectives solve mysteries? Come examine how modern crime investigators use cutting-edge scientific discoveries to search for evidence, gather clues, and analyze data. Participate in a simulated mystery in which you become the detective, as you learn skills in logic, inductive and deductive reasoning, data collection, and analysis. This is a great way to practice using your scientific problem solving skills!

J36Period - 1NEW to Day Program! Future City Design

Explore the challenges of the future! Take on the roles of chemical, mechanical, electrical, aeronautical, and civil engineers as you develop a vision for a future city. Construct a scale model city, showcasing your ideas for future architectural design, transportation, communication, recreation, environmental concerns, and the health and safety of your future citizens.

J37Period - 2NEW LEVEL! Facts, Stats, and Studies: The Methods of Research

Children laugh over 300 times a day, while adults laugh on average only 15 times a day. Annually, the amount of garbage that is dumped in the world’s oceans is three times the weight of fish caught from the oceans. 45% of Americans don’t know that the sun is a star. Have you ever wondered where these interesting statistics originate? Statistics help determine causality and provide tools to help predict future trends and events. In this introductory course, you will learn the basics of research design and statistical collection techniques, as well as data analysis and presentation. You will explore statistical phenomena, become informed about the misuses of statistics, and conduct your own mini statistical research project!

Humanities
M39Period - 1New!Creative Connections

Creative thinking is crucial in a continuously changing world. The ability to find unique solutions is an extremely valued commodity. The good news is that creativity is comprised of skills that all of us can learn. In this course, we help demystify creativity, offering tools and guidelines that you can use to develop your creative capabilities. Explore the lives and work of exceedingly creative individuals, including various elements that led them to become ingenious innovators. Examine how to apply their personal stories of success to your own life, and engage in creative activities from the worlds of science, literature, philosophy, and visual and performing arts.

Math, Science & Technology
M40Period - 3Engineering in Action

Ever wonder how chemical, mechanical, electrical, aeronautical, and civil engineers solve real world problems? Come learn basic engineering principles regarding stability of structures, buoyancy, heat phenomena, and electricity. Perhaps you will use your interest in scientific and mathematical principles to design towns, factories, airplanes, toys, or other concepts to enhance life in the future! Maybe you will be inspired to pursue one of the many great career opportunities available in engineering! Materials Fee: $25

M41Period - 4Medical Microbiology

Study of the human body through medical microbiology is one of the last scientific frontiers. This course introduces human biology and the groundbreaking medical sciences that support it. Medical microbiology fuses medicine and microbiology of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites, all of which can cause human diseases. In this course, you will examine essential biochemical reactions that occur within the human body. Then, you will delve into the imbalances and resulting diseases that inevitably occur, as well as their treatments. Come and see if you think trailblazing this fascinating frontier is for you! Materials Fee: $25

M44Period - 2Technology: Complex Problems, Simple Solutions

Our world faces many challenges today such as climate change, widespread poverty, diseases, inadequate health systems, and shortages of energy, water, and food. In developing countries, low-tech solutions can be created that use local knowledge and resources in conjunction with sophisticated technology. Solar-powered appliances provide electricity; treadle pumps bring water up from desert areas; sugar cane charcoal provides energy in Haiti, and wheat and rice straw make a fuel in India that minimizes air pollution and supports the local economy. These ideas are just a few of the solutions that international problem solving has generated for people facing challenging situations. Join in the spirit of innovation, ingenuity, and cooperation. Test your ability to solve a global or local challenge that intrigues you by using your newly gained knowledge of appropriate technology and engineering. Materials Fee: $25

M45Period - 2New!DNA Diagnostics

Genomics is a relatively new field of study, beginning in the past century. Genomics evolved from a series of experimental advances that allowed researchers to decipher the DNA sequence of whole genomes from virtually any organism. In this class you will explore genetics and develop an understanding of animal genomes. With this tool, you will examine the most recent trends in genetic engineering in such areas as foods, agriculture, and human cell research. “Diagnose” the extent to which genomics will affect your life as well as the lives of others.

Multi-Disciplinary
M47Period - 1Theories of Time Travel: Spacetime Physics and Wormholes

If we could unify quantum gravity, quantum mechanics, and general relativity into one theory, physicists argue that time travel would be possible. Journey with us through a study of black holes, negative energy, and cosmic strings as we research current theories of time travel. Study the experiments of physicists around the world and what they have revealed about paradoxes and mutable timelines. Create your own theory of time travel based on your research.

M49Period - 4New!Working the Future

How do we prepare to excel in a future career that may not even exist yet? While we cannot accurately predict what our world will be like 20, 30 or 40 years from now, we can teach ourselves to solve complex problems that can occur in any that may arise. We can also teach ourselves how to be self-directed learners who will become knowledgeable and skilled in any field or discipline that proves important and engaging. In this course, develop problem-solving skills that can help keep you “ahead of the curve” no matter what it looks like, and the power to learn well what you need to know in any field or discipline. Be ready for the mystery job, whatever it may be!

M50Period - 3New!Synaptic Plasticity: The Adaptable Brain

Did you know that you can alter the ways in which your brain is “wired”? In this class you will think like a neuroscientist and explore how the human brain develops. You will examine topics such as neuroplasticity, genetic circuits, and the nervous system, as well as neural changes resulting from bodily injury. Research from these fascinating topics can be applied to the fields of health, medicine, education, and aging. Let your curiosity explore the science behind your curiosity. Design experiments to test your own theories about neuroplasticity.

Visual & Performing Arts
A63Period - 2Digital Photography

Digital photography has changed the world of image recording. Learn how to enhance your own photographs to express yourself through a captured moment. If you like computers and cameras, this course is for you. You must bring your own digital camera to participate in this class. A 1G flash drive is highly recommended as well. Ages 13-17 at every campus except Bryn Mawr and Vassar which are for ages 9-14.

A64Period - 4Two and Three-D Media: Drawing and Sculpting

Express yourself in pencil, ink, watercolor, or three dimensions. Develop your techniques in perspective, light, shading, and color theory. Learn the fundamentals of positive and negative space. Create an original, displayable work. Materials Fee: $25

A65Period - 3Animation and Claymation

Walt Disney is well known for contributions to the world of animation, but have you ever wondered how filmmakers create animated films? Did you know that the first clay animated films were produced in 1908? Come and discover the intricate and wonderful world of animation and claymation from Mickey Mouse to The Pirates! Band of Misfits. A combination of story writing, script writing, art, photography and computers make for a fun-filled experience. See if you have the patience and stamina required to create a (very) short cartoon. You must bring your own digital camera to participate in this class. A 1G flash drive is highly recommended as well. Ages 9-12 only. Materials Fee: $25

A66Period - 3Improv 101: You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry, You’ll Improvise!

This combination of dramatic and comedic improvisation will help you gain confidence in your ability to perform spontaneously, improve your storytelling skills, think on your feet, and improve your teamwork and communication skills. Focus will be given to creating a stage presence, developing scenes, and projecting a character to the audience through coaching, warm-ups, games, and short scene work. Great practice for developing creativity, trust, and cooperation in a fun atmosphere! Ages 13-17 only.

A68Period - 1The Art of Making a Short Film

Did you know that Tim Burton got his start in short film production? Before Edward Scissorhands and Frankenweenie, Burton wrote and directed short films, such as The Island of Doctor Agor and Stalk of the Celery Monster. In fact, Burton still finds a creative outlet in directing and producing short films. A short film, whether animated or live action, is less than 40 minutes long, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Analyze the various features of short films and evaluate the entertainment value of short, compared to a feature length, films. Come learn the trade of award-winning directors like Martin Scorsese and Wes Anderson and film your own SIG short film. Materials Fee: $25

Fitness & Recreation
R69Period - 1Fit for Life

Enjoy life to its fullest by being strong, healthy, and energetic. This course will help you do this through assessing your present state of fitness, making personal goals, individualizing your fitness activity according to your abilities, interests, needs, and preferences, and learning more about the roles nutrition and emotion play in an overall approach to physical health. You will exercise what you learn in class and gain a holistic approach to lifelong fitness.

R70Period - 3Fencing: Footwork to Foils

Fencing – the sport of aristocrats and a great way to connect mind and body! For novices, this class will develop basic technique, form, finesse, and balance essential for success as a fencer. Refine your skills as you are paired with others of similar ability. The foil technique will emphasize a strong defense and body attack. Foils and fencing equipment are provided.

R71Period - 2 & 4Self-Defense Sense

Self-defense strategies are important, not only for self-protection, but also for building physical and mental discipline. This class will help you develop a commanding presence as you gain control and confidence through awareness of your surroundings, wrist escapes, defense against body holds, and blocking. A healthy lifestyle is built on self-discipline, fitness, and goal setting-- the foundations of effective self-defense!

R73Period - 4Tennis: Love and Lobby

Learn the basics of scoring, strokes, volleys, and serves. For students with developed intermediate level playing skills, this class will give you the opportunity to perfect your strokes, learn new strategies, and improve your game by competing against other experienced players in the class. Bring your racquet!

Session II

Humanities
E13Period - 3New!Writing the Future

People of almost all historic ages and cultures have attempted to predict the future. Today futurists range from predicting ecological catastrophes to envisioning utopian societies. By imagining, forecasting, and writing about future scenarios for our world, we can create important possibilities and take strategic, problem-solving action. In addition to refining your writing and verbal skills, this course will help you develop a future-thinking outlook for succeeding in complex and dynamically evolving circumstances, employing some of the tools that futurists use, such as trend analysis and mind mapping. Be prepared!

E14Period - 1Philosophy: Diving into Deep Thoughts

How do you know when something is real? What is fear? What is the most important part of life? Think deeply about these questions, and more, as you dive into philosophy and observe, consider, and discuss the world around you. Pose your own big questions and gain an understanding of some of the philosophical thinkers and thought that have shaped our society and our world.

Math, Science & Technology
E15Period - 2Anticipating Algebra

“When will I ever use algebra?” you may ask. Here’s one way. Introduce yourself to algebra by focusing on its real-world applications. In addition to tackling concepts of linear equations and factoring, you also may see how algebra can be fun by exploring games, tessellations, and probability.

E16Period - 1New!Unlocking the Genetic Code

Understanding the encryption on your genetic code will open your eyes to a whole new dimension of science: genetics. It was the unique genetic makeup of the infamous “swine flu” or H1N1 that enabled the virus to traverse animal species and thrive. Gain an understanding of DNA and the processes by which it codes living organisms. Study the structure of the double helix and investigate ways that scientists reengineer it. Consider the potential applications of this new field of research to your life and generation.

E17Period - 3Planetary Science: Putting the ‘U’ in Universe

Planetary science seeks to explain the structures and motions of objects in our solar system. In this class, you’ll examine how our planet’s unique role in the solar system and how changes in the universe affect us. You will distinguish planets by their properties, sizes, and unique characteristics and study how physics, chemistry, and geology help them evolve. Want more to think about? Consider where we came from. What has happened to our planet over the past billions of years, and what will happen to it in the future? Design your own Mission to Mars, plan a planetary expedition, or design a new way to research the outer planets! Come pursue your questions about Earth and its relationship to the rest of the universe.

E18Period - 2New!Geology: Getting to the Core of the Matter

The planet Earth was formed roughly 4.5 billion years ago and, to this day, 100 billion trillion kilograms of liquid core lie still un-cooled. In this course you will explore additional jaw-dropping phenomena that make life on Earth possible. For example, did you know that Earth is the only planet in our solar system with plate tectonics, and that this phenomenon is necessary for life to flourish? Did you know there are hundreds of interesting geological careers as well? In this course you will learn about gold deposits and mining, fossil fuels and oil drilling, and mineral formation related to rare metals and gems! Intensely explore into the numerous geological components that make up this amazing planet and delve deeply into what fascinates you about geologic Earth.

Multi-Disciplinary
E19Period - 4Spying: Secrets, Surveillance, and Science

Did you know that the newest satellite technology can look into your living room from thousands of miles away in space? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a spy and monitor this technology? Did you know that some of the gadgets from James Bond films really exist? Come discover how spies keep—and uncover— secrets. Get an inside look at the science behind spies’ tricks of the trade. Create an original spy gadget and persuade your peers of its usefulness.

E20Period - 2SIG Monopoly: Money in the Game of Life

Take a lesson from popular board games and explore the concepts of investing, housing, portfolios, and diversification of funds! Investing isn’t just for grown-ups anymore. Today, great ideas can become business ventures for individuals of any age. This class will help you make the most of your money even as a young person. Topics will include savings and interest, income and expenses, and the basics of the stock market. You will invest some imaginary money and determine your risk tolerance level in a stress-free way.

E21Period - 4New!Aspiring Architects

Architecture has afforded humans with the opportunity throughout history to combine the functional needs of human safety, protection, and activity with beautiful forms of self-expression. Architecture of the present and future offers solutions to ecological and other challenges. In this course you will create an architectural solution to a problem that concerns you. In the process you will delve into architectural concepts, information about inventive projects such as Arcosanti and Victory City, the history of local architecture, and the contributions of such great innovators as Frank Lloyd Wright and Buckminster Fuller.

Humanities
J26Period - 4New!Immortal Fiction

Immortal characters play intriguing roles in fantasy fiction and are increasingly popular in current culture. Come explore and celebrate the enduring and important genre of fantasy literature and its immortal characters! In addition to examining elements of mythology and folklore in popular and contemporary works, as well as in traditional pieces, we will trace the influence of humankind’s fascination with immortality and eternal life through literature, film, and other media. Immerse yourself in the worlds created by your favorite fantasy authors and express your imaginative, creative self by writing about your own immortal character!

J27Period - 1New!Legally Speaking

Interested in a career in law, or just want to possess a lawyer’s argumentation skills? Come explore some of the elements that make law such an exciting and rewarding profession and learn to win debates. Through public speaking exercises and awareness of legal issues, you will develop persuasive argumentation skills crucial to success in future professions, both legal and otherwise. You will practice skills while enacting trials and assuming the role of judge, jury, prosecutor, defender, or witness. Living the courtroom drama will hone your organizational skills, develop speaking and questioning abilities, and deepen your understanding of concepts underlying our justice system. Best of all, you can begin to assess your personal aptitude for a potential law career.

J28Period - 1Chemistry: The Essential Element

Welcome to the laboratory that is the world in which you live. Experiment with domestic chemicals, environmental materials, foods, and living organisms to discover the chemical nature of substances, their properties, reactions, and their uses in daily life. Design a series of experiments to test your hypotheses about the chemical reactions of substances. Materials Fee: $25

J29Period - 4Algebraic Expressions

For students who have not yet taken Algebra I, let us introduce you to linear and quadratic equations, polynomials, rational functions, and graphing. Class highlights include factoring algebraic expressions and using algebra to solve word problems.

J30Period - 4Online Design: Untangling the Web

Have you ever wondered why some websites are so successful and others are not? Do you know the differences behind the scenes of blogs, Wikis, and photo hosting sites such as Flickr? Come to understand the history of the internet and the evolution of web design. Learn the ins and outs of designing and implementing a properly functioning website. Through this hands-on, project-based course you will be in charge of all aspects from website purpose, design, page layout, navigation and the intricate technology behind the page. Whether you are a novice or a veteran web designer this course has something for you! Materials Fee: $25

Math, Science & Technology
J31Period - 2Fun with Newtonian Physics

Sir Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion laid the foundation of physics. Come explore classical mechanics as applied to everyday backyard rockets, roller coasters, and pinewood derby cars which all use principles of physics! Understanding scientific topics such as speed, momentum, and thrust will help you shoot your rocket higher, design a faster and safer coaster, and bring home first prize at the derby! Come broaden your understanding of physics and experiment with new and exciting designs that test principles of this exciting field of science.

J32Period - 3New!Biomechanics of Living Creatures

Did you know the strongest animal on the planet is actually a two-inch sized beetle, proportionally speaking? Did you know that, in a scaled comparison of a domestic cat to a horse, both can jump equally as high? Biomechanics uses mathematics to study the biological systems of living creatures. In this course you will explore everything from surface-to-volume limitations of a single cell, to why a whale can remain underwater for extended periods of time. Understanding biomechanics will help introduce you to the exciting career of bioengineering.

Multi-Disciplinary
J33Period - 2Thinking Inside, Outside, and Beyond the Box

Will you have the next great idea? In 1948, when George de Mestral made a connection between the burrs stuck to his pants and a way to fasten things together (which became Velcro), he was “thinking outside the box”. Here is a class that will help you learn to think beyond the expected! People who make unique parallels and see new solutions will become our most valued problem-solvers of the future. Learn strategies and gain multiple perspectives that will assist you in discovering creative solutions to problems now and in your future.

J34Period - 3Taking Stock in Money Matters

Investing isn’t just for adults anymore. Young people live in an age when the world of finance is an integral part of everyone’s daily life. This class will introduce you to the world of investing so that you can make the most of your money, even as a young person. Topics will include savings and interest, income and expenses, and the basics of the stock market. You will invest some imaginary money and determine your risk tolerance level in a stress-free way as you develop your financial acumen.

J35Period - 3Move Over Sherlock

How do real detectives solve mysteries? Come examine how modern crime investigators use cutting-edge scientific discoveries to search for evidence, gather clues, and analyze data. Participate in a simulated mystery in which you become the detective, as you learn skills in logic, inductive and deductive reasoning, data collection, and analysis. This is a great way to practice using your scientific problem solving skills!

J36Period - 1NEW to Day Program! Future City Design

Explore the challenges of the future! Take on the roles of chemical, mechanical, electrical, aeronautical, and civil engineers as you develop a vision for a future city. Construct a scale model city, showcasing your ideas for future architectural design, transportation, communication, recreation, environmental concerns, and the health and safety of your future citizens.

J37Period - 2NEW LEVEL! Facts, Stats, and Studies: The Methods of Research

Children laugh over 300 times a day, while adults laugh on average only 15 times a day. Annually, the amount of garbage that is dumped in the world’s oceans is three times the weight of fish caught from the oceans. 45% of Americans don’t know that the sun is a star. Have you ever wondered where these interesting statistics originate? Statistics help determine causality and provide tools to help predict future trends and events. In this introductory course, you will learn the basics of research design and statistical collection techniques, as well as data analysis and presentation. You will explore statistical phenomena, become informed about the misuses of statistics, and conduct your own mini statistical research project!

Humanities
M39Period - 1New!Creative Connections

Creative thinking is crucial in a continuously changing world. The ability to find unique solutions is an extremely valued commodity. The good news is that creativity is comprised of skills that all of us can learn. In this course, we help demystify creativity, offering tools and guidelines that you can use to develop your creative capabilities. Explore the lives and work of exceedingly creative individuals, including various elements that led them to become ingenious innovators. Examine how to apply their personal stories of success to your own life, and engage in creative activities from the worlds of science, literature, philosophy, and visual and performing arts.

Math, Science & Technology
M40Period - 3Engineering in Action

Ever wonder how chemical, mechanical, electrical, aeronautical, and civil engineers solve real world problems? Come learn basic engineering principles regarding stability of structures, buoyancy, heat phenomena, and electricity. Perhaps you will use your interest in scientific and mathematical principles to design towns, factories, airplanes, toys, or other concepts to enhance life in the future! Maybe you will be inspired to pursue one of the many great career opportunities available in engineering! Materials Fee: $25

M41Period - 4Medical Microbiology

Study of the human body through medical microbiology is one of the last scientific frontiers. This course introduces human biology and the groundbreaking medical sciences that support it. Medical microbiology fuses medicine and microbiology of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites, all of which can cause human diseases. In this course, you will examine essential biochemical reactions that occur within the human body. Then, you will delve into the imbalances and resulting diseases that inevitably occur, as well as their treatments. Come and see if you think trailblazing this fascinating frontier is for you! Materials Fee: $25

M44Period - 2Technology: Complex Problems, Simple Solutions

Our world faces many challenges today such as climate change, widespread poverty, diseases, inadequate health systems, and shortages of energy, water, and food. In developing countries, low-tech solutions can be created that use local knowledge and resources in conjunction with sophisticated technology. Solar-powered appliances provide electricity; treadle pumps bring water up from desert areas; sugar cane charcoal provides energy in Haiti, and wheat and rice straw make a fuel in India that minimizes air pollution and supports the local economy. These ideas are just a few of the solutions that international problem solving has generated for people facing challenging situations. Join in the spirit of innovation, ingenuity, and cooperation. Test your ability to solve a global or local challenge that intrigues you by using your newly gained knowledge of appropriate technology and engineering. Materials Fee: $25

M45Period - 2New!DNA Diagnostics

Genomics is a relatively new field of study, beginning in the past century. Genomics evolved from a series of experimental advances that allowed researchers to decipher the DNA sequence of whole genomes from virtually any organism. In this class you will explore genetics and develop an understanding of animal genomes. With this tool, you will examine the most recent trends in genetic engineering in such areas as foods, agriculture, and human cell research. “Diagnose” the extent to which genomics will affect your life as well as the lives of others.

Multi-Disciplinary
M47Period - 1Theories of Time Travel: Spacetime Physics and Wormholes

If we could unify quantum gravity, quantum mechanics, and general relativity into one theory, physicists argue that time travel would be possible. Journey with us through a study of black holes, negative energy, and cosmic strings as we research current theories of time travel. Study the experiments of physicists around the world and what they have revealed about paradoxes and mutable timelines. Create your own theory of time travel based on your research.

M49Period - 4New!Working the Future

How do we prepare to excel in a future career that may not even exist yet? While we cannot accurately predict what our world will be like 20, 30 or 40 years from now, we can teach ourselves to solve complex problems that can occur in any that may arise. We can also teach ourselves how to be self-directed learners who will become knowledgeable and skilled in any field or discipline that proves important and engaging. In this course, develop problem-solving skills that can help keep you “ahead of the curve” no matter what it looks like, and the power to learn well what you need to know in any field or discipline. Be ready for the mystery job, whatever it may be!

M50Period - 3New!Synaptic Plasticity: The Adaptable Brain

Did you know that you can alter the ways in which your brain is “wired”? In this class you will think like a neuroscientist and explore how the human brain develops. You will examine topics such as neuroplasticity, genetic circuits, and the nervous system, as well as neural changes resulting from bodily injury. Research from these fascinating topics can be applied to the fields of health, medicine, education, and aging. Let your curiosity explore the science behind your curiosity. Design experiments to test your own theories about neuroplasticity.

Visual & Performing Arts
A63Period - 2Digital Photography

Digital photography has changed the world of image recording. Learn how to enhance your own photographs to express yourself through a captured moment. If you like computers and cameras, this course is for you. You must bring your own digital camera to participate in this class. A 1G flash drive is highly recommended as well. Ages 13-17 at every campus except Bryn Mawr and Vassar which are for ages 9-14.

A64Period - 4Two and Three-D Media: Drawing and Sculpting

Express yourself in pencil, ink, watercolor, or three dimensions. Develop your techniques in perspective, light, shading, and color theory. Learn the fundamentals of positive and negative space. Create an original, displayable work. Materials Fee: $25

A65Period - 3Animation and Claymation

Walt Disney is well known for contributions to the world of animation, but have you ever wondered how filmmakers create animated films? Did you know that the first clay animated films were produced in 1908? Come and discover the intricate and wonderful world of animation and claymation from Mickey Mouse to The Pirates! Band of Misfits. A combination of story writing, script writing, art, photography and computers make for a fun-filled experience. See if you have the patience and stamina required to create a (very) short cartoon. You must bring your own digital camera to participate in this class. A 1G flash drive is highly recommended as well. Ages 9-12 only. Materials Fee: $25

A66Period - 3Improv 101: You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry, You’ll Improvise!

This combination of dramatic and comedic improvisation will help you gain confidence in your ability to perform spontaneously, improve your storytelling skills, think on your feet, and improve your teamwork and communication skills. Focus will be given to creating a stage presence, developing scenes, and projecting a character to the audience through coaching, warm-ups, games, and short scene work. Great practice for developing creativity, trust, and cooperation in a fun atmosphere! Ages 13-17 only.

A68Period - 1The Art of Making a Short Film

Did you know that Tim Burton got his start in short film production? Before Edward Scissorhands and Frankenweenie, Burton wrote and directed short films, such as The Island of Doctor Agor and Stalk of the Celery Monster. In fact, Burton still finds a creative outlet in directing and producing short films. A short film, whether animated or live action, is less than 40 minutes long, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Analyze the various features of short films and evaluate the entertainment value of short, compared to a feature length, films. Come learn the trade of award-winning directors like Martin Scorsese and Wes Anderson and film your own SIG short film. Materials Fee: $25

Fitness & Recreation
R69Period - 1Fit for Life

Enjoy life to its fullest by being strong, healthy, and energetic. This course will help you do this through assessing your present state of fitness, making personal goals, individualizing your fitness activity according to your abilities, interests, needs, and preferences, and learning more about the roles nutrition and emotion play in an overall approach to physical health. You will exercise what you learn in class and gain a holistic approach to lifelong fitness.

R70Period - 3Fencing: Footwork to Foils

Fencing – the sport of aristocrats and a great way to connect mind and body! For novices, this class will develop basic technique, form, finesse, and balance essential for success as a fencer. Refine your skills as you are paired with others of similar ability. The foil technique will emphasize a strong defense and body attack. Foils and fencing equipment are provided.

R71Period - 2 & 4Self-Defense Sense

Self-defense strategies are important, not only for self-protection, but also for building physical and mental discipline. This class will help you develop a commanding presence as you gain control and confidence through awareness of your surroundings, wrist escapes, defense against body holds, and blocking. A healthy lifestyle is built on self-discipline, fitness, and goal setting-- the foundations of effective self-defense!

R73Period - 4Tennis: Love and Lobby

Learn the basics of scoring, strokes, volleys, and serves. For students with developed intermediate level playing skills, this class will give you the opportunity to perfect your strokes, learn new strategies, and improve your game by competing against other experienced players in the class. Bring your racquet!