SIG at : 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 25 - July 15, 2016
Session II (SIG Global): July 17 - August 6, 2016

Session I

Humanities
M38Period - 1NEW to M Level!Scriptwriting, Page One, Re-write!Full

Have you ever watched a television show or movie and felt you could have written it better? Learn the secrets of successful scriptwriting. Gain the ability to influence people through characters and plot line. Find your original voice and tap into your own emotions. Learn how to write what is meaningful to you, and marketable to producers. Create an original series that could change the essence of today’s television and movies.

M39Period - 2Creative ConnectionsFull

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.

M40Period - 3NEW!The Courage of Youth: Teens Throughout HistoryFull

What do Alexander the Great, Joan of Arc, and King Tut have in common? They all made their mark in history while still in their teen years! Teen greatness continues in today’s world with high school students setting world records, accomplishing incredible goals, and making major contributions in social and scientific fields. Come learn about the lives of transformational teens, both past and present, and analyze their personal characteristics as well as their time in history to evaluate your likenesses and differences with them. Make a plan for your own future greatness, whether on a personal, local, or global level, and whether in your teens or later in life.

M41Period - 3Roots of Human BehaviorFull

Why do we act as we do? Study the psychology of human behavior to help you understand more about yourself. This course will survey past and current theories in human development, mental health, and social relationships, as well as the roots of personality and behavior as seen through the theories of Freud, Skinner, Maslow, and Erickson. Finally, you will have a chance to evaluate the validity of their theories in light of your own experiences.

Math, Science & Technology
M42Period - 1 & 2Engineering in ActionFull

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!

M43Period - 3 & 4Medical MicrobiologyFull

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!

M44Period - 1 & 2Technology: Complex Problems, Simple Solutions Full

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.

M45Period - 1 & 3DNA DiagnosticsFull

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.

M46Period - 2NEW!The Gist of a G.I.S.: Geographic Information SystemFull

Geographic Information Systems (G.I.S.) are nearly everywhere and growing! This computerized data management system (which many know best as what is used to power Google Earth and Maps) captures, stores, manages, retrieves, analyzes, and displays spatial information. With the help of a G.I.S., those involved in nearly all industries and walks of life can effectively and easily create maps, integrate information, visualize scenarios, present powerful ideas, and develop effective solutions. A G.I.S. enables us to see multiple types of data on one map, such as streets, buildings, utility lines, population, and vegetation. Come explore this invaluable tool with us, imagine the many ways it can be used, and benefit from its rapidly increasing importance and relevance in all of our lives!

Multi-Disciplinary
M47Period - 4Synaptic Plasticity: The Adaptable BrainFull

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.

M48Period - 4Theories of Time Travel: Spacetime Physics and WormholesFull

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!Global Science: What Future Leaders Need to KnowFull

How much physics do you need to know to be a president or other world leader? Let SIG be your executive advisor! In this course, learn what information leaders need to make critical scientific decisions regarding political issues with global implications. As future leaders, you won’t have time to perform key mathematical and scientific calculations, so let us help you understand the results of physics calculations that will help you run the world. Areas you may choose to explore include energy conservation, nuclear power and weapons, radioactivity, fission, fusion, natural disasters including earthquakes and tsunamis, spy satellites and global positioning systems, and fiber optics. Become a scientifically knowledgeable leader!

Humanities
S50Period - 2 & 3Writing MattersFull

Do you want to move people with your words? This intensive workshop on the varied styles of contemporary authors and in developing your own writing style will challenge and motivate you. You will gain invaluable practice in communicating your thoughts, feelings, and knowledge, vividly and expressively, through the written word.

S51Period - 1 & 4Word Origins for SAT SuccessFull

The etymology of words is a fascinating study in unlocking the complexities of linguistic relationships. This class will improve your vocabulary and understanding of word origins. You will practice taking sample tests, learn test-taking tactics, and improve your verbal confidence. You will employ your new vocabulary as you practice writing for the current SAT writing component.

Math, Science & Technology
S52Period - 2 & 4NEW!"Deriving" into Pre-CalculusFull

This course delves into not only the "how" to compute, but more importantly, the "why". You will explore and understand why graphing is important, and how it relates functions to the bigger picture: modeling variation. Hop in and start developing functional relationships between two variable quantities. Relationships take the form of many different functions; linear, power, exponential, logarithmic, trigonomic, polynomial, and rational. During your “derive”, you will encounter the principle of mathematical induction, irrational expressions, and complex numbers. Pre-calculus is more conceptual than any of the mathematics you have studied previously! (Note: Students are required to bring a graphing calculator (e.g. Texas Instruments TI-83 or TI-84).)

S53Period - 1 & 4Mathemati-CS of CompSciFull

Computer science is not all about programming. Long before the land of 1s and 0s was discovered, computational mathematics existed. Programming language involves the challenges of making arguments streamlined and concise, of elements containing algorithms, and of logical proofs. In this class you will explore the graph theory, logic, and discrete math that establish a mathematical foundation for computer programming.

S54Period - 2Cosmic Proportions: The Origin and Structure of the UniverseFull

Cosmologists research the origins and structure of our universe, which they believe began 15 billion years ago. Starting from the simplest components, the universe has self-organized to an astonishing level of complexity. One of the most important discoveries in cosmology is that the expansion rate of the universe is accelerating. In this class, you will gain an understanding of theories about the origins of the universe and investigate some of science’s most difficult questions. How did our universe come to be what it is today? What is reality? Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past? How credible is the big bang theory? Come research answers to your own questions about the cosmos as well.

S55Period - 3BiopsychologyFull

Why do you react a certain way or feel the way you do in response to external influences? The answer may be found in biopsychology, a branch of psychology that examines how the brain and neurotransmitters act upon the body, influencing what we do, say, and feel. This field draws heavily on neuroscience and includes study of the brain, the nervous system, and neurotransmitters. Anatomy, physiology, and statistics are also essential in the study of biopsychology. Embark on a study of science and math to increase your understanding of the biological processes that stimulate your thoughts, behaviors, and feelings.

S56Period - 2 & 4NEW!Environmental Engineering: Designing for Sustainability

Sustainability is one of the most vital topics in the contemporary world, addressing the ability of societies to maintain and improve quality of life while preserving the condition and availability of natural resources. The cause, effect, and science of global sustainability are central themes of this course in which students will explore solutions to a number of environmental issues through design, efficiency, and engineering projects. In addition to those areas that particularly interest you, come explore green construction, alternative energy sources, water and waste management, transportation system design, public land use, ecosystem services, urban design, and community planning.

S57Period - 1 & 3NEW!Astrophysics: The Stars of Celestial MotionFull

While most of us enjoy stargazing, astrophysics provides us with a window into how and why the heavenly bodies move, helping us to situate and understand our places in the universe. This course explores the applications of Newtonian, statistical, and quantum mechanics to fundamental processes that occur in celestial objects. Join us as we explore the fascinating world of main-sequence stars, collapsed stars (white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes), pulsars, supernovae, the interstellar medium, galaxies, active galaxies, quasars, and cosmology. In the process, you will also learn how to collect, analyze, and use observational data, key tools for those interested in pursuing further knowledge in all branches of scientific study.

Multi-Disciplinary
S58Period - 1 & 3NEW!Social Media: The Good, the Bad, and the UglyPeriod 1 full

How attached are you to your mobile devices for social media contact? Recent statistics show that nearly 75% of adults in the United States regularly use some form of social media, resulting in a host of positive as well as negative aspects. While social media can help inform, enable communication and self-expression in ways unimaginable in previous times, and even save lives in emergency situations, it can be used to bully, stalk, and belittle people as well. As social media occupies an ever-increasing role in our lives, the lack of personal interaction with humans, questionable use of time, and ubiquitous engagement with the non-cyber world, visual and otherwise, are areas of potential concern. Come explore the fascinating dilemmas that social media presents and take control of the direction social media will play in your lifetime.

S59Period - 1The Macroeconomics of GlobalizationFull

Globalization--the integration of capital, technology, and information across national borders -- is creating a single global market. Globalization is as old as the human race, but its magnitude is unique to this century. Macroeconomics deals with the performance, structure, behavior, and decision-making of an economy as a whole, rather than individual markets. This course will look at the whole-market approach of our increasingly global economy. If you’re curious about how the changing world economy might impact your future, here is an opportunity for you to understand globalization’s impact on culture, the environment, politics, business, and standards of living around the world.

S60Period - 2 & 4Crime Scene InvestigationFull

Learn fingerprinting, hair analysis, handwriting analysis, and the importance of chain of custody when solving a crime. This introduction to forensic science will cover evidence collection guidelines, photography, profiling, and career training. Crime scene investigators draw upon their knowledge of chemistry, biology, physics, entomology, botany, and computer science to solve their mysteries. Investigate whether being a CSI could be a career for you. Create a mystery for your peers to solve.

S61Period - 3NEW!Systems Thinking: Holistic Problem SolvingFull

John Muir, the renowned naturalist, philosopher, and early advocate of wilderness preservation said, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” Such thought can be applied to organizations, society, and limitless other areas in addition to nature. The essence of systems thinking and practice is in seeing the world in a particular way, since how you see things affects the way you approach situations or undertake specific tasks. This approach has profound implications for solving problems, as problems are considered parts of overall systems rather than isolated entities. This course will help students learn about the elements and challenges of defining a system and engage them in problemsolving and other activities involving key concepts used in systems theory including boundaries, environment, positive and negative feedback, and feedback loops.

Visual & Performing Arts
A62Period - 3 & 4Digital Photography (available to students ages 13 - 17 at most campuses. At Bryn Mawr and Vassar, this class is open to all students) Full

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. Available to students ages 13-17 at most campuses. At Bryn Mawr and Vassar, this class is open to all students.

A64Period - 2 & 3Improv 101: You'll Laugh, You'll Cry, You'll Improvise! (Ages 13-17 only) Period 2 full

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. Some recreation hour rehearsals may be required.

A65Period - 4Broadway Beckons

Sing! Dance! Act! The show will go on! Learn vocal techniques, dance and movement exercises, and character acting skills-all pertaining to a selected production. The class will present a mini-musical performance at the end of the three week session. Some recreation hour rehearsals may be required.

A66Period - 1 & 2The Art of Making a Short FilmFull

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 films, compared to feature-length films. Come learn the trade of award-winning directors like Martin Scorsese and Wes Anderson and produce your own SIG short film.

A67Period - 4NEW!Acoustics: Music to Your EarsFull

Most people enjoy music, but do we understand the principles behind it? How are the sounds we hear and play as music created? How do our brains and ears work to enable us to hear music? If these questions interest you, join us to learn how musical instruments work, how parts of the body help us to sing, and how sound waves function. Delve into music by creating and playing your own instruments, including your voice! Investigate how the crucial elements of acoustics correspond with the world of music theory, production, and performance, and increase your appreciation for the complexities of music, while practicing your talents and skills in the process.

Fitness & Recreation
R68Period - 1 & 2Fencing: 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.

R69Period - 3 & 4Self-Defense SenseFull

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!

R70Period - 1NEW!Future FitnessFull

Are you interested in taking part in the most current workout activities as well as investigating what the future holds for fitness? Then Future Fitness is for you! Our world’s growing emphasis on fitness has broad implications for not-too-distant future developments in science, technology, and health – both for you and the world at large. This course provides an opportunity to study, imagine, invent, and explore how to take an informed, key role in this booming and important field, while spending your summer getting fit!

Session II

ELL-Level Courses – English Language Learners (Session II (SIG Global) only)
Open to all international students

ELL73   Periods 1, 2, & 3   English Language Learners (Period 3 full; Period 4 cancelled)
Students for whom English is not their first language have the option of taking 1 ELL (English Language Learners) course during one period to improve their English writing and speaking skills to enhance their total SIG experience.

Humanities
M38Period - 1NEW to M Level!Scriptwriting, Page One, Re-write!

Have you ever watched a television show or movie and felt you could have written it better? Learn the secrets of successful scriptwriting. Gain the ability to influence people through characters and plot line. Find your original voice and tap into your own emotions. Learn how to write what is meaningful to you, and marketable to producers. Create an original series that could change the essence of today’s television and movies.

M39Period - 2Creative ConnectionsFull

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.

M40Period - 3NEW!The Courage of Youth: Teens Throughout History

What do Alexander the Great, Joan of Arc, and King Tut have in common? They all made their mark in history while still in their teen years! Teen greatness continues in today’s world with high school students setting world records, accomplishing incredible goals, and making major contributions in social and scientific fields. Come learn about the lives of transformational teens, both past and present, and analyze their personal characteristics as well as their time in history to evaluate your likenesses and differences with them. Make a plan for your own future greatness, whether on a personal, local, or global level, and whether in your teens or later in life.

M41Period - 3Roots of Human BehaviorFull

Why do we act as we do? Study the psychology of human behavior to help you understand more about yourself. This course will survey past and current theories in human development, mental health, and social relationships, as well as the roots of personality and behavior as seen through the theories of Freud, Skinner, Maslow, and Erickson. Finally, you will have a chance to evaluate the validity of their theories in light of your own experiences.

Math, Science & Technology
M42Period - 1 & 2Engineering in ActionFull

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!

M43Period - 3 & 4Medical MicrobiologyPeriod 3 full

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!

M44Period - 1 & 2Technology: Complex Problems, Simple Solutions Full

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.

M45Period - 1 & 3DNA DiagnosticsPeriod 1 full; period 3 cancelled

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.

M46Period - 2NEW!The Gist of a G.I.S.: Geographic Information System

Geographic Information Systems (G.I.S.) are nearly everywhere and growing! This computerized data management system (which many know best as what is used to power Google Earth and Maps) captures, stores, manages, retrieves, analyzes, and displays spatial information. With the help of a G.I.S., those involved in nearly all industries and walks of life can effectively and easily create maps, integrate information, visualize scenarios, present powerful ideas, and develop effective solutions. A G.I.S. enables us to see multiple types of data on one map, such as streets, buildings, utility lines, population, and vegetation. Come explore this invaluable tool with us, imagine the many ways it can be used, and benefit from its rapidly increasing importance and relevance in all of our lives!

Multi-Disciplinary
M47Period - 4Synaptic Plasticity: The Adaptable BrainFull

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.

M48Period - 4Theories of Time Travel: Spacetime Physics and WormholesFull

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!Global Science: What Future Leaders Need to Know

How much physics do you need to know to be a president or other world leader? Let SIG be your executive advisor! In this course, learn what information leaders need to make critical scientific decisions regarding political issues with global implications. As future leaders, you won’t have time to perform key mathematical and scientific calculations, so let us help you understand the results of physics calculations that will help you run the world. Areas you may choose to explore include energy conservation, nuclear power and weapons, radioactivity, fission, fusion, natural disasters including earthquakes and tsunamis, spy satellites and global positioning systems, and fiber optics. Become a scientifically knowledgeable leader!

Humanities
S50Period - 2 & 3Writing MattersFull

Do you want to move people with your words? This intensive workshop on the varied styles of contemporary authors and in developing your own writing style will challenge and motivate you. You will gain invaluable practice in communicating your thoughts, feelings, and knowledge, vividly and expressively, through the written word.

S51Period - 1 & 4Word Origins for SAT SuccessPeriod 1 full

The etymology of words is a fascinating study in unlocking the complexities of linguistic relationships. This class will improve your vocabulary and understanding of word origins. You will practice taking sample tests, learn test-taking tactics, and improve your verbal confidence. You will employ your new vocabulary as you practice writing for the current SAT writing component.

Math, Science & Technology
S52Period - 2 & 4NEW!"Deriving" into Pre-CalculusPeriod 2 full

This course delves into not only the "how" to compute, but more importantly, the "why". You will explore and understand why graphing is important, and how it relates functions to the bigger picture: modeling variation. Hop in and start developing functional relationships between two variable quantities. Relationships take the form of many different functions; linear, power, exponential, logarithmic, trigonomic, polynomial, and rational. During your “derive”, you will encounter the principle of mathematical induction, irrational expressions, and complex numbers. Pre-calculus is more conceptual than any of the mathematics you have studied previously! (Note: Students are required to bring a graphing calculator (e.g. Texas Instruments TI-83 or TI-84).)

S53Period - 1 & 4Mathemati-CS of CompSciPeriod 1 full

Computer science is not all about programming. Long before the land of 1s and 0s was discovered, computational mathematics existed. Programming language involves the challenges of making arguments streamlined and concise, of elements containing algorithms, and of logical proofs. In this class you will explore the graph theory, logic, and discrete math that establish a mathematical foundation for computer programming.

S54Period - 2Cosmic Proportions: The Origin and Structure of the UniverseFull

Cosmologists research the origins and structure of our universe, which they believe began 15 billion years ago. Starting from the simplest components, the universe has self-organized to an astonishing level of complexity. One of the most important discoveries in cosmology is that the expansion rate of the universe is accelerating. In this class, you will gain an understanding of theories about the origins of the universe and investigate some of science’s most difficult questions. How did our universe come to be what it is today? What is reality? Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past? How credible is the big bang theory? Come research answers to your own questions about the cosmos as well.

S55Period - 3BiopsychologyFull

Why do you react a certain way or feel the way you do in response to external influences? The answer may be found in biopsychology, a branch of psychology that examines how the brain and neurotransmitters act upon the body, influencing what we do, say, and feel. This field draws heavily on neuroscience and includes study of the brain, the nervous system, and neurotransmitters. Anatomy, physiology, and statistics are also essential in the study of biopsychology. Embark on a study of science and math to increase your understanding of the biological processes that stimulate your thoughts, behaviors, and feelings.

S56Period - 2 & 4NEW!Environmental Engineering: Designing for SustainabilityFull

Sustainability is one of the most vital topics in the contemporary world, addressing the ability of societies to maintain and improve quality of life while preserving the condition and availability of natural resources. The cause, effect, and science of global sustainability are central themes of this course in which students will explore solutions to a number of environmental issues through design, efficiency, and engineering projects. In addition to those areas that particularly interest you, come explore green construction, alternative energy sources, water and waste management, transportation system design, public land use, ecosystem services, urban design, and community planning.

S57Period - 1 & 3NEW!Astrophysics: The Stars of Celestial MotionFull

While most of us enjoy stargazing, astrophysics provides us with a window into how and why the heavenly bodies move, helping us to situate and understand our places in the universe. This course explores the applications of Newtonian, statistical, and quantum mechanics to fundamental processes that occur in celestial objects. Join us as we explore the fascinating world of main-sequence stars, collapsed stars (white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes), pulsars, supernovae, the interstellar medium, galaxies, active galaxies, quasars, and cosmology. In the process, you will also learn how to collect, analyze, and use observational data, key tools for those interested in pursuing further knowledge in all branches of scientific study.

Multi-Disciplinary
S58Period - 1 & 3NEW!Social Media: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

How attached are you to your mobile devices for social media contact? Recent statistics show that nearly 75% of adults in the United States regularly use some form of social media, resulting in a host of positive as well as negative aspects. While social media can help inform, enable communication and self-expression in ways unimaginable in previous times, and even save lives in emergency situations, it can be used to bully, stalk, and belittle people as well. As social media occupies an ever-increasing role in our lives, the lack of personal interaction with humans, questionable use of time, and ubiquitous engagement with the non-cyber world, visual and otherwise, are areas of potential concern. Come explore the fascinating dilemmas that social media presents and take control of the direction social media will play in your lifetime.

S59Period - 1The Macroeconomics of GlobalizationFull

Globalization--the integration of capital, technology, and information across national borders -- is creating a single global market. Globalization is as old as the human race, but its magnitude is unique to this century. Macroeconomics deals with the performance, structure, behavior, and decision-making of an economy as a whole, rather than individual markets. This course will look at the whole-market approach of our increasingly global economy. If you’re curious about how the changing world economy might impact your future, here is an opportunity for you to understand globalization’s impact on culture, the environment, politics, business, and standards of living around the world.

S60Period - 2 & 4Crime Scene InvestigationPeriod 2 full

Learn fingerprinting, hair analysis, handwriting analysis, and the importance of chain of custody when solving a crime. This introduction to forensic science will cover evidence collection guidelines, photography, profiling, and career training. Crime scene investigators draw upon their knowledge of chemistry, biology, physics, entomology, botany, and computer science to solve their mysteries. Investigate whether being a CSI could be a career for you. Create a mystery for your peers to solve.

S61Period - 3NEW!Systems Thinking: Holistic Problem SolvingFull

John Muir, the renowned naturalist, philosopher, and early advocate of wilderness preservation said, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” Such thought can be applied to organizations, society, and limitless other areas in addition to nature. The essence of systems thinking and practice is in seeing the world in a particular way, since how you see things affects the way you approach situations or undertake specific tasks. This approach has profound implications for solving problems, as problems are considered parts of overall systems rather than isolated entities. This course will help students learn about the elements and challenges of defining a system and engage them in problemsolving and other activities involving key concepts used in systems theory including boundaries, environment, positive and negative feedback, and feedback loops.

Visual & Performing Arts
A62Period - 3 & 4Digital Photography (available to students ages 13 - 17 at most campuses. At Bryn Mawr and Vassar, this class is open to all students); Full

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. Available to students ages 13-17 at most campuses. At Bryn Mawr and Vassar, this class is open to all students.

A64Period - 2 & 3Improv 101: You'll Laugh, You'll Cry, You'll Improvise! (Ages 13-17 only) Period 2 full

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. Some recreation hour rehearsals may be required.

A65Period - 4Broadway BeckonsFull

Sing! Dance! Act! The show will go on! Learn vocal techniques, dance and movement exercises, and character acting skills-all pertaining to a selected production. The class will present a mini-musical performance at the end of the three week session. Some recreation hour rehearsals may be required.

A66Period - 1 & 2The Art of Making a Short FilmFull

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 films, compared to feature-length films. Come learn the trade of award-winning directors like Martin Scorsese and Wes Anderson and produce your own SIG short film.

A67Period - 4NEW!Acoustics: Music to Your Ears

Most people enjoy music, but do we understand the principles behind it? How are the sounds we hear and play as music created? How do our brains and ears work to enable us to hear music? If these questions interest you, join us to learn how musical instruments work, how parts of the body help us to sing, and how sound waves function. Delve into music by creating and playing your own instruments, including your voice! Investigate how the crucial elements of acoustics correspond with the world of music theory, production, and performance, and increase your appreciation for the complexities of music, while practicing your talents and skills in the process.

Fitness & Recreation
R68Period - 1 & 2Fencing: Footwork to FoilsPeriod 1 cancelled; period 2 full

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.

R69Period - 3 & 4Self-Defense SenseFull

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!

R70Period - 1NEW!Future Fitness

Are you interested in taking part in the most current workout activities as well as investigating what the future holds for fitness? Then Future Fitness is for you! Our world’s growing emphasis on fitness has broad implications for not-too-distant future developments in science, technology, and health – both for you and the world at large. This course provides an opportunity to study, imagine, invent, and explore how to take an informed, key role in this booming and important field, while spending your summer getting fit!

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Academic Performance / Evaluations

Evaluation

Parents receive a final Student Performance Review that assesses personal accomplishments and attainment of goals. This report is available online by mid-September and can be sent to the student’s school with parental permission. A letter indicating successful student participation in, and completion of, the Summer Institute for the Gifted program also can be sent to the student’s school if parents so indicate.

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