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 24 - July 14, 2017
Session II (SIG Global): July 16 - August 5, 2017

Session I

Humanities
M42Period - 2, 3Scriptwriting, 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 trends of today's television and movies.

M43Period - 1NEW in 2017! Supreme Court Decisions: From Justice to Politics

What it is like to make legal decisions that affect millions of people? Take a deeper look into the inner workings of the US Supreme Court and its profound impact upon our nation and world. Learn about the current and most influential Supreme Court decisions, and the processes created to ensure legal fairness and compliance. What does it take to become a Supreme Court Justice? Who have been some of the greats throughout history and why do we consider them so? What role does politics play in their selection? What counterparts exist in legal systems in other countries? How would you change the Supreme Court if you could? Come judge and get your own wheels of justice turning!

M44Period - 4NEW in 2017!Bringing the Undead to Life

The undead are all around us - on movie and television screens, in books, and in our imaginations. While they are portrayed as deceased, they "live" on in mythology, legend, and fiction. This course will trace the fictional development of the undead leading up to their familiar portrayal in popular culture. Join us in discovering why the undead are so compelling to contemporary writers and audiences. Why is the idea of the undead so interesting to so many people? What might the undead express or represent? Research these questions and then express your own theories and creative work in this fun and fascinating course.

STEM
M45Period - 1NEW in 2017!Sacred Geometry: Euclid, Fermi, and the Golden Ratio

In addition to strengthening your grasp on traditional Euclidean geometry, come discover some of the more mysterious concepts of math, including the golden ratio and Fermi's fascinating contributions to geometry. Examine works of architecture to find the geometric principles that govern them, as well as "divine proportions" within the structures. Dissect the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci to reveal their mathematical mysteries. Ponder Fermi questions, named after the famed mathematician Enrico Fermi, that require one to take multiple directions when solving a problem. Engage in algorithmic and intuitive approaches to solve the most daunting problems that do not have single solutions. Use collaboration and worldly wisdom in conjunction with mathematical and scientific knowledge to arrive at solutions.

M46Period - 3, 4Engineering 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!

M47Period - 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!

M48Period - 3, 4DNA 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.

M49Period - 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.

M50Period - 2NEW in 2017!Nanotechnology – Think Small!

A nanometer is a billionth of a meter! Nanotechnology, described as engineering and technology at the molecular level, is used in sunscreen, cosmetics, food products, and disinfectants. Its proponents argue that it will help our world more easily obtain clean water, create greater agricultural productivity, generate more powerful energy, and improve medical diagnostics. Learn about the current uses of nanotechnology. Debate its potential for reducing or exacerbating worldwide problems. Devise a nano solution of your own that addresses an important problem.

Multi-Disciplinary
M51Period - 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.

M52Period - 1Global 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!

M53Period - 2, 3NEW! in 2017Step Up and Start-Up

Take action on your ethical and moral concerns and develop your business skills by starting your own non-profit organization! Social entrepreneurship is founded on the recognition that social problems require new thinking and new approaches. As a social entrepreneur, you will employ business models, nonprofit models, and hybrids to create new streams of funding and development. You'll analyze social problems and their sources, and how you can best strategize to address them. Develop your business acumen by gaining practice in creating proposals, business plans, letters, and memos. Learn more about ingenious and effective non-profits started by teens and others. Don't wait until you're an adult to make a difference in the world!

Humanities
S54Period - 1, 4Word Origins for Test Success

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'll have the chance to practice taking sample tests, learn test-taking tactics, and improve your verbal confidence. You'll employ your new vocabulary as you practice writing for the optional SAT and ACT writing component.

S55Period - 3Writing Matters

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

S56Period - 2NEW in 2017!Mental Health: Psychology and Policy

The mental health-care system in the United States is a multibillion-dollar industry that is still not big enough to serve all those who need it. Costs and attitudes are barriers to treatments, though new federal laws are hoping to change access to mental health. One thing that most Americans can agree on is that the mental health system is broken. In many parts of the country, mental health treatment, services and supports are not available until a crisis occurs, making jails and prisons the default place for mental health treatment. How do American mental health issues compare with those in other parts of the world? We need to understand as much about our minds as we do about our bodies to avert mental health crises. Come lend your voice and your ideas to the much-needed discourse regarding mental health issues.

S57Period - 2NEW in 2017!Political Strategy: Power to the People or the Pundit

Are you frustrated or satisfied with the current political leaders at national and local levels? Could politics be in your future career? Embark on a study of key political concepts including traditional, charismatic, and legal authority. Conduct research into the political philosophies of great thinkers including Confucius, Plato, John Locke, and Karl Marx. Compare and contrast left and right wing politics. Empower yourself with the knowledge of the rights and responsibilities of citizens. Create your ideal political system.

STEM
S58Period - 2, 4NEW in 2017!Highlights of Algebra II and Trigonometry

Come hit the highlights of Algebra II and Trigonometry, such as quadratic and cubic polynomials, the binomial theorem, the principle of mathematical induction, irrational expressions, complex numbers, and exponential and logarithmic functions. A scientific calculator is recommended.

S59Period - 1, 3"Deriving" into Pre-Calculus

This course delves into not only the "how" to compute, but more importantly, the "why". You will explore and see 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!

S60Period - 4Mathemati-CS of CompSci

Computer science is not all about programming. Long before the land of 1's and 0's 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.

S61Period - 3, 4NEW in 2017!Astrobiology

Do you wonder what other forms of life exist in the universe within its myriad galaxies? Are you curious whether or not our Earth is wholly unique, or if there are other planets or beings similar to us? Help satisfy your curiosity through astrobiology - the scientific study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe, including extraterrestrial life and life on Earth. Explore ways of detecting life on other planets, and increase your understanding of the fundamental nature of life on our own planet. The universe is your classroom!

S62Period - 2Cosmic Proportions: The Origin and Structure of the Universe

While most of us enjoy stargazing, cosmology provides a window into how and why the heavenly bodies move, helping us situate and understand our places in the universe. This course examines the origins and structure of our universe, which cosmologists believe began 15 billion years ago. 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. Gain an understanding of the 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 your own questions about the cosmos as well.

S63Period - 3Biopsychology

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.

S64Period - 1NEW in 2017!Bioinformatics: Data Mining for Health

Bioinformatics is the application of computer technology to the management and understanding of biological data. This field develops methods and software tools for understanding the vast amounts of such data. Computers gather, store, analyze, and integrate biological and genetic information which can then be used in biological and medical applications. If you are interested in computer science, statistics, mathematics, and engineering, bioinformatics uses all these fields to analyze and interpret biological data. Common uses of bioinformatics include the identification of candidate genes and nucleotides. Come find your particular interest in the application of bioinformatics such as cancer genomics, systems biology, synthetic biology, drug discovery and development, or epigenomics.

S65Period - 3NEW in 2017!Arduinos: Micro-Computing for Macro-Control

An Arduino is a micro-controller motherboard which can run one program at a time. The main purpose of the Arduino board is to interact with the environment using sensors and actuators. It's great for hardware projects in which you simply want things to respond to various sensor readings and manual input. By using your own board, this class will help you understand the software side of Arduino and write well-crafted Sketches using the C language of Arduino. Materials fee: $50

S66Period - 1, 2The Macroeconomics of Globalization

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.

S67Period - 4Crime Scene Investigation

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 an aspect of criminology could be a career for you. Create a mystery for your peers to solve.

S68Period - 1Environmental 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.

Visual & Performing Arts
A69Period - 2, 4Digital 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 most campuses. At Bryn Mawr, this class is open to all students.

A70Period - 2Two- 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 original, displayable work.

A71Period - 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.

A72Period - 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.

A73Period - 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 films, compared to 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

A74Period - 3, 4Acoustics: 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! Students will 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
R75Period - 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.

R76Period - 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!

R77Period - 1Future 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!

Session II

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

ELL81   Periods 1, 2, 3 & 4   English Language Learners
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
M42Period - 2, 3Scriptwriting, 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 trends of today's television and movies.

M43Period - 1NEW in 2017! Supreme Court Decisions: From Justice to Politics

What it is like to make legal decisions that affect millions of people? Take a deeper look into the inner workings of the US Supreme Court and its profound impact upon our nation and world. Learn about the current and most influential Supreme Court decisions, and the processes created to ensure legal fairness and compliance. What does it take to become a Supreme Court Justice? Who have been some of the greats throughout history and why do we consider them so? What role does politics play in their selection? What counterparts exist in legal systems in other countries? How would you change the Supreme Court if you could? Come judge and get your own wheels of justice turning!

M44Period - 4NEW in 2017!Bringing the Undead to Life

The undead are all around us - on movie and television screens, in books, and in our imaginations. While they are portrayed as deceased, they "live" on in mythology, legend, and fiction. This course will trace the fictional development of the undead leading up to their familiar portrayal in popular culture. Join us in discovering why the undead are so compelling to contemporary writers and audiences. Why is the idea of the undead so interesting to so many people? What might the undead express or represent? Research these questions and then express your own theories and creative work in this fun and fascinating course.

STEM
M45Period - 1NEW in 2017!Sacred Geometry: Euclid, Fermi, and the Golden Ratio

In addition to strengthening your grasp on traditional Euclidean geometry, come discover some of the more mysterious concepts of math, including the golden ratio and Fermi's fascinating contributions to geometry. Examine works of architecture to find the geometric principles that govern them, as well as "divine proportions" within the structures. Dissect the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci to reveal their mathematical mysteries. Ponder Fermi questions, named after the famed mathematician Enrico Fermi, that require one to take multiple directions when solving a problem. Engage in algorithmic and intuitive approaches to solve the most daunting problems that do not have single solutions. Use collaboration and worldly wisdom in conjunction with mathematical and scientific knowledge to arrive at solutions.

M46Period - 3, 4Engineering 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!

M47Period - 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!

M48Period - 3, 4DNA 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.

M49Period - 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.

M50Period - 2NEW in 2017!Nanotechnology – Think Small!

A nanometer is a billionth of a meter! Nanotechnology, described as engineering and technology at the molecular level, is used in sunscreen, cosmetics, food products, and disinfectants. Its proponents argue that it will help our world more easily obtain clean water, create greater agricultural productivity, generate more powerful energy, and improve medical diagnostics. Learn about the current uses of nanotechnology. Debate its potential for reducing or exacerbating worldwide problems. Devise a nano solution of your own that addresses an important problem.

Multi-Disciplinary
M51Period - 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.

M52Period - 1Global 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!

M53Period - 2, 3NEW! in 2017Step Up and Start-Up

Take action on your ethical and moral concerns and develop your business skills by starting your own non-profit organization! Social entrepreneurship is founded on the recognition that social problems require new thinking and new approaches. As a social entrepreneur, you will employ business models, nonprofit models, and hybrids to create new streams of funding and development. You'll analyze social problems and their sources, and how you can best strategize to address them. Develop your business acumen by gaining practice in creating proposals, business plans, letters, and memos. Learn more about ingenious and effective non-profits started by teens and others. Don't wait until you're an adult to make a difference in the world!

Humanities
S54Period - 1, 4Word Origins for Test Success

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'll have the chance to practice taking sample tests, learn test-taking tactics, and improve your verbal confidence. You'll employ your new vocabulary as you practice writing for the optional SAT and ACT writing component.

S55Period - 3Writing Matters

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

S56Period - 2NEW in 2017!Mental Health: Psychology and Policy

The mental health-care system in the United States is a multibillion-dollar industry that is still not big enough to serve all those who need it. Costs and attitudes are barriers to treatments, though new federal laws are hoping to change access to mental health. One thing that most Americans can agree on is that the mental health system is broken. In many parts of the country, mental health treatment, services and supports are not available until a crisis occurs, making jails and prisons the default place for mental health treatment. How do American mental health issues compare with those in other parts of the world? We need to understand as much about our minds as we do about our bodies to avert mental health crises. Come lend your voice and your ideas to the much-needed discourse regarding mental health issues.

S57Period - 2NEW in 2017!Political Strategy: Power to the People or the Pundit

Are you frustrated or satisfied with the current political leaders at national and local levels? Could politics be in your future career? Embark on a study of key political concepts including traditional, charismatic, and legal authority. Conduct research into the political philosophies of great thinkers including Confucius, Plato, John Locke, and Karl Marx. Compare and contrast left and right wing politics. Empower yourself with the knowledge of the rights and responsibilities of citizens. Create your ideal political system.

STEM
S58Period - 2, 4NEW in 2017!Highlights of Algebra II and Trigonometry

Come hit the highlights of Algebra II and Trigonometry, such as quadratic and cubic polynomials, the binomial theorem, the principle of mathematical induction, irrational expressions, complex numbers, and exponential and logarithmic functions. A scientific calculator is recommended.

S59Period - 1, 3"Deriving" into Pre-Calculus

This course delves into not only the "how" to compute, but more importantly, the "why". You will explore and see 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!

S60Period - 4Mathemati-CS of CompSci

Computer science is not all about programming. Long before the land of 1's and 0's 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.

S61Period - 3, 4NEW in 2017!Astrobiology

Do you wonder what other forms of life exist in the universe within its myriad galaxies? Are you curious whether or not our Earth is wholly unique, or if there are other planets or beings similar to us? Help satisfy your curiosity through astrobiology - the scientific study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe, including extraterrestrial life and life on Earth. Explore ways of detecting life on other planets, and increase your understanding of the fundamental nature of life on our own planet. The universe is your classroom!

S62Period - 2Cosmic Proportions: The Origin and Structure of the Universe

While most of us enjoy stargazing, cosmology provides a window into how and why the heavenly bodies move, helping us situate and understand our places in the universe. This course examines the origins and structure of our universe, which cosmologists believe began 15 billion years ago. 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. Gain an understanding of the 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 your own questions about the cosmos as well.

S63Period - 3Biopsychology

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.

S64Period - 1NEW in 2017!Bioinformatics: Data Mining for Health

Bioinformatics is the application of computer technology to the management and understanding of biological data. This field develops methods and software tools for understanding the vast amounts of such data. Computers gather, store, analyze, and integrate biological and genetic information which can then be used in biological and medical applications. If you are interested in computer science, statistics, mathematics, and engineering, bioinformatics uses all these fields to analyze and interpret biological data. Common uses of bioinformatics include the identification of candidate genes and nucleotides. Come find your particular interest in the application of bioinformatics such as cancer genomics, systems biology, synthetic biology, drug discovery and development, or epigenomics.

S65Period - 3NEW in 2017!Arduinos: Micro-Computing for Macro-Control

An Arduino is a micro-controller motherboard which can run one program at a time. The main purpose of the Arduino board is to interact with the environment using sensors and actuators. It's great for hardware projects in which you simply want things to respond to various sensor readings and manual input. By using your own board, this class will help you understand the software side of Arduino and write well-crafted Sketches using the C language of Arduino. Materials fee: $50

S66Period - 1, 2The Macroeconomics of Globalization

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.

S67Period - 4Crime Scene Investigation

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 an aspect of criminology could be a career for you. Create a mystery for your peers to solve.

S68Period - 1Environmental 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.

Visual & Performing Arts
A69Period - 2, 4Digital 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 most campuses. At Bryn Mawr, this class is open to all students.

A70Period - 2Two- 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 original, displayable work.

A71Period - 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.

A72Period - 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.

A73Period - 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 films, compared to 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

A74Period - 3, 4Acoustics: 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! Students will 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
R75Period - 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.

R76Period - 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!

R77Period - 1Future 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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