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 23 - July 13, 2018
Session II (SIG Global): July 15 - August 4, 2018



Session I : June 23 - July 13, 2018

Humanities
M43Period - 2New in 2018!Secret Societies: Power and Intrigue

What do George Washington, Harry Truman, Ben Franklin, and many other political and pop-culture individuals have in common? They are all alleged to be members of Secret Societies. These Societies or fraternities, such as the Illuminati, Skull and Bones, and Freemasons have origins that date back to the18th century and boast of many famous alumni. Learn about the history behind secret societies, their role in our world--past to present, and analyze the influence they may still have in society and our culture. Imagine how new societies might be formed to influence ideas and attitudes to bring about positive change in our world.

M44Period - 2Supreme Court Decisions: From Justice to Politics

What is it like to make legal decisions that affect millions of people? Take a look into the inner workings of the U.S. 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!

M45Period - 4New in 2018!The Psychology of Fear

Fear is often a response to perceived physical and emotional danger. Often, fear drives decision-making and behaviors in personal, societal, economic, and political spheres of influence. Analyze the psychology behind fears and phobias to understand how they can affect your life. Take a global view at how the factor of fear has driven or controlled the course of human history. Become fearless as you examine different techniques and methods of overcoming fear to bring about changes in yourself and the world.

STEM
M46Period - 4Sacred 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.

M47Period - 1,3Engineering in Action

Ever wonder how chemical, mechanical, electrical, aeronautical, and civil engineers solve real world problems? Come learn basic engineering principles surrounding the 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, and other products that will enhance your life in the future, or maybe you will pursue one of the many great career opportunities that abound in engineering!

M48Period - 2,3Medical Microbiology

The human body could be considered one of the last frontiers. This course is an introduction to human biology and the science of medicine that surrounds it. Medical microbiology is the branch of both medicine and microbiology, which deals with the study of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites, all of which are capable of causing diseases in humans. You’ll examine the essential biochemical reactions that occur within the human body. Then, delve into the imbalances and resulting diseases that inevitably occur, as well as their treatments. Come see if you think trailblazing this fascinating frontier is for you!

M49Period - 1,4DNA 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 areas such as foods, agriculture, and human cell research. “Diagnose” the extent to which genomics will affect your life as well as the lives of others.

M50Period - 4Theories 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.

M51Period - 2Nanotechnology—Think Very 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.

M52Period - 1New in 2018!Number Theory: Factors, Fractions and Fibonacci!

How could an ancient king be tricked into giving his servant more than 671 billion tons of rice? It’s because of a simple, but powerful, calculation that involves the sum of geometric progression-an important concept in number theory. If you are fascinated with numbers and their relationships to one another, dive into different number applications such as divisibility, Fibonacci numbers, Diophantine Equations, Chinese remainder theorem, prime factorization, the Gaussian integers, quadratic reciprocity, logic, and proof techniques.--(Prerequisite: Algebra I)

Multi-Disciplinary
M53Period - 3New in 2018!The Ingenious Mind: Solving Global Challenges

Humans have been the most successful species on the planet. According to scientists, they credit the success to three traits: technology innovation, group collaboration, and communication. Yet, so many people face challenges such as climate change, shortages of energy, water, and food, widespread poverty, disease, and inadequate health systems. What will it take to leap over these human struggles? Human Ingenuity!-the power to rethink possibilities, transform thinking, and challenge the status quo. Test your ability to solve a global or local challenge that intrigues you by using your newly gained knowledge of appropriate technology and engineering. Join in the spirit of innovation and cooperation, and invent solutions, using your ingenuity.

M54Period - 1New in 2018!Farm to Fork: What’s In Your Food?

Do you really know what’s in your food? With increasing concerns over the use of untested chemicals as food preservatives, color additives, and genetically engineered foods, there is a new urgency to become a smart consumer and retain the most nutritional value from the foods you eat. Understand how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates food products and how it compares with the quality control or regulatory processes from other countries. Analyze how the effects of product recalls have affected consumer confidence and have inspired today’s generation to pursue clean food products. Evaluate specific problems within the food industry, and create solutions for improved screening processes or alternate methods to ensure the best health and safety standards for everyone.

M55Period - 3New in 2018!Entrepreneurs with a Cause

Take action on your passions and /or 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 determine 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
S56Period - 2Word Origins

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 employ your new vocabulary as you practice writing.

S57Period - 3New in 2018!Argumentative Essay Writing

Being persuasive is a unique skill to have. Great politicians, army generals, and business leaders are experts at persuasion because they inspire you to follow them. Become an expert at the art of written persuasion as you influence others through writing. Explore the rhetorical contexts of academic and public argument by considering a variety of argumentative texts and learn how to research, write, and revise your arguments on controversial issues. Use techniques, such as rational and affective appeals, rebuttals, focus/emphasis, and concession-refutation to present a compelling argument for your audience. By the end, you will have the skills needed to convince anyone to agree, accept, or adopt your ideas!

S58Period - 4New in 2018!Ethical Decisions: Be Your Own Judge

How will you know how to make an ethical decision when faced with a challenging and immediate situation? On what will you base your ethical standards, and how will you apply those standards? Ethical thinking requires us to consider the impact of our actions on the individuals or institutions we serve. In this course, you will learn various approaches to ethical decision-making, such as the Utilitarian Approach of John Stuart Mill, the Rights Approach of Immanuel Kant, and even earlier approaches of fairness and the common good from early Greek philosophers. Develop your own philosophical approach and apply it to current personal and societal dilemmas. Grapple with issues such as stealing food if one is starving and has no money, turning in a friend who has committed a crime and confided in you, or judge a pharmacist charging tenfold what a life-saving drug should cost so that the lives of those who can’t afford it are in jeopardy. Engage in discussions of these and many other ethical situations, and convince others of the power of your ethical processes of decision-making.

S59Period - 1New in 2018!Propaganda: The Art of Persuasion

Propaganda is used in many different contexts, including wartime communication, elections or public policy campaigns, corporate public relations, advertising, entertainment media promotions, and popular culture. Learn how propaganda techniques and media communication, under historical contexts and in social conditions, affect the interpretation of messages. Critically evaluate propaganda that surrounds wartime communication, the tobacco industry, gender roles in the last decade, and governmental policies that manage our democracy, among others. If you could spread a message or provide propaganda for our time, what persuasive technique would you use? Come be a part of this timely discussion at this critical time in history.

STEM
S60Period - 2Highlights 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.--(Prerequisites: Algebra I and Geometry)

S61Period - 1,3“Deriving” into Pre-Calculus

This course dives into not only “how” to compute, but more importantly, “why.”  You will explore and see why graphing is important, and determine 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!

S62Period - 4Mathemati-CS of CompSci

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, consists of elements containing algorithms, and explores logical proofs. In this class, you will explore graph theory, logic, and discrete math that establish a mathematical foundation for computer programming.

S63Period - 4Astrobiology

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!

S64Period - 2,4New in 2018!Savvy Surgeons: Techniques and Practice

Do you have a high level of manual dexterity, good hand-eye co-ordination, or a keen sense of visual-spatial awareness? If yes, the operative environment of surgery will fascinate you. Learn about important medical/surgical breakthroughs and famous medical marvels throughout history. Investigate how the body works by participating in a range of hands-on activities, such as dissections, sutures, simulated surgeries, and much more. Dive into a comprehensive study about a surgeon’s professional roles, moral/legal/ethical responsibilities, anesthesia, incision sites, physiology of wound healing, surgical emergencies, and other relevant topics. Learn about new research and technological advances in surgery, and explore fields of interest within the surgical world of medicine.--Student must enroll in this course by May 15, 2018.

S65Period - 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 deals specifically with how the brain and neurotransmitters act upon the body, influencing what we do, say and feel. This field leans heavily on neuroscience and includes the 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 gain an understanding of the biological processes that stimulate your thoughts, behaviors and feelings.

S67Period - 1New in 2018!Brain Fitness: Increase Your Brain’s Plasticity

Is your brain fit for life? Did you know that the best brain health workouts involve coordination, rhythm, and strategy? At the core of brain fitness is the concept of brain plasticity or brain reserve, which is the brain’s ability to physically reorganize itself in response to the demands placed upon it. Study how physical activity, social wellness, and nutrition are key components to maintaining a strong, healthy brain throughout an individual’s life span. Participate in brain training exercises that improve aspects of cognition, such as memory, attention, focus, and brain speed. Investigate and study how the knowledge of neuroscience and brain health can provide solutions and treatment methods to medical diseases that affect the brain.

S68Period - 3The 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 as 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’s an opportunity for you to understand globalization’s impact on culture, the environment, politics, business, and standards of living around the world.

S69Period - 2New in 2018!Take Another Look: New Technologies in Forensic Science

Are the microbial signatures of bacteria that culprits leave behind a better criminal identifier than DNA? Are traditional techniques such as fingerprint and hair analysis flawed? Learn how new technologies and methods in forensic science are playing a critical role in the criminal justice system and have brought a second level of scrutiny into criminal cases from the past. Understand how the application of sciences, such as physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering, collide with the principles of law to provide scientific solutions to crimes. 

S70Period - 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 causes, effects, 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 and Performing Arts
A71Period - 2New in 2018!PhotoBlogging: Click, Write, Publish

Travelers. Artists. Storytellers. Ordinary people. Gain an audience that is inspired by the small and big moments of life by the stories told through photography and writing. Learn how to choose a platform, domain name, theme, and content that draws your audience to the message you want to communicate. Learn how audience, message, and perspective influence your development of a photoblog. Most of all, enjoy the experience created through acquiring meaningful photographs that inspire creative thought.--Student must bring a  digital camera and laptop to participate in this course. Ages 13-17 only. At Bryn Mawr, this class is open to ages 9-14.

A72Period - 1New in 2018!Graphic Design: Where Art Meets Technology

Graphic design combines the world of art and technology to communicate and represent ideas visually. Use the basic elements and principles of art, such as contrast, color, negative space, and shape along with the use of computer programs to craft promotional pieces, publications, and digital art. Produce original layouts for newsletters, catalogues, logos, and advertisement pieces  that reach an audience. Share your message through a creative collection of words, symbols, and images while using graphic design techniques to create your WOW! factor.--Student must bring a laptop with software installation permissions to participate in this course.

A73Period - 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. Learn how to create a stage presence, develop scenes, and project a character to the audience through coaching, warm-ups, games, and short scene work. Develop creativity, trust, and cooperation in a fun atmosphere!--Ages13-17 only

A74Period - 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 presentation at the end of the three weeks. Some recreation hour rehearsals may be required.

A75Period - 3The 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 a short compared to a feature length film. Come learn the trade of award-winning directors like Martin Scorsese and Wes Anderson, and film your own SIG short film.--Technology Fee: $35-Includes camera use during session. Student must bring a laptop with software installation permissions to participate in this course and must enroll by May 15, 2018.

A76Period - 4New in 2018!Music, Jams, and Bands!

Are you interested in creating electronic jams? Have you wanted to create music with a variety of different instruments but didn’t know how to play multiple types of instruments? Digital music applications allow you to play and perform like experienced musicians. If you can drag and drop beats, you can play and create tracks like the pros, using features such as loops, real-time effects, mixers, and vocals. Collaborate with other musicians to create your own virtual recording and let the global music community be your stage.--Student must bring a laptop with software installation permissions to participate in this course.

Recreation
R77Period - 3Fencing: Footwork to Foils

Fencing, the sport of aristocrats, is 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.

R78Period - 2Self-Defense Sense

Self-defense strategies are important, not only for self-protection, but also in building physical and mental discipline. This class will help you present a commanding presence as you gain control and confidence through such strategies as 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!

R79Period - 4Future 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!

R82Period - 1New in 2018!Mindfulness and Meditation

How are your posture, gaze, breath, and thoughts connected to create a sense of discipline within your mind? Understand the origins of meditation and mindfulness by exploring timeless approaches of connecting the mind and body that offer a sense of stability and relaxation. Learn how to train your mind to a state of awareness with focus. Understand how the brain uses meditation exercises to reduce stress and develop a sense of tranquility.


Session II (SIG Global): July 15 - August 4, 2018

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

ELL84   Periods 1, 2 & 3 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
M43Period - 2New in 2018!Secret Societies: Power and Intrigue

What do George Washington, Harry Truman, Ben Franklin, and many other political and pop-culture individuals have in common? They are all alleged to be members of Secret Societies. These Societies or fraternities, such as the Illuminati, Skull and Bones, and Freemasons have origins that date back to the18th century and boast of many famous alumni. Learn about the history behind secret societies, their role in our world--past to present, and analyze the influence they may still have in society and our culture. Imagine how new societies might be formed to influence ideas and attitudes to bring about positive change in our world.

M44Period - 2Supreme Court Decisions: From Justice to Politics

What is it like to make legal decisions that affect millions of people? Take a look into the inner workings of the U.S. 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!

M45Period - 4New in 2018!The Psychology of Fear

Fear is often a response to perceived physical and emotional danger. Often, fear drives decision-making and behaviors in personal, societal, economic, and political spheres of influence. Analyze the psychology behind fears and phobias to understand how they can affect your life. Take a global view at how the factor of fear has driven or controlled the course of human history. Become fearless as you examine different techniques and methods of overcoming fear to bring about changes in yourself and the world.

STEM
M46Period - 4Sacred 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.

M47Period - 1,3Engineering in Action

Ever wonder how chemical, mechanical, electrical, aeronautical, and civil engineers solve real world problems? Come learn basic engineering principles surrounding the 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, and other products that will enhance your life in the future, or maybe you will pursue one of the many great career opportunities that abound in engineering!

M48Period - 2,3Medical Microbiology

The human body could be considered one of the last frontiers. This course is an introduction to human biology and the science of medicine that surrounds it. Medical microbiology is the branch of both medicine and microbiology, which deals with the study of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites, all of which are capable of causing diseases in humans. You’ll examine the essential biochemical reactions that occur within the human body. Then, delve into the imbalances and resulting diseases that inevitably occur, as well as their treatments. Come see if you think trailblazing this fascinating frontier is for you!

M49Period - 1,4DNA 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 areas such as foods, agriculture, and human cell research. “Diagnose” the extent to which genomics will affect your life as well as the lives of others.

M50Period - 4Theories 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.

M51Period - 2Nanotechnology—Think Very 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.

M52Period - 1New in 2018!Number Theory: Factors, Fractions and Fibonacci!

How could an ancient king be tricked into giving his servant more than 671 billion tons of rice? It’s because of a simple, but powerful, calculation that involves the sum of geometric progression-an important concept in number theory. If you are fascinated with numbers and their relationships to one another, dive into different number applications such as divisibility, Fibonacci numbers, Diophantine Equations, Chinese remainder theorem, prime factorization, the Gaussian integers, quadratic reciprocity, logic, and proof techniques.--(Prerequisite: Algebra I)

Multi-Disciplinary
M53Period - 3New in 2018!The Ingenious Mind: Solving Global Challenges

Humans have been the most successful species on the planet. According to scientists, they credit the success to three traits: technology innovation, group collaboration, and communication. Yet, so many people face challenges such as climate change, shortages of energy, water, and food, widespread poverty, disease, and inadequate health systems. What will it take to leap over these human struggles? Human Ingenuity!-the power to rethink possibilities, transform thinking, and challenge the status quo. Test your ability to solve a global or local challenge that intrigues you by using your newly gained knowledge of appropriate technology and engineering. Join in the spirit of innovation and cooperation, and invent solutions, using your ingenuity.

M54Period - 1New in 2018!Farm to Fork: What’s In Your Food?

Do you really know what’s in your food? With increasing concerns over the use of untested chemicals as food preservatives, color additives, and genetically engineered foods, there is a new urgency to become a smart consumer and retain the most nutritional value from the foods you eat. Understand how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates food products and how it compares with the quality control or regulatory processes from other countries. Analyze how the effects of product recalls have affected consumer confidence and have inspired today’s generation to pursue clean food products. Evaluate specific problems within the food industry, and create solutions for improved screening processes or alternate methods to ensure the best health and safety standards for everyone.

M55Period - 3New in 2018!Entrepreneurs with a Cause

Take action on your passions and /or 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 determine 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
S56Period - 2Word Origins

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 employ your new vocabulary as you practice writing.

S57Period - 3New in 2018!Argumentative Essay Writing

Being persuasive is a unique skill to have. Great politicians, army generals, and business leaders are experts at persuasion because they inspire you to follow them. Become an expert at the art of written persuasion as you influence others through writing. Explore the rhetorical contexts of academic and public argument by considering a variety of argumentative texts and learn how to research, write, and revise your arguments on controversial issues. Use techniques, such as rational and affective appeals, rebuttals, focus/emphasis, and concession-refutation to present a compelling argument for your audience. By the end, you will have the skills needed to convince anyone to agree, accept, or adopt your ideas!

S58Period - 4New in 2018!Ethical Decisions: Be Your Own Judge

How will you know how to make an ethical decision when faced with a challenging and immediate situation? On what will you base your ethical standards, and how will you apply those standards? Ethical thinking requires us to consider the impact of our actions on the individuals or institutions we serve. In this course, you will learn various approaches to ethical decision-making, such as the Utilitarian Approach of John Stuart Mill, the Rights Approach of Immanuel Kant, and even earlier approaches of fairness and the common good from early Greek philosophers. Develop your own philosophical approach and apply it to current personal and societal dilemmas. Grapple with issues such as stealing food if one is starving and has no money, turning in a friend who has committed a crime and confided in you, or judge a pharmacist charging tenfold what a life-saving drug should cost so that the lives of those who can’t afford it are in jeopardy. Engage in discussions of these and many other ethical situations, and convince others of the power of your ethical processes of decision-making.

S59Period - 1New in 2018!Propaganda: The Art of Persuasion

Propaganda is used in many different contexts, including wartime communication, elections or public policy campaigns, corporate public relations, advertising, entertainment media promotions, and popular culture. Learn how propaganda techniques and media communication, under historical contexts and in social conditions, affect the interpretation of messages. Critically evaluate propaganda that surrounds wartime communication, the tobacco industry, gender roles in the last decade, and governmental policies that manage our democracy, among others. If you could spread a message or provide propaganda for our time, what persuasive technique would you use? Come be a part of this timely discussion at this critical time in history.

STEM
S60Period - 2Highlights 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.--(Prerequisites: Algebra I and Geometry)

S61Period - 1,3“Deriving” into Pre-Calculus

This course dives into not only “how” to compute, but more importantly, “why.”  You will explore and see why graphing is important, and determine 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!

S62Period - 4Mathemati-CS of CompSci

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, consists of elements containing algorithms, and explores logical proofs. In this class, you will explore graph theory, logic, and discrete math that establish a mathematical foundation for computer programming.

S63Period - 4Astrobiology

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!

S64Period - 2,4New in 2018!Savvy Surgeons: Techniques and Practice

Do you have a high level of manual dexterity, good hand-eye co-ordination, or a keen sense of visual-spatial awareness? If yes, the operative environment of surgery will fascinate you. Learn about important medical/surgical breakthroughs and famous medical marvels throughout history. Investigate how the body works by participating in a range of hands-on activities, such as dissections, sutures, simulated surgeries, and much more. Dive into a comprehensive study about a surgeon’s professional roles, moral/legal/ethical responsibilities, anesthesia, incision sites, physiology of wound healing, surgical emergencies, and other relevant topics. Learn about new research and technological advances in surgery, and explore fields of interest within the surgical world of medicine.--Student must enroll in this course by May 15, 2018.

S65Period - 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 deals specifically with how the brain and neurotransmitters act upon the body, influencing what we do, say and feel. This field leans heavily on neuroscience and includes the 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 gain an understanding of the biological processes that stimulate your thoughts, behaviors and feelings.

S67Period - 1New in 2018!Brain Fitness: Increase Your Brain’s Plasticity

Is your brain fit for life? Did you know that the best brain health workouts involve coordination, rhythm, and strategy? At the core of brain fitness is the concept of brain plasticity or brain reserve, which is the brain’s ability to physically reorganize itself in response to the demands placed upon it. Study how physical activity, social wellness, and nutrition are key components to maintaining a strong, healthy brain throughout an individual’s life span. Participate in brain training exercises that improve aspects of cognition, such as memory, attention, focus, and brain speed. Investigate and study how the knowledge of neuroscience and brain health can provide solutions and treatment methods to medical diseases that affect the brain.

S68Period - 3The 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 as 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’s an opportunity for you to understand globalization’s impact on culture, the environment, politics, business, and standards of living around the world.

S69Period - 2New in 2018!Take Another Look: New Technologies in Forensic Science

Are the microbial signatures of bacteria that culprits leave behind a better criminal identifier than DNA? Are traditional techniques such as fingerprint and hair analysis flawed? Learn how new technologies and methods in forensic science are playing a critical role in the criminal justice system and have brought a second level of scrutiny into criminal cases from the past. Understand how the application of sciences, such as physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering, collide with the principles of law to provide scientific solutions to crimes. 

S70Period - 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 causes, effects, 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 and Performing Arts
A71Period - 2New in 2018!PhotoBlogging: Click, Write, Publish

Travelers. Artists. Storytellers. Ordinary people. Gain an audience that is inspired by the small and big moments of life by the stories told through photography and writing. Learn how to choose a platform, domain name, theme, and content that draws your audience to the message you want to communicate. Learn how audience, message, and perspective influence your development of a photoblog. Most of all, enjoy the experience created through acquiring meaningful photographs that inspire creative thought.--Student must bring a  digital camera and laptop to participate in this course. Ages 13-17 only. At Bryn Mawr, this class is open to ages 9-14.

A72Period - 1New in 2018!Graphic Design: Where Art Meets Technology

Graphic design combines the world of art and technology to communicate and represent ideas visually. Use the basic elements and principles of art, such as contrast, color, negative space, and shape along with the use of computer programs to craft promotional pieces, publications, and digital art. Produce original layouts for newsletters, catalogues, logos, and advertisement pieces  that reach an audience. Share your message through a creative collection of words, symbols, and images while using graphic design techniques to create your WOW! factor.--Student must bring a laptop with software installation permissions to participate in this course.

A73Period - 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. Learn how to create a stage presence, develop scenes, and project a character to the audience through coaching, warm-ups, games, and short scene work. Develop creativity, trust, and cooperation in a fun atmosphere!--Ages13-17 only

A74Period - 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 presentation at the end of the three weeks. Some recreation hour rehearsals may be required.

A75Period - 3The 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 a short compared to a feature length film. Come learn the trade of award-winning directors like Martin Scorsese and Wes Anderson, and film your own SIG short film.--Technology Fee: $35-Includes camera use during session. Student must bring a laptop with software installation permissions to participate in this course and must enroll by May 15, 2018.

A76Period - 4New in 2018!Music, Jams, and Bands!

Are you interested in creating electronic jams? Have you wanted to create music with a variety of different instruments but didn’t know how to play multiple types of instruments? Digital music applications allow you to play and perform like experienced musicians. If you can drag and drop beats, you can play and create tracks like the pros, using features such as loops, real-time effects, mixers, and vocals. Collaborate with other musicians to create your own virtual recording and let the global music community be your stage.--Student must bring a laptop with software installation permissions to participate in this course.

Recreation
R77Period - 3Fencing: Footwork to Foils

Fencing, the sport of aristocrats, is 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.

R78Period - 2Self-Defense Sense

Self-defense strategies are important, not only for self-protection, but also in building physical and mental discipline. This class will help you present a commanding presence as you gain control and confidence through such strategies as 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!

R79Period - 4Future 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!

R82Period - 1,2New in 2018!Mindfulness and Meditation

How are your posture, gaze, breath, and thoughts connected to create a sense of discipline within your mind? Understand the origins of meditation and mindfulness by exploring timeless approaches of connecting the mind and body that offer a sense of stability and relaxation. Learn how to train your mind to a state of awareness with focus. Understand how the brain uses meditation exercises to reduce stress and develop a sense of tranquility.

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Parents receive a final Student Performance Review (SPR) that assesses personal accomplishments and attainment of goals. This report is available online shortly after the program ends 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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