Carnegie Mellon Splash Spring 2020
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Arts

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A20: KPOP Dancing
Difficulty: **

If you are a fan of BTS, or a fan of KPOP, or a fan of dancing in general, then you should join us and learn the choreography of Boy With Luv by BTS ! No experiences needed, so come and have fun!!

A40: Open Rehearsal
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Melody Olvera

Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to sing in an a capella group? Come to open rehearsal, where we will teach you a song and give you a chance to see what singing in a group is like!

A26: Knew Knitters
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Emily Slobodenyuk

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make fuzzy scarves or sweaters? Come learn basic knitting techniques to get started! This class will cover the basic stitches, as well as the techniques needed to start and end any knitting projects.

A19: Crash Course Eurhythmics
Difficulty: ***

Eurhythmics is a kinetic way of studying music. We aim to give students a basic understanding of what a downbeat really is, the idea of meter, and performing music without an instrument.

A33: Poetry Workshop
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ashni Mathuria

Poetry is one of the oldest and most beautiful forms of art — but also the most difficult, requiring attention to detail, precision of language, and the ability to transfer your emotion to the page. In this class, you will get a chance to experience the setting of a college writing workshop. The workshop is a space where poets can use each others’ voices, experiences, and insights to help their own art flourish. We will write, discuss, critique, and learn from each others’ work. You can expect to leave with an understanding of the fundamentals of poetry, insight into the college creative writing experience, and feedback on your own writing.


Prerequisites
No experience with poetry is needed. Please arrive with an open mind and a willingness to learn!


Humanities

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H30: Drag in America
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Thomas Garrison

Drag in America is many things. Drag serves for people in the LGBTQ+ community to express themselves and for people who are not comfortable with gender norms to convey who they are in a different way. Drag in America has evolved quite a bit from its origins in early entertainment to its place in LGBTQ+ culture as well as pop culture drag has many uses and roles in American culture. We will spend time discussing the history of drag in America and its impact on pop culture. ALSO YOUR TEACHER WILL BE IN DRAG.

H11: Music 101
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Emma Parks

Have you ever wanted to learn how to read and write music? This class will cover basic music theory from treble and bass clefs to chord structure and progression. If you were ever curious how composers and performers figure out what they’re doing then this course is for you! No prior knowledge is required.


Prerequisites
none

H31: History of Coke
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Thomas Garrison

Coke is the second most recognized English word after okay. We will go through the history of the coke company from a pharmacy in Atlanta to one of the worlds most iconic brands. We will also watch Coke ads. Finally we will taste international and US coke products.

H14: Negotiations
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ping-Ya Chao

Learn how to effectively create and claim the most value in everyday interactions as well as higher stake negotiations through a class that combines psychology and practicality via fun mock negotiations and more! An introduction to getting better deals, from haggling to business ventures.


Prerequisites
Curiosity and an urge to save some $$$ (hey college isn't cheap)


Lunch

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L2: Lunch Period
Difficulty: None
Teachers:

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


Math & Computer Science

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M10: Proof by Dominoes: Introduction to Combinatorial Proofs
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Vanshika Chowdhary

Proving things is hard. Often times it involves a lot of algebra and effort. Come learn how to skip all that work and prove interesting identities in an elegant and fun way!


Prerequisites
Familiarity with counting principles like permutations is a plus, but not required

M21: Intro to Vim
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Steven Lu

Vim is an old but ubiquitous text editor, built specifically for efficiently writing code. Come learn how to use the best text editor.

M32: Solving a 2x2x2 Rubik's Cube in Just One Move!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jonathan Stepp

In this class, we will look into solving a 2x2x2 Rubik's cube in a memorable and conceptually simple way. We will investigate some of the structure of what makes Rubik's cubes so hard to solve and will explore how this cube connects to some interesting ideas in math.


Prerequisites
Some familiarity with basic algebra might be nice, but is not officially required.

M39: Exploring Collegiate Math Competition Questions
Difficulty: ***

This course challenges students by giving them problems in mathematics, and they develop their problem-solving abilities by working through them. Students will work in teams, competing against their peers to complete each problem. We will provide problems that would be considered difficult in a university setting. In fact, we will be selecting problems from some of the most prestigious collegiate math competitions in the country.


Prerequisites
None but any type of algebra, calculus, trig, etc will benefit the student.

M38: Nonterminating and Undeterminable
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Fei Peng

Can you come up with a real number that's computably enumerable but incomputable? Curiously, you can get arbitrarily close to it, but will never know any digit of it. In the class, we will talk about the Halting Problem and Chaitin's Constant, two highly related and equally weird concepts in Computation Theory.

M9: Self-Reference and Mathematical Beauty
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Brandon Wu

Self-reference is so simple, even this sentence can do it. Yet while self-reference is such a seemingly innocuous and easy-to-grasp concept, it has deep implications in fields such as philosophy of mathematics and computer science. This course aims to introduce students to thinking about self-referential concepts (through examples and Gödel's incompleteness theorems), as well as how it relates to elegant mathematical ideas. A background in programming is not necessary, but perhaps helpful. Prior knowledge of basic logic will be helpful.

M28: Introduction to Drawing Lines and Circles: An Introduction to Field Theory
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Soumil Mukherjee

Compass and straightedge constructions are surprisingly powerful. Given only those two simple tools, ancient Greeks found techniques to bisect angles, double polygons, construct regular pentagons, and much more. But since antiquity, some problems eluded them. For example, the problem of constructing a square with the same area as a given circle - was that possible? These problems remained unsolved until the late 1800s, when they were solved using a seemingly unrelated branch of math - field theory. This course attempts to introduce field theory to students through the lens of compass and straightedge constructions.

M17: Infinities
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Albert Xu

Infinity is a mysterious concept. We will look at various infinite sets, and introduce the concepts of “bijection” and “countability” to show that some infinities are (in a sense larger) or smaller than other infinities.


Science

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S29: Physics of the Impossible
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Soumil Mukherjee

Invisibility cloaks. Lightsabers. Warp travel. Science fiction is full of all sorts of technologies that seem like they won't be around for decades, or even centuries. This course will explore the feasibility of some of the most exotic sci-fi technologies, and the scientific theories (or lack thereof) behind them. We'll be picking apart technology from some of the most famous sci-fi franchises of all time - Star Trek, Star Wars, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Harry Potter, and more!

S27: Intro to Genetics: Extract DNA from Strawberries
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Athena Chen, Sarah Wu

This class will be a fun and engaging introduction to DNA and genetics. We will begin by overviewing genetics, then using the knowledge we learned we will extract DNA from strawberries!


Prerequisites
N/A

S8: Cloud Appreciation
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Ziyun Liu

Do you like looking into the sky? Do you enjoy looking at beautiful clouds? Have you ever seen anything special in the sky? Have you ever seen a fake rainbow? Do you know the names of the clouds? Come and learn more to be a professional cloud appreciator!

S18: Music Science
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Albert Xu

We will be looking at aspects of musical sound, such as frequency and timbre, and describe some of the physics behind them, as well as demonstrate how they work with pipes and strings.


Prerequisites
Some experience with music is recommended

S23: Hematopoietic Stem Cells and Bone Marrow
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Emily Slobodenyuk

In bones, there is a type of cell that can generate all the blood and immune cells humans require for survival. The system for this differentiation is complex and plays key roles in understanding cancers such as leukemia. This lecture will discuss some of the intricacies of this biological phenomenon, and delve into some of the current research into the field, and how these cells are studied.

S42: Rocket Design I
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Melissa Bryan

Ever wonder why a nose cone is pointy? Or maybe why fins exist? What are even fins and why do they matter? Through this one hour long introduction to rocket design, you will be able to do basic simulations for rocket design and design your own rocket. We will also talk about design of large scale rockets, such as Carnegie Mellon Rocket Command's SCOTTIE, or PLAID!

S37: CRISPR Gene Editing: Extract Your Own DNA
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Anmol Surpur

Is the world of genetically altered human beings quickly approaching? Attend to learn more about CRISPR technology, current ongoing genetics research, and the future of gene editing as well as extract your own DNA.

S24: Nanoparticles
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Shreyas Srinivasan

Though invisible even to traditional microscopes, nanoparticles and nanoscale structures have applications and properties far beyond what can be achieved in the macro scale. Come and learn all about nanoparticles, what they are, how they are made, and how scientists can study structures smaller than the tiniest cells.


Prerequisites
1 year of High School Chemistry

S43: Rocket Design II
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Melissa Bryan

Learn how to launch model rockets up to full scale rockets in this class, and apply knowledge learned in Rocket Design I!

S41: How to see the unseeable: visual thinking on the edges of science
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Max Krieger

If “a picture is worth a thousand words”, how do you look at something that can't be photographed? We can't "see" math any better than we can see a black hole, or the WiFi coming from our phones, or the network of friends we have. Somehow, we can still think intuitively about these unseeable things through beautiful illustrations, diagrams, and metaphors.

We'll learn what makes a good picture-for-thinking using tools from cognitive science. Afterwards, we'll create our own pictures of unseeable things with these tools. No drawing skills required, we'll be using physical materials (and possibly computers)!


Miscellaneous

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X25: Quidditch
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Hannah Varekamp

Experience the magic of Harry Potter through muggle Quidditch! We can’t fly (yet), but you’ll learn how to play and hear absurd stories from World Cup Tournaments. You will learn basic Quidditch techniques and rules from the USQ Youth Rulebook and scrimmage with other students.


Prerequisites
Athletic shoes (cleats are preferable) and water/gatorade are required

X34: Lies, Darned Lies, and Statistics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lucia Bevilacqua

Reasoning with data is a crucial skill for consumers, citizens, and workers in the Information Age. This includes understanding how data can be manipulated, misrepresented, and misapplied. Come learn about common ways that people may mislead with statistics.

X44: Walk-in Activities
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Shannon Ding

Come to the Walk-in Activities room for a rotating selection of board games, video games, and short classes about our organizers' and teachers' hobbies. We ask that if you have an empty slot in your schedule to register for this Walk-In Activities slot!

X35: The Rebuttal: an analytical and empirical approach to refute any argument.
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Frank Li

Argumentation an everyday occurance in our lives. However, it is also fundamental to our understanding of the truth, knowledge, and progress. Understanding the fundamentals of an argument allows you to make better ones and also respond to others. Real world applications like “How can you tell which politician is saying the truth?” and “Do you wish to challenge your parents’ tyranny but don’t know how?” will be covered in this course as well.


Lesson Objectives:
Students will understand the fundamentals of an argument: the claim, warrant, and impact.
Students will learn analytical techniques to respond to arguments.
Students will learn empirical techniques to respond to arguments.
Students will be able to construct their own arguments and respond to it as well.