Splash Hilary 2019
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A130: From Page to Stage: Understanding & Designing Sets
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Christina Hill

Theatre design has the powerful ability to transport the audience anywhere in time and space, and influences our responses to the action much more than we realise.

In this class we'll be talking about how a set designer works with their director, script, and other designers to create an appropriate and creative environment for the play. Using examples of plays, musicals, and films known to the class we will analyse different set designs and discuss how and why various elements are created. I will also be talking about the set creation process and more broadly about the other areas of theatre design and how they work together.

A112: Greek Sculpture: Archaic to Early Classical
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Tamsin Morton

Ever been in a museum and just walked past the Greek sculpture gallery? You won't do it again after this class. There are more to these ancient statues than meet the eye.

After this class, you will be able to:
1) identify and describe the characteristics of archaic Greek sculpture (6th century BC).

2) compare archaic sculpture with the early classical style (early to mid 5th century BC).

3) consider how these statues can be used as archaeological evidence for attitudes to gender and beauty in ancient Greek society.

A117: Handel to Hip-Hop: Morality of Music Appropriation
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Rose Campion

The question of originality has troubled any artist who seeks to create something new. Artists draw from surrounding influences, whether they are aware of it or not. This lesson will explore music from the baroque era to today to investigate the morality behind artistic ownership and intellectual property.

Central questions:
1. Which factors distinguish borrowing from stealing and art from appropriation?
2. How have attitudes toward borrowing changed between 1700 and today?
3. What role, if any, should the justice system have in ruling who owns artistic ideas?

A128: Art & Its Artwork
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jacob Meyer

In this class, students will consider the relationship between written and spoken texts, and their accompanying artworks. We will look at book covers and how they change across times and cultures, some 19th century poetry and the images that complemented it, and listen to modern albums whilst discussing their artwork.


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H114: Public Speaking & Model United Nations Workshop: Free Speech and Journalism Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Katie Curran

Would you like to learn more about public speaking, journalism, history or politics? If so, please participate in this engaging and inspiring class!

Students will learn public speaking skills and then put them into practice through an interactive debate. We will break into teams and debate the ways to support free press and journalists around the world in a mock United Nations session.

(I am also leading a debating class on environmental issues. You are welcome to join that as well!)

H113: Introduction to Public Speaking: Debating Environmental Issues
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Katie Curran

Interested in history, social issues or improving your public speaking skills? If so, join this fun and interactive course!

We will discuss public speaking skills and then split into teams to debate how you would personally addresses environmental issues if you were a delegate at the United Nations.

(I am also leading another public speaking class on journalism. You are welcome to join the other course as well!)

H108: Linear B - Cracking the Ancient Code
Difficulty: **

Linear B was a writing system used by the Mycenaean civilisation. The script was used between c. 1450 and c. 1100 BCE, predating the Greek alphabet by several centuries. Yet why did it take over 50 years for us to understand it? The story of the decipherment of Linear B is one of the most intriguing stories in the history of language. In this class we will follow this process and look at the intricacies of the script - after all, Linear A still needs to be deciphered! Look forward to taking home your very own clay tablet with your name written in Linear B.

H129: 'The Power in Pictures' Bias in Ancient Art
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Evie Atmore

Through looking at art from the Persian Wars, students will learn how to recognise how Art can be racially or politically biased. The class will also look at some modern images, to demonstrate how these skills are still relevant today.

H124: Introduction to Chinese Characters
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jason Parisi

The Chinese language uses a writing system that most of us are completely unfamiliar with: it is logographic. This means that each character has an intrinsic meaning; there are tens of thousands of these characters! This contrasts with the Latin alphabet system that characterizes most Western writing systems. In this class, we will dissect Chinese characters, looking at how the very earliest Chinese characters evolved into what they are today! By the end of this class, you should be able to accurately guess the meaning of a large number of Chinese characters, even if you have never learned Chinese.


H115: A Christian catacomb in Ancient Rome: mixing the sacred with the profane
Difficulty: **
Teachers: William Bearcroft

The Via Latina catacomb is a house for the dead. Hidden underground from the 4th century AD until the 1950s by a road near Rome, it contained some 400 bodies, yet the paintings on its walls are alive with colour and stories. What can these images tell us about the people buried here? There are many Biblical scenes but also present are a wide variety of pagan ones. Hercules holds the three headed dog Cerberus on a leash and a gorgon stares from the ceiling. For many modern viewers, these images were uncomfortable inclusions in a Christian space. This course will look at what we can say about Christian art and belief in 4th century Rome and, though we may find it strange, why these pagan stories might have had a place among the Christian dead.

H119: Could I Chat with an Anglo-Saxon?: A History of the English Language
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Marina Smith

1 in 5 people in the world speak English today, but where did it come from? In a very brief history of English we will examine its origins, how it has been shaped by history and time, the current situation and the potential future. There is an immense gulf between Old English and Modern English, but by looking at short bits of texts this class will show how drastically things have changed, and how little anything has changed at all.


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L111: Lunch Period
Difficulty: None

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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M131: Game Theory: An Excuse to be Self-Interested
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Catherine Vlasov

Have you ever wondered how goalies pick which side to jump to when defending a shot? Have you ever thought about strategies that contestants in The Hunger Games could use to increase their chances of winning?

This class will introduce you to game theory, the study of conflict and cooperation between players in a game. We will start from the basics, play a couple of games and learn how to develop strategies that will lead to the best possible outcome for you. For once, being selfish is not just acceptable, it is actually encouraged!


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S121: Black Holes
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jason Parisi

Black holes are some of the most mysterious objects in the Universe, where physical conditions are at some of their most extreme. Their gravitational pull is so strong that even light cannot escape! In this class we venture into the exciting and nonintuitive world of these enigmatic objects.

S120: The Physics of Music
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Jason Parisi

How do instruments produce sound? Why do some frequencies sound sweet and others dreadful? Here we will explore the physical underpinnings of the music you hear every day. Complete with live instruments!

S118: Diabetes: how to fight an epidemic Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Matthew Lloyd

Diabetes presents a growing global health crisis. Over 400 million people worldwide are diabetic, and diabetes currently costs the NHS £14 billion per year. With these numbers projected to reach over 600 million and £17 billion by 2035, there is an urgent need to stop costs spiralling before healthcare systems become overwhelmed by the strain. This lesson will provide an introduction to the different types of diabetes, their underlying biology, the treatments available, and why the NHS diabetes budget is spent so inefficiently. You’ll then work in teams to design a new public health strategy aimed at reducing type II diabetes incidence and improving treatment outcomes in a cost-effective manner. Can you make society healthier?

S132: An Introduction to CRISPR
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: William Martinson

As one of the more exciting discoveries in biology of the last 10 years, the CRISPR/Cas9 system seems poised to transform medicine within the near future by allowing doctors and scientists to edit specific genes in the human body. This class will cover the basic components of how the CRISPR/Cas9 system works and how researchers currently use it to make alterations to an organism’s genetic code. Students will be asked to apply the concepts from this class to a hypothetical CRISPR/Cas9 experiment in which they will design their own edits to a segment of DNA. If time, there will also be a class discussion of the ethics of CRISPR and whether doctors and scientists should edit genes.

Familiarity with DNA and RNA, including base-pairing rules and how to read a DNA/RNA sequence. Basic knowledge of transcription and the genetic code. There will be a brief review at the beginning of the class covering all the above topics.

S137: How to Find a Particle Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kevin Zhou

How are particle colliders used to discover new particles? Decades ago, one could literally see the created particles moving in a bubble chamber, but today's Large Hadron Collider only sees the aftermath, a violent spray of hundreds of particles. We'll introduce the particles of the Standard Model and show how to spot them in the debris by eye. Then we'll show how the LHC aims to find the Higgs boson, supersymmetry, dark matter, and even more exotic possibilities.

Basic algebra-level physics is required; prior exposure to relativity is helpful but not necessary.

S136: Quantum Cryptography Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Kevin Zhou

Researchers across the world are currently racing to develop viable quantum computers, which could, among many other things, break the cryptographic algorithms which underlie the internet. Quantum cryptography is a complementary technology which remains secure against any adversary, classical or quantum. In this class, we will cover the basics of quantum mechanics, demonstrate how the simplest quantum cryptographic protocol works, and explain how the laws of physics guarantee its perfect security.

Familiarity with Cartesian coordinates and vectors will be helpful, along with some basic probability (e.g. if you toss 3 coins, what is the probability of getting 2 heads?). No physics background is required.

S123: B-cells: The most economical weapons factory Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Vasiliki Alexiou

B-cells are important players in an organism's response to pathogens. What is impressive about these cells is that even though they typically contain a few thousand genes, they can make over a trillion different antibodies to protect us against pathogens.

This class explores the genetic mechanisms which allow B-cells to produce a massive range of antibodies and we will answer questions such as:
What are the steps of adaptive immunity?
What is the function/characteristics of antibodies?
What is the genetic mechanism behind antibody diversity?
How is it controlled?

Some background on immunity and gene function is preferred but not required.

S125: Drugs: Modifying Brain Function Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Marco Narajos

What is a drug? In what ways can drugs modify the brain’s function? Why do people use drugs recreationally? How can we define addiction? What does it mean to be dependent on a drug? Is it always a bad thing?

This course will explore the many ways recreational drugs can affect the brain leading to a wide variety of phenomena. By the end of the lesson, the student will understand how the effects of drugs helps to shape medical, ethical, legal and social responses to their use and abuse.

This course is loosely based on the AQA A-Level Human Biology specification point ‘Modifying Brain Function’, but also contains content from a biomedical or medical degree.

The learning objectives are:
- To be able to describe what a drug is from scientific, legal, and social standpoints.
- To be able to describe the main neurotransmitter systems in the brain affected by drugs.
- To be able to explain what addiction is from a psychiatric point of view and its difference from the term dependence.

S126: The K-T Mass Extinction or What Happened to the Dinosaurs
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Katherine Dale

66 million years ago the Cretaceous period ended with a bang and the Tertiary began seeing life on Earth changed forever. The dinosaurs that had once ruled were now gone. But how did the dinosaurs, and much of the other life on Earth, become extinct?

S134: The Epidemic of the Next Century: Multi Drug Resistant Bacteria Full!
Difficulty: *

The course is outlined as:
1. What is Bacteria
2. How our body fights bacterial infection
3. What is DNA
4. How is Bacterial DNA and Plasmid structured
5. How Bacteria gets resistant to new antibiotics
6. How it is causing problem in the world?
7. What are the threats?
8. How we can prevent this?
9. New research options?

Knowledge about Bacteria and DNA

S135: Higher Physics
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Jacob Amacker

This lesson introduces you to 4 of the most incredible equations in physics – Maxwell’s Equations. These 4 equations are all we need for every electromagnetic process from lightning to computer chips and radars. They even convinced Einstein of Special Relativity. A simple approach will be used to derive the equations (some you have already seen in disguise!) and then from these will be shown how light itself is hiding in them. This is expected to be challenging but very interesting for science studying students. Presented in a university-like lecture style.

Studying physics, competent with maths - particularly vectors.


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X122: Saving the Planet: What's Happening and What Can We Do? Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Joshua Deru

A class on climate change - what's going on, why it's happening, and what we can do to stop it.

X133: Introduction to Esperanto - the world's most successful invented language
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Tyron Surmon

Esperanto is the world's most successful constructed language. Invented in 1887 as a means to create world peace, and designed to be incredibly easy to learn, the language now has hundreds of thousands of speakers all around the world. In this class we will learn the basics of the language, before discussing its history and culture, and the role it plays in the world today.

X127: Sex and Sexuality
Difficulty: **

This course explores how the two exist and interact from a primarily scientific perspective. We'll look at the origins, social causes/impacts, and misconceptions about what makes us man, woman, and everything in between. This helps us to better understand humanity's most fundamental distinction; increasingly valuable knowledge in today's divided social and political climate.