Splash Fall 2018
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The Arts

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A198: Utopia, Creativity, and the Imagination: Constructing the World We Want
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Rebecca Hu

What does your perfect world look like? What is the world of your dreams? Is it a world with free wi-fi or infinite ice cream? The imagination is often called childish or is something only for our free time. However, the social imagination is what spawned revolutions and radical social movements. From science fiction comics to electronic music to politics, the act of imagining our utopia holds infinite power.

We will engage these ideas with current issues in the world and how we can manifest our perfect world into reality. This class will explore these themes through interactive art making, music, and collaborative discussions.

A185: History of the Tattoo
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Anna Ricks

Ever wonder how the practice of permanently marking our skin thousands of years ago evolved from ritual to a popular art form? Come learn about the history of tattoos, their difference across cultures, and why we still see them today!

A193: Embracing Inter-Cultural Dialogue: How Culture Defines Perspective
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jacquelyne Tan

Everybody is unique in their cultural background - Each person has been shaped in a different way by their family upbringing, socio-economic status, religion, ethnicity, etc. In this class, we will discuss the identities that we believe have shaped our perspectives and how we can reconcile differences to build a more inclusive society.

A170: Intro to Screenwriting
Difficulty: *

In this class, we will cover the structure, art, and basic elements of movie scripts. This class will be taught with a lecture, small discussions, and an in-class activity.

A183: Intro to Horror Films Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Anna Ricks

A brief introduction to the horror genre some of the historical contexts that led to the development of its subgenres. Every wonder why it's so fun to be scared? Come ready to watch scary clips and talk about your favorite movies!

A172: Intro to Creative Writing
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Quinn Illgen

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” ― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

In this class, we are going to explore you as a writer. As with all writing, we're going to start by looking at story and its various forms through readings. Then we'll make the dive into real-life writing and have a small workshop.

Pen and paper are all that are needed for this class.

A194: Lightsabers & Droids: Fun Facts, Art, and History
Difficulty: **

Is your Dream Car a Millenium Falcon? Are you interested in learning the way of the Jedi? Or do you simply want a crash course on Star Wars before the next movie comes out? Then this is the course for you!

We will be going over the structure and design of lightsabers and droids and talking about the rules and roots of the Jedi way.

These are definitely the droids you're looking for!

A176: Intro to Music Composition
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Aileen Chao

Have you ever wanted to write your own music? In this class, we will go over the basics of music theory with an emphasis on common forms and chord progressions to begin writing our own melodies and harmonies.

A158: Henna Body Art Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Nina Singh

Ever wanted to try the Indian body art form of henna? These popular temporary tattoos are actually surprisingly easy to apply. They are made of a leaf paste and squirted out of a henna tube (similar to a frosting tube) so that beautiful designs can be made. After the paste dries and is removed (2 hours after application), you will have a beautiful custom temporary tattoo that can last up to a few weeks! In this class, you'll learn about traditional henna designs became a part of Indian culture, how the art form has changed over the years, and will get the chance to create your own henna design!

A188: Monstrosity in English Literature
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Annie Ly

Learn about monsters that existed in the 17th century! Delve into Cohen's theories of monstrosity as we preview movie clips and and read snippets of literature that reveal the prejudices and stigmas of society.

Health and Medicine

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H168: Can you RELATE?
Difficulty: *

People possess knowledge that is broad and diverse, limited and complex; People have experiences with the same conditions.
Learn about empathy..not to be confused with sympathy. Learn how practicing empathy can have huge payoffs for your life...and humanity!

H184: Psychopathology Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Anna Ricks

TV shows such as "Criminal Minds" and "Dexter" love to portray the mentally ill, but how often do they get it right? This is an introductory class on a broad spectrum of mental disorders, including their causes, symptoms, and treatments. Learn about "psychopaths" and "sociopaths" as well as other interesting cases, and see why what we think of as abnormal isn't actually all that uncommon.

Warning: some of the cases and topics discussed in this class may contain sensitive or disturbing material regarding certain criminal cases and disorders.

Life Skills

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L192: Practical Science
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Richard Garcia

Are you looking for ways to "spice up" your life? Lucky for you, science is the best way to "mix things up!" This short crash course will introduce you to some scientific basics that you can incorporate into your daily life. For example, knowing the properties of water can really make dish washing go by THAT much faster! Come on by if you're interested!

L164: Self Defense and Grappling Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Killian Clifford

This class will teach some basic elements of self-defense including, but not limited to: proper fighting stance, strikes, throws, blocking, ground submission techniques, and more. We will also be going over some general knowledge, like which parts of your body are most powerful in certain situations, as well as which parts of your opponent's body are most vulnerable in different positions. Toward the end of class, everyone will have the option to grapple with each other on the safety mats. This means you will be on your knees and attempting to submit your opponent using the techniques you've learned without actually hitting each other (your goal is not to hurt them, but to put them in a position where they are uncomfortable and have to tap out). Finally, you will need to wear athletic clothing, and keep in mind that you might get dirty. Whether you are the smallest kid in your class or the bulkiest, whether you're a boy or a girl, I strongly encourage any of you to take this class because with enough practice, anyone can use these skills to give themselves an edge against a potential attacker. I'll see you all on Splash day!

L175: Want to Plan a Splash?
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Albert Kong

Have you ever wondered what goes into planning a Splash? Do you aspire to plan an event on your own of similar proportions? In this class, we will not only cover the basics of event planning, but also communication etiquette, giving you the necessary hard and soft skills to execute your very own program.

L173: Leadership
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Marielena Sosa

Believe it or not, you have probably already done something in your life that shows you are a leader!
In this class we will explore different leadership skills, what it means to be a leader and how we can become leaders.

L162: Hacking Hackers Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Nate Delgado

You know about the ridiculous news stories
and movies about hackers that usually show a guy in a ski mask hunched over a laptop? Well, regardless of how poorly
the media talks about hacking, it is a real threat faced by the millions of Americans who don’t bother informing themselves
of the basics of staying safe online. It’s almost every week that news comes out about a massive hacking of credit cards,
phone numbers, addresses, and more. This is not the type of boring course your school librarian would teach, droning on about avoiding “inappropriate” websites or staying away from “scary” chatrooms full of per-
verts. This is a course that will teach you the ins and outs about how to ensure that your personal information will stay private. We’ll cover current events in computer security, try out various forms of password cracking, talk about how dumb Americans are, discuss the importance of using strong passwords, and maybe have some fun along the way. And, I’ll teach you how to pick locks, seriously.

L179: Conscious Living & Sustainability
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Cambria Estrada

If you're passionate about saving our beautiful Earth and living a more eco-friendly, generally more conscious life this is the class for you! I'll be discussing all the various ways that YOU can help mitigate the effects of climate change! I want this to be an open and constructive space for everyone so come ready to discuss & have fun!

L182: Mindfulness 101 For Teens
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kat Chan

High school can be stressful and overwhelming at times. This introduction to mindfulness is designed to teach you skills that will help you reduce stress, work with difficult emotions, improve your focus, and gain greater self-awareness. Discover the peace and clarity that is within you.


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L189: Lunch Period 1
Difficulty: *

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


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M196: Yoga 101
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Estrellita Uribe

This class will introduce you to easy to follow yoga sequences. You will be able to stretch areas that tense up while studying or experiencing stress, and learn poses that you can do on your own for strength and flexibility.

M197: The Korean Wave
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jessica Zhai

Are you a K-pop or K-drama lover? Or have you ever wondered about the phenomenon of Korean Wave? If so, come to this class and explore the underlying theories and impacts behind this phenomenon. This class will consist of games, Korean goodies, lecture, and discussion. We will talk about some popular Korean bands, dramas, films, and touch upon various aspects of Korean culture and history, all in relation to the Korean Wave. If you want to have a fun time learning about Korea's cultural phenomenon, then come join us.

M195: Unlocking the Mystery: How to Build Escape Rooms
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ashley Thomas

This class will start out with a short escape room featuring various puzzles which students will have to work together to complete. After that, we'll sit down and talk about what it takes to build a successful one yourself!

M163: Intro to Linguistics!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Preeyam Roy

In this class we'll break down a skill you use everyday without a second thought: language. Learn about the basics of what makes a language, from sociopolitical factors to linguistic definitions. We'll talk about what it means to be bilingual, the evolution of language over generations and through different countries, and the politics of language. You will walk away from this class with a greater understanding of yourself and your cultural heritage.

M199: China's most volatile land: Xinjiang
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jessica Zhai

Have you ever wonder how life is in tightly controlled areas? Xinjiang is a province in China where it is heavily monitored. It is also the home to the most ethnically diverse population in China. So if you are interested in the region's population, lifestyles and political atmosphere, come join this class. There will be some very unexpected and interesting stories waiting to be told.

M177: Subtlely to Success: A Student's Perspective
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jessica Boswell

I will be providing my own perspective to success as a Dean's List student at USC. Success being academic, resourcefulness, and proactivity. Success as a person goal and definitions to your directions you want to follow in the future.

Interest in thinking of future, even if it is a month from now. Someone who is thinking proactively about personal wants, no matter how small. Someone who doesn't mind critical thinking

M160: The Globalized Mindset
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Angeline Pan

More and more ideas and cultures are flowing between people and countries. Want to learn what it's like growing up in this environment and how to thrive in this changing world?


M186: Rick and Morty Conspiracy Theories: Who is Evil Morty?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Killian Clifford

The fan theories surrounding the mysteries of the Rick and Morty multiverse are endless, but we will be spending some time discussing the many possibilities of the origins of Evil Morty. Where did he come from? What are his motives? How is he so smart? Where is his Rick? And what is his relationship to our C-137 Rick and Morty duo? This will be a discussion, not a lecture, so I encourage you to come with your own theories in mind! And if we have time at the end of class, you will all have a chance to design and draw your own unique Morty!

Watch these three episodes before coming to class if you haven't seen them: S1 E10: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind S3 E1: The Rickshank Rickdemption S3 E7: The Ricklantis Mixup

M165: What Makes Things Catchy? A Guide to Hit Songs, Viral Memes, and Successful Marketing
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kris Nguyen

Ever had a song that is stuck in your head? or RT a meme that has been dominating the Internet?

What makes these things catchy? Turns out, there's some method to the madness. Learn the science behind these wildly popular things and maybe you can go viral one day too(!)

Students must have listened to at least ONE (1) song or seen at least ONE (1) Internet meme in the duration of their lifetime.

M166: Personality Psychology
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Alexis Pinela

A fun and interactive intro to personality type theory! We will discuss a few major theories like Myers-Briggs, Carl Jung, and debunk some urban legends on introversion and extraversion. Student will also take a Big 5 Trait test in class and learn about their own personality types!

M169: Spanish Intro
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sofia Milano

Spanish class for beginner or intermediate students

M174: Intro to Pokemon TCG
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Alex Wiener

Learn how to play the pokemon trading card game against your own peers. It's easy to pick up and fun to play. The game strengthens strategic thinking and planning ahead.

M178: Applying to College with QuestBridge
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jeffrey Cho

For first generation and/or low-income high school students, QuestBridge is an organization dedicated to helping high achieving students attend prestigious universities across the United States with 100 percent of financial need met. Learn about the organization and its benefits as well as how you can prepare to apply for their College Match during your senior year of high school.

M181: Sex-Ed
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jordan Mickle

Sex is one of the most under-talked about topics in our world, and unfortunately this topic is crucial. We will not be discussing specifics regarding sex such as positions, and rated R material, but we will talk about basic procedure, consent, safety and protection and a healthy conversation surrounding this complicated topic.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

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S161: Bitcoin, Blockchain, and General Crypto
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Nate Delgado

Want to invest in Bitcoin? Not sure if it's a bubble? How does it even work? Does the price only go up? What's mining? Is it a scam?

In this class we'll answer all these questions and more. I'll discuss cryptography (the technology behind cryptocurrencies) and the economics surrounding Bitcoin, how to invest, and give some of its history. If you take this class, you'll know more about Bitcoin than your friends, I guarantee it.

S191: Introduction to Programming (Python)
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Neuton Foo

This course is an introduction to programming! We'll be learning about fundamental programming concepts in Python 3

Students will learn about variables, conditional statements, loops, core data types and more!


S187: Music for Emotional Humans: Emotion Recognition in (Film) Music
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Zoe Lee

Music is often referred to as a "language of emotion"- we smile, cry, and even feel empowered by music. But music in its physical reality is just a sequence of structured air molecules. How does this make us feel happy, sad, angry, or even scared? In this course, we will address this question by exploring how the brain processes music and gives rise to various emotions. To observe the effect of music on emotion at its fullest potential, we will be drawing on examples of film music.

This course may be interesting to you if you like music, film, and/or are fascinated by the brain.