Splash Spring 2017
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A340: The Art of Henna Tattooing Full!
Difficulty: **

No prior experience needed in art. Ever wanted a permanent tattoo but can't commit? Don't worry, we got you. Come learn how to craft your own temporary tattoos using Henna (dye for body art).

A336: Scrapbooking 101
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Leah Kim

Ever wondered how to create a work of art from your memories? Come learn how to scrapbook from scratch! Please bring printed pictures to scrapbook!

A345: Hook, Line and Sweater!: the Basics of Crochet Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jenny Kim

Do you love crafts? Do you want to learn a new hobby? Do you love to make and wear things you made yourself? If you answered yes to any of these questions come learn how to crochet! In this class we will focus on learning the basic skills and stitches in crochet. Participants will also make a small project to practice their skills. No previous crochet skills are necessary. Participants only need a positive attitude, patients, and a desire to learn!

A350: Painting Palooza
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jacob Gendelman

Paint and draw with watercolors, pencil, and other tools to make something you're proud of, and have fun too! Work from real life objects, or your own imagination. No experience required


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H332: Escaping the Illusion: A New Way to Save the World
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Joshua Campbell

To many, having a conversation about tribalism evokes an image of primitive cavemen, grunting and tearing into barely-cooked chunks of meat. In this course, we will discuss tribalism from another perspective: as an alternative approach to the environmental movement. To do this, we will journey through time, discussing prehistoric tribes, Neolithic agriculture, religion, evolution, and more!

H356: Law Can Be Silly Too! Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Dorit Song

Remember the woman who sued McDonald's for making their coffee too hot? And won over one million dollars? We'll be exploring various other "ridiculous" lawsuits and why they were successful and unsuccessful.

H346: Learn Russian! Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Anna Makar-Limanov

Open to anyone who wants to learn some Russian. No previous knowledge or experience required! I will teach you how to say some basic words/phrases in Russian.

H347: Greek Myths
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Lidia Gutu

This is a course that explores greek myths. We will learn about gods, goddesses, mythical creatures, and their trace in history. Drawing and story-telling may be involved!

H354: Famous French Femmes
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Sarah Nessen

From the brilliant scientist, Marie Curie, to the fashion icon, Coco Chanel, France has seen its fair share of amazing women. Come learn more about French culture and history through a survey of these inspirational figures! We will be listening to music, reading poetry and more to uncover the lives of various French heroines. No knowledge of French language or history required!


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L331: Lunch Period
Difficulty: *

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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M349: Algebraic Structures
Difficulty: ****
Teachers: Aaron Dunbrack

Set, group, ring, field, module, vector space, algebra... Math Wikipedia pages can seem a mess of terms sometimes. In this class, I'll try to explain some subset of them, and some examples to show why each of them is important - and how they represent things you already know.

M339: Minimal Logic
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Aaron Dunbrack

Typically, most people learn logic in terms of operators like "and," "or," and "not." If one is proving things about logic, though, then it becomes handy to have a logic system with fewer axioms to prove things about. I'll start by trying to reduce the number of logical operators we need, until ultimately I'll show we only need one operator to express operators. If we've got extra time, I'll discuss the rules of this operator, and what a "valid argument" is for it.

M341: ULTIMATE Tic-Tac-Toe Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Emily Ma

You have probably played the classic game of tic-tac-toe before - players take turns placing X's and O's on a 3x3 grid until one player gets three of their marks in a row. But have you ever thought about changing the rules up a bit? Only playing X's on the board? Or playing either X's or O's on each turn?
What about mixing up the board? Playing tic-tac-toe on a 3D grid? On a one-dimensional board? On a donut?

Come play the many variations of this classic game! Learn strategies and compete in the Ultimate game of tic-tac-toe!


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S334: The Secrets to Splinting
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kira Becker

Two EMT's teaching the basics on how to splint broken arms, shoulders, elbows, and more!

S351: Making Putty and Messing with Milk Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Sarah Duggan

In this class, we will be making silly putty from everyday materials; then, we will add food coloring and soap to milk to explore the interactions between these materials. This class should be fun, relaxing, and easy!


S342: Intro to Linguistics: Syntax and Sentences
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kai Ellers

Do you like languages? Have you ever thought about what makes some sentences grammatical and others not? In this class, we will study precisely that. We will learn how to construct a system of simple rules to predict whether a given sentence is grammatical or not, and draw sentence trees for grammatical sentences. Our rules will be very far from complete, but will allow us to deeply understand many basic sentences. This class will focus on English, but the principles will apply to any language, and we may explore other languages if there is interest (especially Japanese!).

S348: Particles Are Literally Everything
Difficulty: ****
Teachers: Kevin Wang

Fun fact: Everything's made of particles/everything happens because of particles. Isn't that crazy? I think so.

S352: Crash Course Physics Fun Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Angelika Hirsch

Cool demos and physics fun! Want to play around with circuits and breadboards, and see a few cool physics tricks? Learn about how electrical current travels around a circuit, how to create an air vortex, and have some fun learning about waves!


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X355: Moola Management Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Bonnie Lin

By 18 years old, you're considered an adult. Yet, so many 18-year-olds fumble over interest rates, loans, and so many more fiscal concepts. Why wait until you make mistakes in the "real world" to learn how to control the flow of your money? Anytime before your high school graduation is the perfect time to start your financial literate journey. According to Investopedia, financial literacy is defined as "the ability to use knowledge and skills to make effective and informed money management decisions". The course will cover the basics of money management skills, answer questions about checking/savings accounts, and help you brainstorm ways of saving money for future goals.

X337: How to be Chill with Clar and Nate
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nate Manwell

Learn how to be chill from the great Nate Manwell and Clare Leonard, the chill masters. Make friends in seconds.

X344: Intermediate Chess Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Alexander Deatrick

Learn to play better chess with Amherst College's best player! Chess is a fun, old, and popular board game which gets even more fun as you improve!

This class is for students who know how to move the pieces and understand the rules (but not necessarily much more). We'll go over basic opening strategy and two of the most common chess tactics: the fork and the pin.

Students will also leave class with an understanding of how to learn more chess tactics and strategy independently.

How to play chess. Beginning students taking the 'Chess in an hour' course earlier in the day may also sign up for this course.

X333: Spanish I (Informal Conversations) Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Shatoyia Jones

Have an informal Spanish conversation with myself and others in the form of games and activities! Build your Spanish vocabulary and meet new people with whom you can practice in just 1 hour! Non-stressful, very "chill" course for any one of any level of Spanish (including none at all).

X335: Introduction to Sailing
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Luke Haggerty

Want to learn about the world of sailing? This class will give you practical knowledge on how to sail like a pro, as well as the science behind what makes sailboats work. We will cover everything from how to tell where the wind is coming from to racing strategy, and from nautical lingo to famous sailing history.

X338: The Art of Cards: An Introduction to Magic and Cardistry
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Thyne Boonmark

Have you ever wanted to blow people's minds? Well here's your chance to learn how! Learn the secrets of card magic and cardistry.

X343: Chess in an hour Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Alexander Deatrick

Learn to play chess in under an hour from Amherst College's best player! Chess is one of the world's oldest and most popular board games, and is great for improving critical thinking skills.

This is a class for chess newbies who have never played before or who are still learning how the pieces move. We'll quickly go over how to move the pieces and how to win by checkmating your opponent's king. By the end of class, everyone will be familiar with the basic rules and have resources to pursue chess further independently.

X353: Intro to Rubik Cube Solving
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Gilbert Wermeling

The Rubik Cube is an iconic puzzle created by Erno Rubik. It is generally considered to be the world's best-selling toy, but how many people can actually solve a 3x3x3 puzzle cube?
We will start with learning a standardized naming system for the six faces of a puzzle cube. This will allow us to begin learning the necessary algorithms for solving the puzzle cube. All the information gone over in class will be covered in a packet the student may keep. One hour is not sufficient time to fully learn to solve a puzzle cube, but it will give you all the skills and resources you need to finish learning on your own time.
There will be puzzle cubes to practice on, but not to keep.