Splash 2018
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Thank you for your interest in Macaulay Splash! The completed class catalog will become available on March 1st at which time you will be able to select your classes and begin to build your schedule!

We encourage you to create an account at this time to ensure that you will receive the most up-to-date information regarding our program as well as first pick of classes once the catalog becomes available!


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A55: Upcycling Fashion
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Angela Chi

Redesign and repurpose a t-shirt. Learn about the important of sustainable fashion and the impact you have as a consumer and designer.

Bring in your own old clothes to upcycle. (But we will have some shirts if you don't have!)

A50: Acapella 101: Better Than Pitch Perfect
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Macaulay Triplets

Acapella. The newest craze sweeping the country. With the break out movie Pitch Perfect, aca-nerds have finally been lifted to the spotlight they deserve. Come spend some time with Macaulay's own premier acapella group, who has competed and traveled across the east coast. Learn beatboxing, blending, vocal exercises, and jam with us!

A56: Analogue Photography 101: The Joys of Film
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Paul Root

This course will be an introduction to the world of analogue photography. Students will have an opportunity to observe and learn about small, medium, and large, format cameras. Students will also study the function of film photography in today's digital world and learn about the many processes associated with analogue photography.

A66: Make Your Own GIF! Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kimberly Hibbert

Have you ever seen a GIF on social media and thought to yourself, "How do I make one?" Well, here's your chance to learn how! In this class, we will use Adobe Photoshop to create a basic GIF step-by-step. The best GIF(s) will be posted on Macaulay Splash's Instagram and Facebook!

Bring in your own laptop if you have one!


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H57: Art, Video, Gun Culture, and You
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Seung Hee Rodman

The starting point for the course will be Henry Taylor's painting of Philando Castile at the moment of his death. We will look at the painting to consider how video, memory, documentation, and interpretation shape our culture and our perception of culture.

H46: Pop Culture and Philosophy Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jonathan Ruscoe

Introductory concepts in philosophy related to pop culture (film, television shows, music, etc). There are a variety of pop culture references such as South Park, Seinfeld, Harry Potter etc. that could be used to identify certain concepts. I believe Plato would be a relevant philosopher to highlight. Plato's allegory of the cave could be utilized as an example to illustrate.

H53: An Introduction to the Korean Language
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Iman Mamdouh

Though it is very much impossible to learn an entire language in one class day, we will instead have an introduction to the origins to the Korean language as well as learn some simple words and phrases. Aaaand I might just bring in a Korean snack for everyone :)

H59: “Who Run the World?”: Feminist Analysis of Pop Music Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Elizabeth Mashkow

Feminism is a hot topic in pop culture today. Last year, Billboard magazine declared feminism to be “a job requirement” for pop stars. Many pop stars, including Beyoncé, Harry Styles, and Taylor Swift, are self-proclaimed feminists, while stars such as Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, and even Lady Gaga have faced criticism for calling the term into question. But what does it mean to be “feminist” anyway? And what is today’s pop music actually saying about women? In this course, we will discuss and define the idea of feminism and some of the key concepts related to feminist theory. Then, we will analyze some of your favorite pop songs to decide how feminist they really are.

H45: Trolling: The Art of Detecting and Dismantling Lies in the Age of Trump
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Emanuel Zbeda

Who are the alt-right? What strategies do the alt-right employ and what are their counters? In this course, we will find and disseminate alt-right propaganda on Twitter, and learn the logical fallacies they're based on. This course will apply to every level of your day-to-day life and teach you how to persuade people who seem impossible to persuade.

H60: To Infiniti and Beyond: Sci-Fi and our Society
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kendra Cornelis

How has sci-fi changed in the last 60 years? When Star Trek was first released the future (as it showed it) was full of promise and opportunity -- but as time has progressed, Sci-Fi has gotten darker and the predictions more sinister. Why do we think that is? In this class we will explore popular Sci-Fi tropes, talk about our favorite movies and television shows (i.e. Black Mirror, Orphan Black, Star Wars, The Martian and More), and analyze how they reflect society's relationship with the past, present and future.

Enjoying good and bad T.V.


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L52: 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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M47: Methods of Solving Monster Integrals
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Matthew Kulec

Course is based on Paul J. Nahin's book "Inside Interesting Integrals."

Most integral challenge problems are indefinite forms, but here we will introduce some unforgettable definite integrals with beautiful solutions. To get a taste of what this course has to offer, we will prove:

$$\int_1^\infty \frac{\{x\}-\frac{1}{2}}{x}dx = -1 + ln(\sqrt{2\pi})$$
where $$\{x\}$$ denotes the fractional part of $$x$$ (for example $$\{5.679\} = 0.679$$ and $$\{7\} = 0$$).

And because I can't put it any better, the author states: "a collection of sneaky tricks, sly substitutions, and numerous other stupendously clever, awesomely wicked, and devilishly seductive maneuvers."

The course will follow a lecture format, so please bring any writing utensils and several sheets of paper, preferably a notebook. Although the course is somewhat difficult, I will explain thoroughly and answer questions that you may have. No nonintuitive jumps! You do not have to buy the book!

We will not cover everything this book has to offer, only a good chunk. Random applications in physics and engineering will be discussed, so this isn't just limited to math as the course category indicates. Anyone with a penchant for solving challenging integrals and is eager to learn how to solve MORE is certainly invited.

Must have taken Calculus AB and BC and done well/understood the material. Best if audience shows interest and is flexible with challenge problems.

M68: What are the odds?
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Alicia Manjila

What are the chances of you winning the lottery? How long will you have to wait for your train? We can use probability to answer real life questions like these.


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S49: Early Birds and Night Owls Unite! A Crash Course in Chronotypes Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Haley Dobson

Do you want to know the best time to study? Or exercise? Or ask your teacher for an extension? Believe it or not – your body has been programmed to function much better at certain times of the day than others. Based on general morningness and eveningness preferences, different people fall into different classifications, called “Chronotypes”. Find out if you're a dolphin, lion, bear, or wolf in this crash course of chronotypes.

S58: Anatomy
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sarah Taj

Want a future in the sciences? This class will target major topics in anatomy and prepare you for your future endeavors preparing for the MCAT, DAT, etc.

S67: Stars and Black Holes
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Rebecca West

What are stars? Why do black holes exist? Are black holes even black? Learn about gravitational relativity, see why stars run out of fuel, and find out how black holes are formed in our ever-expanding universe.

Walk-in Activity

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W63: Origami
Difficulty: *

Relax your mind through the art of Japanese paper folding... or, just make a tiny paper fortune teller! No registration required

W64: Coloring for Adults
Difficulty: *

Love art but not very good at it? Neither are we! That's why we love adult coloring books and you will too. No registration required

W62: Ice Cream Making Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kendra Cornelis

Not signed up for a class? Walk in to our Ice-Cream Making Activity! No registration required. Kick back with a snack for an hour before your next class!


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X51: How to Write a Resume Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Talia Kornreich

Will you ever apply for a job?

Well, then you'll need a resume.

This class will give an overview of how to write a resume with a focus on format and language choice (specifically verbs for describing past employment). It will conclude with a one on one resume review session for each student who brings a resume.

X48: Professional Presentations 101
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Max Bernstein

A quick lesson on how to properly make a professional presentation. I will explain formatting, speaking styles, and some tricks to make it easier.

X61: Macaulay Honors Information Session
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kendra Cornelis

This will be an informal information session led by current Macaulay Honors Student Ambassadors. There will be a short presentation on the student experience, followed by a general discussion on the application process (and applying to any college!) and the session will end with a Q & A where students can feel free to ask any questions they might have!

X69: Mario Kart (Advanced Strategies)
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Elijah Maduro

Wanna learn the meta-game behind playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? What is the ultimate kart combination? Who is the best character in the game? How do I manage my items and destroy the other competition? How can I use the mini-map to my advantage? etc. Come and learn how to blow your friends out of the water in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Advanced Strategies

X65: Coffee and Tea with Macaulay Splash! Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kendra Cornelis

End your night with a some snacks and tea and the opportunity to hang out with the teachers and organizers of Macaulay Splash. Give us your feedback and ask us your questions! We want to get to know you out of class too!