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Splash Spring 2018
Course Catalog


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Please note: while we consider this the "Final Course Catalog", changes may occur up to or even on the weekend of Splash Spring 2018.



Biological and Medical Sciences

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B6223: Cancer Biology: Challenges and Therapies
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Fan Liu

We will explore current methods in cancer biology, the pathology of cancer, and possible therapies. We will combine clinical and basic science approaches by first looking at the hallmarks of cancer, then seeing how current drugs have successfully (or unsuccessfully) curtailed the disease, and lastly discussing new technology.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Basic high school biology recommended.

B6374: Brain Basics: How Our Brains Encode Who We Are
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Chris Miller

This class will explore the basic structure and function of the nervous system and show students how the brain enables and encodes sensation, movement, language, memory, personality, thoughts, behaviors, and emotions--as well as tell the fascinating stories of how scientific pioneers made these remarkable discoveries.


Class Style
Lecture

B6468: History of Molecular Biology
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Catherine Stark

Come one come all to listen to the fascinating story of the history of molecular biology. We will embark on a journey to understand some of the key experiments that elucidated the central dogma and formed the framework for current understanding of how life works at the molecular level.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
curiosity! wonder! excitement!

B6508: Maternal Health
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Madison Fish

In this lecture workshop, we will talk about one of the most important periods in our life: our time in the womb. Exploring the basic physiology of the relationship between the mother's health needs and the developing baby. We will also consider the status of maternal health across the globe.


Class Style
Lecture

B6476: Why we need a computer to study biology?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Yosuke Tanigawa

DNA carries genetic information of living organisms. Traditionally, there has been experimental efforts to understand the laws of genetics, but the landscape of the field had dramatically changed since the beginning of the century: there has been an increasing effort to use computers to study biomedical sciences using information on our genome (DNA).

In this lecture, I will focus on human genome project, an international research project that motivated the field to use computational approach to study biology. I will also talk about frontiers of computational research in biomedicine.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
We welcome beginners! Some familiarity with DNA would be nice (I hope people have heard about it before in some biology class).

B6539: Wound Care Full!
Difficulty: **

Every wonder how to doctors clean and suture wounds? In this class, you will learn how doctors clean wounds and why it is important? We will talk about what happens when our shield, our first line of defense, our skin is broken.


Class Style
Lecture

B6245: There’s a Flamingo in My Genes: Genetic Mutants 101
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Emily Kolenbrander

Did you know you have a gene in your DNA called Sonic hedgehog? And one called Spock? It’s not just because biologists have a good sense of humor- these names actually can tell us a lot about what a gene does! In this class you will learn how biologists use mutants with awesome names to make important discoveries, and how they give genes their names in the first place. You will also practice identifying mutants and naming them yourself!


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Familiarity with basic DNA concepts is helpful but not required!

B6256: Brain-Computer Interfacing
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Cisco Vlahakis

You will learn about the immense potential of brain-computer interfaces, the imaging modalities used to measure and control electronics with the brain, such as EEG, fMRI, and MEG, and lastly, the neuroethics and the current challenges impeding mass adoption. We will also examine the startups involved in this emerging field, such as Elon Musk's Neuralink Corporation and Bryan Johnson's Kernel.


Class Style
Lecture

B6290: Molecular Imaging
Difficulty: **

Molecular Imaging emerged in the early twenty-first century as a discipline at the intersection of molecular biology and in vivo imaging. It enables the visualization of the cellular function and the follow-up of the molecular process in living organisms without perturbing them. Positron emission tomography (PET) is a nuclear medicine imaging, an important molecular imaging technique which produces a three-dimensional image or picture of functional processes in the body. The theory behind PET is simple enough. Briefly, tracking molecule need to tagged with a positron emitting isotope and followed by scan the body with PET-CT. PET imaging have many advantages. The most important is its sensitivity: a typical PET scanner can detect between 10−11 mol/L to 10−12 mol/L concentrations. Dr. Arutselvan Natarajan, Stanford staff scientist will give an overview of PET which is key imaging modality for cancer staging and therapy.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
None

B6297: Partners in Health- Something Wicked This Way Comes: The Ebola Response

Have you ever wondered how the public health officials control a global disease outbreak, Ebola? Come join Partners in Health Engage at Stanford and contribute to discussions about how to deal with a disease outbreak based on a case study. Learn about the interactions between stakeholders on the disease outbreak, and discover how you can get involved and make a difference in global health.


Class Style
Discussion

B6258: Bird Senses: Vision and Hearing Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Rebecca Shi

How similar are bird senses to human senses? What adaptations give falcons such acute vision? How can owls pinpoint prey using only their hearing (and how do we even know they're using hearing to do so)? Can birds use echolocation?

In this class, we'll try to understand the world from a bird's point of view, with a focus on vision and hearing. We'll study the structures of bird sensory organs and explore the experiments that led to our current understanding of bird perception. Come learn about the fascinating world of birds!


Class Style
Lecture

B6461: Life on Earth: A Brief History
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Michael Dubreuil

Life on Earth has been around for approximately 3.5 billion years. That's a incredible amount of time and a lot has happened to life over the eons. We'll be doing a *very* quick overview of the history of life on Earth and covering some of the most interesting epochs on our planet!


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Intro Biology will help in understanding fundamental concepts covered in the lecture

B6521: Cardiology physiology and head trauma
Difficulty: **

In both sections we will discuss how these topics connect to one another and also to people’s every day lives - why blood pressure matters, some common cardiovascular diseases, and other current topics.

For cardiology, we will cover the basics of the circulatory system - the heart, regulation of blood pressure, and regional circulation.

Second topic is head trauma. We will cover what different kinds and scenarios of head trauma exist, how to recognize it, and what happens physiologically to the brain during head trauma.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
interest in medicine or biology

B6336: Understanding the Mind Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Adrienne Mueller

The human brain is a very complex system and it is extremely difficult to understand how it works. This class will cover the different approaches scientists take - from chemistry to psychology - to try and understand how we think and feel. It will also cover some recent key discoveries made about the brain from different disciplines.


Class Style
Lecture

B6449: How to Program a Cell as if it were a Computer
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Aleksandra Nivina

Living cells are in many ways similar to computers: their functioning depends on the code that they contain. Computers use digits “0” and “1”, and cells use nucleotides “A”, “T”, “G” and “C”. Like a computer code, the genetic code can also be written, read, modified or hacked.
In this class, you will see how far the parallel between computer code and genetic code goes, and find out how genetic engineers program cells. In groups, you will write simple programs that a bacterium could execute.


Class Style
Seminar

B6458: From AI to Nanotechnology: Recent Advances in Fighting Cancer Full!
Difficulty: ***

What if we could transform the body's defenses into a cancer-fighting machine? Or use robots to diagnose patients? This course introduces some of the latest and greatest advances in cancer biology.


Class Style
Seminar

B6520: Optical Illusions Full!
Difficulty: **

Have you ever been fooled by an optical illusion? Have you ever wondered if what you see is what is really there? Our eyes and brain have interesting abilities to help us perceive the world around us, but sometimes we can be tricked due to these same abilities. In this class we'll explore some well-known optical illusions and learn about why they might work.


Class Style
Discussion

B6472: Mendel: Why was he so great?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Chantal Akerib

We had been breeding plants and animals, selecting for desirable traits, for thousands of years before we knew how those traits were transmitted from parents to their children.

Mendel made a ground breaking discovery of the laws of inheritance in the 1860s. We will learn the secrets of Mendel's success and why Mendel is still relevant today.


Class Style
Lecture

B6510: Growing Pains: Dietary Deficiencies in Child Development Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Madison Fish

This workshop discusses the link between nutritional factors and child development. What are the physiological and long-term impacts of nutritional deficiencies? But more importantly, what solutions do we have/ still need to help everyone receive what they need to grow? We will try to create our own Oral Rehydration Salt formula that can be used to prevent dehydration!


Class Style
Lecture

B6530: Introduction to Microbiology Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Wenyu Gu

This course introduces basic principles of microbiology and emphasizes the importance of microbes on the biosphere and human life.

We will begin by discussing the roles of microbes in the evolution of life. Then, we will discuss the distribution and the functional diversity of microorganisms in the environment in relation to ecosystem health and human welfare. Lastly, we will explore current developments in biotechnology that apply microbiology to sustainable lives.


Class Style
Lecture

B6281: Introduction to the Foldscope Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Crystal Perez

The Foldscope is an awesome paper microscope developed here at Stanford! Come ready to make your own, pick samples to look at, and TAKE IT HOME!


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
A love for ~science~

B6384: Evolution In Action Full!
Difficulty: *

Have you ever wondered how evolution works? How do some animals develop strategies to survive in nature? In this interactive activity, you’ll be the hungry predator and hunt for colored candies. Learn about how animals have developed evolutionary mechanisms to camouflage to their surrounding (and satisfy your sweet tooth, too)!


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
Allergy warning: In this class we will be serving M&Ms.

B6454: Breaking Bones: A Look into Osteoporosis
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kyle Feliciano

Worldwide, Osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually, resulting in an osteoporotic fracture every 3 seconds...ouch. In this class, we will answer questions like: What is Osteoporosis? How does it affect the human body? How can we prevent it?


Class Style
Activity

B6457: Synapse, Neuron and Neural Stem Cell in Disease and Aging
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Chandresh Gajera

There exist huge unmet need for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson as well as traumatic brain injuries, and stroke. This class will explore how aging, specifically brain aging, is affected by an imbalance in homeostasis. Science using modern technologies are tackling major questions at the molecular, cellular, and system levels. This class will give introduction to 1) initiating events that likely to play important role in disease onset during aging. 2) latest research and how modulation of this early events including strategies targeting stem cell may effectively treat diseases.


Class Style
Discussion

Prerequisites
Passion to help humanity via research in drug discovery.

B6551: Torn at the Genes: A Debate Over Genetically Altered Plants
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Albert Hinman

Participants will read a case study that looks at the scientific and ethical issues of genetically altered plants. This class aims...

- To examine the techniques used to transfer genes from one organism to another.
- To consider the benefits as well as the costs of genetic engineering.
-To examine the potential ecological consequences of genetic engineering of crops
- To discuss the ethical arguments involved in the manipulation of DNA in organisms and the issue of labeling genetically modified food.
- To consider possible health issues associated with genetically modified foods, including allergies and antibiotic resistance.
- To consider the possible evolution of resistance in bacteria and insects due to genetically engineered foods.


Class Style
Discussion

Prerequisites
Freshman biology

B6246: Preparing for the Pre-Med Path
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Sharon Chen

I am an undergraduate Senior at Stanford who will be attending medical school this upcoming fall. I grew up in the Bay Area and remember how lost I felt as a freshman in a public high school with its 1:600 counselor to student ratio. I knew that I wanted to do medicine in the future but did not have the slightest idea of where to start. For those of you who feel the same, come join me for a half-hour lecture on tips I wish I had known in high school followed by a Q&A session.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
None

B6282: Sequencing Genes and Genomes
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Margot Bowen

The human genome contains about 3 billion DNA base pairs! How do scientists “read” the sequence of this DNA? In this class we learn about the techniques scientists use to determine the sequence of individual genes as well as the sequence of the entire genome.


Class Style
Lecture

B6330: When Neuroscience Meets Magic.
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Thomas D. SEMAH

"My brain is the key that sets my mind free" - Harry Houdini, one of history's greatest magicians.

This class will offer eager students the opportunity to unravel the mysteries of our brain from the perspective of magic. By understanding how magicians manipulate the minds of an audience in order to divert their attention in a purposeful way, we can better understand how the brain works.


Class Style
Discussion

Prerequisites
No prerequisites for this course.

B6347: Birds - Those Feathered Phenoms
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lucas Pavan

How do birds meet the unique challenges of their everyday lives like finding food, attracting mates, coping with the changing seasons, and even just taking to the air in the first place? Why are they so hard to understand, and what tools can we use to learn more about their behaviour? We will use pictures and videos to discover some of the diverse and spectacular ways in which birds have evolved to survive on every continent. Although our exploration will take us around the globe, we will also include local Californian birds that you can find in your own neighborhood.


Class Style
Lecture

B6359: Hepatitis B 101

Come learn about hepatitis B through discussion and fun games! We will go through the basics of the hepatitis B virus, disease transmission, and public health issues surrounding this topic, with an emphasis on ways to take action to spread awareness.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
eagerness to learn

B6453: Diving into DNA Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Monica Nesselbush

Stop in for an introduction to human genetics and how we have come to understand the basic unit of biological information and heredity. During the second half of class, we will explore how recent technological advances have improved our understanding of the gene and how they have been applied, for example in cancer diagnosis and treatment.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
None

B6331: A Shot in the Dark Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Michal Tal

From the first Smallpox vaccine to current efforts to design vaccines against HIV, Ebola, and ZIKA, we will discuss how vaccines work and the current controversy surrounding them.


Class Style
Lecture

B6348: Careers in Genetic Counseling
Difficulty: **

Genetic counseling is an exciting field in which trained professionals help people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease. In this class we will discuss different careers in genetic counseling and other exciting aspects of human genetics.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
None

B6480: Bone up on bones - introduction to animal/human osteology
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Weronika Tomczyk

Come see our skeletons in the closet! Learn about the bones, their structure, function, and how zooarchaeologists use bones to learn about the past.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
Caution: real animal bones used in the class.

B6326: Mushroom Mania! Full!
Difficulty: **

What do cheese, zombie ants and the biggest, oldest living thing have in common? Fungi! Mushrooms are the part of the a fungus that we see, but they're just the tip of the iceberg. Most of the action takes place out of sight.

Come learn about the hidden world of fungi in this interactive course. You will learn about the ecology, evolution, and human uses of fungi, and will get hands-on practice identifying mushrooms on your own!


Class Style
Activity

B6332: A Shot in the Dark
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Michal Tal

From the first Smallpox vaccine to current efforts to design vaccines against HIV, Ebola, and ZIKA, we will discuss how vaccines work and the current controversy surrounding them.


Class Style
Lecture

B6376: To Test or Not to Test? The Ethical Debates of Testing For Huntington's Disease
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Cole Holderman

If you were at risk for a disease with no known cure, would you get genetically tested? How would that affect your future? Would you want to have children?

Come explore principles of medical ethics through the principles of genetic testing, and the lived experience of Huntington's Disease.


Class Style
Seminar

B6228: Cancer 101
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jason Rodencal

Ever wondered what cancer is, and how it works? Where does it come from and why is it so hard to treat? Register to learn about the disease that affects millions of people every year. This class will be accessible for people who have no knowledge of cancer, so folks at all biology comprehension levels are welcome!


Class Style
Discussion

B6231: What Your Body Looks Like On The Inside
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Seul Ku, Aditya Mukund

Students will learn about human anatomy using cadavers and 3-D visual tools. Various anatomical regions will be covered including the head and neck, abdomen, upper limb, lower limb, back, and heart/lung.


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
Caution: Real human cadavers are used in the teaching of this course.

B6333: Respiratory infections Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Michal Tal

A sore throat doesn't mean you have Strep and coughing doesn't mean you have the Flu. Come learn more about these intriguing respiratory infections that spread through the population, how to distinguish them, and how to reduce their transmission. We will learn about the viruses and bacteria that cause these diseases as well as the immune response that you mount to fight them off.


Class Style
Seminar

B6397: Chasing Coral
Difficulty: **

Coral reefs cover less than 1% of the ocean floor, but have up to 25% of all marine biodiversity! Students will learn about coral reefs, how they have been impacted by climate change, and ways people are trying to protect them. The class will include hands-on activities and science experiments.


Class Style
Activity

B6445: The Evolution of Intelligence: The Good, the Bad, and the Utterly Amazing Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Veronica Behrens

Humans are widely regarded as the smartest creatures on earth. But did you know that higher intelligence also evolved in the octopus, a species on a very distant branch of the tree of life? And did you know that killer whales have a brain region that influences emotion that doesn’t even exist in human brains?

Come learn about
(1) the advantages of being such a smart species and how growing bigger/better brains directed human evolution,
(2) the disadvantages of being such a smart species and how humans are more susceptible to psychiatric disease, and
(3) the evolution of other animals' amazing brains and how human-kind isn’t the only smart species on the remarkable tree of life!


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of evolution would be helpful but is not required!

B6447: Exercise Physiology Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Nicole Moyen

Have you ever wondered why your heart rate goes up when you start exercising or what kinds of changes happen in your body after months of exercise? In this class we'll delve into what happens during exercise to your heart, your muscles, and your lungs, and WHY these things happen! If you're curious about how exercise causes changes in the human body, come to this class!


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Familiarity with exercise. Helps to have background class in physiology, but not necessary.

B6462: Speciation: Classifying the Biological World
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Michael Dubreuil

The concept of species has been used since the early days of biology to classify the natural world around us. However, we are ever coming to realize designating one species from another is not as easy as it first appears.

We will be talking about what makes a species, where our classifications break down, hybrid species, and the human species


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Introduction to Biology

B6519: Pre-med Panel
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Crystal Perez

Interested in pursuing a career in medicine? Curious what it takes during undergrad and medical school? Come hear from a panel of speakers about their experiences and tips as pre-med and medical students at Stanford!


Class Style
Panel

B6533: Introduction to Systems Biology
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Nick Hughes, Derek Le

In the classroom and in the lab, we typically study specific biological processes in isolation: protein A activates protein B, which silences protein C and causes disease.

However, nothing in biology acts alone.

All of the elements within a cell are interconnected and form high complex networks. In other words, biology is one big puzzle, and systems biology will solve it. Come solve it with us!


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
A basic understanding of molecular biology is highly recommended.

B6250: CRISPR & Genome Engineering
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Michael Dubreuil

Whether or not you've heard of it before, CRISPR/Cas9 is revolutionizing the biological world. I'll cover a short history of genome engineering, how the CRISPR/Cas9 system works, and applications of this amazing biological tool!


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
First year biology

B6264: The Liver: An Epic Multitasker
Difficulty: **

Did you know that the liver is the 2nd largest organ in the body and performs 500 different functions? In this class, we are going to dive into the wonders of the liver, how you can keep it healthy, and what happens when you don't.


Class Style
Activity

B6334: Respiratory infections
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Michal Tal

A sore throat doesn't mean you have Strep and coughing doesn't mean you have the Flu. Come learn more about these intriguing respiratory infections that spread through the population, how to distinguish them, and how to reduce their transmission. We will learn about the viruses and bacteria that cause these diseases as well as the immune response that you mount to fight them off.


Class Style
Seminar

B6369: Intro to Neuroscience: How do our minds work? Full!

How does your brain control your thoughts, memories, senses, and actions? We will give an introduction to the study of neuroscience and discuss some exciting areas of current research! This course will touch on a wide range of techniques for asking scientific questions about the brain, from microscopic cells and molecules to whole human brains!


Class Style
Seminar

B6383: Science on the Brink - Recent Advances and their Ethical Implications
Difficulty: **

Would you approve of procedures that could edit human intelligence? What about experimenting with highly infectious influenza strains? While recent scientific breakthroughs have given us more power than ever to understand and manipulate biological systems, the ethical questions they bring with them can be complex. At this workshop, you’ll learn about some of these cutting-edge technologies, what they can achieve today, and how to think critically about their ethical implications. We’ll introduce you to the science of CRISPR gene editing, personalized genomics, evolving pathogens, and more, and we’ll discuss some tough questions about the consequences of these advances. With growing technical capabilities, it is more important now than ever to be able to think and talk about controversial science in its broader context.


Class Style
Discussion

Prerequisites
Basic exposure to genes / DNA recommended, but not required.

B6405: Biological Breakthroughs
Difficulty: ***

CRISPR, PCR, SDS-PAGE, FISH, RFLP, IF, CyTOF, MIBI, ATAC-seq, ChIP, ACT, CAR. From this list of biological techniques, you can probably tell that scientists really like acronyms! But what else can these techniques tell us? This class will provide an overview of groundbreaking biological techniques that have been developed within the last few decades, with a focus on why they are so useful. We will also spend time discussing the future potentials of biological research to improve our lives. If you’re interested in biology, scientific research, love to think creatively, or want to learn about some awesome technology, this class is for you!


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Understanding of basic biological principles (cells, DNA, protein)

B6437: Choose: The Science of Consciousness and Freewill
Difficulty: **
Teachers: David Carreon

Are humans free? Are we awake?

These common beliefs have recently been questioned by scientist and philosopher alike. Some claim our experience and actions are simply the result of physical law and necessity.

But what is the latest science? We'll discuss recent findings from neuroscience, biology and quantum mechanics. We'll loop in cognitive scientists and philosophers to gain some insight about these most important issues.


Class Style
Lecture

B6448: Exercise Physiology
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Nicole Moyen

Have you ever wondered why your heart rate goes up when you start exercising or what kinds of changes happen in your body after months of exercise? In this class we'll delve into what happens during exercise to your heart, your muscles, and your lungs, and WHY these things happen! If you're curious about how exercise causes changes in the human body, come to this class!


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Familiarity with exercise. Helps to have background class in physiology, but not necessary.

B6473: Genetic inheritance with Reebops Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Chantal Akerib

We will explore Mendel's laws of inheritance by breeding Reebops. Reebops are fantastical marshmallow creatures with several traits, such as straight or curly tails, that are inherited according to Mendel's laws.


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
Anyone can take the class, but you'll get more out of it if you're already a little bit familiar with Mendelian genetics. If you haven't already studied genetics in your science classes, you can get helpful background in the Splash class "Mendel: Why was he so great?", or you can read about Mendel and his experiments, or you can watch a video online. I recommend the YouTube video "Mendelian Genetics and Punnett Squares" in the series "Professor Dave Explains".

B6554: The Brain: Paradoxes and Approaches Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Mika Jain, Jack Lindsey

The brain underlies all of our experiences, yet we understand it very little. Here we'll explore a variety of thought experiments and paradoxes arising from the study of the brain. Through this lens, we'll give a bird's-eye view of the principles that are known about how the brain computes, what remains to be understood, and the philosophical questions raised by connecting such scientific inquiry to our conscious experience.


Class Style
Seminar

B6380: The Immunology Behind Pregnancy
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Amber Moore

Have you ever considered the immunology behind pregnancy? Have you ever wondered why humans reject organs transplants, yet women are able to carry babies for nine months? We will first cover the immune cells that are important in our day to day lives. Then we will discuss which immune cells participate in organ transplant rejection. Finally, we will learn about the immune cells that establish and support a healthy pregnancy.


Class Style
Lecture


Chemical and Physical Sciences

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C6247: Quantum Mechanics in the Real World: From LIGO to Quantum Computers
Difficulty: ***

We'll be talking about a few major milestones in experimental quantum mechanics, including how LIGO beat the standard quantum limit, how quantum computers use superconducting circuits to make qubits, and showing how Bell Inequalities can be experimentally proven. Class is lecture-based with a few demonstrations and scale models. It will be mostly history, motivation, and results, with minimal derivation.


Class Style
Lecture

C6337: Sweet Science Full!
Difficulty: **

Come learn the fundamentals of chemistry using your favorite candies! Learn how Skittles, chocolate, and gum can teach us about density, solubility, and other concepts.


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
Please note that the candies used in these experiments may contain common allergens, such as nuts, milk, and wheat.

C6522: Nanotechnology: Small Science With Big Impact Full!
Difficulty: **

What is nanotechnology? Learn how nanotechnology can create beautiful colors, improve solar cells, and treat diseases!


Class Style
Lecture

C6276: Polymer Science

Polymers are fascinating materials that can be found everywhere in our daily lives. From the plastics we buy at the store to the skin on our bones, polymers come in all shapes and sizes. Due to their interesting and special properties, polymers have many applications, from flexible materials to electronic devices to complex fluids. In this short course, taught by the Stanford Polymer Collective, we'll learn about polymers through fun hands-on activities that highlight some of their most interesting and exciting properties.


Class Style
Activity

C6341: Introduction to Scanning Electron Microscopy
Difficulty: ***

Beyond the capability of the human eye, there exists an entire landscape accessible only through microscopes. Join us for an exploration of the invisible world at the nanoscale through scanning electron microscopy (SEM)!

In this class, we will cover the basic physics and functionality of this powerful tool and compare it to traditional optical microscopes. Afterwards, we will take a field trip to the Stanford Nano Shared Facilities to visit the SEM and image some samples. Get excited to see everyday objects, such as hair and flowers, in a whole new light!


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
Basic understanding of what an electron is

C6423: An Introduction to Experimental Particle Physics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ryan Linehan

All of matter is made from elementary particles that are smaller than atoms. But wait, if these particles are so small, how can we possibly study them?

This class is an introduction to how physicists detect and study subatomic and elementary particles. We'll first discuss some properties of different subatomic particles and how they interact with each other. Following that, we'll use the LArIAT detector at Fermilab as a case study of detector techniques and technology.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Some basic knowledge about electromagnetism and chemistry is good, but it's not absolutely required.

C6470: Introduction to Particle Physics Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Benjamin Spar

In this class we will learn all of the basics of particle physics! There are no prerequisites for this class, you just have to want to learn about the smallest known things in the universe! We are going to discuss all fundamental forces and particles and even learn some of the rules of Feynman diagrams. Higgs Bosons! Supersymmetry! We will talk about them all!


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
None!

C6242: Fun With Chemistry Full!

Chemistry is exciting and it happens all around us every day. In this class we will talk about the states of matter, a little about polymers (like plastics), and really anything else that gives us a chance to do cool demos for you all! You may get a chance to make a souvenir to take home, too. You'll just have to come and find out!


Class Style
Activity

C6529: The Science of Color
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Katherine Sytwu

Where does color come from? In our everyday lives, we get color just by adding dyes, pigments, and inks to things, but have you ever wondered how we get those colors in the first place? We'll examine color on the molecular level and see how changes in a molecule result in changes in what we see. Finally, we'll scale up a bit and talk about how material structure can also create different colors.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
High school chemistry

C6365: It's Time for Slime! Full!

What is slime, and why is it slimy? In this hands-on, interactive class, we'll teach you everything you need to know about the science of slime--from non-Newtonian fluid dynamics to cross-linking chemistry. Join us! We'll make sure you leave the class with some insta-worthy slime!


Class Style
Activity

C6409: Illuminating Light and Life
Difficulty: ***

What makes lightning bugs glow, and why do they light up in the first place? In this class, we will learn about living glowsticks, bioluminescence, and the many applications of light to life. We will explore the chemical basis of interactions between light and biology. Students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations of these interactions and connect them to real-world phenomena. Join us for an exLIGHTing time! (Sorry, we had to.)


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Introductory biology and/or chemistry preferred

C6430: Introduction to Special Relativity
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Alexandre Gauthier

Special relativity describes the behavior of systems moving at speeds close to the speed of light. Once you start moving so fast, a lot of weird stuff starts to happen.

We will discuss Einstein's postulates, the two statements which form the foundation of special relativity. Then we will introduce time dilation - the bizarre idea that "moving clocks tick slower."


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
An understanding of algebra would be helpful, but is not necessary.

C6465: Introduction to Nanochemistry
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Caitlin Hogan

Have you ever thought about building tiny structures atom by atom? Nanochemistry is concerned with just that! We will be learning about the differences in molecular behavior on the nanoscale that make nanomaterials so unique and useful, as well as some cool recent applications of nanotechnology, such as nanobiosensors and quantum dot solar cells.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
knowledge of some chemistry (atoms, photons, fluorescence, molecular bonding)

C6483: Basics of Special Relativity
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Brandon Sandoval

Einstein's theory of special relativity is based off two basic principles: the speed of light is always the same, and physics is the same in every inertial frame. In this class, we will discuss and show how these assumptions lead to time dilation, length contraction, and the loss of simultaneity. By the end of class, you will be able to solve the famous "pole-barn" paradox, and gain some intuition into the most famous formula in physics: E=mc^2.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Strong algebra skills and familiarity with mechanics will be useful when we derive relativistic quantities, but definitely not necessary to learn about the effects of relativity. Familiarity with energy and momentum will be useful when deriving mass-energy equivalence, as well as some knowledge of Taylor expansions; however, calculus is not necessary to enjoy and learn about relativity!

C6536: The Mysterious Chemistry of Cooking Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Eric Lebel

Learn about what chemical changes happen when you mix and heat food. Some hands on activities and demonstrations will be planned!


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
Allergy warning: in this class we will be serving aioli, eggs, strawberries, and pickles.

C6388: Rain From Space: Cosmic Rays
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Richard Nally

The Earth is constantly being hit by high-energy particles from space. Although invisible to the eye, these "cosmic rays" hit the atmosphere and erupt into a shower of lighter partices, which can be seen by specialized, ground-based detectors. These muons in these cosmic rays have been some of the most energetic particles we have ever seen. In this class, we will discuss cosmic rays, and from them learn about both particle physics and astrophysics.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
While there are no formal prerequisites (other than a desire to learn!), past students have suggested that some familiarity with physics is helpful. In particular, concepts like conservation laws will appear in the lecture, and while I will certainly introduce them, seeing these for the first time can be intimidating.

C6262: Theoretical Life - An Intro to Biophysics
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Ella King, Mirae Parker

The universe contains mind-boggling amounts of "stuff" in it - quarks, leptons etc which organize into atoms, proteins, and you and me! How do the properties of life come from the interactions of this matter? How can we model some of the most interesting questions in Biology (thought, self replication etc) by understanding these simple building blocks? Please join us! This will be an active learning environment!


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
Enthusiasm. An interest in the most fundamental questions in the universe.

C6226: Black Holes, Dimensionality, and Imaginary Time
Difficulty: *****
Teachers: Diego Celis

Ever wondered how black holes work? Why do they do the things they do, and what do they actually do? What's a singularity, and why are they important?

Or perhaps you've wondered about what our world is made out of. How many dimensions are there, and how do they work? What is the heart of our space made out of?

And imaginary time?! What is that?

Well, if any or all of these topics interest you, then you're in for a treat. This class will give you a solid introduction and understanding of how our world works and the tools we can use to study theoretical physics and the cosmos.

This class will be challenging, but if you are at least the tiny bit interested please attend! I can most definitely work with you and ensure you leave Stanford with a comprehensive understanding of the material. I look forward to meeting you!

NOTE: this class will not take up the entire 105min block. You'll be dismissed early, but feel free to stay to ask questions.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Integral and differential calculus. Physics I and preferably preliminary understanding of AP Physics C. Multivariate differentials preferred, but not required.


Earth and Planetary Sciences

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R6287: Farm to Fork... to Landfill? A Tale of Food Waste
Difficulty: **

Glean citrus fruits on campus while learning how food waste is weaved into our modern agricultural & consumer systems. We will be picking and eating loquats and various citrus.


Class Style
Activity

R6299: Cook your waste, save your planet Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ludovic Gaudard

Do you like cooking? Would you like to save our planet? This lesson will explain how we can save water and energy with waste food. We will explore some recipes and compute the amount of energy and water saved. You can come with and share your own recipes using food waste. Diversity is the best way to end up with yummy recipes to save our planet.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
In the class, we will transform food. Some can trigger allergies, such as nuts. Please, inform us about your food intolerance when registering.

R6499: The Principles and Practices of Sustainable Agriculture
Difficulty: *

This class will teach students about sustainable agriculture on the O’Donahue Family Stanford Educational Farm. Students will get a taste of the fascinating science behind mulching, compost, cover crops, and other aspects of the organic farming operation there. Mainly, though, students will be learning what it’s like to implement these ideas and techniques. Students should be ready to get their hands dirty and may not want to wear white clothes, but it is not expected that students will be doing particularly difficult or dirty work. With such a beautiful venue and interesting lesson, students to have a great time learning about something that urban culture typically lacks.


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
none! just be ready to get a little dirty

R6440: Communicating Climate Change
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Julia Leal

At such a divisive time in our country, it's important to bridge the gap between people when discussing key issues such as climate change. Through this class, you will learn how to utilize strategies to effectively communicate the causes and impacts of climate change to people you encounter in your everyday life.


Class Style
Lecture

R6411: Exploring Ecology with Terrariums! Full!
Difficulty: **

The natural world around us full of amazing things, from the critters in the sky to the grass on the ground. But how do they all come together? Let's explore how organisms and environmental factors fit together like puzzle pieces! In this class, we will create living terrariums to model tiny ecosystems.


Class Style
Activity

R6382: 9 Billion Chickens

Ever wondered where your food comes from? Billions of chickens, cows, pigs, and other animals are raised in the US each year for food, mostly on enormous farms. Come learn about what effects this has on the animals, the nature around them, and us as humans!


Class Style
Seminar

R6427: Designing a Satisfying Sustainable Life
Difficulty: *

Lets brainstorm together and explore the variety of ways we can engage
both life and in climate preservation. From personal choices to hobbies,
diet to activism from career choice and job choices to family choices, from
housing to commuting and travel. We all leave a carbon legacy and a life
legacy. We can start exploring positive alternatives for both.


Class Style
Discussion

R6251: The Search for Life in the Universe
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Michael Dubreuil

Are we alone in the universe? How can we know? If we do find life, where can we find it and what will it look like? Will it be microbial or multi-cellular? Will life on other planets even have cells?

In this class we'll discuss these questions and the modern attempts to answer them in a brief overview of the Search for Life in the Universe!


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
basic biology (recommended)

R6350: From Alaska to Antarctica: Glaciers and a changing climate
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Emma MacKie

Glaciers are an exciting component of the climate system! Understanding how these features interact with the ocean and atmosphere is important for predicting sea level rise. Here we introduce glaciers and ice sheets, explain what we know about their behavior, and discuss the different ways scientists are able to study these remote features in extreme environments.


Class Style
Lecture

R6548: California geology: it's n̶o̶t̶ rocke̶t̶ science!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Robert Collar

How do you interpret rocks and extract stories from mountains? This course will give you the geologic tools necessary to truly appreciate the magnificence of California's geology! Come learn about the towering granites of Yosemite, the state gemstone benitoite, the looming threat of the San Andreas Fault, and why studying the earth sciences has been and will continue to be pivotal to the golden state.


Class Style
Seminar

R6243: Environmental Justice: Loving Our Lands and Communities
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Emily Dial

Have you been inspired by or curious about movements like #NODAPL and the Flint water crisis? Want to talk about how climate change and racism are connected? In this class, we will explore the history of the environmental justice movement and dive into a discussion of how systems of oppression are tied to the environmental degradation we see throughout the world today. We will workshop ideas for how we can all fight environmental injustice in our own communities and learn from each other how to build a more equitable world. No experience or prior knowledge of this topic is required - just an open mind!


Class Style
Discussion

R6379: The Wonderful World of Soils
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Caroline Bamberger

Chances are, soil is not something that's frequently at the top of your mind, but if you drink water, eat food, breathe air, or live in a building, you rely on it for your daily life. Soils may seem fairly simple, but they actually contain their own ecosystems of microscopic life, serve a vast array of roles, and come in countless different forms. In this class, you'll learn what soil really is, some of the why you should care about it, and how to tell different types of soil apart. Be prepared to get dirty!


Class Style
Lecture

R6414: Local Ecology and Native Plants: A Tour of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve Full!
Difficulty: **

For this class, we'll be heading over to Stanford's very own Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. We'll take a look at some of the unique ecosystems and native plants present at the preserve on an hour-long, easy walk. We'll also see and discuss some of the active research being conducted at Jasper Ridge by Stanford faculty across many schools and departments. Transportation is provided!

Note: Students should bring shoes that are comfortable to walk in. Suggestions for other things to bring include: a water bottle, hat, sunscreen, and bug spray, if desired.


Class Style
Activity


Engineering

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E6400: Water You Waiting For? Come Learn About Water in California Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Negin Ashoori

Come learn about a necessary resource we often take for granted! This class is designed to introduce students to where your water comes from and ways to purify it for reuse. The class will discuss the various engineering technologies needed to increase clean drinking water resources in California. There will be an in class demonstration on how water can be purified through low-cost filter materials and discussions on real life case studies on ways these filters are implemented in the field.


Class Style
Lecture

E6497: Sports Biomechanics
Difficulty: **

We will do some fun biomechanics experiments using wearable sensor technology and simulation, and learn about how biomechanics is used to study and better understand different sports.


Class Style
Activity

E6424: Emerging Energy
Difficulty: **

You know about solar panels and wind turbines. But what about concentrated solar, pumped hydro storage, and energy management? Join us for fun conversations and engaging demonstrations about emerging clean energy options!


Class Style
Lecture

E6396: Earthquake Engineering
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Amory Martin

How do earthquakes cause buildings to collapse? What kind of earthquake damage can we expect in California? Come learn about earthquakes and how engineers design structures and experience shaking first hand! The class will cover the basic physics behind tectonics and structural engineering. We will focus especially on the risk of earthquakes in California. Important concepts will be explained using informative videos and in-class demonstrations.


Class Style
Lecture

E6557: Engineering at Stanford
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Madison Largey

Come hear from current Stanford students what it's like to study engineering in college! A variety of disciplines and interests will be represented.


Class Style
Panel

E6478: Build Your Own Battery
Difficulty: ***

In this hands-on class, learn about how batteries work by building a replica of the world's first battery, the voltaic pile*. Learn about where electricity comes from inside a battery, what can go wrong in building one, and why it's so hard to build a smartphone battery that lasts all day!

Batteries have transformed our world in unbelievable ways From portable electronics, to electric vehicles, to storing renewable electricity from solar panels, batteries are essential for building a brighter, greener future.

*no toxic materials will be used in the hands-on activity.


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
High school basic physical sciences or chemistry class.

E6316: Build Your Own Speaker! Full!
Difficulty: ***

In this class, you will learn about electricity and sound! We will discuss how electric signals get magically converted into sound waves in a speaker. And the best part, we will build our own speaker!


Class Style
Activity

E6401: Hack Your Notebook Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jenny Han, Kim Anh Ngo

Students engage in hands-on projects to reinvent traditional notebooks and create an original programmed paper circuitry project. Using introductory programming electronics, circuitry, and art supplies, students design and prototype a notebook made alive with beautiful electronics.


Class Style
Activity

E6367: Intro to Rocket Parachutes Full!
Difficulty: *

Learn about how parachutes are designed and manufactured. We will discuss parachute shapes and why these different shapes are used, as well as the function of a parachute system during a rocket launch. You will construct and test your own scaled model of a parachute!


Class Style
Activity

E6327: Fabricate an Edible Wafer Full!

You'll learn how scientists and engineers make teeny, tiny electronic devices on the microscale and nanoscale. Understand these techniques so you can fabricate your own wafer using cookies!


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
In this class we will be serving cookies, chocolate, sprinkles, and frosting. Common allergens include eggs, milk, wheat, and food coloring— products may have been manufactured in a facility that processes tree nuts.

E6506: Motion Capture for Entertainment and Science
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Katie Poggensee

Ever wonder how Gollum was animated? Or how your facial expressions can become Animojis? Motion capture is a way to record movement. It is used in movies, video games, hospitals, and research labs. Come to this class to learn more about this cool technology and experience it for yourself!


Class Style
Lecture

E6329: Designing Cities of the Future

Cities are complex. They must balance built, natural, and human systems. Explore the nuances of defining and measuring important characteristics of urban spaces.
Collaborate with others as we brainstorm, analyze, and create a sustainable city of the future!


Class Style
Activity

E6542: Automotive Transmissions and Suspensions
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Luis Arreola

How can a car reach speeds of 200+ mph and still be controllable? How can a 3,000 lb hunk of metal even accelerate uphill? How can a trailer weighing over 100,000 pounds even move forward? The answer lies within transmissions and gear ratios.

This short course focuses on the importance of two systems in motor vehicles: transmissions and suspension systems. The basic operation of both systems will be explored and discussed with models. No experienced required.


Class Style
Lecture

E6291: Materials Gone Wrong!

It's a bad day if your phone screen cracks, but it's something else entirely if your airplane falls out of the sky. Learn about the science and engineering behind materials failures in history through demonstrations and hands-on experiments. Emphasis on HANDS-ON demonstrations, not a boring lecture! We'll experience first-hand how liquid metals can catastrophically destroy structural materials in applications like space exploration and aerospace. We'll explore how many materials can change dramatically with changes in structure, temperature, and other conditions. You'll walk away from this class with greater knowledge of the atomic structure of materials and a deeper appreciation for the diverse properties of the materials that surround our everyday life.


Class Style
Activity

E6543: Automotive Engines and Brakes
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Luis Arreola

Ever wonder about how a car actually works? Don't know where to start? This short class will teach you the basics about how a car engine works as well as how automotive brakes work. No experience required!


Class Style
Lecture

E6494: Robotics
Difficulty: ****
Teachers: Michal Adamkiewicz

Ever wanted to build robots but don’t know where to start? This class is a no knowledge assumed crash course on sensors, controllers and actuators used in robotics. We will also briefly cover how to those components interact to result in autonomous behaviour. The class is taught by members of the Stanford Robotics Club


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
Basic electronics and programming helpful but not required


Humanities

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H6491: Humanities at Stanford
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Alex Akre

Interested in learning about Humanities at Stanford? Come hear from current Stanford students about their experience!


Class Style
Panel

H6496: The Vietnam War: An American History
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Joshua Adamson

This history class is all about the Vietnam War. We will learn about the war start to finish, focusing on American military involvement and unrest at home, specifically on College Campuses. This period was a defining moment in American History and by starting to learn more about it, we can look forward to today and America's military involvement abroad in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
An Interest in History and very basic knowledge of 20th Century History

H6537: You May Say I'm a Dreamer: Anti-War Music of the Vietnam Era Full!
Difficulty: *

Have you ever wondered how music can be a force for social change?
Join us on a tour of 1960s folk songs that were used to protest the Vietnam war, featuring artists like Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, and Peter, Paul, & Mary!
This class will include lyric analysis, discussion about the role of music in the antiwar movement, and of course a sing-along component!


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
No music experience required, although a basic understanding of the Vietnam era will be useful.

H6312: Intro to Social Work
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Evelyn Fabian

Do you have a passion, curiosity, or ambition to improve the quality of life for others and to make an impact through acts of social justice? Come learn more about the many roles/responsibilities that social workers engage in and how you can make an impact now.

Class Objectives

1. Defining What Social Workers Do, Why Become a Social Worker, and The Process of Becoming One. To See if This Field is for You.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of oppressed, underserved, and underprivileged populations and of community resources for meeting the needs of clients.

3. Social Workers are Everyday Heroes: Learn How to practicing Social Work in Everyday Life Today.


Class Style
Discussion

H6313: Character Creation: The Art of Playing God
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Jennifer Luo, Zuyi Zhao

A fundamental aspect of storytelling is developing a dynamic character.

In this class, students will examine a selection of characters in popular media and understand what makes them so compelling. From these examples, students will craft their own original characters and immerse them in one of multiple fictional worlds. The class will culminate in a reflection on the newly created characters.

The class will touch upon topics of philosophy and literature, raising questions of ethical authorship and the power of creation.

The class consists of three parts: a lecture, a workshop, and a concluding seminar.

Potential characters that the class will analyze may come from media like Game of Thrones, Gravity Falls, Frankenstein, and more.


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
Interest in creative writing is required. A basic understanding of character archetypes is beneficial.

H6419: The Life and Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Anna Thomas

The Jesuit priest Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) is widely viewed as one of the most influential poets of the Victorian era. In this seminar-style class, we will read and discuss Hopkins' poetry, primarily focusing on the sonnet "The Windhover" - described by Hopkins himself as "the best thing I ever wrote." We will also explore how Hopkins influenced the work of later poets, including Dylan Thomas. Finally, we will consider the question of why Hopkins died virtually unknown, despite enjoying worldwide fame today.


Class Style
Seminar

H6429: Film Appreciation and Discussion
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nick Shankar

We will be watching Wild Strawberries by director Ingmar Bergman, a movie ranked among the greatest ever made, and engaging in an hour of discussion about the film and its related themes, form, and philosophical questions afterwards.


Class Style
Discussion

H6502: Extraneous Debates About Random Stuff
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Andrew Lee

I will debate you about anything, as long as it doesn't make anyone uncomfortable. Bring case topics to argue and I will support or oppose them. The weird is welcome here.


Class Style
Discussion

H6559: Constitutional Law
Difficulty: **

We will lead an interactive lecture on some of the basics of American constitutional law.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
Basic understanding of civics

H6417: An Icon of Housing Rights Activism: Battle for the I-Hotel
Difficulty: **

In one of the most iconic historic battles for housing rights, a united front of Manilatown residents and surrounding communities fought to protect the existence of their home: the International Hotel. The International Hotel was a residential hotel that housed many elderly Filipino and Chinese workers in San Francisco, who were evicted in the city’s attempt to expand the Financial District. Through the 60s and 70s, community membersresidents marched, protested, and barricaded the building to delay the evictions. The community rallied around these tenants in a struggle that has now been dramatized and sensationalized, inspiring other struggles for housing rights nationally.

As many Bay Area communities face a growing housing crisis, and cultural communities face continued gentrification, the narrative of the I-Hotel remains deeply relevant. Whether you are interested in local activism, housing policy, cultural preservation, or historical narratives, we would love to have you join us in conversation and remembrance.


Class Style
Discussion

H6356: You May Say I'm a Dreamer: Anti-War Music of the Vietnam Era
Difficulty: *

Have you ever wondered how music can be a force for social change?
Join us on a tour of 1960s folk songs that were used to protest the Vietnam war, featuring artists like Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, and Peter, Paul, & Mary!
This class will include lyric analysis, discussion about the role of music in the antiwar movement, and of course a sing-along component!


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
No music experience required, although a basic understanding of the Vietnam era will be useful.

H6492: Making Meaning: An Introduction to Literary Analysis Full!
Difficulty: *

Have a paper due about the symbolism of the "green light" in The Great Gatsby? Need help parsing out the fine details within the lines of Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken"? No fear! We will start from the beginning and teach you how to read and analyze any piece of literary work that you may encounter in your high school English classes. From alliteration to onomatopoeia to synecdoche, we got you covered. We will spend the beginning of class discussing general terms and strategies on how to close read works of literature. Then, we will spend a good portion of class discussing two works of literature and allowing you to practice your skills. This class involves a lot of active participation in order to be effective, so please come ready to share your ideas! We will create an open, safe space for people to share their thoughts and expect you to do the same. Come ready to learn, explore, and have fun!


Class Style
Discussion

Prerequisites
willingness to engage in the class

H6285: Localization: Migration of Media
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Paul Tran

What do Power Rangers, Pokemon, and Godzilla all have in common? They came from overseas, but became popular in America! Through localization, we can explain how media moves from country to country and why we sometimes make changes to the source material.


Class Style
Lecture

H6432: The Birth of Science
Difficulty: **
Teachers: David Carreon

Where did science come from? Who were the heroes who invented it? Why wasn't it invented sooner?

In this class, we'll talk about the exciting story of how we went from alchemy to chemistry, from astrology to astronomy. We'll talk about the epic debate about whether it was the earth or the sun in the center of the universe, discussing the discoveries and politics involved. You'll hear about popes and kings, monks and bishops, and even a few professors.

If that's not enough, I'll tell you:

*Why practically nobody thought the earth was flat
*How Galileo accomplished the greatest troll of all time
*Why it's really hard to prove that the earth revolves around the sun (without satellites)


Class Style
Lecture

H6434: Of scotsmen and strawmen - Understanding logical fallacies Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Marc Vaz

Logical fallacies are all around us. They're in our commercials, in popular science literature, in the speeches of our leaders. In this session we'll discover how to identify these logical fallacies and how to counter them.
This is a skill that will serve you for the rest of your life.


Class Style
Discussion

Prerequisites
None

H6538: History of Cartography: All About Maps!
Difficulty: **

Calling all map lovers! Join me as we learn about the history of cartography, by looking at some of the most unusual (and fascinating) maps from the ancient world to today! We will talk about sea monsters on Renaissance maps, mapping cholera in nineteenth-century England, and the commercialization of cartography at worlds fairs— among other exciting topics! There will be lots of maps (and fun facts!).


Class Style
Lecture

H6305: In a Manner of Speaking: An Intro to Linguistics Full!
Difficulty: **

Are you curious about language? Have you ever wondered about what we say and why we say it the way we do? Do you want to learn more about headlines like “Gator attacks puzzle experts”, whether a “stone lion” is really a lion and a “fake gun” is really a gun, and why “get well soon” isn’t a command?

In this course, we’ll take a look at fun and humorous case studies of different kinds of linguistic occurrences. Through in-class experiments and group discussions, we’ll dive into the science (and art) of linguistics together. This class is about you and what you’re interested in, so bring your opinions to the table. We hope you’ll walk out of here excited about language and its quirks and amazed at the intricacies of the way we communicate regardless of the language we speak!


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
An open mind and a healthy curiosity for words and language!

H6481: Legally Blonde or Legally Balling: Careers in Law
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Alex Akre, Daniel Huang

Wanna be a lawyer? This class introduces you to jobs you can get with a law degree, from public defender to legal counsel for McDonald's. This course is open to all grades and ages! Free bouncy balls for all attendees (come find out how these are related to the legal field).


Class Style
Lecture

H6354: The Middle Ages in Three Objects
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ena Alvarado

When you hear the word “medieval,” what usually comes to mind? Do you know why the Middle Ages were given that particular name? More importantly, have you ever wondered whether these so-called “Dark Ages” were actually dark at all? What most people know about this fascinating period of history comes from either film or TV. For this reason, the word “medieval” typically brings to mind castles, knights, crusades, feudalism, and Christianity, to name a few. The Middle Ages, however, were about much more than that. In this seminar, we will examine three objects—medieval manuscripts, medieval maps, and medieval relics—in an effort to probe into the medieval world more seriously and more deeply. Ultimately, we will make these elusive and strange 1,000 years of European history both relevant and exciting to our lives today.


Class Style
Seminar

H6315: "The Egg" and an Idea: a Creative Writing Workshop
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Shana Hadi

Do you enjoy writing? Is there a story idea you've simply been waiting to discuss or put onto the page?

In this short creative writing workshop, we’ll be exploring how you can turn "the egg" of an idea into the beginnings of a fully-fledged short story, using Andy Weir’s 2-page short story “The Egg” as an example.

Everyone is welcome! All you need to bring is a willingness to learn and your imagination! And reading the story before class is recommended -- it's quite short, but we'll do it in class anyway! :D


Class Style
Seminar

H6240: Science and Faith - where the conflict really is
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Diogo Bragança

How do science and religion see each other? Is there a fundamental conflict? Do they interfere in each other?
In this course, we review the history of science and analyze how its relationship with religion was, namely with the Roman Catholic Church.
We will talk about medieval science, Galileo and the Inquisition, the conflict thesis, the influence of the Jesuits, the Big Bang theory, genetics and evolution, and we end up talking about the two great philosophical assumptions of science and how they relate to Christianity.
Cheers!

PS: the true duration of the course is 1:00, the rest is for questions and for a surprise


Class Style
Seminar

H6278: Poetry as a Moral Compass
Difficulty: *****
Teachers: Kartik Chandra

As far as poetry goes, TS Eliot's masterpiece "The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock" is as obtuse as it gets. But as my old English teacher once said, the weird parts are where meanings lie.

To me, Prufrock is a song of humanity, a statement of purpose, a cry of ambition, a lament of loneliness.

What is it to you? Only you can say. In this course, you will read, analyze, and critique this poem with the goal of deriving a life lesson for yourself.


Class Style
Discussion

Prerequisites
Enthusiasm, awakeness, and a desire to better understand the human condition are all I require. The class has a 5-star difficulty rating not because I expect any literary background, but because I expect you to participate actively and push yourself to comprehend and synthesize challenging ideas.

H6288: Linguistic Archaeology: Uncovering Japan through Language
Difficulty: **

92 symbols, 2200 characters, and 4400 pronunciations. That’s about the bare minimum any native Japanese speaker knows.

Japanese is notoriously difficult to learn, and its writing system is understood to be one of the most complex in the world. But it is this complexity that makes Japanese flexible in a distinct way compared to its linguistic cousins. Why does Japanese use both alphabets (like Korean) and logographs (like Chinese)? How are new words introduced? And how can we use that to understand Japanese culture?

Using the Japanese language as a unique lens, we will explore the role of language as both a symbol of power and a living part of history. We will take a journey through time, hunting down idiosyncrasies of the Japanese language and how they came to be.

We will conclude with interesting (and tasty!) real-life examples of Japanese words that have evolved through time and cultures, extending even beyond the Japanese language.

Familiarity with basic Japanese and/or Chinese helpful, but no prior experience needed.


Class Style
Lecture

H6532: How Can Mirrors Be Real If Our Eyes Aren't Real?
Difficulty: **

An Introduction to Philosophy

ever think about STUFf??
QUESTIONS about WHY we're here???
WHO we are??
what is LIFEE?

"How Can Mirrors Be Real If Our Eyes Aren't Real?" -Jaden Smith

"Slowly, his eyes adjust to the light of the sun. First he can only see shadows. Gradually he can see the reflections of people and things in water and then later see the people and things themselves. Eventually, he is able to look at the stars and moon at night until finally he can look upon the sun itself ... Only after he can look straight at the sun "is he able to reason about it" and what it is." -Plato


Class Style
Seminar

H6377: The Threat of Nuclear War Today
Difficulty: *

In this course we will first briefly go over the history of nuclear weapons, secondly we will explore some common arguments about the stability of nuclear states and proliferation, and lastly we will examine where the threats of nuclear war exist today and how the international community has responded.


Class Style
Lecture

H6441: The Fifth Horseman: A Brief Guide to Nuclear Weapons
Difficulty: ***

In many ways, the world has behaved as if nuclear weapons went away after the end of the Cold War. Unfortunately, some 12,000 warheads still exist around the world - especially in a world of rising China and belligerent North Korea, understanding nuclear technology, strategy, and history is essential to any informed thinker.

Our class will cover topics including, but not limited to:
1) Basic weapon technologies, (Warhead types, missile types, MIRVs, and decoys)
2) Strategic concepts, (Targeting, Mutually Assured Destruction, Command and Control, and more)
3) And the Modern Nuclear Balance.


Class Style
Lecture

H6505: What's the Meaning of Life? Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Mohit Mookim

What's the point of all this anyway? Life is futile, and this vast, ageless universe of ours is indifferent to our menial daily activities.

In high school, I used to be really worried about this type of question. Existentialist writing drove me up the wall. Maybe you're in the same boat; or maybe you have some answers for us. All perspectives welcome.

To put my cards on the table: As a senior philosophy major, I honestly am not so worried about these questions anymore. It's nothing revolutionary, but do come to find out why!


Class Style
Discussion

H6403: Writing Personal Statements (and other essays)
Difficulty: **
Teachers: David Altman

Do you want to get a head start on application essays? Does the thought of talking about yourself in an essay make you nervous? Do you just want general essay-writing advice? This is the class for you! We'll start with a seminar-style discussion of how to write a good personal statement (and a good essay in general), which will lead into a Q&A session. Finally, we'll leave some time to workshop essays together. Bring a personal statement (finished or unfinished) to work on. Or, if you don't have one, we'll brainstorm and start one together!


Class Style
Seminar

H6439: A Taste of Jazz
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nolan Miranda

Jazz can sometimes feel like a foreign language, but with just a little exposure to the elements of jazz, it's easy to develop a deep appreciation for the art. Join me in exploring a few of the things that make jazz great!


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
A love for music, but no playing experience required!

H6500: Poetic Landscapes: Nature Walk and Creative Writing Workshop
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Raga Ayyagari

We will enjoy reading and writing poetry and reflections inspired by beautiful plants and flowers of our outdoors classroom at Stanford.


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
All are welcome :)

H6535: The Original History: Exploring Ancient Greece and the Mediterranean with Herodotus
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Paul Rudnicki

You may have heard of Leonidas and the 300 Spartans who faced the Persians at Thermopylae. You might have learned about the famous Greco-Persian battles in the straits of Salamis and on the plains of Marathon. But have you heard that the original Ionian Greek revolt was started by a secret message transmitted by head tattoo? What about the story of the Persian who captured Babylon by cutting off his own nose and ears? If not, you haven’t been reading from the original source. Histories by Herodotus is not only the first work of Western history, it is also an astonishingly rich mixture of geography, ethnography, political science, fact, myth, rumor, and pure gossip. Come learn about the sweeping historical scope of Herodotus’s masterwork, its unique literary structure, its accuracies and its mistakes, and its various themes, allegories, and random anecdotes. I’ll also talk about a few of my favorite stories that are just too good to pass up. Warning: I am a complete amateur who just finds ancient history incredibly cool. If that sounds at all like you, you might enjoy this course.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Interest in history is encouraged. Curiosity is a necessity.

H6225: Existentialism, Nihilism, and Purpose
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Diego Celis

Why are we here? More importantly, what is the point of us even being here? Is it worth it? Is anything worth it? What is worth? Where are we going, and why are we going to begin with?

The philosophical and realistic implications of scientific discoveries have stricken many with great dread, depression, and insecurity regarding the purpose of life and the world around us.

In this discussion seminar, we will seek to explore these issues and concerns to try and find answers within ourselves. A great goal of this class is to share your perspective with others and learn from others' perspectives so that you may enrich your view of your place in the world.

Be warned that this class openly and freely challenges in discussion topics like religion, purpose, and morality. This class will also deal with dark subject matter. However, by treating these subjects with gravitas we will learn and explore a lot about our existence.

NOTE: this class will not take up the entire 105min block. You'll be dismissed early, but feel free to stay to ask questions.


Class Style
Discussion

Prerequisites
Must have an open mind. Must be able to discuss and challenge topics like religion, purpose, and morality. Must be able to handle discussing dark subject matter. No prior knowledge regarding philosophers or their works is required, as none will be used.

H6252: Ancient Eudaemonistic Theory
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Cisco Vlahakis

This class will discuss the meaning of life, human flourishing, virtue, and the pros/cons of living a life centered around academia, industry, or politics. By the end of this class, you will know what the goal of all civilization is, what The Good is, how the concept of happiness came to be, and why we innately find virtue more wholesome than fame, status, or wealth. In all, you will gain the tools necessary to critique your own life and mold it to your desire.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
Be prepared to have your mind blown.


Life Skills and Hobbies

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L6230: How to Get Involved in Research
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Alisha Birk

Do you want to get involved in research, but you just don't know where to start?

By the end of this interactive course, you will be able to (1) understand why getting involved in research is important, (2) be able to find research opportunities, (3) learn how to talk to professors about research opportunities, (4) learn how to write a resume, and (5) learn how and where you can present your research.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
None

L6477: Find Your Impact: WayFinding Beyond High School
Difficulty: **

This class helps high school juniors and seniors find areas in life that spark joy and inspire desires to make an impact. We will be sharing practical tools of wayfinding. Topics include:
- understanding the relationship between what you major in and what you're gonna do for a living
- exploration: prototyping your life
- seeking help: creating your personal advisory board
- reflection: making your journey map

This class is inspired by the Stanford Life Design series, including the Design Your Life course.


Class Style
Activity

L6482: Developing your Personal Philosophy Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Alex Akre, Daniel Huang

We all wonder how Beyoncé and Bill Gates have achieved success in their lives. In this workshop, we will help you develop your personal philosophy that will help you achieve your goals, using your thoughts, popsicle sticks, and marshmallows.


Class Style
Seminar

L6248: Juggling 101 Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Amy Liu

Ever dream of running away to join the circus? In this crash course on juggling, you'll make a set of your own juggling balls and learn how to juggle up to three balls by the end of the class!


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
No prior juggling experience

L6255: Miss CEO: Becoming an Effective Leader
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nita Singh Kaushal

The world needs great leaders to tackle its biggest problems… and that starts with YOU! Although women are underrepresented in today's leadership ranks, this class will inspire and teach you how to position yourself as a leader in high school, college, and beyond. Come learn about relevant leadership skills such as effective negotiation and clear communication that will help you excel in a variety of academic, personal, and professional situations. More importantly you will also learn how to put these skills into practice starting today --including securing dream mentors, finding internships, navigating the college application process, and getting on the right trajectory for career achievement early on. The instructors for this class feature women from the Stanford community who have extensive experience leading and making innovative contributions to their fields. They also have a passion for helping students achieve their leadership potential, which you can learn more about at www.missceo.org.


Class Style
Lecture

L6442: The Pursuit of Happiness
Difficulty: **
Teachers: David Carreon

What is happiness? How do we get it?

We'll discuss ideas from history and science about how best to live lives that we want. We will examine various ideas and see what helps people report that they are happy and satisfied with their lives.


Class Style
Lecture

L6241: Keep Calm! You Can Plan the Event Yourself!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Vanny Koornwinder

Want to create a special event but don't know where to start? Wonder how those professional planners put on such amazing parties/events? Want to know other career beside the usual doctor/lawyer/engineer? Sign up for this class!


Class Style
Lecture

L6257: Remember that thing? Me neither - The art of the pocketbook.
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Cindy Nguyen

Think for a second. Do you remember what you were doing last week? Yesterday? It's bound to happen. So much happens in our lives that it can be easy to forget what you did or the moments or jokes you wish you could remember. Learn the art of the pocketbook and recording life moments, and build a habit of journaling your life through different media!


Class Style
Discussion

L6304: The ABCs of High School Entrepreneurship
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Samuel Lurye

Good ideas are a dime a dozen. What really counts in being successful is the execution. Most people don't realize that High School is the best time to take a risk and start a company. Former 20 under 20 CEO Sam Lurye will share practical tips and tricks from his experiences of launching a company and a national non-profit in HS. Save the inspirational pep talk for someone else- this talk will be about the specific steps you need to take to become an entrepreneur while in HS.


Class Style
Lecture

L6471: Introduction to Waltz
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Enze Chen, Ariel Leong

Ever wished you could waltz like the characters in Disney movies? Jealous of Mia and Sebastian in the planetarium scene from La La Land? Well now is your chance to learn the basic waltz steps! We'll start with the basic steps for a traveling waltz, and move on to variations as time allows. You'll learn tips and tricks that will benefit you both on the dance floor and in life.


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
No experience necessary, but a certain maturity is required for partner dancing. No need to take this class with a partner, as we'll be rotating through class. Please bring/wear socks, and be mindful of personal hygiene.

L6517: The Buzz About Honey Full!
Difficulty: *

Do you like honey and want to learn more about this delicious natural sweetener? Then this class is for you! Come join us as we learn about different varieties of honey and how they come about, and some history and background about how people have used honey in the past and in current times. Afterwards we will share a honey tasting together to try out a range of different varieties and apply what we have learned.


Class Style
Activity

L6292: Entrepreneurship Crash Course
Difficulty: **

Interested in entrepreneurship? Ever wondered what it's like to develop a product and pitch your idea? This class will provide an interactive overview of entrepreneurship, including a design activity and pitching practice. No prior design or public speaking experience necessary.


Class Style
Activity

L6342: A Day in the College Student's Life
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Andy Chen

College life is very different from that of middle and high school; students have a lot more time and activities they can fill it with. Participate in a Q and A session with students who are doing everything from singing in a cappella groups and competing on varsity athletics teams to running healthcare hackathons!


Class Style
Panel

L6349: Thinking About College
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Derry Akin

Stressed about college applications? Not sure what to major in? Don't know which schools to apply to? Curious about strategies for success once you get to college? Come join us in our class as we explore these topics and more!


Class Style
Seminar

L6518: The Buzz About Honey Full!
Difficulty: *

"Do you like honey and want to learn more about this delicious natural sweetener? Then this class is for you! Come join us as we learn about different varieties of honey and how they come about, and some history and background about how people have used honey in the past and in current times. Afterwards we will share a honey tasting together to try out a range of different varieties and apply what we have learned."


Class Style
Activity

L6259: Bird Basics
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Rebecca Shi

Have you ever seen a brightly colored bird in your backyard or a raptor flying overhead, and wondered what it was? Come learn a few basics of birdwatching and how to identify backyard and other common birds! You will also learn how to use a field guide to help you identify a bird. After an indoor introduction to bird identification, we will head outside to search for the common birds around Stanford.

Designed for students who have no experience with identifying birds, but an enthusiasm to learn about the natural world.


Class Style
Activity

L6318: The Art and Science of Writing Compelling College Application Essays
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Alexandra Stern

Writing a compelling college application essay is both a science and an art. In this seminar we will discuss the main components of the two most common forms of college essay - the Common App essay and the supplementary "Why Us?" essay - what makes a strong answer, and a number of strategies to guide your approach. In addition to sharing and discussing a number of key principles of this very specific genre of writing, we will also take time to begin outlining and writing potential individual essays, with an emphasis on collaborative sharing.


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
Come ready to listen, discuss, and write!

L6311: Research at Stanford
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Benjamin Spar

Come hear about the types of research you can do in college from current Stanford students! There will be information and a question and answer session with students who do research across the sciences and humanities.


Class Style
Panel

L6488: How to Social Dance
Difficulty: *

Come dance with us! We’ll be teaching beginners-level dance steps to dances like salsa and merengue.


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
None

L6527: Introduction to the Horse
Difficulty: **

In this class students will learn how to interact with these amazing, sensitive creatures. The course will include the opportunity to lead, groom, and feed a horse, observe the function of a working stable, and learn nuances of equine physiology. We will be teaching and learning at the heart of campus...where the farm began: The Stanford Red Barn.


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
None, but students must wear closed-toe shoes

L6364: How to Become a Better Listener
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Delaney Sullivan

Are you interested in learning some lifelong skills that could help you become a better friend, build trust, and improve your overall relationships? In this fun, interactive 45-minute workshop, Stanford undergrads from the Bridge Peer Counseling Center on campus will teach you how to gain these valuable skills through becoming a better listener. These skills and practices are used daily by peer counselors to support the Stanford community.


Class Style
Discussion

L6386: From fake news to fake video: the end of truth
Difficulty: **

The American people are now awash in fake news, currently circulating by social media and online forums. Technology firms have scrambled to combat obviously fake content and have resorted to extreme measures to corral disruptive content that threatens our democratic institutions.

But as bitter political infighting risks crowding out the role of facts in American policymaking, an unanticipated development risks unraveling the concept of truth altogether.

In 2017, AI researchers demonstrated the feasibility of a new technology: crafting new video from past, public interviews to match arbitrary audio tracks or model poses. Since then, software has broadened access to this technology, and it is only a matter of time before fabricating video of American public figures making incriminating statements or obscene gestures is easily accomplished using a standard desktop computer.

If physical evidence can be conjured on the fly, does this mean the end of truth? Take this class to learn about the emergence of fake video and discuss the implications for journalists, political activists, and you!


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
A desire to be informed!

L6392: Move Your Audience - The Art of Public Speaking
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Tristan Lerbs

Would you like to become a better speaker? Would you like to receive advice and ideas on how to approach a talk and have a lasting impact on your audience?

Speaking to an audience is a gift. It is the opportunity to influence, to change, to teach, to move. And it is more about the passion for your topic and the language, than any formal techniques. Nevertheless, great speaking requires practice, basic knowledge, and willingness to try new things. That’s why I’d like to share with you my experience and my knowledge as a teacher, physician, researcher and a long-time member of a public speaking society, Toastmasters International.

We’ll spend the first hour discussing different techniques that you can apply, from the introduction over to the main part, up to the powerful conclusion of your talk. During the second hour you will try these techniques by giving your own talk! You will prepare and give a short speech, two to three minutes long, on a topic of your choice. Some ideas include hobbies, sports, travelling, your school and your aims for the future. You can pick one of these, or prepare any of your own beforehand.. We’ll dedicate final part of our session to giving and receiving feedback from and to your fellow students on the talks presented.

It may seem difficult to become a proficient public speaker. And, indeed, it will take time and effort. But, pretty quickly, you will get an amazing tool at your disposal to connect with people, influence your team members, management and much more. And, speaking is actually a lot of fun!

This course will help you develop ideas for your future talks, and I hope you will continue practicing your public speaking skills after this course. I would be glad to see you at our course!


Class Style
Discussion

L6438: Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: David Carreon

Bank bailouts. Stealing to feed your hungry kid. Lying to save Jews in your basement. Waterboarding. What’s right and what’s wrong? And how do we know?

This will be a crash course in Ethics, the rigorous discipline of determining what’s right. This lost science will be critical for anyone who will have to make decisions in their life.

I’m modeling this course after the enormously popular class and book taught by Michael Sandel at Harvard (Google my course title).


Class Style
Lecture

L6355: Beginners' Juggling Workshop!
Difficulty: ***

Want to learn a fun and relaxing hobby that will amaze your friends? Attend the Beginners' Juggling Workshop! We will teach you everything you need to know about how to juggle three balls. No equipment or experience necessary.


Class Style
Activity

L6361: Demystifying the Myths of Hospice and Palliative Care
Difficulty: **

This course will open students' eyes to the relevance and importance of hospice and palliative care. Through presentations, interactive activities, and reflection, students will better understand the ethical problems surrounding end-of-life care and the considerations that go into supporting a dying patient.


Class Style
Seminar

L6381: The Road to Resilience
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Evelyn Fabian

How do people deal with difficult events that change their lives? Loss, setbacks, mistakes, failures, and other stressful and traumatic events are all very challenging life experiences. They are also a constant, part of life.

Many people react to such circumstances with a flood of strong emotions and a sense of uncertainty. Yet people generally adapt well over time to life-changing situations and stressful conditions.

What enables them to do so?

This class is intended to help you to thrive, not just survive, in the face of challenges, by revamping and learning to harness your inborn power to adapt and evolve effectively with tough situations by taking your own road to resilience.


Class Style
Discussion

L6344: Crash Course: Changemakers in the 21st Century
Difficulty: *

Do you want to have an impact in the world? Do you hope to embrace challenges, create opportunities, and ignite change? Then THIS is the class for you. Come prepared to think deeply, work collaboratively, and learn skills to propel you forward in this ever-changing world.


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
An open, creative mind!

L6399: Teaching Pedagogy 101
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Soren Rosier

Moments constantly arise where we'd like to better understand someone's thinking. Occasionally, we'd like to teach someone something and we really care that they understand it. Perhaps you've considered being a tutor or an educator. This class will explore learning theory and prepare you to leave with new teaching skills... and maybe even some new life skills.


Class Style
Activity

L6293: Entrepreneurship Crash Course
Difficulty: **

Interested in entrepreneurship? Ever wondered what it's like to develop a product and pitch your idea? This class will provide an interactive overview of entrepreneurship, including a design activity and pitching practice. No prior design or public speaking experience necessary.


Class Style
Seminar

L6474: History of Esports
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Michael Espinosa

Competitive Video Gaming or Esports is an industry that is rapidly growing. Esports are are played on a variety of devices from PCs to consoles, and span all kinds of video game genres, attracting millions of viewers each year. This course aims to give students a brief history of competitive gaming (which actually started right here at Stanford), where it stands today, and what's next for this exciting new industry


Class Style
Lecture

L6298: Creative Writing Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Xian Wu, Jiaming Zeng

Practice prose! Learn to write humorous stories for entertainment, persuasive bits to sell, and personal essays for self expression. We will also introduce some favorite authors and their specialties and techniques. We can also cover some poetry depending on interest.


Class Style
Activity

L6498: Business 101: What I Learned at Stanford Business School
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kenny Diekroeger

Ever wondered what goes on inside Google or Facebook? Want to become a successful entrepreneur or CEO? Join Kenny, a 2nd year MBA student at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, as he compresses the important things he learned at "the GSB" into a 3 hour course. Topics to be covered include: basic strategy, basic accounting, sales & marketing, organizational behavior/culture, entrepreneurship, a broad overview of investing (venture capital, private equity, etc), and more.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
All high-schoolers are allowed to take the class, but the content will be geared towards later-stage high school

L6263: Ask a Question, Make A Difference: Suicide Prevention Empowerment
Difficulty: ****
Teachers: Angela Lee

What should you do if someone you know is struggling? Suicide is a difficult and sensitive issue that impacts millions of people. However, everyone has the power to make a positive difference in the lives of the people they care about. This workshop offers concrete ways to help by teaching you Question-Persuade-Refer protocol for suicide prevention, an empirically-based way to (1) recognize warning signs of suicide, (2) approach and talk to someone who you are worried about, and (3) learn about resources and get help. Led by QPR-Certified peer counselors, this workshop will include time for debriefing and self-care.

*Please be aware that this workshop will discuss sensitive, difficult topics and focuses on the issue of suicide.


Class Style
Seminar

L6284: Modern Swing
Difficulty: **

Swing dance is a style of dance that became popular in the 1920s. Today, it is a catch-all term for dance styles ranging from Lindy Hop to Jitterbug and has even been adapted to more modern styles.

Using the most basic steps, we will teach students several swing dance dips and will demonstrate more advanced moves. Students will leave the class with some cool moves they can use to impress their friends and an appreciation for an integral part of American History and Culture


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
This is supposed to be a low stress and fun class. No prior dance experience necessary but come with an expectation and willingness to have a great time.

L6363: Lights! Camera! Stop Motion!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Eugene Kim, Sophie Kim

Strapped for resources? Want to make a stop motion video, be it for a school project or your personal passions? No worries! We will teach you everything you need to get started with any object and a phone with a camera (or regular camera if you have one).


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
None, bring a camera, or a phone with camera if possible! Students without a camera will still be able to fully participate in the activity.


Lunch

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L6218: 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.

L6217: 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.


Mathematics and Computer Science

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M6503: Introduction to Computer Programming in Ruby
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Andrew Lee

Ever wanted to learn how to program computers? In this course we'll teach an introduction to computer programming in Ruby. Ruby is one of the world's most popular programming languages and is widely in demand in startups and industry. More importantly, if you're curious about programming, or just looking to have fun with code, Ruby is the language for you!

This is beginner-friendly and we encourage anyone and everyone to sign up. Please come with questions and enthusiasm!


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Class Style
Seminar

M6526: Creating Computer Music
Difficulty: ***

In this hands-on class, we will explore how computer music is made from the software side. This class teaches the basics behind creating music with code. Along the way, we'll touch on a couple of fundamentals of programming and acoustics.

Come create the sonic masterpiece you've been dreaming of!


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
Prior programming experience would be very useful

M6408: The Life and Work of Ada Lovelace
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Eric Tang

In 1843, Augusta Ada King-Noel, Countess of Lovelace, published a paper that has earned her the distinction of the "world's first computer programmer." But who was Ada Lovelace? What program did she construct in 1843? What did she envision for the future of computing, and how has she shaped the world we live in today? In this class, we'll explore Ada's life amidst the very origins of computers and understand her remarkable vision.


Class Style
Lecture

M6534: Breaking Codes
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jonah Bolotin, Annie Hu

Humans have been drawn to making and breaking codes for millennia. Try your hand at breaking codes using basic statistical tools, and see how these concepts extend to the advanced codes used in security systems today.


Class Style
Activity

M6317: Assorted exciting mathematical problems
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Stanislav Fort

We will introduce and investigate several interesting mathematical problems and games. We will look at some of the following problems:

1) Prime spirals and other regularities in their distribution
2) Fractals and how to generate them as attractors of simple systems
3) Turing's Halting problem
4) Collatz conjecture and its variants
5) Curve shortening flows
6) The Monty Hall problem
7) Infinite sums and 1+2+3+... = -1/12
8) Proofs of e^pi > pi^e
9) Proofs of irrationality of nth root of 2 for n>2 using Fermat's last theorem
10) The combinatorics of postcards in a bag and binary necklaces
11) The volume of an n-dimensional sphere
12) A proof that there are two points exactly opposite each other on Earth that have exactly the same temperature and pressure
13) A proof that an apple with two spots on it can always be divided into two halves such that both spots are on the same half.
14) And maybe some more.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
A keen interest in mathematics.

M6428: Sentient Sentiment Sentences: An Intro to Natural Language Processing
Difficulty: **

Imagine a world in which machines can read, speak, write, and listen. Could they extract important meaning from all sorts of texts, from novels to online reviews to song lyrics? Could they translate languages real-time? Could they make judgments about sentiments of tweets or generate captions for images? Could they intelligently hold a conversation with you?

In some ways, that world is already here.

Come with us to learn about many different applications of natural language processing, and analyze the sentiment of your own piece of text through our workshop! Please bring your own laptop if you have one!


Class Style
Seminar

Prerequisites
A desire to learn more about natural language processing and sentiment analysis!

M6525: Drawing with Code
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Max Spero

Not all art is created with paint and a brush. Welcome to the world of algorithmic art, where every pixel is created by a set of rules - described by lines of code.

During this class, we will go through a brief history of algorithmic art to provide a brief glimpse into what kinds of art are enabled by code.

Next, we will learn to make our own art with code. We will use a web-based version of Processing, which is very similar to Java, and aim to make some really cool art before the class is over!


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
AP Computer Science or equivalent (being currently in APCS is okay)

M6486: Introduction To Deep Learning
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Michael Fischer

Typically in computer science, the human comes up with the algorithm to solve a problem. With deep learning, things are changing. Instead of the human coming up with the algorithm, the computer comes up with the algorithm based on data.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
knowledge of programming

M6249: Computation from the Ground Up!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Amy Liu

What kind of problems can we solve with a computer? (What even is a computer and what does it mean to solve a problem?) In a whirlwind tour of theoretical computer science, we’ll start from simple models and see how far the limits of computation go. Along the way, we’ll look at applications to protein folding, cryptography, and more, culminating with an unsolved question in computer science with a literal million dollar bounty.

The style of this class will be pretty casual - we'll share some ideas we think are cool, solve some puzzles together, discuss philosophy, who knows?


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Some experience with computer science may be helpful but is not required. The only real prerequisite is an interest in problem solving and a sense of curiosity!

M6335: Intro to Game Theory Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Grace Zhao

How do politicians win elections?
Why do people procrastinate?
How do companies determine product prices?

At the heart of game theory is the study of decision-making. We’ll apply mathematical models to real life situations in order to understand strategy optimization. Learn about Nash equilibriums, and walk away with the ability to pinpoint smart solutions!


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Algebra

M6507: Computer Science at Stanford
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Bradley Emi

Come learn about what it's like to study Computer Science in college! Taught by a panel of Computer Science students at Stanford.


Class Style
Panel

M6550: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Sustainability
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Aditya Grover

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) applications are all around us: the voice behind our phone assistants, the search and recommendation engines on the internet, and most recently, the self-driving cars we are beginning to see on our roads. Besides providing these services, how else can AI and ML improve our planet?

In this class, we will look at some of the most exciting advances of AI/ML in the pursuit of sustainable development. These are 17 goals recognized by the United Nations, and include poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, water, energy, and environment. The class will consist of two case studies (and demos) in light of these goals. With each of these studies, we will lay special focus on how to model these problems from a computational perspective. Finally, we will devote the last half of this class to open challenges and how each one of us as citizen scientists can contribute to these worldwide efforts in using artificial intelligence and machine learning for building a sustainable planet.


Class Style
Lecture

M6219: Intelligent Machines: How Computers Learn
Difficulty: ****
Teachers: Nicholas Dwork

Computers can now learn. We have taught our computers to recognize language, imagery, scenery, and more. Unlike the brain, we completely understand the computational device that is a computer. And so learning is no longer an abstract concept but a mathematical process.

In this talk, I'll introduce the student to optimization, the mathematics of computer learning. I'll show some optimization techniques of increasing sophistication, demonstrating how we can make computers learn faster. Finally, we'll use these techniques to solve some interesting problems.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Precalculus

M6371: Intro to CS using Java
Difficulty: ****
Teachers: Matthew Trost

This class will cover basic logical concepts in computer science. We will use the Java programming language and code in an online IDE.

We will be working with "hard code" as opposed to something graphics-based like Alice, Scratch, Greenfoot, etc. because I feel I can best teach with code, not drag-and-drop graphical interfaces.To clarify: We will be writing code and reading textual output; not making mini graphical games or building websites.

Due to our highly limited time, we will move quickly. My goal is to give you exposure to many fundamental programming concepts (and their Java syntax) such as variable declarations, I/O, for and while loops, and if statements. I will also briefly address more general ideas in computer science such as other programming languages, IDEs, APIs, comments, and debugging. We will not cover object orientation due to time constraints.

This class is designed to give beginners a taste of the logic and mechanics involved in entry-level computer programming. Those with prior CS experience are welcome but should note that I will be starting from the beginning. Due to our limited time, we will not be able to do exercises on every concept I cover, so this class is probably *most* useful to someone who is going to continue studying CS after this class so they can solidify their understanding of the concepts I introduce. I will address avenues for continuing CS study (e.g. online MOOCs, high school classes, etc.) in class as well.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
familiarity with algebra is highly preferred

M6460: Graph Theory Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Katherine Sytwu

What do maps, Facebook, and power grids all have in common? They can be studied with graph theory! These aren't the graphs you're used to - instead, these graphs help us study things that have connections with one another. In this class, we'll learn about some basic concepts in graph theory and how it can be applied to problems in our daily lives.


Class Style
Seminar

M6528: The Shortest Sort
Difficulty: ***

One of the most fundamental problems in computer science is that of efficiently sorting a long list of elements. It might not be something you've really thought about - is there a faster way to put a deck of cards in order than the technique you've used your whole life? If you're anything like most people, you use selection sort, one of the most intuitive and most time-intensive methods. This course will cover insertion sort and selection sort, mergesort and heap sort, radix sort and counting sort, and yes, even President Obama's least favorite, bubble sort.


Class Style
Discussion

Prerequisites
While a small part of the analysis will require some mathematical abilities (knowledge of the logarithm and arithmetic series), the vast majority of this class should be accessible to all.

M6277: How to draw an infinite tree Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kartik Chandra

There are 43,000 trees on Stanford's campus — and they're all beautiful, unique, and intricate. How can we possibly capture their infinite detail?

In this class, we'll use big ideas from computer science to help us draw trees that we couldn't possibly draw by hand. Along the way, we'll unravel a powerful concept that relates fractals, fugues, and flying horses: recursion.


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
None — beginners are welcome! In fact, if you already have some experience with programming, you might not learn as much as you'd hope.

M6413: Showing computers how to imagine
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Caleb Chan

Machine learning using convolutional neural networks (deep learning) allows computers to recognize faces and read hand-writings. A recent break-through in deep learning called generative adversarial networks (GANs) allows computers to go beyond the simple task of image recognition and classification by creating new images based on what it has seen before, bestowing them with the gift of imagination. Come to see how this concept works, and see what computers have learned about our world!


Class Style
Lecture

M6463: The Life and Work of Ada Lovelace
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Eric Tang

In 1843, Augusta Ada King-Noel, Countess of Lovelace, published a paper that has earned her the distinction of the "world's first computer programmer." But who was Ada Lovelace? What program did she construct in 1843? What did she envision for the future of computing, and how has she shaped the world we live in today? In this class, we'll explore Ada's life amidst the very origins of computers and understand her remarkable vision.


Class Style
Lecture

M6489: The 3n+1 Problem
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Rohan Mehta

The 3n+1 problem, also known as the Collatz Conjecture, is one of the more perplexing problems in mathematics. It is simple enough that you can explain it to someone with no knowledge of mathematics but there is no known solution. We will discuss the problem and the attempts to solve it while learning about some modern mathematical techniques along the way.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
None.

M6546: Bill's Favorite Five-Minute Math Tricks
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: William Kuszmaul

I collect five-minute math snippets to share with my friends. For this class, I'll present a few of my favorites, ranging from probabilistic paradoxes to the Soviet Russian version of Cantor's diagonalization argument.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Familiarity with probability.

M6216: Understanding Big Data: Data Analysis Through Programming Full!
Difficulty: ****
Teachers: William Gearty

When most people think about computer science and programming, they think about websites and video games. However, in the age of Big Data, programming has become a vital tool for researchers (such as myself) that need to analyze lots of data. In this class, I will introduce R, an open source programming language for statistical computing and graphics. We'll start at the basics (2 + 2 = 4), and by the end you should be able to analyze any dataset and visualize your results with pretty graphs.


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
No programming experience is required. Some statistics knowledge may be useful but is not required.

M6375: Cryptography, Bitcoin, and Security in the modern world
Difficulty: **

Have you ever wondered how the iPhone X face recognition works? Did you know that 10% of the internet is secured using lava lamps?
In this class, students will learn how these systems function, and how cryptography is used in industry, online, cryptocurrencies, messaging apps, and more!


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
Basic familiarity with modular arithmetic

M6404: Virtual Reality, Geolocation, Augmented Reality, and the Future of Games Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Khoi Le, Kelsey Wang

We'll talk about virtual reality, augmented reality, and the applications for active gaming. If you're excited about immersive media or the power of real-time interaction, come experience it firsthand. We'll play games where you'll have to get out of your seat, and discuss them afterwards!


Class Style
Activity

Prerequisites
Willingness to move and play games

M6422: Mindless Creativity: Developments in AI Art
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Eric Zelikman

Computers are increasingly able to create art that most people, and sometimes even experts, cannot differentiate from that made by people. Understand the premises underlying art generation including music, literature, visual art and see them in action. We will focus on cutting-edge developments in an accessible way, mainly drawing from the preceding months and weeks.


Class Style
Lecture

M6431: How to Make a Video Game
Difficulty: **

Ever wondered what it takes to build a video game from the ground up? Yeah, it may take some coding experience, but building a game involves far more than that. Come listen to us talk about how to brainstorm, design, code, and redesign video games. We'll use our own video game, Meteor Shower, as a case study of what to do (and what NOT to do) when you're looking down the road of game development.


Class Style
Seminar

M6541: Website Development in 45 Minutes
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Chaitanya Asawa

Ever wanted to build your own website? Ever wanted to easily advertise for something? Ever wanted to create a business? You're going to need to build a website to do all that!

You'll learn how to create a static webpage very quickly and the basics of web development -- and, most importantly, how the basics aren't too bad. We'll make a fun, little homepage for someone/something to demonstrate that!


Class Style
Lecture

M6237: Human and Computer Vision
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: George John

The class covers human vision, computer image representation and manipulation, image recognition, and deep learning with convolutional neural networks. We'll use Python, Jupyter Notebooks, OpenCV, and TensorFlow. The class is taught in a lecture style and the focus is on exposing the students to these topics generally but concretely in the hope that they continue to explore these concepts after the class. For example, we'll actually train a neural network to recognize handwriting during the class, but won't go through all of the behind-the-scenes math and computation. We'll also look at examples of cutting-edge startups that are using computer vision in healthcare, farming, and other applications. Handouts will give students pointers to online resources and open source software.


Class Style
Lecture

Prerequisites
none

M6309: Beautiful Code
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nicholas Lai

No coding experience necessary! This class will be teaching basics of coding, as well as general code design principles and most intriguingly, what beautiful code might be like.


Class Style
Activity