Sample Spring Course Overview

“My sample spring course overview” Mark S 17’

Robotics and Engineering Applications

A year-long course in which students explore engineering curricula through robotics, data analysis, lab writing and field trips. In a series of increasing complex challenges students will design, program, build, and troubleshoot autonomous task-oriented robots. Students should have three years of upper school level science and and a high mathematical proficiency.

Programming in Python

Computer programming is becoming an extremely useful skill in today’s ever changing world. From Facebook chat bots to tracking how many steps you take in a day, we see evidence of its use all around us. In this course we will explore the python programming language to understand the fundamentals of how to speak to a computer and automate simple to complex tasks for us, as well as have a little fun. The python programming language is popular among programmers due to its simple and intuitive syntax and powerful features. Topics in this course will include understanding data types, dealing with input and output, basic logic, simple loops, and some basic graphics. Students will be creating simple games and utilities as they move through the course to further their understanding. Prerequisite: Algebra II

The Modern Middle East

The Spring of 2010 saw massive change sweep across much of the Middle East, catching many political scientists off guard. The effects of this uprising are still being felt across the world. This course is a survey of the history, religion and recent current events of the Middle East. We will also use contemporary theorists like Thomas Friedman, Samuel Huntington, Robert Kaplan, Tariq Ramadan and foundational thinkers like Qutb, Atatürk, Iqbal and Al-Afghani.

Human Rights & Law

This course will be a brief foray into two primary themes: 1) basic legal philosophy covering issues like jurisdiction, hermeneutics and narrative and 2) the topic of Human Rights. Sources will include legal documents and secondary sources

Existenialism – Visions of Identity

People have debated questions about identity and freedom at least as long as they have been able to write books. In this class we look at the recent “modernist” school of thought about how individuals relate to society, to each other and to themselves often called “Existentialism.” In doing so, we investigate God, death, life, freedom, absurdity, horror, cruelty and beauty. We read from the major writers in this field, including passages from Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche, Heidegger, de Beauvoir, Arendt, Camus, Sartre, and Foucault. Additionally, we study films, poetry and modern art using the theories of these writers. The reading for this class is difficult but rewarding.

Advanced Ceramics

This class builds on the foundation of skills established in Ceramics. Students in this class divide their time between working on challenging wheel throwing and handbuilding projects. Students will be required to supplement in-class time with additional time in the ceramics studio to complete their projects. Students will keep a sketchbook to develop their ideas, and also do research on historical, modern and/ or contemporary ceramic artists. Prerequisite: at least one term of Ceramics and basic proficiency using the wheel. This class may be taken multiple times for credit

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