Summer Courses offered during 2014
Who Goes to College? Investigating College Access in Alamance County (Dr. Darris Means) (Two Blocks)
Do you want to be a change agent and address issues that impact students like you? Have you ever wondered how you could do research for the common good to address challenges in Alamance County? If so, this is the course for you. In this two-block course, you will serve as co-researchers in a study that explores college access in Alamance County from a political, economic, community, school, family, and individual perspective. A service-learning component is embedded into the course, and scholar-researchers will volunteer with the Positive Attitude Youth Center (PAYC) in Burlington, NC, as well. This will be a special research, writing, and service-intensive seminar that requires your full engagement and will open opportunities to co-author an article with Dr. Means and other scholar-researchers in the course.
Foodology (Prof. Beth Coker)
This course will explore the process of going from a seed to putting food on the table. You will learn about successful plant growth and food production, including harvesting, processing, preservation, transportation, and preparation. In the process, you will explore science through a series of activities, writing assignments, and by designing, implementing, analyzing, and presenting your own experiments. You will create a final product that encompasses each step in the process. This course is supported by the Burroughs-Wellcome Student Science Enrichment Program. (Note: Scholars who took the Saturday program inquiry project may also take the summer class!)
Herpetology in the Piedmont (Prof. Lacey Huffling)
Reptiles and amphibians are often a severely misunderstood and frequently feared group of organisms! In this course, we will do some “myth-busting” about the local reptiles and amphibians found in our community. You will have the opportunity to learn how to identify common frogs, salamanders, lizards, turtles and snakes and also to engage in some science investigations that are currently being conducted by high school students such as yourselves. Who knows? Maybe you will come to love amphibians and reptiles! WARNING: This class isn’t for people who are afraid of a little (or a lot) mud?! We will be spending time in the forest, in the stream, in the ephemeral pool, and in the lake. No swimming involved, however!
Criminal Justice: Is Justice Blind? (Prof. Sandra Reid)
This course will lay the ground work for the study of criminal justice by analyzing and describing the agencies of justice and the procedures they use to identify and treat criminal offenders. The course will also cover issues such as race, gender, economics and mental health and how these issues may play a part in the delivery of justice. Scholars will have the opportunity to experience firsthand different criminal justice agencies such local district and civil courts, local law enforcement agencies and juvenile justice correctional facilities, and will hear from experts who work in the field. You will read, write response papers, and lead discussions on relevant issues and diverse views that shape the criminal justice field.
Managing Money in the Real World (Dr. Chris Harris)
This course will explore the idea of what money is and how individuals can use it to achieve their own goals. You will learn about the ideas of budgeting, paying for major expenses in life, and saving for the future. Scholars will work together to create financial plans specifically for while they are in college. These plans will help you understand how you should manage money while in school, as well as the impact student loans may have after college. We will focus on the specific steps individuals can take to experience greater financial comfort, as well as explore some of the most common financial mistakes made in the United States. Whether your interest is engineering, music or English, you will learn that everyone has the ability to responsibly manage their financial resources and be prepared for some of the decisions that lie in their future.
Ethical Practices (Dr. Stephen Bloch-Schulman)
Given what has happened to Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and others, it will come as no surprise that there is a basic feeling of distrust prevalent in our country, particularly when different racial groups interact. This philosophy course will examine fear, trust, sacrifice and citizenship to ask about the relationship between these key ideas. We will ask about why trust is so hard to come by, why fear seems to be so prevalent, and why and if sacrifice is necessary for a good community. We will also ask what these reflections mean for us, as individuals, as part of our schools, city, state and country. Special Note: This class also prepares scholars for PHL 212 (Ethical Practice), an undergraduate class at Elon this fall semester (same teacher, same teaching assistant, same themes). Rising junior and senior scholars may be able to register for this course through the Collegiate Start program with approval from their high school. You do NOT have to take the fall course to enjoy the summer class, however!
Trigonometry: A Universal Language (Prof. Edgar Zamora)
The trigonometric branch of mathematics encompasses a variety of real world phenomena including surveying and modern architecture. In this course, we will work together to answer one essential question: How is trigonometry applicable in the real world? To do so, we will investigate a moderate range of mathematical topics, from the unit circle to the six trigonometric functions, and will work collaboratively to reach common goals in understanding trigonometry’s application to life. Periodically, we will use a bilingual (Spanish and English) approach to mathematics. And during the final week of the course, we will explore a new mini-course on Math y Fútbol!
Successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry (or Math I and Math II) in high school is highly recommended before taking this course. Spanish not required.
Poetic Voices: From Page to Stage (Dr. Kim Pyne)
Poetry is an old art form that seeks to shape thoughts and emotions through the precise and powerful use of language. From ancient verses to today’s spoken word performances, poetry has always involved both individual artistry and strong social community. This course examines key poetic historical movements, including Black Arts and the Beats, and affirms poetry’s increasingly visible position in contemporary performance culture, from music to slam competition. Together, we will not only learn about poetic art, but also develop our own collaborative writing community and create our own poetry for the page and the spoken word stage. Scholars can expect to write and share their work regularly in a workshop setting, learning new poetic and performance techniques, and actively supporting other scholar-poets in their work.
The Brain: A User’s Guide (Dr. Mat Gendle)
This course serves as an introduction to the functions of the brain. Scholars will learn about the workings of their brain through a multi-disciplinary approach that includes insights from the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, clinical medicine, sociology, computer science and philosophy. You will develop an understanding that individual uniqueness is the result of a complex mix of biological, social and environmental factors. This course is designed to promote the notion that science is fun and cool and is intended to encourage scholar interest in, and excitement about, science and medicine.
COLLEGE PLANNING & COMMUNICATION
RISING SOPHOMORES (Kappas)
Elon Academy 101 (4 weeks with Mr. Pickett)
EA 101 is your introduction to college life, college lingo, and thinking about college for your future. Our focus will be on what you can do now to ensure that you are on the path to college. You will learn valuable strategies for maximizing your strengths and overcoming areas of challenge in both your academic and personal life. You will begin to think consciously about what choices are best for ensuring your journey to college, as you become an expert on how to be successful in achieving your goals. We will also work on the basics of how to present yourself and your story to others.
RISING JUNIORS (Iotas)
Elon Academy 201 (weeks 1 & 2 with Ms. King)
Bring your Future College Student self to this two-week crash course in navigating college pathways as a high school junior. You’re going to be looking closely at YOU—your personal strengths, interests, and goals. How might these impact your choice of college, major, and future career(s)? What ARE your current strengths and how can you build on them? We’ll expand your college possibilities list, demystify the application process, examine some of upcoming stepping stones, and visit 3 more colleges to broaden our view of what schools can offer and practice assessing them for personal match.
Present Yourself! (weeks 3 & 4 with Profs. Staci Saltz and Michael Groce)
Building on the basic presentation skills developed in EA 101 last summer, scholars will work intensively on their ability to present themselves and their stories to others, including how to represent themselves verbally, textually, and visually.
RISING SENIORS (Thetas)
College Admissions Essays (weeks 1 & 2 with Profs. Michael Groce & Paula Patch)
Rising seniors will plan, draft, and revise at least one major college application essay – choosing from among a small set of typical essays that can be used to apply to various colleges. As a final step, they will prepare to share their essay aloud, concentrating on voice, demeanor, and skillful reading for an audience, as well as learn to respond thoughtfully to audience questions.
Elon Academy 301 (weeks 3 & 4 with Ms. Johnson and Ms. King)
The capstone class for college planning, including all the critical nuts-and-bolts like finalizing your college choices and seeking scholarship opportunities.