Summer Courses offered during 2014
Twenty-First Century Leaders Addressing 21st Century Challenges (Dr. Darris Means) (STUDY AWAY)
Do you want to be a change agent and address issues that impact students? Have you ever wondered how you could do research for the common good to address challenges in our society? Do you want to have your voice heard by local, state, and national leaders? If so, 21st Century Leaders Addressing 21st Century Challenges project is the perfect project for you. The project will explore the topic of poverty and how it applies to the educational, healthcare, and legal systems. The project will have a particular focus on the barriers to and opportunities for college access. To explore these issues and topics, students will serve as co-researchers with Dr. Means and collect data in Alamance County, across North Carolina, and in Washington, D.C.
Bring the Noise: Race, Gender, Hip Hop & Philosophy (Prof. Rebecca Scott and Dr. Stephen Bloch-Schulman)
Since the beginning of popular music, older generations have worried that the music that young people listen to is harmful for society. Today, it is often hip-hop music that is the focus of these kinds of criticisms. In this course, we will use philosophy to critically examine both old school and contemporary hip-hop tracks. In particular, we will consider how these tracks portray race and gender. For example, we will look at everything from Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby got back" to determine whether it is a feminist track to Mykki Blanco's role as a contemporary gender-bending rapper. In addition to critically analyzing lyrics and videos, students will also work together to write their own songs, which will be recorded in a professional studio and released as an album at the end of the summer program.
PLEASE NOTE: Many of the songs that we analyze will include explicit lyrics. If this may be uncomfortable for you or your family, please discuss this with them before signing up for this class.
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. MAY ONLY BE TAKEN ONCE. SCHOLARS WHO TOOK THE INQUIRY PROJECT THIS YEAR MAY ALSO TAKE THE CLASS.
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. MAY ONLY BE TAKEN ONCE.
Fundamentals of Financial Management (Prof. Mark Clapp)
Discover how to avoid going over the fiscal cliff by learning basic financial management fundamentals. We will explore your personality to determine which careers are the best fit for you. Along the way we will delve into the banking industry and learn how to manage a checking account. No matter how much money you make, you must have the knowledge of how to establish and operate a budget. We will explore how to set up your own personal budget. And the world of finance gets exciting and risky as we figure out how the stock market functions, and some basic understanding of different investment options for your future. Field trips to a local bank, the Federal Reserve Bank of Charlotte, and to Glen Raven Fabrics are included in our mission to learn about the world of financial management. MAY ONLY BE TAKEN ONCE.
Engineering 101 (Prof. Stu Johnston)
The laws of physics govern all movement and collisions. They affect most aspects of our everyday lives - from sports we play to buildings where we live and work to the way we move through the world. Engineering allows us to apply those laws of physics to our advantage. In this course, we will build bridges, protect precious cargo, and float boats (among other things), all by applying the laws of physics to the discipline of engineering. MAY ONLY BE TAKEN ONCE. SCHOLARS WHO TOOK THE INQUIRY PROJECT ENGINEERING IN PAST YEARS ARE ELIGIBLE TO TAKE THE CLASS, TOO.
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. In addition, scholars will periodically enter a bilingual (Spanish and English) approach to mathematics. Successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry in high school is recommended before taking this course. Spanish not required! MAY ONLY BE TAKEN ONCE.
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. MAY ONLY BE TAKEN ONCE.
COLLEGE PLANNING & COMMUNICATION
RISING SOPHOMORES (Iotas)
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 (Thetas)
Elon Academy 201 (weeks 1 & 2 with a yet to be determined staff member!!)
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 (Etas)
College Admissions Essays (weeks 1 & 2 with Profs. Michael Groce & Greg Hlavaty)
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 TBD!)
The capstone class for college planning, including all the critical nuts-and-bolts like finalizing your college choices and seeking scholarship opportunities.