March Scholar Weekend

Course Descriptions

After the World Ends

Many of us speculate about what the end of the world will be like, but we tend to focus less on what happens after that. What will post-apocalyptic times bring us? Will it be all devastation and destruction, or will there be a rejuvenation of life and spirit? In this course, we will look both at ancient mythologies from early civilizations that hypothesize how post-Apocalyptic times will manifest, as well as contemporary interpretations and renditions of the world's epilogue.

Aircraft & Spacecraft Design

In this class, you will explore the amazing world of flight and see how aircraft and spacecraft are designed and tested. You will discover how scientific principles, such as energy, momentum, pressure, and gravity, have led to incredible advances in aerospace technology. Experiment with various structural, propulsion, and control system designs, and take part in hands-on activities like designing, assembling, and flying styrofoam gliders, launching two-liter compressed air/water rockets, and trying out flight gear used by Air Force test pilots. Come find out what it means to make something fly!

Deadly Force: Star Wars Mock Trial

The Empire has fallen at last! Well, it actually fell a long time ago. Anyway, the people of the galaxy far, far away have convened a special tribunal to try the remaining imperial officers. Quiet in the court! The judge has entered from the dark side of the room, and his voice booms like an exploding planet as he calls the first case. The People v. Luke Skywalker! Wait, what?! Learn the basics of American criminal law and trial advocacy, then apply what you know in a mock trial where Luke's life hangs in the balance...of the force. Life forms of every kind are welcome, but those who identify as Jedi or Sith are strongly preferred.

Engineering Design Challenge

Ever wonder about the exact process an engineer goes through to design and create, well, … anything? Did you know that there are particular steps, processes, and metrics that all engineers must learn, whether they are designing a bridge, a parachute, or a roller coaster? Come learn this design process and start to think like an engineer as you are challenged to complete many engineering projects with your very own design team! In this class, your group will compete against others as you design comically complex Rube Goldberg machines, elegantly supportive egg cradles for our egg drop challenge, and much more! The skills you learn in this class will be indefinitely useful to you as you continue to grow as a problem-solver and future engineer.

A World of Microbes: Introduction to Microbiology

Interested in becoming a scientist, doctor, or just want to learn more about microbiology? This class will introduce you to the world of microbiology in the context of the environment, human biology, and public health. We will collect samples from around campus, grow bacteria, extract DNA from real cells, and test how well household disinfectants work! You will learn how to conduct your own experiment, write in a laboratory notebook, and visit a microbiology laboratory. You'll gain useful college skills including sterile technique, agar plating, identifying bacteria, and microscopy. Sign up for this fun, hands-on introduction to our world of microbes!

Psychology and the Law

The study of human behavior is incomplete without assessing how the law controls human behavior. The leading legal principles assume that people act in certain ways in certain situations, but how does that correlate to the psychological principles that aim to define human behavior? This class explores the application of behavioral science research and practice to the legal system. An overview of topics such as ethics, morality, justice, insanity defense, eyewitness identification, crime theories, and sentencing will be discussed.

Public Speaking

People with the best ideas or the most thoughtful policies are often lost in a sea of sensational news. Why? Because, to be blunt, they're boring on stage or in front of a camera. They focus too much on the logical argument of their policy and not on a beautiful delivery. Sensational news knows how to grab an audience. The content, however, is often fluff, false, or scandalous. Imagine what you can do if you have both powerful content and a beautiful delivery. Take Martin Luther King Jr's I Had a Dream speech, possibly the most famous speech in American History. The content and message of this speech are powerful, but it was King's delivery that made his words so memorable. When you can combine a beautiful message with a jaw dropping delivery, you can change the world. This public speaking course focuses on helping students discover when they are loved by the audience. Through a series of games and dramatic role plays, students will discover when we listen to them (when they are beautiful, moving, or funny), and, equally important, when the audience does not listen to them. These skills are essential to any effective speaker or leader.

Sports Medicine

Come and see a new side of sports…the medical side! In this course, you will examine the three most important components of taking care of athletes and their injuries: diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. You also will learn the techniques and skills needed to properly implement each one. Whether you are asked to perform basic upper extremity taping, simulated first aid, or cranial nerve testing, you will not stay seated for long! This course culminates with "Rehab Olympics, where you will test your knowledge and newly learned skills by competing with your peers to quickly replicate challenges injured athletes might face.

Virtual Reality, Social Media, & Identity: The Psychology of Digital Worlds

We all do it—tweeting, Snapchatting, and Facebooking our friends, immersing ourselves in video game worlds, and documenting our lives via Smartphones. Since the onset of social media, immersive video gaming, and virtual reality systems such as Google Glass and the Oculus Rift, digital worlds have become a part of our daily lives, and the line between the real and the virtual has blurred. How does this affect us? Do people behave differently in virtual worlds than in the real one? What can we except in the future? Join this class to learn the history of social media, apply basic social psychology principles to understand online behavior, and even build your own virtual reality viewer! Remember to bring your Smartphones to class!

Scholar Weekends are open to current 8th- to 11th-grade students and comprise two days of intensive academic study exploring a topic not typically covered in school. These programs provide opportunities for gifted students to enjoy academic enrichment and interaction with motivated peers, sharpen their skills, define pathways to college and careers, and gain insight into the collegiate experience.

Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 10:00am to 4:00pm

Aderhold Hall
110 Carlton Street, Athens, GA 30602

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