Summer 2020 Session II Module List

 

Art of Game Design

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Instructor:

Matthew Board

Want to play a game? How about we MAKE a game? This summer course is an introduction to game design. Students will learn current and professional skills and techniques to create game systems and implement their creations in playable form. No previous art or computer experience is necessary. This introduction makes use of basic techniques that will teach you how to be creative using game design methodologies that are introduced in a way that is easy to understand. Students will learn by doing, taking a game from idea to playable. If you are curious about the art of video games, then level up your skills, creativity, and talent with this introduction!

 

Business Academy:

Taking Care of Business

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Taking Care of Business

Instructors:

Brenda Homan
Helen Koons
Dr. Jeff Merhout


What do people “do” in business? What makes a business successful? What does it take to be a business professional? The “Basics of Business” track of the Summer Scholars Program will allow students to investigate all of the functional areas of business, better understand business processes, and develop basic competency in the language of business. Students will work in competitive teams to solve a real-world business problem while thinking creatively and working collaboratively. Students will also have an opportunity to practice how to present in a professional environment.

 

Campus-CommUNITY Challenge: 

Leaders for Social Changes

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Leaders for Social Change

Instructor:

Dr. Michelle Cosmah

Leaders are an integral part of the growth of their community and can take on various roles, challenge policies, and demand equality. Summer Scholars will have the opportunity to learn about innovative campaigns for social change, engage with successful leaders in the local community, and apply new skills to a social action project. This module will allow Summer Scholars to examine their own leadership qualities, challenge them to reflect on their own practices, extend their thinking to include various philosophies, and prepare them to promote social change.

 

Data Citizens on Patrol 

The Role of a Data Scientist in the World Today

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The Role of a Data Scientist in the World Today

Instructor:

Sandy Steiger

Did you know "data scientist" is considered one of the top jobs of the 21st century? Do you know what it means to be a data scientist? In this session we will journey through the lifecycle of a data science project by exploring the many hats that a data scientist wears. Understanding what problem you are trying to solve and the data you need to solve it is the first step in any analytics project.Then, through hands-on exercises, students will see how data science is used in real life: How does social media know who is who in a picture you posted? How does Netflix generate a relevant list of shows you might be interested in? How does a team manager use data to improve performance of their players and the overall team? And so much more! Packaging the insights generated during the analysis portion of a project is often the most important part - telling the data story and selling the importance of taking action is a skill all successful data scientists possess. Join us as we learn more about one of today's most lucrative careers.

 

Design Thinking

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Instructor:

Todd Stuart

In this project-centered, team-oriented environment, Design Thinkers start with the user in mind to create products, systems, and processes that solve a user need. They use empathy, creativity, decision-making, prototyping, and testing in interdisciplinary teams to move past the first idea and create innovative solutions for the user’s problem. Design Thinkers are creative problem solvers that understand users through observation. They use this information to define the challenge and use creative brainstorming to ideate potential solutions. Using prototyping, Design Thinkers start to develop the potential solution in a more concrete form while continuing to learn and analyze. Design Thinkers then test their prototypes on users and take the learning from those tests and continue to figure out a more innovative solution.

 

Engineering Design:

Design and Build an Interactive Robot

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Design and Build an Interactive Robot

Instructor:

Jim Leonard

It's science. Not fiction. This summer, delve headfirst into the realms of engineering and computing by designing and building a computer-controlled robot. First, you'll learn how they communicate. Through the wires and steel runs a rich programming language that reads light sensors and controls drive motors. Next, you and your team will apply those concepts to the design of your own robotic vehicle. Your team will assemble it. Program it. Test it. Then, your robot will face off in performing its task against the other teams' creations. The winner will be crowned. The universe might be saved by building a computer-controlled robot.

 

The Entrepreneurial Experience:

Building Your Dreams and Passions into Fun and Profitable Ventures

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Building Your Dreams and Passions into Fun and Profitable Ventures

Instructor:

David Eyman

The secret to success in life and business can be found in the entrepreneurial mindset. The entrepreneurship track of the Summer Scholars Program exposes students to the fun and excitement of bringing ideas to life. Students will participate in interactive, hands-on projects where they will be exposed to what it takes to build companies, teams, and insight. Whatever your interests – building a small start-up company, creating a major corporation, driving meaningful social change, or working in creative fields – we will build ideas, form teams, and create the structure that builds success.

 

Law and Politics 101:

Exploring Controversial Issues

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Exploring Controversial Issues

Instructor:

John Forren

Should the U.S. Constitution be interpreted to protect flag burning? Should religious minorities be exempted from laws that burden spiritual practices? When (if ever) may government officials discriminate without violating the Constitution’s guarantee of "equal protection of the law"? Is the death penalty a violation of fundamental human rights — or a proper response by society to the problem of violent crime?

Using selected court opinions and other primary sources, students in this module will explore the array of legal, philosophical, and political ideas that have informed American debates on these and other controversial issues throughout history. Through the use of various active-learning activities – including legislative simulations, debates, educational games, guided discussions, and mock trials – students will also learn about and practice the civic skills of dialogue, deliberation, persuasion, and accommodation that generations of Americans have used to resolve differences and solve problems in their communities.

 

Media Matters:

Journalism in Action

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Journalism in Action

Instructor:

Patricia Gallagher Newberry

What does it take to make it as a journalist in the fast-paced, multimedia news industry today? Find out from journalists working at the front lines in southwest Ohio and around the country, as you create your own content about other Summer Scholars and learn about the many opportunities Miami offers to prepare you to produce 21st century journalism.

 

The Modern Naturalist:

Learning to See Nature in Your Daily Life

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Learning to See Nature in Your Daily Life

Instructor:

Dr. Amy Sullivan
Steve Sullivan

Nature is a fundamental part of every major. The raw materials for everything you own was either grown on or dug from the Earth. Your culture, neighborhood, family history, and even worldview have been influenced by nature. Your ancestors were naturalists. Yet, the skills of a naturalist are declining, even within the biological sciences. Students of any experience level or background are invited to join the Hefner Museum of Natural History team to get muddy, cut things up, smell the roses (and remove the invasive ones) and learn through first-hand experience, the basic principles and theories of nature that make you who you are. This course is a literal walk in the park (among other things). It will be a good overview for the aspiring biologist but equally, it is designed to be useful and exciting for the non-biology student who has often wondered about nature but never had a guide.

 

Mysteries of the Mind:

Psychology Provides the Clues to Discover Ourselves

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Psychology Provides the Clues to Discover Ourselves

Instructor:

Dr. Vrinda Kalia

Why do people think and behave the way they do? Why are we the way that we are? Why is it that the same behavior can be useful in some contexts and harmful in others? How do we understand our own thoughts and behaviors? How can we measure what people are thinking and feeling?

In this Summer Scholars module, students will discover the answers to these and other questions by learning the fundamentals of psychology and psychophysiology (the way the mind and body interact). There will be a special emphasis on how to measure psychological processes occurring in the brain and body. In particular, we will highlight the ways in which social contexts influence the ways in which we think, feel, and behave. This program will encourage hands on learning, and students will be taught how to measure thoughts (both automatic and controlled) using computer based tests, emotions via self-report surveys, and physiological arousal by learning how to collect heart rate responses. Learning in the course will culminate in a psychological experiment designed and conducted by the students.

 

Sax Jams

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Instructor:

Jeremy Long

Strengthen your sax chops this summer with Miami University saxophone professor Jeremy Long. Various topics in saxophone performance and career development will be explored through intense study of classic solo literature, chamber music, fundamentals, and jazz in daily seminars, master classes, faculty performances, and sax ensemble rehearsals. The module will culminate in a closing performance featuring all student saxophonists.

 

Studio Art:

Portfolios that Punch

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Portfolios that Punch

Instructor:

Matthew Litteken

Are you thinking of studying design or art in college, but you are nervous about your portfolio? Let us help! Studio Art - Portfolios that Punch is a college preparatory studio workshop for rising high school students geared at improving creative skills and constructing a competitive art portfolio for college admission. Outcomes focus on drawing and a variety of 3D studio-production approaches while emphasizing evaluative portfolio criteria including design/composition, technical proficiency, color, presentation, and photographic representation.

Studio sessions consist of artist lectures, studio-demonstrations, hands-on studio activities, outdoor drawing excursions and critical analysis of work created as well as the work of professional artists via campus galleries and museums all aimed at