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Session 1

Session 1

Sunday, July 9 - Friday, July 14

Beginning Design: Architecture and Interior Design

Instructor: John Blake

This summer, discover your inner Frank Lloyd Wright, your budding Frank Gehry, or your emerging I.M. Pei. The Beginning Design: Architecture + Interior Design course is a unique opportunity to peek into the lives of architects and designers. You will work in the design studios, be taught by Miami professors, and build from your own imagination. With a curriculum geared toward improving designs for creating competitive architecture and interior design portfolios, you will identify and examine several design topics. In multiple phases through a series of rigorous investigations and discoveries, you will practice fundamental design principles. The overriding emphasis will be placed on the "process" of design. Where might it start? How does it evolve? Learn to develop your own ideas and use them to drive the creation of space and form. At the end of the session, you will have an exhibition of works you've created as well as documentation and analysis to enhance your college admission application.

Brain Mythbusters: Unraveling SCIENCE in Neuroscience

Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Quinn

How much of our brains do we really use? Are we really “right-brained” or “left-brained”?

Misconceptions about the structure and function of the human brain are all too common. Once these myths are widely disseminated, it is often difficult to separate scientific fact from fiction. This module will examine some of these myths, and provide you with the science and investigative tools to effectively debunk them. You will have the opportunity to examine real brains, observe direct brain manipulation techniques, and interact with researchers in their laboratories. As part of a team, you will select a cluster of related myths to evaluate, present the scientific evidence to dispel them, and create games to educate others about these misconceptions.

Engineering: 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, and 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.

Entrepreneurial Experience: 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. You will participate in interactive, hands-on projects where you 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.

Exploring Game Design

Instructor: ETBD Faculty

Want to play a game? How about we MAKE a game? In this introduction to game design, you will learn current and professional skills and techniques to create game systems and implement your 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. You 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!

Exploring the Helping Professions

Instructors: Dr. Darren Cosgrove, Shawnieka Pope

Students will develop a strong foundational knowledge of basic theories used to understand family and family-like relationships. Students will explore various helping professions (e.g., family life education, youth/family extension specialists, social work, marriage and family therapy, child life specialists) which may include hearing from guest speakers working in each profession/area, visiting local agencies/organizations, demonstrations, role-plays, and community service/shadowing experiences. At the completion of the module, students will have identified which helping professions are of interest and set goals for their individual pathways to the professions.

Fashion Design and Merchandising

Instructor: Gylaine Gilmore

Are you interested in a career in fashion? Do you dream of owning your own fashion business, or working for a large fashion brand? Did you know that one in every six people worldwide is employed in the global fashion and textile industry? Begin your fashion future with this focused one-week program!

This module is for students who are interested in fashion design, fashion entrepreneurship, and/or fashion corporate business, but do not necessarily have experience in business, sewing, or patternmaking. It will be an introduction to fashion employers, fashion forecasting, fashion/design language, silk dyeing, garment analysis, and technical illustration.

Jumping into Kinesiology: Evaluating Movement and Its Benefits to Overall Health

Instructor: Eric Slattery

This module will focus on how exercise is beneficial for health. Exercise is used in a therapeutic way by many health and fitness professionals around the world. You will learn how those professionals evaluate health and then decide what therapeutic treatments they will administer to improve client health. We will cover how health is defined, risk factors of health, what measures health professionals use to quantify/assess health, and steps they can take to improve their physical health. These areas will largely include cardiorespiratory health and muscular health. Many of these assessments measure the same thing, particularly cardiorespiratory health, and students will learn about advantages and disadvantages of each test. Lab activities will include Blood Lipid Profile (Glucose, TC, LDL, HDL), body composition (height, weight, body fat, body water), electrocardiogram of the heart, functional movement screening, resistance exercise assessment, and graded exercise testing.

Making Media: Video Production

Instructor: Lexi Marsh

What does it take to make visual storytelling in the fast-paced, multimedia news industry today? Find out from those working in film and commercial production in southwest Ohio and around the country, as you create your own fictional and documentary films.

Quality Assurance Analytical Chemistry Using Instrumental Analysis

Instructor: Neil Danielson, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The determination of the chemical components of interest in real life samples for quality assurance involves analytical chemistry. One such subdiscipline is spectroscopy which uses light as the signal of interest for sample analysis. We will focus on the hands-on analysis of food and supplements in the lab using a variety of spectroscopic instruments. For example, experiments involving techniques such as colorimetry to follow the degradation of aspirin, fluorescence for detection of riboflavin in tablets or drinks, flame emission for sodium and potassium in energy drinks, atomic absorption for calcium in milk or zinc in supplements, and infrared for polymer packaging films are planned to be done.

The Role of Data Science in the Modern World

Instructor: David Scoville

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 do social media companies detect propaganda? How does Netflix generate a relevant list of shows you might be interested in? How do we generate insight from large datasets to make the best decisions? How do you find data to analyze? How does a team manager use data to improve performance of their players and the overall team? And so much more! Learn how to analyze and tell a story with data during this summer session. Join us as we learn more about one of today's most lucrative careers.

Unpacking Your Business Briefcase: Integrated Workplace Skills Development

Instructors: Dr. Becky CrewsElizabeth Troy

This summer, you have the opportunity to engage with First Year Integrated Core faculty to learn about key workplace skills such as: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creative thinking, and business research. As you learn these key skills, throughout the week, you will apply them to a mini business project. You will work with the faculty and in groups to experience what it’s like to weave together skills and apply them to a final project. Get ready to engage in a high-touch, experiential learning experience to start unpacking your business briefcase!