Summer 2022 Session 1: July 9 - 15
Session 1: July 9 - 15
Note: The Law and Politics 101 and Student Citizens modules are hosted over both weeks, beginning July 9 and ending July 23. Grant funding for each of these modules may be available.
Instructor: Matt Board
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!
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.
Instructor: Dr. Karthik Vishwanath
We "see" things because our eyes "sense" light. Physicists have made tremendous progress over the last century in understanding what light is and in learning how to control, produce, and measure it. You'll learn what optical spectroscopy is and how it can be used to measure various properties of complex (biological) materials around us. Through hands-on activities and the use of outreach biophotonics kits (developed by researchers at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at the Harvard Medical School), you'll explore the meaning of color, what lasers are, and how we can use lasers to "see inside our bodies." The primary objective of this module will be to illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of biophotonics research - which brings together physics, chemistry, and biology - and see how it is being (and can be) used to impact and improve medical science, without being a physician! We'll start the module by learning about spectroscopy, the science of color. We will understand optical spectra and its relation to the color of objects. We'll then explore microscopy, specifically via use of naturally occurring fluorescence in biological materials around us (such as soil, leaves, and food). We will attempt to build a small compact fluorescence microscope using origami (yes, by folding paper!) and use our folded microscope to measure, interpret, and understand fluorescence from natural materials. We will also learn how biological samples need to be prepared to get good microscopic images. At the end of the module, you will be able to take all the experimental tools we develop back with you as souvenirs of your efforts.