Summer 2021 Session II Module List

July 11 - July 23, 2021

For Summer Scholars 2021, we hope to host students in Oxford, Ohio, for a two-week residential program. But if we can't be on campus, we will host a two-week virtual program on the same dates. Most modules will be offered regardless of whether the program is on campus or virtual. Look for "on campus only" or "virtual only" in the descriptions below to identify the few modules that would only be offered in one format.

A final decision about whether Summer Scholars 2021 will be on campus or virtual will be made no later than June 1.

Art of Game Design

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Instructor:

Matthew 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!

Beginning Design:

Architecture + Interior Design

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Architecture + Interior Design

Instructors:

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 you 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. 

ON CAMPUS ONLY

Brain Mythbusters:

Unraveling the SCIENCE in Neuroscience

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Unraveling the SCIENCE in Neuroscience

ON CAMPUS ONLY

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.

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, you 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.

ON CAMPUS ONLY

Engineering:

Design and Build an Interactive Robot

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Design and Build an Interactive Robot

ON CAMPUS ONLY

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

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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. 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.

Environmental Science and Engineering

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Instructor:

Dr. Cathy Almquist

Gain an overview of environmental engineering with a focus on how science and engineering can solve environmental problems: energy and energy processes, water and wastewater treatment, solid wastes, and pollution prevention. You will practice team building, presentation skills, and learn to use computers as tools for engineering problem solving.

ON CAMPUS ONLY

Lost Cities and Civilizations:

Archaeology and the Ancient World

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Archaeology and the Ancient World

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Instructor:

Dr. Jeb Card

We'll discover the subtle clues and sensational treasures of ancient peoples from the earliest depths of prehistory to the great empires of Egypt and the Inca. We will learn how humans colonized the world, adapted to changing environments, transformed the landscape, and built new technologies and social orders to face daunting challenges. In the process we’ll analyze real artifacts, participate in the 3-D scanning and printing of artifacts, try our hand at how archaeologists excavate a site, decipher ancient hieroglyphs, figure out how old ancient Egyptian tombs are, and explore the role of archaeology today.

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Sports Leadership and Management: 

Transforming your Mindset

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Transforming your Mindset

ON CAMPUS ONLY

Instructor:

Dr. Matthew Moore

What does mindset actually mean? What does performance actually mean? How can changing or transforming your mindset help in all areas — or performances — of your life? You will learn how to integrate tangible psychological skills and strategies that will assist you with life’s many ups and downs. Some of these skills include: self-awareness, acceptance, and attention management.

Unpacking Your Business Briefcase: 

Integrated Workplace Skills Development

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Integrated Workplace Skills Development

Instructor:

Dr. Becky Crews

This summer, you have the opportunity to engage with faculty who teach coursework as part of the First Year Integrated Core in the Farmer School of Business. Learn about key workplace skills such as: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creative thinking, computational thinking and coding, and ethical thinking. You will work with faculty and in groups to apply these skills to an interdisciplinary, final project. Get ready to engage in an immersive learning experience and start unpacking your business briefcase!

ON CAMPUS ONLY

What is Light:

Why, How, and What We See

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Why, How, and What We See

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Instructor:

Dr. Karthik Vishwanath

We “see” because of light. Our sense of sight obviously becomes something that we take for granted, without thinking about the physical nature of light. After nearly three centuries of development of physics of light, describing light and how it interacts with matter (which is how and why we can see things) is still actively pursued and does not always seem so straightforward. The physical nature of light appears to have a duality to it – when sometimes it is better (or easier) to think of light as waves and at other times, as particles. We will undertake a short, quick journey into our understanding of optics and optical phenomenon, following roughly the historical development of classical optical physics. We will explore several facets of the physical nature of light and come to understand many familiar observations such as: why do we see “flares” from light sources on cameras? What is color? Why does a clear sky look blue? How do polarizing sunglasses work? Why can't see through fog? There will be a special emphasis on the process of understanding the experimental nature of physics – thus concepts will be explored both from theoretical/conceptual and experimental/hands on perspectives. Finally, we will explore optics in relation to my research interest – which uses light to “look inside” biological materials (such as one’s hand or head). We will look at some recent research topics such as detecting heart rates from video recordings of a human face and sensing brain activity using light. Finally, we shall attempt to build simple optical systems (such as basic optical spectrometers, microscopes, or telescopes) with cameras and light sources found in modern smartphones.