Summer 2016 Session II Module List
Art of Game Design
Want to make something Unreal? This summer course is an introduction to creating interactive worlds for video games. Students will learn current and professional skills and techniques to create environments using the Unreal Engine. 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 industry standard methodologies that are introduced in a way that is easy to understand. Students will learn basic 2-D concept art, 3-D modeling, texturing, and level design. Then students will translate those skills into creating a game level of their own. So, if you are curious about the art of video games, then level up your skills, creativity, and talent with this introduction!
Activists in Action: Building Socially Just Leaders
Leaders are an integral part of the growth of their community and can take on various roles, challenge policies, and demand equality. This module will provide opportunities to engage in classroom activities, interactive projects, and community exploration field trips around the city of Oxford. Summer Scholars will have the opportunity to learn about The Student Leadership Challenge and how to implement five key practices: modeling the way, inspiring a shared vision, challenging the process, enabling others to act, and encouraging the heart. 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.
Pathways to the Helping Professions
Students will develop a strong foundational knowledge of basic theories used to understand family and family-like relationships through this experiential workshop. Based on this foundation, students will explore various helping professions (e.g., family life education, youth/family extension specialists, social work, marriage and family therapy, and child life specialists) via guest speakers working in each profession/area, field trips to local agencies/organizations, demonstrations, role-plays, and community service/shadowing experiences. At the completion of the workshop, students will have identified which helping professions are of interest and set goals for their individual pathways to the professions.
Engineering: Design and Build an Interactive Robot
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.
Exploring the Sport Industry: How We Manage Sport in Today's Marketplace
Sport Management is a growing career pathway as professional sport organizations of all types are turning to specially trained professionals who understand both the experiential and technical components of a Sport Business Product. Through engaging classroom modules, interactive projects, and hands-on, immersive experiences in collegiate and professional athletic organizations in the greater Cincinnati area, Summer Scholars will learn from real-world professionals about all aspects of the sport industry: how it works, what professional opportunities will exist in the future, current and future challenges, and how to launch a successful career.
Game of Clones: Genetic Engineering in Society
What fuels the debate surrounding genetically modified organisms in the United States? Are the choices people make when buying food based on scientific facts? Pseudoscience? Fear? We’ll explore topics related to the genetic engineering and in particular food crops in the United States, and compare attitudes of Americans to those of people living in other parts of the world. We’ll use molecular biology techniques in the laboratory to identify and generate our own genetically modified organisms.
Search for the Cure: The Discovery of Novel Antibiotics
Have you ever searched for novel antibiotics from local plants and mushrooms? We’ll go into the field and collect our own samples and then prepare extracts and screen for antibiotic activity. When we find a "hit," we will use molecular methods to identify the plant or mushroom species and perform liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry experiments and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy experiments to isolate and characterize the active compounds.
Inside State and Local Government: Leadership and Public Affairs
Students interested in taking a leadership role in public affairs will focus on how public policy made in Washington, D.C., shapes the public agenda for state and local governments across the United States. From the sobering imperative of homeland security to the fascinating patchwork of interstate highways, streets, and roads, we’ll discover intricacies of the politics and economics inside state and local government.
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The Physics of Magnetism
Ever pondered what causes the northern (or polar) lights? Or, how a bullet train moves as fast as 500 km/h? The answer to these questions and many other similar questions is ‘magnetism.’ Although the phenomenon is apparently invisible, our day-to-day life depends on magnetism in many different ways. In fact, the earth itself is a giant magnet whose magnetic field protects us from the strong radiation emitted by the sun. In general, magnetic materials are the key to an enormous amount of technological advancements. It is almost impossible to total up the enormity of applications whose functionality is strictly dependent on magnetic properties of materials.
This module will expose students to the fundamental physics of magnetism along with detailed examples, applications, and hands on demonstrations. Topics will include permanent magnets, electromagnets, motors, and other applications of magnetic materials. Examples of hands on demonstrations and activities include the visualization of the magnetic field lines, designing simple electromagnets and motors, jump rope generator, magnetic levitation of superconductors, and many more.
Lost Cities and Civilizations: Archaeology and the Ancient World
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 Inka. 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.
The Entrepreneurship Experience: Building Your Dreams and Passions into Fun and Profitable Ventures
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.
Basics of Business
Dr. Jeff Merhout
Ms. Helen Koons
Ms. Brenda Homan
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.