Summer 2018 Explorations Course Descriptions

A minimum of eight students enrolled is required for Explorations classes in order to be viable. The class size maximum for all programs is typically 14 students.

The OPPTAG program does not keep a waiting list for any summer courses. In our experience students rarely cancel participation, and we do not want to set false expectations for students and families.

Session I

ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY: UNDERSTANDING THE HUMAN MIND [ENTERING GRADES 9-11: 8:30am - 4:30pm] [July 8 - July 13]

Have you ever wondered where the line between “normal” and “abnormal” behavior lies? What do these words mean? In this class, we will learn about the definition of mental illness and the history of abnormal psychology, covering disorders such as depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia. This class will explore the social, biological, and developmental underpinnings of abnormal psychology as well as treatment of mental disorders. We will also look at how individuals get classified as normal versus abnormal and what consequences this has for mental illness stigma in modern day society. In addition, we will learn about abnormal psychology across cultures and how mental illness looks different across gender, race, and ethnicity. Lastly, this class will explore how the media and popular culture portrays mental illness using multimedia video and demonstrations.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS:
Andrew is currently a 4th year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at Iowa State. His educational experiences include teaching courses pertaining to psychological measurement, research methods, and academic learning skills. This is Andrew's fourth year working with the OPPTAG program.

Stacy Ko is a fourth-year doctoral student in counseling psychology at Iowa State University. She completed her BA in Psychology and Communication Studies and her Master of Social Work at UCLA. Stacy has experience teaching English in South Korea as well as undergraduate courses at ISU and Simpson College. Stacy currently works as a clinical graduate assistant at ISU's Student Counseling Service as well as the Let's Talk program, which is a free, anonymous consultation service for students who might otherwise face barriers to counseling. Stacy enjoys cooking, shopping, and playing with her puppy in her free time. 

EXPLORING IN ADVANCED ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING [ENTERING GRADES 9-11: 8:30am - 4:30pm] [July 8 - July 13]

Build a game controller from basic electronic components and an Arduino Zero Microcontroller.  Learn basic Electrical Engineering concepts and use lab equipment such as signal generators, oscilloscopes, and multimeters. Evaluate system behavior and optimize your controller for working with games.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: 
Dr. Tom Daniels is a Sr. Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He's known for his innovative lab development to teach students to program and problem solve including work that used the Nintendo Wii controller and Arduinos. He holds a PhD and MS in Computer Science from Purdue University.

INTRODUCTION TO THE HUMAN BODY & NEUROENGINEERING [ENTERING GRADES 9-11: 8:30am - 4:30pm]

NOTE: Introduction to the Human Body & Neuroengineering is closed for registration as it may have reached capacity or not have enough students registered. In the event that this course has been cancelled all registered students will be notified.

MATERIALS ENGINEERING - PLAYING WITH ATOMS LIKE LEGOS [ENTERING GRADES 9-11: 8:30am - 4:30pm] [July 8 - July 13]

This course will provide a hands-on look at how scientists and engineers make materials stronger, lighter, and smarter. Students will learn from firsthand experience how materials are made, such as plastic, paint, ceramic and glass. We will also show off cutting-edge materials including nanoparticles and biomedicine! There will be A LOT OF demos. With each lesson, we will do a laboratory experience, activity, or demonstration that relates it to the physical world. The class will also tour some of ISU’s world-class facilities that use state-of-the-art fabrication methods.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Kyle is a 2nd year PhD student and Trinect Fellow in the Materials Science and Engineering department at Iowa State University. He has been involved in outreach, teaching, and mentoring throughout his college career, and loves to share science with others.

PERCUSSIONS WORKSHOP [ENTERING GRADES 9-11: 8:30am - 4:30pm] [July 8 - July 13]

Study with Iowa State University's Percussion Director, Dr. Jonathan Sharp, in a fun and fast-paced course that traverses through a broad range of percussion experiences. The workshop will develop musical and technical skills on contemporary percussion instruments as well as exposure to various music theories. This is a unique opportunity for percussionists to study with ISU faculty in lessons, master classes, chamber percussion ensemble, and more! Topics will include classical percussion, world percussion, instrument repair and maintenance, and ensemble playing. Previous percussion experience encouraged, but not required!

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Dr. Jonathan Sharp is a highly regarded percussion artist and educator with a diverse teaching and performance background. He is currently Assistant Professor of Percussion at Iowa State University and has held previous appointments at Morehead State University and Centre College. Dr. Sharp has performed concerts throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, as a soloist and classical musician. His performing credits include the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra, and the Sinfonia Da Camera among many others. He frequently presents recitals, workshops, and clinics on topics specializing in electro-acoustic percussion, multiple percussion, and contemporary concert snare drum. Dr. Sharp holds degrees from the University of Kentucky, University of Illinois, and Morehead State University, and is a Yamaha Performing Artist. This is Jonathan's second year working with the OPPTAG program.

Session II

APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY - THE STUDY OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR [ENTERING GRADES 9-11: 8:30am - 4:30pm]

NOTE: Applied Psychology - The Study of Human Behavior is closed for registration as it may have reached capacity or not have enough students registered. In the event that this course has been cancelled all registered students will be notified.

DESIGN A COMMERCIAL JET AIRPLANE [ENTERING GRADES 9-11: 8:30am - 4:30pm] [July 15 - July 20]

This will be a projected-based course where students will work in small teams to design their own passenger airplane. They will decide the type of the airplane - a luxury business jet, a long haul jet that carries 400 passengers, or a short hop jet that carries 100 passengers. They will decide which airports their plane will serve and design the wing and buy the engines. Finally, they will calculate the time of flight and how much jet fuel their plane will burn. We will use a spreadsheet program to do all our calculations. Students will use their imagination to design each component of their airplane.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Dr. Mitra has taught Aerospace and Mechanics courses at Iowa State University for thirty three years. After retiring from Iowa State, Mitra runs his own company that builds software for engineering calculations. He has taught aircraft design courses at all levels of the curriculum in Aerospace Engineering.

EXPLORING IN ADVANCED ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING [ENTERING GRADES 9-11: 8:30am - 4:30pm] [July 15 - July 20]

Build a game controller from basic electronic components and an Arduino Zero Microcontroller.  Learn basic Electrical Engineering concepts and use lab equipment such as signal generators, oscilloscopes, and multimeters. Evaluate system behavior and optimize your controller for working with games.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: 
Dr. Tom Daniels is a Sr. Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He's known for his innovative lab development to teach students to program and problem solve including work that used the Nintendo Wii controller and Arduinos. He holds a PhD and MS in Computer Science from Purdue University.

EXPLORING THE WORLD OF TRANSPORTATION - ENGINEERING THE HIGHWAYS [ENTERING GRADES 9-11: 8:30am - 4:30pm] [July 15 - July 20]

Have you ever wondered who creates the highway system and controls the traffic flow? In this interactive class you will learn engineering concepts basic to transportation realities such as traffic light controls, bridge design and construction, traffic safety technology. There will be field trips to Iowa Department of Transportation facilities and simulators. Guest speakers from the ISU Department of Civil Engineering will meet with the class. In addition there will be a lot of designing and building opportunities that will entail teamwork and leadership training.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Donovan currently works for the Bondurant Farrar School District as a half time teacher for middle school STEM courses and half time District wide STEM Teacher Leader. Has been teaching for 10 years and has had experience teaching TAG, STEM, math, and civics. This is Donovan's second year working with the OPPTAG program.

INTRODUCTION TO THE HUMAN BODY & NEUROENGINEERING [ENTERING GRADES 9-11: 8:30am - 4:30pm]

NOTE: Introduction to the Human Body & Neuroengineering is closed for registration as it may have reached capacity or not have enough students registered. In the event that this course has been cancelled all registered students will be notified.

MATERIALS ENGINEERING - PLAYING WITH ATOMS LIKE LEGOS [ENTERING GRADES 9-11: 8:30am - 4:30pm]

NOTE: Materials Engineering - Playing with Atoms like LEGOs is closed for registration as it may have reached capacity or not have enough students registered. In the event that this course has been cancelled all registered students will be notified.