Summer 2020 GoSciTech Course List

Animal Science & Behavior

If you have ever been curious about becoming a veterinarian, a zookeeper, or an animal trainer, this is the class for you! Throughout the week, we will learn about the science behind these careers while working to understand why animals do what they do. We will look at the tools used to study animal behavior, as well as the many ways that science can inform and improve animal care. A trip to the Riverbanks Zoo will, of course, be a highlight of the week!
Instructor: Ms. Jordan Bailey
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

Anthropology: The Study of Us

Are you interested in knowing how humans developed to look the way we do, or how a forensic anthropologist can identify a person by only their skeletal remains?  Are you curious about different foods, languages, music, religions, clothing, and games from different cultures around the world?  If so, this class is right for you!  We will touch on the four different subfields of anthropology: cultural, linguistic, archaeology, and biological for the week. You will gain introductory knowledge in the field of anthropology as a whole, with more emphasis on the archaeological and biological aspects, including being outside learning about site surveying, looking at tools archaeologists use, and studying 3d skull models to look at human evolution.
Instructor: Dr. Kiley Molinari
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

Arduino Robotics: Build, Program, Compete

Have you always wanted to build and program your own robot to use at home? We will use an Arduino Mega-compatible micro-controller to introduce programming (C/C++) and basic electronic techniques. Learn and work with different robotics concepts and construction techniques including but not limited to drive/steering mechanisms (2-wheel differential versus 3-wheel holonomic, which drives in any direction without turning!), and use different types of sensors (touch, light, sound) to control the robot's movement.  We will have competitions throughout the week to help learn from each other. You will take your robot and sensors home to continue experimenting. Robots are designed as adaptable platforms for performing other experiments.
Instructor: Dr. Eli Owens
Grade Level: Rising 9th & 10th


How do we know the mass of the Sun? What causes tides? How old is the Universe? How do stars change over time? We will collect information and use mathematical models to understand the laws that govern the Solar System, stars and galaxies. Students will learn graphing and calculation techniques and use planetarium software to gather data. If weather permits, we will spend a couple of nights observing outdoors.
Instructor: Dr. Patrick Briggs
Grade Level: Rising 9th & 10th

Beginning Video Game Development using Unity 2D/Unity 3D

If you want to learn the basics of the Unity3D game development program while working on cool projects than this is the class for you! Students enrolled in this course will learn core aspects of video game development and object oriented programming through a series of hands-on projects. We will flex our creative muscles as we create custom sprites, sounds and 3-D objects for the Unity3D environment. We will modify existing video games by adding in our own creations and level designs, and then improve our titles based on player feedback just like real video-game companies. This class is designed for students who have little to no computer programming experience, but who are enthusiastic gamers and/or aspiring game developers.
Instructor: Dr. Roger Newman-Norlund
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

Chemistry in the Kitchen

Calling all foodies and science buffs! In this class, we’ll explore how chemical reactions transform our food during cooking. You’ll learn about the roles of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and more, as well as how the molecules in food affect flavor. We’ll even use molecular gastronomy techniques to create unique dishes that are sure to impress. Get ready for plenty of cooking, experiments, and of course tasting!
Instructor: Ms. Ashley Bober
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

Codes and Cryptography

Would you like to learn to send secret messages to your friends? Examine coding theory (transmitting or communicating data accurately) and cryptography (keeping information private). Explore public-key systems and many common ciphers. Investigate modern-day applications that involve error-correcting codes, including bar codes, CDs, financial transactions and digital television.
Instructor: Dr. Gary Salazar
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th


Do you know anyone who has been hacked? In this CyberSecurity course, students will be introduced to the world of network security. Attackers and their exploits are discussed, and we will classify the various types of attacks that may occur on computer networks. Methods for protecting hardware and software will also be explored during the week.
Instructor: Mrs. Sharon Gumina
Grade Level: Rising 9th & 10th

Digital Forensic Science

The explosion of consumer-market digital technologies - such as computers, cell phones, digital video recorders, voice mail, digital cameras, GPS navigators, and social media - has created both challenges and opportunities for forensic scientists who analyze evidence collected from crime scenes. Investigate how human perception affects evidence; discover how to collect, authenticate, analyze and extract useful information (evidence) from digital devices; learn to clean up audio, photo and video recordings using open source software; and learn why crime scene investigation TV shows are long on drama but short on science, why no magazine cover photo should ever be trusted, and why there is no such
thing as complete privacy in the digital age.
Instructor: Mr. J. Keith McElveen
Grade Level: Rising 9th & 10th

Go For Launch

During this fun week of rocketry, we will design, build, and launch a variety of rockets, fueled by matches, air, water, or more potent chemicals. We will have a blast seeing things go boom and take off into the atmosphere! We will also learn what makes the rockets work.
Instructor: Dr. Anders Gårdestig
Grade Level: Rising 8th & 9th

Go Green! Sustainability through Chemistry

Have you ever wondered how chemistry can make the world a greener place? We will use “green” chemistry to help explore how we can help lower pollution and lead a more sustainable life style. A great way to start is by looking at how our pollution affects the environment. Throughout this course, you will put your imagination to the test by mixing your creativity with concepts of science. We will perform experiments which promote sustainability, such as making safer plastics, using plants to make different colors of paint, purifying water, recycling materials, and more. While safely using chemicals, we will explore ways that we can also help our environment. GO GREEN!
Instructor: Mr. Brandon Yarbrough
Grade Level: 8th, 9th & 10th

Graphic Design: Communication through Type and Image

Are you creative? Do you like to solve problems? This class will explore graphic design through both modern and traditional design processes and techniques. From the printing press to pixels on a screen you will: Learn about the history of Graphic Design. Work with fonts and type, color and icons. Use sketching and drawing to get your ideas out of your head and onto paper. Print your design with both a press and digital printers. Also, explore coding and design for the web.
Instructor: Mr. Charles Jeffcoat
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

Greatest Hits of Mathematics

Have you ever wondered how mathematics is used to predict such things as sports and election results? Or how mathematics is used to create computer-animated movies and describe patterns in nature? Geometry can be used to understand everything from soap bubbles to broccoli to computer graphics. Discover strategies to fill out your NCAA bracket, predict election results, investigate strange geometric shapes, and much more in this class.  Explore the greatest hits of mathematical ideas that will give you new and fresh perspectives into your daily life.
Instructor: Dr. Jeremiah Bartz
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

Great Experiments of Classical Physics

Can you launch a ball from the second floor balcony and hit a target?  Did you know you can use a LASER to determine the width of your hair?  Measure and analyze the physical world to learn its secrets while conducting some of the most important experiments in the world of physical science. Explore topics such as Galileo's theory of ballistics, Boyle's law, laser diffraction and the spectroscopy of stars along with other great experiments.
Instructor: Dr. Patrick Briggs
Grade Level: Rising 9th & 10th

Marine Biology of South Carolina Shores

Do you love the ocean and the animals that live in it? The region where the land meets the sea presents an exciting and fascinating place to study the way that life adapts to survive in different environments. Explore the life that lives along the South Carolina shores and learn about ongoing research to understand that life during a coastal marsh field trip.
Instructor: Dr. Blaine Griffen
Grade Level: Rising 8th & 9th


Did you know that for every cell of your body, you have around 10 microbe cells?  Microbes are in us, all around us and are essential for life on Earth.  In this class we will study how microbes impact human health and other aspects of biology.  We will do this in part by growing and observing microbes in the lab, examining their genomes (DNA) using modern computer methods and learning about the milestones in human history that were driven by microbes.  
Instructor: Dr. Stuart Gordon
Grade Level: Rising 8th & 9th

Modeling of the Real World

How do individual ants coordinate their actions so that the colony works as a whole? How do diseases spread throughout the body or throughout a population? How do interacting groups of men and women form at parties? How are computer games created that include complex interactions between virtual individuals? In this class, we will explore how complex patterns can form based on simple rules followed by interacting individuals. We will do this using an easy-to-use type of computer simulation modeling, known as individual-based modeling.
Instructor: Dr. Blaine Griffen
Grade Level: Rising 9th & 10th

Photography: Where Art and Science Converge

Discover the science behind photography by working with light sensitive materials. Construct your own camera out of everyday objects. Combine photographic processes from the 1800s with modern digital techniques to make one-of-a-kind prints. Learn the fundamentals of photography that can help you make decisions to elevate your snapshots to works of art.
Instructor: Mrs. Julie Mixon
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

Pre-med: Advanced Anatomy

Advanced Anatomy will build on the concepts learned in Pre-Med: Anatomy. This course will provide a more in-depth focus on how each of the body systems work. Students will learn in greater detail the anatomy (structure) and physiology (function) of the various systems of the body, which are introduced in Pre-Med & Anatomy I. Students will engage in hands on laboratory activities that will reinforce the concepts that they are learning, conduct relevant experiments to aid in better understanding how the body works, and will be provided opportunities to learn more about medical school. Students must have completed the Pre-Med: Anatomy course in 2017, 2018, or 2019 before enrolling in Premed: Advanced Anatomy.
Instructor: Dr. Shayna Wrighten
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th, must have completed Pre-Med: Anatomy

Pre-med: Anatomy

Ever thought of becoming a doctor? Learn the basic anatomy and physiology that doctors must first master. Cut into creatures during dissections to discover the anatomy of various animals. Meet physicians from around the state and learn what it takes to become one.
Instructor: Dr. Shayna Wrighten, Dr. Jenn Taylor, and Dr. Beth Jones (depending on week)
Grade Level: Rising 8th & 9th

Pre-med: Biomedical Genetics

Why do we look like our parents, but also different?  What is DNA? How does it make us all similar and unique at the same time?  DNA carries all of the information that determines the functions of our cells and how they respond to their environment.  We will learn what DNA looks like, how it is inherited by offspring, and what happens when a change, called a mutation, occurs.  Some of these mutations lead to human diseases.  We will learn how DNA is studied in laboratories and how this information is used by medical doctors.  
Instructor: Dr. Joseph Flaherty
Grade Level: Rising 9th & 10th

Pre-med: Cancer Genetics

You may have heard the phrase before, “our genes make us who we are.” But, in the back of your mind, you may have asked, “Really?”, “How?”, and “How much do they REALLY matter?” In this course, we will address some of those questions by using DNA techniques to understand how human genetics has helped advance our society, especially in the context of fighting diseases like cancer. By learning about how scientists have learned to read the instructions of life (i.e. DNA sequencing), students will learn how scientists are trying to use this information to write a better narrative for cancer research.
Instructor: Dr. Austin Shull
Grade Level: Rising 9th & 10th

Pre-med: Developmental Biology

Have you ever watched a sea urchin mate? If not, you do not want to miss this class! Explore embryonic development in both invertebrate and vertebrate animals by doing labs that involve fertilization in sea urchins, metamorphosis in insects, regeneration in amphibians and even the development of bird hearts. We will also discuss controversial topics such as cloning and the biology of stem cells.
Instructor: Dr. Jim Wetzel
Grade Level: 9th & 10th

Pre-med: Sports Science

If you love anatomy and physiology, and sports or fitness is your passion, Pre-med: Sports Science might be the class for you! Using applied anatomy and physiology to study what happens to our body under normal conditions we will then discover how your body responds to exercise, the causes of fatigue, and the science of recovery, all while having fun! We will also study proper bio-mechanics and investigate what could happen when our body doesn’t work the way it should. You can even apply what you learn to make yourself a better, smarter athlete.
Instructor: Ms. Kristine Amatuli
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

Programmers of Tomorrow

Have you ever wanted to learn how to write computer code? Join us to conquer the basics of computer programming in this hands-on course. Students will be introduced to the Python programming language. Daily projects will include fun, interactive programs in Python using the IDLE integrated development environment. Basic constructs such as if-then statements, for and while loops, assignment statements, arrays, and input/output statements will be covered. This is an introductory course, and no previous programming experience is required.
Instructor: Mrs. Sharon Gumina
Grade Level: Rising 8th & 9th

Saving the Oceans

The oceans cover 70% of our planet and are essential to our own survival, yet human activity threatens the health of the oceans and the life within it. Explore the major stresses and challenges that our oceans are facing and potential solutions to those challenges, including a coastal field trip to explore how animal behavior can be used to determine the health of coastal habitats.
Instructor: Dr. Blaine Griffen
Grade Level: Rising 8th & 9th

Science of Music

Would you be interested in “seeing” the sonic waveforms produced by various instruments, including your own voice? We will start with an investigation of basic physics principles such as frequency and human hearing, and apply these ideas toward an examination of the waveforms produced by the various instruments. Though being a musician is not a requirement, students are encouraged to bring their own instruments with them if feasible. Time permitting, an exploration of the principles of electricity and magnetism involved in the operation of electric guitar pickups(!), microphones, loudspeakers and amplification could result in impromptu jam sessions.
Instructor: Mr. Joe Mehaffey
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

Science and The Law

Do you have a love for science, but also an interest in the world of law? Explore the intersection of these topics, along with potential law careers for those with a scientific background. In this course, you will research ethical and legal controversies surrounding cutting-edge discoveries. Become lawyers, witnesses, and jury members in interactive mock trial sessions, draft contracts, and review patents.  Explore the legal elements of crimes such as larceny, manslaughter, robbery, and evaluate the scientific evidence that can support a criminal conviction. Strengthen your analytical and logical reasoning ability and gain confidence in your writing and public speaking skills.  This is an introductory course which focuses on basic trial procedures, the structure of the legal system, rules of evidence, contracts, constitutional and technology law. It's ideal for anyone who has ever thought about a career in the law.
Instructor: Ms. Charlotte Lomnicki
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

Search for Life Out There: Astrobiology & Planetary Exploration

Are we alone in the universe? Until recently, this fundamental question about humanity's place in the cosmos was the province of philosophy or science fiction. The growing science of astrobiology seeks to turn science fiction into science research and answer it once and for all. Through a mixture of classroom learning and practical, hands-on experimentation, we will explore three main research areas in this new field: the search for habitable planets elsewhere in the universe, the study of so-called "extremophiles" on Earth, and the search for habitable zones and life elsewhere in the Solar System.
Instructor: Dr. Patricia Craig
Grade Level: Rising 9th & 10th

Sisterhood of Coders

Were you inspired by the women in the recent movie “Hidden Figures”?  Let’s face it, women have a lot to offer the technology world, we just need a chance to get started!  Join us for this “Ladies ONLY” session to learn the basics of computer programming.  Daily projects will include fun, interactive programs involving simple games and image analysis.  Basic constructs such as if-then statements, for and while loops, assignment statements, arrays, and input/output statements will be covered.  (Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of any of that—you’ll know what I’m talking about by the end of the week!) This is an introductory course and no previous programming experience is required—the only requirement is that you’re of the female persuasion!
Instructor: Dr. Kim Titus
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th – must be female

Tour of Engineering

Do you like to design cool things? Do you want to change the world? Then, come explore the world of engineering!!!  Discover the engineer within you by doing hands-on activities and learn about different types of engineering.  Improve problem solving and goal setting skills through team-building exercises, and self-assessments. Let’s change the world through engineering!
Instructor: Dr. Dimitra Michalaka
Grade Level: Rising 8th & 9th

What is the World Made Of?

Do you wonder what stuff is made of? I mean, what it is really made of? What is it about water that makes it boil when you heat it or freeze when you cool it? Why doesn’t antifreeze freeze … or does it? What makes slime turn into slime? We will perform experiments to explore the world of atoms and molecules and discover how those particles determine the properties of the world around them. Experiments will include freezing balloons with liquid nitrogen, measuring wavelengths (colors) of burning atoms, boiling water without heating it, and more.
Instructor: Dr. Gordon Brown
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

3D Design and Modeling

Have you ever wanted to Learn how to create objects using a computer-aided design (CAD) program that goes beyond what you can do in TinkerCad or Google Sketch-Up, and then 3D print them?  We will learn to design 3D objects, from simple to complex, through a combination of self-guided tutorials and projects.   Students need to be 13 years old by the beginning of the class in order to register for the free software that they will use.  No previous experience is required.
Instructor: Dr. Elaine Parshall
Grade Level: Rising 9th & 10th