GoSciTech Courses

Fun Courses, Top Notch Professors

Check out the courses from last summer below. Check here in February for the new course list.

Anthropology: The Study of Us

Why do humans look the way we do? How can a forensic anthropologist identify a person using only their skeletal remains? Are you curious about foods, languages, music, religions, clothing, and games from different cultures around the world? If so, this class is right for you! You will gain introductory knowledge in the field of anthropology as we investigate its four subfields: cultural, linguistic, archaeological, and biological. We will take a close look at archaeological and biological anthropology by surveying outdoor sites, examining real archaeologists’ tools, and even studying 3D models of human skulls to look at evolution!
Instructor: Dr. Kiley Molinari
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

Arduino Robotics: Build, Program, Compete

Have you ever wanted to build and program your own robot? What is the difference between a two-wheel differential and a three-wheel holonomic drive system? Using an Arduino Mega-compatible micro-controller, you will learn the basics of programming in C/C++ while working with electronic components. We will learn about different robotics concepts, construction techniques, and sensors to control the robot’s movement. By participating in competitions, you will be able to share knowledge with your classmates. And the best part? Your robot and sensors will go home with you!
Instructor: Dr. Dave Eslinger
Grade Level: Rising 9th & 10th

Astrophysics: Stars and Galaxies

Where do black holes come from? How do stars change over time? What really happened in the Big Bang? Using experiments and physical theories, we will develop a better understanding of stars, galaxies and the universe. You will collect data and use mathematical models to understand the laws governing our solar system and the stars and galaxies beyond. Our work will include investigations into spectroscopy, the measurement and classification of stars, the origin of black holes, the diversity of galaxies, and the Big Bang itself.
Instructor: Dr. Patrick Briggs
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

Augmented and Virtual Reality

How can we see the unseen? What do your favorite mobile games have to do with science? New and emerging technologies allow us to experience virtual objects and representations of the real world through augmented reality. Popular cell phone applications, like Pokémon Go, and virtual reality headsets are becoming more common as the real world and virtual world collide. Learn the basics of visualization as we use augmented and virtual reality to focus on scientific data and models that impact our daily lives. You will get hands-on experience viewing, building, and manipulating virtual objects as you gain a better understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, and physics.
Instructor: Dr. Kemper Talley & Mrs. Aliceann Talley
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

Build Your Own Computer

This course is currently full, we are not accepting more students for the waitlist.

Just what goes into making a computer? And how do they work? How can networks and information technology (IT) be used for game design or cryptocurrency mining? You will build a personal computer that you get to take home and discuss these topics and more! Learn web design using HTML, programming in CSS and JavaScript, the basics of cybersecurity, and explore the Internet of Things. Through hands-on projects, you will understand the different computing disciplines and develop introductory skills that could lead to a career in IT.
The class price includes the purchasing of a take-home computer kit.
Instructor: Mr. Travis Dalton
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

Codes and Cryptography

Have you ever wanted to send a secret message to your friends? How can we keep private information secure? You will examine coding theory in relation to transmitting and communicating data accurately, cryptography techniques for security, public-key systems, and many common ciphers. As a class, we will investigate modern-day applications that involve error-correcting codes like those used in barcodes, CDs, financial transactions and digital television.
Instructor: Dr. Gary Salazar
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

Destination SPACE

Have you always wanted to explore space? Join us in Destination SPACE to create your own robotic Rovers, weather satellites, and remote sensing stations to explore space. You will be introduced to weather, climatology, space weather, and satellite science and engineering. Students will build, test, and program their own mobile robotic Rovers and Weather Stations and then analyze and report the data they collect. Learn how families can launch their own Weather Station on a tethered weather balloon. Students are encouraged to visit the Destination SPACE, Inc. website for more information; https://www.destinationspace-stem.org/.
Instructor: Dr. L. DeWayne Cecil & Prof. Bob Twiggs
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

Don't Try This at Home!

Do you ever think about why fireworks explode? Are you curious about expanding your chemistry knowledge? Or maybe you want to understand exactly how invisible ink works? Level up your chemistry skills in this advanced chemistry course and learn how to do all of the things that your science teachers refused to let you try in class. After a thorough discussion of safety, we will get our hands on the chemical reactions behind fireworks, explosives, illusions, stink bombs, and more. And remember, these experiments are for the lab—Don’t Try This at Home!
An introductory understanding of chemistry is helpful but not required. This course is highly recommended for students with some chemistry background.
Instructor: Dr. Zachary Davis
Grade Level: Rising 9th & 10th

Electronics in Our World

Have you ever wondered how radios or computers work? How does an air conditioner keep your house at the right temperature? We will investigate the electronics that make our modern world possible. You will use an Arduino microcontroller to build circuits and control motors, light detectors, remote controls, and more! Plus, you will take your kit home to continue exploring the world of electronics!
Instructor: Dr. Eli Owens
Grade Level: Rising 8th & 9th

Engineering a Better Tomorrow

What does social media have to do with engineering? Who decides what merchandise we can see and purchase in a store? People buy all sorts of products, and those products were all designed and engineered by someone. We will explore how engineering and economics influence the development of products while you gain experience with hands-on design-and-build challenges. You will develop creative ideas and analyze online reviews to help design innovative improvements for an existing product. This class is perfect for anyone with an interest in engineering and data analysis!
Instructor: Dr. Rahul Renu & Dr. Smriti Bhargava
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

Everyday Chemistry

Do you love mixing stuff together to see what happens? What is happening when we use soap to wash our hands? We will investigate the chemistry of common materials used in our daily lives and perform hands-on experiments to study how they interact—and react—with each other! You will explore physical and chemical changes, separate the components of pen ink, and learn why some substances dissolve in water and others do not. You will even make golden alloys from pennies and synthesize colorful polymers.
Instructor: Dr. Enoch Adogla
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

Go for Launch!

How do rockets work? What common materials can be turned into rocket fuel? Learn about the physics of propulsion as we explore the world of aerospace engineering. You will design, build, and launch a variety of rockets using matches, air, water, and other fuel sources. We will have a blast seeing things rocket into the atmosphere!
Instructor: Dr. Anders Gårdestig
Grade Level: Rising 8th & 9th

Greatest Hits of Mathematics

Can we use mathematics to describe nature? How do mathematics make computer-animated movies possible? Can we really use mathematics to predict the outcome of sporting events and election results? Geometry and other mathematical concepts can help us understand everything from broccoli to computer graphics. You will discover strategies to fill out your NCAA bracket; investigate strange, stretchable shapes; gain insights into classical math problems; and more. Explore the greatest hits of mathematical ideas and leave camp with new insights and fresh perspectives on your daily life!
Instructor: Dr. Jeremiah Bartz
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

Photography: Where Art and Science Converge

Are you a creative scientist? Or a curious artist? Together, we will discover the “how” of photography by working with light-sensitive materials. You will combine historical photographic processes with modern digital techniques for one-of-a-kind prints. Whether you are an artist, scientist, or something in between, join us and learn how to make decisions that can transform your snapshots into memorable works of art.
Instructor: Mrs. Julie Mixon
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

Pre-Med: Anatomy & Physiology

Have you ever thought of becoming a doctor? By participating in animal dissections, you will discover the anatomy of various structures and conduct experiments to understand the physiology of the body. We will also investigate what happens when things go wrong in the human body and result in disease. Through this hands-on introduction to anatomy and physiology, you will learn the basics that all doctors must master.
Instructor: Dr. Shayna Wrighten
Grade Level: Rising 8th & 9th

Pre-Med: Biomedical Genetics

Why do we look like our parents, but also different? What is DNA and 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 look at how DNA is studied in scientific laboratories and how genetic information can be used by medical doctors. You will learn what DNA looks like, how it is inherited by offspring, and what can happen when a change, called a mutation, occurs.
Instructor: Dr. Barb Gordon
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: Rising 9th & 10th

 

Programmers of Tomorrow

Have you ever wanted to use computers to solve technical problems? Learn the basics of computer programming in this hands-on course! We will learn to read, run, and understand code in the Python programming language. Using STEM applications for basic programming structures, you will extend example codes to carry out new tasks and communicate your unique projects to your classmates. All coding materials will be hosted and run online, with no software installation required, giving everyone a project portfolio to take home and share.
Instructor: Dr. Brian Lane
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

Psychology: The Science of People

What exactly do psychologists do? How do humans grow, develop, and learn? We will investigate each of the main topics in psychology, including learning and behavior, neuropsychology, sensation and perception, memory and cognition, development, and personality. You will gain an introductory understanding of the field of psychology with an emphasis on applied skills in clinical, social, and developmental psychology. And completing your own hands-on research project will further deepen your understanding!
Instructor: Ms. Bethany Spencer
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

The Search for Life Out There: Astrobiology & Planetary Exploration

Are we alone in the universe? Until recently, this fundamental question about our place in the cosmos was only explored through philosophical discussion or works of science fiction. The growing science of astrobiology seeks to turn science fiction into science research. By combining classroom learning and hands-on experimentation, we will explore three main research areas: 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. Become an astrobiologist for a week and join us as we search for answers!
Instructor: Dr. Patricia Craig
Grade Level: Rising 9th & 10th

The Universe According to Symmetry

Is there really a language of mathematics? How can we make sense of our chaotic universe? Just how important is symmetry? Together, we will learn to recognize symmetrical patterns in the world around us. You will use symmetry to solve a Rubik’s cube and even step up your shoelace game. But don’t be fooled: these ideas lay the foundation for some of the most important mathematical developments of the last 100 years. The study of symmetry appears everywhere in science—from particle physics to quantum computing and protein folds!
Instructor: Dr. Henry Tucker
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th, & 10th