Carleton University

200 - Greek Mythology and Language

This course aims to explore the modern Greek language and its ties to ancient Greek mythology and to discuss several popular ancient Greek myths that include creation stories, transformations, heroes and heroines falling in love or defeating monsters.

Through several activities and games, and with the aid of visuals students will gain a basic knowledge of the sounds, writing and the meaning of some Greek words and phrases. They will gain an understanding of the different meanings of myths and their impact on the ancient Greek society and our modern world.

Planned activities include short dramatic performances to experience how the myths were enacted in the theatre and a field trip to the National Gallery to have the chance to see several mythological paintings from the Renaissance era to our modern times.

Instructor: Efharis Kostala & Andromachi Marinou-Bleeker
School or Department: Classics and Modern Languages
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

201 - Ten Great Mysteries from the History of Art

Art historians are like detectives. We search for clues until we figure out all there is about a work of art—who made it, how, when, and why. Who commissioned it? And how did it end up on a museum wall? Throughout the week, we will all don our detective hats and investigate some of the most enigmatic objects in the history of art. Who is Banksy? Was Picasso really an art thief? Why is Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi the most expensive artwork in the world? Using a combination of content-driven and inquiry-based learning strategies, we will search for clues both in the images themselves and the historical record in order to solve the mysteries surrounding them. We will explore how advanced imaging technologies are allowing scientists to reveal when an object was made, out of what materials, and what might be hiding underneath the surface! In addition to learning about capricious princesses and and their curious pets, trickster painters, impostor archaeologists, and sneaky thieves, we will also develop visual literacy and critical thinking skills through close looking, participatory visual analysis exercises, and writing activities. The course will include site visits to Ottawa art museums and galleries, where we will have the opportunity to discover, experience, and discuss work of art in person.

Instructor: Sophia Harrison Holmes
School or Department: School for Studies in Art and Culture: Art History
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

202 - Explore Outside! Hands on the Environment

Have you ever wondered how our lives are shaped by the world around us? Or have you found yourself trying to make sense of all the noise out there and questioned what is going on? Geography is the study of how humans interact with the environment, and this study focuses largely on understanding the space around us. This course is designed to get you thinking about how we interact with the physical and social environments, as well as their spatial patterns and the challenges that we face as a result of changes to these environments. In this course, you will be exposed to different aspects of geography, environmental studies, and geomatics through different outdoor and indoor hands-on activities and group discussions. Towards the end of the week you will have the chance to complete a group project where you will be able to delve deeper into one of the topics discussed during the course. By the end of the week, we will be able to pull together all of the ideas and topics discussed into a well-rounded understanding of the environment around us.

Instructor: Madelaine Bourdages & Lindsay Trottier
School or Department: Geography and Environmental Studies
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

203 - Brain, behavior, & beyond: Exploring the many branches of psychology

Are you interested in psychology and how psychologists think about and study the human mind and behavior? Psychology is such a huge topic with many unique and distinctive branches that look at questions and problems from a different perspective. Although each area has its own focus on psychological problems, all share a common goal to study and explain human thought and behavior. This course will introduce students to several different branches of psychology that have emerged to deal with specific subtopics within the study of the mind, brain, and behavior. Besides learning specific content about psychology, participants will be challenged with hands-on activities and take part in experiences like seminars, labs, discussion groups, touring the campus, learning to use the university library for research, and much more! This course will also give participants the opportunity to meet professors and students in the field of psychology, in areas of Health, Organizational, Developmental, Social/Personality, Forensic, and Cognitive psychology.

Instructor: Esther Briner
School or Department: Psychology
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

204 - Selfies, Vlogs, Twitter, & Blogs: Feminist Social Media for Social Change

We all know the stereotype: today’s youth are self-indulgent, consumer-driven, apathetic, social media zombies. But how much truth do these tropes really carry? And what about the socially conscious youth who are using feminist-inspired social media as a platform for social change? Some say we are entering a wave of cyber-feminism, where youth are creating virtual spaces to grapple with feminist ideals of social justice, equity, and human rights. In this course we’ll engage in the reclamation of social media by using it to raise awareness and combat inter-sectional oppression in our everyday lives. Using creative group activities and interactive multi-media projects, we’ll reboot problematic stereotypes about feminism, youth culture, and technology. Let’s take back the feminist selfie, zines, tweets, and tumblr pages to show how #youthculture can #changetheworld.

Trigger Warning: This course will touch on potentially sensitive issues like discrimination, inter-sectional oppression, and cyber-bullying.

Instructor: Melissa Conte
School or Department: Sociology and Anthropology
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

205 - Exploring the Wonders of Mental Health & Therapy

Are you interested in Psychology, Therapy, Counselling or Social Work? Is working in the mental health field something you are considering for the future? If so, this course is for you!

Mental health affects all of us, and there are a variety of ways we can address it both within our personal life and in a professional context. In this course, we will explore some of the main careers that address mental health including Psychology, Social Work, and Counselling, with a specialized focus on Psychotherapy. Students will have the opportunity to learn about some of the common clinical approaches used in practice, the challenges and rewards of these helping professions, and some of the key skills used in these fields. Students will also have the opportunity to examine mental health from a clinical perspective, explore some of the various ways in which mental health is addressed, and discover strategies to promote mental health in one’s own life, school and community.

The course will be led by a Registered Psychotherapist with over 5 years of experience in Career Counselling. As such, students will also have the opportunity to explore various career and educational paths within the mental health field. The course will consist of a combination of short lectures, and lots of experiential learning opportunities including reflection exercises, group activities, and the possibility to hear from Guest Speakers.

It’s important to note that some of the discussions and examples will be surrounding real-life mental health scenarios that can be found in a clinical setting, which may be sensitive or possibly triggering for some students. Examples of mental health issues will be used to convey the understanding of different therapeutic approaches, and how it’s addressed in different disciplines. Utmost care will be used to deliver information whilst providing overarching examples, but students are encouraged to take this into consideration upon registering.

Instructor: Aala Ridha
School or Department: Psychology
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

206 - 101 Questions about Linguistics and Speech Pathology

How do we learn languages? Does sign language have grammar? Does everyone have an accent? What can you do with a career in linguistics? Speech pathology? Why does a stroke impact our ability to speak? What happens in someone's brain when they slur? What can we do about it? And what is speech dyspraxia? If you are curious about these questions, this is the course for you. We will explore several topics in the fields of linguistics and speech pathology, including phonetics, communication disorders, and language and the brain.

Instructor: Amy Burlock & Lisa Valenta
School or Department: Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

207 - Believe it or Not! Your Brain and Illusions

Do you ever think your senses are playing a trick on you? The aim of this course is to look at how we process various pieces of information in our world, such as, depth, taste, smell, colour, art and sounds. We will use principles from cognitive science, specifically, sensation and perception to help us explain how we interact in our environment. This course will introduce you to experimental research at various levels of analysis, from individual cells, body parts, the brain and beyond. One part of this course will allow to see how magicians use misdirection and slight-of-hand to trick their audience. Another will demonstrate how some people "see" tastes or "hear" colours. By the end, you will have an understanding that we don't see things how they are, but rather how we are!

Instructor: Cathy Agyemang
School or Department: Institute of Cognitive Science
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

208 - Write by the River – Explore, reading, writing, travel, & life.

Part writing workshop, part creative inquiry into the possibilities of living, this course will take place in a window-lined room beside water, and occasionally, on the banks of the lovely Rideau River. Together we will learn skills to help you read and write poetry, short stories, novels, personal essays, articles, blogs, musical lyrics, travel, humour and memoir writing. Students will view a thought-provoking film, and write fun, stimulating writing exercises designed to unlock their great ideas and jumpstart their creative thinking. You will write a postcard story, and in groups of three write 3 chapter mini-novels. Shared in-class writing will be discussed and any previously written pieces you wish to bring along will also receive feedback and encouragement. You can look forward to a guest writer, homemade chocolate chip cookies, and other pleasant surprises.

Instructor: Richard Taylor
School or Department: English
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

209 - 5 Days in Russia

By the end of this mini-course, students will be able to participate in a basic conversation in Russian. They will learn how to present themselves, to talk about the weather, to count up to ten, to sing a song, to write in Cyrillic. Also, this course will briefly cover Russian history, culture, and politics.

Our classes will be interactive, with video and audio material. Moreover, we will learn about the culture by making crafts and dancing/singing and cooking.

Instructor: Sladjana Grmas
School or Department: Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

210 - It’s A Kid’s World: Exploring Social Development in Children

Have you ever wondered why children act in certain ways? This course will explore some of the factors that influence and shape who we are and how we connect with our social worlds. Why do some kids play alone and others play in groups? What are the differences between boys and girls, and where do these differences come from? How do family and friends affect our behaviours? How are the internet and technology affecting children’s social lives? In this course, we will learn some of the answers to these questions through games, activities, lectures, videos, and discussions. In addition to a general introduction to Psychology, specific topics that will be covered in this course include personality, gender, parenting, siblings, friendships, peer experiences, and social media. Come join us for a week of fun, learning, and self-discovery! This course is most appropriate for students in grades 8-9.

Instructor: Laura Ooi
School or Department: Psychology
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 9

211 - Philosophy and Science Fiction

This course introduces students to a range of themes in philosophy through the lens of science fiction. Students will be exposed to classic works of science fiction across a range of different media, including film, television, literature, and music. These will be used to illustrate key concepts, problems, and figures in the philosophical tradition.

Each day will revolve around one theme in philosophy. One feature-length film, television episode, or short film will be screened during each class and will serve to introduce the theme for the day. It will then be related to key theories in contemporary philosophy, as well as to other works of science fiction exploring similar themes. Students will be encouraged to think critically about the material seen in class by engaging in discussion, debate, and completing various in-class activities.

Philosophical themes discussed may include questions pertaining to selfhood and personal identity, the nature of the mind, freedom of will, knowledge of the external world, the nature of the good life and the organization of a just society. No prior knowledge of either the philosophical tradition or the science fiction genre is required.

Instructor: Philippe-Antoine Hoyeck
School or Department: Philosophy
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

212 - Introduction to Book Arts

Using letterpress printing, bookbinding, paper decoration and scribal techniques, students will learn through actual experience the historical practice of the book arts, and in creating their own book arts, understand its continued relevance. The course will take place in the new Carleton University Book Arts Lab (CUBAL) in the heart of the main floor of MacOdrum Library. There, students will have access to early printing technology, presses, and equipment invoking principles used for millennia to produce books.

Instructor: Larry Thompson
School or Department: MacOdrum Library
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

213 - Build your own language! The basics of language construction

This course will teach you the basics of conlanging, the art of constructing your own language! We will be looking at some famous examples, such as Elvish, Klingon and Esperanto, for inspiration and explore useful tools for creating new words and sentence structures. Each participant will start constructing their own language during this mini-course. After the course is complete, you will have all the tools you need to keep going and fully develop your own unique language!

Instructor: Jackson Mitchell
School or Department: Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

214 - Ride the Korean Wave! Learn and improve your Korean knowledge in 5 days

Korean culture such as music, movies and food has gained popularity all around the globe in recent years. Even the word, “Hallyu” (Korean wave), was created to describe such phenomenon. Are you a fan of K-pop or K-drama? Do you love delicious Korean food like bulgogi and tteokbokki? Would you want to visit, or even live in Korea in the future? If so, you should learn and improve your Korean language and cultural knowledge by taking this informative course! In this crash course on Korean language, you will learn not only to read and write Hangul, the Korean alphabet, but also learn to use various expressions in everyday life situations. In addition, this course will offer opportunities for you to enjoy various Korean recreational activities such as yutnori, jegichagi, and calligraphy. By the end of the week, you will be able to give a short presentation in Korean, and also be much more informed about Korean language and culture.

Instructor: Kyong Ho Kim
School or Department: School of Linguistics and Language Studies
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

215 - Decoding Shakespeare, from Page to Stage

Calling all drama students! Explore scripts as windows to the world of performance. Focusing on the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, we'll discover what lies coded in their words. We'll explore folio scripts as keys to blocking, music, and fight choreography (with hands-on workshops!). We'll learn what scripts can tell us about the actors, and how they played with their audiences and with each other. We'll try out an acting company's devising process, learning about commedia dell' arte, improvisation, and repertory production. We'll also explore the effects of performances, learning about how audiences, the church, and the government reacted to plays. The week will culminate in a performance showcase.

Instructor: Kate Jordan
School or Department: History
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

216 - Building AI

Extracurricular participation in STEM is a strong predictor of persistence and success in STEM fields through middle/high school education, and beyond.This course aims to introduce students to the core concepts of artificial intelligence through a set of simple lectures and workshops. The course will be structured around introducing students to some of the prevailing theories in artificial intelligence such as supervised learning algorithms and neural networks. Students will then be guided through a complementary series of Python and Scratch tutorials that will have them implementing different types of machine learning algorithms. The hope is by providing students with the opportunity to learn and apply AI concepts, they will feel emboldened to actively pursue STEM fields in their future educational pursuits.

By the end of the week students should be well versed in the core concepts of AI design. Given a simple data set, students will be able to construct, train and implement a classification algorithm and they will be able to use machine learning to answer conceptual questions about the data. Students will also leave the class with improved programming skills and plenty of practice implementing their visions with Scratch and Python. While students should be comfortable with basic algebra and graphing before starting this course, they will improve in these skills as well. Upon completion of this course students should feel comfortable and confident applying AI and machine learning concepts to any and all domains they are interested in.

Instructor: Maria Vorobeva
School or Department: Institute of Cognitive Science
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

217 - One Minute to Midnight: Cold War Close Calls

No Fighting in the War Room!

This course will discuss some of the critical close calls of the Cold War and examine their causes and effects. Therefore, this course will deal with sensitive topics, such as World Wars, the effects of radiation, propaganda, and jingoism. Students will be exposed to the gravity of the Cold War situation through historical media, roleplay, and modern recollections.
The course will progress with chronological and narrative fashion starting with basic Cold War background and ending with a brief seminar on surviving Cold War arsenals and doctrines. The first day will be dedicated to introductions, laying the groundwork of the Cold War, the development of Atomic weaponry, and Operation Unthinkable. Day two will focus on the early Cold War, McCarthyism, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Dr. Strangelove will round out the day. Day three will feature the development of accurate intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), and the use of the Nukemap program by the class to highlight the capability of the arms in question. Operation Able Archer will be the end of the world scenario of Day three. Day four will cover dead-hand systems and nuclear command and control. Calling back to Dr.Strangelove a group playthrough of DEFCON or a similar roleplay module will put students in the position of chief political and military officers during a nuclear escalation. The final day will seek to investigate the memory of the Cold War and will highlight the survival of many Cold War concepts in modern strategic thinking. Students will be asked to complete a short reflective paper in order to judge the successfulness of course objectives.

Instructor: Ezra Beudot
School or Department: History
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

219 - Pass the Popcorn; Music at the Movie

John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Michael Giacchino—the names of composers for the Harry Potter series, the Star Wars franchise, the Dark Knight trilogy, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy are as familiar as those of the directors they work for, yet few people know how they create movie magic. This course explores the world of composing for film by examining soundtracks and composers for some of the biggest movies of the last decade. We’ll answer questions like: How do they compose? How and when is music added to the movie? Why does the film’s soundtrack have such an impact on audiences? If you can’t read music, that’s no problem: our course bases itself on hearing (and seeing) movies, not following scores.

Instructor: James Deaville
School or Department: School for Studies in Art and Culture: Music
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

221 - Structure Of Building Future

This course will use fun, interactive activities, related to the Civil Engineering field, in order to challenge the students creative engineering minds.

In the workshop, students will learn about different strengths of materials and how to plan, and design a town. Students will visit some of Carleton’s Engineering Labs where they will learn how they run and what instruments are used in them. The learning will continue off-campus with a planned trip to a nearby construction site.

Interactive sessions will allow students to discuss what they learned during the hands on workshops and how their interests and experiences could relate to their future goals including post-secondary school options. This will also include interactive video sessions and informative videos about carrier paths.

Instructor: Dixita Sawant
School or Department: Civil Engineering
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

222 - Biomedical Engineering: Crossroads of Medicine & Engineering

Technology is continually changing and growing. When it comes to new medical gadgets, biomedical engineers are on the forefront of development, helping to improve existing equipment and create new devices. Biomedical engineers apply their knowledge of science and math to medical problems to come up with exciting and innovative solutions. Learn what goes in to designing artificial organs and joints, predicting heart attacks before they happen, or using your eyeballs to control computers. These are the types of things that biomedical engineers help make possible. This course will focus on the types of tools that biomedical engineers use on a daily basis and allow for hands on experience measuring and manipulating biological signals. Students will get to tour the Biomed labs, experiment with the equipment and record their own biosignals and vital signs.

Instructor: Emma Farago
School or Department: Systems and Computer Engineering
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

223 - Nano, Small in Size Big in action!

The course provides an interesting introduction to nanotechnology in a simple word for high school students. In this course, we will discuss the scale and types of nanomaterial, characterization tools, synthesis methods and application of nanomaterial by using chemistry, physics and math at a high school level. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the unique and amazing properties of nanoscale material and devices without any previous knowledge of the field. The outlines of the course are:

- Background and history of nanoscience,
- How big is nano?
- Smaller is stronger!
- How to build it, how to see it.
- Let’s go green with nano.
- Guess what happens next!

Instructor: Seyed Esmaeil Mahdavi Ardakani
School or Department: School of Information Technology
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

224 - Crafting E-Textiles and Smart Clothing

E-textiles and having electronics in your clothes might sound like science-fiction but are actually a fun and easy way to learn all about electricity and building sensors. E-textiles combine learning craft techniques (such as sewing, weaving, knitting and crocheting) with the added excitement of making a circuit work.

In these introductory workshops individuals will learn all about soft circuits and get the chance to make their own. These workshops will cover the basics of sewing with conductive thread, how to build your circuit, and sewing tools and techniques you can use to put everything together. Participants will also build off their new-found knowledge of soft circuits and start building interactive projects with soft sensors. Workshop participants will learn how to make soft sensors that can detect touch, stretch, and movement.

No prior knowledge of electronics or sewing is required for these workshops.

Instructor: Lee Jones
School or Department: School of Information Technology
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

225 - 100 Million Degrees Celsius, Fusion, and Building (your own) Star in a Bottle

This course is designed to spark the curiosity of high school students (gr. 9+) in green energy, advanced STEM work, and scientific exploration. In this mini-course, students will build their own fusors; a simple, but functional fusion experiment, while learning about the basics of plasma science, the nucleus, fusion, and its potential for green power generation as well as design and construction of experimental apparati. This course has three specific goals:

1. To introduce the students to, and give them a level-appropriate taste of, work in a in a field that typically takes at least an undergraduate degree to gain experience in.

2. To inspire students to change the way they might think about scientific experiments, apparati, research, and their abilities by taking something that seems daunting and inaccessible, and making it manageable and attainable.

3. To provide an opportunity to explore an avenue of green energy solutions at the cutting edge of technology with the potential to change the way we view power generation.

Students will be provided the equipment required to build a micro fusor and will be given an intuitive introduction to fusion, plasma science, and its current and potential applications. Building the fusor chamber gives students context to better understand the theory they are learning, while keeping them engaged with hands on work that is progressing towards a defined goal.

Instructor: Aaron English
School or Department: Department of Engineering/Electronics
Grades: Min: 9 - Max: 11

226 - Designing interactive GUIs and NUIs

Have you ever felt frustrated while using your computer? For example, the icons are too small or the menu options don’t make sense? In this workshop, you will learn how to design usable and interactive graphical user interfaces (GUIs) and natural user interfaces (NUIs) using research-based methods. Applying design principles such as colours, symbols, patterns, and metaphors, you will learn how to design engaging user-interfaces and how to evaluate them. In teams, we will build prototypes using both paper and computer software. We will also explore the difference between designing for a wide range of users (e.g.: children and the elderly) and platforms (e.g., mobile vs. desktop applications).

Instructor: Gerry Chan
School or Department: School of Information Technology
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

227 - Think it, Model it, Print it!

The purpose of this course is to introduce students how to rapid prototype and learn the benefits of it in a design process. The classes will be taught in 3 stages:

1. Think it
Start your design with low fidelity tools like sketching, using basic tools (glue sticks, construction paper, pipe cleaners, arts and crafts tools, etc. This part of the course is mainly used to teach the students the importance of idea exploration through quick model making and sketching.

2. Model it
Students will learn the very basics of geometry in CAD and how to take the ideas explored in the first stage a model them. Computers will be needed for this part of the course.

3. Print it
Students will learn the fundamentals of 3D printing, this will include, types of 3D printing (FDM SLS & SLA), 3D printing modeling tools, introduction to different types of software used, alternates to 3D printing (CNC, foam modeling, laser cutting), 3D scanning and more! Students will take the models they made and actually get to print them!

Rapid prototyping is an essential tool used across disciplines and can be very beneficial for the student in their later years. The School of Industrial Design has numerous 3D printers that can be used; this course may also spark interest in the program.

Instructor: Ruzbeh Irani
School or Department: Industrial Design
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

228 - Guns & Lipgloss: Masculinity, Feminism and Pop Culture

Feminism isn’t a dirty word anymore! Even celebrities like Beyoncé, Emma Watson, and Mark Ruffalo are taking back the label. Yet, though these discussions are largely positive, they often sideline men and boys. This course will look at how popular culture shapes the way we understand what is “normal” in society. Each day we will cover a specific form of popular culture, including: social media, movies, television, music and video games. Students will work in groups toward making a creative final project that will allow them to talk back to dominant gender norms in society. This project can take the form of a song, music video, short script, skit or video, blog or social media page, etc.

Please note that this course will look at sensitive subjects. This includes, but is not limited to, discussions of sex and sexuality, gender, race, and violence. Giving students the tools to discuss these sensitive subjects in an honest and respectful way is our number one priority.

Instructor: Noah Schwartz & Amanda Roberts
School or Department: Political Science
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

229 - Thinking With Food (Conversations in Contemporary Food Studies)

The aim of this course is to demonstrate the rich conversations and learning that comes through thinking with food. The field of food studies is less concerned with food itself but rather the ways that food shapes personal and collective identities of race, gender, class and nation and the dynamics of global food systems. Food studies are inherently multidisciplinary, as a diverse number of disciplines use food as a lens to analyse complex systems, issues and change in our lives. By drawing on several approaches in contemporary food studies, students in this mini course will be able to explore food in relation to culture and identity; commodity production and labour; climate change; colonialism and resurgence. Each lesson will draw from a different discipline’s approach to the study of food including sociology/anthropology, human geography, political ecology/economy, Indigenous studies and will be complemented by food-centred multimedia including documentary, podcast, storytelling and social media. The tentative themes include:

- Food as a site through which cultural identity and expression can be explored
- Food justice as a means of understanding commodity production and labour
- Food systems in world of changing climate
- Food and sociopolitical processes of change

The nature of thinking with food challenges us to think beyond the importance of food as part of our daily sustenance – but since everybody eats, the study of food invites students to consider the multiple ways that we are all connected. Students will also be encouraged to reflect on their own relations to food as we move through each lesson. These reflections could take shape in their own food memories, favourites, rituals or recipes, and we will assemble them into a collaborative cookbook towards the end of the course.

Any dietary restrictions/allergies should be described during registration.

Instructor: Molly Stollmeyer
School or Department: Political Economy
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

230 - Robots, Pirates, and LeBron James: A Course in Economics

Will robots take over the world? Does LeBron James make too much money? And how on earth could pirates have been so sadistic??

All these questions and more will be answered for students as they learn the basic tools of the economist. One of the core assumptions in economics is the people aren’t stupid and they don’t act randomly. Instead, we believe that people try and make the best choices they can given their beliefs and constraints -- humans are fallible but capable. Therefore, if someone is doing something that seems bonkers at first glance, we want to look deeper and try and find hidden motivations and incentive structures that might justify such behaviour.

Often economic classes end up trying to teach this with a bunch of equations and graphs, and it can be quite dry if derivatives are not your thing. But it need not be this way. And so, throwing away the calculus in favour of classroom experiments, retelling of bizarre historic events, and YouTube videos, students in this class will learn of the significance of incentives in human activity and the importance of economics in everyday life.

The plan for this course is to start each day with a question seemingly unrelated to economics (like the ones at the beginning of this outline). However, through thinking about these questions and through discussion, students will be guided to towards more traditional economic questions such as how prices are formed in a market, how (and if) the tragedy of the commons can be avoided, and why well intended policies can have unintended results.

Instructor: Casey Pender
School or Department: Economics
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

231 - From Me to We: Social Change using Public Relations

If you loved the 'Me to We' movement on 'We Day’ back in November then this course is your next stop! What to do with all those good vibes is to now make the social change in the world that you want to see! Take this mini-course and learn hands-on how to do it… In this public relations workshop course, you will learn fast how advertising and public perception and ’spin' can make positive social changes happen in the world, raise money for needed cures and make corporations accountable. Using the same techniques as used in negative public relations, students in groups will choose a cause they care about and design a plan to help them using research, public relations and presenting. Students will learn how to make a social impact immediately and will dive into how stakeholder research generates the same buying powers to help sell ideas along with products like Red Bull, Occupy-Wall Street, cancer research and iPhones. Students will learn public speaking and pitch presentations, skills to apply right away to be on boards of charities, advise causes and raise much-needed awareness and funds for a cause that matters to them in their lives outside of this week-long course. Previous students have gone on to the Mayors Council, started their own charity, been invited into the Prime Minister’s Youth Advisory Council and become Youth Directors on charitable boards.

Instructor: Karen Keskinen
School or Department: Journalism and Communications
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

232 - What’s So Social About Social Media?

Hate making phone calls, but love sending snaps? This course will explore how social media both expand and complicate the ways in which we communicate with each other in our everyday lives. Together, we’ll look at how and why we use social sharing platforms such as Instagram, Tumblr, Snapchat, Twitch, TikTok, and YouTube, and how using these platforms make us feel. By documenting and critically reflecting on own personal social media habits through journaling, group discussions and creative activities, we’ll be able to tackle bigger questions like: How do social media platforms help people living oceans apart form real friendships and communities? Why might we feel more nervous talking to people face-to-face versus texting them? Do photo/video-based social media platforms pressure us to perform in front of the camera? And is it 'anti-social' to spend hours watching gaming live streams, kitten cams and unboxing videos?

Instructor: Alyssa Tremblay
School or Department: Journalism and Communications
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

233 - Fighting for Change – An Introduction to Controversial Politics

Do you get mad when people make fun of feminism? Do you think the less fortunate deserve more? Do you think we should be doing more to stop climate change? Are you upset that you are forced to learn calculus but are not given a chance to learn about reality? This class is for you.

Come join us and learn about these social issues exist, why they are important and how you make a change. In this course, we will discuss topics like why some people are rich while others are poor, why feminists don’t care if people don’t like them, and why some people don’t care about climate change.

For the first half of the course, we will develop a theoretical basis for understanding these issues by having thoughtful discussions, debates and lectures. We will explore the ideas developed by influential thinkers such as, Karl Marx, Milton Friedman, Asef Bayat and Kimberle Crenshaw. As students learn, they will question they will be pushed to develop their own perspective as they defend and argue for their view in group debates.

For the second half of the course, everyone will be required to pick a cause they identify with and apply the methods of protest they’ve learned from the first half. They will learn about historical and contemporary social movements as well as how to make their own protest posters concerning their cause.

The course will conclude with a mock-protest with students presenting the posters, slogans, and causes they support.

Instructor: Tz Ann Ho
School or Department: Political Economy
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

234 - Fighting Fake News. Introduction to Media Literacy

The course is aimed at preparing to counteract disinformation, which is designed to disseminate discord to manipulate public opinion, thereby putting the Western democracies at risk.

Democracy requires an informed citizenry with critical thinking. However, the informed discourse upon which a functioning democracy depends is being increasingly destroyed by disinformation. It spreads quickly due to the modern technologies of news consumption sidelining the legacy media and creating infamous echo chambers, as ordinary people are fairly prone to false statements confirming their desires and beliefs.

It is a mistake to think that "alternative facts" are resulted exclusively from the malign activity of foreign actors, as it was in the case of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. The unfortunate reality is more complicated. Fake news spread online increasingly by domestic forces, as the recent findings have shown. Based on the case studies examined during the EU Parliamentary Elections and provincial vote in Alberta, the G7 Rapid Response Mechanism did not find any evidence of foreign interference. What they did observe, though, were some national actors who were disseminating material using tactics that were similar to those used by foreign adversaries.

Therefore, building immunity to fake news has become a matter of the utmost importance for Western democracies. It requires teaching media literacy, especially among younger students. It was underscored during the hearings in the Senate of Canada in December 2018 that content on social media platforms, unfiltered by professionals as opposed to traditional media, can hurt children. According to the study from Stanford University, more than 80% of middle school students are not capable of distinguishing a news story from a fake.

Instructor: Denis Dyomkin (Demkin)
School or Department: Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

235 - Behind the Trend: Criminology and True Crime

True crime isn’t a new phenomenon, but the recent surge in the popularity of podcasts and new media in this genre has people talking about it more than ever before. This course is aimed primarily at students with an interest in true crime, as well as those interested in media or research related to crime more generally. The goal of the course is to use true crime media and infamous cases to introduce students to foundational theories in criminology, allowing them to become more informed and critical consumers of true crime and potentially piquing their interest in criminology as an area of study.

The course would be made up of a mix of multimedia presentations, discussion, group projects, and a field trip. Themes include:

1) What is true crime?
-Why is true crime so popular today?
-How does true crime shape public perception/fear of crime?
-True crime classics
-Ethics and the question of voyeurism
-How does true crime interact with criminology?

2) Nature vs. nurture: what causes individuals to commit crimes? (Individual difference theories)

3) Structural determinants of crime (conflict and strain theories)

4) History of crime and classical criminology

5) The legal and carceral systems: what does true crime media overlook?

Each theme will be supported with interactive activities related to a different true crime case, and students will also have the opportunity to present cases they find interesting. The intention is to allow students to learn about criminology through their own special interests.

Instructor: Janna Bryson
School or Department: Political Economy
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

238 - Forced Migration in Global Politics: Humanitarianism, Security, or Development?

This course seeks to provide students with the tools, vocabulary, and context required in order to critically engage with popular characterizations of forced migration. This course will introduce students to core concepts and ideas in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies as well as Global Politics.

Through a series of curated case-studies, students will learn about the diverse experiences of refugees in a global context, as well as the political challenges countries may face when hosting large refugee populations, or when working to resettle refugees internationally. Students will become familiar with the roles of key organizations providing services and protection to refugees, with this knowledge students will be better equipped to understand the issues they are confronted with in popular media representations of forced migration. Mini activities at the end of each case-study unit will provide students the opportunity to critically examine media representations of refugees and forced migration in that case. Students will be encouraged to think about what the goals of the piece are, and what might be deliberately included or excluded.

Students will participate in an in-class simulation that will provide them the opportunity to put knowledge into practice, while gaining an understanding of the complexities faced by national and international actors when responding to international emergencies.

At the end of the course, students will be given the opportunity to discuss the issues they have been learning about and gain a deeper appreciation for the material with a (digital) guest speaker (TBD) from the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya.

Some of the content of this course may be sensitive in nature.

Instructor: Blake Barkley
School or Department: Political Science
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

239 - Hackers: Power and Prestige, Pranks and Pwnz

Who gets to be a hacker and who gets hacked? Are hackers powerful, technologically enhanced superhumans or are they shy, socially awkward geeks who hang out in their basements? This course takes a critical look at popular representations of hackers in the news and in fiction. Students will learn how to consider the role hackers play in society through a variety of lenses including class, gender, race, ability, and social activism. Looking at news coverage of infamous hacker groups like Anonymous as well as popular depictions of hackers in comic books, TV shows and movies, we will explore how we tend to imagine hacking, hackers, and their effects on society.

Instructor: Seonaid Watson
School or Department: Communications
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

240 - So you want to be a Dictator? Five Lessons for the Power-Hungry

Have you every wondered how someone like Stalin came to power, or why anyone took Mussolini seriously? Have you ever seen a picture of Kim Jong Un and thought to yourself: “I bet I could do better than him”?
If so, this is the class for you. Over five days, you’ll learn how and why dictators come to power, keep power, and how people have tried (successfully or not) to overthrow them and start democracies. We’ll be covering a broad range of topics, from propaganda to speechmaking, law, psychology, and good old-fashioned corruption.
In order to help you learn the mechanics of tyranny, you will be invited to use what you’ve learned to become (and stay as) the dictator of the class. But be careful: your classmates will be learning the exact same lessons as you, and they will be equally excited to get a taste of your power.

Instructor: Jonathan Banks
School or Department: Political Science
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

241 - Mathematical Biology

An introduction to the mathematical, statistical, and computational methods found in biology. This course will survey concepts such as combinatorial design theory, cellular automata, predator-prey equations, population dynamics, game theory, graph theory, and statistical methods which have been used to address biological questions.

The primary learning outcome will be garnering an appreciation for the abstract structures used in science. Especially in modern science, where programming, mathematics, and informed statistics are becoming increasingly valuable for our understanding and establishing a career as a young scientist. Secondary learning outcomes would be a general understanding of each of the concepts covered in the course.

Combinatorial designs can provide constructions useful for experimental design. For example Latin squares and Graeco-Latin Squares, which are examples of fractional factorial designs. While some of the mathematics behind these designs can be quite difficult, there are mathematical and biological concepts which are accessible to a less-experienced audience. In general, their construction, utility, and short-comings.

Game theory is often used to explain behavior. The canonical example being the Prisoner's Dilemma. Learning from simple examples, we can extend to biological examples found in the literature and grasp their applicability (Recently, game theory was used to considerably extend the life of patients with prostate cancer). Two of the main topics covered will likely be the Nash Equilibrium and evolutionary stable strategies.

Graph theory can be very visual and has some intuitive and fun concepts. I previously conducted research on how graph theory can be used to measure diversity – often a less naive measurement than some of the simpler methods currently in use. There are also applications in conservation biology and network theory, which I would briefly cover.

Cellular automata, predator-prey equations, population dynamics, and 'statistical methods' are all great examples to introduce a programming aspect to the course. Expounding on statistical methods, I would initially introduce concepts as simple as mean, mode, median, eventually leading to regression, possibly a simple machine learning example (e.g. which characteristics of a mushroom determine whether it is poisonous or not, using a random forest) and/or examples of probability used in genetics. Students would be given a brief introduction to the mathematics, rationale, and have access to sample programs - of which they will be able to manipulate.

This course will have a small project where students write a program, under my mentorship, addressing some form of biological question. For example, in class we might play a game to emulate an evolutionary concept. The students might then be expected to write a program emulating that same game.

Instructor: Winston Campeau
School or Department: Biology
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

242 - Teach your Computer to Paint

This is a course that can be taken by anyone with an interest in art or an interest in computers. In this course, we will learn how to make digital drawings, paintings and animations by programming within the Processing environment. Processing is a free interactive system specially created for digital artists -- artists can work inside it to get some computer help in making animations, graphics, and even artificial life. The course will include lots of hands-on practice where participants can experiment with writing their own computer programs to make computer art, animations or games.

Instructor: Jason Hinek
School or Department: Computer Science
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

243 - Out of This World Physics

What does it mean to be a physicist? Come and learn about the current groundbreaking research happening right here in Ottawa at the Carleton University Physics Department. During this hands-on course, you will be able to recreate some of the most famous physics experiments in history. You will have the chance to make your own hologram, levitate a superconductor, and learn about what stars are made of and how they die. You will also visit real research labs and the astronomical observatory on campus.

Join us in discovering how “out of this world” physics is being done!

Instructor: Tamara Rozina & Maria Paula Rozo Martinez
School or Department: Physics
Grades: Min: 9 - Max: 11

245 - An introduction to human health and disease

Issues impacting our health are all around us. Some impact us immediately, some will have longer term affects later in life. But what is health? What is a disease? How does it relate to us and our environment? Is there anything we can do to change it?

This mini-enrichment course is for grade 8-11 students who are interested in these questions. The course will be an introduction to what comprises a healthy body and mind, and what leads to illness and disease. Health and illness will be considered from an interdisciplinary perspective, including biomedical, psychosocial and environmental aspects. We will introduce students to causes and underlying biological mechanisms driving the development of various human diseases in infants, children, adults and the elderly. This course will also include a basic understanding of the human immune system in the context of infection, inflammation and autoimmunity. The students will learn about pathogenic microorganisms such as viruses, fungi and bacteria and their interaction with host defense systems and strategies. The course will include workshops, group discussions and simple biological experiments to help the students with the understanding of these basic concepts.

Instructor: Martin Holcik & Edana Cassol
School or Department: Health Sciences
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

246 - Satellites, Science, and #scicomm

Science pervades every corner of our lives. Indeed, the systematic process of using inquiry to develop and test hypotheses has led to key technological and medical breakthroughs as well as important discoveries about the way the world works. There are a variety of fields – also known as disciplines – within the umbrella of science and yet scientists so often rarely venture outside their field of expertise.

The scientists of the future, however, will be required to leave the comfort of their chosen discipline and collaborate with researchers in other fields, communicate with a range of stakeholder groups, and incorporate different types of knowledge when addressing any given science topic. This is called “Interdisciplinary Science.”

Students enrolled in “Satellites, Science and #scicomm” will take a hands-on approach to explore core principles of interdisciplinary science, the role of science in society, and best practices for communicating science to diverse audiences. This course will involve field trips (e.g., NRCan satellite station), in-class discussions, debates, and practical application of science communication skills.

Instructor: Sean Landsman & Vivian Nguyen
School or Department: Institute of Environmental and Interdisciplinary Science
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

247 - Games and Tournaments in Math!

A week of games and tournaments in math! Come test your problem solving and pattern recognition with fun puzzles. Students will work in teams and individually to solve classic brain teasers and open real-world problems.

Discrete mathematics has important applications across a wide variety of fields. For example, solving puzzles, designing experiments, and software testing. It will allow students to better understand how to create puzzles, like Sudoku, Kenken, and Kakoru. It will also encourage abstract thinking. We will compare several types of discrete structures and emphasize that adding and removing restrictions can really change a question.

Topics for this course will include:
-Set Notation: Sets, subsets, union, intersection, Venn Diagrams
-Counting: addition principle, pigeonhole principle, 3 friends and 3 strangers, multiplication principle, binomial numbers, four types of counting, binomial theorem, and Sieve Principle
-Designs: BIBD, the Fano Plane, incidence matrix, compliments, necessary conditions of existence, symmetric designs, derived and residual designs
-Orthogonal Arrays (OA)
-Latin Squares
-Transversal Designs (TD): creating tournament brackets, Sudoku
-Graphs: constructions, modeling equivalencies
-Relating the above topics.

We will go over definitions and examples. We will have some more difficult questions that will be proposed during the sessions. The following session we will take up solutions to these problems. There will be lots of group activities to emphasis the different ways to enumerate(count) problems. When we reach orthogonal arrays, we will ask the class to try and set up tournament brackets and then use them to solve other problems. We also plan on generating a sudoku puzzle.

Instructor: Amanda Chafee & Kirsten Nelson
School or Department: School of Mathematics and Statistics
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

248 - How do Netflix recommendations work? A hands-on Introduction to Machine Learning

You reach for your phone and say, "Hey Siri, give me walking directions to Carleton University." Your phone begins navigation, and you notice that you're going to be late if you walk. Frustrated, you order an Uber. Your phone tells you that your ride will be here in 6 minutes, and that rates are a little higher than normal at the moment. You put your AirPods in, open Spotify, tap your "Discover Weekly" recommended playlist, scroll through social media, and wait for your ride. All is well until your music is abruptly interrupted by a pesky ad - "Try the McPicks Meal today for only $5 plus tax." Hmm, that's odd - didn't you JUST see an Instagram ad for McDonald's?

Machine learning is all around us. In this workshop, students will receive a high-level overview of common machine learning techniques through a hands-on approach. For example, students will have the opportunity to create and use their own binary classifiers, and will perform sentiment analysis on media of their choice.

No previous programming experience or knowledge surrounding machine learning is required.

Instructor: Melissa Van Bussel
School or Department: School of Mathematics and Statistics
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

249 - Adventures in Mathematics, Probability, Statistics: Explore their Connection to games, Rubik’s Cube Solution, Art, and Election Polling

In this course, we will take you on a ride to explore the connections that dice, regular solids, cards, M&Ms candies, election polling, Rubik's cube, and health have with mathematics, statistics, and probability. From designing your own casino game and running it in a "Casino" afternoon to solving the Rubik's cube, you are guaranteed an experience you will never forget!

Instructor: Ahmed Almaskut
School or Department: School of Mathematics and Statistics
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

250 - Programming Artificial Life

You may be surprised to learn how mathematics, physics, and computer science together can help us to display almost every phenomenon in the living world; the movement of two bacteria, the growth of a tree, and a diving hawk can be generated artificially. In this course, you will learn how to program in the Processing environment, which is a flexible language for learning how to code within the context of the visual arts. It's popular among artists and other people who are not programmers, yet want to make simple animations and graphics. You will learn the basic instructions of this language and you will see how you can give life to objects that can move and interact with each other.

Instructor: Rosa Azami
School or Department: Computer Science
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

251 - Bootstrap 4, From zero to hero

Bootstrap is an open-source project which initially designed and developed by Twitter. This front-end framework uses several technologies like HTML, CSS, and jQuery to help designers create responsive, mobile-ready, and cross-browser compatible websites. Bootstrap is easy to implement and substantially reduces the design time. To use this framework, designers or developers only need to remember some keywords to apply the bootstrap features to their code!

After this course, you will be able to install Bootstrap and use the pre-compiled CSS file in your new or existing project. Additionally, you will learn about the basic styles that normalize the web content on different platforms and browsers. Also, you will explore Bootstrap’s responsive 12-column grid system and how it can help you achieve an appealing layout with minimal effort. The course will also cover the flexbox grid system which enables you to build almost any designs possible.

Additionally, the course touches upon various other aspects of Bootstrap, including navigation, typography, buttons, images, tables, and forms components. Finally, the course will explore quick ways of adding a theme to a current project using Bootstrap 4.

Instructor: Seyed Ali Mirazimzadeh
School or Department: Human-Computer Interaction
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

252 - Pretty Code: Programming Interfaces that Work for People

Do you get frustrated with poorly made programs that you can't figure out or that behave in weird ways? This course dives into programming (Java or Android development) and introduces students to fundamental programming ideas such as object-oriented design, modular code, and model-view-controller design patterns. We will also potentially explore the use of Scratch (a visual programming language) if students are novel programmers.

However, the main drive will be a week long project where students come up with an user interface idea, design it in teams, iteratively implement, design and test (with lots of help), and then have their classmates test the software the end of the week. This involves discussions about human-factors, programming best practices, iterative design, and group work.

Instructor: David Sprague
School or Department: School of Information Science
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

253 - Turning microbes to gold

In this environmentally friendly course, we will discuss the advances in environmental and industrial biotechnology, and the use of microorganisms as little workers to convert our waste and raw products to useful materials. We will learn how these microorganisms are used as little miners in gold mines. We will talk about recent approaches in biotechnology to remedy the accumulation of biological wastes and pollutants. We will talk about many examples of how bioremediation technology is used to restore toxic mines and clean crude oil spills. We will also talk about GMOs and argue the main concerns about global warming and recent solutions. In our last session, we will talk about an exciting new science called astrobiology and we will use our imagination and creativity combined with recent technology that we learned to propose new solutions to keep our planet clean.

Instructor: Houman Moteshareie
School or Department: Biology
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

254 - Genetics 101: The good, the bad and the future

Are you interested in genetics? Would you like to understand the fundamental basics of inheritance? Have you ever wondered why there’s so much variation in nature? Asked what genetic engineering and gene manipulation are? If so, this course is definitely for you!

In this fun, exciting and engaging course we will expand our knowledge of genetics, starting from genes and DNA all the way to epigenetics and transgenic species. This course will also explain what GMOs are, how they are produced and how prevalent they are in our modern food chain. We will review the scientific facts, pros and cons of genetic engineering, its applications in modern life and find out whether it plays an essential role to solve problems such as world hunger, or if it is secretly and silently killing us.

Instructor: Narges Zare
School or Department: Biology
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11

256 - Business Project Management Boot Camp

Business Project Management “Boot Camp” is a an experiential learning opportunity within the Sprott School of Business where students learn the basic building blocks of business project management: time appreciation, resources evaluation and how to make, and deliver a plan to tackle real problems, for real clients, and to make a real impact in the community.

Through this initiative, students work in interdisciplinary teams to solve real problems. Project based learning is an excellent way for students to acquire practical experience, expand their networks, and enhance their management and leadership skills. Inspired by the Canadian Forces procedure for planning and executing missions in the field, this business boot camp will provide participants with:

a) An understanding of our tailor-made 10 step business planning procedure;

b) An introduction to Sprott’s S.M.A.C. planning tool;

c) Several opportunities to practices these procedures within a safe team learning environment;

d) Develop leadership and management skills; and

e) Make new friends.

Instructor: Andrew Webb
School or Department: Sprott School of Business
Grades: Min: 8 - Max: 11