Secondary Division Explorations

In addition to its regularly scheduled classes, ATDP is proud to offer Explorations: optional electives and enrichment workshops that help develop new skills and prepare for future academic endeavors.

Exploration descriptions can be found in the sections below. For complete instructions on enrolling in Explorations, please refer to your Secondary Division acceptance packet.

Secondary Division Explorations


 

First Aid & CPR Certification
This universal training program is perfect for current baby-sitters or camp counselors, future doctors or teachers, and anyone who'd like to be prepared to take a leadership role in an emergency situation. State-approved trainers from Safety Training Seminars will cover everything from scene and injury assessment to diabetic emergencies to burn prevention and care. Participants in this hands-on training will be certified for two years in First Aid and CPR, based on American Heart Association standards. Participants may also use this opportunity to renew their existing certification!
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $70
SDx3900Thu, Jul 11 (one session)12:10 PM - 4:30 PMAvailable

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Investing for Your Future: Personal Finance
Investment vehicles will be explored with a focus on the American stock markets. Myths about the market being too risky or only the rich being able to get into the market will be busted along the way. Concepts of risk and reward, supply and demand, time value of money, taxes and the power of our emotions in the context of investments will be examined. Students will learn about the very best investment they can make today.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $36
SDx3901Th, Jun 27 (one session)8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Closed

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Berkeley Art Studio: Ceramics
Learn to build cups or other functional objects by hand and decorate them with textures and color. We'll fire your work in our kilns and contact you to pick up the finished work 2-3 weeks after the workshop. Instructors will also demonstrate how to make cups and bowls on the potter's wheel. Students do not need to bring any materials.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $60
SDx3902Mon, Jun 24 (one session)12:40 PM - 3:00 PMAvailable

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Berkeley Art Studio: Darkroom Photography
Learn how cameras work by taking photographs with a pinhole camera! Develop your image in our darkroom and take home your very own unique photographic print. Students do not need to bring their own camera or any materials.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $60
SDx3904Mon, Jul 22 (one session)12:40 PM - 3:30 PM
Nearly Full

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We're All in this Together
Fostering positive partnerships with teachers
In this Exploration, we will discuss common issues and areas of disconnection that arise in the parent-teacher relationship (incompatible views of the role of home and school in education, for example). We'll cover tips for better communication with teachers and ways to repair this relationship. We will explore areas in which parents may become more involved in their child's education, and discuss issues and topics that parents may want to bring to teachers to better support their child's education at home. We will also explore different effective communication styles and how to respond to information rationally.
For SD Parents only
Fee: $30
SDx3906Mon, Jun 24 (one session)1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Canceled

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Logging off to Reconnect
Technology's impact on family and youth
In this Exploration, we look into different methods of disconnecting from one's digital life, such as how to use our phones less and limiting time spent on email and social media. We will also explore the importance of in-person family bonding, the adverse impact of technology in the school and home (such as cyberbullying), and methods of appropriate and safe technology usage.
For SD Parents only
Fee: $30
SDx3907Mon, Jul 8 (one session)1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Canceled

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Congratulations, It's a Teenager! ... now what?
This Exploration focuses on addressing the emotional needs of your developing teen. We will look at the different mental, physical and emotional changes that take place during adolescence and ways to support your child during those changes. We will focus on ways to properly (and appropriately) express their blossoming (and fluctuating) feelings as well as explore the issue of self-esteem at this age. We will consider the parents' own self-esteem, both during adolescence and now, and discuss how we can help them foster high self-esteem in their own children.
For SD Parents only
Fee: $30
SDx3908Mon, Jul 15 (one session)1:00 PM - 4:30 PMAvailable

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Managing Stress and Conflict in your Home
In this Exploration, we will look at stress for both parent and child. We will examine sources and triggers of stress at home, work and in the school, and discuss effective and healthy ways of coping with this stress. We will also as a group explore ways of identifying stress in children and develop strategies for helping your children cope and deal with daily stressors.
For SD Parents only
Fee: $30
SDx3909Mon, Jul 22 (one session)1:00 PM - 4:30 PMAvailable

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SAT Math Prep
This course is designed to acquaint students with the mathematics portion of the SAT. Together we will deconstruct this exam, learning to think like the test writers, developing strategies to tackle problems efficiently, and conditioning our minds with continual practice. Lessons will cover select topics from Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and Data Analysis. The class format will be a mix of lecture-style presentations, group work, class discussions, and practice exams.
Recommended for students completing 9th grade and up.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $200
SDx3911Jun 17, 24; Jul 1, 8, 15, 22 (six sessions)8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Closed

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SAT Verbal Prep
This course is designed to acquaint students with the verbal portion of the SAT. Together we will deconstruct this exam, learning to think like the test writers, developing strategies to tackle problems efficiently, and conditioning our minds with continual practice. Lessons will cover the Essay, Grammar, and Reading portions in separate modules. The class format will be a mix of lecture-style presentations, group work, class discussions, and practice exams.
Recommended for students completing 9th grade and up.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $200
SDx3912Jun 17, 24; Jul 1, 8, 15, 22 (six sessions)1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Closed

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Digital Minimalists' Workshop
This weekly Exploration is for students who are interested in making a commitment to take control of their technology use over the summer. We will learn about digital minimalism, an approach to life that involves using technology judiciously and intentionally. After discussing the helpful and unhelpful qualities of smart phones and social media, students will craft their own "rules" for a 4-week digital declutter, cutting out all optional technologies. In the meantime, we will work on cultivating our analog interests and skills, including hobbies, organization, and communication. Finally, at the end of the summer session, we will reflect on the process, and each student will make a plan for re-integrating technologies in a way that aligns with their values.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $60
SDx3921Jun 18, 25; Jul 2, 9, 16, 23 (six sessions)10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Canceled

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Music Production and Audio Workstations
Learn the fundamentals of music production in this hands-on entry-level class. Students will learn to use the tools of the trade -- synthesizers, samplers, and drum programming. You'll write and record original songs inside Ableton Live, a professional Digital Audio Workstation, and leave with a foundational understanding of how your favorite artists make music. Each student will need to bring their own laptop.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $80
SDx3922Jun 18, 25; Jul 16, 23 (four sessions)1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Closed

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Learn to Solve Rubik's Cube
Have you ever wondered how people can solve the Rubik's cube with almost no effort at all? With over 43 quintillion possible configurations, the Rubik's cube has been a source of endless frustration for many who have attempted it. This doesn't have to be the case. In this session, you will learn a foolproof method to solve any configuration of the cube, and realize that the process is not nearly as complicated as you imagined. Start solving the world's most popular puzzle, train your mind, and impress your friends.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $150
SDx3924Jun 18, 25; Jul 9, 16, 23 (five sessions)1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Canceled

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Getting to Know Machine Learning
This Exploration will be useful both for those wishing to gain some hands-on experience with machine learning as well as those who would like to understand and visualize several key applications. Machine learning is the scientific study of algorithms and statistical models that computer systems use to effectively perform a specific task without using explicit instructions, relying on models and inference instead. We will cover and explain numerous aspects of machine learning, including history and evolution, the major types of machine learning modes, key machine learning algorithms and how they work, software tools that support machine learning, and more! No previous programming experience is required.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $100
SDx3925Jun 18, 25; Jul 9, 16, 23 (five sessions)10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Closed

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Low Stress Shakespeare
In a friendly, good-humored, and low-pressure setting, students will read aloud from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, at the rate of one act per week. Students will learn master Elizabethan vocabulary and syntax and decode the Bard's metaphors and references to mythology. While comparing contemporary interpretations of Shakespeare, we may even work on some translations of our own. Imagining that we might be directors staging the play, we will examine the ambiguities that Shakespeare introduces: Are the fairy king and queen truly furious with each other or are they simply engaged in playful mischief? Should we emphasize the heartbreak or the humor in the lovers' quarrels? Public speaking skills will include tone of voice, volume, stress, and the use of pregnant pauses.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $150
SDx3931Jun 19, 26; Jul 10, 17, 24 (five sessions)8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Canceled

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Journalism Boot Camp
Strong, ethical journalism has never been more important. In this Exploration, we will become reporters, trying our hand at print, broadcast, and digital journalism. We will practice concise, accurate writing under deadline -- a crucial skill for students as well as professionals. We will interview guest speakers and move out onto the UC Berkeley campus to uncover our own news stories. Depending on group interest, we will explore hard news, features, editorial writing, and sports writing. As we develop our journalistic muscles, we'll tackle some of the tough questions surrounding First Amendment rights and learn a little about the history and changing face of what is called "The Fourth Estate."
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $150
SDx3932Jun 19, 26; Jul 10, 17, 24 (five sessions)1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Closed

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Math Study Lab
These math study labs are offered in order to support students who are enrolled in ATDP math classes. As math classes are accelerated and taught at a very fast pace, the study labs will provide assistance to students during the six weeks. Both individually and in groups, students will have the opportunity to receive help with challenging concepts, class lessons, and homework assignments. Please note: while students will receive individual assistance, this lab will not replace one-on-one tutoring. Labs will be capped at 15 students.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $150
SDx3933Jun 19, 26; Jul 10, 17, 24 (five sessions)8:30 AM - 12:00 PMAvailable
SDx3934Jun 19, 26; Jul 10, 17, 24 (five sessions)1:00 PM - 4:30 PMAvailable

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Spatial Storytelling
An Introduction to Architectural Design
This course is a multidisciplinary approach to architectural design through story design. Students will become naturally familiar with technical drawings and model conventions while engaging in activities and exercises designed to develop drawing and architectural modeling skills, in order to create the settings for characters that the students pick. This is an entry-level workshop series that serves as a unique introduction to architecture for students who might be thinking about a creative design profession in architecture or other design fields.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $150
SDx3936Jun 19, 26; Jul 10, 17, 24 (five sessions)1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Canceled

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The Mathematics of Symmetries
This course is designed for students who want a glimpse of advanced math topics normally only seen in college. Students will become acquainted with the distinctive features which make shapes look special, and not like amorphous blobs. Through lecture, puzzle examples and hands-on activities, students will work with pure math concepts that are fundamental and universal enough to have applications in practically every other science, from biology to computer science and more.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra II and Geometry or Integrated Math III.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $150
SDx3938Jun 19, 26; Jul 10, 17, 24 (five sessions)1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Canceled

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Creating Android Apps
So you've had your Android smartphone for a while now and have downloaded many great apps, some free, some not. But sometimes you wish they could do a little more, or do something differently. And other times, you wish there were an app that does not even exist. Wish no more. Learn how to create apps for Android phones, for yourself, family, and friends - have fun and impress everyone in the process. In just hours, you can create a cool app. No programming experience required. Students should be able to bring their own Android phone to class.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $150
SDx3941Jun 20, 27; Jul 11, 18, 25 (five sessions)8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Canceled

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Artistic Development for Animation
Every time you watch an animated film or show, before the animating even begins, there is a whole lot of planning involved. This is called pre-production and this includes solidifying the story, deciding character and environment designs, and visualizing shots to name a few of its aspects. This course is intended for students who are passionate about visual storytelling and want to learn about the animation pre-production pipeline. Students will develop storyboards, concept art, character designs, and be introduced to basic frame animation through exercises and homework.
This course is an adaptation of a UC Berkeley course taught by UC Berkeley students.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $150
SDx3942Jun 20, 27; Jul 11, 18, 25 (five sessions)1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Closed

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Writing Study Lab
The writing study lab is offered in order to support students who are enrolled in ATDP writing classes. In this collaborative environment, students at all levels will learn to give and implement excellent peer feedback and will work with the instructor to improve their writing. Students will take turns submitting their work to the group for workshop sessions. Other class topics will be decided based off of student interest. Please note: while students will receive individual assistance, this lab will not replace one-on-one tutoring. Labs will be capped at 15 students.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $150
SDx3944Jun 20, 27; Jul 11, 18, 25 (five sessions)1:00 PM - 4:30 PMAvailable

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Game Jams
This Exploration is for anyone who wants a simultaneously intense and chill opportunity to make games, no programming experience required. We'll work hard on creating games, but without the pressure of grades. Each week, we'll tinker with different types of web-based game-making tools, creating games that involve interactive storytelling or pixel art worlds. Then, we'll collectively pick a theme for a game jam and build a game! We'll also play each other's games and explore what it means for something to be a game. At the end, students will have several completed games shared online for anyone to play.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $120
SDx3951Jun 21; Jul 12, 19, 26 (four sessions)8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Canceled

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Adulting 101
The school system does not require a class for students to learn how to live in the real world and function as an adult. We often enter college and beyond unprepared to take care of ourselves. Many life skills, including how to develop good habits, manage stress, pay taxes, budget our spending/income, and living a healthy lifestyle, are necessary, especially when going to college -- the bridge to adulthood. This course will explore the many dimensions of how to successfully adult.

This course is an adaptation of a UC Berkeley course taught by UC Berkeley students.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $100
SDx3952Jun 21, 28; Jul 12, 19, 26 (five sessions)1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Canceled

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Writing a Personal Statement for College
In this three-part workshop, students will draft and revise a personal statement for college applications. During the first meeting, students will review sample college personal statements, formulate a set of best practices for writing personal statements, and brainstorm and free write toward their own personal statement. During the second meeting, students will workshop their personal statement drafts in small groups and receive one-on-one feedback on their drafts from the instructor. Using the feedback from their peers and instructor, students will then revise their personal statement for the final meeting. No prework is required for the first meeting. In order to benefit the most out of the workshop, students are expected to complete a full draft of their personal statement before the second meeting.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $100
SDx3953Jun 28; Jul 12, 26 (three sessions)10:00 AM - 12:00 PMAvailable

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Trigonometry Boot Camp
Trigonometry is often known as the Achilles heel of calculus and engineering students. One possible reason is the sheer abundance of formulae that go with it: angle-addition, double-angle, product-to-sum, the values of the unit circle. In this exploration, we will start from first-principles, deriving the unit-circle values and the basic equations of trigonometry. We will see some problems which have multiple different solutions, and how the solutions produce the same answer. And by relating some of these equations to the geometry of triangles, e.g. such as the law of (co)sines, area and circumradii, we will see the usefulness, generality, and the unity of trigonometry.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra II and Geometry or Integrated Math III.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $70
SDx3954Jun 21, 28 (two sessions)1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Canceled

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