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.

You can also download a copy of the Secondary Division Explorations Enrollment Form.

Secondary Division Explorations


 

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Tour
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab fosters groundbreaking fundamental science that enables transformational solutions for energy and environment challenges, using interdisciplinary teams and by creating advanced new tools for scientific discovery. During the tour the students will explore various parts of the lab. Students who participated in the tour last year will still be able to attend because we will be touring a different area of the lab. Transportation from the main UC Berkeley campus to the Lawrence Lab will be provided. Please arrive on time to avoid missing the bus!
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $15
SDX3601 Friday, July 1 (one session) 9:15 AM – 12:00 PM Available

 

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: $60
SDX3602 Monday, July 11 (one session) 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM Available
SDX3604 Tuesday, July 12 (one session) 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM Available

 

Exclusive Tour at the New UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The new UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) is a major destination for art and film lovers with eight galleries and two theaters displaying the best contemporary and historical art and film from around the world. This summer’s exhibitions focus on masterworks from the collection: Summer Trees Casting Shade celebrates the breadth and depth of BAMPFA’s acclaimed Chinese painting collection and Berkeley Eye takes a thematic look at the art collection, featuring works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Goya, Cezanne, Ansel Adams, Jackson Pollock, and Dorothea Lange.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $15
SDX3606 Thursday, July 14 (one session) 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Available
SDX3608 Thursday, July 21 (one session) 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Canceled

 

Tour of the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Food, Clothing, Shelter: People Using Plants
The University of California Botanical Garden is a 34-acre botanical garden located on the University of California, Berkeley campus, in Strawberry Canyon. On the tour, we will learn how humans depend on the use of plants to survive, prosper, and enrich our lives. We will explore the Garden’s collections from around the world to discover the everyday uses of plants by different peoples and cultures.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $15
SDX3609 Friday, July 15 (one session) 9:15 AM – 12:00 PM Available

 

Writing a Personal Statement for College
In this two-part workshop, students will draft and revise a personal statement for college applications. During the first meeting, students will learn best practices for writing a college personal statement, review sample 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, receive one-on-one feedback on their drafts from the instructor, and begin the process of revising their personal statement toward a final draft. 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
SDX3611 June 27 & July 18 (two sessions) 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Available
SDX3612 June 28 & July 19 (two sessions)
Classroom change from 293 Cory
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Available

 

Math Study Lab (AM)
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. Both group tutors have training from UC Berkeley at the doctoral level. Please note: while students will receive individual assistance, this lab is not intended to replace one-on-one tutoring. Labs will be capped at 15 students.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $120
SDX3613 June 27; July 11, 18, 25 (four sessions)
Classroom change from 70B University
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Available

 

Math Study Lab (PM)
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. Both group tutors have training from UC Berkeley at the doctoral level. Please note: while students will receive individual assistance, this lab is not intended to replace one-on-one tutoring. Labs will be capped at 15 students.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $150
SDX3614 June 22, 29; July 13, 20, 27 (five sessions) 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Available

 

ISEE/SSAT Prep
In this class, students will become familiar with and begin to prepare for the ISEE and SSAT tests. They will take two full-length practice tests and learn about each section of the test. Students will gain test-taking and time-management strategies and tips for success on each section. In addition, students will practice various relaxation and stress management techniques to help alleviate test anxiety. Each student will receive a preparation text and the Exploration may include homework.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $175
SDX3615 June 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25 (five sessions)
Classroom change from 7 Evans
Classroom change from 6 Evans
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM Available

 

Journalism Boot Camp
Strong, ethical journalism has never been more important. In this Exploration we will critique the rhetoric being used in current political argument, as well as try our hand at print, broadcast, and digital journalism. Concise, accurate writing under a deadline is a crucial skill for students and professionals alike. In addition to developing writing skills, students will practice interviewing skills and explore the question, “If it’s legal, does that make it right?” as it relates to the First Amendment.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $150
SDX3620 June 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25 (five sessions)
Classroom change from 4529 Tolman
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Available

 

Solving the Rubik’s Cube and Other Puzzles
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
SDX3622 June 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25 (five sessions)
Classroom change from 2301 Tolman
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Available

 

Creative Writing
This Exploration will provide writing exercises, literary techniques, revision ideas, and peer feedback to help students start (or continue) to develop a creative writing project. Whether you have a fledgling idea for a fantasy novel, you’ve already written a collection of poems, or you just have a sense that creative writing might be fun, this Exploration is for you.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $150
SDX3623 June 21, 28; July 12, 19, 26 (five sessions) 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Available

 

Stand Up and Speak Out!
Do you have a pet peeve? Something that you’d like to change about the world? A job interview you’d like to nail? This crash course in public speaking will have you on your feet enjoying speech games, impromptu speaking, interview skills, mini “TED Talks,” and reader’s theater. Public speaking is an essential part of success in the academic and career fields, as well as a requirement at many colleges. Get a head start on this practical and fun skill in a safe and supportive environment.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $150
SDX3625 June 22, 29; July 13, 20, 27 (five sessions)
Classroom change from 5509 Tolman
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Available

 

Build It!
Step into a world of your own creation! Design a house, hotel, building, or architectural hospital for an imaginary, futuristic city called Atdpia, California. Your design will be featured in a brochure of your choice, discussing features such as the scale, materials, and cost of building used in your 3D model. The project works on areas of design, architecture, scale, proportion, budget, and economics. Join us! This Exploration is recommended for students currently in grades 6 through 9.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $150
SDX3627 June 22, 29; July 13, 20, 27 (five sessions) 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Available

 

The Psychology of Urban Legends
Are there really alligators in the sewers of New York? Is Walt Disney’s frozen head hidden beneath the Pirates of the Caribbean ride? Urban legends come to us via word of mouth as well as social media. Can you detect what’s real and what’s a hoax? We’ll look critically at the different kinds of urban legends, where they come from, and why people spread them. In doing so, students will learn research skills, critical thinking skills, and the basic psychology behind folklore and legend. But watch out for the skeleton in the Campanile!
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $150
SDX3628 June 22, 29; July 13, 20, 27 (five sessions)
Classroom change from 2301 Tolman
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Available

 

Chess Club
Improve your skills at the “Game of Kings.” If you are an intermediate or advanced level chess player, this is the Exploration for you. Learn more about game play strategies, ways to counter your opponent, and different approaches to winning. Further hone your skills with strategic moves and an introduction to tournaments.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $200
SDX3630 June 23, 30; July 14, 21, 28 (five sessions)
Classroom change from 2301 Tolman
Classroom change from 5509 Tolman
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Available

 

Create Android Apps
Now that you have had your Android smart phone, you may have downloaded many apps (some free, others not). These apps are great, 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. This Exploration requires participants to bring a wifi-capable Android device that is linked to an accessible Google account.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $150
SDX3632 June 23, 30; July 14, 21, 28 (five sessions)
Classroom change from 2301 Tolman
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Available

 

Film Analysis
Do you love movies? In this Exploration we’ll delve into the powerful medium of cinema: its history, technology, and social impact. Films change society, but society changes film, as well. We’ll explore several genres including science fiction/fantasy, drama, comedy, horror, and international cinema. Students will learn essential social science research methods such as textual analysis, semiotics, rhetoric, content analysis and coding, and critical cultural studies.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $150
SDX3634 June 24; July 1, 15, 22, 29 (five sessions) 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Available

 

The Art of Meditation
In this Exploration students will explore different types of contemplative practices from various cultures and religious traditions as well as discover the science behind meditation. Through readings, discussions, and experiential exercises, students will learn multiple forms of mindfulness, nature meditations, journaling, art, and movement. The goals of the class are to help students gain an understanding of the different meditation practices as well as gain first-hand experience with how meditation can decrease anxiety and increase focus and attention.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $150
SDX3636 June 24; July 1, 15, 22, 29 (five sessions)
Classroom change from 293 Cory
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Available

 

SAT Verbal Prep
Sorting through the vast troves of SAT test prep material can be a nightmare for even the best students. This course aims to streamline that process by providing a comprehensive overview of the SAT Critical Reading and Writing tests. Together we will deconstruct the essay, grammar, and reading portions, developing strategies for tackling every passage and prompt. Students will learn to compose well-reasoned analyses of rhetorical devices, correct common grammatical errors as per the test writers’ standards, and extract relevant details from articles on all subjects. They will also gain techniques for pinpointing appropriate answers and managing time effectively. Come fall, all will be well-prepared to excel on the test. The class will be taught by a trained SAT instructor from UC Berkeley’s People’s Test Preparation Service. Each student will receive an SAT preparation text and the Exploration may include homework.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $200
SDX3641 June 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (six sessions) 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Available

 

SAT Math Prep
This Exploration will introduce students to different question types that appear in the new SAT Math section, help students develop strategies on how to approach questions, and review math concepts that test-takers will encounter. There will be three modules in this series: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, and Passport to Advanced Math. The class will be taught by a trained SAT instructor from UC Berkeley’s People’s Test Preparation Service. Each student will receive an SAT preparation text and the Exploration may include homework.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $200
SDX3642 June 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (six sessions)
Classroom change from 5634 Tolman
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Available