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


 

The Science of Fitness
In our increasingly digital world, the importance of a healthy lifestyle has never been so relevant. While many of us understand the benefits of such a lifestyle on a macro scale, the underlying scientific processes that drive them are not as widely understood. This Exploration will deconstruct some of the science behind the major tenets of fitness: exercise, nutrition, and sleep. Through a mixture of lecture, activities, and discussion, students will explore aspects of sports medicine, anatomy, biology, and chemistry in the greater context of fitness. Any students interested in this Exploration should be comfortable discussing advanced scientific concepts. While background knowledge in the above subjects is not strictly required, it will be helpful.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $150
SDRX0110Jun 22; Jul 6, 13, 20, 27 (five sessions)8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Canceled

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The History Behind COVID-19 and Pandemic Disease
For the past several months, our attention has been riveted by the emergence and global spread of the novel Coronavirus now designated as COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2. Many significant questions are still unknown or under investigation: how did it start? When will it end? how do we get accurate data? what lasting damage is done to those who survive? will there be vaccines or cures? why has there been such differential impact between countries and communities? This exploration will examine these and related questions through three different lenses/perspectives – (1) Historical, (2) Technological and (3) Environmental. The Historical will allows us to look back at previous pandemics to examine similarities, differences and learnings. The Technological will allow us to examine the impact of newly emerged capabilities such as rapid genome sequencing, genomic epidemiology; antivirals, and vaccine “platforms”. The Environmental will allow us to consider the impact of human expansion and climate change resulting in contact with animal species with unusual viral profiles, thus increasing the odds of the repeated emergence of zoonotic disease.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $90
SDRX0120Jun 23; Jul 7, 14 (three sessions)8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Closed

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Your Data, Your Life
From YouTube to Google Maps, to Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and more: no one can deny the massive impact these 'free' internet services and applications have had on our lives. But what are the trade-offs for these conveniences and are they worth it? This two part Exploration will look at the massive data collection habits of all the most popular internet services and explore the various legitimate concerns that come from that collection. What exactly are they collecting? What do they do with that data? If they are selling it, who are they selling it to and should they even be allowed to do that without our permission?
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $60
SDRX0121Jul 21, 28 (two sessions)8:30 AM - 12:00 PMAvailable

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Counseling the College Bound Student
This seminar explores the college admission process, with emphasis on current issues and controversy on application and admission criteria for various colleges and universities. Students will gain an understanding of the resources/ available to them (i.e. print materials, websites, personal statements, and organizations.) in addition to skills-based activities/learning experiences to successfully embrace the college search and application process with creativity & confidence.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $150
SDRX0122Jun 22; Jul 6, 13, 20, 27 (five sessions)1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Canceled

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Blockchain Fundamentals
This Exploration is designed to take the cryptic out of cryptocurrencies by providing a comprehensive survey of cryptocurrency topics and the wider blockchain space. Students will establish a solid fundamental understanding of Bitcoin by building it from the bottom up, then explore the myriad of ideas and technologies related to both cryptography and economics. We will also look at the history of digital currency and look at the laws, organizations, trends, and communities behind it to build a complete picture of the ecosystem surrounding blockchain technology. Students with programming and with no programming experience are both equally welcome!
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $150
SDRX0130Jun 24; Jul 8, 15, 22, 29 (five sessions)8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Canceled

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Mastering the Interview and Networking 101
A solid first impression can often make the difference in helping you stand out from the crowd of other job or internship or college applicants. Don't know what to say when you meet someone for the first time? What do interviewers look for and what questions do they ask that can be tricky to answer? In this Exploration, we will learn about interview preparation and other networking basics to help you master strategies for any interview question that might come up and how to become a better conversationalist overall.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $30
SDRX0131Jun 24 or 25 (one session)1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Closed
SDRX0141Jun 24 or 25 (one session)1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Canceled

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How to Find Your Passion and Change the World
In this Exploration, we will learn to apply the Japanese model of IKIGAI, which helps individuals discover what it is that they most want to do with their lives and still get paid for it, too! Whether you've never had any idea of what you might like to pursue as a career or if you have too many possibilities and can't quite decide between them, this Exploration will give you the tools to start figuring out the answers to these hard questions, so you can spend less time wondering and more time doing what you love.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $30
SDRX0132Jul 8 or 9 (one session)1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Closed
SDRX0142Jul 8 or 9 (one session)1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Closed

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Preparing for Jobs and Internships: Resume, Cover Letter and LinkedIn
With artificial intelligence, companies now scan your resume, making the font, style, and wording more important than ever. On top of that, even once you pass the AI tech software, the average recruiter will only look at your resume for 7 seconds. So how exactly do you stand out and what can you do to go from resume to interview? Come to this exploration and learn how to create a world class resume, a cover letter that shows who you are, and LinkedIn tips to get you ahead of the game against everyone else.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $30
SDRX0133Jul 22 or 23 (one session)1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Canceled
SDRX0133Jul 22 or 23 (one session)1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Canceled

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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: $30
SDRX0140Jul 16 (one session)8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Closed

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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
SDRX0150Jun 26; Jul 10, 24 (three sessions)10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Closed

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