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

The course information below is for the summer session finishing in 2017. Check back later this year for 2018 catalog information!


 

BAMPFA Tour
Join us at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) for an introductory tour to the new museum building and a glimpse of selected exhibitions, including the Himalayan gallery of Buddhist painting and sculpture, as well as an installation by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone—plus a visit to the Helzel Works on Paper Study Center to view some old master prints and drawings.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $10
SDx3700 Thursday, June 22 (one session) 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM
Canceled
SDx3701 Thursday, July 29 (one session) 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM
Canceled

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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
SDx3702 Wednesday, June 28 (one session) 1:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Nearly Full

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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 cam- era or any materials.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $60
SDx3703 Wednesday, July 26 (one session) 1:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Closed

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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, LBNL creates 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. Bus transportation from the main UC Berkeley campus to the Lawrence Lab will be provided. Please give yourself plenty of time to avoid missing the bus!
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $15
SDx3705 Friday, June 30 (one session) 9:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Closed

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Scientific Computing
A New Paradigm for Scientific Discoveries
Traditionally, scientific progress and discoveries have been based on two main pillars: theory and experimentation. Recently, it’s become clear that modern science is supported by a third pillar: computation. Computational science is an interdisciplinary field whose importance is growing rapidly. Large-scale computations have played important roles in recent scientific discoveries, and have even helped to win Nobel prizes. We will discuss
the mathematical and computational tools that are used by computational scientists, and explore some interesting applications from the instructor’s own research.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $10
SDx3706 Friday, July 7 (one session) 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM Available

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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: $65
SDx3707 Monday, July 10 (one session) 12:15 PM – 4:30 PM
Closed
SDx3708 Tuesday, July 11 (one session) 12:15 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: $35
SDx3709 Tuesday, July 11 (one session) 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Closed

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Chess Club
If you are an experienced chess player of any level, this Exploration will give you the opportunity to sharpen your logical thinking skills and tactical recognition. Improve your skills and compete against other students in a tournament-like setting. Sessions will be led by a former high school state champion rated just under 2200.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $150
SDx3711 June 19, 26; July 10, 17, 24 (five sessions) 8:30 AM – 12:00 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
SDx3721 July 11, 18, 25 (three sessions) 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Nearly Full

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Songwriting
This Exploration will guide you through the process of writing your very own song, from coming up with a chord progression to writing lyrics. You will need to bring a guitar and be willing to sing, but no previous experience is necessary. Knowledge of how to play basic chords will be helpful, but is not required. If you already have experience writing songs, this will give you an opportunity to hone your skills.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $100
SDx3723 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Canceled

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Adobe Creative Suite
Students interested in graphic design, publishing, and media production will be able to get their hands on professional industry-standard tools in this survey of Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite of computer applications. Each day will focus on a different set of tools: Photoshop (raster graphics editing), Illustrator (vector graphics production), InDesign (layout and publishing), Premiere Pro (video editing), and After Effects (post-production VFX).
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $150
SDx3724 June 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25 (five sessions) 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Closed

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Introduction to Health Careers
The many options in the medical field can be daunting. In this Exploration, we will look at several different paths to a career in health beyond only medical school. In the first half of every class, we will go over the requirements and opportunities students have during their undergraduate studies, as well as what they can do now in high school to prepare themselves to apply for a health program. Then, in the second half of class, we will listen to guests who are currently working towards careers in areas like nursing, public health, and medicine. Students will come away with a better understanding of the diversity of the medical field, and maybe even discover a new passion!
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $80
SDx3726 June 20, 27; July 11, 18 (four sessions) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Available

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The Craft of Magic and Illusion
In this workshop, we will introduce students to the art of magic. Students will learn about several fundamentals of how magic tricks work, including the psychology behind it all. Students will also learn how to perform different types of close-up magic tricks, such as prediction, mentalism, and transpor- tation with a deck of cards and other daily objects like coins, napkins, and rubber bands. At the end of the workshop, students will be able to perform magic tricks with confidence and share the unique happiness that magic cre- ates with their friends.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $150
SDx3728 June 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25 (five sessions) 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Available

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Introduction to Robotics
This course will familiarize students with the interdependence of software and electrical systems by working on projects involving robotic cars. Students will learn to control movement through the coding of servos, transistors, and sensors, ultimately helping them understand how common remote control toys are built and designed. Basic familiarity with programming is preferred, but not necessary, for the sessions will consist of a collaborative environment despite yielding independent projects. Each student will receive an Arduino starter kit for use in the course and to keep.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $150
SDx3731 June 21, 28; July 12, 19, 26 (five sessions)
Room change from 1635 Tolman
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Closed

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The ATDP Literary Magazine
This Exploration proposes a foray into the world of magazines, specifically understood as spaces to affirm and create alternative cultural or academic sites. Over the course of five weeks, students will be looking at examples that range from the DIY zone, to commercial magazines, to the more academic-leaning journals. This Exploration will also include a studio ele- ment, in which students will help to organize and produce ATDP’s first digital literary magazine.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $100
SDx3732 June 21, 28; July 12, 19, 26 (five sessions) 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Canceled

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Lunchtime Book Club
Are you an avid reader? If so, join us for the Lunchtime Book Club Exploration and make new friends along the way. In this Exploration, stu- dents will choose a book (or two) that they are interested in reading, and discuss the book(s) throughout the summer session. Students will convey their opinions, likes, and dislikes in a fun and casual setting.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $25
SDx3733 June 21, 28; July 12, 19, 26 (five sessions) 12:15 PM – 12:45 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, broad- cast, 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
SDx3734 June 21, 28; July 12, 19, 26 (five sessions) 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Available

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The Art and Science of Color
This workshop will explore the powerful role of color in human existence. Working with both the paintbrush and the pixel, we will create works of beauty that deepen our understanding of the physical properties of light. As the Impressionist painters did, we will explore the ways that the human eye and brain process color information. We will practice several methods for mixing and creating a vast variety of hues, tints, and shades. Working with the time-honored techniques of artists and graphic designers, we will experiment with color harmonies and contrasts that capture people’s attention and influence their moods. Students will leave the session with a finished painting as well as working knowledge of how to manipulate color on screen.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $115
SDx3736 July 12, 19, 26 (three sessions) 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Canceled

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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
SDx3738 June 21, 28; July 12, 19, 26 (five sessions) 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Available
SDx3753 June 23, 30; July 14, 21, 28 (five sessions) 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Available

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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, stu- dents 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
SDx3741 June 22, 29; July 13, 20, 27 (five sessions) 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Canceled

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Explorative Paleobiology
Understanding Life History Through the Fossil Record
In this course, we will explore the fossil record with a hands-on approach. Students will work with real fossils, housed within the University of California Museum of Paleontology, in order to better understand what the fossil record can teach us about the history of life on Earth. Activities will direct students to investigate how we can use the fossilized remains of extinct animals to understand the structure and behavior of the animals themselves as well as the environments in which they lived.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $100
SDx3742 July 13, 20, 27 (three sessions) 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Canceled

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Film Analysis
Do you love movies? In this Exploration we will delve into the powerful medium of cinema: its history, technology, and social impact. We’ll watch and discuss selected films, based on the interest of the group, which may include science fiction/fantasy, action-adventure, drama, comedy, and indie and international films. (Popcorn may be involved). We’ll learn about genre, narrative, and the “building blocks” of cinematography, including special effects. A highlight of this Exploration is our field trip to the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, where you can hold an original script in your hand and visit state-of- the-art cinema facilities.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $150
SDx3744 June 22, 29; July 13, 20, 27 (five sessions) 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Canceled

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SAT Verbal Prep
Sorting through the vast troves of SAT test prep material can be a night- mare for even the best students. This course aims to streamline that pro- cess 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 rhe- torical 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 manag- ing time effectively. Come fall, all will be well-prepared to excel on the test. The class will be taught by a trained SAT instructor. The Exploration may include homework.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $200
SDx3751 June 23, 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28 (six sessions) 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Closed

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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. The Exploration may include homework.
Open to all qualified SD students
Fee: $200
SDx3752 June 23, 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28 (six sessions) 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Closed

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