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Advanced Topics in Physics: Special Relativity
If a woman travels to a nearby star system at close to the speed of light, she will return much younger than her twin sister, who stayed home. This is just one of the discoveries revealed by Albert ...
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Baltimore, MD

Grade 9+

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Anatomy and Physiology
One look at classic anatomical sketches such as Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, created from the artist’s meticulous observations of dissected cadavers, can inspire a deep interest in the body and ...
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Haverford, PA
Saratoga Springs, NY

Grades 7-8

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Astrophysics
When the sun runs out of fuel, will it explode in a giant supernova or fade into a white dwarf? Does every galaxy revolve around a supermassive black hole? Will the universe keep expanding or ...
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Collegeville, PA
Lancaster, PA
Los Angeles, CA
Saratoga Springs, NY

Grades 7-11

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Be a Scientist!
What can astronomers learn from black holes? How do engineers decide on the best bridge designs? How do marine biologists know that dolphins are smart? Learn how scientists answer big questions and ...
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Baltimore, MD
Dallas, TX
La Jolla, CA
New York, NY
San Mateo, CA
Sandy Spring, MD

Grades 2-3

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Behind the Mask: Superheroes Revealed
BAM! POW! ZAP! Everyone knows Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, and Captain America, but superheroes can come in many shapes and sizes. Must a superhero fight crime? Is Elsa from Frozen a superhero—and what ...
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Baltimore, MD
La Jolla, CA
New York, NY

Grades 2-3

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Being a Reader, Becoming a Writer
If you love to read, write, and talk about books, this is the course for you. Join a literary community and develop your vocabulary, close-reading, and critical thinking skills through workshops ...
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Dallas, TX
New York, NY
Sandy Spring, MD
Stamford, CT

Grades 3-4

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Big Questions
What is justice? What is beauty? What is the right thing to do? What is real? How can I be sure of what I know? This philosophy class will cultivate and refine your critical thinking skills by asking ...
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Collegeville, PA
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Sandy Spring, MD

Grades 5-6

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Bioethics
Throughout history, scientists and lawmakers have turned to principles of philosophy to work through complex ethical issues surrounding the various uses of scientific technology, including abortion ...
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Collegeville, PA
Saratoga Springs, NY
Virginia State University, VA

Grades 7-11

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Biotechnology
The Human Genome Project has sequenced all of the approximately 20,000 genes in human DNA. How did scientists gather this information? Can it help cure congenital diseases or cancer? What ethical ...
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Carlisle, PA
Haverford, PA
Virginia State University, VA

Grades 7-11

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Chemistry in Society
From artificial sweeteners in diet soft drinks to batteries in electric cars, chemistry is integral to our everyday lives. This course investigates chemistry as a means to solving real-world problems ...
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Haverford, PA
Lancaster, PA
Seattle, WA
Virginia State University, VA

Grades 7-11

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Cloudy with a Chance of a Science
Would a boat made of bread and peanut butter actually float? Could one tree be recycled into sweaters and bicycle seat covers? Could a pancake as big as a city block flatten a school? Children’s books ...
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Baltimore, MD
New York, NY
San Mateo, CA
Stamford, CT

Grades 2-3

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Cognitive Psychology
While you read this sentence, your eyes alone are transmitting approximately 10 million pieces of data per second to your brain. Nevertheless, your attention remains focused on these words, you ...
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Lancaster, PA
Los Angeles, CA
Santa Cruz, CA
Saratoga Springs, NY
Seattle, WA

Grades 7-11

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Combinatorics and Graph Theory
If you’ve ever wanted to know how to turn tedious counting problems into simple solutions—like how to figure out the total number of games played in the March Madness tournament without needing to ...
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Bristol, RI
Lancaster, PA

Grades 7-11

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Crafting the Essay
This immersive and collaborative course will introduce you to great essayists including Annie Dillard, Charles Simic, and Richard Rodriguez, and help you find your own distinctive narrative voice. You ...
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Carlisle, PA
Santa Cruz, CA
Saratoga Springs, NY

Grades 7-11

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Cryptology
Cryptology is the study of the codes and ciphers used to create secret writing. This math course explores many early techniques in cryptology, such as cipher wheels, the Caesar shift, polyalphabetic ...
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Carlisle, PA
Lancaster, PA
Los Angeles, CA
Santa Cruz, CA
Saratoga Springs, NY
Seattle, WA

Grades 7-11

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Crystals and Polymers
Why do some plastic containers melt in the microwave while others don’t? What makes Silly Putty stretchy? How are packing peanuts made? Chemicals are key to answering these questions, and in this ...
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Collegeville, PA
Los Angeles, CA

Grades 5-6

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Data and Chance
Your new friend at CTY teaches you a dice game. If you roll a 4, you win and the game ends. If your friend rolls a 5, they win and the game ends. You take turns rolling until one person wins. If you ...
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Baltimore, MD
Collegeville, PA
New York, NY
Santa Cruz, CA

Grades 5-6

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Data Structures and Algorithms
We know that computers are great problem solvers, but there is human work that must be done before computers can work their magic: first, it is necessary to formalize the problem within a mathematical ...
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Bristol, RI
Lancaster, PA

Grades 7-11

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Dissent
In 1963, “King of Soul” Sam Cooke was arrested for disturbing the peace after a white desk clerk refused to honor his motel reservation. Cooke later penned lyrics that became a civil rights anthem ...
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Haverford, PA
Lancaster, PA

Grades 7-11

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Electrical Engineering
The first transistor, created at Bell Laboratories in 1947, was about 4 centimeters in size. Today, millions of transistors fit on a single computer processor chip—about the size of a postage stamp ...
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Carlisle, PA
Los Angeles, CA
Saratoga Springs, NY

Grades 7-11

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Epidemiology
From Covid-19 to HIV to malaria, infectious diseases remain one of the world’s leading causes of death. How do scientists compile and use statistics to combat outbreaks? In this course, you and your ...
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Baltimore, MD

Grade 9+

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Examining the Evidence
How can an abandoned car, devoid of license plates, help detectives solve a jewel heist? How can a single strand of hair keep a man from going to jail for murder? In this course, you will uncover the ...
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Baltimore, MD
Bristol, RI
Collegeville, PA
Dallas, TX
La Jolla, CA
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Mateo, CA
Sandy Spring, MD
Stamford, CT

Grades 5-6

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Existentialism: On Being Human
When attempting to define existentialism, French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre said, “A simple formula would be to say that life taught me la force des choses—the power of circumstances.” This course ...
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Carlisle, PA

Grades 7-11

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Exploring Ethics
We all face ethical choices. How do we know what is “good” or “bad,” or “right” or “wrong”? Are there standards of ethics by which we can judge people or their actions? In this course, you and your ...
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Carlisle, PA
Santa Cruz, CA
Saratoga Springs, NY

Grades 7-11

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