Sciences & Mathematics Courses

Introduction to Algebra


Karthik Nuti

Section 1: Grades 5-8, Sat, Sun: 6PM-6:45PM EST 
Prerequisites: None 

This course will provide an introduction to the interesting subject of algebra. Possible topics will be based on student knowledge including linear equations, polynomials, systems of equations, and algebraic modeling. Students will leave the course with a solid foundation to pursue a number of more advanced mathematical subjects. 

Intermediate Algebra


Archit Kumar

Section 1: Grades 6-8, Sat: 1PM-1:45PM EST
Prerequisites: YPP Introduction to Algebra or Equivalent (7th grade math)


This course prepares students to be successful in middle school math competitions. The curriculum will be based on AMC 8 and MATHCOUNTS content and the subjects taught in the class are algebra, geometry, number theory, and probability. With the knowledge and problem-solving skills students gain from this course, they will be successful in math competitions and have a better understanding of various math concepts.

Modern Astrophysics


Ethan Kuperman

Section 1: Grades 5-8, Mon: 7PM-7:45PM EST
Prerequisites: Recommended but not required to have taken Youth Passion Project Introduction to Algebra or equivalent; this course assumes pre-algebra background.


This course will focus on a study of topics in general astrophysics. We will learn about a wide range of classical and modern concepts, including star formation and evolution, astrobiology and extraterrestrial life, and cosmology. Students can expect an introduction to single-variable and multivariate equations, graphs, and other algebraic subjects to occasionally describe these subjects. Additionally, we will explore contemporary research, careers in astronomy, and unsolved problems. During this course, students will develop a core understanding of existing paradigms as well as valuable scientific reasoning and analysis skills. Most importantly, students will learn how to process information like a theorist by understanding derivations, relationships, and the interconnectedness of contemporary astrophysical theory.

Introduction to Biology

Section 1: Grades 4-8, Wed: 7PM-7:45PM EST
Section 2: Grades 5-8, Sat: 10AM-10:45AM EST
Prerequisites: None

This introductory level course of Biology covers the major broad topics of Biology in an engaging and educative manner. Topics range from basic principles, to cells, to DNA, to evolution, and more.

Introduction to Human Body Systems

Section 1: Grades 7-8, Tues, Thurs: 5PM-5:45PM EST
Section 2: Grades 2-4, Wed, Fri: 6PM-6:45PM EST
Prerequisites: None

The introduction to the human body systems class is designed for students to understand the basics of the body systems. In the course students will engage in various online activities such as games and demonstrations to have a fun learning experience while building understanding. We will start off with the basics in which students learn about how different parts of the body work together for a human to function and then go into each body system. By the end of this course students will be able to name at least 6 body systems, identify the parts of each system, and explain at least 2 functions of each.

Building the Future 101


Sofie Roux

Section 1: Grades 5-6, Sun: 2PM-2:45PM EST
Prerequisites: None

This course explores the science, beauty, and breathtaking scope of architecture. It will be a journey to the intersections of math, engineering, art, social justice, and sustainability, where big solutions to the world’s most complex problems are imagined and created. Students will see how the concepts they learn at school everyday and in every subject grow and merge into real world solutions that make the world a better place. Through journeys into the world’s greatest advances in architecture, free hand sketching, perspective drawing, explorations of form and function, and model building students will move from the history to the future of architecture and design. Instant challenges and other team based activities will illustrate how diverse perspectives can unlock the solutions to complex problems. Students will reflect on their own passions and aspirations - the world needs bright, fresh minds like yours to help reflect our best ideals, to change the world. This course is your blueprint. Are you ready to design and build the future?

Introduction to Chemistry


Chetna Mandurai

Section 1: Grades 6-8, Fri: 6PM-6:45PM EST
Prerequisites: None

This course will explore the foundational aspects of chemistry. We will learn about the properties of water, different states of matter, the periodic table as well as chemical changes and how they occur. By the end of this course students will gain an appreciation for the subject as well as an scientific understanding of the world around them.

Competitive Math

Section 1: Grades 6-8, Sun: 11AM-11:45AM EST
Prerequisites: None

This course will teach essential areas of competitive mathematics: algebra, geometry,number theory, and probability. The curriculum will center AMC 8 and MATHCOUNTS content. With the knowledge and problem-solving skills students gain from this course, they will be successful in math competitions and have a better understanding of various math concepts.

Earth Science and Sustainability


Riddha Iyengar

Section 1: Grades 4-8, Sun: 3PM-3:45PM EST
Prerequisites: None

Within this course we will be learning about multiple units including minerals, rocks, and plate tectonics to global warming, its causes and how we can make it better. Students will watch interactive videos, interactive hands on learning using gizmo, as well as a fun mini project! This course offers students a better understanding of the planet from inside-out, and makes them more aware of the planet they are living in.

 Modern Environmentalism 


Sofia Borja

Section 1: Grades 6-8, Mon: 7PM-7:45PM EST
Prerequisites: None

In this course students will learn about our living environment: how it functions, etc. This course is perfect for anyone interested in current Environmental issues, and opportunities to volunteer within the community. We will cover information on wildlife, glaciers, and more!

Science of Health


Molly Gray

Section 1: Grades 1-5, Sat: 1PM-1:45PM EST
Prerequisites: None

Want to learn about sleep and the human body while having fun? Then this is the class for you! Students will engage in fun activities such as kahoot while learning about the human body, sleep, memory, brain activity and much more! 

Introduction to Medicine

Section 1: Grades 5-8, Fri: 6PM-6:45PM EST,  Sat: 4PM-4:45PM EST
Section 2: Grades 6-8, Wed: 4PM-4:45PM EST, Sun: 11AM-11:45AM EST
Prerequisites: None

This course will give a general overview over the names of different medical conditions and will go in depth into the prefix, suffixes, and root words that structure and make up these conditions. We will also cover how to name anatomical, physiological, pathological conditions as well as what the condition is and some techniques used to combat these conditions. 

Medical Research 101: Pathogens


Harsha Kosuri

Section 1: Grades 5-8, Tues: 7PM-7:45PM EST
Prerequisites: Basic biology knowledge is recommended

Have you ever been prescribed a course of antibiotics by your doctor to treat a bacterial infection? Did you wonder how they worked? Why do antibiotics not work on COVID-19? The main focus of the course will be for students to learn about bacteria, viruses and antibiotics. Students will be exposed to information from what a virus even is to how antibiotics work and will present a Section 1: Grades 5-8, minute presentation at the end of the course on research they did by themselves on a specific pathogen.

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