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. 

Fundamentals of Biology


Kiyonna Kapoor

Section 1: Grades 5-8, Sat: 10AM-10:45AM EST
Prerequisites: None 

This course explores the basic unit of life comprising all living things: cells. We will explore the parts of a cell and their functions, how cells create energy for our bodies, and how they accumulate to create the complex system of the human body. In addition, we will be looking at different kinds of cells in different organisms and identifying their similarities and differences.

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 
Section 2: Grades 5-8, Mon: 4PM-4:45PM EST 
Prerequisites: Recommended to have taken Youth Passion Project Introduction to Algebra or Equivalent

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.

Unsolved Mysteries: Introduction to Criminology


Sonakshi Hajra

Section 1: Grades 5-8, Tues: 5PM-5:45PM EST 
Section 2: Grades 5-8, Thurs: 5PM-5:45PM EST 
Prerequisites: We expect you to have basic reading skills

This course will cover the forensics underlying how crimes are solved. We will address the scientific techniques used and how they work, and the course will culminate in students solving their own mock case. If you'd like to learn to become a detective, this is the class for you!

Environmental Awareness


Katie Applegarth

Section 1: Grades 3-6, Sun: 6PM-6:45PM EST
Prerequisites: None 

This course includes fun activities and lessons surrounding environmentalism and it explores human impact on the natural world. Students will learn about topics such as the ocean, food waste, ecosystems, deforestation, endangered animals, carbon footprints, and more. Through fun games, videos, and DIY projects, solutions towards a greener future will be explored, and students will discover ways in which they can help create a positive change in the world.

Human Anatomy 

Section 1: Grades 6-8, Wed: 4PM-4:45PM EST
Section 2: Grades 2-4, Mon, Wed: 6PM-6:45PM EST 
Section 3: Grades 3-5, Tues: 5PM-5:45PM EST 
Prerequisites: None 

This course is designed to ignite interest in the biological field for students and will teach the students the basics of human anatomy for organs such as the heart, brain, skin, and many more interesting and important organs. With the knowledge that the students will gain from this course, they learn to see how the organs of the human body intricately work together to form a functioning human being.

Introduction to Logic


Ayan Khan

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

This course introduces logic and logical thinking, covering both informal and formal patterns of reasoning. We will address the basics of logical thinking, general critical thinking, and informal fallacies. Students can expect to solve riddles, analyze arguments, and engage in class discussion. By the end of the course students will gain an understanding of logic and explore its applications– in math, science, business, law, and other areas.

Introduction to Medical Research: Pathogens


Harsha Kosuri

Section 1: Grades 5-8, Tues: 7PM-7:45PM EST 
Prerequisites: Recommended to have taken Youth Passion Project Introduction to Biology or Equivalent

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 learn what a virus is, how antibiotics work, and much more. Each student will present a 5-8 minute presentation at the end of the course on research they did by themselves on a specific pathogen.

Introduction to Medicine


Siri Krothapalli 

Section 1: Grades 6-8, Fri: 6PM-6:45PM EST, Sat: 4PM-4:45PM EST 
Prerequisites: None 

This course will give a general overview of the different medical conditions and will go in depth into the structure and prognosis of 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. 

Introduction to Physics


Matthew Brown

Section 1: Grades 6-8, Sun: 4PM-4:45PM EST 
Prerequisites: None 

Want to learn about the science of movement? Or maybe how roller coasters gain so much speed? This course will teach you simple kinematics such as how speed and height have interesting connections to each other. We will also go over the conservation of energy! (Don't worry, it is easier than it sounds) This introductory class to physics will give you a better understanding of the world around and I will help you achieve this view. 

Science of Health


Molly Gray

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

Want to learn about sleep and the human body while having fun? This is the class for you! Students will learn about the scientific foundations of human health, such as human anatomy, sleep, memory, brain activity and much more! The class will be focused on student engagement through activities like Kahoot and interactive presentations.

Introduction to Sports Analytics


Aidan Resnick

Section 1: Grades 5-8, Mon: 5PM-5:45PM EST 
Prerequisites: None 
If you are passionate about sports and interested in the numerical studies conducted to analyze sports, this course is a perfect way to build a foundation in sports analytics. This course will provide insight into how teams prepare for games and how teams and analysts evaluate players, coaches, and many other people in the sports world, allowing students ultimately to view sports through a more analytical lens. We will study sports analytics through two broad themes: theoretical analysis and statistical analysis. Our theoretical studies will focus on the importance of context, the proper mindset of a sports analyst, and the eye test, among other ideas. Once we finish a comprehensive introduction to general theoretical ideas, we will move on to more specific statistical concepts, each of which will be taught through the lens of sports. Using historic sports data, we will study statistical concepts ranging from the importance of sample size to the applications of regression. Altogether, this class will combine the students' passion for sports with their passion for statistics, prompting students to work with each other to create a foundation in sports analytics upon which they will build using the theoretical and statistical concepts that they learned in this course.


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