Course List: 2020 Explorer

This page lists down all the courses on offer during the Summer of 2020 for children completing Grades 7, 8 and 9 in 2020.

 

Our Summer Programs are immersive experiences - much more than just the academic enrichment component that this page focuses on. Please review The Nature of Activities in GenWise Programs, where we discuss 'hands-on work and play', 'socio-emotional learning', in addition to 'academic enrichment'.

 

Each of these courses have been designed to provide children an opportunity to develop and hone their critical thinking and communication skills, and gain exposure to domains like sustainability, engineering and design, neurosciences, and strategy. 
 
Each of the courses below runs for
1 week from the Start Date indicated. While children are free to pick any one week, we strongly recommend a balanced exposure to the content: at least 3 weeks in 2020.

On a pilot basis, in response to feedback from parents, we are offering year-round mentorship on some of the courses/ topics below, for a small additional fee. Please see here for more information.

Discover Bridge Through HOOL

Amaresh Deshpande

Start Date:

Apr 6-10; 9:30-11:00AM

Extended Mentorship Opportunity: 

Yes

Duplicate Bridge is a game of mathematics - the game is an effective and fun vehicle for introducing concepts such as Probability, Percentage, Inferential Reasoning and Proof, and Value Assessment to young children.

Exponentials: Epidemics, Cryptography, Forest Fires, AI

Navin Kabra

Start Date:

Apr 15,16 (6-7pm); Apr 17 (10am-12noon), Apr 18 (10-11am)

Extended Mentorship Opportunity: 

Yes

Develop an intuition for the power of exponential growth by investigating examples as diverse as- Ponzi schemes, spread of forest fires, length of passwords and cryptography, virus multiplication, AI and the singularity. In the final part of the course, students will learn about different techniques to slow exponential growth (or ‘bend the curve’).

Adventures in Problem Solving: Number Theory

Jerry Burkhart

Start Date:

Apr 11, 12, 18, 19 (1830-2030h), 14, 16 (1830-1930h)

Extended Mentorship Opportunity: 

Yes

Work on engaging activities and puzzles that help you think like a mathematician. For example, investigate the path of a ball on a pool table and make connections to how it is related to math you have learned in school.

Wobblebots and Engineering Design

Muralidhar K

Start Date:

Apr 19, Jun 21

Extended Mentorship Opportunity: 

No

Design and make your own ramp walkers and wobblebots, by following the Engineering Design process. Learn about concepts such as stability, equilibrium, balance and locomotion. Appreciate how sensors and microcontrollers can be used for more sphisticated movement.

New Thinking for a New World

Radha Gopalan

Start Date:

Apr 26, Jun 14

Extended Mentorship Opportunity: 

Yes

Make sense of our complex, constantly changing world by focussing on understanding relationships (in human society, and in Nature) and how they lead to various changes. The role of human mindsets and behavior, and how structures and systems influence these, will especially be emphasized. Students will thus start thinking in new and connected ways- the only way they can start building a new world.

Understanding Complexity Through Simulation

Utpal Chattopadhyay

Start Date:

May 3

Extended Mentorship Opportunity: 

No

Work with selected simulation tools, such as Netlogo, to explore topics in the context of the Natural and Social Sciences. The course draws upon important research in the learning sciences from top organisations including Harvard Project Zero's "Understandings of Consequence" Project, Northwestern University's Learning Sciences Department, and the Santa Fe Institute.

Strategic Thinking Through Board Games

Navin Kabra

Start Date:

May 10, Jul 5

Extended Mentorship Opportunity: 

Yes

Play Strategy Board Games which are easy to learn, fun to play, and yet require deep strategy and tactics. They try to combine interesting and novel game mechanisms involving maths, logic, probability, supply and demand, negotiation, bluffing, relationship building, promises, and alliances.

Games Week: Intro to Hool (Bridge)

Amaresh Deshpande

Start Date:

May 10, Jul 5

Extended Mentorship Opportunity: 

No

Duplicate Bridge is a game of mathematics - the game is an effective and fun vehicle for introducing concepts such as Probability, Percentage, Inferential Reasoning and Proof, and Value Assessment to young children.

Storytelling for Communication: From J.K. Rowling to The Scientific American

Anusha Krishnan

Start Date:

May 17

Extended Mentorship Opportunity: 

No

Appreciate that good communication is key to success, and that it is a skill that can be learnt and practiced. Through loads of writing, explore the power of a story in communicating your ideas.

Molecular Gastronomy: Intro to Culinary Science

Prabhakar Sastri

Start Date:

Jun 28

Extended Mentorship Opportunity: 

No

Cooking has always been thought of as an art to be perfected by practice rather than a science. The course emphasizes the role of sciences in cooking and how the world over, it has started to make a difference if the chefs understand the science that goes into it. The session offers a small glimpse into some of the notions that support this and how knowing science will make you a responsible modern chef, through actual demonstrations.

Introduction to Neuroscience and Cognition

Goldy Yadav

Start Date:

Jul 12

Extended Mentorship Opportunity: 

Yes

Insights into human cognition are increasingly influencing modern science, art and design. This course will introduce students to the basics of how the brain works and provide an appreciation of neuroscience, which is currently one of the most exciting and rapidly growing field of study in the world.