One-Day Learning at Amherst College for Middle & High Schoolers

Splash! at Amherst College
Saturday, November 17th, 2013

Splash!… a one-day program in which college students lead fun classes for middle & high school students at Amherst College!

Jump into a deep pool of knowledge at Amherst College’s Splash, an event offering students in grades 6-12 the opportunity to take part in workshops on fun and fascinating topics not generally taught in school. Lead by Amherst College students, the workshops are designed to introduce participants to new topics and teach a few basic skills that can provide the foundation for future learning about each topic – which could be anything from origami to the math behind the electoral college.

Held on Saturday, November 17th, 2013, from 9am-4pm, Splash participation includes five different workshops, as well as lunch. Students are able to choose which workshops they will participate in, and can choose from over thirty different offering in the categories of engineering, math and computer science, humanities, art, and science. Many of the workshops cover topics that are popular amongst teens and tweens, like cartoon drawing, gaming, and food-related science; others cover topics that teens are likely aware of but are not well informed about, such as ethics, social entrepreneurship, and public speaking…

The workshops offered at Splash cover a wide range of topics which can be accessed through a variety of different entry points (hands-on experimentation, direct instruction, etc.), allowing students to think about how they like to learn and choose workshops that not only match their interests, but that speak to their particular learning style. The workshops also present a rare opportunity for interdisciplinary studies. Though the topics can be sorted into categories, many of them involve skills and knowledge specific to numerous different categories of study. Participants will activate knowledge of math and social studies to assess the electoral college, or combine their creativity and capacity for scientific inquiry while exploring color spectroscopy.

For information about event registration and to see a full list of courses and their descriptions, visit the event’s website, amherstsplash.learningu.org. Participation in Splash is $10 per student, and registration must be completed before the event. Space is limited both at the event and in the individual workshops, and some workshops are designated for specific age groups. Further information can be obtained by contacting lcoronel16@amherst.edu.

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