2016 Course Descriptions

The Human Body: How Do We Move; How Do We Improve?

Nicole Wood

Physical activity is a part of our daily lives. Whether it’s a sport that we play, a weekend hike in the mountains, or a simple walk in the park, our bodies respond to this activity by changing for the better. Kinesiology and Exercise Science programs are growing in attendance in Universities across the U.S. and often provide a stepping stone for Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, Research Physiologists, and the like. With the prevalence of obesity and disease in the U.S., learning how we can improve quality of life through movement is necessary. We will explore brief lessons of the physiological principles of human movement and then dive into how it all relates to the physiological responses to exercise training, sport nutrition, ergogenic aids, etc. Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and examine how these concepts can be applied in a laboratory or real-world settings. Students will learn how to assess basic overall health and fitness and understand how to use this information to improve human movement. Topics will include cardiorespiratory health and fitness, the importance of muscular strength and endurance, and basic neurological functioning as it relates to reflexes.

 

Creativity Abounds: Mathematics, Programming, and Science

Dean Zeller

In this class, students can expect to learn a combination of mathematics and computer programming, and their relation to science, through engaging hands-on activities. Students will learn the Python programming language, applying the skills in real world science applications.  We will also discuss the world of engineering through geometric shape design starting with polyhedrons and working our way to the rhombicuboctahedron using everyday materials. And when hand-created models aren’t enough, we will create complex three-dimensional scenes with Google SketchUp.  We can even explore the world of DNA and bioinformatics.  These topics represent only a few of the possible projects students may select.  Other topics may include:  artificial intelligence, computer circuit design, binary arithmetic, software engineering, graph theory, floorplan design, and numerical analysis.  

 

Medical Mysteries! Becoming a health detective

Alissa Mathias

This class will explore basic human anatomy by discussing the structure and functions of the heart, muscle, brain, and other systems. After covering the normal function of these systems, we will then delve into medical disorders dealing with each of the systems and become detectives working on case studies. We will also discuss various autoimmune disorders and touch base on cancer pathology as well. By the end of the summer, you will learn how to unveil certain “medical mysteries” and will leave FSI with a stronger understanding of anatomical systems of the human body.


2015 Course Descriptions

Atoms: They Are All That Matter

Sean Hoskins

Summary: Everything in our lives is a product of fundamental chemistry and physical properties.  From apparently simple technologies, such as AA batteries, to more complicated technologies such as MRI scans, to immensely complicated procedures such as thought—every aspect of our world is just some combination of elements on the Periodic Table.  In this course, we explored the enormous and dense information contained in the Periodic Table, created 3D models of molecules, navigated and received hands on experience with the technologies chemists use on a daily basis, investigated the secrets contained in genetics, delved into how energy is stored in food, and how medicines are engineered to help save lives.  By the end of this course, students received a deeper understanding and appreciation for chemistry and now understand the theories behind some exciting innovations in solar energy, pharmaceutics, genetic engineering, and much more.

 

Earth, Wind and Fire: The Forces that Shape our World

Rebecca Kipf 

Summary: This course took us through time and space as we looked at the creative and destructive forces that have shaped our world. We looked at past and present natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and droughts as well as their impact on human populations. We also explored the science behind our understanding and the challenges brought on by these forces of nature. Participants in this course were challenged to increase their Earth Science knowledge, communicate scientific ideas, and use STEM principles to explore solutions to challenges offered by the world we live in.

 

The Human Body: How We Move and How We Improve

Nicole Wood

Course Summary: Physical activity is a part of our daily lives. Whether it’s a sport that we play, a weekend hike in the mountains, or a simple walk in the park, our bodies respond to this activity by changing for the better. Kinesiology and Exercise Science programs are growing in attendance in Universities across the U.S. and often provide a stepping stone for Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, and the like. With the prevalence of obesity and disease in the U.S., learning how we can improve quality of life through movement is necessary. But first…we discovered where it all starts…structure and function of body systems! We learned basic concepts as they apply to the Skeletal, Muscular, Cardiovascular, and Respiratory Systems, and discovered how physical activity provides positive physiological adaptations to each system. Students had the opportunity to get hands-on experience and examine how these concepts can be applied in a laboratory or real-world setting.