Some of the more popular stories of our time take place in fantasy worlds, where extraordinary characters play by unique and captivating rules of an author’s creation. In this program, students will read and debate the merits of constructed worlds. Working with a guide, they will scope out worlds of their own, starting with a fictional map, and moving on to languages and customs of the characters they create. Students eventually bring their worlds to life in the medium of their choice.
Consumers respond to brands of all sorts, including fashion, home goods and even education (like Expanse)! But creating a personal brand requires understanding and responding to a market. In this session, students will read and analyze actual business case studies. Working with a mentor, they will pitch a product idea, create sketches and prototypes, analyze demand and competition, and establish a go-to-market strategy.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing the way we do business, looking at information from the past to develop rules and discover patterns that simulate and predict the present. Sounds logical, doesn’t it? Yet the roots of cutting-edge AI can actually be found in Aristotle’s foundations of logic! As a result, students enrolled in this session will sharpen their reasoning skills by working through parts of Aristotle’s formal logic before getting into the foundations of Python and other object-oriented coding languages. They’ll balance this rigor with deep, moving conversations about where AI is today and how far it can theoretically go, discovering authors and AI thinkers such as Alan Turing and Judea Pearl. The course culminates in using Python to develop an online game.