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SplashX aims to give middle schoolers and high schoolers glimpses of various topics and help them discover what interests them. These videos don't represent full courses and don't require a large commitment -- instead, we hope you'll find them intriguing and learn something new!

Below the Videos section, you can find the full descriptions of the courses. We recommend watching the below videos in full screen mode.



Videos


How to win ALL the time (and not by cheating)


Stanford Splash! Spring 2015

Zandra Vinegar


Practical Neuroscience


Stanford Splash! Spring 2015

David Carreon


Mind and Body: How Your Mind Makes It Real


Stanford Splash! Spring 2015

David Carreon




How to Get What You Want


Stanford Splash! Spring 2015

Marcus Gomez


Website Development in 45 Minutes


Stanford Splash! Spring 2015

Chaitanya Asawa


Brain Teasers


Stanford Splash! Fall 2015

Eric Macias





Introduction to Particle Physics


Yale Splash! Summer 2013

Ben Horowitz


Life of War: Becoming a Spartan


Yale Splash! Summer 2013

John Urwin


False Memories: When What You Remember Never Happened


MIT Splash! Fall 2015

Laura Eckman





Minimum One-Way Mars Settlement


MIT Splash! Fall 2015

Bruce Mackenzie


How to Catch the Bad Guys or Become Them Using Math


Stanford Splash! Fall 2015

Jake Hillard & William Kuszmaul




Full Descriptions


How to win ALL the time (and not by cheating)



Stanford Splash!

Zandra Vinegar

Do you like playing games? Winning games? ALL the games? Come learn how to play some common paper-and-pencil games (Dots and Boxes, Say 16, and Nim included) so well that no one will ever beat you again. And the game strategies I'll cover can be applied to everything from chess to the stock exchange.


Practical Neuroscience



Stanford Splash!

David Carreon

What is the brain? How does it work? How can I make it stronger?

You’ll learn about awesome experiments that show that the brain can be rewired, remolded and strengthened. You’ll meet someone operating with half a brain (literally), people who built physical strength just by thinking about it, and people who rewired their brains and cured mental illnesses with the power of thought. We’ll cover what you need to know about the brain.

If you’ve got a brain, you should take this course! :)



Mind and Body: How Your Mind Makes It Real



Stanford Splash!

David Carreon

Can a sugar-pill cause morphine release? Can hypnosis cure blindness? Can looks kill (literally)? Can getting shot not hurt?

We'll talk about old history and new science developing around "mind-body" medicine, how your mind and brain affect your body in really interesting ways. We'll meet people with paralysis who can regain their movement, and blind people can regain their sight by the power of words. We'll see how the brain can produce pain completely independently of any "physical" cause.

We'll discuss theories of how the brain might be involved in diseases like fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome.

If that's not enough, you'll learn about ritual executions that rely on the victim's expectation, and soldiers in WWII who get shot but don't seem to mind.

In short, we'll explore the strange and perplexing frontier where Mind meets Body.



How to Get What You Want



Stanford Splash!

Marcus Gomez

All human minds work along the same fundamental lines. We all go through the same processes when making decisions, becoming friends, and building relationship. This class teaches you to make use of the similarities in human thought to get what you want. Topics include influence theory, contract theory, and general cognitive science.



Website Development in 45 Minutes



Stanford Splash!

Chaitanya Asawa

Ever wanted to build your own website? Ever wanted to easily advertise for something? Ever wanted to create a business? Ever wanted to show off? You're going to need to build a website to do all that!

You'll learn how to create a static webpage very quickly and the basics of web development -- and, most importantly, how it's not too bad. We'll make a fun, little homepage for someone/something to demonstrate that!