Walter Payton College Prep
Seminar Menu

Fall 2016

Please peruse the seminar menu before making your selections.
Note: If you have been accepted into one or more sign-up seminars, you must make seminar selections anyway! Your choices may be necessary in the event of program changes.

ID Code Title Description Teachers Session
0 0 Faraway places Interested in travel? Do you find yourself binge watching travel shows? Want to know more about culture and conflict? Do you pride yourself on knowing international geography? We`ll watch travel shows, sample some international foods, quiz ourselves on maps, and more.

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0 0 Lip Sync Battle Prepare for the ultimate battle. Based on the segment from The Tonight Show, we will prepare a couple of songs and compete for the Lip Sync Champions title. Students will work together in small groups each seminar to memorize lines, create choreography, add that little something special, and then present the songs and vote for the top performances. Lewis

First
0 0 Ishti - Resilience through Dance Using folk and contemporary Indian dance, Kinnari Vora and Preeti Veerlapati created a piece, entitled Ishti, around the topics of resilience and perseverance. They were awarded Chicago`s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Individual Artists Program grant to produce their work based on the art of accepting and celebrating failure through resilience. Join us to discover this great dance work, learn about process of creating Ishti, explore journaling, meditation, and yoga, and create your very own piece. Lewis

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0 0 Islamophobia: When Prejudice Changes Lives In this seminar we will investigate the swelling Islamophobia that is gripping both the United States and Europe, with a focus on the difference between fact and fiction. Additionally, we will learn about the impact these fears have on the lives of Muslims and will arm ourselves with the knowledge to interrupt Islamophobia when we encounter it. Spooner

Second
0 0 Beginning Improv Learn the basics of being in improvised (comedic) scenes. Push yourself to be in the present moment and connect with others. Improv training also helps build confidence and communication skills. No experience necessary! Tani

Second
0 0 Girls Who Code Girls Who Code programs work to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Together with leading educators, engineers, and entrepreneurs, Girls Who Code has developed a new model for computer science education, pairing intensive instruction in robotics, web design, and mobile development with high-touch mentorship and exposure led by the industry’s top female engineers and entrepreneurs. The curriculum includes monthly project-based activities, the opportunity to build real-world software, and a final project that impacts your community. Tani

First
0 0 Printmaking Experiment with traditional and contemporary art-making processes and materials used to design and print images by hand. If you love to draw or paint, this is for you! Specific processes covered: Linoleum carving and printing, stencils. Picard

First
0 0 Vocal Jazz Ensemble - Invitation Only Students will explore vocal improv and style. Johnston

First
0 0 Electronic Music Production Come learn about the basics of electronic music production, performance, and songwriting. No experience necessary -- just an open mind. Mowery

Second
0 0 Astronomy Research Students in this seminar will be conducting authentic astronomy research. There are several different projects you can choose from. Some possible examples of research are the Citizen Science Projects – professional astronomers make their data available and ask you to use it for specific observations; Asteroid Search - you look for new asteroids or confirm the orbits of previously known ones; New Young Stars - looking for new young stars in nebulae. BargeJ

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0 0 Vocal Master Class with Sacha Mullin Attention singers and POP/SOS members! Professional vocalist and songwriter Sacha Mullin will teach a master class on contemporary vocal performance. The classes will discuss what it`s like to be a working singer as well as concentrate on building important vocal skills. There will be sessions on essential vocal technique and theory for singers as well as an exploration of various voice careers: lead singer, backing singer, session singer, ensemble member, director, et al. Contemporary music will be analyzed with emphasis on integral female performers: Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Carole King, Laura Nyro, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, Aaliyah, and Madonna. Acting like a master class, each student will perform one song for the rest of the class as a `recital` by the seminar`s end. Intermediate to advanced vocalists only. Baldwin

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0 0 Stage Combat: Small Sword Introduction An elegant weapon, the smallsword requires precision, a quick hand, and a light touch. Join us as we explore the stage combat basics - the artful bladeplay and footwork - of what is commonly called the gentleman`s blade. We will move through fundamental techniques required for simple stage choreography, culminating in a choreographed piece of stage combat. Wasielewski

First
0 0 Show Me the Riffs! For intermediate and advanced guitarists. A great guitar riff will give you goosebumps and cause the hairs on the back of your neck to tingle. They`re loud, abrasive, memorable, and scary at times. Guitar riffs are the backbone of the blues, rock `n` roll, and metal. Each week will be dedicated to learning a new song with iconic/awesome riffs. From the blues to Black Sabbath, from the Kinks to Nirvana, the riffs will be strong in this seminar.

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0 0 Computer Programming for (very) Beginners Computer Programming is a topic that I have been interested in learning about for some time. If you want to join me in this pursuit, sign up! There are some good online resources to help us learn. If you know anything about programming, its probably more than I know, but feel free to sign up and offer your expertise. BargeN

Second
0 0 Beginning Girls Lacrosse Seminar Come learn how to play one of the fastest-growing girls sports around! Have fun picking up the basic skills of the game and putting them to the test with scrimmages and other cool activities! All skill levels are welcome; prior experience is not required. Espinoza

First
0 0 Board Games Come De-stress and hang out and play different board games. Get to know your peers by having fun, de-stressing and coming up with different strategy for Monopoly or Connect 4 to name a couple games or bring in your favorite game and or learn a new one. Bertoni-Mancine

First
0 0 Sprucing Up Old Skateboards Bring in old skateboard decks and make them look cooler than new! Picard

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0 0 Judo Learn the Japanese martial art of Judo under the guidance of Sensei Brett Wolf. Judo, which translates into “The Gentle Way”, has been part of the Olympics since 1964. Sensei Wolf has been head instructor of the Menomonee Judo Club since 1998 and is certified to teach visually impaired athletes Judo. All participants will be provided with Gis (traditional Judo uniform)to wear during class. All interested students are welcome! No experience is necessary. Wynn
Mowery
First
0 0 Music 101 Love music? But ever wonder how it`s made? In this introductory seminar you will have the opportunity to explore the lives and lifestyles of influential musicians who have left their makrs on the musical landscape. Through discussion and documentary film, you will understand the rigorous process of making music, from the inception of the song, to its recording, and finally to you the listener. Gemskie
Wu
First
0 0 Northwestern University Neuroscience Seminar EXCITING NEWS! WPCP has partnered with Northwestern University Brain Awareness Outreach (NUBAO) organization to offer Payton students who are interested in the field of neuroscience the opportunity to learn from graduate students about many exciting and interesting neuroscience topics, current research conducted by graduates themselves at NU, and hands-on activities that will develop your neuroscience knowledge and skills. The space is limited and the demands for this seminar is high. Torres
Ashley
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0 0 SOS This seminar is for students in Payton`s SOS program Johnston

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0 0 Jazz Improv Students will explore the art of improvising jazz. Practical chordal theory and scales along with the various styles of jazz and blues will be presented. Students should have at least one year experience on their particular instrument. Rode

First
0 0 Small Ensemble Need 1 year experience in band/orchestra. Anything from tuba duet, flute trio, clarinet choir, brass ensemble is possible.should consult with instructor before registering. Rode

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0 0 Financial Investment - Morningstar Market Prep Have you ever wanted to know how people make money on stocks and bonds? Real analysts from Morningstar, Inc. will teach you the how to become a savvy investor through in-class activities, a simulated stock market game, and a day of shadowing at the corporate office in the Loop. Galson

First
0 0 American History Movies Can we learn any history from movies, or are they just great entertainment? Each week we will watch a great movie, discuss it, and read an article or research the accuracy. Movies will range from Casablanca and High Noon to Iron Man and The Dark Knight. These movies will be our lens into both the past time period and arguments historians (and film makers) are making about the past. (No repeat students please. Leave room for people who haven`t taken the seminar.) Weiss

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0 0 True Crime Seminar Be prepared to learn about some of the most famous True Crimes in American History. We will dive into the stories surrounded around OJ Simpson, Jon Benet Ramsey, Amanda Knox, Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, etc. This isn`t for the faint hearted! Zacher

Second
0 0 Cross Stitching for All Levels Cross stitching isn`t just for grandmas anymore! Needlework is a great way to relax and be creative at the same time. You can work off a pattern or design your own piece to reflect your personality. Whether you`re a seasoned expert or picking up a hoop for the first time, join us! Mahoney
Figenshu
Second
0 0 Rome Seminar Here is our chance to plan for our trip and to learn more about the ancient civilization and culture of the Romans that we will be visiting in Italy before we travel there this spring. Gemskie

Second
0 0 Ripped From the Headlines -- Legal Issues in Today`s World Discuss and explore a variety of current events involving different fields of law. Topics will be selected using a combination of class suggestions and relevant news sources, and could include constitutional law, business transactions and/or disputes, sports and entertainment law, criminal cases, and more. Improve your analysis and argumentation skills while learning about and engaging in in-depth conversations on current issues in the law! [This seminar will be led by outside presenters with a collective 35+ years of experience in law.] Mahoney

First
0 0 Manga and Anime Manga refers to the paper comics created in Japan and Anime is essentially manga in motions, usually presented as drama series. In Japan, people of all ages read Manga. Topics of Manga cover a variety of themes from history, adventure, science and so on. If you enjoy watching anime, or reading manga, or would like to make new friends with those who love manga and anime, or just simply want to improve your Japanese skills, then join us. Xu

First
0 0 Living Out Loud WCPC has partnered with Ms. Collins, a licensed therapist, to engage you in meaningful activities that will promote self-reflection, vulnerability, and voice to unlock the power of sharing your story to empower your voice and the voice of others.This seminar is for anyone who has ever been impacted by someone`s story. Bauer

First
0 0 Nurturing Conversation: A Women’s Interfaith Dialogue Ever noticed the lack of interfaith spaces at Payton? By discussing our experiences as women across the spectrums of faith and religion, this seminar will build Payton’s first interfaith community. We will meet with Chicago religious leaders, study texts on topics that range from spirituality to social justice, and explore the intersections between religious denominations. This seminar is open to women of any religion—Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Christian, etc.— interested in dialogue founded on respect, wonder, and peace-building. Greer

First
0 0 Melbourne Exchange 2017 We will learn about the country of Australia, develop our service project, and work on fundraising. Students that have been selected to participate in the Melbourne Exchange should enroll in this seminar. Robinson
Vinluan
Second
0 0 College Pioneers You will be a first generation college student(means that neither of your parents earned a four year college degree.) College may seem far away. You might feel uncertain about how and when to start thinking about college. Undergraduate? Small liberal arts? Majors? Greek life? What do all those college terms mean, anyway? How do you know if a college is a good fit? Should you already know what you want to major in? Get the answers to these and all of your other questions. Learn how to research the academic, social and financial aspects of a college. Familiarize yourself with important resources that will support your post secondary planning. Local college visits and guest speakers will be included in this seminar. Ortiz

First
0 0 Cosmos: A spacetime odyssey Exploring deep space. Wrapping your mind around time-dilation. Discovering MULTI-verses beyond our own universe. Neil deGrasse Tyson. If any of these topics interest you (including Neil), then considering joining us during this seminar to watch episodes of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and discuss its implications with your peers. The only requirement is a willingness to open your mind, broaden your perspectives, and think about your role in a world/universe/multiverse that is much bigger than you can even imagine! Figenshu

First
0 0 30 for 30 30 for 30 is an Emmy-nominated series of documentary films from ESPN. The series highlights important people and events in sports history. Open to individuals that have not taken this before. Menacho

Second
0 0 The New Explorers Wander into the city and beyond to see what there is to see. Sign up for The New Explorers. Visit the only coal mine in the city or try to get a butterfly to land on you. Get up close and personal with a beluga or feel the breeze on your face as you cruise down the Chicago River or bike along the lakefront. Discover the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and revel in the scenery of a botanic garden. Enjoy the company of some of your favorite teachers and just the fact that you are in school but not at school all while you explore our great city of Chicago. Tolias
Cristiano
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0 0 Long Distance Running Improve your mind, body, and spirit through long distance running. Students will run, and run, and then run more. Our goal is to train students to participate in a sanctioned 5K, 10K, 1/2 marathon, or even a marathon. Focus will include improving your stamina through distance and your time per mile. Students must have proper attire and running shoes. Dress appropriately, we run outside. Kinderman
Galson
Second
0 0 Moo Do Tae Kwon Do Strengthen your mind and body, practice self-defense, and get a workout. Learn some basic techniques in a non-competitive, self-paced environment. Espinoza

Second
0 0 Volunteerism at Salazar Make a difference in the life of a child! Engage with children and teachers across the street at Salazar Elementary School. Gonzalez

First
0 0 Greenhouse and Gardening Love the plant world? Want to learn some basic botany? Seminar will expose you to gardening techniques, plant biology, greenhouse practices, and horticulture. We maintain the Payton greenhouse and garden on Wells. Chau

Second
0 0 Vocal Jazz Ensemble - Invitation Only Students will explore vocal improv and style. Johnston

First
0 0 Inside the Culinary Industry: Eating and Writing Are you as interested in food and food culture as Mr. Newton? Do you love Anthony Bourdain? Do you like to eat? Do you like to write? With the help of Chief Cookie Officer and Owner of Warm Belly Bakery (also seen on the food network`s Christmas Cookie Challenge), Joe DelaPena, we will focus on understanding food, food culture, and food writing by reaching out into the various neighborhoods in Chicago and speaking with industry experts, grabbing late breakfasts and early lunches, and writing about our experiences. Upperclassmen (juniors & seniors only) Please bring $15 per seminar and your ventra card to cover cost of food and transportation for the week. Funds will be provided for students on free and reduced lunch. Newton

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0 0 Portfolio Building This is a selective enrollment seminar for students who are serious about building an art portfolio to apply to art school or to supplement their college applications. You must be signed in by the teacher. See Ms. Guizzetti ASAP

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0 0 Tin Can Banjos and Thumb Pianos Create an orchestra of musical instruments using simple household materials and other found objects. This seminar features woodworking with hand tools and power tools. No previous experience required. You don`t have to be a musician,either--but an appreciation for art, and a creative eye and ear will help. Guizzetti

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0 0 Stage Combat: Small Sword Introduction An elegant weapon, the smallsword requires precision, a quick hand, and a light touch. Join us as we explore the stage combat basics - the artful bladeplay and footwork - of what is commonly called the gentleman`s blade. We will move through fundamental techniques required for simple stage choreography, culminating in a choreographed piece of stage combat. Wasielewski

First
0 0 Investigating the Cinema Juniors and Seniors only. A critical and in depth look at what makes a great film. Focus will include character development, cinematography, and plot twists. Parents must approve the viewing of mature films. Kinderman

First
0 0 Strategic Board Games Are you looking for something better than the average board game? Do you want the chance to exercise your intellect and develop strategies in the pursuit of victory? If so, this seminar is for you! In Strategic Board Games, you will get the chance to play a variety of fun, strategy-based games such as: Settlers of Catan, Power Grid, Puerto Rico, Pandemic, Diplomacy, and others. Ultimately, you will either reflect upon your experiences or create your own game! So join us and get ready to play. Strategic Board Games: these aren`t the games you played as a kid. Caines

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0 0 Beijing Exchange 2016-17 This is a sign up only Seminar. Wu
Lu
Second
0 0 Debate Open to all students who are on the debate team or interested in joining the debate team. Enrichments will be used to do research on this year`s topic and constructing arguments for both sides of the argument. Vinluan

First
0 0 West African Dance Experience the spirit of Africa in this high-energy movement class as you learn traditional dances. There is also the potential for collaboration with the African Drumming seminar. Lewis

Second
0 0 Hula Dancing Learn the ancient and beautiful art of Hula Dancing from a professional instructor, Ms. Lori Murphy. Imrem

First
0 0 Science Entrepreneurship Seminar The Science Entrepreneurship Seminar will take students through the process of identifying a problem within the Payton community, using ideas of STEM to create a product, and pitching a physical prototype to the community. If ideas receive interest from the community, students will have the opportunity to manufacture their product for those who choose to invest. Person

First
0 0 Wanderlust – Deutschland Seminar Interested in learning about German culture, food, language, geography, music and movies? Ever wondered how it would be like to travel to Germany, or what it would be like to be a teen in Germany? If yes, then this is the Seminar for you! We will write letters to, talk to and get to know students in Germany, “travel” throughout Germany to explore the sights the country has to offer, learn fun German sayings, listen to German music, watch German movies, cook German food and explore the cultural and historical connection between Germany and U.S.A. through field trips, with specific attention to the German community in Chicago. Newcomer

Second
0 0 Documentary Storm If you love watching documentaries about life, culture, science, environment, music, history, politics and much much more then join this seminar. Every seminar you get to vote on a documentary of your choice, and then watch and critically discuss the film with your peers. The purpose of this seminar is to broaden our horizons and give us the opportunity for perspective taking. Newcomer

First
0 0 Portfolio Building This seminar is for students building a portfolio to apply to ART SCHOOL or to supplement their college application. You must have teacher approval. selected students ONLY. Guizzetti

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0 0 Financial Skills For Teenagers Initiative Learn financial skills and receive an education in economics from a range of professionals from the banking world! We`ll explore budgeting, saving, and investing, to better prepare you for economic independence. Different people throughout the PNC bank organization will come and give lectures and lead activities every seminar allowing students to learn from a variety of professionals. Valuable financial skills aren’t taught in school, so come take advantage of this great opportunity to learn some. Hyman

First
0 0 Baja, Mexico Marine Ecology Trip 2016-17 This seminar is only for those students who are selected for the Baja, Mexico Marine Ecology Trip. Torres

Second
0 0 We Need New Forms: Play Reading & Writing Read Plays. Write Plays. Explore the elements of the Dramatic Arts. You will have the opportunity to select the types of plays we read together while crafting your own ten-minute play. Catlin

First
0 0 A Payton Horror Story Do you like watching horror movies?! We will watch a range of horror movies from classics to modern and look at the similarities and differences between the movies. How have horror movies changes through the years? How have they stayed the same? We will answer these questions as our hearts race! Ingham

Second
0 0 West African Drumming Come experience the power of the African drum with your own hands! Students will explore a variety of West African rhythms and develop their technique through the distinctive sound of the Djembe drum. By the end of the semester you will learn how to make your hands speak, and become acquainted with the BASS, the TONE & the SLAP! Our ultimate goal is to perform with the African Dance seminar which is also offered this semester! You don`t need to be a master drummer, but your enthusiasm is a must! This seminar will be offered during the 2nd period of seminar. Frost

Second
0 0 Global Glimpse Global Glimpse, is an award winning not for profit organization working to inspire America`s next generation to become responsible global citizens through after school programming and a 3-week transformative summer travel in the developing world.

Second
0 0 Strategic Board Games Are you looking for something better than the average board game? Do you want the chance to exercise your intellect and develop strategies in the pursuit of victory? If so, this seminar is for you! In Strategic Board Games, you will get the chance to play a variety of fun, strategy-based games such as: Settlers of Catan, Power Grid, Puerto Rico, Pandemic, Diplomacy, and others. Ultimately, you will either reflect upon your experiences or create your own game! So join us and get ready to play. Strategic Board Games: these aren`t the games you played as a kid. Caines

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0 0 American Sign Language Seminar Join us in learning American Sign Language. This seminar will be taught by an certified American Sign Language teacher and enthusiast. Quintero

Second
0 0 Hip Hop: The History, The Music, The Moves, The Culture Russell

First
0 0 Climb On! Climb On! You know that climbing wall in the gym--the one that looks impressive but you never see anyone climbing on?--well, that wall is a hidden gem, and it’s waiting for you to unearth the joy and the challenge of climbing. Climb On! is a course that welcomes everyone, from total n00bs who are excited to learn, all the way to beta-spraying big-wall-sending veterans. You will be part of a fun and enthusiastic team of learners who master the fundamentals of rock climbing movements, belaying, and top-roping. Here you will have a good time exercising while also pushing past your perceived limits. Mr. Walker fell in love with climbing during his time living and teaching in Estes Park, CO, and he is looking forward to sharing his love of the sport with you. Climb On! Walker
Ang
First
0 0 Why Read Novels? Many of us enjoy reading a good novel for pleasure, but the demands of school, home, work, etc., do not leave us time to sit down and get through a book that commands attention. Each seminar session will be spent reading a novel of your choice, with occasional discussions of what we are reading and why we enjoy it (or not), literature generally, or what the activity of reading means to us. Menacho

First
0 0 KIDS Advisory Board Program The Chicago Kids Advisory Board is sponsored by the Clinical and Translational Research Program at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The KIDS program is for youth who are interested in healthcare and health research professions, who will focus on understanding, communicating and improving health, medicine, research, and innovation for children. The program consist of two phases: for the first semester seminar sessions the goal will be to provide the students relevant information about conducting medical research on children and then for the second seminar sessions the goal will be to have the students assist in the planning and implementation of medical research. Therefore, for students who would like to get involved, we expect a full year commit to this seminar. Srivastava

First
0 0 I Am We WE is a movement that exists for one reason: to make the world a better place. We are shameless idealists who believe that there is a version of our highest selves that comes from living a life of daily legacies. Our lives take on a deeper, transformative meaning when we impact the lives of others. I am WE. For more information check out https://www.we.org/we-movement/our-beliefs/. Service oriented, student led seminar. Paulsen

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0 0 PoP Payton`s women`s acapella ensemble rehearsal time. Members only. Roster will be provided. Johnston

Second
0 0 Magnetar Youth Investment Academy Don’t wait – Start learning about money management and finance today! Join Payton’s Magnetar Youth Investment Academy. As part of the Academy, students will join our Investment Team that will compete in the Magnetar Academy Team Challenge, a citywide stock trading competition. You will also participate in an individual stock trading competition that will award a college scholarship to the 10 students at with the highest-performing mock stock portfolio. Further information about the Magnetar Academy can be found at www.MagnetarAcademy.org. Seminar will be led by Senior Curriculum Director from University of Chicago`s STEM Education Office. Paulsen

Second
0 0 Paper Crafts Learn to use paper in various ways to make beautiful, decorative, and useful products! Ang
Srivastava
Second
0 0 Introduction to Archery Introduction to Olympic Recurve Archery: Learn the foundational techniques and approach to archery. Students will learn some history of the sport. No prior experience needed. Ortiz
Bertoni-Mancine
Second
0 0 Financial Investment - Morningstar Market Prep Have you ever wanted to know how people make money on stocks and bonds? Real analysts from Morningstar, Inc. will teach you the how to become a savvy investor through in-class activities, a simulated stock market game, and a day of shadowing at the corporate office in the Loop. Galson

First
0 0 Global Glimpse Global Glimpse, is an award winning not for profit organization working to inspire America`s next generation to become responsible global citizens through after school programming and a 3-week transformative summer travel in the developing world. Quintero

Second

Sign-Up Seminar Menu

ID Code Title Description Teachers Session
0 0 Nano Aquatic Biotopes Biotope: an area of uniform environmental conditions providing a living place for a specific assemblage of plants and animals. A biotope is generally not considered to be a large-scale phenomenon. For example, a biotope might be a riparian park, a Midwest prairie garden, potted orchids in a greenhouse, or even a small fish tank. In other words, the biotope is not a macroscopic but a microscopic approach to preserving the ecosystem and biological diversity. Biotopes can fit into your daily activities and lives. Thus even armchair biologists and ecologists can participate in biotope creation and continuing management. In this seminar, students will be assigned a nano aquarium to create a discrete biotope. Creations can range from biotopes mimicking an African Rift Valley lake, Asian fast-flowing river, Fijian coral reef, Amazonian blackwater tributary, and so on. The options are only limited your imagination and roughly 10 gallons of water. You will learn about: • Ecology • Water chemistry • Aquarium husbandry • Environmental impact of coral reefs • Aquatic plants • Aquatic biotopes Chau

Both Sessions
0 0 Romanic Landscapes 2017 For students traveling to the UK to climb mountains. Wasielewski
Gonzalez
Both Sessions
0 0 South Africa Trip This seminar is for students traveling to South Africa in 2017. Silvia
Walker
Both Sessions
0 0 Romanic Landscapes 2017 For students traveling to the UK to climb mountains. Wasielewski
Gonzalez
Both Sessions
0 0 PALs This seminar is where we will prepare lesson plans for Freshmen and debrief after completed lessons. Spooner
Bowles
Both Sessions
0 0 Beijing Exchange 2016-17 This is a sign up only Seminar. Wu
Lu
Both Sessions