1. Advanced Baseball Statistics: The Game within the Game/John Drexel & Matt Fox
We will take a non-traditional approach to evaluating a player’s overall worth as a baseball player.Using Major League Baseball, this class will discuss the development of modern theories, various data sets, publications, and research methods commonly used in the sabermetric industry.Topics include:game strategy, park factors, DIPS theory, MLB’s economic system, clutch hitting, and the MLB Draft.Students will draft their own team and learn to most accurately assess the most valuable players to ever play the game.
2. Ancient Myth, Modern Interpretation/Danielle Ranneft
Myths in ancient times were used to explain the origin of the world, the seasons, lessons of life, and even wars involving gods, goddesses and heroes. These myths have captured the minds and imaginations of generations of writers, artists, musicians and filmmakers. Explore some of the most powerful myths and appreciate modern interpretations of them. Write a poem or short story, paint or sculpt a work inspired by a favorite myth.
3.Behind the Scene of Stranger Things: Mind Control, MKUltra and the CIA/Emma Lyders
What is truth and what is fiction in the popular Netflix series, Stranger Things? Explore the history of Project MKUltra and the Central Intelligence Agency. Consider questions of ethics encountered in national security, and various experiments the CIA performed in the interest of protection. We will also discuss storywriting and storytelling and how to develop story based on history. After you’ve learned more about the background behind the show, you’ll write a scene of your own.
4. Burn After the Reading: The Secrets of Codes/Stephanie Gloor
This course will explore the different types of ciphers and how they were used throughout history.Students will learn how to encrypt/decrypt messages using the Atbash cipher, the Cesar Shift, the Pigpen/Masonic cipher, the Polybuis Square, the Vigenere cipher, the Playfair cipher, the Columnar Transposition cipher, and book ciphers.
5. The Chronicles of Narnia: Lessons from the Lion/Rev. Beth Holden
Enter the world of Narnia, meet a fearsome lion, battle a white witch, and discover Christian theology. As we explore C.S. Lewis’ classic, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, we’ll have tea with Tumnus, cook up some Turkish Delight candy, create our own armor, have a mock battle for Narnia, and view movie clips from the Disney version of the book.
6.Composing Music with Garage Band/Charles Estes
An introductory course in composing and editing music in a computer based environment.In this course you will learn hoe to create and edit music using Garageband and other software.Lessons will include audio recording, using virtual instruments, audio effects, and music sequencing.
7. Cryptozoology, UFOlogy, and the Paranormal: I Want to Believe/David Framel
In the world of Cryptozoology, UFOlogy, and the Paranormal, photographic and video evidence of the existence of unknown creatures, “lights in the sky,” and ghostly images is compelling, but is it all a complete hoax? The class is designed to evaluate a history of stills and videos and discuss their credibility, while students analyze methods of photofakery and ultimately create believable forgeries that rival what is out there, using computer graphics, Adobe Photoshop software, and iMovie.
8. EHS Project Runway: History, Design, and the Fashion Industry/Beverly Rutledge & Hillary Houle
Do you have a passion for fashion? Join us and learn about the history of fashion and how current designers are reinterpreting design. We’ll discuss basic sewing and construction terms, and then develop a collection based on your story. Finally, you’ll create one of your designs to wear on the EHS Runway.
9. Food Science/Krista Holter & Cade Slepitza
Food Science is the study of producing, processing, preparing, evaluating, and using food. The field crosses many branches of science including Biology, Botany, Physiology, Zoology, and Bacteriology.Students will conduct laboratory investigations, use scientific methods and make informed decisions using critical thinking and problem solving.Students will study a variety of topics including the following:Nutrition, metabolism and energy transfer in living organisms, homeostasis, food additives, food safety, and food preparation.
10. For Those About to Rock... A History of Rock/Alice Berry
"What’s your favorite band? Who are that group’s favorite artists? Who influenced them? What influenced them? Would you like to be able to talk knowledgeably with your favorite musicians about their biggest influences? We explore the beginnings of rock (blues, jazz, and country), follow it through the major periods of popular music, and end up with a better understanding of your favorite bands today.”
11.Glass Fusing/David Trauba
A fundamental course into the world of glass fusing. Students will learn to safely and properly create glass pieces using various techniques of forming and firing.
12.Hollywood ate My Novel: Film Adaptions/Courtney Arnold & Nina Brocavich
“OMG, they made it into a movie?! I loved that book! Oh, but why did they change so much- the movie is so different from the book!”Have you ever wondered why movie adaptations of novels deviate from the text so much?Have you ever been disappointed in those changes?Or preferred the changes?In this course we will compare and contrast many of today’s most popular film adaptations – but don’t worry, if we haven’t already thought of some of your favorites, we welcome your suggestions!
13. Intermediate 3-D Printing/David Langford
We’ll have fun designing really cool things to print from our 3D printers. Using the Idea Lab to give shape to our ideas, we’ll create the print files with a 3D Scanner or with a CAD program will be the first step.Then we’ll refine our designs with each printing. We’ll print with different plastics, and metals. The process will be challenging and fun.Best of all, you can keep whatever you make. *Sophomores and Juniors only*
14. The Irresistible Allure of Illusions/Alan Bradshaw
We love the idea of magic because it makes what was previously believed to be impossible, possible, in a matter of seconds.The real life performance of magic gives us the pleasure of seeing what we think we know about the world being proven untrue and, even if we know it is a trick, we are delighted at the results.This course will seek to explain the history and cultural importance of magic in the United States.Students will learn-hands on!- how magic tricks are created, the importance of practice and the value of social psychology.
15. Intro to Dance/Frank Vega
Even the Impact Dancers and Fred Astaire had to start somewhere, and you can start in this dance class for complete beginners, even if you think you have two left feet. Learn ballet, jazz, and tap, as well as some history of the art and discipline of dance.Dance to classical, pop and hip-hop music, just to name a few styles. You'll even help choreograph a final piece.
16. Introduction to Computer Languages and Mobile Phone Apps/Alan Duncan
This course is an introduction to mobile phone application development.It is meant to introduce students to Open Source programming, help students understand how mobile device applications are created, governed by Google and Apple, and developed by individuals.
There will also be an introduction to programming languages C++, Java, and Python for those interested.
At the conclusion of the course, students should be able to install the development tools needed to create mobile applications and popular high-level languages, build a simple mobile application, and distribute an application as a test application.
17.Intro to Podcasting/Kerry Hofmeister
No matter what your favorite topic is you can dig deeper into it in this class.Throughout IT you will become an expect in the growing media format of podcasting.You will write, record, and edit a full length podcast episode on the topic of your choice solo or with a partner.During this class you can explore your passion while learning new technical skills.
18.Japanese Culture through the Lens: Kurosawa and post-war Japan/Evan Chastain
Akira Kurosawa created some of the most influential films of all time, with directors such as Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, George Lucas, and Francis Ford Coppola citing him as an influence. Yet at their core, Kurosawa’s films express the fears and desires of a Japanese culture reeling from the devastation of World War II and attempting to forge a new identity in a changing world.We will look to understand and experience Japanese culture through the lens of Kurosawa’s films and historical reference.
19. Lego Robotics/Michael Hunt
Interested in robotics or think you might be? Why not take this course to explore the possibilities? You’ll have fun unlocking your imagination, practicing creative problem-solving, and exploring the world of building and programming robots. You’ll construct robots out of LEGOs and teach them to meet a variety of physical challenges.
20.Love is Hilarious: Modern Day Romance in Film and Literature/Bob Matthews
Ice Cream? A blanket? Tears at a predictable ending? If this setting feels familiar, come examine the Romantic Comedy through an intelligent and critical lens. We will identify the traditional structure of the modern romantic comedy, look back at some of Hollywood’s most memorable offerings in the genre, identify the modern classics, and find out exactly how Greek and Elizabethan Theatre birthed the movies that people love to cuddle up with today. With all of this new knowledge, each student will write an outline and do a fantasy casting of their very own romantic comedy.
21. Macro Photography/Kate Philbrick & Amy Gready
Ever wanted to take a picture of teeny tiny things--like the nose of Lincoln on the face side of a penny or the eye of a dragonfly? You don’t need a special lens or camera to take those pictures in this class! We will use everyday objects like a Pringles can and duct tape to make compelling photographs of miniature objects in an effort to see the world from a completely different perspective.
22.Man Up! The Psychology and Culture of Being a Man in Modern Society/Dan Binder
What does it mean to be a man? In today’s increasingly diverse and gender-neutral society, men and boys are more confused than ever about their roles, their behaviors, and what it means to be an honorable, well-rounded man.In this class, we’ll dig beneath the stereotypes of “chicks, cars, and muscles” to explore deeper understanding of what it means to ‘man-up’!
23. Media & Song in World War II / Ray Balch
In this interim course, we will explore how these functions were effectively implemented by watching and analyzing films, documentaries, cartoons, etc., made during WWII as well as listening to songs popular during the Second World War. We will also watch a relatively recent movie or two and contrast their portrayal of America’s involvement in World War II.
24.Model UN/Ray Balch
Students who are registered members of the EHS Model United Nations Club will use this course to prepare for the upcoming Houston-Area Model UN conference in February. Students will use class time to prepare position papers for their assigned country/committee.
25. Money, Money, Money!/Wade Summa
Don’t be intimidated by finance! Learn how to invest, save and manage your money, putting it to work for you. Learn about the history of US currency the stock market, credit cards, auto/college loans, investments, savings accounts, etc. In a low-key, relaxed environment, you’ll learn everything you need to know to handle your business, save for the future, and make the most of your money!
26. Musical Theatre: Pure Americana/Garmon Ashby & Kristina Burgess
A complementary course to the Theatre Tour the first week of IT.Students in this class would be required to sing, dance, and act sections of the Spring Musical Lucky Stiff while also learning the history of the American Musical Theatre.This is a required course for all students cast in the musical as well as the students traveling with the touring production of The Women of Lockerbie
27. Not Just Pocahontas: Exploring Native American Culture/Mary Newton
Native American cultures existed very early in the Southwest and are a part of our heritage.We will study Native Americans of the Southwestthrough music, film, poetry, stories,and myth.We will make art: a print of an Indian design, a dream catcher, a sand painting, and/or a beaded pouch used for carrying seeds, small tools, or good-luck charms. We will visit the John P. McGovern Hall of the Americas at the Museum of Natural Science and have a nature walk or visit the butterfly collection. We will try our hand at making fry bread.
28. Politics of the Olympics/Travis Smith
Terrorism, racism, nationalism boycotts, corruption, women’s rights, and a host of other global issues have colored, tainted, and helped shape the Modern Olympic games.Students will explore how sport serves as a backdrop to global issues and how these battles were not waged in a court room or on a battle field, but on the field of play.
29. Requiems and Rituals: Exploring Sacred Passing in World Cultures/Brad Telford
Students in this course will creatively investigate how different cultures prepare and grieve their Departed.From the Episcopal Church’s Rites for the Burial of the Dead to the Zoroastrian’s Tower of Silence, from cremations along The Ganges to the practice of Famadihana in Madagascar (which involves costume changes, of all things!) students in R & R will engage creatively, intellectually, physically, and spiritually in the tender rituals of honoring and memorializing loved ones.
30. The Rhetoric of the NFL: Communications and Media/Jessica Adams
Ever wonder what it would be like to work for the NFL? Could you tactfully handle the press? Set rules and dole out consequences? Understand the complexities of cap space and build a successful roster? Stop playing fantasy- experience the NFL through the eyes of the experts!
31. Rise of Superheroes and their Impact on Pop Culture/Ashley Saunders
From Superman and Spider-Man, to the Avengers and the Hulk.We will explore the rise of superheroes and how they have evolved and impacted culture.
32. Social Entrepreneurship: Business is Dog HELP Dog/Mark Raggett
Since TOMS exploded onto the scene there have been a growing number businesses specifically designed to do good in the world. This course will study the history of social entrepreneurship, and the different models followed by these fascinating new hybrids of business and charity. We will get to hear from local social entrepreneurs (Erica Raggett of A 2nd Cup and Jeff Kaplan of New Living) who are doing business in new and creative ways. The culminating project will involve writing and presenting a business plan for your own social entrepreneurial endeavor.
33. South American Food and Culture – Brazil and Argentina/Amalia Pflaumer & Bill Warren
Do you love the movie Rio and wish you could visit Brazil?Does the thought of visiting an Argentine steak house make your mouth water?This course will offer you the chance to sample the food, language, and culture of these two unique South American countries right from the comfort of your desks here at EHS.Join us to explore the diverse society, geography, music, festivals, etc., of Brazil and Argentina.
34. Taking the EW out of SEWing/ Katheryn Ray & Anne Riley
Have you ever watched Project Runway and wished you had the sewing skills of Christian Siriano rather than Heidi Klum? Have you ever been stranded on a deserted island and needed to hem the length of your skirt? Is redecorating your room on a budget all you can dream about? If so, this is the IT course for you! Your perspective on sewing will go from “EW!” to “Cool!” At the end of IT, you will have various projects including pajama shorts, an apron, and a composition book cover!
35. Tantalizing Tessellations: The Art of Mathematics/Joanna Papakonstantinou & Jaime Collier
Come create mathematics as you create art. The relationship between mathematics and art is seen all around us in patterns, symmetry, sculpture and architecture. You will investigate the geometry and the art in tessellations. After you learn how to tessellate a plane with different geometric figures, you will create your own unique tessellation and make a fabric of the pattern. You will also learn how to use Photoshop, Cyanotypes, and digital printing with photography.
36.Visions of the Future/John Flanagan
Visions of the Future focuses on science fiction and facts in man's attempt to predict the future.The primary goal will be for student groups to present their own vision of the future, in words, art and possibly performance.Daily programs will include discussions, movies, short stories, project work, futuristic games and activities.
37. The Wonderful World of Disney/Eric Lerch
For all those Peter Pans who refuse to grow up, let’s go get Tangled with Alice in Wonderland as we explore the magical world of Disney. We will go to Infinity and Beyond as we study the Walt Disney Corporation, including its history (like the Rescuers who saved it from bankruptcy), its business model (how it makes more money than Scrooge McDuck), and its relationship to culture (like what the differences between Snow White and Mulan tell us about ourselves).Beauties and Beasts, Dwarves and Dalmatians are all welcome to join.It will be pure Fantasia as we go Under the Sea with the Little Mermaid and Up in the sky with Aladdin on a flying carpet.Don’t be a Sleeping Beauty or get Frozen and miss this opportunity. Be Brave and sign up for “The Wonderful World of Disney!”
38. Yo Ho Ho, A Pirate's Life for Me: A History of Pirates/Jennifer Succi & Krystal Irven
“Yo ho, yo ho, A pirate’s life for me.” Learn about Blackbeard, Barbarossa, William Kidd, Stede Bonnet, Anne Bonny and more! We will explore the facts vs. fiction behind treasures found and lost by the legendary pirates. We will dive into the history of pirates including modern pirates. Come join our interactive class through movies, books, flags, maps and a scavenger hunt!
39. Yoga/Leigh Anne Raymond
Is your life stressful?Yoga can help!Students will study the practice of yoga, including the first series of moves and inversions.Students will be taught how to incorporate different meditative practices into their daily routines to promote relaxation and well being.