Track I-3 Descriptions

Moneyball: Sports Statistics

This class will be an introduction on how math can be used to improve the performance and predict outcomes in professional sports. Did you know that many gamblers, managers, and sports enthusiasts use simple mathematics to analyze a range of statistical and probability-related questions in baseball, basketball, and football? Sports fans can learn much from probability theory and statistical models.

Some of the questions students will try and answer in this class will be:

1.         How does the MLB evaluate hitters?

2.         Are single hitters more valuable than power hitters?

3.         Should baseball teams almost never try to bunt?

4.         Should NFL teams pass or run more often on first downs?

5.         What are the protocols for selecting a national champion in college football?

Water, Water Everywhere: Understanding Water Quality!

Students will collect and analyze data from multiple sources to determine if the water flowing through the Red Cedar River supports a healthy ecosystem.  On day 1 students will learn about water quality measures and observe microscopic aquatic organisms under a microscope.  On day 2 students will collect samples of river water and complete tests to determine the levels of dissolved oxygen, phosphates, nitrates, dissolved solids, fecal coliforms, turbidity, and pH of the water.  On day 3 students will enter the water and collect macroinvertebrates and, using dichotomous keys, classify organisms.  Students will use all the information collected to synthesize a claim about the health of the water in the Red Cedar River.

Hacking with Glitch

With Glitch, an online website remixing site, you learn to dive into someone else’s code to see what make it tick. This website has games, synth generators, and much, much more.

In this course, you will:

  • Explore JavaScript, CSS, and HTML
  • Remix and edit web code
  • Learn how to add features to existing templates
  • Work with other developers’ code