Track S-2 Descriptions

Science Olympiad

Founded in 1984, the Science Olympiad is a year-round extracurricular event for students who enjoy science, math, or engineering. It’s nationwide, consisting of 6,000 across all 50 states at both the middle and high school levels. GUPPY’s Science Olympiad workshop is designed to introduce students to some of these competitive STEM events and gives them the chance to do their best against their classmates in knowledge, coordination, and engineering through mini events based on the original Science Olympiad events.

Monday: A is for Anatomy 
Tuesday: Optics 
Wednesday: Projectile Launcher Build & Calibrate
Thursday: Projectile Launcher Test & Compete
Friday: Write it, Do It

Prime Numbers

They say that prime beef is the best beef, so prime numbers must be the best numbers, right? Well, maybe prime numbers are not the best, but they are very important. You can probably figure out the first several prime numbers in your head. But as the numbers get bigger, it gets harder to know if they are prime (quick, is 91 a prime number?). For thousands of years, people have been curious about ways to find prime numbers. In this class, we’ll learn why 1 is not considered a prime number and learn about the Greek mathematician Eratosthenes, and how he invented one such way more than two thousand years ago!

Mon: Is 1 a Primer Number?

Tue: The Sieve of Eratosthenes: A method for finding prime numbers.

Wed: Prime Factorizations.

Thur: The Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic.

Fri: Are there an infinite number of primes? Can we prove it?

M.A.N.G.A. Jr.

Learning a new language, especially Japanese can offer many benefits.  Learning Japanese opens up opportunities to view new movies, anime, music, fun characters, and understand a whole new culture. 

M.A.N.G.A. Jr. will serve as an introduction to basic Japanese vocabulary and grammar through a fun but structured learning process. The emphasis will be on coordination of structure and verbal communication skills. The students will practice Japanese through key sentences, dialogues with the sensei (teacher), exercises, and other tasks. Students who wish to continue beyond GUPPY may apply for the GATE M.A.N.G.A. class offered for high school credit!

Mon: Introductions and basic greetings

Tue: Learning how to count and learning how to write your name in Japanese; calligraphy.

Wed: Origami and learning how to use chopsticks.

Thur: Anime, MANGA, and traditional Japanese culture

Fri: All about Japan’s geography (Presented by a native Japanese elementary school student, if available)