2019 Class List

ZSAT 001-98 Satori Camper- Resident (22388)
Staying on campus for the entire week.

ZSAT 002-99 Satori Camper- Non- Resident (22389)
Returning home every night.


Morning Session (8:10 am – 10 am)


The Satori Harold (ZSAT 011-18; CRN 22404)

“What makes a good reporter? What is newsworthy? How can I be sure what I read is true? What in the world is a lede? Learn the basics of news writing and reporting ethics while creating a camp archive for web and print. As a Harold reporter, you will be responsible for documenting memorable camp highlights in a daily newspaper distributed to the camp and preserved online, all while learning what makes news, news. Be the eyes, ears, and voice of Satori 2019!”

Course restrictions: Must be a returning Satori camper; high school students only.


Exploring Poetry (ZSAT 011-11; CRN 22390)

This course invites you to explore your personal connection to poetry, and to find- or reconnect with- your poetic voice. We’ll read some poetry, talk about poetry, but, first and foremost, we’ll write poetry and share our work with each other in a safe, supportive and collaborative environment.  The focus here will be on expression, experimentation and creativity. This will be an opportunity for students to work in free verse and more “classical” forms and structures, culminating in an online journal showcasing work from each student.

Infinite Beauty
(ZSAT 011-16; CRN 22395)

I'd try to explain infinity here, but it'd take forever. In this class we'll explore the extremes of mathematics, from the infinitesimally small to the infinitely large. Can you add infinitely many numbers together to find a finite result? What's the smallest value that could actually exist? We'll ponder infinite sums, explore infinitely repeating geometric patterns, and create mathematical fractal art to take home. Come expand your mathematical horizons- infinitely!

There is a $5 supply fee associated with this class, which must be paid at the time of online registration.

We the People of Satori
(ZSAT 011-10; CRN 22417)

Come join the Government of Satori, where we will elect leadership, form committees, draft legislation, debate important issues, and draft our own Constitution. We will work together to find out if we can find a way for the nation of Satori to succeed.

Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Satori! 
(ZSAT 011-17; CRN 22400)

Experience the extraordinary world of African drumming. You will learn techniques for playing several different instruments of West African percussion: double bell, shakers, djembe, and djun djun. We will take these techniques and learn to layer together drum grooves based on Duple and Triple time signatures, explore techniques for developing solos, and perform for other campers. Remember, as a percussionist, the world is your instrument and the grooves are endless!

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility  
(ZSAT 011-15; CRN 22394)

With the rise of popularity in comic books and the characters that live on and off their pages, we will explore different topics of social justice using this form of art and communication. What can we learn and how can we influence what is produced to create a better world? Just remember that with great power comes great responsibility.

The Care and Maintenance of YOU
(ZSAT 011-12; CRN 22391)

Self-care, as you may have seen it referenced in the media, is an often-used term that can mean many different things: From taking bubble baths and petting cats to practical strategies that help a person function to the best of their ability. We will focus on the spectrum of self-care options, taking inspiration from known mental health and philosophical methods. Together we will explore the concepts of mindfulness and creativity as they relate to self-care, and you will have the opportunity to learn and practice activities that you can apply in your daily life!

Can Fuel Cells Save the Planet?
(ZSAT 011-14; CRN 22393)

The demand for energy all over the world is increasing rapidly and existing options are unable to keep pace without serious environmental consequences. Can fuel cells save the planet? In this class we will discuss a variety of energy options with a significant focus on hydrogen fuel cells. During the week we'll talk about the science behind fuel cells, examine the existing and future markets and discuss how fuel cells can work with other alternative energy options to create a solution to the world’s energy needs. In this class you will even get the chance to build a functioning test fuel cell!

Harry Potter & the Key to Hogwarts
(ZSAT 011-19; CRN 25124)

In this class we will unlock the treasure trove of myth, legend, dead languages, history, and alchemy J.K. Rowling used to build Harry Potter’s world. Our texts will include all seven novels, Tales of Beedle the Bard, and Fantastic Beasts. Students will research history, as well as the Potterverse, to found their own school “house,” with representative crest, colors, and sorting song lyrics.

*There is a $2 supply fee associated with this class, which must be paid at the time of online registration.

Supermodel of the World - 3D Modeling and Design 
(ZSAT 011-09; CRN 25125)

Whether you're designing fuel pumps for rocket engines or 3D printed jewelry for your fashion line, you'll often find some common denominators - a passion for creating cool stuff and 3D modeling tools. These tools enable the work of today's designers, engineers, and artists. In this class we'll begin to lay the foundations of 3D modeling and engineering. Covering topics such as parametric modeling, sculpting, finite element analysis, rendering, 3D printing, and even a little bit of CNC programming, you'll come away with the knowledge you need to create whatever you can imagine.


Midday Session (10:30 am – 12:20 pm)

Using your powers for good: Identity, Critical theory, and Social Justice
(ZSAT 011-23; CRN 22405)

In this course, we will think about some important current social issues (for example: civil rights, achievement gap, economic disparities, immigration, gender equality, etc.) and examine many of the personal, social, political, and philosophical complexities that undergird them. In doing so, we will reflect on own stories of identity and the ways we have been/are shaped by societal contexts— and consider the roles/responsibilities as citizens we might have to act out and advocate for our own rights, as well as the rights of others.

The Magic of Physics
(ZSAT 011-24; CRN 22406)

In this class, we will be applying the laws of physics to the mysterious world of magic tricks. Come learn to fool your friends with your brain power. We will be using playing cards and other props to learn magic. As well, the class will get to build our own magic props and take them home so that you can wow your friends and family with your magic tricks!

Life of Games
(ZSAT 011-38; CRN 22418)

Gaming has been a part of human culture for as long as we have history. Games have been played to pass time, practice skills, or strengthen social bonds. More recently, research has been done into other benefits of this popular hobby, and in how to harness its power most effectively. Students will explore aspects of game design and how they generate buy-in, the history of gaming as a whole, and how we can improve ourselves using this information.

Just Dance  
(ZSAT 011-27; CRN 22413)

Want to learn some basic dance steps in a stress-free and fun environment? Want to learn some cool moves to try out at the Satori Dance? Then put on your dancing shoes (or just closed-toe shoes in general) and learn how to get your boogie on in the following styles: Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern, Tap, and Broadway.

Swords, Skulls, and Sonnets: A Modern Look at William Shakespeare
(ZSAT 011-28; CRN 22416)

You have probably talked about him in school. You have probably read or seen Shakespeare performed, probably in movie form. So why are we still doing these dusty 400 year old plays? Let’s really dig into the cannon, and see what makes these timeless stories tick. Let’s learn the smart, funny, and often bawdy Bard.

Rubik’s Cube Math 
(ZSAT 011-21, CRN 22397)

Impress your friends with new Rubik’s Cube skills — and dazzle them with feats of Math! We’ll delve deep into the mathematics of the Rubik’s Cube and other puzzles and games, plus you’ll learn the beginners’ method for solving a cube! You’ll bond with your cube all week as you practice algorithms and ponder its mathematical depths — and if by the week’s end you can demonstrate a solution, then that cube will be yours to keep forever! Note: this course is designed for someone who has never solved a Rubik’s Cube puzzle before; if you already know a solution method, please allow space for others in this class. Class fee is to provide cubes.
*There is a $10 supply fee associated with this class, which must be paid at the time of online registration.

Pop the Music 
(ZSAT 011-26; CRN 22408)

Why do songs become popular? In this class, we will explore pop music history, genres, influences, styles and what pop music does to dictate, change and make culture in our society. Guest speakers in this class will include radio DJs and pop musicians.

The Secret Society of Linguists 
(ZSAT 011-29; CRN 22414)

Older than science, books and even math; language has been the hallmark of humanity. It binds us together and makes us a community. Campers will look at examples of a variety of languages, from Latin to Klingon and German to Elven, to learn the basic fundamentals of Linguistic Theory and to construct their own secret language.

Digital Instrument Lab
(ZSAT 011-25; CRN 22407)

This course will lead you through all of the steps necessary to design and build an unique electronic instrument including sound creation, instrument design, and creation.  Participants will create a working digital and physical instrument during the week.

The Science of Learning
(ZSAT 011-22; CRN 22409)

You learn new things every day. Have you ever wondered what affects your learning? This course will provide opportunities to engage in activities and discussions that illustrate fundamental principles of how people learn. You will explore factors that influence learning, ways to improve your own learning, and implications for teaching others. In this course we will also compare how individuals learn to how knowledge bases progress.


Afternoon Session (1:10 pm – 3 pm)

Evolutionary Anatomy
(ZSAT 011-20; CRN 22399)

Vertebrate life is highly diverse, but there are many shared features that highlight its common origin. In this crash course on anatomy and physiology, you will explore mechanisms of physiological processes as well as compare the anatomy of multiple vertebrae species. This course will involve examination of anatomical structures at multiple levels and an opportunity for you to get your hands on (and inside) a variety of vertebrate species.

Make a Wisdom Save!” : Dungeons, Dragons and Philosophy (Cap: 18)
(ZSAT 011-35; CRN 22411)

In this class, we will learn how philosophy can help us better understand ethical problems and live better lives by playtesting a modified version of the Dungeons and Dragons, the greatest role-playing game ever created! Students will create characters and navigate a mythological world together. We will also take breaks from roleplaying to discuss some of the many philosophical questions posed by D&D. This class is open to new players and D&D fanatics alike! So, roll for initiative and answer the call to adventure! If you do, you just level up in real life!

Get this Party Started!  (ZSAT 011-37; CRN 22415)

Have you ever wondered what it takes to DJ the Satori dance? The class will cover DJ theory. We will be focusing on audio equipment, digital technology, music types and styles, building set, playlists and learning how to lead interactive games. Learn how to jump from Lil Wayne to Frank Sinatra and from dubstep to hip-hop and back. If you’re lucky, you may even get to help DJ Satori’s dance!

Persuade Them: Using Words to Get What You Want (ZSAT 011-13; CRN 22392)

The ability to change another’s mind is an extremely useful skill to have, a skill you can use while writing essays for college or to get your way when choosing where to eat. This class will teach you that skill. We will focus on clear logic and carefully crafted language in our quest to convince. We’ll also spend time looking at the persuasive attributes of logical fallacies and the targeted use of cognitive dissonance. We’ll explore many rhetorical theories of persuasion and ways to combine multiple techniques into effective arguments. And we’ll practice these skills in both verbal and written mediums.
(Please note: this class does not guarantee winning facebook arguments, though it may help.)

Memoir & You
(ZSAT 011-32; CRN 22403)

An exploration of memory and expression, truth and fiction, and the who, what, and why of writing memoir. The class combines reading, discussion, and writing to explore your own stories. Come join this class and learn how to write memoirs like a pro.

Up, Up, and Away! (ZSAT 011-34; CRN 22410)

Do you like smoke, noise, and things that go fast? Then this class is for you. We will build two very different larger model rockets and fly them if the weather permits. We will do this while learning some basic rocketry concepts so you can build and fly your own rockets at home. This includes how rocket motors are made and work, aerodynamics of rocket flight, and safety.

* There is a $20 supply fee associated with this class, which must be paid at the time of online registration.

The Philosophy of Photography
(ZSAT 011-33; CRN 22398)

Have you ever wondered how to turn a good photograph into a great one? In this class we will learn to take better photos with any camera! We will discover the basics of good photography and have the opportunity to apply what we've learned by taking photos during class. Please bring a digital camera--no cell phones.

Can You Dig It? A hands-on introduction to Satori-based Archeology
(ZSAT 011-36; CRN 22412)

Archaeology is a scientific study that is often misrepresented and misunderstood by today’s popular culture. Behind the disguise of hats, whips and rolling boulders, lies an equally exciting if not quite as dangerous pursuit: one that serves as an important check and balance to our constantly evolving sense of human history. In this class, we will learn the fundamentals of Archaeology through a lens of Satori. We will explore the core concepts of archaeological theory, field survey, and excavation while uncovering artifacts from eras of Satori Summer Camp long past. So, if you can’t wait to dig up artifacts and uncover long lost secrets, then this is the class for you.

Judo and Self-Defense
(ZSAT 011-31; CRN 22387)

Ichi! Ni! San! Shi! Students will learn basic karate, judo and self-defense techniques taught in the authentic martial arts atmosphere. The course will include moving basics, kata, basic throwing and falling techniques and knowledge of Eastern culture. The concepts of dignity and respect will be emphasized along with a strengthening of the spirit, which allows the student to push back the limits of their physical prowess.

How to Spot #fakenews (ZSAT 011-30; CRN 22396)

Alien invasions! The collapse of the Space Needle! Dewey Wins! All of these events had real-life impacts, but they were all #fakenews. In our current climate, it can often be challenging to determine the accuracy and bias of the news media that we consume every time we log in to Facebook or Twitter. Students who take “How To Spot #fakenews” will learn about the history of journalism in America, how to fact-check the media they consume, and what their rights are as student-journalists in their own schools.