Splash for MIT

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Splash for MIT 2019 is happening on Jan. 30! Scroll down for details.

What is Splash for MIT?

Splash for MIT is a one-evening IAP event where MIT students present unusual, entertaining and edifying lectures on a variety of topics. Come to teach, learn, or do both!

Regular classes vary in length from twenty minutes to one hour. There will also be a program-long Firestorm (5 minute classes) open to anybody and taught by anybody. Multiple classes run simultaneously, so you can choose whichever sounds most interesting. Pizza and snacks will be provided.

Splash for MIT is a hybrid of some of ESP's past programs: Splash (MIT teaches high-schoolers), Firehose (learn everything at CPW), and Firestorm (learn everything at Orientation). If you've been to any of these programs, you have an idea of what Splash for MIT is like.


When: Wednesday, January 30th, 7-10 PM
Where: Building 56, 1st floor
What: Lots of classes, by MIT students, for MIT students!
How: If you want to learn, just show up! You don't have to come at the beginning or stay for the whole time. We plan to serve pizza sometime in the earlier half of the program, but snacks will be free as long as supplies last.


Here is the tentative schedule for Splash for MIT 2019 and may be updated.. Click the schedule to see a bigger version. There is no prior registration required; just show up to the classes you would like to go to!

Splash for MIT Schedule

Class Descriptions

Here is a tentative list of classes that will be taught at Splash for MIT 2019. This list will be updated periodically.

Integration Bee Integration competition like the ones in the MIT IAP integration bee! Live competition with a prize for the champion! Ahaan Rungta

Being a Proud Tribesman Give an American soldier a heavy pack, and moving becomes harder. Give it to an African villager, and moving becomes easier. Turns out they're just better at walking than us. And standing and sitting. Come learn why everything you know about posture is wrong. Superpowers to be had from this class include the ability to see things directly behind you and being able to sleep on a wooden log. Some increase in height may be expected. Warning: Upon completion of this class, your life may feel like an endless massage. You may also experience a sudden urge to replace all your furniture. Prerequisites Bring a jacket, or something else soft and moldable. We will be using it to modify the shape of chairs. James Koppel

The woke history of calculus Calculus is that most central discipline which underpins so much of modern technology. Come learn the story of its development. You may have heard of the fight between Leibniz and Newton, but what of the feud between Descartes and Fermat? We will discuss how bishop Berkeley argued that calculus lends support to the church against secularism. Also on our menu is the events precipitating the the 19th century reformulation of calculus and how that enterprise ended up giving us set theory. Come hear the song of Cavalieri, Fermat, Barrow, Euler, Cauchy and Cantor. The mathematicians who quietly chipped away at functional dependence in the background. Bridging the worlds of philosophical impossibility and computational necessity. As a fun little tidbit, I will also briefly discuss the work of Marx (yes, that one) on the foundations of calculus. Mendel Keller

Fiction Writing For when you've exhausted all your excuses for an extension request. Rona Wang and Sam Pauley

Esoteric Java Topics Generics, Autoboxing, Anonymous classes, Lambdas. (If time allows can include garbage collection, string interning, the constant pool, class loading(bootstrap and otherwise), etc). This class doesn't need a computer. Prem Chintalapudi

The Theory of Counterattacking: Strategies in Starcraft Counterattacking is a concept that shows up in virtually any subject of interest: chess, karate, stock trading, sports, and our favorite, games. In this class, we will show you how to execute powerful counterattacks by analyzing the unrivaled king of fast paced strategy games, Starcraft II. First we'll show you how to play, and then we'll delve right into replays of the world's best players executing sharp counterattacks to demonstrate the beauty of this concept. By the end of the class, you'll be able to make higher level strategic calls that will devastate your opponent. Whether you're looking to become a better Starcraft player, improve your chess game, or challenge your problem-solving skills, this class is perfect for all backgrounds and skill levels. Brought to you by Starleague, MIT's Starcraft club. Thomas Xiong and Karthik Nair

Ruby Red Appreciation Come learn to appreciate the world's best juice - Ocean Spray Ruby Red! Byron Xu

What Is Going to Happen to You Tomorrow How to Prepare to Survive In Future World Robert Solomon

Arrange with MIT VGO! Interested in orchestral arranging and composing, but never had the opportunity to practice writing music for instruments? Come to MIT Video Game Orchestra's hour-long arranging workshop to (collectively) arrange a few tunes and hear them played live by a small instrumental ensemble! All are welcome to spectate, and we will share tools and techniques to help you get started if you are interested in participating in arranging. Joey Gu, Sebastian Franjou, Andrew Lin

Special Relativity: A crash course Ever wanted to learn the secrets that Course 8s learn in 8.033? We'll see how much material we can derive/understand in 20 minutes. (Imagine a Relativity Firestorm going for 20 minutes) Paolo Adajar

Sporcle Trivia Come put your random knowledge to use! Bring your own laptop or play as a group. Learn a new way to waste time! Elisabeth Bullock

Topics in Introductory Mathematical Game Theory A brief introduction to classic strategies and results in a selection of mathematical games. With a focus on positional and Nim-like games, this lecture will cover interesting and approachable topics in introductory mathematical game theory. Tiwa Aina

Last modified on Jan. 30, 2019 at 03:33 p.m.