ESP Biography



ANDREW ZHOU, UMich CS grad, Capital One developer. Quite tall.




Major: Computer Science

College/Employer: Graduate of Michigan, Software Engineer at Capital One

Year of Graduation: 2022

Picture of Andrew Zhou

Brief Biographical Sketch:

I went to Splash from 2015 to 2017.

Now I'm back, but this time as an adult.

I make things, most of which aren't good, but entertaining nonetheless. Expect no different for my classes.

My actual portfolio, if you want: https://www.kiptoke.com/



Past Classes

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C15139: How to Fail AP Computer Science in Splash 2022 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2022)
"My hope is that this code is so awful I'm never allowed to write code again" I did terribly at AP Computer Science and so can you! Join me as I not only teach you bad computer science, I will *badly* teach you bad computer science. (And maybe, if we still have time at the end, I can answer your questions about actually doing computer science in both college and work)


Z15140: An In-Comprehensive Overview of Nuclear Weapons in Splash 2022 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2022)
At 5:29 AM on July 16, 1945, the world was forever changed. In that instant, a bomb called Gadget lit up the skies of New Mexico in the warm orange glow of nuclear fire. As the mushroom cloud rose above the desert sands, everyone suddenly realized the implications of what they had created. The Atomic Age had begun. Join us in this entirely informal and in-comprehensive look into nuclear weapons, from a technical, historical, political, strategic, and cultural perspective.


Z15175: The Orange Pill: Why You Should Become an Urbanist in Splash 2022 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2022)
"You’re here because you know something. What you know you can’t explain. But you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life. That there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there; like a splinter in your mind; driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me… Do you know what I’m talking about?" You can see it when you look out your window and see endless seas of cut-and paste suburbia. You can feel it when you go outside... and can't go anywhere without a car. Unsafe streets. Unaffordable housing. Unusable transit. There is something *wrong* with suburbia. But there is a better way. And in this class, we can show you what that is. Take the orange pill... and we'll show you how deep the rabbit hole goes…


A15177: Beeps, Boops, and Bops in Splash 2022 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2022)
Ever listen to music from old Nintendo and Sega games and go like: "I wanna make music like that?" Then this course is for you! In this class, we'll explore chiptune music - the history, the technique, and the practical - with plenty of examples thrown in! Learn about what makes chiptune... chiptune, and how you might be able to make it yourself.


Z15178: Making Government Your Playground in Splash 2022 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2022)
In 2018, a bunch of people exploited a legal loophole in Kansas state law in order to run to become the Governor of Kansas. The twist? Most of them couldn't even vote. The others? Not even from Kansas. The story does not end there. Join me as I explore one of the most strange, weird, and incredible elections in American history - involving betrayal, crime, ridicule, and a dog.


C15179: A Crash Course in Video Games in Splash 2022 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2022)
Video games! You know them, you love them... But do you know how to make them? Join me as we not only learn about how to make video games, but also how to make fun, engaging, and exciting games. We'll cover all the fundamental requirements to make video games - design, programming, sound, and graphics. Also, we'll cover some of the more practical aspects of game development: What software can I use? How do I get started? Where can I find game dev opportunities?


Z15180: Political Insanity: Weird Elections in History in Splash 2022 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2022)
How did one of the most prolific leaders in World War Two lose in one of the largest blowouts in their country's history? What happens if one of the presidential candidates... dies? Is it possible to lose against nobody? How does an election get 1000% turnout? What even *is* going on in the UK? Come and find the answers to these questions and more, as we explore some of the weirdest elections to have ever occured in global politics.


Z15312: Uncle Sam's Wild Ride in Splash 2022 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2022)
How do you get the electorate to vote for you? From aggressive attacks, to campaign jingles, to literally saying "vote for me or else your kids get nuked," political advertisements have been a staple of American politics since it's very inception. Join us as we explore political ads throughout American politics, not only through analyzing the advertisements themselves, but also through an understanding of the context and the people those advertisements were for. (For the sake of avoiding modern political arguments, we're only going up to the year 2000.)


P15316: Secure. Contain. Protect.: A Guide to the SCP Foundation in Splash 2022 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2022)
There is a hidden world out there. A world of anomalies, monsters, and terrors beyond our imagining. In that world, one group works behind the veil to protect humanity and the world. That group is the SCP Foundation. This is their story. Join me as I show you a quick introduction to the SCP Foundation - one of the greatest collaborative writing projects on the internet.