ESP Biography

BECCA MASTROLA, MIT geology student, aspiring teacher

Major: EAPS (Geoscience)

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2024

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hi! I'm Becca and I am a geology student at MIT. I'm super passionate about teaching (especially about the Earth and space) and sharing my story. I can't wait to meet you!

Past Classes

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S16004: Digging Deeper: 4.65 Billion Years in 150 Minutes in Spark 2024 (Mar. 16 - 17, 2024)
Schist happens! Metamorphically speaking. "How did the Earth form?" "What is Earth even made of?" "Can we predict an earthquake?" "Is California going to fall into the ocean?" "How do we know what's underground without seeing it?" "Where did the dinosaurs go and what was life like before they walked the Earth?" "How do we know when extinctions happened?" "Is the Yellowstone super-volcano overdue to erupt? And will it be the end of life as we know it?" These are just a few of the most common questions we hear as geologists. And we're ready to explore them, and so much more, with you! Tag along on our journey to explore the past 4.65 BILLION years in Earth's history in just 150 minutes! You won't take what we have to say for granite ... except, of course, if it's granite!

S14685: Understanding 4.568 Billion Years in Under 2 Hours in Splash 2021 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2021)
From the tallest mountains to the deepest ocean trenches, Earth's solid exterior is made up of a huge variety of rocks. New rocks are being formed by active volcanoes spewing lava or plutons cooling magma every day. But, most of the rocks we see on Earth are old: billions of years old! And, in Earth's collection of many, many rocks, no two are the same: they each reveal a different aspect of Earth's 4.568 billion years of history! In this class, we'll explore the broader aspects of Earth, both internally and externally. Our goal is to shed light on Earth's incredible features and processes. By the time you leave, we're sure you'll see the world (and maybe even other planets) in a much gneiss-er way! We promise: our schist is pretty cool!

S14335: Exploring the Solar System in Splash 2020 (Nov. 14 - 15, 2020)
Are you interested in traveling across space from the comfort of your socially-distanced couch? If so, come join us on our mission to explore the solar system! On our journey, we’ll investigate the workings of the Sun, terrestrial planets, and gas giants! Additionally, we will discuss some odd topics such as why Mercury is shrinking, possible life on Jupiter’s moons, and why we live inside the Sun! If you’re ready to accept our mission and learn about what might be the coolest star system ever, put on your helmets, strap in, and get ready for lift off in T-minus 3...2...1...!