ESP Biography



CLIO MACRAKIS, Environmentalist/Cook/Educator




Major: Civil and Environmental Engineer

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2018

Picture of Clio Macrakis

Brief Biographical Sketch:

I'm a 2018 MIT alum pursuing environmental urban planning. I'm an avid reader and love cooking!



Past Classes

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Climate Change Science in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
Discover the science behind climate change and its impacts, including why carbon dioxide is produced, the impact of other greenhouse gases, and the chemical and ecological effects in the ocean, on land, and in the atmosphere.


Fun Facts About the Ocean in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
Did you know that horseshoe crabs came from life on a meteorite? That stingrays store electric energy from lightning? Or that starfish can move 20 mph when prompted? None of those facts are true, but we'll talk about some equally surprising facts about ocean life!


American History Through Comics in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
Superheroes were popularized during and after World War II when Americans needed hope against crime in cities and international violence. Comic strips in general represent much of the culture of their time, from politics to technology to social life. We'll go through American history (~1920-present) through the lens of comics to see how we can learn from the past through publications made for children and young adults.


How to Run A Splash in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
Ever thought about what happens behind-the-scenes when you sign up for Splash classes? Or how all of our teachers and classes fit into MIT's classrooms? Splash takes months to plan, and for good reason. Come learn how we make Splash happen every year!


Anything you could want to know about the oceans in Spark 2018 (Mar. 17 - 18, 2018)
Learn about anything related to the oceans, from hydrothermal vents and the make-up of corals reefs to marine mammal classification and global thermohaline circulation. Intrigued? Don't know what any of that means? This is the class for you!


All about ocean water! in Spark 2018 (Mar. 17 - 18, 2018)
You probably know that ocean water has salt, but do you know about everything else in it? Learn about ocean water and use sampling methods to compare water samples!


Make Your Own Snow Globe! in Spark 2018 (Mar. 17 - 18, 2018)
Make your own snow globe with household materials that you can take home!


How to Run A Splash in Splash 2017 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2017)
Ever thought about what happens behind-the-scenes when you sign up for Splash classes? Or how all of our teachers and classes fit into MIT's classrooms? Splash takes months to plan, and for good reason. Come learn how we make Splash happen every year!


Unconventional American History in Splash 2017 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2017)
Have you heard about the Founding Fathers about a million times by now? Memorized the U.S. Presidents in order and all the states and capitals? In this class we're going to ignore conventionally-taught history and explore other ways of understanding culture. We will mostly be covering the past three decades, and I hope you continue your search of unconventional history to long before that to suit your interests!


Spontaneous Marine Biology in Splash 2017 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2017)
Learn about marine biology through various objects including (but not limited to): sediments, rocks, model fish, shells, and products made out of substances coming from the ocean. Come with curiosity and questions so we can talk about marine biology!


Anything you could want to know about the oceans in Spark 2017 (Mar. 11 - 12, 2017)
Learn about anything related to the oceans, from hydrothermal vents and the make-up of corals reefs to marine mammal classification and global thermohaline circulation. Intrigued? Don't know what any of that means? This is the class for you!


Why Earth can't just sit still in Spark 2017 (Mar. 11 - 12, 2017)
What does it mean when people say we're heading towards an ice age? Why has the Earth's climate changed so much since the Earth was formed? How does climate change fit into all of this? Explore the feedback mechanisms that affect the Earth's global climate in the long term.


Making Science Games in Spark 2017 (Mar. 11 - 12, 2017)
In this class you'll come up with a board or card game about a topic of science your group is interested in, and then play each other's games. Interested in colonizing other planets? Building more efficient transport systems across the country? Modifying food webs? Exploring the ocean floor? You can build your game about anything you want!


<>< The Sea-cret Life of Fish ><> in Spark 2017 (Mar. 11 - 12, 2017)
><(((*> Fish come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. -~-~-~*< From reef fish to open water fish to flat fish and spiky fish, each adaptation is suited to the fish's environment. Come learn about why fish are so diverse and how these differences help fish survive and reproduce! >[((*]o


Anything you could want to know about the oceans in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
Learn about anything related to the oceans, from hydrothermal vents and the make-up of corals reefs to marine mammal classification and global thermohaline circulation. Intrigued? Don't know what any of that means? This is the class for you!


Da Vinci's Devices in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
Leonardo da Vinci was an engineer, artist, naturalist, and many other things. However, he built very few of the inventions he came up with. Try your hand at building them with the designs and materials provided!


How to Run a Splash in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
Ever thought about what happens behind-the-scenes when you sign up for Splash classes? Or how all of our teachers and classes fit into MIT's classrooms? Splash takes months to plan, and for good reason. Come learn how we make Splash happen every year!


Intro to Geology! in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
Geologists are happy people and you can be one too! We'll show some cool rock samples from New England and beyond and talk about why silicates, carbonates, and halides make the kinds of materials they do. We'll also discuss the Earth's formation. Did you know the core is made of iron because iron is heavy and it sunk to the center?! Obligatory joke: rock on!


Point A to Point B: Urban Transportation in Spark 2016 (Mar. 12 - 13, 2016)
Do you ever get tired of waiting for the bus? Do you rely on a car because there's no public transportation near your home? Explore the way that cities are built for certain kinds of transportation, and best urban planners by designing a car-free, sustainable city!


The Laudable Leonardo (da Vinci) in Spark 2016 (Mar. 12 - 13, 2016)
Inventor, painter, scientist, naturalist, engineer, urban planner, anatomist. Leonardo da Vinci did all this and more. Learn about da Vinci's work with everything from optics to organs, flowers to flying machines, and appreciate the genius who studied it all.


Marine Biology and Climate Change in Spark 2016 (Mar. 12 - 13, 2016)
We will cover a range of marine biology topics including the biology, chemistry, and physics behind different ecosystems. Marine biology is fun! Unfortunately, climate change is not. Learn about how climate change is affecting the oceans and what people are doing about it.


Creepy Crawlies of the Deep Sea in Spark 2016 (Mar. 12 - 13, 2016)
In the deep sea far from any sunlight, the oceans are teeming with life. Explore the weird and fascinating organisms that live in the deep ocean and why they look the way they do.


Adventures in Marine Biology in HSSP Spring 2016 (Feb. 20, 2016)
A mollusk walks up to a sea cucumber... This course will focus on how to present marine biology in a visual form. Students will learn about marine biology systems focusing on cells, organisms, and ecosystems. Throughout the course, we will be exploring scientific concepts, participating in hands on activities, and creating marine biology models through food, cloth, and clay. By the end of the six weeks, students will have a solid understanding of micro to macro life in the oceans and will have visual models to show for it. ...with fronds like these who needs anemones?? (Finding Nemo, 2003)


Printmaking! in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
Learn about printmaking, and make your own stamp! There will be plenty of materials for you to test your handmade stamp on; make cards, books, or anything you want. If you have a design in mind for your stamp, please bring it with you!


Ocean Sciences Bowl in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
You've probably heard of Science Bowl, but how about Ocean Sciences Bowl? Come learn random and fun facts about the ocean before putting your newfound knowledge to the test in a friendly buzzer-style competition!


How to Ocean Bowl in Spark 2015 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2015)
Interested in learning about the oceans? Love the ocean and want to know more? Learn about the National Ocean Sciences Bowl competition while exploring every aspect of the ocean (biology, chemistry, physics, policy, technology, etc.). Questions will be strongly encouraged, and expect to compete with each other at the end (may include prizes)!


Printmaking! in Spark 2015 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2015)
Learn about printmaking, and make your own stamp! There will be plenty of materials for you to test your handmade stamp on; make cards, books, or anything you want. If you have a design in mind for your stamp, please bring it with you!


Intro to Climate Change in Spark 2015 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2015)
Have you heard the words "climate change" but never really been sure what they refer to? How about the difference between global warming and climate change? Find out more about how our planet is changing and brainstorm ways to do something about it!


Printmaking! in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
Learn about printmaking, and make your own stamp! There will be plenty of materials for you to test your handmade stamp on; make cards, books, or anything you want. If you have a design in mind for your stamp, please bring it with you!