ESP Biography



DANIEL RICHMAN, Daniel Richman's droids went rogue a while back




Major: 6

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2017

Picture of Daniel Richman

Brief Biographical Sketch:

Daniel competed in FIRST Robotics, National Science Bowl, and Science Olympiad. As organizer of his high school's Science Olympiad team, he did Fermi Questions for two years and built Gravity Vehicles from tinker toys and cardboard stolen from hotel dumpsters. The best tool is the one you have with you...



Past Classes

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Reasoning about Infinity in Spark 2017 (Mar. 11 - 12, 2017)
Do you know what $$\infty$$ means? Want to learn some math they won't teach you in high school? We'll talk about sets, how to count numbers, different kinds of infinity, and a thing called Hilbert's Hotel.


Intro to Geology! in Spark 2017 (Mar. 11 - 12, 2017)
Geologists are happy people and you can be one too! We'll talk about rocks and the structure of the Earth and see some cool maps. Did you know that ancient volcanoes are buried under Massachusetts?


The American Judicial System in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
The Supreme Court makes a lot of news. Did you know you can skip the news blurbs and read argument transcripts and legal orders yourself? We'll give a quick overview of the American justice system and discuss some key branches of the law. Then we'll jump in and look at some decisions!


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!


American Public Transit in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
Public transportation: subways, buses, ferries, trolleys, railroads. But also paratransit, bicycle sharing, and commuter vans. We'll discuss case studies of recent failures: Boston's Green Line Extension, the Washington Metro, and the Bay Area BART system. Our question: what is transit today, and what should it be? We'll see a brief history of public transportation in America, its financing, and the origin of the word "commuter."


Intro to Graphics Programming with Processing in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
Always wanted to do computer programming, but didn't know how to get started? We'll learn how to think the way computers do. Then we'll program some cool graphics/animation programs in Processing. Not for you if you have substantial programming experience.


Close Looking: Examining Art in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
Ever leave an art museum feeling like you didn't see anything cool? Fact: if you know more about how people have cranked out art through the centuries, then you'll notice more about it. We'll do some drawing exercises and take a whirlwind tour of art over the last thousand years.


Grammars and automata and Turing machines, oh my! in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
Computers, in theory but not in practice.


The American Judicial System in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
The Supreme Court makes a lot of news. Did you know you can skip the news blurbs and read argument transcripts and legal orders yourself? We'll give a quick overview of the American justice system and discuss some key branches of the law. Then we'll jump in and look at some decisions!


Mao! in Spark 2015 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2015)
Learn how to play Mao! (It's a card game.) When we say you have to learn how to play the game, we really mean you have to learn it. We won't be giving you any of the rules! For the full experience of Mao, please don't go and search up the rules before coming to class. That just spoils the fun. Don't worry though; at the end you'll take back a sheet containing the basic rules, so even if you haven't figured out the rules by then, you' know how to play the game.


Estimation: Fermi Questions! in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
How many bubbles are there in a bubble bath? How many carbon atoms in a person? Learn the basics of Fermi Questions, then test your powers of estimation in the Fermi Derby!


Intro to Graphics Programming with Processing in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
Always wanted to do computer programming, but didn't know how to get started? We'll learn how to think the way computers do. Then we'll program some cool graphics/animation programs in Processing. Not for you if you have substantial programming experience.


Close Looking: Examining Art in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
Ever leave an art museum feeling like you didn't see anything cool? Fact: if you know more about how people have cranked out art through the centuries (yes, at multiple times in history that's a pretty accurate description), then you'll notice more about it. We'll do some drawing exercises and take a whirlwind tour of art over the last thousand years.


Estimation: Fermi Questions! in Spark 2014 (Mar. 15 - 16, 2014)
How many bubbles are there in a bubble bath? How many carbon atoms in a person? Learn the basics of Fermi Questions, then test your powers of estimation in the Fermi Derby!


Intro to Graphics Programming with Processing in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
Always wanted to do computer programming, but didn't know how to get started? We'll learn how to think the way computers do. Then we'll program some cool graphics/animation programs in Processing. Not for you if you have substantial programming experience.