ESP Biography



KEVIN YUE, MIT Senior, Computer Science




Major: 6

College/Employer: Self-Employed

Year of Graduation: 2013

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I'm an MIT alum who likes to claim that I am an expert in all things non-academic. I have played many sports ranging from football to martial arts to swimming to Ultimate Frisbee. I love board games; and have gotten quite good at some of them (I have beaten a former US champion at chess).I also love music, particularly singing, I was the head of one of MIT's a cappella groups. I also love to teach people new skills and run programs, which is why I am teaching MIT splash.



Past Classes

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Battle School in HSSP Spring 2015 (Feb. 21, 2015)
Do you get bored in class? Do you ever wonder why teachers rarely cover interesting topics? Do you like playing games? Have you ever wanted to learn to wield a sword? If so, this is the class for you. At Battle School, I will cover the history of warfare. We will discuss the best and worst tactics, maneuvers, and strategies of the past two millennia. We will examine the greatest commanders of all time, see where they succeeded, and how they failed. And then you will have the opportunity to do better. I won't promise that every one of my students will conquer the world. I do promise that every one will have that chance. Come, command armies, best your classmates, make staunch allies and then betray them for your greater glory. Come to Battle School, where learning is fun, and winning is more so.


Battle School in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
Have you ever wanted to conquer the world? Ever wondered if you could if you had the chance? Well, here it is. Come, face down like-minded individuals! Vanquish them on the field of battle! Win eternal glory* Oh, and learn some military history while you're at it. *For the duration of 1 class period. Actual results may vary.


Battle School in HSSP Spring 2014 (Mar. 01, 2014)
Studying warfare is for amateurs. Wars aren't fought in books, they're fought on battlegrounds and across continents. And, in a rare exception to the rule, my classroom. In my class there will be no boring textbooks, no facts memorization, no notes, and no tests. Instead, you will earn your general's stars through simulations of real-world battles and campaigns where YOU command the armies. I cannot promise that all of my students will conquer the world. But I can promise that every one of them will have plenty of chances to do so. So, whether you aspire to conquer the world, or just want to learn the history of warfare in the most awesome way possible, come and attend Battle School!


History of Warfare through Board Games, Part 1 in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
What does it mean to fight a war? 1000 years ago? 100 years ago? 10 years ago? Today? Do you enjoy board games? We'll introduce you to a few of our favorite strategy board games, let you play a round or two, and show you how these games mirror the evolution of warfare. From thousands of years ago to today, in every corner of the world. Part I of two parts.


History of Warfare through Board Games, Part 2 in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
What does it mean to fight a war? 1000 years ago? 100 years ago? 10 years ago? Today? Do you enjoy board games? We’ll introduce you to a few of our favorite strategy board games, let you play a round or two, and show you how these games mirror the evolution of warfare. From thousands of years ago to today, in every corner of the world. Part two of two.


So You Think You're Greater Than Napoleon? in Splash! 2008 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2008)
This class will cover modern military history, political science, the art of war, and other boring subjects, through a detailed step-by-step examination of... Board Games. If your passion is board games, modern military history, political science or diplomacy, or if you really do think you'd make a better commander than Napoleon, come pit your wits against some of the most tense situations in history.