ESP Biography


Major: 6-2

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2026

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Past Classes

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W16031: Kiwis Down Under: Real or Fake? in Spark 2024 (Mar. 16 - 17, 2024)
spot the difference between australia and new zealand! featuring Real Natives of these far away lands

W15870: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream! in Splash 2023 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2023)
Want to watch some cool chemistry and eat some cool liquid? Come join us for a delicious treat!!! Lactose-free options are available.

C15879: Cryptography: the art of keeping secrets in Splash 2023 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2023)
How can you be sure that your passwords are kept secret? How are military codes created, and then broken to turn the tides? And how does being human make all these systems weaker? In this class, we’ll take a look at the battle between codemakers and codebreakers that has lasted for over 5,000 years, from the simple ciphers of ancient Egypt to the modern era of post-quantum cryptography! Keeping secrets is what keeps the world safe – come find out how huge companies and governments do it, and how you can do it too :D

S15880: Food Chemistry in Splash 2023 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2023)
You’ve been eating ever since you’ve been born. But have you ever stopped to think about how incredibly complex it all is? What makes some foods delicious and others unpalatable? Why is it so important to add salt to your food? What tricks do restaurants use to make their dishes taste better? And how can you use ✨ science ✨ to make finicky recipes effortless? In this class, we’ll answer all these questions, analyze some food mysteries, and do some fun demos – and of course, you’ll get to apply the scientific method yourself by eating some snacks :)

M15881: Breaking your intuition in Splash 2023 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2023)
Think you’re good at math? Think again. In this class, we’ll take a look at some problems from math and game theory that lead to confounding results, and have kept dozens of mathematicians and professors up at night. No complicated math will be involved – we’ll play some simple games, maybe do some basic calculations, and put on our detective hats to discover the source of the confuzzlement! You’ll question everything you know about the world, and then have your faith brought back. It’ll be a fun time :)

S15883: How your brain works in Splash 2023 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2023)
Your brain is a truly astounding machine, for something that’s just a wet lump of meat. For a moment, just think about how much is going on. You’re turning the array of lights from your computer that you’re turning into weird squiggles and then words and sentences and ideas. You can wiggle your toes at a moment’s notice, despite how you haven’t been actively thinking about moving your feet recently. Focus for a second on the rhythm of your breathing, and now you can’t un-notice it. Now consider the fact that you were at all able to think about what your brain was doing (very meta!) Isn’t that crazy? In this class, we’ll explore how your brain is able to take in all the chaos surrounding you and make sense of it. We’ll do some simple demos that will both test the limits of your brain and show you how powerful it truly is. In the end, you’ll walk away appreciating how incredible it is to be a human and do all the things we’re capable of :)

W15884: Smoke Cannon Construction in Splash 2023 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2023)
do you like cool projectiles? special effects? arts and crafts? knocking things down? candy? if the answer to any of these is yes, pull up to this walk-in, where you'll make your very own smoke cannon and get to take it home! we'll mess around with them and maybe you'll even learn something about physics?? come and find out :000 oooo very mysterious

S15386: Make your own popping boba! in Splash 2022 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2022)
Have you ever been disappointed in the variety of popping boba available at your favorite boba store or ice cream place? Ever thought to yourself "man, I really wish I could make some popping boba using tea and INVERT my milk tea!!!!!" (you probably haven't)? Either way, come learn how to make your own popping boba using (almost) any liquid beverage! We'll have lots of juices and syrups and drinks for you to try out - you can even bring your own drinks to try spherify-ing them! If you're allergic to chemistry, don't worry - we'll teach you why things work, but most of the time will be dedicated to making your spherical creations - and eating them!

W15438: Science Bowl: Incredi-bowl buzzer action! in Splash 2022 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2022)
Do you like science? Do you like bowls? If the answer to either of those questions is yes, drop in anytime we're running this walk-in to play some Science Bowl! Science Bowl is a buzzer-based competition where answering questions quickly is the name of the game, and the topics include math, physics, chemistry, biology, earth science, astronomy, and energy. Whether you're a Science Bowl veteran or this is the first time you're hearing about it, don't worry - we'll be reading questions for all skill levels! It'll be a fun, low-stakes environment for you to use that knowledge you've accumulated from your classes :D