ESP Biography



KAYLEE BRENT, Once upon a time I chose to drink from a firehose




Major: 12

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2017

Picture of Kaylee Brent

Brief Biographical Sketch:

MIT senior in Course 12 (Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences). Geek about everything. Figure skater. Avid reader. Nature freak. Feminist. Modern-day hippie.

Come learn about something with me.



Past Classes

  (Clicking a class title will bring you to the course's section of the corresponding course catalog)

M10592: How to Lie With Statistics in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
If you don't understand statistics, it's easy to be misled. If you do understand statistics, it's easy to mislead other people to get what you want! Come learn how.... (1) Companies that are losing money convince their investors they're worth it. (2) Rich people on Cape Cod think that wind farms are bad for their health. (3) The tobacco (and fossil fuel) industry got away with selling poison for so long. (4) I'm going to convince my supervisor I've done enough with my thesis to graduate (mostly kidding on the last one, David, please don't hate me)


S10593: Natural History of the National Parks in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
Is Yellowstone actually going to explode? What the heck made the Half Dome look like that? How did the Grand Canyon form? What's a rainforest doing in the northern United States? How did those rocks into those positions at Arches? Why are there giant boulders all over literally everything in New England? Is Zion actually heaven? (spoilers: it is if you like sandstones)


H10533: How public spaces shape culture: an exploration of architecture and anthropology in HSSP Summer 2016 (Jul. 10, 2016)
How do you create the perfect study space? The perfect zone for a game of pick-up basketball? How can you craft the perfect plaza that will get strangers to talk to each other? Are you interested in architecture? Anthropology? Sociology? Design? Aren't really sure but think the idea of shaping human interactions by creating public spaces sounds super nifty? We'll learn about how design influences use of public spaces, which in turn shapes the sort of culture you create.


S10534: Reading Climate Records in HSSP Summer 2016 (Jul. 10, 2016)
What sort of world did the dinosaurs walk on? What about the creatures that lived before the Permian Extinction? Hey, how do scientists know what the Earth's climate looked like even ten thousand years ago, before historical records? And how do we use this information to help make predictions about the future of the planet's changing climate? Come learn about paleoclimate (that means old climate) and how we measure and understand it -- using ice cores, sediments, rocks, and even stalagmites! And find out what all this information about the past means for our shared future on Earth.


H10404: Ender's Game and Good and Evil in Spark 2016 (Mar. 12 - 13, 2016)
Do you want to figure out what makes a person good? Do you like science fiction? Do you like philosophical discussions? Come discuss good and evil in intent and deed (and myriad other philosophical questions that may come up), through the lens of Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.


X8315: Cupcakery in Spark 2014 (Mar. 15 - 16, 2014)
Cupcakes might be small, but right now they are a huge thing! Everywhere you look you can see cupcake shops open. Not just bakeries, but bakeries specifically for cupcakes! People go and get certification in making cupcakes! Well, this class won't certify you, but it will certainly instruct you in how to decorate a cupcake and give you some sort of introduction to the weird world of cupcakes. Also, did I mention you get cupcakes?


S8116: Playing God: Worldbuilding 101 in HSSP Spring 2014 (Mar. 01, 2014)
Science fiction sometimes becomes science fact. We've discovered strange planets orbiting other stars (and there are some pretty weird ones orbiting our own!). How are planets made? How do they get to be so different? How do they change over time (and how could they, theoretically, be changed on purpose in a terraformation process)? How could you make a plausible world for a realistic sci-fi story? We'll look at all of these questions and more over 7 weeks!


X7684: Consent 101 (Or What They Should Have Taught You In Sex Ed) in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
Consent is a basic life skill for interpersonal relationships-- of the sexual and/or romantic variety and otherwise! Come learn about what consent is, how to ask for it, how to give it or not, and how to make it part of your everyday life! This class will not get explicit. It should be appropriate to everyone who has been through basic high school sex ed. It is also not all about sex! Consent is important in platonic relationships too! If you have concerns about the content feel free to contact one of the teachers. If you would like the attend the class and there is a specific topic that may make you uncomfortable and/or trigger you, please talk to us and we will try to make it so that you can attend! Brought to you by MIT Stop Our Silence, the group that brings MIT the Vagina Monologues every year.


L7686: Ender's Game and Good and Evil in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
Do you want to figure out what makes a person good? Do you like science fiction? Do you like philosophical discussions? Come discuss good and evil in intent and deed, through the lens of Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. **Unlike when we taught this in Splash! 2012, we are going to open the discussion up to ALL of the books in the Ender's Universe, AND the movie for those who have seen it. However, if you haven't read all of these or seen the movie, feel free to come anyways! But be warned of spoilers.**


X7098: Learn to Figure Skate in your Socks! in Spark! 2013 (Mar. 16, 2013)
Learn the fundamentals of figure skating while staying on solid ground! We'll talk about proper techniques for things like crossovers, 3-turns, spirals, and more.


M7127: Live Action Logic Puzzles in Spark! 2013 (Mar. 16, 2013)
Ever wondered what it would actually be like to be one of the prisoners lined up by a wizard to name the color of their hat or die? Ever wanted to figure out with your own two feet how to cross the 7 bridges in the 7 bridges problem? Well, I bet you do now! We'll look at a few fun riddles and logic puzzles and act them out in real life. (Disclaimer: no lives will be at stake in the making of these puzzles. Candy, however, may be. ;) )


H6365: Ender's Game and Good and Evil in Splash! 2012 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2012)
Do you want to figure out what makes a person good? Do you like science fiction? Do you like philosophical discussions? Come discuss good and evil in intent and deed, through the lens of Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.


H6471: Ender's Game and Good and Evil in Splash! 2012 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2012)
Do you want to figure out what makes a person good? Do you like science fiction? Do you like philosophical discussions? Come discuss good and evil in intent and deed, through the lens of Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.