ESP Biography



OLIVIA BRODE-ROGER, I love teaching, planets and both at the same time




Major: Poitical Science

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2017

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Past Classes

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Numbers and Patterns in HSSP Summer 2015 (Jul. 12, 2015)
An adventure into the world of small numbers. We will look at some simple operations and expand on them. This journey will take us through the land of combinations, binary, fractals and logic.


Last week today with Olivia in HSSP Summer 2015 (Jul. 12, 2015)
We look at issues of the past week, any major news splashes or controversial issues and will discuss them in class. Every week, I will choose a topic and email out on Friday for you to think about and bring your perspective to class.


Last week today with Olivia in HSSP Summer 2015 (Jul. 12, 2015)
We look at issues of the past week, any major news splashes or controversial issues and will discuss them in class. Every week, I will choose a topic and email out on Friday for you to think about and bring your perspective to class.


Numbers and Patterns in HSSP Spring 2015 (Feb. 21, 2015)
An adventure into the world of small numbers. We will look at some simple operations and expand on them. This journey will take us through the land of combinations, binary, fractals and logic.


Introduction to Digital Communications in HSSP Spring 2015 (Feb. 21, 2015)
Ever wondered how we are able to make computers talk to each other, how we can listen to radio or how we are able to watch kittens jump into boxes? Take "Introduction to Digital Communications" to find out! A week-by-week list of topics we will cover: 1) Information and entropy 2) Huffman encoding 3) Error detection and correction 4) Linear Time-Invariant systems 5) Bits to world 6) World to bits 7) Combining it all together


Where is that star? in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
You just found a cool object in the sky and you want to tell your friend about it. How do you tell your buddy standing next to you where to look? How about a friend in a different latitude and/or longitude? How about on another day? It turns out that this is interestingly complex and interesting!


A love triangle: The Earth, the Sun and the Moon in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
How do the Sun and the Moon affect our every day lives? We're going to talk about tides, moon phases and eclipses! This class is small and very discussion based, you should come with an open mind and *lots* of question!


The digital abstraction in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
"Computers only understand 0s and 1s" You've probably heard this and might have wondered why that was. And you might have that it's "on" and "off", but then wondered why nothing happens when you turn off the switch. Come and learn why this all actually makes sense and see how we can build some computers with this!


How do computers do math? in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
Have you ever wondered how to write $$42$$ so that a computer would understand it? How about $$-42$$? How do you compute $$42+17$$? or $$42-17$$? In this class we'll see how numbers are represented by computers, and then go on to build a simple adder to do some basic arithmetic. If we have time we'll try to make our adder even faster by modifying it.


The biggest tour you've ever been on: the best of the solar system in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
Do you get excited about space? the solar system? planets? I do to! In this class we are going to have a brief introduction to the physics of the solar system and then fly around our solar system and find a lot of cool places, from rocks to gas, from dust grains to planets, you got it, we're touring the solar system!


About gender transition in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
Gender is a complicated matter. Some people do not agree with their physical body enough that they want to change it to match their identity; this is known as transition. This process of transition is often shrouded in mystery and misconceptions. In this class you learn more about it and have it demystified.


Non gender conforming identities in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
Most people around you fit neatly in two categories: female and male. Typically, these categories are considered fixed and exclusive, however many individuals don't fit in them or fit in one that doesn't correspond to them. In this activity, you will be able to ask awkward questions and learn more about individuals not fitting in to the gender norm.


Digital communications in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
How do computers talk together? How do they do it efficiently? How do you do it when it becomes really hard? How about when you're talking to something that's out of our Solar System? We will analyse how we can encode and decode binary information, transmit it over a channel, and detect and correct for errors.


Happy Squirrels Solving Physics: Classical mechanics from the ground to space in HSSP Summer 2014 (Jul. 06, 2014)
A brief introduction to the world of physics from the point of view of squirrels. We will start from the ground, see how our squirrel moves around and finish by looking to see how we would find squirrels on other parts of our universe.


How to land on the Moon: Getting to the Moon, and back in Spark 2014 (Mar. 15 - 16, 2014)
What path should we take to get on the Moon? How do we land there? How do we get out of there? How to get back to Earth? Second part of the "How to land on the Moon" course. Both parts are independent from each other.


How to land on the Moon: Getting out of Earth in Spark 2014 (Mar. 15 - 16, 2014)
Rocket science!! How do rockets work? What are the challenges? How does it not explode? First part of the "How to land on the Moon" course. Both parts are independent from each other.


The biggest tour you've ever been on: the best of the solar system in Spark 2014 (Mar. 15 - 16, 2014)
After a very brief introduction about astronomical bodies, we'll go and see the coolest places of the solar system. Anything from the Sun to asteroids!


A story of diamonds... in Spark 2014 (Mar. 15 - 16, 2014)
How are they created? Why do they even exist? What makes them so special? Are they really special? We're going to talk about geology, physics and chemistry then I'll answer any question you have!


A love triangle: The Earth, the Sun and the Moon in Spark 2014 (Mar. 15 - 16, 2014)
How do the Sun and the Moon affect our every day lives? We're going to talk about tides, moon phases and eclipses in a fun, new and exctiting way!


Where is that star? in Spark 2014 (Mar. 15 - 16, 2014)
How to find, measure and share the location of celestial objects.


Planets, rockets and more planets! in HSSP Spring 2014 (Mar. 01, 2014)
Interested in planets? rockets? space? If you answered yes to one of the above, come and join us for an exciting course where we travel along our solar system, learn about planets and how we can get there!


Where is that star? in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
How to find, measure and share the location of celestial objects.


A love triangle: The Earth, the Sun and the Moon in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
How do the Sun and the Moon affect our every day lives? We're going to talk about tides, moon phases and eclipses in a fun, new and exctiting way!


A story of diamonds... in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
How are they created? Why do they even exist? What makes them so special? Are they really special? We're going to talk about geology, physics and chemistry then I'll answer any question you have!


Why is it raining today? in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
Why does it rain? What are clouds? Why do they even exist? How do we predict weather? Why are we so bad at it? And so many other questions! We're going to talk about a few weather basics and then look at today's weather and try to forecast it!


Ocean currents: what, where, when and why? in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
We're going to talk about the basic dynamics of the oceans. Everything from the small currents that last a few seconds or minutes to the massive planet-wide ones that go for thousands of years!


The biggest tour you've ever been on: the best of the solar system in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
After a very brief introduction about astronomical bodies, we'll go and see the coolest places of the solar system. Anything from the Sun to asteroids!


How to land on the Moon: Getting out of Earth in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
Rocket science!! How do rockets work? What are the challenges? How does it not explode? First part of the "How to land on the Moon" course. Both parts are independent from each other.


How to land on the Moon: Getting to the Moon, and back in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
What path should we take to get on the Moon? How do we land there? How do we get out of there? How to get back to Earth? Second part of the "How to land on the Moon" course. Both parts are independent from each other.