ESP Biography

PAOLO ADAJAR, MIT Sophomore who loves teaching :D

Major: 14-2

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2021

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hi there! I'm Paolo, a MIT sophomore who does too many things for my own good--I love economics, math, physics, the number τ, Rubik's cube solving, the color orange, Billy Joel (and lots of 70s/80s music), musicals, whiteboard markers, teaching (especially math and science education), science bowl, poker, Overwatch, board games (especially Scrabble, Mafia, One Night Werewolf, and Hanabi), and much, muich more!

Please feel free to come up and talk to me literally *whenever* about any of the above because I would love to chat about it :D

I'm also a part of ESP, the organization that runs Splash, Spark, and HSSP! I'm a director for Summer HSSP 2018 and one of the Directors of Teaching Resources for it. Feel free to ask anything about our programs!

Past Classes

  (Look at the class archive for more.)

Advanced Math for Middle School Students! in HSSP Summer 2018 (Jun. 30, 2018)
Want to learn more math besides what your teachers cover in school? This class might be perfect for you! Each week, we'll cover a fun math topic, including prime numbers, permutations/combinations, similar/congruent figures, modular arithmetic, sequences/patterns, and mental math. During each class, we will introduce a mathematical topic and have time for you to solve problems using what you've learned!

Learning about Teaching in Spark 2018 (Mar. 17 - 18, 2018)
Some teachers are amazing--exciting, engaging, motivating, inspiring, funny, and so much more. They make you want to stay in the classroom for longer, make school enjoyable, and teach you some awesome stuff in the process. On the flipside, there's teachers where class seems to go on ten times longer than it's supposed to, where it seems like anywhere else would be better than the desk you're sitting at. You've learned so much as a student at Spark--now, let's talk about what it's like on the other side of the classroom! We'll focus on what makes great teachers great, and how if (or when!) you teach something, you too can be an awesome teacher.

Learning to Watch Sports in Spark 2018 (Mar. 17 - 18, 2018)
Learn the rules of various sports like football, soccer, tennis, and basketball so you can understand what's going on when you watch sports.

Science Bowl in Splash 2017 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2017)
Come play high school Science Bowl and try to win for bragging rights and learn some awesome things about science! Know lots of science trivia, love hitting buzzers, or just want to try to answer questions ridiculously fast? This is the walk-in for you! You do not need to have familiarity/experience with this game to participate!