ESP Biography

PHILIP TRAN, MIT Undergraduate looking for more yellow.

Major: 10

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2020

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Past Classes

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S12253: Intro to Synthetic Biology! in HSSP Summer 2018 (Jun. 30, 2018)
Come learn about how gene editing works!

X12314: Lecture Series in HSSP Summer 2018 (Jun. 30, 2018)
Every week, a different teacher will teach a random topic of their choice.

X12162: Make Slime in Spark 2018 (Mar. 17 - 18, 2018)
We'll be making slime (which you can get to take home afterwards)! Come play with slime, make a mess, and maybe learn about polymers and fluids along the way.

X11980: 50 Bugs and Glitches in Pokemon Red and Blue in Splash 2017 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2017)
Come learn about all the bad code in the original Pokemon games. It's not necessarily bad code; there just wasn't enough storage to add new bytes causing strange interactions. Like how critical strikes happen 4x as likely as they are supposed to? Or how ghost types were immune to the 'Struggle' attack because it was coded as a normal attack? Did you know that when a Pokemon has a attack/defense stat greater than 255, you can freeze the game because it might try to divide by zero? Or how you can't recover if your recover your health if it's higher than 255? Leech seed, Poison, and Burn all used the same damage counter, so they increase twice as fast with both status defects. Or that a Great Ball can actually have a higher capture rate than an Ultra Ball based on the enemy's health? Come even if you haven't played the original Pokemon games, because it's not necessary.

X11981: Pokemon: Explanation of the Missingno Glitch in Splash 2017 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2017)
There's 31 Pokemon that never made it into the games. Instead of reordering the bytes, the developers just used a placeholder called Missingno or M'. You can catch these placeholders under a certain set of parameters like the name of your character. But wait, why would your character name influence which Pokemon you can catch. Come to this class and find out!

X11447: Competitive Pokemon Tactics and Strategies in Spark 2017 (Mar. 11 - 12, 2017)
Learn cool tips and tricks about choosing a competitive Pokemon team. We'll go over some basic hidden mechanics like EVs, IVs, and nature. Then, we'll discuss different types of teams that competitors use with either popular or gimmicky Pokemon. After that, you'll learn more about gimmicky movesets like entry hazards and team combinations and learn how to test your new team!

X11260: Math and Science Lecture Series in HSSP Spring 2017 (Feb. 18, 2017)
Is OCW not good enough for you? Come take lectures about math and science! We're going to science something different each week. And math something different each week!* *This may or may not actually happen. It may spontaneously be about K-Pop or Hiragana. Either way, this'll be great and super fun! You should definitely come.

X11271: Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Lecture Series in HSSP Spring 2017 (Feb. 18, 2017)
Take MIT subjects because it's fun.