ESP Biography


Major: 6

College/Employer: Phillips Academy

Year of Graduation: Not available.

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Past Classes

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S8209: Escape from Quicksand in Spark 2014 (Mar. 15 - 16, 2014)
So you're walking along the beach and suddenly find yourself trapped in a pit of quicksand with the tide rising fast. Would you survive? Get your hands dirty making your own "quicksand," explore how it can act like both a liquid and solid, and learn about non-Newtonian fluids in the process!

E7021: Soldering for noobs! in Spark! 2013 (Mar. 16, 2013)
Try your hand at soldering: joining metal objects together by melting a filler metal (solder) onto the joint. Soldering is especially useful if you're interested in building and fixing electronics. We'll go over equipment and safety basics, practice splicing cables, and finally construct a simple LED project.

X6189: Rootbeer Tycoon, or why your favorite [insert product] is always out of stock in Splash! 2012 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2012)
You and your teammates will run a supply chain to meet the booming demand for rootbeer by thirsty customers. Maybe you will become a rootbeer baron and sleep on piles of cash. Maybe you will experience the typical coordination problems of traditional supply chains and pull out your hair in frustration. This classic simulation game was developed in the 1960s by the MIT Sloan School of Management and is played by students, businessmen, and company leaders. By the end, you will have learned about supply chain management, the hazards of delay, and the importance of communication. If you like playing Tycoon or Sim computer games, this may be the class for you.

E6255: Store 20,000 Volts in a water bottle in Splash! 2012 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2012)
Make a Leyden Jar capacitor out of a water bottle, aluminum foil, and some wire. Even though this is Splash, we'll attempt to make Sparks fly by charging and discharging our capacitors with static electricity. What's a capacitor you say? Well, come find out! Please bring a disposable plastic water bottle (half liter or smaller) and a pair of socks to wear (wool if you have it).

S5805: Music Decomposition in Spark! 2012 (Mar. 10, 2012)
What is sound, and what does it really mean to "turn up the base"? This is not a music theory class but rather an introduction to signal processing in the context of music and speech. We will travel to the magical frequency domain and learn about sound detection and synthesis in both humans and computers.

W5807: Make your own Slime in Spark! 2012 (Mar. 10, 2012)
It drips off the table like liquid. Punch it and it becomes solid! Get your hands dirty while learning about non-Newtonian fluids. Please Note: This class will actually run from 5:30 to 6:30.

S5257: DON'T PANIC: The Psychology of Fear in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
Why do we throw logic out the window in the face of fear? Why do some people choke under pressure, whereas others thrive and perform superhuman feats? We will first get an overview of the neural and physiological basis of fear. We will then discuss real life examples of epic fails, clutch performances, as well as our own experiences. By understanding how we respond to anxiety and fear, we can develop strategies to ditch the panic button and maybe even use fear to our advantage. Whether you are scared of snakes, the SATs, or family reunions, come and think about your fear from a different perspective.

C1457: Intro to Circuits and Sensors in HSSP Summer 2008 (Jun. 29, 2008)
What is a photodiode? How does a Wii controller work? This class is geared towards beginners and will cover basic electrical engineering theory and practice, with an emphasis on interactive circuits. Those with no prior electronics experience are especially welcome. Time will be split between lecture, problem solving, and hands-on lab. Specific projects to be determined based on student interest, but possibilities include lie detectors, light-responsive lamps, touch alarms, and more! Prereqs: Familiarity with algebra is a must. Basic physics knowledge (electrons, energy, charge, etc...) is recommended but not required for motivated students.