ESP Biography



SARAH WEIDMAN, MIT undergrad studying atmospheric science and phy




Major: Not available.

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2021

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Past Classes

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P13707: The Music of Star Wars in Spark 2020 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2020)
John Williams is one of the most brilliant composers of all time. His music for Star Wars is critically acclaimed, and has been considered one of the best film scores of all time. Let's explore some of the brilliance of the music of Star Wars! From analyzing character themes, finding Easter eggs in the tracks, and discussing the musical process of creating these scores, we will discover a greater appreciation for the music of the films we love so much. We will focus on Episodes IV - VI (the Original Trilogy), so there will be no spoilers for the newest films or shows.


X13762: Chocolate Truffles in Spark 2020 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2020)
Come learn how to make your very own chocolate truffles! We will learn some basic food science about chocolate and cream and then use our newfound knowledge to make some ganache truffles. Note that this class has TWO sessions. Please make sure you can attend both. Otherwise, you will not end up with truffles to take home. Also, bring a tupperware for your finished truffles.


A13765: Modular Origami in Spark 2020 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2020)
In modular origami, we fold many sheets of paper into modules (units) that have flaps and pockets. Then we can assemble them to create beautiful, colorful, complex three-dimensional structures!


S13724: Politics for the Modern Era in HSSP Spring 2020 (Feb. 29, 2020)
You may feel as a young zoomer that you have nothing to offer the American government. But as zoomers ourselves, let us tell you that you should not think about what the government can do for you, but what you can do to change your government for the better. How does it work? Why does it work that way? What kind of ancient, outdated garbage still floats around in our bloated bureaucracy? It's like an archaeology mission, but all the trash from the past still affects us today! Join us on a thrilling expedition.


Z13191: American Political Process in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
Ever wonder how people get elected to the American government? Ever wonder how much your vote actually counts? Come learn about the American political system at Splash! Includes things like "How do you register to vote?", "Where do our laws and systems come from?", "What is a caucus / primary?", and "What is gerrymandering?"


S13260: Let's Talk about Weather (in a Tank?)! in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
Have you ever wondered how hurricanes or tornadoes form? Or how thunder snow happens? What is a Nor'easter, and why do the occur? Learn about the basic physics that create the weather we observe every day. After we understand some basic principles, we'll model basic weather and climate phenomena using rotating tanks, in MIT's own fluids lab! Help us run experiments to understand how rotation affects the weather we experience every day.


S13284: Geoengineering: "Hacking" Climate Change in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
Ever heard that we can seed clouds to create rain? Spray sulfate particles into the sky to reflect sunlight combat climate change? Capture carbon in the earth? Let's learn the truth about these technologies, examine the science behind them, and uncover the real consequences of attempting to treat the symptoms of climate change, rather than the causes.


X13521: How to Run A Splash in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
Splash is run by students -- undergraduate and graduate students at MIT. Beyond MIT, there are Splashes and other similar educational programs at universities and high schools nationwide. Come learn about all of the intricacies that go into running a massive program like Splash and find out how you can do it too. Will cover what goes into organizing Splash at MIT as well as resources and next steps if you want to run something like Splash at your own school. Presented by former Splash Directors.


X13128: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Lecture Series in HSSP Summer 2019 (Jul. 07, 2019)
Explore a new topic in the realm of math and science every week through engaging one-time lectures given by various different teachers.


X13129: Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Lecture Series in HSSP Summer 2019 (Jul. 07, 2019)
Explore a new topic in the realm of humanities, arts, and social sciences every week through engaging one-time lectures given by various different teachers.


W12818: Wild West Crafts in Spark 2019 (Mar. 16 - 17, 2019)
Come make some of the wildest crafts in the W I L D E R N E S S !


P12820: What's in our bins? in Spark 2019 (Mar. 16 - 17, 2019)
Contamination of recycling bins is a huge sustainability issue. Let's take a look at the contents of our trash bins to learn what can and can't be recycled and to see how bad the problem really is. We'll then brainstorm ideas about how to solve this problem. Gloves and tongs will be provided, but get ready for strong smells and visuals.


W12873: Get creative with your t-shirts! in Spark 2019 (Mar. 16 - 17, 2019)
Do you have a lot of old t-shirts sitting in your closet? Maybe you've grown out of them or just never wear them anymore. Learn (and try out) some creative ways to reuse your old clothes! Feel free to bring your own old shirts, but we will have lots of extras if you don't have your own.


W13044: Friendship Bracelets in Spark 2019 (Mar. 16 - 17, 2019)
Did you make some new friends at Spark? Do you want to make some friends during walkins? Come make some friendship bracelets with us!


S12960: Kitchen Chemistry in HSSP Spring 2019 (Feb. 23, 2019)
Chemistry is found everywhere, including in the food we eat every day. In this class, we will explore a different concept in chemistry each week and do food-related experiments to illustrate those principles. Results of the experiments can be consumed at the end. Potential topics will include ice cream, mayonnaise, butter, and chocolate.


X12675: Coffee: Past and Present in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
Ever wondered how coffee came to be so popular? How did coffee beans evolve? What is the coffee shop industry like today? Join us for a deep dive into the past and present of coffee cultural evolution. Taste tests may be provided :)


S12748: Paleoclimate in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
Have you ever wondered about how we know what the Earth was like millions of years ago? What types of plants and animals used to exist? What was the climate like way back when? What natural systems do we study to learn about past climate?


P12243: Let's Talk about Weather! in Spark 2018 (Mar. 17 - 18, 2018)
Have you ever wondered how hurricanes or tornadoes form? Or how thunder snow happens? Learn about the basic physics that create the weather we observe every day.


Z11690: Stop, Drop, and Explore in Splash 2017 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2017)
Have you ever dreamed of dropping all of your commitments, grabbing a suitcase, and exploring the world? Do you wish you could discover a place that no one has ever been before? In this class, we will learn about the people in history who took on the most daring expeditions and discovered the most extraordinary places. Some of these adventures were successful, but some were not. We'll explore the reasons for their successes and find out why they failed. Maybe by the end of the class, you will have the tools to complete your own successful expedition.