ESP Biography



TONY VALDERRAMA, MIT class of 2011, course 6-2 (EECS)




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Past Classes

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Why the World is the Way It Is: Recent World History in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
Do you remember the Berlin Wall? 16-bit video game consoles? The Challenger disaster? Madeleine Albright? The Iran-contra scandal? In this class we’ll explore how the short-term effects of events after 1960 have shaped the current state of the world. This will be a discussion-based class. Bring questions that you might have about recent history, and we'll do our best to answer them!


Magic: The Gathering in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
Learn how to play Magic the Gathering or just show up for some fun games.


Combinational Logic Circuits in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
Every second, you computer processor performs an incredible number of computations involving basic arithmetic. So how exactly does it perform these calculations? The answer lies in combinational circuits - circuits which are built entirely of logic gates. In this class, we'll cover the basics of boolean algebra, logic, and circuit design as we design rudimentary combinational logic circuits. If we have time, we'll build a working adder circuit at the end of class.


Machine Vision: Extracting Shapes from Images in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
In this class, we develop a basic understanding of the principles and equations which permit us to extract information about the shapes contained in an image. Specifically, we'll learn how to convert a grid of color values (ie, an image) into a set of "equivalent ellipses" that describe the shapes in the image.


How To Find Your Way Out Of A Maze, or, Graph Search Algorithms in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
Pretend you're a rat, in a maze, with a computer and an excellent capacity for suspending your disbelief. How would you escape? We'll examine basic graph search algorithms including A*, and explore various applications of these algorithms.


Snap, Crackle, BOOM!!!: A fiery introduction to chemistry in Spark! Spring 2009 (Mar. 07, 2009)
This is chemistry the way it was meant to be taught - with flames and explosions! Learn about simple reactions and basic chemistry as we explore the atom through exciting demos.


Why the world is the way it is in Spark! Spring 2009 (Mar. 07, 2009)
Do you remember the Berlin Wall? 16-bit video game consoles? The Challenger disaster? Madeleine Albright? The Iran-contra scandal? In this class we'll explore how the short-term effects of events after 1960 have shaped the current state of the world.


Audio and Speaker-building in Spark! Spring 2008 (Mar. 08, 2008)
You might be surprised at the quality of speakers you can build if you know what you're doing. Join us for a hands-on ride through the fundamentals of electronics and acoustics, and the process of loudspeaker design and construction. We will learn about the design and application of each piece of an audio system, most likely focusing on the speakers. With the aid of computer assisted measuring equipment, we will analyze the frequency response and distortion of speaker drivers, and understand their effect on what we hear. Then we design our own speakers - driver selection, crossover networks, and enclosure design - and build them in class! We will help you arrange to duplicate the class project or build any other audio equipment on your own.


The Camera's Eye: A Unique Perspective on History in Spark! Spring 2008 (Mar. 08, 2008)
The camera is an incredibly powerful tool, freezing a moment in time and taking us places we could never go. Today, almost two centuries after the first the first photograph, we are inundated with pictures - even our phones have cameras! Join me as we examine the technological developments that made the camera possible, discuss the ways in which this revolutionary medium developed, and explore the history of mankind since 1826 through the camera's eye.


Audio and Speaker-building in HSSP Spring 2008 (Mar. 15, 2008)
You might be surprised at the quality of speakers you can build if you know what you're doing. Join us for a hands-on ride through the fundamentals of electronics and acoustics, and the process of loudspeaker design and construction. We will learn about the design and application of each piece of an audio system, most likely focusing on the speakers. With the aid of computer assisted measuring equipment, we will analyze the frequency response and distortion of speaker drivers, and understand their effect on what we hear. Then we design our own speakers - driver selection, crossover networks, and enclosure design - and build them in class! We will help you arrange to duplicate the class project or build any other audio equipment on your own.


Snap, Crackle, BOOM!!! A Fiery Introduction to Chemistry in SPLASH (2007)
This is chemistry the way it was meant to be taught - with flames and explosions! Learn about simple reactions ...


Snap, Crackle, BOOM!!! A Fiery Introduction to Chemistry in SPLASH (2007)
This is chemistry the way it was meant to be taught - with flames and explosions! Learn about simple reactions ...


The Camera's Eye: a unique perspective on history in SPLASH (2007)
The photograph remains a powerful medium even today, capable of freezing a moment for eternity. Join me as we survey ...


The Camera's Eye: a unique perspective on history in SPLASH (2007)
The photograph remains a powerful medium even today, capable of freezing a moment for eternity. Join me as we survey ...