ESP Biography



VIKKI CHOU, MIT EECS alum




Major: EECS

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: Not available.

Picture of Vikki Chou

Brief Biographical Sketch:

I'm from California and you can be too! I also really enjoy bacon.



Past Classes

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49 Reasons Why California Is Better Than Your State in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
Every state in our country has rich culture and bountiful gifts. Yet, in our own completely unbiased opinions, California is the best state in the Union. But what specifically makes it so much better? In this course, we will look at what each state is best known for. Then, we will see how California does that same thing better. This most delightful look at California will enrich not only your knowledge of The Golden State, but also the rest of the country, and you too will be convinced that California is better than your state.


Devious Machinations: Contemporary Conspiracy Theories in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
Everybody with power has an agenda, but all too often those motives are obscured behind distractions, innuendos, half-truths, and lies. How do you sort through the disinformation? Are you better off living in ignorance or knowing the truth? We will examine the evidence behind contemporary conspiracy theories and judge their legitimacy. Conspiracies can include FEMA, the H1N1 virus, Monsanto, world governments, global warming, and more. We will also construct our own conspiracy theory and support it with facts! The truth is out there!


49 Reasons Why California Is Better Than Your State in Splash! 2008 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2008)
Every state in our country has rich culture and bountiful gifts. Yet, in our own completely unbiased opinions, California is the best state in the Union. But what specifically makes it so much better? In this course, we will look at what each state is best known for. Then, we will see how California does that same thing better. This most delightful look at California will enrich not only your knowledge of The Golden State, but also the rest of the country, and you too will be convinced that California is better than your state.


Bacon! in Splash! 2008 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2008)
Bacon is one of the most beloved of foods. However, many people who enjoy the delectable delights of bacon are woefully undereducated about its origins. In this class, we will explore where bacon comes from (point to the right part of the pig!) and what different kinds of bacon exist (Canadian? Smoked? Cured?). There will be a tasting of different kinds of bacon, both in its pure state and as part of interesting confections (bacon cupcakes?). If time and resources are available, we might also make some bacon sculptures.


49 Reasons Why California Is Better Than Your State in Spark! Spring 2008 (Mar. 08, 2008)
Every state in our country has rich culture and bountiful gifts. Yet, in our own completely unbiased opinions, California is the best state in the Union. But what specifically makes it so much better? In this course, we will look at what each state is best known for. Then, we will see how California does that same thing better. This most delightful look at California will enrich not only your knowledge of The Golden State, but also the rest of the country, and you too will be convinced that California is better than your state.


Eureka! A historical and cultural examination of California in HSSP (2007)
With a rich and varied history and culture, California, the 31st state, has attracted countless millions to its great land. ...


49 Reasons Why California Is Better Than Your State in SPLASH (2007)
Each state in the Union has its own significant qualities. Together, they make the United States of America the most ...


Duct Tape Design in SPLASH (2007)
Come learn how to make things out of duct tape! We will discuss techniques to construct just about anything out ...