Splash Biography



ANIKET PRATAPNENI, ESP Teacher




Major: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineer

College/Employer: Johns Hopkins

Year of Graduation: 2023

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Past Classes

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S331: How to Power a House on Mars in Splash Spring 2021 (Apr. 17, 2021)
I always hated how monotonously the natural sciences were taught in high school, so in this class we'll use engineering and the laws of physics to explore one of the most effective (and yet, one of the most absurd) ways to power a house on Mars.


S332: How to Blow Up a Black Hole in Splash Spring 2021 (Apr. 17, 2021)
A step-by-step, scientific guide on how to engineer a supernova-scale explosion. A fun experiment to try out on your enemies! Or their entire solar system, for that matter.


S312: Absurd Science in Splash Fall 2020 (Nov. 08, 2020)
While it has its pros, I’ve always felt unfairly imprisoned by reality. Sure, the universe did a good job on the stars and trees and a few other things, but like you, I’m just a transient consciousness trapped in a fragile sack of meat, with little to no ability to explore and influence the vast universe. Which is why imagination is so important: how else would we break free from the mundanity of everyday life? But it's so easy to dismiss those exciting scenarios and fascinating questions just because they're not real or probable. The great thing about science, though, is that it’s universal: it applies to anything you and I can think of. So why not use it to explore beyond the boundaries of our existential cage? Forget the force on a box sliding down a slope – we’re going to find out how to power a house on Mars, how to blow up a black hole, the prospect of funneling the Niagara Falls through a straw, and more.


S276: Applying Science to 3 am Thoughts in Splash Spring 2020 (Apr. 18, 2020)
3 am thoughts walk the fine line between sanity and insanity. There's just enough residual coherence and rationality to express oneself and discuss concepts, but also enough of that all-too-familiar sleep-deprivation-induced madness to not immediately dismiss what one normally would. But in that state, all you can really do is theorize about those wild hypotheticals. One of the most important thing about science, however, is that it's universal. We tend to apply it to the real world, but really, you can use science to extrapolate forward from any hypothetical, regardless of how absurd. In this class, we'll apply scientific concepts to explore how to power a house on Mars, what would happen if the Niagara Falls were funneled through a straw, how to smash a hole through the Earth, and other similarly ludicrous ideas.