Splash Biography



CARINA THOMAS, ESP Teacher




Major: Physics

College/Employer: UC Berkeley

Year of Graduation: 2018

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Past Classes

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X402: The Science of Skin: A skincare crash course in Splash Fall 18 (Nov. 04, 2018)
• If you identify as a girl, this course is for you. • If you identify as a guy, this course is for you. • If you wear makeup this course is for you – “putting makeup on bad skin is like trying to frost a crumbly cake” • If you don’t wear makeup this course is for you – not only is your skin on display, but more importantly, the daily environmental assaults that our skin is subjected to have an immediate impact, as well as long-term consequences. • If you want to know skincare basics, secrets, and shortcuts, this course is for you. • If you want to really understand the science behind skincare, this course is for you. • If you just have questions about skincare issues, this course is for you. • If you have skin, this course is for you!


X403: The I ♥ Makeup Intensive in Splash Fall 18 (Nov. 04, 2018)
This course will give you the knowledge and confidence to take your skills to the next level by providing you with a strong foundation of principles and professional techniques: identify the essentials, discover new products, and create your routine. During this one hour crash course we will cover the fundamentals in depth. You will gain an understanding of how to enhance your features by learning about face shapes, eye shapes, brows, lips, highlighting/contouring, and illusion. You will acquire insight about which palettes are best for you as we review the science of color. And you will become proficient with the tools necessary to achieve a flawless look effortlessly. * Makeup is not necessary for this course and will not be available, but you are welcome to bring your own cosmetics. ** By the way, if you really want to take this course but are thinking that you might not fit in…sign up! You belong!


S404: Statistics, Probability, and Analytics: A hands-on intro in Splash Fall 18 (Nov. 04, 2018)
New and improved for Fall 2018 Splash! Through demonstrations and entertaining activities you will gain an essential understanding of statistics and probabilities. Weather forecasts, marketing, medicine, the Lottery, Vegas, Google search autocomplete, biological systems, and even the curve on your last exam- we will explore unbelievable, fascinating, amazing, factual, and improbable examples from everyday life that provide statistical insights and the tools you need to make logical predictions. Topics include combinatorics, statisticulation (statistical manipulation), Pareto’s 80/20 rule, as well as causation, correlation and coincidence and their connection to science, pseudoscience and superstition.


S405: The Strange and Mysterious Quantum Universe in Splash Fall 18 (Nov. 04, 2018)
Are you profoundly curious and have a desire to explore the mysteries of our world more deeply? Join us for mind-expanding demonstrations of the bizarre and perplexing phenomena described by the Schrödinger equation. We will examine quantum effects such as the wave-particle duality of light, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, quantum tunneling, the four dimensions of spacetime, and entanglement (aka, “spooky action at a distance”) through brief demonstrations of Young’s double slit experiment, the photoelectric effect, the Stern-Gerlach experiment, and others. Some calculus and physics knowledge is helpful, but definitely not required.


S407: What You Thought You Knew: Physics Edition in Splash Fall 18 (Nov. 04, 2018)
Do electrons actually orbit the nucleus? Where does mass come from? What’s so exciting about relativity? And what’s up with dark matter? The universe is a mysterious place and physics brings us closer to understanding it. In this course, we will explore mind-bending concepts of particle physics, Einstein’s relativity, quantum mechanics, and thermal physics. We will introduce some of the most shocking and exciting physics findings, as well as today’s biggest unsolved problems. Expect to leave with more questions than answers! Physics and math knowledge NOT necessary; just bring your insatiable curiosity!


S408: The Physics of Cooking in Splash Fall 18 (Nov. 04, 2018)
Do you cook meals, bake cookies, boil pasta, or just microwave some frozen burritos? Then you’re a scientist and your kitchen is your laboratory! What physical processes are going on? How can we use physics to bake the perfect cake or cook the perfect steak? Why do textures, colors, temperatures, and tastes change? What are the molecules actually doing? In this course, we will zoom into the molecular level to observe what happens when we heat and mix our food. We will look at how physical concepts such as energy transfer, phase transitions, heat diffusion, molecular structure apply to the yummy food we put in our bellies! Physics knowledge NOT necessary!


S335: Statistics, Probability, and Analytics (A): A hands-on intro in Splash Spring 18 (Mar. 04, 2018)
Section A: Through demonstrations and entertaining activities you will gain an essential understanding of statistics and probabilities. Weather forecasts, marketing, medicine, the Lottery, Vegas, Google search autocomplete, biological systems, and even the curve on your last exam- we will explore unbelievable, fascinating, amazing, factual, and improbable examples from everyday life that provide statistical insights and the tools you need to make logical predictions. Topics include combinatorics, statisticulation (statistical manipulation), Pareto’s 80/20 rule, as well as causation, correlation and coincidence and their connection to science, pseudoscience and superstition.


S336: Statistics, Probability, and Analytics (II): The sequel in Splash Spring 18 (Mar. 04, 2018)
Section II: For those who can’t get enough, Section II will exercise and strengthen your critical thinking skills, provide deeper understanding, insight, and the ability to visualize data. Discussion and demonstrations will include mind-expanding probability theory concepts and principles in statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, and the Schrödinger equation. *Sections A and B are not required prerequisites.


S338: Statistics, Probability, and Analytics (B): Big data in sports in Splash Spring 18 (Mar. 04, 2018)
Section B: The use of statistical methods is revolutionizing the world of sports! As sensor, optical tracking, and wearable technologies continue to improve, tremendous amounts of data are available for analyzing, predicting, and enhancing player and team performance. Sabermetrics, 3-point shots, 2-point conversions, and pitch framing are just a few of the data-driven strategies we will examine. We will discuss their effectiveness, why some coaches seem resistant to popular analytic and statistical tools, and other ways the collected data could be utilized. *Section A is not a required prerequisite.