Splash! at Stanford

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1. I got to know about Splash during my first quarter here at Stanford. Splash is basically an event where Stanford students teach middle and high school kids. I was super excited. I find the notion of teaching pretty cool. But I have never ‘taught’, so I didn’t know if it was just some fancy notion in my head or whether I was serious.

2. So, when the deadline approached last week to sign up as a teacher, I was horribly stuck. I didn’t know what to teach. Its not as if they restrict you from teaching. In fact, the motto of Splash is Teach Anything You Want’. Obviously you can’t float an illegal course like ‘How to deal in drugs 101’. Anything else is fair game.

3. So, I decided to make a list of things I could teach. Before I tell you my list, why don’t you take a couple of minutes and do this mental activity. Make a list of things you could teach a bunch of kids. Jot down all your skills/passions/hobbies that could make potential topics to teach.

Done? Lets compare..

I came up with the following – rubiks cube, skateboarding, triathlons, running, inspiration, chemical engineering, blogging, time management, setting goals, making omelets, math, physics..

If you have a few things on your list, then you know how nice it feels to have some skill you can teach someone. If you don’t have anything on your list, then think harder. Its impossible that you have nothing. ( Psst, What if I told you, seven years earlier, if I would have done this same exercise, I would have nothing to teach. Sigh!)

Well, after much thought, I finally floated the following classes:

  1. P1545: Magical Fluids – Unveiling the secret of complex fluids
  2. L1550: Inspiring Series – Lessons from Muhammad Ali
  3. L1551: Inspiring Series – Lessons from Lance Armstrong

If you are a stanford student are interested in teaching, let me know. I can always add you as a co-teacher on any of the above courses.

If you are a kid, sign up you little punk. Now!

 

The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.

~William Arthur Ward

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3 Responses to “Splash! at Stanford”

  1. DeJaVu March 24, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    awesome! great step!

  2. Rakesh Misra April 14, 2011 at 10:13 pm #

    This is awesome! I just can’t wait to don the teacher’s hat for Splash! I could teach any of the following:

    Juggling (2 or 3 or 4 balls)
    Rubiks Cubing (3×3)
    How cellphones work?
    How GSM/CDMA networks work?
    Cooking Indian curries

    and a lots more!

    How frequently does Splash happen? Once in year?

    • admin April 14, 2011 at 10:25 pm #

      : )
      Splash happens every year!