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Monday, October 31, 2011

Stanford Splash!!

I had an awesome time at Stanford Splash! Splash is a thing where students at Stanford teach classes to middle and high school kids. A small area at Stanford is devoted to Splash, and we walk around going to really cool classes. The campus is beautiful!

The classes are good. I took lots of classes I enjoyed over the weekend that is Splash, such as a class called "The World's Largest Rodent, Dr. Seuss Birds, and Other Amazonian Oddities". The teacher had just come back from a few months in Peru, studying the animals of the Amazon rainforest. She showed us her pictures of the animals and told us about them. Did you know that the world's largest rodent, the capibara, is considered a fish in Peru, just so it can be eaten on Catholic holidays?
My favorite class was Introduction to Photography. The teacher talked about visual effects that make a nice photograph and how to create them, then took us outside to try them out. We were given assignments for our photos. The first assignment was to take a picture of a flower straight on. I took several, and here's one.

Next we had to take pictures of people. Awwwww.

Next we paired up and posed each other. I took some good pictures of my partner, a sweet kid named Maryam.

Then the assignment was to do a group photo shoot, and Maryam offered to be the model. At first it was a bit awkward, but then she laughed and laughed and laughed. I;m sure everyone got several pictures of Maryam laughing.

That was my last class. Eventually the group goofed off, and by the end we were all laughing too.

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