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FSA - Kai's Academic Group

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Project Group: Monday - Friday, 11:25am - Noon
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Who am I

Hi everyone! Welcome to my group! This is a space for all of you to explore your curiosity, so don't be afraid to ask a question or reach out at any point.

First off, a little about me...
I'm Kai! My area of study at Boston University was Ecology & Conservation, so I study plants, animals, fungi, etc etc etc! What this means is that I'm all about the stories and connections between things; how everything interacts! 

Half of science is all about how you communicate it. This is why I'm all about STEAM! I personally express what I learn through photography, video production, graphic novels, and even the occasional dungeons and dragons games. One of the projects I'm really proud of is my photo-a-day which is a photo journal I've been keeping for over six years now. As we dive into scratch sometime this summer, my current project is to create and slowly improve a snake game: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/550045218/ 

How to contact me:

email: medinak@mit.edu 

If you ever want resources for a specific interest, if you have any questilons about the program, or even just on how something sciency works in general, shoot me a message! I'll always try to get back to you within the day. 


Random Resources that I enjoy:

This might be updated every so often. 

  • iNaturalist: take photos of any flora/fauna and get it's species information. This app/website also takes all observations, and submits it to REAL world data that scientists can use! https://www.inaturalist.org/
  • Photopea: free photoshop alternative https://www.photopea.com/
  • Trey the Explainer: Great youtube channel on the evolutionary history of various topics: https://youtu.be/t7J_oybRfuc
  • Ants Canada: Another great channel on one of the greatest ant fanatics in the world https://youtu.be/1NL6fG9FppM
  • Smithsonian Transcription Center: A place where old journals are constantly being transcribed, from famous artists to the first american woman to reach Antarctica https://transcription.si.edu/browse?sort=latest
  • QGIS - a free mapping software that real professional use for a lot of stuff - from scientific research to city planning. There exists addons that can grab species sitings and plot them on a map https://qgis.org/ (this is what I used to start learning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCnNWyl9qSE). If you ever plan to work in environmental positions, this is a great thing to know. 
  • Boston Public Library: https://www.bpl.org/ 
    A fantastic resource to get graphic novels among other books virtually (and your local library will have some too!). They also have tons of support for a lot of different things you might need. Making an account is super easy, and once you do you have access to all the virtual content the library has to offer.
     If you do not have a Boston address to put into it, just use the following:
    700 commonwealth ave, boston, ma, 02215 
    This is an old dorm building from my college, a bazillion people live there each year so it’s an easy one in the area to use. 
  • My Personal Reading List of Interesting Things:
    • Semiosis by Sue Burke
    • To be Taught, if Fortunate by Becky Chambers
    • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari 
    • Borne by  Jeff VanderMeer
    • Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! by Sumito Ōwara
    • Understanding Comics (The Invisible Art) By Scott McCloud 
  • My Personal Watch List of Interesting Movies/Shows:
    • 2001: A Space Odyssey
    • Arrival
    • Dave Made a Maze
    • Ferris Buellers Day Off
    • Truman Show
    • The Dragon Prince
    • Over The Garden Wall


Rocket Chat

If you've never used it before, this is rocket.chat! You should be able to log in with the same information you used to log into JWEL. Your first task is to try sending me a message here!