All Terrascope classes are fundamentally student-driven: you are in charge of your own educational process, from shaping the problems you want to address, to making your own decisions about procedure and timeline, right up to determining the scope and content of your final presentations. Along the way faculty, staff, alumni mentors, and undergraduate teaching fellows provide support and resources, but all the decision-making is up to you.
In the fall, students present their final design before a panel of experts and develop a website to provide a detailed description of their plan. Final projects for spring classes are presented at a Bazaar of Ideas and a public radio broadcast.
Terrascope offers weekly lunches and study sessions during the semester, other year-round outings and activities, and 24-hour access to the Terrascope lounge (located in the center of campus).
First-year students are matched with Terrascope-affiliated faculty who offer academic advising throughout the first year. Upperclassman Associate Advisors are also a key part of Terrascope’s support network, along with our diverse community of staff, MIT alumni, and upperclassmen who help first-year students navigate MIT. Terrascope’s frequent community gatherings, student lounge, and faculty involvement make it easy for our students to find help, academic advice, and friends to lend them a hand.