Terrascope Academic Year:

In the fall term (Subject 12.000 “Solving Complex Problems”), Terrascope students work in teams to develop solutions to their Mission and present these solutions to a panel of decision-makers and experts. In the spring term, students have the chance to design and prototype specific technologies that address problems they have identified in Subject 2.00C/1.016/EC.746 (“Design for Complex Environmental Issues”). In a separate class (Subject SP.360, “Terrascope Radio”), students create a radio program that communicates their ideas to the wider public. Additionally, a spring-break trip enables students to travel to see first hand the problem they have been working on all year.

Each Year’s Mission is Made of:

Solving Complex Problems

In the program’s cornerstone fall subject, 12.000, first-year students work as an interdisciplinary team to design a viable solution for the year’s Mission.


Each academic year, Terrascope hosts three events that are free and open to the public and showcase the final product of our students’ endeavors in the Terrascope classes. Members of the public are encouraged to attend these events and give feedback to our students. Additionally, the 12.000 Final Presentation is broadcast on our Facebook Page and the Radio Broadcast is broadcast on 88.1 WMBR, MIT’s radio station.

Dates are posted here on the About page as the dates and times are announced.

Spring Classes + Field Trip

Terrascope offers optional spring classes: SP.360 – Terrascope Radio, and 2.00C/1.016/EC.746 – Design for Complex Environmental Issues; and a week-long field trip over spring break.


Terrascope offers weekly lunches during the semester, other year-round outings and activities, and 24-hour access to the Terrascope lounge (located in the center of campus).

Missions and Spring Break Destinations: