Starting fall 2017, students enrolled in Terrascope confront the challenge of adapting to the impacts of climate change over the next 50 years. Class of 2021 freshmen in Terrascope will chart a path forward for two coastal communities – MIT and our host city Cambridge, and southern Bangladesh.
In the fall term (Subject 12.000 “Solving Complex Problems”), Terrascope students will work in teams to develop ways in which communities around the world can prepare themselves for the impacts of climate change. They will then propose real solutions that could be put in place in Cambridge, Massachusetts (MIT’s home) and in other coastal communities worldwide, thus gaining perspective on the varying threats that different locations face. At the end of the fall semester they will present these solutions to a panel of decision-makers and experts. In the spring term, students will 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. A spring-break trip will enable students to travel to a site to see efforts to prepare for climate change first-hand.
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).