Join Terrascope!

Each year, Terrascope students take on a new Mission – a challenge that asks freshmen to solve a real-world, environmental problem.

How to join: When the MIT Advising Application goes live on June 1st, look for Terrascope under First-Year Learning Communities. Indicate that you are interested in Terrascope on the application and you are good to go!

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. Students will gain new knowledge from the Terrascope experience, but more importantly, they will emerge uniquely prepared to tackle complex problems in interdisciplinary, student-led teams.

Mission 2022

Tradition, Technology and Transition: Water Security on the Navajo Nation

The future of the Navajo Nation depends on access to clean water for drinking and farming, but the area is vulnerable to drought, and many water sources are contaminated. Your task will be to find solutions that blend cutting-edge technology with traditional Navajo practices and culture.


Take these steps to join Terrascope:

Indicate your Interest on the MIT Advising Application

How to join: When the MIT Advising Application goes live on June 1st, look for Terrascope under First-Year Learning Communities. Indicate that you are interested in Terrascope on the application and you are good to go! Welcome!

Do you have questions?... Ask us!

Reach the Terrascope team:  Director, David McGee; Lecturer, Ari Epstein; and Administrator, Elise Chambers.  Feel free to email all of us at the address: terrascope [at] mit [dot] edu or call and leave a voicemail at 617-253-4074 (we’ll call you back!).

Terrascope Classes: