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Class of 2026 — Water is Life

Water Security on the Navajo Nation

Water plays an essential role in Diné (Navajo) culture and practice, and it is essential for agriculture and household use throughout the Navajo Nation, but water resources there are under great strain. Your task will be to develop proposals consistent with Diné priorities to increase access to clean, fresh water.

Terrascope Academic Year:

In the fall class (Subject 12.000 “Solving Complex Problems”), Terrascope students work in teams to develop solutions and present them to a panel of decision-makers and experts. In the spring semester there are two optional classes. In Subject 2.00C/1.016/EC.746 (“Design for Complex Environmental Issues”) students design and prototype specific technologies that address aspects of the problem. In Subject SP.360, “Terrascope Radio” students create a radio program that communicates their ideas to the general public.


Conditions permitting, a spring-break trip enables students to travel to see first hand the problem they have been working on all year. Students meet people who would be affected by their proposed solutions and see the problem in fuller context. The trip is a unifying experience for the entire Terrascope community, strengthening connections across generations of students and among students, faculty, staff and alumni.


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.

Do you have questions?  Ask us!

Reach out to the Terrascope team:  Director David McGee and Associate Director and Lecturer Ari Epstein.  Feel free to email all of us at the address: terrascope [at] mit [dot] edu or call and leave a voicemail at 617-253-3666 (we’ll call you back!).