At the core of the Terrascope program is one basic but important idea: MIT students, even as first-year students, are ready to take control of their own education and to tackle big, important problems. With each new class of first-year students, Terrascope explores a different global issue called a Mission – and it’s the students who take command of each Mission. Our students work in teams to develop solutions, drawing on diverse perspectives, interdisciplinary research, and a supportive Terrascope community.
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.
Our curriculum changes each year, with each class of first-year students focusing on a different issue related to sustainability and Earth systems. Learn more
The Terrascope community comes together throughout the year, connecting first-year students with a support network of upperclassmen, MIT alumni, faculty, and staff. Learn more