Your mission, should you decide to accept it . . .
Your task is to develop a plan to save the oceans: the future of the planet hangs in the balance
The students will subdivide themselves into approximately ten groups to work on the mission, and present their findings at the end of the semester in front of the prestigious panel of judges. The groups themselves will be decided on early in the semester, and attendance at the first class is mandatory. Check back with this website in September 2007 for building, classroom number, and syllabus, but most likely it will take place in MIT Building 32-123. For year 2007, class times will be MWF from 3pm to 4pm during the fall semester.
How does Mission 2011 differ from other MIT classes:
Due to the special nature of 12.000, students enrolled in the class are allowed to register for up to 57 units. (Other freshmen have a 54-unit credit limit.) The class does not have a Final exam during the Finals week, but it does have a final presentation in early December, and instead of weekly problem sets typically given in Math and Physics classes, there are team research and team presentations as scheduled by the professor and the teams. Also, note that scheduling conflicts preclude students who are taking 12.000 from also registering for Freshman Advising Seminars (FAS). All students who enroll in 12.000 become a part of the Terrascope program and will be advised by faculty affiliated with Terrascope. Students who participate in the Residence Based Advising Program (RBA), will keep their RBA advisor, but also be given a Terrascope/Mission advisor. See the Class of 2011 First Year web site for further details.
In class, students meet three times per week with their teammates, of which one meeting takes a format of class discussion and the other two are times set aside for teams to interact and to do research. In 12.000, each team of students (up to 10 students per team) is assigned an Undergraduate Teaching Fellow who is an undergraduate student at MIT, as well as provided an opportunity to work with MIT alumni who volunteered to be mentors for Mission 2011.