Solving Complex Problems (12.000) is a unique learning opportunity for MIT freshmen. Focused around a single "unsolvable" problem, students must delve deep into a global issue to compose a comprehensive solution that is beneficial and acceptable worldwide. Students must work together and guide themselves through this unique interdisciplinary endeavor, and emerge with a greater understanding of teamwork, leadership, and skills necessary to solving complex problems.
From access to clean water, to alleviating world hunger, to battling the increase of greenhouse gasses, Missions look deep into the true issues facing our world today. This year, it is referred to as "Mission 2016 - The Future of Strategic Natural Resources."
"Your Mission is to devise plans to ensure that all nations, including those that aspire to be developed, have access to these ever decreasing resources by implementing recycling technologies, searching for non-traditional sources, and developing an environmentally sensitive global management plan."