This blog follows the spring trip adventures of MIT’s Terrascope Program. Terrascope is a learning program for MIT freshman. Each year the program begins with the class (12.000 Solving Complex Problems, Mission 201x). This year, Mission 2013 was charged with developing a comprehensive plan to deal with the global rise in CO2 and other greenhouse gases. The students researched the problem and presented their solution in the form of a website as well as a public presentation followed by interrogation by a panel of experts.
In the Spring semester most Terrascope students take part in one or more of three activities. These include: a hands-on class where the students work on designing, building and implementing solutions to their problem; Terrascope Radio, where the students produce a series of radio programs on their topic including the field trip; and lastly the Terrascope field experience. This year the field trip was focused on Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi’s Masdar Initiative is focused on sustainability and the development of renewable energy technologies. Carbon Capture and Sequestration is a key component of the Masdar Initiative and Terrascope students are getting an up-close look at the planning and execution of cutting-edge technologies.
Many people have helped to make this trip possible. At Masdar, the complex logistics have been coordinated by Zarmineh Rab and Laurence De Baets. At MIT Steve Griffiths and Pat Vargas of the MIT/Abu Dhabi Program, a part of the MIT Technology and Development Program, have been incredible in helping us arrange all aspects of the trip, and came to Abu Dhabi this week to make sure all went well. These four have have made this trip remarkable and we owe them all our thanks.