Terrascope students take the stage in South Africa
Over spring break, MIT and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University students are studying regional and global water issues as part of Terrascope Mission 2017. On Tuesday, students from the two schools engaged in a debate on whether a sustainable solution to water security exists. Follow their trip.
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Terrascope is a learning program for MIT freshmen that begins each year with a class (12.000 or Mission 20XX) devoted to understanding and proposing solutions to a complex problem related to Earth’s environment and sustainability. This year in Mission 2017 freshmen were challenged to develop a plan to ensure that all nations have access to clean fresh water. Students researched the problem in the fall semester and developed a series of possible solutions. Their ideas were presented in a public forum, and critiqued by a panel of experts. They also produced a website with comprehensive information on the plan. The field visit to South Africa enables students to extend their learning in Mission by gaining first hand experience with many of the issues they identified during the semester as critical to equitable access to sources of clean water. The boots on the ground view of the problem will be quite different from that in Cambridge, MA.