Splash!By Katie Allen
Organized by the MIT Educational Studies Program, Splash is a one weekend program of extra-curricular “classes” for students in grades 7-12, taught by MIT students. During this period, students can try out a new activity, like jewelry-making, or get into a core-curriculum topic in-depth, such as “Calculus in a Nutshell.”
Splash runs the weekend before Thanksgiving each year, and, for the $30 registration fee, students are allowed as many classes as they can fit into the weekend’s schedule. The classes are organized into categories; Computing, Mathematics, Social Sciences, Performing Arts, Science, Liberal Arts, Crisis (a world-affairs simulation with pre-requisite classes), and “Hobbits,” which includes anything that doesn’t fit into the other categories.
Within the categories, class topics can vary significantly for example, in the science genre, there is a class offered on “Science with Soda” as well as “Forensic Medicine.” This allows the students freedom to make their “schedule” as intellectually demanding, fun, and/or bizarre as they wish it to be. Generally, Splash classes are similar to IAP classes, but are offered over only one weekend and are aimed at middle and high-school students.
ESP is a student-run group at MIT of undergraduates who are interested in teaching. In addition to Splash, they organize several other programs for middle and high-school students, both during the term and during the summer. These include SAT preparation and other classes, both for AP credit and for general enrichment. For more information on how to get involved, see their website at <http://web.mit.edu/edsp/www/>.