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MIT – Problem Sets = IAP! by Melis A. '08

Today marks the beginning of IAP 2007.

Today marks the beginning of the glorious month known as IAP, which stands for Independent Activities Period. From January 8th to February 2nd, MIT students get the chance to enjoy everything that MIT has to offer, without worrying about problem sets, tests, and papers. For more info about IAP, check out my entry from last year.

As Bryan wrote, there is a dizzying number of activities to choose from. For example, I could hypothetically follow this schedule tomorrow:
7:00-8:00 AM: Group exercise at the gym
10:00-11:00 AM: An Introductory Course to MATLAB
11:00-12:00 PM: Baseball (Art of Hitting)– “Learn the fundamentals of how to hit a baseball which is considered to be one of the most difficult hand-eye coordination skills.”
12:00-1:00 PM: History and Mystery of the Tarot– Taught by our very own Daniel Barkowitz! “Explore the history, origin, use and art of the Tarot.”
2:00-4:00 PM: Leadership Under Fire– “This seminar explores crisis leadership challenges. Scholars and practitioners debate the nature, form and tools of effective leadership, but what happens when stakes dramatically rise, information becomes scarce and unreliable, and the time and scope of action contract? Are conventional leadership tools still the right tools, or is crisis leadership fundamentally different?”
5:00-6:00 PM: Breakdance 101– “A free class taught by legendary breaker and professional dance instructor Bboy Mac. Learn the fundamentals of breakin’.”
6:00-8:00 PM: Build Your Own Loudspeakers– a class offered by the Hobby Shop

Whew, I’m exhausted even thinking about it! In all seriousness, this IAP I will be…
– Working on my UROP in the BioInstrumentation Lab: Hopefully I’ll get some cool experiments done and begin writing a paper for publication!
– Writing a module for the soon-to-be-launched OpenLabWare website (it’s like OpenCourseWare but for lab work. I’ll be blogging about it in a week or two.)
– Taking an Advanced Technique swim class
– Going to some seminars, including a lecture series sponsored by the Clinical Research Center
– Playing in the snow (if weather ever permits…we need another snow storm, like IAP two years ago (see image below)!)

Another great thing about IAP is that students can even offer their own classes. The breakdancing and loudspeaker classes that I mentioned above are both taught by MIT undergraduates. One of the amazing things about being at the Institvte is that there are so many people who are passionate about the most randomly awesome things, and they can’t wait to share their enthusiasm with you!

8 responses to “MIT – Problem Sets = IAP!”

  1. Jenny says:

    i want snow tooo….and i CANT WAIT FOR IAP…

    ooh and
    what experiments are you working on for your paper?

  2. Anjanie says:

    I want to learn how to break dance!!!!!!!!!

  3. Anjanie says:

    I want to learn how to break dance!!!!!!!!! I can almost build my own loudspeaker. at isnt too hard!Well Happy new year everyone…cant wait till I get into MIT (I HOPE I WILL)

  4. Sam Jackson says:

    Need snow sooo badly. I read this terribly sad piece of news last weekednd–if global warming trends continue, the North American maple syrup industry will be decimated. (Also, a sudden weather change will threaten our MA cranberry harvest, since the farmers haven’t flooded their bogs yet)

    Maybe steal lots of ice shavings from the rink?

  5. Anne says:

    That’s crazy.
    Anybody think MA have a really, really, really cold winter in the next four years? Or is global warming just going to make it worse and worse without any outliers (weather-wise)?

  6. Melis says:

    Jenny: My research is based on a needle-free injector (that does the same job as a syringe, but without the needle). So, on Thursday I’ll begin a test to compare the performance of the needle-free injector to the conventional needle, using mice. I’ll write up a detailed explanation once it’s done =)

    Melissa: OpenLabWare will be launched around Jan. 15!

  7. Monika says:

    IAP seems like 5 days we have in school-
    Its really cool to see how many different and crazy stuff people are interested in!
    I started a political project for our school IAP- like MUN if someone knows. Its really fun- all the boys with ties…wink

  8. Melissa H says:

    When is OpenLapWare going to be up? I’m so excited!