Spark 2022 Information

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Spark 2022 will be March 12-13th! Teacher registration closed on Feb. 7th.

Want to teach for Spark? Here's the fine print.

What exactly do I need to do?

  • Come up with ideas for your class(es) and register by the extended deadline of February 7th.
  • Make sure that you fulfill the MIT Minors Policy.
  • Familiarize yourself with our funding and reimbursement policy for class supplies.
  • Attend a teacher orientation if necessary (more information below).
  • Look out for our emails for further details!

When does Spark 2022 take place, and when must I register?

Spark will run on Saturday and Sunday, March 12th and 13th. Classes will run 9am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-6pm on Sunday. The deadline to register your classes has been extended to February 7th!

Where does Spark 2022 take place?

Spark 2022 is a hybrid program. Classes will be taught on Zoom, and students will be remote, but teachers will be able to come teach their virtual class from MIT's campus. (Subject to change depending on Covid conditions.) More information about the program format will be provided in the coming months!

What topics can we teach?

Short answer: Anything! STEM. Humanities. Arts and music. Games and puzzles. Hobbies and crafts. If you can't think of what to teach, check out our guide! You can also see what people taught last year by looking at the Spark 2020 catalog. Also, check out our random class generator to see what's been taught in the past.

We are also happy to help you figure out what you should teach! You're always welcome to send us an email at spark@mit.edu to discuss or ask for feedback on class ideas.

What types of classes can we teach?

Want to teach a giant lecture like your professors (or better than them)? Want to lead a discussion seminar with a small group of students? Want to mentor a few students with hands-on projects? All of these are types of classes that take place every year at Spark. We can even provide class supplies to both teachers and students if needed!

What are walk-in activities?

Have an idea for a hands-on class? Consider teaching a walk-in activity!. Rather than a standalone or sequence class, walk-in activities are fun, high-energy, and constantly changing; students can visit them throughout their day at Spark. Activities are designed to be more interactive than traditional classes, and depending on what you’re teaching, your role might be more like the leader/director of the activity than the lecturer/teacher of a class.

Class Supplies

ESP offers generous funding for class supplies. You are automatically granted a budget of $30 to spend on each class section (or for each hour of a walk-in activity). If that's not sufficient for your class, you can also request additional funds via email. We'll gladly accommodate reasonable requests of any amount, but you must ask us first!

If you plan to purchase supplies, you should make a list of supplies at the level of detail you have planned so far in your class registration form under "Planned Purchases". When you make your purchases, be sure to get itemized receipts for everything you buy. Note that ESP cannot reimburse you for any tax, so use MIT's tax exempt form when buying your class supplies. See Reimbursements for more information.

Teacher Orientation

All teachers must attend an orientation. There will be several virtual teacher orientation sessions available to attend. In orientation, we will go over important information about teaching for virtual Spark, as well as some tips for teaching. Dates will be emailed out to registered teachers shortly after the registration deadline.

Contacting your students

MIT policy prohibits you from providing your personal contact information (email, phone, social media) to students or collecting your students' personal contact information. In particular, note that it is a violation of MIT policy to give your email to your students. This is a frequent mistake that we see teachers make.

After you register your classes, ESP will automatically create moderated email lists for you and your students to communicate through, avoiding the need to exchange personal contact information. More information will be available after you register.

What if something goes wrong?

Spark will have multiple channels of communication (email, Discord, etc) for any issues during program days, like if you have technology issues, you are running late, you are sick and can’t teach, you have a disruptive student, etc. More information about these will be sent to registered teachers closer to the date of the program.

Who should be in your class?

The only people who should be at your class are students who have it on their schedule and teachers who are registered on this website to teach/observe it. Don't distribute the location of your class before Spark, to your students or anyone else: anyone actually enrolled in the class will have the class link on their schedule.

Great! What do we do next?

Return to the main page to register your class! Afterwards, look out for our emails with more information.



Last modified on Feb. 14, 2022 at 06:45 p.m.