Splash 2021 Information

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

What exactly do I need to do?

  • Come up with ideas for your class(es) and register by October 8.
  • 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 Splash take place?

Splash 2021 will run November 20-21, 2021. On Saturday, Splash classes will run from 9am to 9pm. On Sunday, classes will run from 9am to 6pm.

Where does Splash take place?

Splash usually occurs on the MIT campus, but for 2021 it will be in the virtual world. All classes will be online. Splash teachers may be able to gather and teach their classes in-person, but you will also have the option to teach entirely virtually. We'll provide information for you after you register a class.

What topics can we teach?

Short answer: Anything! STEM. Humanities. Arts and music. Sports. Games and puzzles. Hobbies and crafts. Anything at all!

Longer answer: well, still anything, but if that's not specific enough for you, we'd be happy to help you figure out what you should teach. 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 last year's catalog. Also, check out our random class generator to see what's been taught in the past. If you have a great class idea but are stuck on how to virtualize it, we're glad to talk about that too! You're always welcome to send us an email 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)? We'll provide you a (virtual) lecture hall. Want to lead a discussion seminar with a small group of students? That's also great! Want to mentor a few students with hands-on projects? All of these are types of classes that take place every year at Splash. We encourage creativity this new format and will gladly work with you to transform your virtual classrooms into (virtual) kitchens for cooking classes, (virtual) outdoor spaces for sports classes, or (virtual) computer labs for programming classes!

In addition, Splash also has walk-in activities, where students will casually drop by any time they please. For more information on running a walk-in activity, see the walk-ins page.

Class lengths can be one, two, or three hours, and you may teach multiple sections (identical copies) of a class to different students.

Class Supplies

ESP offers generous funding for class supplies. This can include things like material for demos, supplies to ship to students, relevant software for the class, and such. You are automatically granted a budget of $30 to spend on each class section (or for each hour of a walk-in activity). 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

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

Even if you have taught before, we ask you to attend an orientation since this is the first virtual Splash. If you cannot attend one of the orientation sessions, please email us to discuss alternatives. For more class-prep resources, check out our advice page or shoot us an email. We're always happy to help!

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?

Splash has a security hotline available the during the program at (617) 253-0502. You can call this number for any issues within Splash, like if you have technology issues, you are running late, you are sick and can't teach, you have a disruptive student, etc.

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 (virtual) location of your class before Splash, 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!

Last modified on Nov. 20, 2021 at 07:21 a.m.