Splash 2023 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 the deadline (to be announced).
  • 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 2023 will run November 18-19, 2023. On Saturday the 18th, Splash classes will run from 10am to 6pm. On Sunday, classes will run from 9am to 6pm.

Where does Splash take place?

Splash will be happening on MIT's campus! In particular, most of our classrooms are just off the Infinite Corridor in buildings 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 26. The main logistics for the event happens in the Splash HQ and teacher lounge, room 10-105. This is where you will check in, meet other teachers, and get free meals. We'll have more 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 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 and will gladly work with you to transform your classrooms into kitchens for cooking classes, outdoor spaces for sports classes, orcomputer 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 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 in-person Splash post-pandemic. Teacher orientations have lots of useful information, as well as a free meal! 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, you need a band-aid, or a student can't find their parents (no need to call about registered students who are missing from your class). If there is a serious emergency, you should first call MIT police at (617) 253-1212 to get urgent assistance and then call the security hotline to let the administrators know what is going on. In the event of a medical emergency, MIT EMS will be able to get to you faster (they know the campus) than if you call 911.

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 Splash, to your students or anyone else: anyone actually enrolled in the class will have the class location on their schedule.

Mass transit

To get to the MIT campus by mass transit, take the Green Line B or C train to Hynes Convention Center; then walk upstairs and take the #1 Bus outbound to the “77 Massachusetts Ave / MIT” stop (don't cross the street from the train station).

Alternatively, from Hynes Convention Center, walk north four blocks on Massachusetts Ave and cross the Harvard Bridge; from there, keep going on Massachusetts Ave for another half-block and follow the signs to the correct building. Expect about 20 to 30 minutes of travel time.

Finally, you can also take the Red Line to Kendall/MIT, walk down Main Street towards the MIT campus, and follow signs to check-in once you're inside.

Great! What do we do next?

Return to the main page to register your class!

Last modified on Oct. 22, 2023 at 04:00 a.m.