To that end, MIT has always encouraged as many projects as students could dream up. One of the most significant academic innovations at the Institute was the creation of the Independent Activities Period (IAP). Four weeks of unfettered exploration, experimentation, and education - purely for the joy of personal enrichment.
For many MIT alums, IAP holds a dear place in our memories. A whole month to explore interesting topics, play with new ideas, compete in fun tournaments, and just get outside of our comfort zones.
For over 60 years IAP offerings range from astrophysics to chocolate truffle making, from the MIT Mystery Hunt to liquid nitrogen ice-cream, from lock-picking to "Charm School" from the 6.270 Robotics Competition to the most (in)famous 70s seminar that taught the rudiments of card counting - “How To Gamble if You Will” by the Blackjack Club which later was fictionalized into a two bestselling books and a movie.
Here at the MIT Club of Northern California, we look to recreate a IAP ...just for 1 day and are planning to host a variety of events for our alumni to bring back the excitement novelty and joy of IAP.
We have a beautiful, large venue in San Francisco on January 22, and we want to host a variety of events for our alumni. We're looking for volunteers to propose activities to host during the event. The sky is the limit! You're welcome to teach a skill, or just show off something cool and exciting.
Or if you're still not sure what you want to host, just fill out the name/email/phone and we'll help you design a fun activity!