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Students tackle strategic use of natural resources

Freshmen in Mission 2016 have spent the fall semester tackling the problem of what to do about supply and distribution of strategic and economically vital natural resources. They will present their plan regarding “The Future of Strategic Natural Resources” on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. in 32-123.

Mission students will share their proposal to ensure that all nations, including those that aspire to be developed, have access to decreasing strategic resources through the implementation of recycling technologies, the search for non-traditional sources and the development of an environmentally sensitive global management plan.

The MIT community is invited to the presentation, which will be streamed live.

Mission 2016 is a subject of the Terrascope Program, one of MIT’s learning communities for first-year students. Each fall, students are given a real-world problem that requires a multi-disciplinary approach and asked to work in teams to develop a solution. Undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants, as well as MIT alumni mentors, assist them in the process.

Mission 2016 was taught by Benjamin Weiss, associate professor of earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences. Sam Bowring, the Robert R. Shrock Professor of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, is the Terrascope Program director.

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