The Independent Activities Period (IAP)

For over four decades, IAP has provided members of the MIT community (students, faculty, staff, and alums) with a unique opportunity to organize, sponsor and participate in a wide variety of activities, including how-to sessions, forums, athletic endeavors, lecture series, films, tours, recitals and contests. IAP 2022 begins on Monday, January 3, 2022, and ends on Friday, January 28, 2022.

Killian Court

Offered by Shaymus Hudson. Students in this class will learn the techniques necessary for lost wax coating of metals. They will first make models of the...

Monday, January 03, 2022 at 9:00am to 11:00am
Killian Court

Offered by Christopher Di Perna Students will learn basic welding techniques including: oxy acetylene welding, MIG welding, and TIG welding. Students are...

Monday, January 03, 2022 at 10:00am to 12:00pm
Killian Court

Offered by Tara Fadenrecht. Enameling is the process of fusing powdered glass to copper, steel or silver resulting in a glossy, colorful finish. Students in...

Monday, January 03, 2022 at 11:30am to 1:30pm

Pleasures of Poetry meets this IAP 2022 in 14E-304 from 1-2 p.m. every weekday through the first three weeks of IAP (January 3-21), with the exception of MLK...

Monday, January 03, 2022 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Killian Court

Offered by Mike Tarkanian. Students will learn basic blacksmithing techniques using traditional tools to hand forge mild steel. Drawing a taper, forming a...

Monday, January 03, 2022 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Improve your flute skills while learning and performing fun, beautiful music in a wide range of musical styles from the 16th-21st centuries. Bass flutes,...

Monday, January 03, 2022 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Mathematics of Big Data book

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required Limited to 35 participants Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions Prereq: Matrix Mathematics Big...

Tuesday, January 04, 2022 at 10:00am to 11:55am
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Manufacture a steel single speed bicycle frame, install parts, and ride it. Students will meet with D-Lab instructors for a required meeting in December to...

Tuesday, January 04, 2022 at 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Interested in joining a non-credit student run and led Orchestra during IAP? Then look no further. Repertoire is Antonín Dvořák Symphony No. 8. Tuesdays &...

Tuesday, January 04, 2022 at 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Global Languages is happy to offer a non-credit class, Introduction to American Sign Language, during IAP 2022. Ten sessions will be held from January 5 to...

Wednesday, January 05, 2022 at 10:00am to 11:30am
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Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required. Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions. Prereq: None. This non-credit class will provide...

Wednesday, January 05, 2022 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

Do you have a ukulele but don't know how to play? Do you want to learn what's so awesome about this versatile, quirky instrument? This IAP activity will meet...

Wednesday, January 05, 2022 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm

This is a three-day workshop that examines the history and use of recorded sound as a means to understand our relationship with the environment. Participants...

Wednesday, January 05, 2022 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm

This workshop will meet for four 90-minute sessions and will conclude with a small recital. This IAP activity is designed to give aspiring songwriters the...

Wednesday, January 05, 2022 at 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Leading change is never easy but the goal of global decarbonization requires a different approach than the traditional approaches. Although technical...

Wednesday, January 05, 2022 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm
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Looking for a meaningful tech internship for next summer? Want to innovate at the intersection of tech and public service? Join the PKG Center and Coding...

Thursday, January 06, 2022 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Workshop exposes students to a multi-media way of capturing a sense of place through an observational tour of the Cambridge and Boston area. This course...

Thursday, January 06, 2022 at 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Are you interested in learning to play traditional "classical" music from middle eastern countries such as Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, and Armenia? Join the IAP...

Friday, January 07, 2022 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm

This course will overview the main concepts surrounding bookmaking, art books, self publishing and various printing techniques using risography, rolling...

Flipping Failure logo

Have you ever faced an academic challenge and wished you could share what you learned with peers? Join us for the Flipping Failure IAP Workshop Series!...

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 10:00am to 1:30pm

Whether you are seeking inspiration or already committed to making the world better and just, this series will give you indispensable insights and the tools...

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 11:00am to 12:30pm
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In this virtual workshop (IAP, not for credit) open to MIT undergraduate students of all majors, you will practice and apply three creative techniques for...

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 2:30pm to 3:30pm
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Considering starting your own company? There’s more to it than shaking hands with a business partner. Join the Deshpande Center’s IAP webinar on the right...

Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
For registration, use https://forms.gle/n3ATNnFFrir8XLCY7

Islam is frequently talked about in the media, but continues to be a mystery to most people. What is the Muslim's concept of God? The afterlife? Who was...

Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
For registration, use https://forms.gle/n3ATNnFFrir8XLCY7

Islam is frequently talked about in the media, but continues to be a mystery to most people. What is the Muslim's concept of God? The afterlife? Who was...

Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Killian Court

Offered by Prof. Greg Olson and Clay Houser. This activity is an introduction to the Thermo-Calc software and how it may be used to perform thermodynamic...

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 9:30am to 12:30pm

Our premise is that there are unexplored, undiscovered, and probably unexpected ways of generating forces and energy. This is based on the fact that there...

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 10:00am to 5:00pm

What is the role of oratory and power in a democratic society? Is it worse to do wrong or to be wronged? What is the difference between knowledge and true...

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm
What is holography? It is not merely art!

This course will explore the fascinating applications of holography. What is holography? It is not merely art; holography encompasses a variety of...

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 9:00am to 12:00pm

THE DUAL-USE VENTURES NON-CREDIT IAP COURSE HELPS TECHNOLOGY STARTUPS NAVIGATE EARLY-STAGE CHALLENGES IN MARKET RESEARCH, USE CASES, AND FEDERAL FUNDING...

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 9:00am to 5:00pm

Meet virtually with MIT Recreation's Assistant Fitness Directors to learn how to become a nationally certified Personal Fitness Trainer or Group Exercise...

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm
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Have you ever wondered how transportation really works? (Have you ever wondered how ANYTHING really works?) Do you have strong feelings, or simply a passing...

Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

The En-ROADS Climate Workshop helps build support for strategies to address climate change via interactive testing of the cutting-edge simulation model...

Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Killian Court

Adventures in Scanning Electron Microscopy is an activity offered by Donald Galler. The activity offers training and introduction to electron microscopy. No...

Monday, January 24, 2022 at 9:00am to 5:00pm
Killian Court

Offered by Prof. Lorna Gibson. Birds are amazing. In this series of talks, we’ll look at the materials science of feathers; the mechanics of bird bones; the...

Monday, January 24, 2022 at 11:00am to 12:00pm

Are you a scientist or engineer curious about starting a deep tech company? Do you want to visit MIT startups in action and learn from founders who have...

Monday, January 24, 2022 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Killian Court

Offered by George Varnavides. Generative art is a type of audiovisual art generated using an algorithm. It often lies at the intersection of mathematical...

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 9:00am to 11:00am
Experiment with antennas and analog/digital circuits!

Design, build and test your own full-duplex radio with real-world hardware/software engineering! Full-duplex technology is revolutionizing the wireless...

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm

This IAP course will teach you how to measure and increase individual happiness and wellbeing, team collaboration and performance, and organizational culture...

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm