A Quick Stream of Facts, for People Unfamiliar with MIT ESP but Want to Know More Quickly

ESP stands for Educational Studies Program. (MIT stands for Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Just in case.)

ESP’s office is at W20-467, in the fourth floor of MIT’s student center.

ESP’s website is at esp.mit.edu.

ESP is a volunteer student-run organization that runs programs (called Splash, Spark, etc.) that offer classes taught by MIT students (as well as students from other colleges and other affiliates) for middle and high school students.

ESP’s motto is “Teach Anything, Learn Anything”.

You can’t actually teach and learn anything at ESP. There are several exceptions, like that you’re not allowed to teach students to do illegal things.

Splash lasts two days, both in one weekend, in November. Starting a couple years ago, Splash is for high schoolers only. By number of students, Splash is ESP’s largest program.

Spark lasts two days, both in one weekend, in March. Starting a couple years ago, Spark is for middle schoolers only. Spark is smaller than Splash, but larger than all of ESP’s other programs.

HSSP occurs one day a week for several weeks. MIT’s ESP runs a Spring HSSP and a Summer HSSP. At one point we ran a Fall HSSP, we don’t anymore. At one point Harvard’s ESP ran a Fall HSSP. Now they don’t anymore either.

HSSP literally doesn’t stand for anything. It used to stand for “High School Studies Program”, but this doesn’t make sense anymore as it is also open to middle school students. HSSP is ESP’s oldest program. In fact, it predates ESP.

Each new HSSP, though, we tend to come up with a bizarre new backronym for HSSP.

ESP also runs several other programs, like Junction and Cascade.

ESP runs Splash for Us, a program for MIT students by MIT students, each January.

ESP does not run SATPREP or Delve anymore. Those are now run by MIT ATI (Academic Teaching Initiative).

MIT has the original ESP, which has been around for three and a half decades, but since then analogous organizations has sprung up in other campuses, starting with Stanford about a decade ago. Some of these are called ESPs, whereas some of them are just called Splashes. They meet annually at SplashCon.

The umbrella organization of the ESPs and Splashes around the country (and soon the world?) is Learning Unlimited (LU), an organization dedicated to the founding of new ESP-like organizations everywhere.

LU’s website is at learningu.org.

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