Massachusetts Institute of Technology / MIT Museum
Building N51 265 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139
Open Daily 10am – 5pm / Closed Major Holidays
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Josie Patterson
CAMBRIDGE, MA – February 1, 2013 – In celebration of National Engineers Week, the MIT Museum will offer hands-on educational programs for middle and high school students throughout February school vacation week. Students and their families may participate in engineering challenges, workshops and exciting demonstrations by MIT students, local companies and others, as well as just having fun touring the Museum, which is filled with exhibitions about robotics, holograms and some of the latest research to come out of MIT. So You Want To Be an Engineer? is the culminating program on Saturday afternoon, and is being organized by the Society of Women Engineers at MIT.
"At the MIT Museum we believe kids learn by doing and by seeing real-world examples, all of which enhances a Museum visit," said Brindha Muniappan, MIT Museum Director of Education and Public Programs, and herself an MIT alum. "During February school vacation, which is also National Engineers Week, we're [focusing on] emphasizing design and engineering principles with a series of special programs to encourage and inspire young people who might not know how much fun it is to make and build things. I'm excited to be able to offer informal hands-on building challenges and workshops, and opportunities to meet actual engineers because, as a parent, I know how kids love to try new things and sometimes just need a space with time to explore. During these 6 days, visitors will be able to meet informally with MIT students, scientists and engineers, and learn about their work in ways that are very accessible for all kinds of learners," said Muniappan.
Drop-in activities On Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. activities include: building Rube Goldberg-like chain reactions, paper skyscrapers, gumdrop domes, and more. These hands-on activities for ages 10+ have been optimized for family collaboration, and are free with Museum admission, as are the afternoon demonstrations by local companies and MIT students. Check the website during vacation week for the schedule of demonstrations from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. So far the line-up includes: MIT Motorsport, the Design/Build/Fly team at MIT, iRobot, and members of the Community Charter School of Cambridge's FIRST Tech Challenge team.
Workshops: For a fee of $10 per person (which includes admission), the Museum will also be offering two-hour workshops geared toward middle and high school students on nanotechnology, physics photography, robotics, structural engineering, boat design, and holography. Workshops take place from Monday – Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required: http://web.mit/museum/forms/workshop-registration.html.
Special Event: On Saturday, February 23, at 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., the MIT Society of Women Engineers will host an interactive panel discussion about women in engineering careers, So You Want To Be an Engineer? All genders and ages are welcome, although high school students are especially encouraged to attend. Panelists include MIT Professor Krystyn Van Vliet, Lisa Zagura, graduate student Kanjun Qiu, and undergraduates Jackie Sly, Jean Fang, and Tara Soni. After the discussion, enjoy meeting the panelists informally, and work together on activities such as making a mini-LED flashlight, or building a rubber-band rover. Free with museum admission.
All activities are presented with support from the Marvin C. '51 and Joanne Grossman Fund. For a complete listing of events and pre-registration information please see the website: http://web.mit.edu/museum/programs/calendar.html. Also, follow what's going on at the museum on Twitter or Facebook!
The MIT Museum's mission is to engage the wider community with MIT's science, technology and other areas of scholarship in ways that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.
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