Massachusetts Institute of Technology / MIT Museum
Building N51 265 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139
Open Daily 10am – 5pm / Closed Major Holidays
If the MIT Museum is closed due to snow, there will be a message here.
Times: earliest 10:00 a.m., latest 3:00 p.m.
Workshops Offered: Make To Move (NEW!) | Robotics | Advanced Robotics (NEW!) | Visualizing Science | Physics and Photography | Hello Holography | Fish 'n' Ships | Structural Engineering | DNA Learning Lab; DNA and Proteins | DNA Learning Lab: Protein Synthesis
Tour our Gestural Engineering exhibition and find your inner engineer + artist. Participants will learn about elements of motion (gears, pulleys, linkages, and more) and combine them to produce a kinetic sculpture worthy of sharing with their peers.
Explore what makes a robot tick in this introduction to programming robots. Students use the LEGO Mindstorms NXT and NXT-G Programming Environment to get robots sensing, thinking, and moving about. This workshop includes an introduction to artificial intelligence research at MIT and a guided tour of the Robots and Beyond gallery.
Advanced Robotics (only for middle and high school students with prior programming experience) - NEW!
Learn about current SPHERES research at MIT while programming LEGO EV3s to emulate technologies used in satellite systems. Students will use gyroscope and ultrasonic sensors, and perform calculations to measure distance and motor power as they program their robots to navigate an "asteroid".
See the world in a new way! Students use a range of technologies to build observation skills and explore objects from the MIT Museum collections and on-campus research labs. This hands-on microscopy workshop includes a brief gallery tour and an introduction to nanoscience research at MIT. Find out how different groups are using nanotechnology to solve real-world problems in science and engineering.
Make waves, explore magnetism, and try your hand at strobe photography. Students design and capture their own images of physics experiments, using the MIT Museum’s historical photography collections as inspiration. This workshop features the work of Berenice Abbott and Doc Edgerton.
Students experiment with light and perception to investigate the basic principles behind real-world holography. Through a series of demonstrations and hands-on activities, students will learn how holograms are made and viewed. The properties and behavior of light waves will also be discussed, from reflection (middle school focus) to diffraction and interference (high school students only). This workshop includes a guided tour of the Museum's holography gallery.
Students design, build, and test mechanisms for ship propulsion in this introduction to nature-inspired engineering at MIT. This workshop features examples from MIT research labs and the Museum's Hart Nautical collection and a mini-tour of the Museum's Robots & Beyond gallery.
Find out just how strong a piece of paper can be, bridge distances you'd never think possible, and see the simple geometry at the root of the longest bridges in the world in this active workshop on structural engineering. Students learn how structures stand up and work in teams to design and build bridges using recycled materials. Examples from architecture and engineering developed at MIT deepen students' appreciation of the structures all around us.
Within human bodies lies a complex system as elegant and efficient as any factory-protein synthesis from instructions encoded in DNA. In this workshop, students learn about two vital biomolecules: DNA and proteins. Students will explore this fundamental basis of life with LEGO DNA kits, digital models, and guided discussion.
Students with a background in molecular biology explore transcription, translation, and protein folding. This workshop, for high school and AP Biology students, uses LEGO kits, digital and physical models, and guided discussion to explore key concepts in molecular biology.
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Available now: an advanced robotics workshop (only for students with previous programming experience). Please note your interest in this workshop in the Comments section when you request a reservation.