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MIT Museum Calendar

October 2014


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Idea Hub: Hands-on Engineering and Design

Explore topics in design and engineering with artistic circuits, 3D design, and a variety of other topics with hands-on making and tinkering exercises!

Free with Museum admission and appropriate for ages 12 and up. Activities are determined based on staff availability and are subject to change.

Tues. 10/7

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Soap Box: How to Make Life and Influence Planets

Part 1 - Origins of Life on Earth

Discover what we can we infer about the origin of life from the genomes of living organisms and what the geological record tell us about the Earth's environments during life’s beginnings.

Fri. 10/10

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Second Fridays: Fall Into A Chain Reaction

Begin preparing for the 17th (a Prime Number in Prime Time!) Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction by testing your building skills during this mini chain reaction.

Free with Museum admission.

Tues. 10/14

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Soap Box: How to Make Life and Influence Planets

Part 2 - The Invisible Majority

Most fossils are too small to see but there are ways identifying signatures of microbial life in rocks. Find out what molecular fossils tell us, and join a discussion about how we can use them to recognize life elsewhere.

Fri. 10/17

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Energy Night @ the MIT Museum

Celebrate the ingenuity, innovation, and imagination of MIT faculty, researchers, students, and alumni! See what energy at MIT is all about and engage with the MIT energy community, local energy professionals, and investors.
With support from a Graduate Student Life Grant from the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education.

Tues. 10/21

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Soap Box: How to Make Life and Influence Planets

Part 3 - Why Life Got Big

For much of the earth's history, microbes were the only living organisms on the planet. Learn what happened to spur the evolution of larger and more diverse animals (including humans!).

Fri. 10/24

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Hack Lore: Cows, Cars, and Cannons

Edmund Golaski '99 will share amusing anecdotes about MIT's long and rich tradition of hacking (pranks and other unusual happenings). While here, pick up a copy of Nightwork, a compendium of MIT's best hacks.

Tues. 10/28

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Soap Box: How to Make Life and Influence Planets

Part 4- Life Beyond Earth

Discover what we know about the possibility of life in the rest of our solar system and beyond, and join a conversation about what that means for humanity in the future.

Thur. 10/30

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Daguerre's American Legacy: Gallery Talk

Join collector Bill Becker, lender to the exhibition, as he discusses daguerreotype portraiture and other aspects of early photography as well as his motives as a photography collector.

Free with Museum admission. Limited free tickets available on first-come, first-served basis.

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Annual Events:

Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction

Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction (affectionately known as F.A.T.) is the MIT Museum's annual giant Rube Goldberg event. Dozens of teams build unique, fanciful machines which are linked together to set off a massive chain reaction!

Register your team here


February Vacation Week

Celebrate February Vacation Week, aka National Engineers Week!, with engineering-specific activities, workshops, and demonstrations led by MIT students.

Cambridge Science Festival

The Cambridge Science Festival, presented by the MIT Museum, is a multi-day festival in April. Activities for all ages, including performances, talks, demonstrations and even a carnival take part through the greater Boston area!