Idea Hub: Hands-On Engineering and Design

Paper Circuits
Paper Circuits

Making Paper Circuits in the Idea Hub

Explore topics in design and engineering with artistic circuits, 3D programs, chain reactions and a variety of other hands-on making and tinkering topics! Drop in each week and try out one of our many activities.

Open weekends from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Free with Museum admission.


Upcoming Schedule:

Sat., May 28, 2016
Kinetic Sculpture

Sun., May 29, 2016
Programming with Scratch

Sat., June 4, 2016
3D Printing

Sun., June 5, 2016
Regenerative Session with Planaria! (12 - 2 p.m.)
The ability of certain animals to regenerate new limbs, tails, or in some cases even heads has puzzled biologists for centuries. Planarians are freshwater invertebrates that have been a classic regeneration model for over a century. The regenerative abilities of planarians are astounding, an entire animal can be regenerated from a body fragment approximately 1/300th the size of the original animal. The Reddien Lab for Regeneration Research at MIT, aims to identify and understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control regeneration. Come meet graduate students from the lab, Kutay Deniz Atabay, and Samuel Alexander LoCascio, as they share these fascinating creatures and what is being discovered about them.

Kinetic Sculpture (2 - 4 p.m.)

Sat., June 11, 2016
Chain Reaction

Sun., June 12, 2016
Paper Circuits

Activities include:

3D Printing and Design

Learn how to design in three dimensions using Tinkercad and explore how 3D printers can turn digital models into reality.

App Inventor

Explore MIT's App Inventor program and develop your own app for a smartphone or tablet.

Chain Reaction

Discover the potential of engineering improvisation as we tinker and create chain reaction contraptions.

Kinetic Sculptures

Create a unique moving art piece engineered to move with gears, cams, linkages and pulleys.

Paper Circuits

Use copper tape and LEDs to create your own artistic light up cards, paper models, and more!

Programming with Scratch

Design your own simple video game or animation using the block-based programming language, Scratch.

Sewn Circuits

Construct a working and wearable circuit using LEDs, batteries, and conductive thread.

Free with Museum admission and appropriate for ages 12 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Activities are determined based on staff availability and are subject to change.

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