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.

Starting July 1st - open weekdays from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Free with Museum admission.

Weekday Schedule:

Join us weekdays from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. for various rotating activities.

Upcoming Weekend Schedule:

Sat., July 16, 2016
Paper Circuits

Sun., July 17, 2016
Kinetic Sculptures

Sat., July 23, 2016
3D Printing and Design

Sun., July 24, 2016
Sewn Circuits - Special Session!
From 12:00 - 3:00 pm join us for a special Sewn Circuits session in the Idea Hub. Grace Jun, from MIT's Open Style Lab, will visit and show us how to create deployable switches using zippers, conductive thread, LED lights, and coin cell batteries.

Sat., July 30, 2016
App Inventor

Sun., July 31, 2016
Chain Reaction

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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