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Massachusetts Institute of Technology  /  MIT Museum
Building N51   265 Massachusetts Avenue   Cambridge, MA 02139
Open Daily 10am – 5pm  /  Closed Major Holidays

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January 2010

Fri. 1/8

Second Fridays

Join us for our new after hours series. Enjoy the Museum galleries, additional activities, and refreshments. Free admission.

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

Theme: Art and Animation!

Watch some innovative animated films, learn about the history and science of the art, and create your own portable animation devices to bring home with you! Fun for all ages.

Activities are listed here.

Mon. 1/11

How to run a great event at the Cambridge Science Festival

Planning an event for CSF 2010? This two hour workshop will introduce you to other event sponsors and science educators, outline resources available to you, give you a crash course in science communication, and offer an opportunity to troubleshoot the plans for your event.

Recommended for approved Cambridge Science Festival 2010 presenters.

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Registration Recommended

Tues. 1/19

Design a Museum Exhibit - MIT150 Exhibit Workshop

In 2011, MIT will commemorate its 150th anniversary in celebrations that will be groundbreaking, participatory and focused on communicating the distinctive values of the Institute to the wider community. The MIT Museum is "co-creating" an exhibition with the MIT community that features 150 compelling artifacts. Members of the MIT Community are invited to participate in a special design workshop to help develop the exhibition themes and content. Come share your favorite MIT stories and help make the exhibition!

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Preregistration required. Email Deborah Douglas at ddouglas@mit.edu.

Thurs. 1/28

Tour - Extra-Vehicular Activity Research (EVA) Lab at MIT

Located within the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, scientists and engineers in the EVA lab focus on human activity in space. Learn about the design and science behind the BioSuit, the revolutionary "second skin" spacesuit being developed under the direction of MIT Professor Dava Newman. See the hypobaric chamber for pressuring space suits, BioSuit concept prototypes, and the robotic space suit tester robot.

Two one-hour tours. Start at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Limited to 4 people per tour. Preregistration required, email dlui@mit.edu.


February

Fri. 2/12

Second Fridays

Join us for our new after hours series. Enjoy the Museum galleries, additional activities, and refreshments. Free admission.

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

Theme: Darwin Day

Charles Darwin was born on February 12, 1809.  Celebrate his life and work at the MIT Museum on the 101st anniversary of his birth!  Participate in hands-on activities about biological evolution and natural selection.  Get a sneak peak of the new play From Orchids To Octopi: An Evolutionary Fantasy, by Melinda Lopez.  Watch excerpts from the upcoming production, and join in a post-play discussion.

Mon. 2/15 - Fri. 2/19

SCHOOL VACATION WEEK (running Mon 2/15 - Fri 2/19)

Celebrate National Engineers Week with the MIT Museum! All the week's activities are FREE with Museum admission. Due to popular acclaim, we'll be bringing back the theme of robotics, with mini-workshops and demonstrations for ages 10 and up. No registration is required, and workshops will be offered on a first come-first served basis.

 

Programs include:

Robotics Demos - 1-2pm.

Starts in 1st floor MIT360 space.

See real robots – old and new. Learn what robots can do today and may be able to do tomorrow like frowning and smiling, driving a car, and cleaning your house.

 

Robotics Workshops - 2-4pm
2nd floor Education Center.

Four sessions at 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, and 3:30. Please show up early for free passes at the 2nd floor information desk. Enrollment limited.

Try your skills at constructing and programming a robot using Lego Mindstorms NXT.

Sun. 2/21

Chantey Sing
Celebrate MIT and the sea!  Come and sing sea chanteys and other maritime-related songs with a room full of fellow enthusiasts, professional and amateur.  Recommended for ages 8 to 108. Sponsored by NE Chantey Sings.

1:00 - 4:00 p.m., FREE with Museum admission.


March

Fri. 3/12

Second Fridays

Join us for our new after hours series. Enjoy the Museum galleries, additional activities, and refreshments. Free admission.

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

Theme: Nautical Adventures

Stretch your mind with a riveting presentation about adventure on the high seas by local extreme sailor Rich Wilson. Learn about adaptive sailing technology by Piers Park Sailing Center. Hear plans for MIT Nautical Association's 75th anniversary fleet renewal. See gems from the MIT Museum's Hart Nautical Collections, listen to chantey singing and more!

Tues. 3/30

Interactive Talk on Climate Change

What should we humans do about climate change?
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Professor Thomas Malone and Robert Laubacher of MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence lead a hands-on, interactive session exploring how the collective intelligence of thousands of people (including you) can be harnessed to address global climate change.


Have a chance to play with the Climate Collaboratorium – an innovative on-line forum inspired by systems like Wikipedia and Linux – in which you can explore the impacts of proposed climate change policies, engage in on-line (and at the Museum, in-person) debates, and register your opinion on what we humans should do about global climate change.

 

The Collaboratorium is one project in MIT's Center for Collective Intelligence, whose primary research question is, How can people and computers be connected so that – collectively – they act more intelligently than any individuals, groups, or computers have ever done before? This event is in conjunction with the exhibition Sampling MIT.

 

Bring your laptop to use the system live. A limited number of MIT Museum computers will also be made available.

Wed. 3/31

Activity

Playtesting prototypes from 2.00b Toy Product Design
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

free, please sign-in upon arrival

Play with crazy toys dreamed up by MIT engineers. Go behind the scenes of MIT's Toy Product Design Class and join the student-inventors as they present their toy prototypes to the public. Be the first to play with new toys and help the engineers make these cool toys even better. All ages are welcome!


April

Fri. 4/9

Second Fridays

Join us for our new after hours series. Enjoy the Museum galleries, additional activities, and refreshments. Free admission.

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

Theme: International Development Night
Please join us for a fascinating expo and reception featuring some of the latest innovations and technologies surrounding international development at MIT. Sponsored by MIT IDN.

Sat. 4/10

Workshop on Math for All Ages

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Bring-Your-Grandma-to-Math-Day

:This one day workshop (also called Loving Math at Every Age) brings together people of all ages around the playful investigation of mathematics. There will be a wide range of games, puzzles, and building projects for all ages and skill levels, along with a supportive group of people able to help you get started on something exciting. Presented by Sprout.

*Please Note:* People younger than 15 need to bring a guardian along with them. People 15-18 who are not bringing along a parent need to bring along a signed parental consent form.

4/24 - 5/2

Cambridge Science Festival

The fourth annual Cambridge Science Festival celebrates science in the community across Cambridge and surrounding communities. The MIT Museum is proud to present the Cambridge Science Festival and to offer a multitude of talks, workshops, receptions, and activities during this year's festival. Highlights include: free museum admission on Opening Day on April 24, Lunch with a Nobel Laureate series, programs on robots, physics, puzzles, and science activities for all ages.

Complete schedule of events at the MIT Museum
Cambridge Science Festival website


May

Sat. 5/8

Presentation and Demonstration

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Spring 2010 D-Lab Projects Showcase

Join us for the final summary presentations and working demos from the growing MIT D-Lab family of classes. Come see how MIT students are developing technologies that make an impact on our world! To kick things off, the students from 6 D-Lab classes - Design, Dissemination, Health, Energy, Wheelchairs and Prosthetics - will give brief presentations of their 26 projects. Then the projects will be on display and all the working prototypes demonstrated! Free with museum admission.

Sat. 5/8

Workshop on Digital Gardening

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Moisture Sensing in the Garden Using Microcontrollers

This workshop leads participants through the basic electronics and practical skills needed to understand and assemble an Arduino-controlled moisture sensor which can notify you when your soil needs water. Led by Keith Simmons and the creators of Wireplant. Presented by Sprout. For Ages 15+. Enrollment limited, pre-registration required. Cost is $55 a person.

 

Fri. 5/14

Second Fridays

Join us for our new after hours series. Enjoy the Museum galleries, additional activities, and refreshments. Free admission.

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

Theme: TBA


July

Daily Mon. to Fri.

Enjoy our demos and drop-in activities daily from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. throughout the summer! Activities include:

 

Light Graffiti - create amazing images using handheld LEDs in a dark room!

Motorsports Racer -have a seat in the MIT Motorsports team's race car.

Lego DNA - learn about the building blocks of life using our lego models.

Gumdrop Domes and Newspaper Bridges - build structures out of everyday materials!

Lego Mindstorms - program a robot and get it moving.

 

All activities and demos are free with museum admission and appropriate for ages 8 and up. Please note that the times of the programs are approximate and based on staff availability and last minute changes to our daily schedule.

 

Fri. 7/9

Second Fridays

Enjoy free after-hours admission to the galleries.

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


August

Daily Mon. to Fri.

Enjoy our demos and drop-in activities daily from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. throughout the summer! Activities include:

 

Light Graffiti - create amazing images using handheld LEDs in a dark room!

Motorsports Racer -have a seat in the MIT Motorsports team's race car.

Lego DNA - learn about the building blocks of life using our lego models.

Gumdrop Domes and Newspaper Bridges - build structures out of everyday materials!

Lego Mindstorms - program a robot and get it moving.

 

All activities and demos are free with museum admission and appropriate for ages 8 and up. Please note that the times of the programs are approximate and based on staff availability and last minute changes to our daily schedule.

 

Fri. 8/13

Second Fridays

Enjoy free after-hours admission to the galleries.

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

 


September

Tues.
9/7
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Opening Reception

Bush Room, Building 10, Room 105. Public welcome.

Curated by ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, Switzerland, this exhibition shows the ways in which the field of typography, the conditions of its creation, production and dissemination have recently been transformed. Exhibition ongoing in Compton Gallery until February 25, 2011. 


Fri.
9/10
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Second Fridays
Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening. Mingle with friends in the Museum's unique galleries with displays of holograms, kinetic sculptures, historic robots and some of the latest research coming out of MIT.
Free admission.
 


October

Fri.
10/ 8
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Second Fridays
Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening. Mingle with friends in the Museum's unique galleries with displays of holograms, kinetic sculptures, historic robots and some of the latest research coming out of MIT.
Free admission.

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the laser! Meet some of the ‘laser greats’ from MIT and Lincoln Laboratory as they share stories of innovation and invention. See laser artifacts from the MIT Museum’s collection (including the not-to-be-missed MASER, the predecessor to the laser). Join students from MIT’s chapter of the Optical Society of America and scientists from Lincoln Laboratory for hands-on activities exploring the science of the laser.
Fri.
10/15
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Energy Night

An energetic evening of posters, networking, music, presentations and demonstrations. Sponsored by the MIT Energy Club.

Free admission, appropriate for ages 21+

Tue. 10/26
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Soap Box

Hear from MIT Professor Larry Susskind and share your opinions about the public policy issues arising from the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

Free admission, light refreshments served

Wed.
10/27
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Beyond Helvetica: A Look at the Power of Typography

Lecture with Ken Barber

A symposium in conjunction with the exhibition, Types We Can Make: A Selection of Contemporary Swiss Type Design. Ken Barber is a renowned type designer who will share his thoughts on the artistic and commercial value of type and letter.

Room 3 - 270. Free admission.


November

Wed. 11/10
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Soap Box

Join marine chemist Chris Reddy of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in exploring the long-term environmental impacts of the Gulf oil spill and the roles that humans play in these processes.

Free admission, light refreshments served

Fri.
11/12
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Second Fridays
Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening. Mingle with friends in the Museum's unique galleries with displays of holograms, kinetic sculptures, historic robots and some of the latest research coming out of MIT.
Free admission.

Featured Program: Video games at MIT
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab does real research using video games. Find out what happens "behind the screens" at GAMBIT as you get your game on in this immersive, hands-on evening at the MIT Museum. Test drive innovative new video games, explore MIT's history of games, and find out what researchers are learning about the artistic, creative, business and social aspects of video games. In conjunction with the Sampling MIT exhibit.
Sun. 11/14
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lunar Explorations

Explore the surface of the Moon with students of MIT's chapter of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space. Examine gigantic images of the Floor of Tycho Crater and the Apollo 17 landing site, following a short presentation on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission and MIT's latest lunar exploration research.

Wed. 11/17
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Soap Box

Meet environmental engineer Rich Camilli of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and participate in an interactive discussion about the latest field research in the Gulf.

Free admission, light refreshments served

Fri.
11/26
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Our annual fun-filled family event hosted by sculptor Arthur Ganson. Watch as participant teams link their individual machines together forming one mega chain reaction!

Rockwell Cage Gymnasium. $10 adults, $5 students and seniors. Includes a visit to the MIT Museum (open until 6:00 p.m.).


December

Sun.
12/5
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
NuVu Fall Exhibit
NuVu is a place of innovation where middle and high school students join together with experts from MIT and Harvard to create new views of the world. The event will showcase student projects from the fall trimester that was themed around "Science Fiction." Come explore students' work on possible futures and alternate worlds. There will be products, films, an autonomous-solar-powered car, and a pedal-powered juicer on display!

Fri.
12/10
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Second Fridays
Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening. Mingle with friends in the Museum's unique galleries with displays of holograms, kinetic sculptures, historic robots and some of the latest research coming out of MIT.
Free admission.

Featured Program: Light Expo
5:0 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

Celebrate the opening of Luminous WIndows 2011, featuring the art and science of holography through the ages. Enjoy a 'light' offering of hands-on activities and demonstrations as the curtain rises on the MIT Museum's third annual nighttime holography exhibition, on display from sunset to 2 a.m. until April 1, 2011.

Sun.
12/19
2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Chantey Sing
Celebrate MIT and the sea! Come and sing sea chanteys and other maritime-related songs with a room full of fellow enthusiasts, professional and amateur. Recommended for ages 8 to 108.

Sponsored by NE Chantey Sings. Free with Museum admission.


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The Cambridge Science Festival, presented by the MIT Museum, is a multi-day festival during the last week of April. Activities, performances, talks, demonstrations and a carnival take place throughout the city - for all ages!

Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction (affectionately known as F.A.T.) is the MIT Museum's annual family event. Dozens of teams build unique, fanciful machines in the style of Rube Goldberg. At the end of the day, all the machines are linked together and set off in a giant chain reaction!

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