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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 2012

Fri. 1/13
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening.

Featured Program: Ready, Set, ZOOM!

Zoom into the new year with a showcase of high-speed engineering projects by MIT students. See the latest models and talk with MIT Motorsports, the MIT Rocket Team, MIT's Design/Build/Fly Team, and others about race cars, rocket ships and more!
Free admission

Thu. 1/26
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Special presentation

Join MIT students for a public display of their projects resulting from the recent "Working With Light" workshop at the MIT Museum. Students will be present to talk with visitors.
Free with Museum admission


February 2012

Fri. 2/10
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening.

Featured Program: Spacewar! Turns 50

In 1961, Digital Equipment Corporation gave MIT a PDP-1 computer and the games began. From discussions about "interesting displays" to new lessons in interactive programming, MIT's Kludge Room became the birthplace of Spacewar! Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this momentous occasion with a larger-than-life celebration of this influential game. From 5:30 p.m., you will be able to play a new iteration of Spacewar! by the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab on a giant mockup of the PDP-1 monitor. At 6:30 p.m. there is a panel discussion on Spacewar! and the PDP-1 computer featuring a member of "Spacewar!'s" original creative team, Martin "Slug" Graetz and members of the PDP-1 Restoration Project; Eric Smith and Mike Cheponis. Moderating this discussion will be GAMBIT's U.S. Executive Director, Philip Tan.
Free admission

Mon 2/20 - Fri. 2/24
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
February Vacation Week Programs

During the Massachusetts school vacation week, students and their families can enjoy hands-on engineering challenges and exciting demonstrations by MIT students, local companies and more. See the daily schedule here.
Activities are appropriate for ages 10 and up, and free with Museum admission. No pre-registration required. Vacation week activities are presented with support from the Marvin C. '51 and Joanne Grossman Fund.

Tue. 2/21
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch: The Technologists

The MIT Museum welcomes New York Times bestselling novelist and Cambridge local Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club, The Poe Shadow, and The Last Dickens, for the launch of his latest historical thriller The Technologists, published by Random House. This highly anticipated new novel, set in tumultuous nineteenth century Boston, explores the rise of M.I.T. and the battle between past and present, tradition and technology. The event will include a talk and reading by Matthew, a question and answer period, and your opportunity to purchase signed copies of the book on the very first day it is available.
Free admission

Sat. 2/25
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Inaugural Marvin Grossman Vacation Week Science Special

You can't come to MIT without an encounter with the physics department! Join members of MIT's Technical Services Group at the MIT Museum for a dynamic afternoon of hands-on activities and demonstrations related to kinematics, electromagnetism, and more.
Free with Museum admission. No pre-registration required. Activities are presented with support from the Marvin C. '51 and Joanne Grossman Fund.


March 2012

Fri. 3/9
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening.
Free admission

Featured Program: Nautical Night

Celebrate MIT and the sea at MIT Museum's third annual Nautical Night. Activities and demonstrations abound as you chart your course through MIT's rich history of ocean science, technology and engineering. Featuring presentations and demonstrations from MIT Sea Grant, the MIT Nautical Association, and the winners of MIT's annual cardboard boat regatta.


Tue. 3/20
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Visualizing Science: All In Your Head

How do humans recognize and remember images? Can these processes be artificially created? Join MIT professors Aude Oliva, James Di Carlo, and Antonio Torralba in a dynamic conversation about the intersection of vision and cognition in humans and machines.
View video

Thu. 3/22
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Art and Design Circle: Light as a Creative Medium
A new, monthly art and design forum, Art and Design Circle brings together MIT and broader communities for casual, brief presentations that stimulate dialogue and community at the intersection of art, science and technology. The theme will change monthly; this month's is light as a creative medium.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.


April 2012

Wed. 4/4
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Play Testing at the MIT Museum

Come by the MIT Museum and help students from MIT's Toy Product Design class test their projects. Give your feedback and be a part of mechanical engineering at MIT!

Fri. 4/13
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening.
Free admission

Featured Program: Rivers of Ice

The MIT Museum welcomes to you to the public unveiling of Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers of the Greater Himalaya. Take a special opening day tour of the exhibition with MIT faculty and staff knowledgeable about such topics as glaciology, water rights, geology, and then join a fast-paced discussion about how your exhibit experience was influenced by your guide’s scientific perspective. View archived video here.
Tours begin at 5:30 with discussion to follow at 6:00. Light refreshments served.

Sat. 4/14
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
International Development Night

Join the MIT community for an evening of exciting innovations for international development. The event will showcase the latest international innovations emerging across the Institute. The event brings together a diverse audience to share ideas and learn about MIT international development technologies and projects. The evening is a wonderful networking opportunity that promotes social awareness about pressing global issues such as poverty, public health, education, and mobility. ID required for ages 21+

Sponsored by the Technology and Culture Forum, the International Development Initiative and Graduate Student Life Grants and held in conjunction with the 2012 Harvard International Development Conference.


Tue. 4/17

Explore the Arctic ice cap with photographer Chris Linder, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientist John Toole, and MIT oceanographer Patrick Heimbach. See stunning images from the pole, explore the latest data from deep beneath the cap’s surface, and find out how such information can be used to forecast global environmental change.

View video

Fri. 4/20 - Sun. 4/29

Join us at the MIT Museum for ten days of Festival fun! During the 6th annual Cambridge Science Festival, the MIT Museum will host a range of performances, demonstrations, receptions, and workshops and activities. Click here for the full schedule of events at the MIT Museum.


May 2012

Fri. 5/3
Inaugural Opening of the Kurtz Gallery for Photography

Closing of Holography: The Light Fantastic

Gallery re-opens in June with new holograms.

Fri. 5/11
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening.
Free admission

Featured Program: Documenting Science: Berenice Abbott at MIT

Be among the first to explore the Museum's newest public space, the Kurtz Gallery for Photography. Get an insider's view of the gallery's inaugural exhibition, featuring revolutionary physics imagery from American photographer Berenice Abbott. Walk and talk with exhibition curators Gary Van Zante and Julia Van Haaften, and MIT physics professor Krishna Rajagopal as they share their insights on the "essential unity" between physics and photography, and MIT's contributions to science education in the post-Sputnik era. Museum educators will be also available to assist you in creating your own versions of Abbott's iconic images.

Doors open at 5:00; timed tickets available for tours at 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30 (first come, first served); discussion at 7:00 p.m.

Sat. 5/12
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

MIT D-Lab Project Showcase

Come see how MIT students are developing technologies that make an impact in our world! Join us for the final presentations, projects and prototypes from the growing MIT D-Lab family of classes: Design, Dissemination, Energy, Health, Biodiversity and Supply Chains

Sun. 5/13
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Robotics Showcase: Flowers Sprout FIRST

The MIT Museum and the FIRST robotics team at the Community Charter School of Cambridge invite you to celebrate Woodie Flowers’ concept of Gracious Professionalism. The professor’s own MIT robotics class was the inspiration for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).  Through competitive robotics challenges, FIRST aims to inspire young people to participate in science and technology. Meet a spectrum of FIRST team members and see robots built by K-12 students from the 2011-2012 FIRST Robotics season.
Display opens at 12:00, scrimmages begin at 12:30

Tue. 5/22

How do images influence the way you think about science? With a camera, an artist’s eye, and a bit of input from MIT scientists, photographer Berenice Abbott brought the world of physics into a new light. Join science photographer Felice Frankel, art historian Caroline Jones, and molecular biologist Christopher Turner for a lively discussion about the role of modern day photography in the scientific landscape.

Doors open at 5:30 for viewing of featured exhibition Berenice Abbott, Physics & Photography: An Essential Unity. Discussion will be moderated by exhibition curator Gary Van Zante.
View video


June 2012

Fri. 6/8
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Due to MIT Commencement activities, ONLY the first floor exhibits will be open to the public. Please join us in July and August for our regularly scheduled summer Second Fridays!

Saturdays and Sundays
6/9 - 6/30
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

LEGO DNA at the MIT Museum

Drop in on DNA! Families and adults alike will enjoy new views on the fundamental building blocks of life.

Fri. 6/22

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Solar House Research at MIT Through the Ages

In collaboration with the City of Cambridge's das HAUS event, the MIT Museum is pleased to offer an invitation to learn about solar house research at MIT through the ages. MIT has a long history -- over 60 years -- of experimenting with solar energy. Come to the MIT Museum to take a peek into our collections of solar house photographs and plans, and chat with Museum archivists about the history of solar research at MIT.

Free with Museum admission; limited to 15 people on a first come, first served basis. Recommended for adult participants.

Tue. 6/26
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Visitors of all ages should "gear up" to explore Arthur Ganson's kinetic sculptures through hands-on activities led by members of the MIT Museum education team. Note: Arthur Ganson will not be present for this demo
Activities are designed with families in mind, and are presented on a drop-in basis. Free with Museum admission, most appropriate for ages 10+


Wed. 6/27
Re-opening of MIT Museum Hologram Gallery

New holograms on display in the Museum's Holography Gallery

Fri. 6/29

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Special Summer Robotics Workshop

The MIT Museum kicks off its new summer workshop series for rising 7th through 12th graders. Learn to program a LEGO Mindstorms robot and take a tour of the Robots & Beyond exhibition with a Museum educator.
Cost: $15.00/student, includes admission to the MIT Museum

Register in advance to reserve your spot


July 2012

Daily
Monday - Friday
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy our demos and drop-in activities every Monday through Friday in July. Try your hand at technoart, experiment with computer programming, and participate in hands-on building activities with our Museum educators.

All activities and demos are free with Museum admission and appropriate for ages 8 and up. Specific activities will be decided each week based on staff availability and are subject to last minute changes to our daily schedule.

Tuesdays
11:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Visitors of all ages should "gear up" to explore Arthur Ganson's kinetic sculptures through hands-on activities led by members of the MIT Museum education team. Note: Arthur Ganson will not be present for this demo.
Activities are designed with families in mind, and are presented on a drop-in basis. Free with Museum admission, most appropriate for ages 10+
Note: Demo will NOT occur on Tuesday, July 31


Saturdays and Sundays
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

MIT Museum volunteers offer hands-on activities, presentations, and informal tours over the weekends in July and August. Experiment with LEGO DNA, explore the Museum galleries, and discover exciting new worlds of science and technology.
Activities are designed with family audiences in mind, and are subject to last minute changes based on presenters' availabilities and schedules.


Fri. 7/6 or Fri. 7/13

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Special Summer DNA Workshops

Start your weekend off right! Explore the fundamental building blocks of life as you create essential biomolecules out of LEGO nucleotides. The July 6 session is appropriate for students entering grades 9-12, while July 13 is appropriate for rising 7th and 8th graders. Update: The July 13 workshop has been cancelled.
Cost: $15.00/student, includes admission to the MIT Museum

Fri. 7/13
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening.


Featured Program: Superstition Mission

Don't be afraid – enjoy Friday the 13th at the MIT Museum as you test your detective skills at the Second Fridays Superstition Mission!  Explore the galleries, including the new holography exhibition, while solving luck-themed riddles and discovering clues. Also, while you walk through, be sure to check out some of the hands-on demos presented by Museum volunteers and interns.

Free admission

Fri. 7/20

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Special Summer Robotics Workshops

Start your weekend off right! Learn to program a LEGO Mindstorms robot and take a tour of the Robots & Beyond exhibition with a Museum educator. The July 20 session is appropriate for students entering grades 9-12. Register in advance to reserve your spot.
Cost: $15.00/student, includes admission to the MIT Museum

Sat. 7/21

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Demonstration: ZeroN

What if people could freely control materials without the constraints of gravity? ZeroN is a physical and digital interaction element that floats and moves in space by computer controlled magnetic levitation. Presented by Jinha lee, Rehmi Post, and Hiroshi Ishii (acknowledgment: Matthew Chang, Hayeon Chung, and Hunmin Koh).

Free with Museum admission

Thu. 7/26

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Demonstration: Coffee Can Radar

High school students working at MIT Lincoln Laboratory this summer show off their do-it-yourself radar projects. Measure the changing speeds of everyday objects and discover what happens when you give an engineer a coffee can!
Free with Museum admission

Fri. 7/27

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Special Summer Robotics Workshops

Start your weekend off right! Learn to program a LEGO Mindstorms robot and take a tour of the Robots & Beyond exhibition with a Museum educator. The July 27 session is appropriate for rising 7th and 8th graders. Register in advance to reserve your spot.
Cost: $15.00/student, includes admission to the MIT Museum


August 2012

Daily M-F through 8/17
1:00 p.m .- 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy our daily demos and drop-in activities for the first half of August. Try your hand at technoart, experiment with computer programming, and participate in hands-on building activities with our Museum educators.

All activities and demos are free with Museum admission and appropriate for ages 8 and up. Specific activities will be decided each week based on staff availability and are subject to last minute changes to our daily schedule.

Saturdays and Sundays
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

MIT Museum volunteers offer hands-on activities, presentations, and informal tours over the weekends in July and August. Experiment with LEGO DNA, explore the Museum galleries, and discover exciting new worlds of science and technology.
Activities are designed with family audiences in mind, and are subject to last minute changes based on presenters' availabilities and schedules.


Fri. 8/3

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Special Summer DNA Workshop

Start your weekend off right! Explore the fundamental building blocks of life as you create essential biomolecules out of LEGO nucleotides. This workshop is appropriate for students entering grades 9-12. Register in advance to reserve your spot.
Cost: $15.00/student, includes admission to the MIT Museum

Sat. 8/4

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

The Ocean Engineering Experience
MIT Sea Grant and The Ocean Engineering Experience celebrate marine science and ocean engineering at the MIT Museum. Students will present the results of their week-long challenge to design and build marine vehicles and structures.

Free with Museum admission

Fri. 8/10

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Special Summer Robotics Workshop

Start your weekend off right! Learn to program a LEGO Mindstorms robot and take a tour of the Robots & Beyond exhibition with a Museum educator. This session is appropriate for students entering grades 7 and 8. Register in advance to reserve your spot.
Cost: $15.00/student, includes admission to the MIT Museum

Fri. 8/10
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening.

Featured Program: Slide Rule Olympics

‘Tis the season for competition!  Celebrate calculation and computation with slide rules this summer at the MIT Museum.  Explore our “slipstick” exhibit, examine historic slide rules, and even learn how to use them yourself.  Then, race against the clock and see if you can go for the gold in fast-paced time trials.  Once you have mastered the basics, join your friends and family in an exciting relay race to test your skills! 

Free admission

Thu. 8/16
6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Berenice Abbott: Stories from the Curator

See the Museum's acclaimed exhibition, Berenice Abbott, Photography and Science: An Essential Unity, through new eyes. This short gallery talk by exhibition curator Gary Van Zante illuminates the role photography played in changing the way we view the natural world, and highlights the artistry of Abbott's work.
Free with Museum admission, recommended for adult audiences


 


September 2012

Fri. 9/14
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening.

Featured Program: Showcase of the International Design Center

Learn how technology is changing the creative work of technical professionals all over the world through the International Design Center, a new research effort between MIT and the Singapore University of Technology and Design. At 5:30, meet IDC Co-Director, Professor Dan Frey, and his team, and explore activities related to micro-controllers, experimental design, and engineering prototyping. Visitors will even be able to experience 3D printing first hand!


October 2012

Tue. 10/2
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Soap Box: Risky Politics (Climate and Conflict, Part 1) (video)

Why is climate change a taboo topic? Join John Sterman, MIT Professor of Management and Director of the System Dynamics Group, on the eve of the first presidential debate to discuss what happens when we elect policymakers who won’t talk about science. Share your ideas about the topics that OUGHT to be talked about in the debates and find out how decisions about climate really get made. Fall 2012 Soap Box PDF

Fri. 10/12
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening.

Featured Program: MIT Takes On Cancer

The ingenuity of MIT scientists and engineers has produced inventions from the electronic spreadsheet to PET scans. What happens when they tackle a family of diseases that causes 13% of deaths worldwide? Join researchers from the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT for a series of exciting talks and hands-on demonstrations of ideas with the potential to change the way the world thinks about, diagnoses, and treats cancer.
Activities from 5:00 - 8:00, talks at 6:00 & 7:00
Tue. 10/16
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Soap Box: Is America Profiting from Climate Change? (Climate and Conflict, Part 2) (video)

Here in the Northeast we enjoy warm summers and (relatively) low fuel prices, but what is the REAL impact of climate change on Americans? Join John Reilly, MIT economist and co-director of the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, to discuss the short-term, long-lived, local, and global effects of our everyday environmental and economic decisions. Fall 2012 Soap Box PDF

Thu. 10/18
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Book Launch: Instant: The Story of Polaroid

Plans are underway for an exciting event celebrating the release of Instant: The Story of Polaroid, written by Christopher Bonanos and published by Princeton Architectural Press. Meet the author, purchase your own copy of the first book-length Polaroid history, and see important artifacts from the Museum's own Polaroid collection.

Fri. 10/19
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The MIT Energy Night is a celebration of the ingenuity, innovation, and imagination of MIT faculty, researchers, students, and alumni. Hosted annually at the MIT Museum and organized entirely by students, Energy Night features over 70 academic poster presentations from every energy-affiliated department at MIT as well as early stage startups based on MIT technologies. The MIT Energy Night provides an ideal opportunity to see what energy at MIT is all about and engage with the MIT energy community, local energy professionals, and investors.
Program is sponsored in part by the Graduate Student Life Grants
Event includes a cash bar
for ages 21+ (ID required)

Fri. 10/26
12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
MIT News At Noon

Take a break for breaking news! Meet MIT visionaries and learn about their front-page research, and connect with local colleagues before and after the program. Free admission, Fridays at noon, from October 26 - December 7. Presenters will be announced each week following their appearance in MIT News.

 

October 26: Meet Kripa Varanasi, Doherty Associate Professor of Ocean Utilization at MIT, and discuss how his group's research on "slippery surfaces" is being applied to improving ketchup bottles, desalination plants, and oil pipelines.


Presented in collaboration with the MIT News Office. News at Noon PDF

Tue. 10/30
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Soap Box: Heat and Violence (Climate and Conflict, Part 3) (video)

Can global temperature change cause conflicts to heat up? In the final session of the "Climate and Conflict" series, Nathan Black, French Environmental Fellow at Harvard University Center for the Environment, will discuss the link between climate change and civil unrest. Explore how governmental response to climate change can incite or defuse violent conflict around the globe. Fall 2012 Soap Box PDF


November 2012

Fri. 11/2, 11/9
12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
MIT News At Noon

Take a break for breaking news! Meet MIT visionaries and learn about their front-page research, and connect with local colleagues before and after the program. Free admission, Fridays at noon, from October 26 - December 7. Presenters will be announced each week following their appearance in MIT News.

 

November 2: Meet Jeffrey Karp, MIT HST faculty and co-director of the Center for Regenerative Therapeutics at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and learn about his team's new medical adhesive that is safe enough for an infant's delicate skin. View video.

 

November 9: Professor Devavrat Shah will discuss how he uses his machine-learning algorithm to predict trends hours in advance of recognition by Twitter! View video.

 

Presented in collaboration with the MIT News Office. News at Noon PDF

Fri. 11/9
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening.

Featured Program: Gestural Engineering with Arthur Ganson

Meet Arthur Ganson and tour the Museum's newly-expanded gestural engineering gallery(tours at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.). Learn about Arthur's kinetic art and his role in the Museum's annual Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction, then consider whether you'll join the 15th annual event on November 23!

Wed. 11/14
6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Transportation Showcase
The MIT Transportation Showcase is an evening event hosted by the MIT Transportation Club. Come learn about transportation-related research at MIT and connect with students, professors, and industry representatives. For more information, contact transportation.showcase@mit.edu.
Program is sponsored in part by the Graduate Student Life Grants
Event includes a cash bar
for ages 21+ (ID required)
Fri. 11/16
12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
MIT News At Noon

Take a break for breaking news! Meet MIT visionaries and learn about their front-page research, and connect with local colleagues before and after the program. Free admission, Fridays at noon, from October 26 - December 7. Presenters will be announced each week following their appearance in MIT News.

 

November 16: Mary (Missy) Cummings, Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, will discuss her team's studies of the effects of boredom and distraction in operators of automated systems. Decide how her research can be applied to your place of employment! View video.


Presented in collaboration with the MIT News Office. News at Noon PDF

Fri. 11/23
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! This year's theme is "Crystal Ball" in honor of F.A.T.'s 15th anniversary.
Thu. 11/29
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Art and Design Circle - POSTPONED TO DECEMBER 12
A new, monthly art and design forum, The Art and Design Circle brings together MIT and broader communities for casual, brief presentations that stimulate dialogue and community at the intersection of art, science and technology.

Fri. 11/30
12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
MIT News At Noon

Take a break for breaking news! Meet MIT visionaries and learn about their front-page research, and connect with local colleagues before and after the program. Free admission, Fridays at noon, from October 26 - December 7. Presenters will be announced each week following their appearance in MIT News.

 

November 30: Meet Neil Gershenfeld, Director of the Center for Bits and Atoms, and Ara Knaian, who have developed one of the world's smallest robots, the Milli-Motein which can reconfigure itself in a matter of seconds. (More info)


Presented in collaboration with the MIT News Office. News at Noon PDF


December 2012

Sun. 12/2
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
FIRST Robotics Showcase

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the US First competition (founded by Dean Kamen and MIT Professor Emeritus Woodie Flowers)! Meet local FIRST robotics teams of all ages, including high school Tech Challenge (FTC) and Robotics Challenge (FRC) teams, and elementary and middle school Lego League teams. Learn how each team approached their robotics mission, hear how the teams have fared in their competitions, and see the robots in action!
Free with Museum admission.


Fri. 12/7
12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
MIT News At Noon

Take a break for breaking news! Meet MIT visionaries and learn about their front-page research, and connect with local colleagues before and after the program. Free admission, Fridays at noon, from October 26 - December 7. Presenters will be announced each week following their appearance in MIT News.
Presented in collaboration with the MIT News Office. News at Noon PDF

 

Sun. 12/9
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
A Conversation with the Silk Road Ensemble

Join an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural discussion about contemporary musical crossroads inspired by the vanishing glaciers of the greater Himalaya. Listen in on reflections from MIT and Harvard researchers and musicians from the Silk Road Ensemble as they explore Rivers of Ice, an exhibition developed by GlacierWorks with the MIT Museum, now on display in the MIT Museum’s Peterson Gallery. Undergraduate and graduate students are especially encouraged to attend.
Free with Museum admission. 


Wed. 12/12
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Art and Design Circle
A new, monthly art and design forum, The Art and Design Circle brings together MIT and broader communities for casual, brief presentations that stimulate dialogue and community at the intersection of art, science and technology.

Fri. 12/14
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum during our monthly free evening.

Featured Program: Safe Skies and Little Black Boxes

If you have ever flown in an airplane, then you have benefited from more than forty years of work at MIT Lincoln Laboratory to make flying as safe as possible.  Explore new technologies and meet the team behind the MIT Museum's newest Sampling MIT exhibit. Program will consist of presentations by Lincoln Laboratory engineers and demonstrations and design challenges from MIT's Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Exhibition opening at 5:30 pm; Presentations begin at 6:00 p.m., with activities running 5:30 - 7:30.


December 2012


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Annual Events:

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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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!

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