Our world is changing: Enjoy a vivid discussion of how we should go about addressing the changes that humans are causing on our planet followed by a reception. With Samuel Bowring (MIT), Daniel Schrag (Harvard), and David Keith (Harvard). Free admission.
Every year the Formula SAE car brings together MIT and Harvard students to build and race a fully functional race car from scratch. Meet the students and see their vehicle from 2012 and learn all about this dynamic competition! Free with museum admission.
Thurs., Dec. 11 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
First floor galleries will be closed to the public.
Encourage young women to tap into their inner engineer with a day of science-themed activities. Meet MIT scientists and engineers from a variety of fields and ask them about their careers as female scientists.
Whether it's the reaction induced between two creative contraptions or the joy sparked on the faces of spectators, the MIT Museum's Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.) Chain Reaction is a one-of-a-kind engineering feat that must be seen to be believed!
This year's theme is PRIME (for F.A.T.'s 17th birthday), and artists Arthur Ganson and Jeff Lieberman will once again mastermind the choreography of this Rube Goldberg machine. Register your team and build one of the 30+ highlights of this year's reaction!
$15 for adults; $5 for children ages 5-17, students, seniors and MIT ID-holders; Free for children under 5.
Spectator fee includes same-day admission to the MIT Museum, until 6:00 p.m.
Celebrate the ingenuity, innovation, and imagination of MIT students while discussing conventional and renewable energies, energy efficiency and storage, and more! With support from a Graduate Student Life Grant from the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education.
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!).
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 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.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the new, animated TV program Space Racers from the show’s composer and hear how NASA scientists & astronauts assisted in the development of the series. Then, learn more about rockets and flight from MIT students!
Delve into the motivations and challenges of collecting early photography (your 19th century photograph could be chosen for examination). Also, explore early photographic printing techniques and don't miss Daguerre's American Legacy.
Join a conversation with MIT Professor Markus Buehler and Artist Tomás Saraceno about their research on materials and structures inspired by the intricate geometry of spider webs. Moderated by MIT Professor John Ochsendorf.
Enjoy an evening of art, technology, and design as the Teen Media Program showcases what they've been up to this summer! Digital art, photography, and murals are just a few of the artistic displays that will be provided by students from the Community Art Center.
Meet the Museum's archivist and collections staff and gain a behind-the-scenes look at objects in the MIT Museum's collections that are connected to gastronomy! This tour will also explore MIT's Institute Library and Lewis Library.
High school summer students at MIT Lincoln Laboratory 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!
The search is on for the next science communication superstar! Hear 1-minute science talks by graduate students and help our panel of judges decide which student should be crowned the next American Sci-dol.
Hear John Maraganore, CEO of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, describe how RNAi can be used to disrupt a widening range of disease processes.
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Hands-on Robotics: Flowers Sprout FIRST
Get up close and personal with robots and find out how you can get involved in robotics yourself with teams from the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Test drive the robots used in robotics competition, and even try your hand at programming them yourself!
Join MIT students and staff from the MIT+K12 videos project for demonstrations and short talks about interactive methods for engaging students of all ages in science, technology, engineering, art, and math.