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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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Calendar


July 2014

Mon.-Fri.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Idea Hub: Hands-on Engineering and Design

Explore topics in design and engineering with artistic circuits, 3D design, and a variety of other topics with hands-on making and tinkering exercises!

Free with Museum admission and appropriate for ages 8 and up. Specific activities are determined each week based on staff availability and are subject to last minute changes.

Mon.-Fri.

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

Summer drop-in activities

Try your hand at technoart, experiment with computer programming, and participate in hands-on building activities with our Museum educators.

Free with Museum admission and appropriate for ages 8 and up. Specific activities are determined each week based on staff availability and are subject to last minute changes.

Fri. 7/11

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

Second Fridays: Engineering the Human Body

Discover the secrets behind prosthetics that help humans achieve more!

Thurs. 7/17

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Open Archives Tours: Adventures In Gastronomy

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.

Tickets are $5/person and must be purchased in advance through the Cambridge Historical Society (Tour Four).
Thurs. 7/24

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

Coffee Can Radar Showcase

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!

Wed. 7/30

Educators interested in robotics are invited to participate in an exploration of robotics at MIT.

Registration is now CLOSED.

Additional sponsorship provided by the MA Space Grant Consortium.


June 2014

Sat. 6/7

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

Neutrino Physics Demonstrations

Learn about neutrino research from scientists who use spark chambers and photomultiplier tubes, IceCube and SuperCDMS to study these subatomic particles. Demonstrations provided by Neutrino 2014.

Tues. 6/10

Inside Cambridge Biotechnology: New Approaches to Treat Aging-Related Conditions — Cancelled

Fri. 6/13

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

Second Fridays: Nothing to Hide? Illusions of Privacy and Security

Explore questions of privacy and security alongside digital art and live performances, and engage in discussion with digital privacy researchers.

Presented together with the Technology and Culture Forum at MIT.

Sat. 6/14

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour: Daguerre’s American Legacy

Explore the history of portrait photography with art historian Ulrike Heine and learn how early forms of photography impacted Americans in all walks of life.

Tickets available at 12:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited to 10 participants - teens and adults only, please.

Sat. 6/14

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Science Communication: American Sci-dol

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.

Presented together with ComSciCon.

Fri. 6/27

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Free Fun Friday

Explore our galleries and engage in hands-on activities both within and outside of the Museum's walls!

Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

May 2014

Fri. 5/9

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

Second Fridays: InventNight

Learn how students from Lemelson-MIT Program's JV InvenTeams explore the invention process through science and engineering design challenges.

Sponsored by Lemelson-MIT.

Sat. 5/10

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Art of Science: Girls Day @ the MIT Museum

Encourage young women to tap into their inner engineer with a day of science-themed activities at the MIT Museum!

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts can register for robotics or nautical engineering workshops here.

Tues. 5/13

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Inside Cambridge Biotechnology: RNAi Therapeutics, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, and The Carrot Seed

Hear John Maraganore, CEO of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, describe how RNAi can be used to disrupt a widening range of disease processes.

Sun. 5/18

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!

Thurs. 5/22

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Art That Moves You

Cap your day with an after-hours yoga session amid kinetic artworks in the MIT Museum’s exhibition, 5000 Moving Parts.

$10; By pre-registration only. Please bring your own yoga mat.

Sat. 5/24

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Science of Soccer

Discover the physics behind soccer and learn about Brazilian culture in celebration of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Presented in collaboration with MIT-Brazil.

Sat. 5/24

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour: Daguerre’s American Legacy

Explore the history of portrait photography with art historian Ulrike Heine and learn how early forms of photography impacted Americans in all walks of life.

Tickets available at 12:30 p.m.on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited to 10 participants - teens and adults only, please.

Fri. 5/30

Featuring a wide range of work created by MIT graduate and undergraduate students, this exhibition features projects that exemplify our community's tradition of creative problem-solving and ingenuity.


April 2014

Sat. 4/5

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

Cranes for Collier

Make paper cranes that will be part of an installation memorializing MIT Police Officer Sean Collier. No previous experience required!

For additional information, visit cranes.mit.edu.

Tues. 4/8

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Inside Cambridge Biotechnology: The Investment Crisis in Life Science

Join a conversation with Kevin Starr, Partner at Third Rock Ventures, to learn about the challenges of funding new biotechnology ventures.

Thurs. 4/10

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

TalkBack 360: Social Physics: Beyond Economics and Org Charts

Think through what happens when big data meets social science with Sandy Pentland and Yaneer Bar-Yam.

Fri. 4/11

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

Second Fridays: Nautical Night

Experience the world of ocean science & engineering through projects by MIT researchers, master builders, foundry specialists, and others!

Sat. 4/12

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

Cranes for Collier

Make paper cranes that will be part of an installation memorializing MIT Police Officer Sean Collier. No previous experience required!

For additional information, visit cranes.mit.edu.

Tues. 4/15

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

The Threads That Bind Us

Help sew a community quilt inspired by artist Clara Wainwright, celebrating the MIT and local community. No previous experience required.

Thurs. 4/17

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

TalkBack 360: What Happened in Ukraine?

Discuss multiple perspectives on the recent events in Ukraine and Crimea with Daron Acemoglu and Gerald Easter.

Fri. 4/18

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Junk Drawer Competition

Join MIT's Society of Women Engineers in using household "junk" materials to build and test a mystery object. For middle schoolers only.

Pre-register here. Free for participants with pre-registration.

Fri. 4/18

Exhibit Opening: Daguerre's American Legacy: Photographic Portraits (1840-1900) from the Wm. B. Becker Collection

Explore early American portraiture in this thought-provoking exhibition of daguerreotypes, tintypes, cyanotypes and more.

Sat. 4/19- Sun. 4/27

Take part in one or more of our fantastic workshops, hands-on activities, engaging talks and demonstrations!

Tues. 4/29

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Silica Sounds in the Round

Explore the sounds of idiophones, membranophones and other instruments handmade in MIT's Glass Lab, and then experience the good vibrations of the Glass Band with visiting artist, Mark Stewart.

Free.

The Glass Band is supported by a grant from the MIT Council for the Arts.


March 2014

Tues. 3/11
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Inside Cambridge Biotechnology: Facing Up To Difficult Diseases

Join us for the second program in this new, five-part monthly series to meet Dr. George Scangos, CEO of Biogen IDEC.

Fri. 3/14
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Second Fridays: The Art & Science of Solar Lights

Learn about solar lighting technology and research from MIT scientists and renowned artist, Olafur Eliasson.

Thurs. 3/27
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
TalkBack 360: Creating Culture in Virtual Worlds

Discuss how cultural values are both embedded and created in different forms of digital media with MIT Professor D. Fox Harrell and Game Lab Researcher Todd Harper.


February 2014

Tues. 2/11
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Inside Cambridge Biotechnology: Attacking the Deadly Metabolism of Cancer Cells

Join us for the first of this new, five-part monthly series to meet Dr. David Schenkein, CEO of Agios Pharmaceuticals.

Admission: $10 adults; $5 students, seniors. Tickets available at door.

Fri. 2/14
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Second Fridays: How People Connect

On Valentine's Day, begin your evening at the MIT Museum by exploring a wide range of human relationships - with objects, locations, and other people.

Mon. 2/17 -Sat. 2/22
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Celebrate National Engineers Week at the MIT Museum during the Massachusetts February vacation week!


January 2014

Mon. 1/6
10:00 a.m.

Registration for February Vacation Week programs opens!

Sign up now for our two-hour hands-on science and engineering workshops. Registration available for middle and high school students only.

$10/student/workshop (includes Museum admission) with advance payment and pre-registration required. Presented with support from the Marvin C. '51 and Joanne Grossman Fund.

Fri. 1/10
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Second Fridays: MIT+K12 Videos Live!

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.

Demonstrations begin at 5:30 p.m.

Fri. 1/24
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of discussion, demonstrations, and sampling of craft spirits and cocktails at the MIT Museum! 21+ only.


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