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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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November 2014

Saturdays
11 a.m. - noon

Idea Hub: Hands-on Engineering and Design

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

Free with Museum admission and appropriate for ages 12 and up. Activities are determined based on staff availability and are subject to change.

Thurs., Nov. 6
7 - 9 p.m.
11-06-2014 19:00 11-06-2014 21:00 15 Fright Factors This event has been cancelled. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139 11/06/2014

Fright Factors

This event has been cancelled.

Sat., Nov. 8
12 - 4 p.m.
11-08-2014 12:00:00 11-08-2014 16:00:00 15 Girls Day @ the MIT Museum 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. Eastern MA Girl Scouts may register for morning or afternoon holography workshops. MIT Museum 11/08/2014

Girls Day @ the MIT Museum

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.

Eastern MA Girl Scouts may register for morning or afternoon holography workshops.

Fri., Nov. 14
5 - 8 p.m.
11-14-2014 17:00 11-14-2014 20:00 15 Second Fridays: Always Connected - The Promise of Wearable Technology Discover how wearable technology is changing the way we interact with the world and each other. Explore the latest products and research projects and listen to presentations by leaders in the field. Free with Museum admission. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139 11/14/2014

Second Fridays: Always Connected - The Promise of Wearable Technology

Discover how wearable technology is changing the way we interact with the world and each other. Explore the latest products and research projects and listen to presentations by leaders in the field.

Free with Museum admission.

Sun., Nov. 23
10 - 3 p.m.
11-23-2014 10:00:00 11-23-2014 15:00:00 15 Math Day with MITxplore Register your 4th-6th grader for a day of math fun! The MIT Museum is partering with graduate group MITxplore to offer interactive activities about geometry, probability, and calculations. Free Museum admission for student participants. MIT Media Lab 11/23/2014

Math Day with MITxplore

Register your 4th-6th grader for a day of math fun! The MIT Museum is partering with graduate group MITxplore to offer interactive activities about geometry, probability, and calculations.

Free Museum admission for student participants.

Fri., Nov. 28
1 - 4 p.m.
11-28-2014 13:00:00 11-28-2014 16:00:00 15 17th Annual Friday After Thanksgiving: Chain Reaction 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! Rockwell Cage Gymnasium, 120 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 11/28/2014

17th Annual Friday After Thanksgiving: Chain Reaction

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!

Spectators:
$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.

Discounted tickets available online.


October 2014

Saturdays

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 12 and up. Activities are determined based on staff availability and are subject to change.

Sat. 10/4

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Outdoor Mini Chain Reactions

Chain reaction season has begun! Join us as we build mini chain reactions at the MIT Mini Maker Faire.

Tues. 10/7

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

Soap Box: How to Make Life and Influence Planets

Part 1 - Origins of Life on Earth

Discover what we can we infer about the origin of life from the genomes of living organisms and what the geological record tell us about the Earth's environments during life’s beginnings.

Fri. 10/10

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

Second Fridays: Fall Into A Chain Reaction

Begin preparing for the 17th (a Prime Number in Prime Time!) Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction by testing your building skills during this mini chain reaction.

Free with Museum admission.

Tues. 10/14

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

Soap Box: How to Make Life and Influence Planets

Part 2 - The Invisible Majority

Most fossils are too small to see but there are ways identifying signatures of microbial life in rocks. Find out what molecular fossils tell us, and join a discussion about how we can use them to recognize life elsewhere.

Fri. 10/17

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Energy Night @ the MIT Museum

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.

Mon. 10/20

4:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

Planets & Life: Human & Planetary Perspectives

Panel Discussion - The Next Great Mass Extinction

Are we on the verge of great mass extinction? Hear as four researchers from around the country explore this question and more followed by a reception with the speakers.

Tues. 10/21

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

Soap Box: How to Make Life and Influence Planets

Part 3 - Why Life Got Big

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!).

Fri. 10/24

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.

Free with Museum admission.

Tues. 10/28

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

Soap Box: How to Make Life and Influence Planets

Part 4- Life Beyond Earth

Discover what we know about the possibility of life in the rest of our solar system and beyond, and join a conversation about what that means for humanity in the future.

Thurs. 10/30

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

Daguerre's American Legacy: Gallery Talk

Join collector Bill Becker, lender to the exhibition, as he discusses daguerreotype portraiture and other aspects of early photography as well as his motives as a photography collector.

Free with Museum admission. Limited tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 2:00 p.m.


September 2014

Saturdays

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 12 and up. Activities are determined based on staff availability and are subject to change.

Fri. 9/12

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

Second Fridays: Living In The Future

How do today’s technologies reflect what we’ve seen on the big screen? Learn about real life technologies that may or may not take us back to the future.

Free with Museum admission.

Sat. 9/13

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

Space Racers: Behind the Scenes

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!

Free with Museum admission.

Fri. 9/19

6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Collecting Photography

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.

Thurs. 9/25

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.

Co-sponsored by MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology.


August 2014

Sat. 8/2

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

Cancelled - Build Your Own Rocket

Work with the MIT Rocket Team to make your own paper rocket and see how high it will go! Materials provided.

Mon.-Fri. through 8/15

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 12 and up. Specific activities are determined each week based on staff availability and are subject to last minute changes.

Mon.-Fri. through 8/15

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. 8/8

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

Second Fridays: Food Footprints

Explore the environmental and societal impacts of the things we eat - from urban food systems to sustainable food production.

Free with Museum admission.

Tue. 8/12-Thur. 8/14

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Educational workshops for middle and high school students

Register your middle or high school student to explore, build, and design during a workshop at the MIT Museum!

Pre-registration is now CLOSED. $10/student. Walk-ins are welcome if workshops are not at capacity. No groups please.

Thur. 8/14

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Teen Media 2014 Summer Showcase

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.

RSVP for the evening HERE.

Sat. 8/23

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

Idea Hub - MIT Student Inventions

Come test out the CrystalPen, a new type of low-cost 3D printing pen being developed by MIT alumni!


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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