Feb Fest: How to Build A City in Six Days

February 15-20, 2016

Every year, during the Massachusetts school vacation week in February, the MIT Museum celebrates National Engineers Week with engineering-specific activities, workshops, and afternoon demonstrations led by MIT students.

Take six days to learn about what it takes to plan, design and build a community. Explore new ideas for transportation, green buildings, architecture, and sustainable living. And, don't miss our Saturday Mapapalooza event!

February vacation week programs are supported by the Marvin C. '51 and Joanne Grossman Fund.

Feb Fest at MIT Museum

February 15-19 (Monday-Friday):

Drop in for daily showcases of projects with exploratory hands-on activities, led by MIT students and researchers.

Monday: Community Planning

Explore how to design a community to last hundreds of years. And, try your hand a designing a neighborhood or running a bicycle-powered generator.

Tuesday: Buildings

As our world has changed, so have our buildings. Learn about new building materials and see if your building can hold up to an earthquake.

Wednesday: Transportation

See the cars of the future, brainstorm technologies that might replace our cars in 50 years, and create a transportation map using LEDs.

Thursday: Architecture and Design

Think about your favorite building; what makes it memorable? Explore ways to design new buildings and try our design challenge.

Friday: Sustainability and Green Living

Dig into ways to reduce our carbon footprint! Come and create upcycled decorations, learn how to compost, or take a tour of an MIT lab focused on reducing our energy usage.


3D Printing Cambridge in the Idea Hub:

See (and build) Cambridge, MA from a new perspective. Explore 3D models of the city, customize individual building designs, and help build a 3D-printed, crowd-sourced map for display in the Museum.


Gallery tour

Learn more about the upcoming celebratory exhibit of MIT's 100 years in Cambridge: Imagining New Technology.

Tours limited to 25 participants; tickets available one half-hour before tour start on a first-come, first-served basis.

Saturday, February 20:



Drop in for an exploration of map-related activities, devices, art, and more! Join educators from the Boston Public Library's Norman B. Leventhal Map Center and MIT's You are Here Project, meet map enthusiast Aaron Doucett, and try a mapping challenge presented by the Community Charter School of Cambridge's Robotics Team.

Programs listed above are free with Museum admission.

February 16-19 (Tuesday-Friday):



Workshops are for middle school students only. Registration has ended.


Spend one day or the entire week at the MIT Museum and explore topics such as holography, physics & photography, robotics, DNA, and structural engineering. Our educational team will help you think about developments that MIT researchers are making in these subjects. Each day will include two 2-hour Museum workshops, a gallery tour, and an on-campus field trip. Registration for workshops will be held through Eventbrite.

  This opportunity is limited to 20 middle school (6th - 8th grade) students per day. Participants should bring a bag lunch that does not require refrigeration and their completed liability form. Individual students only; no groups please. Students may be brought to the Museum no earlier than 9:30 a.m. and must be picked up by 3:45 p.m.
Tues. 2/16

Hello Holography + Physics & Photography


Wed. 2/17

Robotics: Programming Mindstorms + Make To Move


Thurs. 2/18

Visualizing Science + DNA and Proteins


Fri. 2/19

Structural Engineering + Fish 'n' Ships


Previous February vacation week programming: 2015 | 2014 | 2013

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