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Fall into a Chain Reaction
10/10: 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Bring your friends and build your own Rube Goldberg chain reaction contraption during our hands-on building extravaganza! Theme your contraption to Fall - with leaves, pumpkins, and whatever else reminds you of the coming season.
Bring in your own unique materials and use some of the materials provided as you begin developing your contraption. Connect your link with others before the evening's end and then continue growing your device at home in preparation to show your final creation at the Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction on November 28!
Learn how MIT students in the MIT+K12 videos project are changing the way their younger peers learn. MIT videographers will demonstrate their experiments and activities as they show how cool learning science can actually be. From color-changing chemical reactions to autonomous flying robots, they'll show you a different side of numbers and equations!
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. Find out how social media can affect community behavior, and how we are able to emphathize and predict what others are thinking. Explore these questions and more with MIT researchers from The Trope Tank, Human Dynamics Group, eCitizen, Saxe lab, and Creative Innovation Network.
The Art and Science of Solar Lights
Explore the beauty, function, and technological potential of solar lights through a series of discussions with MIT scientists and 2014 Eugene McDermott Award recipient Olafur Eliasson. Learn why design is a critical element when developing a functional lamp for global users. Delve into research that will improve materials for capturing and storing solar energy for lighting use, and brainstorm ways of creating solar lighting with flexible materials such as textiles and paper.
Dive in to a variety of exciting ocean-related activities ranging from marine biology to nautical design. Learn how metalwork and 3D printing are used in nautical engineering, then explore a fascinating world of undersea microbes. Try your hand at both traditional and modern shipbuilding techniques, and get a firsthand look at objects from the MIT Museum's Hart Nautical Collection. With activities from the MIT Foundry and Forge, Oceans at MIT, Sea Perch, and more!
InventNight with Lemelson-MIT JV InvenTeams
Learn how the students in the Lemelson-MIT Program's JV InvenTeams are learning about engineering and design as they present their inventions and teach you how to build your own contraptions. Brainstorm and prototype your way through the museum and learn how JV InvenTeams teaches students how to use their imagination to create amazing inventions!
Nothing to Hide? Illusions of Privacy and Security
Security procedures are more and more common, and with each year they ask us to reveal more about our bodies and our possessions. Data mining programs collect more and more information about our activities and our preferences. How much of ourselves are we sharing with government agencies and with corporations? Is the safety and convenience worth the cost to our privacy?
Engineering the Human Body
Human beings are no longer limited by the bodies that nature has given them. With recent advancements in prosthetics we are able to move faster, work harder and smarter, and reach new heights of human ability.
Hear from researchers who are working on prosthetics for people around the world, as well as a Paralympic athlete from Massachusetts with a high-tech bionic hand. Also, experience firsthand how researchers develop tools for human augmentation in a high-speed motion lab.
How does the food you eat end up on your table? How far away does it come from? And what impact does your diet have on the environment? Explore these questions and more as we bring together leading experts on urban food systems, sustainable food production, and more to explore the societal and environmental impacts of the things that we eat.
High speed robots? Humans colonizing space? How do today’s technologies reflect what we’ve seen on the big screen? Sit back, grab some pizza and popcorn, and enjoy short clips from the fantastic and futuristic movies of yesterday and today. Then, hear from scientists and inventors about how close we are to taking the "fiction" out of "science fiction!"