Second Fridays

Building Community in 140 Characters or Less

Building Community in 140 Characters or Less

Friday, February 12, 2016 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.


Over the past decade, social media has become news anchor, matchmaker, and replaced the water cooler as our gathering area. Increasingly, it is being used to share and connect stories of people who lack access or sufficient influence to traditional media. Join us at the MIT Museum as researchers and community leaders share how local issues can turn into national stories through Retweets, Likes and Shares. And, participate in a conversation about the way digital platforms are being used to introduce diverse voices and build communities.

5:15pm - Presentation by Sands Fish, Berman Center Fellow, Data Scientist and Computational Artist, Harvard University/MIT, "Discovering Voices in Diverse Online Conversations"

5:50pm - Presentation and Informal Workshop with Jenny Li Fowler, Manager, Social Media Strategy, MIT, "Getting Your Message Across in Social Media"

6:45pm - Panel discussion featuring:

Sasha Constanza-Chock, Associate Professor, Civic Media, Comparative Media Studies/Writing, MIT

Greg Epstein, Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University, Executive Director of the Humanist Hub

Devavrat Shah, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT

Coming up on March 11:

Nautical Night

Join us for an evening of nautically-themed science exploring our seven seas. You won't want to miss this oppor-tuna-ty of a lifetime!


Past Programs in 2015:

Jan | Feb | March | April | May | June | July | Aug | Sept | Oct | Nov | Dec


Small Instruments

Meet Pawel Romanczuk, composer, instrument builder and founder of Male Instrumenty (Small Instruments), and the MIT students he worked with to create new instruments and musical compositions. MIT Sounding is curated by Evan Ziporyn, faculty director of the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology.


A Good Night for a Bad Date

Anybody can be in a relationship, but why don't they always work? Have a little fun and some laughs this Friday the 13th while learning about neurological, physiological, and social behavior research studies of gender differences. Hear from Mina Cikara (Harvard University), Shiri Cohen (Harvard Medical School), Alexa Veenema (Boston College), and actors from the Underground Railway Theater!


Nautical Night

"Sea" research in a new light! Delve into ocean science, learn about the MIT Museum's nautical collections, and try your hand at some "knotical" challenges.


The Art of Designing Electronic Music

Join CAST Visiting Artist Ge Wang and Harmonix co-founder Eran Egozy to explore the transformative possibilities of combining music & computers, and art & technology. Learn about the innovative tools, toys and social experiences that are being developed to make music in new ways, and use some of those tools to participate in such experiences yourself.

Produced in collaboration with the MIT Center for Art, Science, and Technology.


Busy As A...Beaver

When the world needs help, MIT students step up! Learn about recent projects developed at Beaver Works a project-based learning and innovation center run jointly by MIT's School of Engineering and Lincoln Laboratory. New 3D-printed structures, autonomous underwater vehicles, assistive devices for the disabled, and small radars are just some of the exciting work you'll see here.

In addition to in-person conversations and technology explorations, enjoy a series of short talks:
5:30 - John Vivilecchia: Beaver Works Overview
6:00 - David Kong: 3D Microfluidics
6:30 - Jaya Narain: Assistive Technology Hackathon
7:00 - Nick Pulsone: UUV Technology
7:30 - John Meklenburg: Build-A-Radar


Glass Band

Our favorite musical group is back! Join Mark Stewart, Peter Houk and MIT's Glass Band for special one-of-a-kind sound symphonies. Meet the artists and explore their unique instruments during this evening of smooth silica sonority.


Good Vibrations: From Music To Medicine

Sound waves have brought musical pleasure to humans since the beginning of history and now, scientists are using sound waves for medical research and treatment. Learn about innovative uses of sound waves in medicine from experts in the fields of ultrasound imaging, vocal vibration therapy, cancer detection, and music therapy. And, explore these methods yourself! Presentations by Seung-Schik Yoo, Rebecca Kleinberger, and Ming Dao.


A Celebration of Polaroid and Edwin Land

Celebrate the genius of Edwin Land's invention of instant photography through historical and technological stories told by the people who worked at Polaroid with Land. Explore the science of Polaroid innovations through hands-on activities and mini-talks. See one-of-a-kind artifacts from the museum's Polaroid Collection and even the new Historic Landmark plaque marking the location of Land's famous laboratory around the corner from the Museum.

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. : Short presentations about Edwin Land, the Polaroid company, and the science of instant photography, by Victor McElheny, John McCann, and Stephen Herchen

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. : Gallery talks by former Polaroid employees and hands-on activities (including a Polaroid petting zoo, Vectographs, ZINK photo booth, chemistry of Polaroid, and more!)


Living in the Future

Humanoid robots? Bouncing cameras? Find out if science portrayed by Hollywood is fiction or today's reality!


Francisco Aguilar - Bouncing Tactical Camera
Jeffrey Hoffman - MOXIE
Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao & Artem Dementyev - Thumbnail Trackpad
Federico Parietti - Supernumerary Limbs
Russ Tedrake - Atlas Robot

Admission includes pizza, popcorn and beverage.


Chain Reaction Meets the 18th Century

Get ready for the 18th annual Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction by jump starting your contraption construction! Materials provided.


Take Leave of Your Senses

Join us for an evening of sense-ational explorations as we learn how to trick our brain and fool our senses. Use one sense to explore another and determine whether you can fool your sense of touch, taste with your nose, or "see" with your ears.

5-6 p.m.: Presentations by Professor Emery Brown and Dr. Charlotte Reed

6-8 p.m.: Explore your senses with hands on experiments to see how you can trick your senses.


MoSAIC: Math of Science, Art, Industry and Culture

During this special, free math weekend, explore a "pop-up" math art exhibit, take part in discussions about math in society, and try your hand at math activities and challenges.

5:10 pm - 6:10 pm: Presentations by Professor George Hart ("From Math to Sculpture") and Professor David Reimann ("Mathematics in the Art of M.C. Escher")

6:15 pm - 7:00 pm: Discussion of the gender gap in mathematics by Dr. Rosalie Belanger-Rioux (Harvard University), Dr. Ken Fan (Girl's Angle), and Meena Boppana (Gender Inclusivity in Mathematics)

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Slide rules demonstrations, Rubik's Cube challenges, knot tying, and many more math activities.


- Previous years' programs