Second Fridays

Living In The Future!

Friday, September 11, 2015 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Can a humanoid robot with supernumerary limbs and a thumbnail trackpad make oxygen on Mars while using a bouncing camera?


But you can learn about any of these ideas and technologies and compare them to what you've see 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 while MIT scientists and inventors describe how close we are to realizing Hollywood's hopes for the future.

Free with Museum admission; pizza available 5-6 p.m.

Presentations by:

FRANCISCO AGUILAR- Bouncing Tactical Camera
Founder of Bounce Imaging

MICHAEL HECHT- Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resources Utilization Experiment (MOXIE)
Associate Director for Research Management, Haystack Observatory, MIT

Graduate Students, Media Lab, MIT

FEDERICO PARIETTI- Supernumerary Limbs
Graduate Student, D'Arbeloff Laboratory for Information Systems and Technology, MIT

RUSS TEDRAKE- Humanoid Robots
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Director of the Robot Locomotion Group, MIT


Coming up on October 9:
Chain Reaction Meets the 18th Century

Get ready for the 18th annual Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction and jump start your contraption construction! Participants will be provided with
kits for building, construction assistance, and space to partake in the thrill of an evening of inspired engineering. Join experienced builders and first timers as we build contraptions derived from the 18th century.

Past Programs for 2015:

Jan | Feb | March | April | May | June | July | Aug


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!)



- Previous years' programs