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Second Fridays

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Small Instruments

Fri., January 9, 2015, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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 (CAST).

Small Instruments is co-sponsored by the CAST and Culture.pl (as part of their Campus Project).

Free with Museum admission.

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MIT+K12 Live!

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.


Nautical Night

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!"



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.


How is wearable technology affecting the way that we interact with each other and the world around us? From virtual reality headsets to smart clothing, explore new advances in wearable technology by hearing from engineers and designers in the field as well as by trying out their inventions for yourself.



Discover the tools and process to take a video game from idea to finished product. Hear from game design experts as they walk through the process of designing and building a game from scratch, and find out why games have been so important throughout history.


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Second Fridays

Activate your weekend!

On the second Friday of each month, jump-start your weekend at the MIT Museum. Enjoy performances, demonstrations, and short talks throughout our galleries.

Mix and mingle; relax and unwind!

Free with Museum admission.