Second Fridays, 2012-2013 Archive

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

An archive of Second Fridays Programs for 2012-2013 is below.

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International Design Center Showcase

Meet Dan Frey, MIT Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Co-Director of the Singapore-MIT International Design Center, and his team as they demonstrate use of cutting-edge tools (think 3-D printers!) that help engineers experiment with and test their engineering ideas. Get your back-to-school brain tuned up at the MIT Museum!

MIT Takes On Cancer

The ingenuity of MIT scientists and engineers has produced inventions from the electronic spreadsheet to PET scans. What happens when they tackle a family of diseases that causes 13% of deaths worldwide? Join researchers from the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT for a series of exciting talks and hands-on demonstrations of ideas with the potential to change the way the world thinks about, diagnoses, and treats cancer.

Gestural Engineering With Arthur Ganson

Meet Arthur Ganson and tour the Museum's newly-expanded gestural engineering gallery (tours at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.). Learn about Arthur's kinetic art and his role in the Museum's annual Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction, and then consider whether you'll join the 15th annual event on November 23!

Safe Skies and Little Black Boxes

If you have ever flown in an airplane, then you have benefited from more than forty years of work at MIT Lincoln Laboratory to make flying as safe as possible.  Explore new technologies and meet the team behind the MIT Museum's newest Sampling MIT exhibit. Program will consist of presentations by Lincoln Laboratory engineers and demonstrations and design challenges from MIT's Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Exhibition opening at 5:30 pm; Presentations begin at 6:00 p.m., with activities running 5:30 - 7:30.

Hello Holography

Shine a light on art and technology as you visit The Jeweled Net: Views of Contemporary Holography. Exhibit curator Seth Riskin will lead tours of the MIT Museum's popular display holography exhibition, while museum educators present hands-on activities and demonstrations exploring the scientific principles behind these amazing images. Recommended for teens and adults, with special opportunities for middle and high school teachers to learn more about the MIT Museum's new holography workshop.
Free admission; tickets required for tours at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 5:00 p.m. Activities occurring throughout the evening, no tickets required.


Catalyst Collaborative@MIT Presents Sila

On remote Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, a climate scientist, an Inuit activist and her daughter, two officers for the Canadian Coast Guard, an Inuit hunter and a polar bear find their values shifting in response to the rapid changes in the world around them. Join the actors, director, and writer at the MIT Museum for a special preview of this dynamic production. Equal parts Inuit myth and contemporary Arctic policy, this new play in development will - in full production - use puppetry, projections, spoken word poetry and three different languages (English, French & Inuktitut) to examine the competing interests shaping the future of the Canadian Arctic and local Inuit population.
Free admission



Nautical Night

Set sail for an evening of ocean science, technology and local maritime heritage at MIT. As you journey through our exhibit halls and explore rare artifacts from our collections, enjoy special presentations and interactive show-and-tell by maritime educators, a traditional boatbuilder, ocean engineers, and environmental researchers alike. Bridging the past, present, and future, the MIT Museum's fourth annual Nautical Night celebrates MIT's new Global Environment Initiative through research made accessible through Oceans at MIT . Presenters include award-winning master craftsman Harold Burnham, and Maritime Gloucester, educators from the USS Constitution Museum, the MIT Marine Robotics Team, Joint Program students from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, and the winners of MIT's annual Head of the Zesiger cardboard boat regatta.


Compass Points: Joël Tettamanti

Get an insider's glimpse of our newest photographic exhibition with curator Gary Van Zante and Simmons College senior lecturer and Boston Center for the Arts artist in residence, Edie Bresler. Tours at 6:00 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.

Free admission; tour tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 5:00 p.m.


MIT D-Lab Project Showcase

Come see how MIT students are developing technologies that make an impact in our world! Join us for the final presentations, projects and prototypes from the growing MIT D-Lab family of classes: Design, Dissemination, Energy, Health, Education, Biodiversity and Supply Chains
Free admission
. Presentations 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., showcase 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.


Through the Looking Glass: A Concert by the MIT Glass Band
Immerse yourself in a tapestry of glass-blown music. Members of the MIT Glass Band come together with special guest Mark Stewart, MIT Glass Lab Artist-in-Residence, to create a one-of-a-kind symphony of sound and chat with visitors about the art and science behind the creation of the instruments. Performances last approximately 30 minutes each and will be presented at 5:15, 6:15, and 7:15 p.m. Come for one, stay for all—it’s never the same thing twice!

Artist residency sponsored by MIT Center for Art, Science, and Technology. Watch a short documentary about the Glass Band here.


Insight Into Innovation!

Learn about some unconventional inventions at MIT. Join conversations with our research community about the inventing process and meet some creative inventors whose technologies are changing our world. Kids of all ages are encouraged to design and build a small model of their own invention to take home. Dream up an innovative solution of your own during this special evening program!

Free with Museum admission.




Circuit Symphony

Transform everyday objects into extraordinary instruments with technology developed at MIT. Meet MIT Professor and founder of the Lifelong Kindergarten group, Mitch Resnick, and MaKey MaKey co-inventor Eric Rosenbaum and learn how they develop creative learning experiences. Then, join us as we use Drawdio, MaKey MaKey, and other inventions to turn anything in our environment - from stairs to your own arm - into musical instruments! Explore electrical conductance and capacitance and push the boundaries of how music is made at the intersection of art and engineering.

Free with Museum admission.