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Massachusetts Institute of Technology  /  MIT Museum
Building N51   265 Massachusetts Avenue   Cambridge, MA 02139
Open Daily 10am – 5pm  /  Closed Major Holidays

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February Vacation Week: Engineering + You
Feb. 17-22, 2014

Vacation Week at MIT Museum

Every year, during the Massachusetts school vacation week in February, the MIT Museum celebrates National Engineers Week with engineering-specific activities, workshops, and afternoon demonstrations led by MIT students.


February vacation week programs are supported by the Marvin C. '51 and Joanne Grossman Fund.


2014 National Engineers Week at the MIT Museum

Mon, 2/17 | Tues, 2/18 | Wed, 2/19 | Thur, 2/20 | Fri, 2/21 | Sat, 2/22


Monday, February 17

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Hands-on Robotics with FIRST!

Get up close and personal with robots and find out how you can get involved in robotics yourself with teams from the FIRST Lego League (FLL) and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Test drive the robots used in robotics competition, and even try your hand at programming them yourself!

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Workshop - Visualizing Science

Test your observation skills with artifacts from MIT research labs as you explore microscopy, biological engineering, nanoscience, and nanotechology research at MIT. Recommended for grades 6-12.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Workshop - Visualizing Science

Test your observation skills with artifacts from MIT research labs as you explore microscopy, biological engineering, nanoscience, and nanotechology research at MIT. Recommended for grades 6-12.

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

MIT Student Inventors Showcase

Meet MIT students and interact with their latest creations! Including Victor Rodriguez's electric motorcycle, BitDex, the student inventors from MITERS, and more.


Tuesday, February 18

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Nautical Engineering - Learn to build boats!

Learn the ins and outs of what it takes to build a miniature boat, then test your own model and see how well it floats!

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Workshop - Fish 'n' Ships

Be the first to experience the MIT Museum's new nautical engineering workshop and learn about nature-inspired engineering at MIT through hands-on experiments, a boat design challenge, and a tour of our popular Robotics exhibition. Recommended for grades 6-12.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Workshop - Fish 'n' Ships

Be the first to experience the MIT Museum's new nautical engineering workshop and learn about nature-inspired engineering at MIT through hands-on experiments, a boat design challenge, and a tour of our popular Robotics exhibition. Recommended for grades 6-12.

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

How to be an Engineer

Find out what it takes to be an engineer with MIT student Grace Young, 2013 Marshall Scholar. Learn what it's like to live in an underwater research vessel, then take on our engineering challenge and design your own! Learn about nautical engineering and marine life from MIT students conducting research out on the water.


Wednesday, February 19

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Mathematical Contraptions with MIT Xplore

What is a Turing Machine, and how does it work? Go beyond equations and times tables to learn about math in a new, exciting way with MIT Xplore.

 

Explore with LEGO Mindstorms

Get a quick introduction to LEGO Mindstorms and programming with our Museum educators.

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Workshop - Introduction to Robotics

Learn to program a LEGO Mindstorms robot and take a tour of the Robots & Beyond exhibition with a Museum educator. Recommended for grades 6-12.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Workshop - Introduction to Robotics

Learn to program a LEGO Mindstorms robot and take a tour of the Robots & Beyond exhibition with a Museum educator. Recommended for grades 6-12.

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

How to be an Engineer

Find out what it takes to be an engineer with MIT graduate student and Lemelson-MIT Student Prize winner Nikolai Begg. Take on our engineering challenge and find out if you can build a device to remove an object stuck in a model lung. Build prototypes of medical devices out of basic craft materials, then put them through a series of tests - just like a professional engineer!


Thursday, February 20

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Silly Circuits

Play with the latest electronics and circuit-related activities developed at MIT, to sew, draw, and magnetically connect circuits. No soldering experience required.

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Workshop - Hello Holography!

Learn about the science behind 3D imagery as you explore the properties of light and the MIT Museum's captivating holography exhibition. Open to grades 6-12. Recommended for grades 9-12.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Workshop - Hello Holography!

Learn about the science behind 3D imagery as you explore the properties of light and the MIT Museum's captivating holography exhibition. Open to grades 6-12. Recommended for grades 9-12.

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

MIT UA Sustainability Committee: Sustainable Fashion

Reduce, reuse and recycle with the MIT Sustainability Committee as they raise awareness and provide solutions to foster green habits. Learn about fashions created by students from trash and recycled products. Join in a design challenge to create useful products and fashions from reusable materials with engineers concerned about protecting the Earth.


Friday, February 21

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Skyscraper Building Challenge

Use paper cups, newspapers, and other materials to build towers in the museum. Compete or collaborate with other visitors on this fun, hands-on building activity.
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Workshop - Structural Engineering

Try your hand at bridge-building using recycled materials in this introduction to architecture and civil engineering. Recommended for grades 6-8.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Workshop - Structural Engineering

Try your hand at bridge-building using recycled materials in this introduction to architecture and civil engineering. Recommended for grades 6-8.

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Introduction to 3D Printing

MIT students are at the cutting edge of 3D printing! Whether developing new technologies or using them for research, find out what lies ahead in the future of 3D printing. Featuring New Valence Robotics, MakerBot, Media Lab members, and more!


Saturday, February 22

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Build your own Multimedia Chain Reaction!

Join the MIT Society of Women Engineers and build a Chain Reaction contraption that is both physical and digital. No materials or previous experience required - just a desire to tinker and build!


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