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To create an innovative exhibit that will help mark MIT's 150th anniversary in 2011, the MIT Museum is asking the greater MIT community to decide what best illustrates the Institute's 150 years of history, culture and contributions to society.
At a new site, http://museum.mit.edu/150, visitors can nominate historical or current artifacts or propose people, places, things or ideas that tell MIT's story. Participants can also act as do-it-yourself museum curators by commenting on and rating other objects nominated.
Early nominations for the MIT 150 exhibit, scheduled to open in January 2011, include the first turtle robot used with the LOGO programming language; Electrical Engineering Professor Ernst Guillemin; Solar I, one of the earliest solar homes, which was built at MIT; and lecture hall 10-250.
This summer, web site visitors can begin to vote on their favorite objects to narrow the field to the final 150 objects.