STS.035 Exhibiting Science

Spring 2014: Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:00 - 3:00 pm in 10-150

Come try your hand(s) at creating a kinetic sculpture
for display in the MIT Museum!

This is a small, project-based class where students learn the art and science of effective science communication by developing their own exhibits for display in the MIT Museum.

In spring 2013, STS.035 students developed Net Works: MIT and the Internet, an exhibition that is currently on display (and doing very well!) on the ground floor of the Museum. This year, students will take on a very different but equally exciting challenge: creating their own kinetic sculptures, for display during the Museum’s current “Year of Kinetic Art”. Working in the newly re-located Museum Studio (10-150, just off Lobby 10), students will receive mentorship from some of the professional sculptors whose work is currently on display in 5000 Moving Parts (, and from the Museum’s technical team. The aim is to conceive, design, fabricate, test and mount kinetic sculptures in the Museum, for display as part of summer exhibition of MIT student work that will be opened in time for Commencement 2014.

The class will combine short seminars, talks by visiting artists and exhibitors, and a great deal of hands-on exhibit development work. Most classes will be taught in the MIT Museum Studio (10-150, just off Lobby 10), where students will be provided with work space, materials and equipment; but some time may be spent in N51, close by the Museum, where the Edgerton Center runs a larger shop.

Space is limited on this project-based course, which is particularly suited to students with strong backgrounds in communications, mechanical and/or electrical engineering, and the visual arts.

HASS-A, 2-2-8 units

Prereq: One CI-H/CI-HW subject, permission of instructor

Preference to students who have taken STS.034

Enrollment limited to 20 (enrollment will be by lottery if more than 20 students register)

John Durant, MIT Museum Director & Adjunct Professor, STS Program
Seth Riskin, MIT Museum Studio Director
Allan Doyle, Technology Director, MIT Museum

Picture of a kinetic sculpture

Register for STS.035 Exhibiting Science.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Building E51-163