February Vacation Week Programs at MIT Museum

Kids will have a blast at the MIT Museum during February Vacation

Robotics, nanotechnology, engineering, marine technology and boat building, sustainable fashion, a builyour own skyscraper challenge and more are waiting for kids at MIT Museum during February Vacation week!  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. Drop in activities, workshops and demonstrations will be happening all week long and the will conclude with a special presentation on Saturday afternoon.

All drop-in actitivites are appropriate for ages 10 and up, and free with Museum admission. No pre-registration required. Two hour workshops are available for middle and high school students - pre-registration is required.

 

Day Links: Mon | Tues | Wed | Thurs | Fri | Sat

Monday, February 16, 2015

  • Design A Chain Reaction 10am -Noon
    • Get those creative juices going in this collaborative Rube Goldberg event! Experience a mini version of our annual, giant chain reaction as you create your own device to move a ball from here to there and link with others who are doing the same, but in a different way. Curious? Good - we'll see you out on the "construction" floor!
  • MIT Student Inventor Showcase 10am-Noon
    • Meet members of Team Origin, the student group that developed a GPS device to help skiers locate each other on the slopes.
  • Workshop: Make to Move  11am-1pm
    • Be inspired by Arthur Ganson's kinetic works! Find your own inner artist + engineer by creating your own moving sculpture. Pre-registration required. $10 per student (in grades 6-12 only; includes Museum admission).
  • Gallery Snapshot: Gestural Engineering 1-1:30pm
    • Explore a collection of kinetic sculptures by local artist, Arthur Ganson. The Museum's Director of Programs, Brindha Muniappan, will highlight whimsical, thoughtful, and inspirational aspects of some of Arthur's work in this brief gallery tour. Limited to 25 participants. Tickets available one half-hour before tour start on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mon | Tues | Wed | Thurs | Fri | Sat

  • Drawing through Microscopes 10am-12pm
    • Get a new perspective on art while attempting to recreate your viewpoint while looking through a microscope lens.
  • Student Showcase - LEDs with Yashas Raj 10am-Noon
  • Workshop: Visualizing Science 11am-1pm or 2-4pm
    • Test your observation skills with artifacts from MIT research labs as you explore microscopy, biological engineering, nanoscience, and nanotechology research at MIT. Pre-registration required. $10 per student (in grades 6-12 only; includes Museum admission).
  • Gallery Snapshot: Photographing Places 1-1:30pm
    • Join Gary Van Zante, Curator of Architecture & Design, to view the latest exhibit in the Kurtz Gallery of Photography. See how the journal Places, founded at MIT and UC Berkeley, has been influential in the environmental planning field and pioneering in its use of contemporary photography of place.

      Limited to 25 participants. Tickets available one half-hour before tour start on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Mon | Tues | Wed | Thurs | Fri | Sat

  • Paper Circuits 10am-Noon
    • Explore electricity as you create brightly-lit paper connections.
  • Student Showcase  10am-Noon
    • Meet members of the MIT Solar Car team and explore the innovative automobile for yourself.
  • Workshop: Hello Holography 10am-Noon oe 2-4pm
    • Learn about the science behind 3D imagery as you explore the properties of light and the MIT Museum's captivating holography exhibition. Pre-registration required. $10 per student (in grades 6-12 only; includes Museum admission).
  • Gallery Snapshot: Shining A Light On Holography 1-1:30pm

    • Explore our exhibit halls with Seth Riskin, Manager of Holography and Spatial Imaging, and gain new perspectives on the Museum’s popular holography collection.

      Limited to 25 participants. Tickets available one half-hour before tour start on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Mon | Tues | Wed | Thurs | Fri | Sat

  • Student Showcase  10am-Noon
    • Make your own musical instrument under guidance from Otto Briner, MIT student and musician.
  • Workshop: Physics and Photography 11am-1pm or 2-4pm
  • Gallery Snapshot: Images of Discovery 1-1:30pm

    • Join Museum Director John Durant to explore the work of three talented photographers: Berenice Abbott, Harold “Doc” Edgerton, and Felice Frankel, on view in our newest exhibition of their work. Limited to 25 participants. Tickets available one half-hour before tour start on a first-come, first-served basis.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Mon | Tues | Wed | Thurs | Fri | Sat

  • Augmented Reality Sandbox 10am-Noon

    • Manipulate sand grains to create your own topological map in real time!

  • Workshop: Intro To Robotics  11am-1pm
    • Learn to program a LEGO Mindstorms robot and take a tour of the Robots & Beyond exhibition with a Museum educator. Pre-registration required. $10 per student (in grades 6-12 only; includes Museum admission).
  • Gallery Snapshot: Historical Polaroid 1-1:30pm
    • Join Deborah Douglas, Curator of Science and Technology, to learn about MIT's long history with the Polaroid Corporation. Get the insider scoop on a variety of cameras and other prototypes, and find out why Lady Gaga's portrait hangs in the Museum! Limited to 25 participants. Tickets available one half-hour before tour start on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Workshop: Gel Transfers 2-4pm
    • Take your digital photographs from the computer screen to the artist's canvas! Hosted by the MIT Student Art Association. Pre-registration required. $10 per student (in grades 6-12 only; includes Museum admission). Please bring your own digital camera or smartphone.

Saturday, Feburary 21, 2015

 Mon | Tues | Wed | Thurs | Fri | Sat

  • Photography Fair! 1-4pm

    • Explore the world of light, cameras, and science in this interactive opportunity to learn about the camera obscura, daguerreotypes, strobe photography, optics, and high altitude imaging. Meet members of the Polaroid Retirees Association and learn about the scientific, artistic, and legal history of the Polaroid Corporation.

When: 
Monday - Friday, February 16-21, 2015 10am -4pm
Location: 
MIT Museum
Prices: 
FREE
Phone: 
617.253.5927
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