Virtual Idea Hub


Virtual Idea Hub Making and Tinkering Programs 


Looking for some creative hands-on learning experiences you can do from your kitchen table? Join the MIT Museum for our new weekly series bringing making and tinkering programs from our Idea Hub makerspace straight to your home. We’ll be using everyday materials easily found in your home or your local store to build, create, tinker, and engineer. Activities are designed for families with children in grades 4 and up, teachers, and youth group leaders. 


We’ll be live every Friday morning at 11:00 am over Zoom, being playful with science, engineering, and design, while chatting with friends from the MIT community. And you’re invited to join the conversation while we all build together!  The sessions will last 20-30 minutes.


Before the live session begins, click through to the activity web page and have the necessary materials ready, then find a clean workspace where you can build and tinker while viewing the live webinar on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone.  


Upcoming Schedule and Topics 


Friday, May 29, 11:00
Spinning Things: Building Tops with Everyday Materials 
Investigate spinning motion by designing and building our own tops using everyday materials.
Register for this live Zoom webinar  

Friday, June 5, 11:00
Balance Toys: Creating Whimsical Sculptures
Explore balance and the center of gravity to create whimsical sculptures using simple, everyday materials. 
Register for this live Zoom webinar  

Friday, June 12, 11:00 am
Marble Chutes and Rollways: Investigating motion and friction 
Be creative, experimental, and whimsical as we explore gravity and friction to control rolling marbles. 
Register for this live Zoom webinar  

Friday, June 19, 11:00 am
Kinetic sculptures: Bring a little Ganson to your kitchen table 
Make your own unique moving sculpture using recyclables.
Register for this live Zoom webinar  

Friday, June 26, 11:00 am
Paper Engineering: Creating playful pop-up cards with 2D-to-3D geometry 
Learn the basic pop-up folds and combine them with your own artwork to make fun three-dimensional creations.
Register for this live Zoom webinar