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’re offering optional ways to explore certain topics with back-to-back weekly sessions that focus on different techniques. Try the first, then come back for the second and learn new skills. But no worries if you can’t make both. Each session will allow you to create a great project.

We’ll be live every Thursday afternoon at 4:00 and Friday morning at 11:00 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.

Please note: Beginning January 7, we will offer Virtual Idea Hub just once weekly on Thursdays at 4:00 pm.

Upcoming Schedule and Topics 

Pop-Up Paper Engineering: V-Folds and Motion
Learn a simple but highly versatile fold to add movement and drama to pop-up creations.
Thursday, 12/17 at 4:00 pm, Register
Friday, 12/18 at 11:00 am, Register

No Virtual Idea Hubs scheduled 12/24, 12/25, 12/31, 01/01. Happy Holidays!

Optical Illusions
Make an optical illusion and hear how MIT scientists use them to learn how our brains work.
Thursday, 1/7 at 4:00 pm, Register

Kinetic Sculptures: Cams
Explore mechanisms and movement as you engineer your own cardboard automata and bring a character or story to life.
Thursday, 1/14 at 4:00 pm, Register

Kinetic Sculptures: Linkages
Using recyclables, build moving mechanisms and link them together to create your own unique sculpture.
Thursday, 1/21 at 4:00 pm, Register

Pet Puzzles
Join us as we plan, build, and test challenging pet puzzle toys.
Thursday, 1/28 at 4:00 pm, Register


The MIT Museum aims to make its online programs accessible to as many individuals as possible. Live closed captioning services (CART) will be provided when requested at least two weeks in advance of a program. Please email to request CART services or suggest other accommodations that would help you fully participate in this program.