Virtual Idea Hub

Ongoing

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, July 17, 11:00
Square Bubbles: Fun with 3D Geometry and Kitchen Chemistry
Build devices based on geometric forms to control the shapes of bubble films.
Register for this live Zoom webinar.

Friday, July 24, 11:00
Pet Puzzles: Enrichment Toys for Pets and other Animals
Plan, build, and test challenging pet puzzle toys.
Register for this live Zoom webinar.

Friday, July 31, 11:00
Paper Bridges: Balancing Forces to Build Strong Structures
Learn how to design, build, and test paper bridges using clever techniques
Register for this live Zoom webinar.

Friday, August 7, 11:00
Optical Illusions: Animations and Other Ways to Trick your Brain
Create toys that play with how you take in and process visual information.
Register for this live Zoom webinar.

Friday, August 14, 11:00
Puzzle Boxes: Creating Clever Moving Mechanisms
Build mechanisms out of cardboard and combine them to create tricky puzzles.
Register for this live Zoom webinar.

Friday, August 21, 11:00
Paper Engineering: Creating Playful Pop-up Cards with 2D-to-3D Geometry 
Create pop-up crads using paper and geometry.
Register for this live Zoom webinar.

Friday, August 28, 11:00
Kinetic Sculptures: Bring a Little Ganson to your Kitchen Table
Engineer and tinker with recyclables.
Register for this live Zoom webinar.