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 Thursday afternoon at 4:00 and 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 


Pet Puzzles: Enrichment Toys for Pets and other Animals
Plan, build, and test challenging pet puzzle toys.
Thursday, September 17 at 4:00 pm  Register
Friday, September 18 at 11:00 am Register 

Spinning Things: Building Tops with Everyday Materials
Investigate spinning motion by designing and building tops using everyday materials.
Thursday, September 24 at 4:00 pm Register 
Friday, September 25 at 11:00 am Register 

Optical Illusions: Animations and Other Ways to Trick your Brain
Make an optical illusion and hear how scientists use them to learn how our brains work.
Thursday, October 1 at 4:00 pm Register
Friday, October 2 at 11:00 am Register 

Paper Bridges: Balancing Forces to Build Strong Structures
Learn how to design, build, and test paper bridges using clever techniques.
Thursday, October 8 at 4:00 pm Register 
Friday, October 9 at 11:00 am Register 

Square Bubbles: Fun with 3D Geometry and Kitchen Chemistry
Build devices based on geometric forms to control the shapes of bubble films.
Thursday, October 15 at 4:00 pm Register 
Friday, October 16 at 11:00 am Register 

Balance Toys: Creating Whimsical Sculptures
Explore balance and the center of gravity to create whimsical sculptures using simple, everyday materials.
Thursday, October 22 at 4:00 pm Register 
Friday, October 23 at 11:00 am Register