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 monthly 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 the first Thursday of each month at 4:00PM over Zoom, being playful with science, engineering, and design, while chatting with friends from the MIT community. You’re invited to join the conversation while we all build together! The sessions will last one hour.

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

Spinning Things
Investigate spinning motion by designing and building tops using everyday materials.
January 6 at 4:00 pm, Register

Balance Toys: Mobiles
Experiment with center of balance and engineer your own hanging mobile.
February 3 at 4:00 pm, Register

Propellers and Pinwheels
Build and test a mini wind turbine, pinwheel, or decorative wind spinner.
March 3 at 4:00 pm, Register

Pet Puzzles
Plan, build, and test challenging pet puzzle toys.
April 7 at 4:00 pm, Register

Rubber Band Power: Launchers
Make and test a rubber-band-powered launcher.
May 5 at 4:00 pm, Register

The MIT Museum aims to make its online programs accessible to as many individuals as possible. Live automatic captions will be provided for all webinars through Zoom. 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.