Public Programs

Explore the fascinating world of MIT—cutting-edge research, engineering, and innovations—at performances, talks, programs, hands-on workshops, festivals, and more.

Idea Hub

Idea Hub

Weekends, noon–4 p.m.

Explore topics in design and engineering with artistic circuits, 3D printing, chain reactions, and a variety of other creative, hands-on activities. 

The Enemy – From Concept to “Virtual” Reality

September 26, 2017

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at The Enemy, a cutting edge Virtual Reality (VR) experience that explores three international political conflicts.

Empathy for Conflict Resolution

October 3, 2017

Join MIT Professor Ceasar McDowell in a salon-style conversation on interpersonal conflicts, including how empathy can be used to overcome tribalism, and creating human connections across lines of ideological division. 

Using Digital Tools to Explore American Political Divides

October 10, 2017

Join MIT Professor Deb Roy, Director of the Laboratory for Social Machines, and Chief Media Scientist at Twitter for an exploartion of ways to see past our differences and understand the humanity of the opposing side.

The Comic Book Story of Video Games

The Comic Book Story of Video Games

October 11, 2017

Join us for a conversation as The Comic Book Story of Video Games author Jonathan Hennessey and MIT Game Lab Creative Director Philip Tan explore the groundbreaking history and social im

Family FUNstruction

Family FUNstruction

October 14, 2017

Interested in participating in the Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.) Chain Reaction Event? Or just want to try building your own Rube Goldberg-esque machine?

Science on Saturday

Science on Saturday

2017/18 programming

Science on Saturday is a free, 60-minute presentation with fun demonstrations in which students can volunteer. Check back for our fall line-up.

Chain Reaction Contraption Construction Help Sessions

Chain Reaction Contraption Construction Help Sessions

October 2017

Attention F.A.T. teams! Want help designing your contraption for the Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction Event? Have an idea but not sure how to get started? Looking for feedback on your designs?

Big Bang Data

Big Data 101

October 24, 2017

Join Sandy Pentland, MIT Professor of Media Arts & Sciences, Director of the MIT Human Dynamics Laboratory, and Co-leader of the World Economic Forum Big Data & Personal Data Initiatives for an discussion on big data. What is it?

Girls Day

November 4, 2017

In November and March we honor the contributions of women in science and encourage young girls to stay excited about all things STEM.

Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction

Friday After Thanksgiving

November 24, 2017

Help build or just observe this massive chain reaction made up of dozens of individual devices designed by teams from all over the country.

Are We The Enemy?

Are We The Enemy? The Neuroscience of Conflict and Empathy

November 30, 2017

Join Dr. Emile Bruneau, Research Associate and Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, to explore how human cognitive habits encourage bias, separation, and conflict.

What's on!

Open daily 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Living in the Future

Weekends:

Idea Hub

Newly Refreshed:

Robots & Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT