Past Programs

Beers and Gears

Beers and Gears

November 10, 2017

Grab a friend—and a beer—and enjoy an evening of tinkering and building a Rube Goldberg-esque device. We’ll supply the materials you’ll need to construct your link. Then, at the end of the evening all of the devices will be connected to set off one giant chain reaction.

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 a discussion on big data.

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?

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

Using Digital Tools to Explore American Political Divides

October 10, 2017

Join Nabeel Gillani, graduate student and research assistant in the Laboratory for Social Machines at the MIT Media Lab for an exploration of ways to see past our differences and understand the humanity of the opposing side.

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. 

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.

Living in the Future

Living in the Future

Saturday, September 16, 2017

How do today's technologies reflect what we've seen on the big screen?

Both/And

Both/And: A Quantum Physics Play

Spring/Summer 2017

Both/And, an inventive one-act play is part comedy, part poetry, and all inquiry into a major scientific experiment taking place right now.

Food for Thought

July 18, 2017

Prepare your taste buds for a night of food, science, and culture during this two-part evening! Join the MIT Museum as we make our way around the block in a progressive dinner adventure that could include freshly brewed coffee, sticky buns, tacos, local wine, burgers, or sake!

Spring into Science Saturday

Spring 2017

Spring into Science Saturdays with MIT students as they "show and tell" the amazing work they are creating on campus. Topics for additional sessions will be announced, so check back here to see the latest schedule and plan your visit.  Join us from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cambridge Science Festival

April 14 - 23, 2017

Every April, as part of this city-wide festival, enjoy performances, learn about cutting-edge research, and meet scientists and engineers of all kinds.

How to Make a Superhero

April 22, 2017

Have you ever wondered what makes a superhero super? What is a supersuit made out of and how hard it is to maintain a secret identity?

Exposed

April 7, 2017

Take a peep at some unusual holograms rarely before shown in public. Arouse your interest in these mesmerizing 3-D images and hear from art & scientific experts. Crafted cocktails and other decadent treats on hand. 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Nautical Night

March 30, 2017

An evening of conversation, demonstrations, and celebration of the sea.

Love and Other Entanglements

February 10, 2017

Join us for a pre-Valentine’s Day warm-up event featuring stories, live music and a little theater.

MIT Can Talk Competition

February 3-4, 2017

Love a good discussion? Join us for an oratory competition on the topic "How Change Happens" with participants from the MIT community!  

Science Showdown: Trivia Night

December 8, 2016

Challenge your science side! Join us for a night of science trivia and short talks by science researchers. See how you'll fare with categories ranging from anatomy to astronomy! 

Beers and Gears

November 12, 2016

Grab a friend and a beer, and enjoy an evening of tinkering and building a Rube Goldberg device. Whether you are a novice or master builder we’ll have the supplies you need to construct your link.

MIT The Campus Guide - Book Talk and Signing

November 2, 2016

Join us for a book-talk and signing with Douglass Shand-Tucci, author of MIT: The Campus Guide.

How to Make a Superhero

April 22, 2017

Have you ever wondered what makes a superhero super? What is a supersuit made out of and how hard it is to maintain a secret identity?

Living in the Future event at the MIT Museum

Living in the Future

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 6 - 8 p.m.

When Science Fiction Meets Science Reality

Open Style Lab, MIT

Open Style Lab Showcase

August 13, 2016, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Explore the interactive clothing solutions that student teams in Open Style Lab worked intensively to develop this summer, and meet the unique clients who inspired their user-centered designs. Included wit

CCTV Youth Media Student Showcase

August 11, 2016, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Join us for engaging videos produced by Cambridge Community Television's Summer Media Institute students. Free.

Community Art Center Student Showcase

August 9, 2016, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Explore wonderful works of art created this summer by teens supported by Cambridge's Community Arts Center.  Free.

Dimensions of Doctor Who

Dimensions of Doctor Who

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

What do you get when you combine the TARDIS, a sonic screwdriver, and local scientists? An evening dedicated to exploring the science of Doctor Who! Hear from researchers who will share how their work is bringing our world closer to that of the Doctor’s.

Bacterial Bonanza

Bacterial Bonanza

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

There's more than meets the eye when it comes to microbiomes: the microscopic communities of bacteria that live in our bodies, food and environment. Come to "speed geek" your way through the MIT Museum and learn from the experts about the microbiomes that shape our world!

Fright Factors at the MIT Museum

Fright Factors

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Why are we fearful and what do we fear? What happens in our bodies and minds when we are frightened? And, can we create some of those changes this evening?

Soapbox: Re:Making Life

Soap Box Series Archives

This salon-style evening of a short talk with scientists and researchers includes thoughtful queries from audience members. Watch video archives below.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

FAT Chain Reaction Event

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