Past Programs

Participants of Friday After Thanksgiving working on their contraption

Chain Reaction Contraption Construction Help Sessions

October 19, 26 & November 16, 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Want help designing your contraption for the Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction? Join us for contraption construction building help sessions.

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Polaroid Day

November 9, 2019

Join us for a special day celebrating Polaroid and its development of instant photography. Hear stories of how artists informed the technology and how technology provided new ways for photographers to work.

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Girls Day

November 2, 2019

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

Test tubes with different colored liquids. Header image for LGBTQ STEM event at MIT Museum.


August 8, 2019, 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Celebrate LGBTQ+ contributions to Boston area university research through short presentations and the chance to mingle with researchers and others. 

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Moon Shots

July 20, 2019, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Our celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the moon continues into the night with a 21+ over-the-moon event. 

Image of astronaut on the moon

Lunar Day

July 20, 2019

Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the moon. Travel back to 1969 to learn about MIT’s critical role in the mission, and meet researchers who will offer a glimpse of the future of space exploration.

Photo of Richard Bertman and book cover

Book Talk: Richard Bertman: The Sculptures

June 19, 2019, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Join author Christina Lanzl and Richard Bertman, as they discuss Bertman's work and new book Richard Bertman:The Sculptures.

MIT Glass Band performers

Glass Band Performance

May 21, 2019, 6 - 7 p.m.

Immerse yourself in a soundscape of glass-blown music. MIT’s Glass Lab Director Peter Houk, star musician Mark Stewart, and their Glass Band colleagues will create a one-of-a-kind symphony of sound.

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Cambridge Science Festival

April 12 - 21, 2019

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


Lunar Exploration Expo

April 20, 2019, 1 - 3 p.m.

In celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the moon, join us for a lunar exploration.

image of neurons, credit: Jeff Lichtman, Joshua Sanes, and Jean Livet, Brainbow, 2007.

Neuroscience Paint Night

April 17, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Create a painting of cerebral cortex neurons and hear about Eyewire, a cutting-edge, video game-based citizen science project.

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Physics and Photography Workshop for Adults

April 16, 2019, 7 - 9 p.m.

Learn how MIT researchers are able to photograph events as fast as light itself, then learn how to use mainstream cameras to shoot your own high-speed photography.

Science Game Night

April 14, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Learn about science through board games! Enjoy an evening of science-themed games with your friends and family, and see how your science knowledge stacks up to others. 

DNA structure

Teen Science Café: Biotech: Me and My Genes

April 13, 2019, 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Join us as we explore the biotechnology industry and its groundbreaking research. 
This is a free event for interested high school students only.

Girls Day graphic

Girls Day

November 2, 2019

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

Teen Science Café: Nanoscale Engineering graphic

Teen Science Café: Nanoscale Engineering

February 23, 2019, 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn about nano-engineering and how it impacts our lives from the scientists researching it!

Boat Exhibited in Lighter, Stronger, Faster

Nautical Day

February 23, 2019, 1 - 4 p.m.

Dive into hands-on nautical explorations with members from the MIT Museum’s Hart Nautical Collections staff, MIT researchers, and other partners and friends. 

Visitors exploring an exhibition

Feb Fest

February 17 – 22, 2020

Join us for Feb Fest, our annual celebration during February school vacation, with daily hands-on activities, workshops, and more. 


MIT Can Talk Oratory Competition

February 2, 2019, 1-3 p.m.

Watch MIT students, staff, and community members compete for over $1000 in cash and prizes as they each share a five-minute talk in the theme of "Back to Square One.” Vote for your favorite competitor and hear tales by local storytellers.

Teen Science Café: AI&U

December 15, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

An exciting event connecting local teens with scientists and each other. Get a sneak peek into the future of AI and its impact from researchers.

Addiction: Facing the Opioid Epidemic in Massachusetts

December 6, 2018, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Join us for an important discussion on the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history.

Image of a chain reaction with dominoes

FINAL!! Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.) Chain Reaction

November 29, 2019, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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

Hops & Knots

November 17, 2018, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Grab a friend—and a beer—and enjoy an evening of tinkering, knot-tying and building a Rube Goldberg-esque device. 

Girls Day graphic

Girls Day

November 2, 2019

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

Family FUNstruction

October 20, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Get the ball rolling with a night of Family FUNstruction!  Develop your own Rube Goldberg-esque contraption, then at the end of the evening, link your contraption with others to form one mega-chain reaction.

Soap Box Series

Fall 2018 - October 10, 17, 24, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Join us for one or all three evenings in lively conversation about the brain!

Synaptic Stories

September 20, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Join us for a night of storytelling as we delve into the deepest realms of the mind, wade through our internal wiring, and discover what makes us unique.

Living in the Future: Brains!

September 14, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Where science fiction meets science reality

Cerebral Cinema Series

August 14, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Join us for our Cerebral Cinema series. Hear from researchers and then compare real science to depictions on the big screen.

Robots Send-off

August 10, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Bid a fond farewell to our robots as they come off view for a brief hiatus.

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