Help build or just observe this massive chain reaction made up of dozens of individual devices designed by teams from all over the country.
Grab a friend—and a beer—and enjoy an evening of tinkering, knot-tying and building a Rube Goldberg-esque device.
Each November and March we honor the contributions of women in science and encourage girls to stay excited about all things STEM.
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.
Join us for one or all three evenings in lively conversation about the brain!
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.
Where science fiction meets science reality
Join us for our Cerebral Cinema series. Hear from researchers and then compare real science to depictions on the big screen.
Bid a fond farewell to our robots as they come off view for a brief hiatus.
Both/And, an inventive one-act play is part comedy, part poetry, and all inquiry into a major scientific experiment taking place right now.
Join us for an evening of short presentations and fast-paced, conversations about the mind. Leading researchers and fellow brain enthusiasts will share insights and bust a few long-standing myths.
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 artist-scientists. Sign up as a team—6 people maximum—or come and make new friends.
Create a painting of cerebral cortex neurons and hear about Eyewire, a cutting-edge, video game-based citizen science project.
Learn from MIT students as they "show and tell" the amazing work they are creating on campus.
An exciting event connecting local teens with MIT scientists and each other.
Every April, as part of this city-wide festival, enjoy performances, learn about cutting-edge research, and meet scientists and engineers of all kinds.
Have you built awe-inspiring chain reactions and delighted your friends? Or, want to challenge your building skills? Then register your team and compete for Chain Reaction glory! Teams will receive a box of materials, building prompt, and have two hours to impre
Autonomous vehicles are coming. Are you ready? Learn how to program a LEGO vehicle to better understand how researchers are programming self-driving cars, and meet MIT’s Leilani Gilpin, who is actively working on the future of transportation.
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.
When museums make their collections assesible, it opens up myriad possibilities to create games, toys, designs, and other creative uses. Come for an evening to talk about and demo museum APIs and collections databases with museum hackers from various institutes around Cambridge and Boston.
Join Jason Levine, computational artist and musician, in an exploration of live coded music. Learn about Levine’s process and create your own improvised algorithmic composition during this special, one-time workshop.
Jason Levine, musician, performer, and computational artist will discuss his path through computer science and music technology to build his vibrant career and artistic practice.
Science on Saturday is a free, 60-minute presentation with fun demonstrations in which students can volunteer.
Meet author and MIT I-Lab computer scientist Don Eyles, and get a glimpse into a complex story never before told from an Apollo insider — the development of the onboard software for the Apollo spacecraft.
Join us for Feb Fest, our annual celebration during February school vacation, with daily hands-on activities, workshops, and more.
Meet researchers from a number of local organizations, and discover how you can participate in “citizen science” research projects that enlist the public’s participation in data collection, analysis, and reporting.
Numbers can be overwhelming, powerful, manipulative, intriguing ... and what about big data?
Join MIT Professor Neil Gershenfeld, MIT alum Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, and MIT Visitor Alan Gershenfeld, as they discuss their latest book Designing Reality.
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.
Hear from artists Catherine D'Ignazio and Andi Sutton as they share insights on their installation Boston Coastline: Future Past, part of our Big Bang Data exhibition.