Feb Fest

February 17 – 22, 2020

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

GALLERY ACTIVITIES

Big Group Build: Chain Reaction
Mon., Feb. 17, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. & 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Included with Museum admission

Form a team and build a mini chain reaction contraption with the goal of ultimately linking your contraption to others and setting off one giant chain reaction. Materials supplied.

Big Group Build: City of the Future
Sat., Feb. 22, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. & 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Included with Museum admission

What do you want Boston or your hometown to look like in 50 years? Will cars drive themselves? Will the buildings be covered in plants and the roads surfaces solar panels? Form a team and model a section of a futuristic city. Then, we’ll combine models to reveal our ideal high-tech, sustainable city of the future! Materials supplied.

Polaroid Petting Zoo
Tues.-Fri., Feb. 18-21, 12 - 2 p.m.

Explore the museum’s Polaroid camera collection, and discover how camera designs have changed over decades of iteration.

Spotlight Tours
Tues.-Fri., Feb. 18-21, 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Tours are limited to 15 participants. Tickets available 30 minutes before the tour starts on a first-come, first-served basis.
Included with Museum admission

Enjoy a tour of one of our galleries with Museum staff leading the way.

 

WORKSHOPS

Teens (11+) and Adults. Please note that children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Physics and Photography Workshop
Wed., Feb. 19, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

$15 for students, $20 for adults, includes Museum admission
Space is limited. A number of tickets available for pre-registration, with the remainder available for day-of registration.

Explore how cameras and light interact to capture images of events that happen quicker than a blink of an eye. Use mobile device cameras to capture events faster than 1/10,000th of a second and learn how MIT researchers are developing and using new camera technologies to visualize light itself. Note: Strobe lights are used in this workshop.
Pre-register to attend.

Structural Engineering Workshop
Wed., Feb. 19, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

$15 for students, $20 for adults, includes Museum admission
Space is limited. A number of tickets available for pre-registration, with the remainder available for day-of registration.

Learn how simple geometry is used to engineer the longest bridges and tallest buildings in the world by building your own structures. Discover the strength of basic materials, such as paper and 3D printed parts, in this hands-on workshop.
Pre-register to attend.

Robotics Workshop
Fri., Feb. 21, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

$15 for students, $20 for adults, includes Museum admission
Space is limited. A number of tickets available for pre-registration, with the remainder available for day-of registration.

Learn what makes a robot tick in this introduction to programming. Participants will use LEGO EV3 Mindstorms to explore how to program robots to move and react to their surroundings.
Pre-register to attend.

Sail Through Engineering Workshop
Fri., Feb. 21, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

$15 for students, $20 for adults, includes Museum admission
Space is limited. A number of tickets available for pre-registration, with the remainder available for day-of registration.

Learn about the engineering design process by building and testing your own model boat. Participants will use modern technologies such as computer-aided design and laser cutting, and explore the methods that Nathanael Herreshoff used to design and build over 2000 boats, including five America’s Cup winning yachts, at the turn of the 20th century. 
Pre-register to attend.

IDEA HUB

Daily, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Included with Museum admission

Monday: Scratch
Design your own simple video game or animation using the block-based programming language Scratch.

Tuesday: 3D Printing and Design
Learn how to design in three dimensions using Tinkercad and explore how 3D printers can turn digital models into reality.

Wednesday: Kinetic Sculptures
Create a unique moving art piece engineered to move with gears, cams, cranks, and pulleys.

Thursday and Friday: Our Microscopic World
Investigate tiny details of selected objects using a Scanning Electron Microscope. You get to lead the inquiry and steer the microscope.

Saturday: Paper Circuits
Use art supplies, copper tape, and LEDs to create imaginative light-up cards, paper models, and more.

 

TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

Middle and High School educators only
Participants who complete all workshop components, including a post-workshop assignment, will earn 10 PDPs.

When Subjects Collide
Tues., Feb. 18
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Pre-registration required. $100/person or $75/person for groups of 3+ form the same school district.

Positioned at the intersection of art and science, the MIT Museum explores the connections and blurs the distinctions between traditional subject areas. In this teacher professional development workshop, learn how you can discover and take advantage of the connections between your subject area and others. We will explore strategies for integrating science, art, history, English, and more into your curriculum using hands-on learning, our collections, and MIT research.

Sail Through Engineering
Thurs., Feb. 20
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Pre-registration required. $100/person or $75/person for groups of 3+ form the same school district.

Educators know that active learning promotes deeper learning and engagement. And, as Massachusetts science and mathematics standards move towards application and problem solving, being able to support project-based learning in the classroom has become even more relevant.

In this one-day course you will learn how to integrate hands-on engineering projects into your regular curriculum and encourage students to engage with science and math as tools to solve real-world problems. Design, build, and test your own model boat as you explore the Lighter, Stronger, Faster exhibition at the MIT Museum to discover how connections can be made to historic objects and innovations.

Feb Fest is generously supported by the Marvin C. (1951) and Joanne Grossman Fund.