Idea Hub

Daily summer hours

The Idea Hub is open daily10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on weekdays, in addition to our regular weekend hours of 12 - 4 p.m. (through August 10).

Additionally, drop-in activities will be held every Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri. 1 - 3 p.m. (through August 10).

View weekend Idea Hub schedule
 

Explore topics in design and engineering with artistic circuits, 3D printing, chain reactions, and a variety of other hands-on making and tinkering topics. Drop in each week and try out one of our many activities, including:

3D Printing and Design

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

App Inventor

Explore MIT’s App Inventor program and develop your own app for a smartphone or tablet.

Chain Reaction

Discover the potential of engineering improvisation as we tinker and create chain reaction contraptions.

Data Sculptures

Build unique physical representations as you explore interesting ways to visualize and tell stories with data.

Kinetic Sculptures

Create a unique moving art piece engineered to move with gears, cams, linkages, and pulleys.

Paper Circuits

Use copper tape and LEDs to create your own artistic light-up cards, paper models, and more.

Programming with Scratch

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

Visualizing the Brain

Compare imaging through light microscopes with the power of expansion microscopy. Create your own drawing of a brain cell and be a citizen scientist to help neuroscientists map the human brain.

Sewn Circuits

Construct a working and wearable circuit using LEDs, batteries, and conductive thread.


Upcoming sessions:

Jul 14 - App Inventor/Scratch
Jul 15 - App Inventor/Scratch
Jul 21 - Visualizing the Brain
Jul 22 - Paper Circuits
Jul 28 - Kinetic Sculptures
Jul 29 - Kinetic Sculptures
Aug 11 - Visualizing the Brain
Aug 25 - Visualizing the Brain 

Free with museum admission and appropriate for ages 12+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Activities are determined based on staff availability and are subject to change.