Girls Day

March 4, 2017

Girls Day is a biannual event where all are welcome to explore the fields of design and engineering. Meet women from MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Society of Women Engineers and try your hand at investigating, building, and testing designs of your own.

Every March and November, the MIT Museum celebrates women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. You’ll explore, build, create, and investigate with MIT faculty, students, and volunteers throughout the day. Past Girls Days themes have included robotics, physics, designing, and fabricating.

Schedule of Saturday, November 5, 2016, "The Secret Lives of Robots" event

Secret Lives of Roboticists, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
First Floor

Hear from MIT students, recent alumni and professional engineers who will share why they chose to study robotics, provide insights about their current projects, and offer inspirational tidbits. Learn more about the different ways they use robots in their work.


Francisca Vasconcelos, MIT undergraduate
Tobi Lanre-Amos, MIT Alum '16
Rebecca Kleinberger,  MIT graduate student
Jennifer Millberg, Product Manager, iRobot

Robot Build Challenge with the Community Charter School of Cambridge Robotics Club, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Bring a few friends to build and program in an exciting two-hour challenge that will test your engineering skills. We will be programming with LEGO Mindstorm kits in this hands-on exploration with help from the CCSC Robotics Club. No experience or registration necessary. Robots sets and laptops will be provided to groups of up to six people. Participation will be limited to 10 teams.

Naija Beta Documentary, 1 - 4 p.m.
Second Floor

Follow a team of Nigerian and Nigerian-American MIT students as they head home to teach technology through a competitive robotics camps in Lagos. The documentary was directed and produced by MIT alum, Arthur Musah. (50 minutes) 

Hands-on Activities, 12 - 4 p.m.
Second Floor

Explore, program and tinker with engineers from the local area showcasing the latest in robotics and coding.

Demonstrations and Activities:

Koch Institute
MIT Society of Women Engineers
Einstein's Workshop
Boston Dynamics
MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department
Root Robot

Life Long Kindergarten Group


This event is recommended for ages 10+. Hands-on activities, informal talks, and demonstrations are free with admission.