Hacking Hour


Join us for another evening of making and tinkering inspired by the inventive, inquisitive spirit of the classic MIT hack. Enjoy lively conversation while tackling an engineering challenge with simple materials at home. Each program features a guest builder from the MIT community who adds expertise, inspiration, and humor. We provide a list of supplies and a recipe for an alcoholic and non-alcoholic “hacktail”.

Wednesday, April 7

Chain Reaction

7:00 - 8:30 PM
This is a 21+ event
Register for this free, live Zoom webinar.

Turn a room in your home into a chain reaction contraption! Use all sorts of materials to build, test, and connect sections of your own sprawling Rube-Goldberg-like creation. Experiment with ways to make each section trigger the next. Then learn the guidelines to make a video of your contraption that can become a link in a big community-built Virtual Chain Reaction video!

And don’t miss our Virtual Chain Reaction Watch Party as we combine the crazy contraptions that teams of tinkerers have created in their homes into one big video! April 30, 7-8:30 pm. View on Zoom here.


This event is being offered as part of the Cambridge Science Festival.



  • Cardboard 
  • Scissors 
  • Tape 
  • Paper 
  • Marbles or other balls 
  • Pencils 
  • Toothpicks or bamboo skewers 
  • String 

Optional materials: 

  • Rubber bands 
  • Cups 
  • Silverware 
  • Cans, bottles, and other recyclables 
  • Spools 
  • Dominoes 
  • Legos, K'nex, or other building toys 
  • Motorized toys 
  • Markers and other decorating materials 
  • Anything else that inspires you!


Hacktail: Spring into Science 
Springtime and science are in the air! It's time for a refreshing and festive cocktail to celebrate Cambridge Science Festival! Mix these ingredients and pour over ice. 

  • 2 ounces rum (or non-alcoholic: lemonade) 
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice 
  • 1 teaspoon honey 
  • 5 ounces sparkling wine (or non-alcoholic: soda)



The MIT Museum aims to make its online programs accessible to as many individuals as possible. Live closed captioning services (CART) will be provided when requested at least two weeks in advance of a program. Please email mitmuseum-access@mit.edu to request CART services or suggest other accommodations that would help you fully participate in this program