Idea Hub

Weekends, noon–4 p.m.
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Explore topics in design and engineering with artistic circuits, 3-D programs, 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:

3-D Printing and Design

Learn how to design in three dimensions using Tinkercad and explore how 3-D 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.

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.

Sewn Circuits

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

Upcoming sessions:

Saturday, October 22 - Scratch
Sunday, October 23 - 3D Printing

Saturday, October 29 - Paper Circuits
Sunday, October 30 - Scratch

Saturday, November 5 - Idea Hub closed for Girls Day
Sunday, November 6 - Scratch

Saturday, Nov 12 - App Inventor
Sunday, November 13 - Chain Reaction
Saturday, November 19 - Paper Circuits
Sunday, November 20 - 3D Design
Saturday, November 26 - Kinetic Sculptures
Sunday, November 27 - Scratch


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