Idea Hub

Weekends, noon–4 p.m.
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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.

Sewn Circuits

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

Upcoming sessions:


Saturday, May 20 - Kinetic Sculptures
Sunday, May 21 - Kinetic Sculptures

Saturday, May 27 - 3D Printing
Sunday, May 28 - Paper Circuits

Saturday, June 3 - Kinetic Sculptures
Sunday, June 4 - Data Sculptures

Saturday, June 10 - 3D Printing and Design
Sunday, June 11 - 3D Printing and Design

Saturday, June 17 - Scratch
Sunday, June 18 - App Inventor

Saturday, June 24 - Chain Reaction
Sunday, June 25 - Chain Reaction


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.