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.
Explore MIT’s App Inventor program and develop your own app for a smartphone or tablet.
Discover the potential of engineering improvisation as we tinker and create chain reaction contraptions.
Build unique physical representations as you explore interesting ways to visualize and tell stories with data.
Create a unique moving art piece engineered to move with gears, cams, linkages, and pulleys.
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.
The Idea Hub is open weekends all year. Our schedule is:
Saturday, September 23 - 3D Printing and Design
Sunday, September 24 - 3D Printing and Design
Saturday, September 30 - Kinetic Sculptures
Sunday, October 1 - Kinetic Sculptures
Saturday, October 7 - 3D Printing and Design
Sunday, October 8 - 3D Printing and Design
Saturday, October 14 - Scratch
Sunday, October 15 - Scratch (Please note adjusted hours 12-2)
Saturday, October 21 - Chain Reaction
Sunday, October 22 - Chain Reaction
Saturday, October 28 - Kinetic Sculptures
Sunday, October 29 - Kinetic Sculptures (Please note adjusted hours 12-2)
Saturday, November 4 - CLOSED for Girls Day
Sunday, November 5 - 3D Printing and Design (Please note adjusted hours 12-2)
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.