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. During Massachusetts school summer vacation, the Idea Hub is also open every weekday (except for closures on July 3-4). Session topics for weekdays are unscheduled and are selected on a daily basis. Our weekend schedule is:
Saturday, June 24 - Chain Reaction
Sunday, June 25 - Chain Reaction
Saturday, July 1 - Kinetic Sculptures
Sunday, July 2 - Kinetic Sculptures
Saturday, July 8 - 3D Printing and Design
Sunday, July 9 - Paper Circuits
Saturday, July 15 - Data Sculptures
Sunday, July 16 - Programming with Scratch
Saturday, July 22 - Chain Reaction
Sunday, July 23 - Chain Reaction
Saturday, July 29 - Programming with Scratch
Sunday, July 30 - Kinetic Sculptures
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.