Virtual Idea Hub


Virtual Idea Hub Making and Tinkering Programs 

Looking for some creative hands-on learning experiences you can do from your kitchen table? Join the MIT Museum for our new weekly series bringing making and tinkering programs from our Idea Hub makerspace straight to your home. We’ll be using everyday materials easily found in your home or your local store to build, create, tinker, and engineer. Activities are designed for families with children in grades 4 and up, teachers, and youth group leaders.

We’re offering optional ways to explore certain topics with back-to-back weekly sessions that focus on different techniques. Try the first, then come back for the second and learn new skills. But no worries if you can’t make both. Each session will allow you to create a great project.

We’ll be live every Thursday afternoon at 4:00 over Zoom, being playful with science, engineering, and design, while chatting with friends from the MIT community. And you’re invited to join the conversation while we all build together! The sessions will last 20-30 minutes.

Before the live session begins, click through to the activity web page and have the necessary materials ready, then find a clean workspace where you can build and tinker while viewing the live webinar on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone.


Upcoming Schedule and Topics

Rubber Band Power: Vehicles
Build a rubber-band-powered vehicle and test how fast and far it can go.
Thursday, 4/29 at 4:00 pm, Register

Rubber Band Power: Launchers
Make a rubber-band-powered launcher and test how high and far it can propel small objects.
Thursday, 5/6 at 4:00 pm, Register

Puppetry with Paper
Use simple materials to create silhouetted landscapes and characters for telling your own unique stories.
Thursday, 5/13 at 4:00 pm, Register

Pop-Up Paper Engineering: Parallel Folds and Layers
Learn a basic fold to make your artwork spring to life in 3D in greeting cards and dioramas. 
Thursday, 5/20 at 4:00 pm, Register

Pop-Up Paper Engineering: V-Folds and Motion
Learn a simple but highly versatile fold to add movement and drama to pop-up creations.
Thursday, 5/27 at 4:00 pm, Register



The MIT Museum aims to make its online programs accessible to as many individuals as possible. Live automatic captions will be provided for all webinars through Zoom. Live closed captioning services (CART) will be provided when requested at least two weeks in advance of a program. Please email to request CART services or suggest other accommodations that would help you fully participate in this program.