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 and Friday morning at 11:00 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, 10/29 at 4:00 pm, Register
Friday, 10/30 at 11:00 am, Register

Rubber Band Power: Launchers
Make a rubber-band-powered launcher and test how high and far it can propel small objects.
Thursday, 11/05 at 4:00 pm, Register
Friday, 11/06 at 11:00 am Register 

Chain Reaction: Materials and Motion
Using a variety of materials, build a contraption with interacting moving parts.
Thursday, 11/12 at 4:00 pm, Register
Friday, 11/13 at 11:00 am, Register

Chain Reaction: Creative Connections
Play with ways to make chain reaction connections fun and unique.
Thursday, 11/19 at 4:00 pm, Register
Friday, 11/20 at 11:00 am, Register

Spinning Things
Investigate spinning motion by designing and building tops using everyday materials.
Thursday, 12/03 at 4:00 pm, Register
Friday, 12/04  at 11:00 am, Register

Pop-Up Paper Engineering: Box Folds and Layers
Learn a basic fold to make your artwork spring to life in 3D in greeting cards and dioramas.
Thursday, 12/10 at 4:00 pm, Register
Friday, 12/11 at 11:00 am, 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, 12/17 at 4:00 pm, Register
Friday, 12/18 at 11:00 am, Register

No Virtual Idea Hubs scheduled 12/24, 12/25, 12/31, 01/01. Happy Holidays!