Inventions: 2014 Student Showcase opening May 30, 2014

April 10, 2014

Inventions: 2014 Student Showcase

Cambridge, MA, April 10, 2014—The MIT Museum announces a new permanent exhibition, Inventions: 2014 Student Showcase, on view beginning May 29, 2014. This exhibition features a range of creative inventions by MIT graduate and undergraduate students, all of which were created for courses, clubs or just for the fun of it. Chosen from submissions from a variety of MIT departments and labs, these projects exemplify MIT's legendary values of creativity, ingenuity and practical problem solving.

Eleven inventions will be on display, in addition to a linked exhibition of kinetic sculptures created by students for a class taught by MIT Museum director, John Durant, with MIT Museum staff members Allan Doyle and Seth Riskin.

For inspiration some students looked to nature—visitors will find a tree which rustles and emits sounds of nature, or they might become engaged by the story of an architecture student with a Ph.D. in music composition, and learn about the intersection of music and the built environment. For some inspiration from childhood was tapped—it was a love of gardening with her mother that led Jennifer Broutin Farah to develop SproutsIO, now in its start-up phase as a business in Cambridge. Intended to encourage indoor gardening for an increasingly urban world, the no-soil growing environment shows visitors how one idea can lead to another—and then lead to potential commercial applications that solve real-world problems.

“Learning about current research in so many different fields has been fascinating,” says MIT Museum director of exhibitions, Alexander Goldowsky. “We've had a lot of fun meeting students, and can't wait to let visitors see and try out some of their great ideas.” From the SproutsIO smart-phone application to air quality sensors, to an interface that converts everyday objects into musical instruments, Inventions: 2014 Student Showcase covers a range of participatory concepts that shines a light into our future.

Inventions: 2014 Student Showcase is a collaboration between the MIT Museum and the MIT Museum Studio, and is supported by the Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT), the Center for Arts, Science & Technology (CAST), and the Friends and Patrons of the MIT Museum. Susan Timberlake is the exhibition developer.

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