MIT Museum February Vacation Week Feb Fest

January 13, 2016

MIT Museum February Vacation Week Feb Fest
February 15-20, 2016

How to Build a City in Six Days

Cambridge, MA, January 13, 2016—How to Build a City in Six Days is the theme for Feb Fest at the MIT Museum this year! Massachusetts school vacation week, February 15 - 20th, takes place during the MIT Museum's annual Feb Fest which this year gives visitors six days to learn about what it takes to plan, design and build a community. Come for one day or all six, and learn about new ideas for transportation, green buildings, architecture, and sustainable living. Topping off this exciting week is Mapapalooza on Saturday, February 20th. Explore numerous map-related activities including mapmaking and using maps to discover trends.

New to Feb Fest this year are full-day programs for middle schoolers that include Museum workshops and tours of related MIT labs or buildings, (pre-registration required). Students younger than 11 are encouraged to participate in any of the daily drop-in activities, demonstrations and gallery tours, or just enjoy the Museum's many exhibitions including holograms, kinetic sculptures, and examples of MIT student work.

“Every year, during Massachusetts public schools' February vacation week, the MIT Museum hosts Feb Fest to celebrate National Engineers Week with MIT-specific activities and workshops,” said Brindha Muniappan, MIT Museum Education and Public Programs Director. “This year we're really focusing on middle-school students,” said Muniappan. “While we will have engaging choices for all ages, we've expanded the opportunities for 6-8th graders to include two of our popular workshops each day along with a tour of a connected lab or research center at MIT. We think this will be a wonderful way to learn about science and engineering through this university's lens.”

Below is a list of activities taking place throughout the week. Learn more about Feb Fest.

Monday-Friday, February 15-19, 2016

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Spend one day or the entire week at the MIT Museum exploring topics such as holography, physics and photography, robotics, DNA, and structural engineering. Our educational team will help you think about developments that MIT researchers are making in these subjects. Each day will include two 2-hour Museum workshops, a gallery tour, and an on-campus field trip.

Limited to 20 students per day. Register for workshops through Eventbrite.

Workshop topics:

Tuesday 2/16 Hello Holography + Physics & Photography
Wednesday 2/17 Robotics: Programing Mindstorms + Make to Move
Thursday 2/18 Visualizing Science + DNA and Proteins
Friday 2/19 Structural Engineering + Fish 'n' Ships

Saturday, February 20, 2016

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mapapalooza: an exploration of map-related activities, devices, art and more!

All February vacation week programs are free with Museum admission.

Feb Fest programs are supported by the Marvin C. '51 and Joanne Grossman Fund.


Visitor Information, Workshops for middle-school students

  • Open Daily 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | July and August until 6:00 p.m. | Closed major holidays
  • Adults: $10.00; youth under 18, students, seniors: $5:00;
  • Free admission for MIT card-holders, alumni
  • Free in July & August only, for Cambridge Public Library card holders
  • Located in the Central Square Cultural District

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