Idea Hub

Idea Hub

Weekends, noon–4 p.m.
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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.

App Inventor

Explore MIT’s App Inventor program and develop your own app for a smartphone or tablet.

Chain Reaction

Discover the potential of engineering improvisation as we tinker and create chain reaction contraptions.

Data Sculptures

Build unique physical representations as you explore interesting ways to visualize and tell stories with data.

Kinetic Sculptures

Create a unique moving art piece engineered to move with gears, cams, linkages, and pulleys.

Paper Circuits

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.

Sewn Circuits

Construct a working and wearable circuit using LEDs, batteries, and conductive thread.

Upcoming sessions:

The Idea Hub is open weekends all year.  Our schedule is:

Saturday, October 21 - APOLOGIES, WE'RE CLOSED
Sunday, October 22 - 3D Printing and Design

Saturday, October 28 - Kinetic Sculptures
Sunday, October 29 - Kinetic Sculptures (Please note adjusted hours 12-2)

Saturday, November 4 - CLOSED for Girls Day
Sunday, November 5 - 3D Printing and Design (Please note adjusted hours 12-2)

Saturday, November 11 - Paper Circuits
Sunday, November 12 - 3D Printing

Saturday, November 18 - Chain Reaction
Sunday, November 19 - Chain Reaction

Saturday, November 25 - 3D Printing
Sunday, November 26 - 3D Printing

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.