Idea Hub

Idea Hub

Weekends, noon–4 p.m., Weekdays in July, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 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.  During Massachusetts school summer vacation, the Idea Hub is also open every weekday (except for closures on July 3-4). Session topics for weekdays are unscheduled and are selected on a daily basis. Our weekend schedule is:

Saturday, June 24 - Chain Reaction
Sunday, June 25 - Chain Reaction

Saturday, July 1 - Kinetic Sculptures
Sunday, July 2 - Kinetic Sculptures

Saturday, July 8 - 3D Printing and Design
Sunday, July 9 - Paper Circuits

Saturday, July 15 - Data Sculptures
Sunday, July 16 - Programming with Scratch

Saturday, July 22 - Chain Reaction
Sunday, July 23 - Chain Reaction

Saturday, July 29 - Programming with Scratch
Sunday, July 30 - Kinetic Sculptures

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.