Public Programs

Explore the fascinating world of MIT—cutting-edge research, engineering, and innovations—at performances, talks, programs, hands-on workshops, festivals, and more. Learn more about our public programs.

Workshops

Inspire interest in science, technology, engineering, and art in students grades 6–12. Our hands-on workshops include a guided introduction to related museum exhibitions and current research at MIT. Also available for adult and senior groups by request. Learn more about our workshops.

Volunteering

Are you passionate about science, technology, and art? Would you enjoy sharing your enthusiasm with museum visitors of all ages? Join our education and public programs team as a volunteer! Learn more about volunteering.

Weekends

Weekends, noon–4 p.m.

Explore topics in design and engineering with artistic circuits, 3D printing, chain reactions, and a variety of other creative, hands-on activities. 

October 2017

Attention F.A.T. teams! Want help designing your contraption for the Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction Event? Have an idea but not sure how to get started? Looking for feedback on your designs?

2017/18 programming

Science on Saturday is a free, 60-minute presentation with fun demonstrations in which students can volunteer. 

Featured and Special Events

November 4, 2017

In November and March we honor the contributions of women in science and encourage young girls to stay excited about all things STEM.

School Vacation Fun

November 24, 2017

Help build or just observe this massive chain reaction made up of dozens of individual devices designed by teams from all over the country.

21+ Science

November 10, 2017

Grab a friend—and a beer—and enjoy an evening of tinkering and building a Rube Goldberg-esque device. We’ll supply the materials you’ll need to construct your link. Then, at the end of the evening all of the devices will be connected to set off one giant chain reaction.

Evenings

October 24, 2017

Join Sandy Pentland, MIT Professor of Media Arts & Sciences, Director of the MIT Human Dynamics Laboratory, and Co-leader of the World Economic Forum Big Data & Personal Data Initiatives for a discussion on big data. What is it?

November 30, 2017

Join Dr. Emile Bruneau, Research Associate and Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, to explore how human cognitive habits encourage bias, separation, and conflict.

Engage

What's on!

Open daily 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Big Data 101

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Girls Day

Weekends:

Idea Hub