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.


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.


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.


Saturdays, 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. 

April 21, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Have you built awe-inspiring chain reactions and delighted your friends? Or, want to challenge your building skills? Then register your team and compete for Chain Reaction glory! Teams will receive a box of materials, building prompt, and have two hours to impre

Spring 2018

Learn from MIT students as they "show and tell" the amazing work they are creating on campus. 

2018 Programming

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


April 12, 6 - 9 p.m.

Join Jason Levine, computational artist and musician, in an exploration of live coded music. Learn about Levine’s process and create your own improvised algorithmic composition during this special, one-time workshop.

April 10, 6 - 8 p.m.

Jason Levine, musician, performer, and computational artist will discuss his path through computer science and music technology to build his vibrant career and artistic practice.

April 14, 7 - 9 p.m.

When museums make their collections assesible, it opens up myriad possibilities to create games, toys, designs, and other creative uses. Come for an evening to talk about and demo museum APIs and collections databases with museum hackers from various institutes around Cambridge and Boston.

April 18, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Autonomous vehicles are coming. Are you ready? Learn how to program a LEGO vehicle to better understand how researchers are programming self-driving cars, and meet MIT’s Leilani Gilpin, who is actively working on the future of transportation. No programming skills needed.

April 15, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Learn about science through board games! Enjoy an evening of science-themed games with your friends and family, and see how your science knowledge stacks up to others.

Featured and Special Events

April 13 - 22, 2018

Every April, as part of this city-wide festival, enjoy performances, learn about cutting-edge research, and meet scientists and engineers of all kinds.