Public Programs

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

Idea Hub

Idea Hub

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. 

Big Bang Data

Big Data 101

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.

Chain Reaction Contraption Construction Help Sessions

Chain Reaction Contraption Construction Help Sessions

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?

Girls Day

Girls Day

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.

Beers and Gears

Beers and Gears

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.

Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction

FAT Chain Reaction Event

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.

Are We The Enemy?

Are We The Enemy? The Neuroscience of Conflict and Empathy

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.

Science on Saturday

Science on Saturday

2017/18 programming

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

Gyorgy Kepes Bar 1938

Bringing Kepes into Focus

December 6, 2017

How does one interpret another artist’s intention? Hear about the challenges photographer Charles Fendrock faced while printing vintage, never-before-printed negatives from the Estate of György Kepes.

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