MIT Museum Middle & High School Programs
The MIT Museum offers guided gallery tours and workshops geared to students in Grade 6 and above.
GUIDED GALLERY TOURS
Join a Museum educator for a guided tour of the Museum. Tours can be tailored to the interests of any grou,p focusing on topics such as robotics, innovation, history of science and technology, and more. Tours are subject to the availability of tour guides, and are appropriate for students in Grade 6 and above.
Hands-on workshops at the MIT Museum are designed to inspire interest in science, technology and engineering and align with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.
Robotics – Programming Mindstorms (middle and high school)
Explore what makes a robot tick in this introduction to programming robots. Students use the Lego Mindstorms NXT and NXT-G Programming Environment to get robots sensing, thinking, and moving about. This workshop includes a guided tour of the Robots and Beyond gallery and illustrates the development of robotics with examples from MIT research.
Structural Engineering – Why Towers Stand Up and Bridges Don't Fall Down (middle school only)
Find out just how strong a piece of paper can be, bridge distances you'd never think possible, and see the simple geometry at the root of the longest bridges in the world in this active workshop on structural engineering. Students learn how structures stand up and work in teams to design and build bridges using recycled materials. Examples from architecture and engineering developed at MIT deepen students' appreciation of the structures all around us.
DNA Learning Lab: DNA and Proteins (middle and high school)
Within human bodies lies a complex system as elegant and efficient as any factory-protein synthesis from instructions encoded in DNA. In this workshop, students learn about two vital biomolecules: DNA and proteins. Students will explore this fundamental basis of life with LEGO DNA kits, digital models, and guided discussion. 25 students maximum.
DNA Learning Lab: Protein Synthesis (high school only)
Students with a background in molecular biology explore transcription, translation, and protein folding. This workshop, for high school and AP Biology students, uses LEGO kits, digital and physical models, and guided discussion to explore key concepts in molecular biology. 25 students maximum.
Times: earliest 10:00 a.m., latest 3:00 p.m.
Days: Monday through Friday
Workshop/tour fee is $200 for up to 25 students ($4 per additional student up to 30, except for DNA Learning Lab workshops, which are strictly limited to 25 students) and $8.50 per adult (1 chaperone admitted free per 8 students). All groups should make reservations. No reservation, no discounted rate.
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