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Virtual Idea Hub: Weekly Interactive Series with MIT Museum

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Dates:Thursday, February 18, 2021 - Thursday, March 25, 2021
Hours:Thursday afternoons at 4:00 over Zoom
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
Category:Science & Technology
Looking for some creative hands-on learning experiences you can do from your kitchen table?

Join the MIT Museum for our new weekly series bringing making and tinkering programs from our Idea Hub makerspace straight to your home.

We’ll be using everyday materials easily found in your home or your local store to build, create, tinker, and engineer. Activities are designed for families with children in grades 4 and up, teachers, and youth group leaders.

We’re offering optional ways to explore certain topics with back-to-back weekly sessions that focus on different techniques. Try the first, then come back for the second and learn new skills. But no worries if you can’t make both. Each session will allow you to create a great project.

We’ll be live every Thursday afternoon at 4:00 over Zoom, being playful with science, engineering, and design, while chatting with friends from the MIT community.

Before the live session begins, click through to the activity web page and have the necessary materials ready, then find a clean workspace where you can build and tinker while viewing the live webinar on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

We will offer Virtual Idea Hub just once weekly on Thursdays at 4:00 pm.

Upcoming Schedule and Topics

Propellers and Pinwheels
Build and test a mini wind turbine, pinwheel, or decorative wind spinner.
Thursday, 2/18 at 4:00 pm, Register Here

Paper Bridges
Learn how to design, build, and test paper bridges using clever techniques.
Thursday, 2/25 at 4:00 pm, Register Here

Balance Toys: Shape and Mass
Explore balance and the distribution of mass to create whimsical sculptures using simple materials.
Thursday, 3/4 at 4:00 pm, Register

Balance Toys: Mobiles
Experiment with center of balance and engineer your own hanging mobile.
Thursday, 3/11 at 4:00 pm, Register Here

Bubble Science
Play with bubbles and bubble films to inspire many questions and experiments.
Thursday, 3/18 at 4:00 pm, Register Here

Board Game Design
Become a game designer and learn about the game-making process as you plan, create, and test your own tabletop activities.
Thursday, 3/25 at 4:00 pm, Register Here

And you’re all invited to join the conversation while we all build together! The sessions will last 20-30 minutes.





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