Engineering is at the core of MIT; and this theme offers more than three dozen hands-on activities, demonstrations, and exhibits. You'll stop time in the Edgerton Center's Strobe Alley, learn the materials science of ice cream, hang out with robots, look inside a computer, and see how a steel bridge is constructed.

(All day) The future of humanities educationKid and Family Friendly
10:00am - 11:00am High tech show and tell presentationsKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Self-driving cars and autonomous forkliftsKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Laboratory for Information & Decision Systems: LIDS research presentations
11:00am - 4:00pm Braille Maker 6-dot machine created by product engineering students
11:00am - 4:00pm Battlecode! Artificial intelligence programming competitionKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm What is the Engineering Systems Division (ESD)?Kid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Hands-on activities with cancer researchers
11:00am - 4:00pm See the seasKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Personal tracking made easy
11:00am - 4:00pm Participate in video game researchKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Hobby Shop open house
11:00am - 4:00pm Getting into college: preparations and processKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Celebrating discovery at MIT: an undergraduate research poster sessionKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 2:00pm Infrared camerasKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Terrascope 2013: reducing atmospheric CO2
11:00am - 4:00pm Robotics, optical fibers, and high-definition illuminated picklesKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 12:00pm Flying parrot, unmanned aerial vehiclesKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm OpenKinect symphony conductor — conduct the music of your dreams!Kid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Microsystems in actionKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 2:00pm Speaker and language identificationKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm MIT Portugal program video
11:00am - 4:00pm TALARIS and Exoplanet Sat: how do Draper and MIT engineers get a spacecraft to hop or look at stars in space to discover planets?
11:00am - 4:00pm Wheelchair baskets created by product engineering studentsKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Carbon nanotube displayKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 1:00pm The incredible water bear!
11:00am - 1:00pm Army National Guard and MIT ROTC UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter fly-inKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Confronting the climate change challengeKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Hart Nautical Gallery exhibit
11:00am - 3:00pm Medicine, sustainability, and energy: all about materials science and engineeringKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 1:00pm Digital mapping tools introduced by MIT GIS servicesKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Electric Vehicle TeamKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Student research presentations and demosKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 1:00pm Rhode Island Army National Guard ROTC UH-60 Blackhawk fly-in
11:00am - 4:00pm Technology drop-in and open houseKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm 2011 Residential Life time capsuleKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Student research presentations and demos
11:00am - 4:00pm The materials science of ice creamKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Solar Car TeamKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Bits, electrons, and robotsKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Center for Bits and Atoms Digital Fabrication Facility and Fab Lab network
11:00am - 4:00pm Residential Life information boothKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Self-starters: autonomous vehicles and robotsKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm MIT Electronics Research Society (MITERS) Open HouseKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 3:30pm Fly a SPHERES satelliteKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 12:30pm Invisibility cloaks and more: research in mechanical engineering
11:00am - 4:00pm MIT OpenCourseWare: unlocking knowledge and empowering mindsKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm What is chemical engineering?
11:00am - 4:00pm Molecular secrets of building materials! (Shhh!)
11:00am - 2:00pm Computers that fly robots!Kid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Change the world through media
11:00am - 4:00pm What could a quantum computer do, and how would it work?Kid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Mobile advanced command and control system displayKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Walking on water
11:00am - 4:00pm A showcase of invention as public service at MIT
11:00am - 4:00pm Interactive virtual urban traffic system
11:00am - 4:00pm MIT Sloan presents: action learning poster showKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Supply map & source map
11:00am - 4:00pm Discover mechanical engineering: kids editionKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Robotics demonstrationKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Nuclear science and engineering open houseKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Energy secrets of biofuels and the bodyKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Eye in the sky
11:00am - 4:00pm Cars that won't crash
11:00am - 4:00pm The dawn of MIT: its founding documents and buildings
11:00am - 3:00pm Leaders for Global Operations: MIT's dual MBA and engineering Master's program
11:00am - 4:00pm Exhibits from the MIT Glass Lab, Student Art Association, and the MIT Hobby Shop
11:00am - 4:00pm Magnetic levitating ball and inverted pendulum demonstrationsKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Aviation and the environmentKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 2:00pm Healthcare reborn: a systems engineering game
11:00am - 4:00pm Constructing a steel bridge
11:00am - 4:00pm Cracking up! How rock cracks under stressKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Campus construction: past and future
11:00am - 4:00pm LEGO robots save the universe!Kid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 3:00pm Real-time voice transformationKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 1:30pm Startup showcase
11:00am - 4:00pm Renewable energy, cheap charcoal, rainwater harvesting and water purification in Uganda
11:00am - 4:00pm Plasma Science and Fusion Center
11:00am - 4:00pm MIT Haystack Observatory: seeing the universe through radio eyes
11:00am - 4:00pm Autonomous robotics competitionKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 1:00pm How computers work – "science on Saturday-style" technology demonstration 11am and 1pm.Kid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI)—poster sessionKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Rotch Library of Architecture and Planning
11:00am - 4:00pm Materials science fair
11:00am - 4:00pm Technology through time: 150 years of MIT history at the MIT Libraries' Maihaugen GalleryKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm MIT Electronics Research Society (MITERS) showcaseKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 1:00pm Turning metals into medalsKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Ascending the wallKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Use brain wave sensors in SCRATCHKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Transition: the flying car (or drivable airplane)Kid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm MIT Museum inside outKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Compton Gallery — MIT150 exhibitionKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm MIT motorsports (FSAE)Kid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm MIT AgeLab – life tomorrowKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm MIT150 welcome loungeKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Timeline of MIT engineeringKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Exploring with the lunar reconnaissance orbiterKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Zero robotics competition
11:00am - 12:00pm Fusion research: Alcator C-Mod tour
11:00am - 4:00pm The Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory: where we've been & where we're goingKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Get MIT mobile app for iPhone, AndroidKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 2:00pm Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity open house
11:00am - 4:00pm Build a city with urban plannersKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 1:00pm Glass Lab tours and demonstrationsKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 12:30pm Mens et Manus: learning biomedical product design. "Designing medical devices in a university setting" by Conor Walsh, PhD
11:00am - 2:00pm Aircraft carrier deck operations — action planner demoKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Protect that pillKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm The gravity-defying lapping of a house catKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Experimental vehicles created by mechanical engineering studentsKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Compare, don't scoreKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm Technology-enabled education at MIT: learn how technology advances learning and teaching
11:00am - 3:00pm Usability products.. or not? Mobile phone comparisonKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm GAMBIT game lab open houseKid and Family Friendly
11:00am - 4:00pm How the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program is developing tomorrow's engineering leaders
11:00am - 4:00pm The complex world of hydrophobia
11:10am - 11:30am Mens et Manus: learning biomedical product design. "Single Entry Tunneler (SET) for hemodialysis graft procedures" by Elizabeth Y. Tsai
11:30am - 12:00pm Meet MIT authors! Book signing with Sandy Pentland, author of "Honest Signals: How They Shape Our World"
11:30am - 2:30pm Got gunk on your DNA?Kid and Family Friendly
11:30am - 12:30pm Plasma and pickles
11:30am - 12:00pm The gravity-defying lapping of a house cat: demonstration and Q & A sessionKid and Family Friendly
11:30am - 11:50am Mens et Manus: learning biomedical product design. "Renal cooling device for use in minimally invasive surgery" by Thomas Cervantes
11:50am - 12:10pm Mens et Manus: learning biomedical product design. "Somnus shirt: home sleep monitoring" by Thomas Lipoma, Pablo Bello and Carson Darling
12:00pm - 4:00pm Student clubs & teams open house
12:00pm - 12:45pm IS&T Data Center tourKid and Family Friendly
12:00pm - 12:30pm Meet MIT authors! Book signing with Sanjoy Mahajan, author of "Street-Fighting Mathematics"
12:10pm - 12:30pm Mens et Manus: learning biomedical product design. "Flexural laparoscopic grasper" by Matt Rosario
12:30pm - 1:30pm Living sunlight: how plants bring earth to lifeKid and Family Friendly
1:00pm - 1:30pm Meet MIT authors! Book signing with David Mindell, author of "Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight"
1:00pm - 3:00pm System design and management open houseKid and Family Friendly
1:00pm - 4:00pm Tech Model Railroad Club Open HouseKid and Family Friendly
1:00pm - 4:00pm Stopping time at the Edgerton CenterKid and Family Friendly
1:00pm - 2:30pm Do-It Tours by the Hobby Shop, Edgerton Center Student Shop, and D-LabKid and Family Friendly
1:00pm - 2:30pm 2.007 Robot CompetitionKid and Family Friendly
1:00pm - 4:00pm Fly robotic helicopters at the Aerospace Controls Lab!Kid and Family Friendly
1:00pm - 2:00pm Pasta towersKid and Family Friendly
1:00pm - 3:00pm Media Laboratory project demonstrationsKid and Family Friendly
1:00pm - 3:00pm How students with disabilities successfully navigate a university education
1:00pm - 2:00pm How Computers Work—"Science on Saturday-style" technology demonstration.Kid and Family Friendly
1:00pm - 3:00pm Tackling real-world challenges: ESD PhD poster session
1:00pm - 1:45pm Three "flavors" of magnetism
1:00pm - 3:00pm MIT Public Service CenterKid and Family Friendly
1:00pm - 3:00pm Sea Perch demonstration
1:30pm - 2:30pm Fusion research: Alcator C-Mod tour
2:00pm - 2:30pm Lecture on robotics in mechanical engineering: "Design Inspiration from Nature" by Professor Sangbae Kim
2:00pm - 3:00pm Research and entrepreneurship panel
2:00pm - 2:30pm The gravity-defying lapping of a house cat: demonstration and Q & A sessionKid and Family Friendly
2:00pm - 3:00pm Greek Week Keynote
2:00pm - 4:00pm Blacksmithing at MITKid and Family Friendly
2:00pm - 2:30pm Meet MIT authors! Book signing with Erik Brynjolfsson, author of "Wired for Innovation: How IT is Reshaping the Economy"
2:00pm - 4:00pm Urban planning public lectures
2:00pm - 4:00pm Earth science in the 21st century
2:00pm - 4:00pm Apps 4 academicsKid and Family Friendly
2:25pm - 3:00pm Lecture on robotics in mechanical engineering: "MIT DARPA Urban Challenge Team" by Professor John Leonard
2:30pm - 3:00pm Personal and professional presence on the InterWeb — a seminar
2:30pm - 4:00pm Do-It Tours by the Hobby Shop, Edgerton Center Student Shop, and D-LabKid and Family Friendly
2:45pm - 4:00pm Gender, race, and the complexities of science and technology
2:50pm - 3:15pm Lecture on robotics in mechanical engineering: "The Robo Turtle" by Professor Michael Triantafyllou
3:00pm - 4:00pm Plasma and pickles
3:00pm - 4:00pm High tech show and tell presentationsKid and Family Friendly
3:00pm - 4:00pm Fusion research: Alcator C-Mod tour
3:00pm - 4:00pm Pasta towersKid and Family Friendly
3:15pm - 3:40pm Lecture on robotics in mechanical engineering: "Rehabilitation Robotics: From Bench to Clinical Practice" by Dr. Hermano Igo Krebs
3:40pm - 4:15pm Lecture on robotics in mechanical engineering: "Nuclear Reactor Inspection Robots" by Professor Harry Asada
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