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Everything you need to know about the MIT Museum’s Feb Fest

If you’re looking for something fun and educational to do with your kids during February Vacation Week, look no further! The MIT Museum is hosting their annual Feb Fest -- offering daily hands-on activities in celebration of National Engineer Week.

WHAT

Every year, the MIT Museum celebrates National Engineers Week during February vacation. Come participate in a series of activities and workshops based around this year’s theme – Assembly Required. Participants will learn how to construct contraptions, explore electronics and learn how to utilize biology and microfluidics as well as build their own motion driven device.

Beginning on Monday, students can stop in and construct a chain reaction contraption at How to Build a Better Mouse Trap. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, workshops will be held on Tuesday-Friday.

Take a look at some of the most anticipated workshops: 

Physical and Virtual Chain Reactions – Tuesday, February 21st

Using Scratch and LEGO WeDo, students will build both physical and virtual chain reactions. Participants will develop their block computer programming skills and integrate sensors into their apparatuses, integrating the virtual and physical worlds.

Illuminated Stories with Paper Circuits – Wednesday, February 22nd

Interested in story-telling? Take part in this project-based story-Telling workshop for electrical engineers! Students will have the opportunity to understand how circuits work and they will light up their own illustrations in a three-dimensional diorama.

Showcases Tue-Sat (10am-12pm)

Tuesday – Check out the world of electronics through the Complete the Circuit.

Wednesday – Explore biological and medical making with the Medical Making showcase.

Thursday – Cardboard and wood can go a long way, find out how with the Materials Included showcase.

Friday – All Systems Go when you get involved with this showcase! Learn how to build bigger, better and faster.

Saturday – From 1-4PM, enjoy the FAB Fest and get acquainted with makers and builders from Boston.

Idea Hub Activities

Visitors can attend these one-of-a-kind events in 20-minute intervals, Tuesday through Friday.

Tuesday & Wednesday – Kinetic Sculptures

Thursday & Friday – 3D Design & Printing

Guided Tours

Teens and adults are welcome to participate in the guided tours but keep in mind, tours are limited to 25 participants. Purchase tickets one half-hour before the tour; first come, first serve!

Tuesday – Robotics with Debbie Douglas

Wednesday – Projects & Prototypes with Anne Neumanm

Thursday – Images of Discovery with Gary Van Zante

Friday – Gestural Engineering with John Durant

WHO

Hosted by the MIT Museum, FebFest holds workshops which are recommended for Middle School students. Register online before the deadline on February 14th.

WHERE

Located at the MIT Museum in Central Square, those of you driving are welcome to park at the parking garages close to the museum. Public transportation might be your best bet as the Red Line will drop you off at Central Square, leaving you with a quick 10-15 minute walk from the station. The 1 Bus from Boston is also a great option! If you’re coming in from Boston, get off at the Mass Ave @ Albany St. stop.

WHEN

Feb Fest will take place on Tuesday, February 21st  through Friday, February 24th from 9:30a-3:30p.


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