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05/11/2020

A little Arthur Ganson magic to remind us to Stay Cool and Stay Inside.

Credit line: Video: Machine with Chinese Fan. Courtesy Arthur Ganson
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#mitmuseum #kineticsculpture #engineering #arthurganson #movingparts #museumfromhome

When signs and screens scream out to us from every direction, how can a poster break through the noise? In the 1960s-80s...
05/10/2020

When signs and screens scream out to us from every direction, how can a poster break through the noise? In the 1960s-80s, a group at #MIT embraced a bold, modern style that stood out with geometric shapes, carefully chosen colors, and clever use of negative space. Not to mention a sense of humor! The museum has an important collection of these posters, some of which are on display in our MIT Moderns exhibition http://mitmuseum.mit.edu/mit-moderns

In our next MiniMake activity, design your own poster inspired by the MIT style and share it with us using #MITMuseumMiniMake. We can't wait to see your designs.

05/10/2020
Professor Mom

Happy Mother's Day! Here is a story of one inspiring mother and MIT professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Desiree Plata juggles keeping her “lab family” running remotely while caring for her three children, ages 6, 4, and 3 months. 👏 #HappyMothersDay2020 http://ow.ly/xkKN50zBH0i

Desiree Plata, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, juggles science projects with her children at home, while leading PhD-level scienc...

When signs and screens scream out to us from every direction, how can a poster break through the noise? In the 1960s-80s...
05/08/2020

When signs and screens scream out to us from every direction, how can a poster break through the noise? In the 1960s-80s, a group at #MIT embraced a bold, modern style that stood out with geometric shapes, carefully chosen colors, and clever use of negative space. Not to mention a sense of humor! The museum has an important collection of these posters, some of which are on display in our MIT Moderns exhibition (mitmuseum.mit.edu/mit-moderns​).

In our next MiniMake activity, design your own poster inspired by the MIT style and share it with us using #MITMuseumMiniMake. We can't wait to see your designs.

05/04/2020

A little Ganson magic to remind us that "dreams have not been cancelled." Have a good week.

Video: The Dream. Courtesy Arthur Ganson
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#mitmuseum #kineticsculpture #motivationmonday #aroundmit

Architects need to consider practical functions, but the most interesting designs express meaning through materials, pat...
04/30/2020

Architects need to consider practical functions, but the most interesting designs express meaning through materials, patterns, colors, scale and shapes. Nowhere is this more obvious than on the MIT campus.

For our next MiniMake, create your own meaningful architectural design or reinterpret an existing building by sketching or modeling. Then share it using #MITMuseumMiniMake.

"The team of moderators who spearheaded the project from its beginnings are already in talks with the MIT Museum about p...
04/29/2020
MIT Out-MITs Itself; Builds Full Scale Campus Replica on Minecraft

"The team of moderators who spearheaded the project from its beginnings are already in talks with the MIT Museum about preserving and displaying the virtual campus as an artifact.” - Boston Magazine

Students were looking for a way to connect in an era of college closures and social distancing.

04/27/2020

Some days I'm Margot's cat. Some days I'm the chair. Have a good week everyone.

Video: Margot's Cat. Courtesy Arthur Ganson.
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#arthurganson #museumfromhome #kineticsculpture #catsofinstagram #mondaymotivation #aroundmit #quarantinelife

Final call to build Kismet a buddy using materials you find around the house. Show us what you come up with by using #Ki...
04/25/2020

Final call to build Kismet a buddy using materials you find around the house. Show us what you come up with by using #KismetsBuddy or tag the MIT Museum. We can't wait to share your creation on our page.

Here are some of our favorites so far!

Thanks to everyone who joined in the fun. Keep an eye out for more #MITMiniMakes.

04/24/2020
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

"I had originally intended this to become something where it became so annoying, people would stop making me come to meetings…but now people invite me to meetings just to see what I'm going to pull off." — Media Lab research scientist Dan Novy"

"I had originally intended this to become something where it became so annoying, people would stop making me come to meetings…but now people invite me to meetings just to see what I'm going to pull off." — Media Lab research scientist Dan Novy

To make requests: https://forms.gle/BcXLRL8y2mgXQDJb7

Note: A recent update to Zoom removed support for Snap Camera, which Dan has been using to create these backgrounds. According to Snap, "Zoom’s engineering team is aware of this issue and we hope Zoom will fix this issue in an update shortly." In the meantime, try using Zoom version: 4.6.8 (19178.0323).

Video: Jimmy Day/MIT Media Lab

Can you help us cheer up Kismet during these lonely days at the museum? Build Kismet a buddy using materials you find at...
04/24/2020

Can you help us cheer up Kismet during these lonely days at the museum? Build Kismet a buddy using materials you find at home. Share your creation by using #KismetsBuddy or tag the MIT Museum

Thanks to those who have already shared their creations of amazing robot buddies.

Learn more about a new project at #MIT to get kids excited about #AI. https://aieducation.mit.edu/#about

Help us help our friend! Kismet, the first socially intelligent robot, is lonely without visitors to the museum. Build K...
04/21/2020

Help us help our friend! Kismet, the first socially intelligent robot, is lonely without visitors to the museum. Build Kismet a buddy using materials you find at home. Share your creation by using #KismetsBuddy or tag the MIT Museum. Need some inspiration? See some example ideas in the photos below.

Learn more about a new project at MIT to get kids excited about AI. https://aieducation.mit.edu/#about

Look forward to seeing the results!

04/20/2020

Arthur Ganson’s elegant Machine with 23 Scraps of Paper. Here's to soaring above these trying times. Be well.

Credit line: Video: Machine with 23 Scraps of Paper. Courtesy Arthur Ganson.
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#mitmuseum #museumfromhome #massachusettsinstituteoftechnology #cambridgema #kineticsculpture

Tom, you birdbrain—I told you the museum would be closed!
04/17/2020

Tom, you birdbrain—I told you the museum would be closed!

See how the #MITMuseum is responding to the #Covid-19 crisis in a letter from our director, John Durant.
04/16/2020
MIT Museum response to COVID-19 | MIT Museum

See how the #MITMuseum is responding to the #Covid-19 crisis in a letter from our director, John Durant.

MIT Museum response to COVID-19 A Letter from John Durant, The Mark R. Epstein (Class of 1963) Director, MIT Museum April 15, 2020 Dear Friends of the MIT Museum, I hope you’re doing well through the COVID-19 crisis. I write to update you on how the MIT Museum is responding to this crisis. Althoug...

04/15/2020
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Dispersed by Covid-19, junior Afeefah Khazi-Syed and senior Jeba Sania remain committed to making the world a better place. Sania, who calls STEM “the closest thing we have to superpowers,” adds: “I can save the world from my living room.”

Video: Lillie paquette/MIT School of Engineering

Robots on the Loose. Day 7. Stocked up and ready to hunker down. Stay safe everyone and hope to see you soon..........#m...
04/14/2020

Robots on the Loose. Day 7. Stocked up and ready to hunker down. Stay safe everyone and hope to see you soon.
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#museumsathome #aroundmit #massachusettsinstituteoftechnology #tolietpaper #quarantinelife #robotsatthemuseum

04/13/2020

A little Arthur Ganson magic to start your week. How many of us are feeling like a wishbone these days?

Video: Machine with Wishbone. Courtesy Arthur Ganson.

Robots on the Loose. Day 6. Back home after a little shopping in the store..........#museumsfromhome #aroundmit #thisism...
04/13/2020

Robots on the Loose. Day 6. Back home after a little shopping in the store.
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#museumsfromhome #aroundmit #thisismit #robot #massachusettsinstituteoftechnology

Robots on the Loose. Day 5. Looks like they’re running the #robotics workshop in the Idea Hub..........#museumsfromhome ...
04/12/2020

Robots on the Loose. Day 5. Looks like they’re running the #robotics workshop in the Idea Hub.
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#museumsfromhome #ideahub #massachusettsinstituteoftechnology #aroundmit #cambridgema

Robots on the Loose. Day 4. Cog’s taking advantage of some downtime to read up on Harold Edgerton.........#museumsathome...
04/11/2020

Robots on the Loose. Day 4. Cog’s taking advantage of some downtime to read up on Harold Edgerton.
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#museumsathome #robot #edgerton #photooftheday #photography #mitmuseum #thisismit

Robots on the Loose. Day 3. “I’ll show you lighter, faster, stronger!”......#museumsfromhome #hartnauticalcollection #ex...
04/10/2020

Robots on the Loose. Day 3. “I’ll show you lighter, faster, stronger!”
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#museumsfromhome #hartnauticalcollection #exhibitions #robotsatthemuseum #cambridgema #aroundmit #mitpics

Robots on the Loose. Day 2. Looks like someone’s been messing with the Polaroid exhibition. Kismet??!!......#museumsfrom...
04/09/2020

Robots on the Loose. Day 2. Looks like someone’s been messing with the Polaroid exhibition. Kismet??!!
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#museumsfromhome #robots #polaroid #polaroidproject #exhibition #quarantinelife #mitpics #massachusettsinstituteoftechnology #socialdistancing #instax #cambridgema #robotsatthemuseum #robotsofinstagram

Get curious! Share your #CuriousSidewalk drawing and question with Cambridge Science Festival.
04/07/2020

Get curious! Share your #CuriousSidewalk drawing and question with Cambridge Science Festival.

Curiosity is at the root of scientific exploration.

Each year, Cambridge Science Festival hosts the Curiosity Challenge, where 4,000+ students across the state (and beyond) express what they are curious about.

Now we are taking it to the streets (um, rather....sidewalks) of YOUR neighborhood!

Inspire your neighbors when they are out for a walk and peak their own curiosity.

What are your kids curious about?

Encourage them ask a question and do a chalk drawing to express their curiosity....during this very curious time in our community.

Please share them here, or on Twitter and Instagram #CuriousSidewalk @cambSciFest

Get inspired by the 2019 winners!: https://www.cambridgesciencefestival.org/curiosity-challenge-2020/

04/06/2020

A little @arthurganson magic to get your week started on the right note. 🎻🎼

🎥: My little violin, 2009 by Arthur Ganson

#arthurganson #kineticsculpture #sculpture #happymonday #museumsfromhome #engineeringart #engineering #violin #mylittleviolin

Art Collection | "Paint in verbs, not in nouns," Charles H. Woodbury advised his students. Woodbury entered MIT in 1882 ...
04/03/2020

Art Collection | "Paint in verbs, not in nouns," Charles H. Woodbury advised his students. Woodbury entered MIT in 1882 as a student in Course 2, Mechanical Engineering. While carrying the heavy academic load that MIT required (eight courses in his first semester alone), he continued his lifelong engagement with painting and drawing.

After graduation, Woodbury continued his professional career as an artist and teacher, calling upon in both his work and teaching the keen skills of observation required by his engineering studies. Woodbury's scientific understanding of wave motion can clearly be seen in The Blue Wave.

In this painting he creates movement and energy in the swelling wave and swirling sky.

🎨: The Blue Wave (1902), Charles H. Woodbury

Technology Collection | Although the technology is now over 50 years old, lasers are still cutting-edge. In the 1950s, C...
04/01/2020

Technology Collection | Although the technology is now over 50 years old, lasers are still cutting-edge. In the 1950s, Charles Townes invented the maser (built by James Gordon and Herbert Zeiger), a device that produced coherent microwave radiation beams and for which he received the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics.

📷Carbon Dioxide Laser. Michael Cardinali, photographer.

#mitmuseumcollection #mithistory #Technology #lasertexhnology #vintagetexhnology #CarbonDioxide

Photography Collection | Considered one of the most important photographs of all time, Harold Edgerton saw this particul...
03/30/2020

Photography Collection | Considered one of the most important photographs of all time, Harold Edgerton saw this particular image (taken Jan 10, 1957) as just one of many in his life-long quests for the perfect coronet.

His son explained, “My father's contribution was his development of the electronic flash technology so that it had enough intensity for color photography and still have a short enough exposure time to have a crisp image of the moving milk droplets. He also devised the triggering scheme and delay used to capture this critical moment in the evolving shape of the splash."

📷 Milk Drop Coronet. Harold E. Edgerton, photographer. Copyright 2010 MIT.
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#mitmuseumcollection #photography #edgerton #iconicphotos #highspeedflash #technology

Nautical Collection | A brightly colored map of Iceland from the Italian, 1608/1612 edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (...
03/27/2020

Nautical Collection | A brightly colored map of Iceland from the Italian, 1608/1612 edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theater of the World) published in Antwerp in a 300 copy print run. Note the fantastic collection of monsters illustrated in the sea surrounding the island, and the eruption of the volcano Mt. Hekla.

"Islandia", Engraving, 1608.

#mitmuseumcollection #nauticalmap #maps

Science Collection | Any guess what this might be used for?It is an aerodynamic wind tunnel balance, designed by Leonard...
03/24/2020

Science Collection | Any guess what this might be used for?

It is an aerodynamic wind tunnel balance, designed by Leonard Bairstow in 1912. Balances come in many different forms and can measure aerodynamic loads during wind tunnel tests. This model is a pyramidal balance used for measuring forces and torques.

In 1913, Jerome Hunsaker was determined to build a basic atmospheric wind tunnel, modeled after the European ones he visited. That same year, Hunsaker’s assistant, Edward Warner and student Donald Douglas suceeded, MIT's first wind tunnel was installed, and the Cambridge Scientific balance was put to work.

MIT was the first university in the United States to offer a graduate degree in aeronautical engineering in 1914.

📷 : "Aerodynamic Wind Tunnel Balance", Balance, 1914. Gift of MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

From our Polaroid Collection | Polaroid's Model 95 debuted in 1948 the day after Thanksgiving at Boston's Jordan Marsh d...
03/24/2020

From our Polaroid Collection | Polaroid's Model 95 debuted in 1948 the day after Thanksgiving at Boston's Jordan Marsh department store. The supply of 56 cameras (expected to last until Christmas) sold out within hours. #PolaroidCamera

📷 : "Model 95 Camera" (1948), Deborah Douglas, photographer

03/19/2020
www.amazingeducationalresources.com

Home with the kids and looking for learning experiences? We came across this comprehensive list of activities that should keep them busy. We’ll continue to share ideas, including #MIT-STEM based suggestions. Stay well!
#EducationalResources

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