Plasma Science and Fusion Center Tour (middle school or high school)

Tour: Lab Tour: Plasma Science and Fusion Center. This tour is available for  a maximum of 25 people. Description: This activity is appropriate for children ages 11 and up.   The PSFC is dedicated to teaching science through direct experience, whether it is addressing students, political representatives or the general public. To illustrate scientific and engineering principles, graduate students at the Center have helped create hands-on educational tools, including a plasma demonstration device and an ... Read More

Lego Car Rally (Mechanical Engineering) – 8+

Class: Lego Car Rally ( Mechanical Engineering) - 8+. Hands-on outreach class at the MIT Edgerton Center. We need a Minimum of 12 students and a maximum of 24 for this class. Description: In LEGO Car Rally students are challenged to build cars from LEGO bricks that are tested on a ramp course to see how far they will travel, and on a "Tiltboard" to demonstrate their Center of Gravity. In the activity students are encouraged to: systematically alter variables as they modify their cars, consider trade-offs between ... Read More

Motorized LEGO® Car Rally Gear up, Gear down ( Mechanical Engineering) 10+

Class: Motorized LEGO® Car Rally ( Mechanical Engineering) - For this hands-on outreach class at the MIT Edgerton Center. We need a Minimum of 12 students and a maximum of 24. Description: Motorized LEGO® Car Rally ( Mechanical Engineering) - Pairs of students are challenged to build a slow car using a motorized-LEGO kit. Students begin with a bicycle-building activity which introduces the concepts of gearing down and gear ratios. They utilize this  knowledge to design a car capable of low speeds. The cars are ... Read More

Flashlight Building (Electrical Engineering) Ages 9+

Class: Flashlight Building (Electrical Engineering) 9+ - For this hands-on outreach class at the MIT Edgerton Center. We need a Minimum of 12 students and a maximum of 24. Description: "This activity is appropriate for students ages 9 and up. Any children under the age of 9 who attend will not be allowed to participate in soldering due to its dangerous nature. After inspecting a "real" flashlight, students hypothesize about and draw the electrical connections in the flashlight, and what it means to have an ... Read More

Shape of Life: from helix to chromosome (Biology) Ages 12+

Class: Shape of Life: from helix to chromosome - (Biology) Age 12+ Description: This activity is appropriate for children ages 12 and up. Some previous study of cells, chromosomes and genes is preferable. This hands-on outreach class at the MIT Edgerton Center. We need a Minimum of 12 students and a maximum of 24 for this class. "Shape of Life" begins with an exploration of the structural components of chromosomes, including a discussion of genes and traits. The LEGO® fish is introduced as a model to ... Read More