Upcoming Events

Pitch to the Public!
Mondays in April (4, 11, 18, 25), 6-7:30 pm
MIT room 4-237
Sign up at http://tinyurl.com/pitchtothepublic2016

Want to perfect that elevator pitch on your research, learn how to talk to sponsors, or become an awesome TED speaker? Come to “Pitch to the Public”, a series of events on public speaking to a general audience. Everyone who attends at least 2 sessions will be invited to present their research in a public event at the MIT Museum. Dinner provided.

For MIT graduate students only (sorry!). Brought to you by Communicating Science @ MIT and the MIT Graduate Student Council.

Ask a Scientist!
Saturday, April 16, 12-4 pm
Cambridge Public Library

Join Communicating Science @ MIT in our annual “Ask a Scientist!” event at the Cambridge Science Festival. Sign up here by April 1 to get free food and a t-shirt:

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How it works
The Cambridge Science Festival carnival attracts thousands of visitors. We mingle with them and answer questions while exploring machines and demos brought by researchers and companies across the Northeast.

Whatever you are excited about, there will be people eager to hear about it!

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Some highlights from last year
– An inventor brought a wind column machine so we made hovering propellers with kids and explained the physics.

– A German university brought an enormous inflatable model of a cell. But all the explanations were in German and the kids couldn’t understand them, so we talked about the parts of a cell.

– We fired vortices of smoke at each other and discussed fluid dynamics.

Monday, April 18, 1-4 pm
MIT Museum

The MIT Museum’s Mathternoon is an opportunity for the public to explore a variety of math topics in an interactive and hands-on manner. ComMIT is leading activities on mathematical art, magic tricks, geometric constructions, and other topics.

Dimensions of Doctor Who
Saturday, April 23, 7-9:30 pm
MIT Museum

What do you get when you combine the TARDIS, a sonic screwdriver, and local scientists? An evening dedicated to exploring the science of Doctor Who! Hear from researchers who will share how their work is bringing our world closer to that of the Doctor’s. Excellent for Whovians, science fiction fans and science lovers alike.

Brought to you by the MIT Museum and Communicating Science @ MIT. More information here.

Past Events

MoSAIC festival of mathematical art
Friday, Dec 11 @ 10am – 8pm and Saturday, Dec 12 @ 10am – 5pm
MIT Museum
265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Please join us for a celebration of the Mathematics of Science, Art, Industry, and Culture (MoSAIC) on December 11th and 12th in the MIT Museum (265 Mass Ave).
Take advantage of two free days to explore an exhibit of work by nationally acclaimed mathematical artists, participate in interactive workshops and enjoy presentations about the art and culture of math!

A full schedule will be posted soon: http://web.mit.edu/museum/programs/calendar/Math_fest.html

Funded in part by the Council for the Arts at MIT. Hosted in collaboration with the Mathematical Science Research Institute and The Bridges Organization.




Effective Scientific Communication in the Digital Era
Friday, October 9, 3:30-5 pm
MIT room 4-370

This panel discussion will feature insights from communication experts Christie Aschwanden (Fivethirtyeight), Joe Palca (NPR), and Wade Roush (Knight Science Journalism at MIT), on how scientists can best utilize the evolving digital landscape to disseminate their work and reach out to non-scientific audiences. After an initial perspective is provided by each of the panelists, audience members will have the opportunity to engage with the experts through an interactive question and answer session.


Hacking Science Demos
Sunday, September 20, 2-4 PM
MIT Museum (2nd floor classroom)
Open to the public
RSVP at http://scistreethack.eventbrite.com

Create hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) activities and demonstrations for Science on the Street!

Thanks to the MIT Graduate Student Council, ComMIT and SciStreet are hosting a SciStreet Hackathon to bring together students in teams to create interesting and interactive hands-on activities and demonstrations for public audiences on STEAM topics and themes.

The top 5 teams will get $100 in funding to design the hands-on activity or demonstration, and will then be able to present them to the public as part of the SciStreet team.

SciStreet Hackathon

The Science of Sci-Fi
Wednesday, May 13, 7:30-8:30 PM
MIT room 4-231
Open to the public
Dinner (MIT-only) served at 7pm
RSVP at http://signup.mit.edu/scienceofscifi

How plausible are space battles? What might aliens really look like? Could life on an entire planet be powered by undersea vents? Join Communicating Science @ MIT (ComMIT) in a panel discussion with SciFi creators and enthusiasts. Speakers will include:

– Jim Cambias, a science fiction author who has been nominated for the Nebula Award and other prizes. He is also the creator of many role-playing games and a co-founder of Zygote Games.

– Joseph Shoer, an aeronautical engineer and a leading expert on space battles. His analysis of science fiction from a scientific perspective has been featured in Gizmodo and Wired. In his spare time, he also enjoys designing maps of imaginary lands.

– Joshua Newman, a designer with a penchant for aliens and invented languages. He also runs glyphpress, an independent publishing company dedicated to science fiction and games.


Becoming a Science YouTube Sensation: 3 million+ views and counting
Friday, April 24, 4:30 PM
MIT room 32-123 (Stata Center)

Join the GSC Academics, Research, and Careers Committee, Society of Physics Students, and ComMIT for the largest and final event in the alternative careers series! Come hear from a panel of 3 Science communication YouTube stars:

  • Dianna Cowern, creator of Physics Girl
  • Michael Stevens, creator of Vsauce
  • Derek Muller, creator of Veritasium

All attendees will be entered in a raffle for an exclusive dinner with the panelists! Visit our facebook event and sign up today @ http://tinyurl.com/mfxodco!


Monday, April 20, 1-4 PM
MIT Museum

The MIT Museum’s Mathternoon is an opportunity for the public to explore a variety of math topics in an interactive and hands-on manner. ComMIT is leading activities on mathematical art, the Monty Hall problem, Möbius strips, and Euclidean geometry, joining the Origami Club exploring Euler’s formula, Museum volunteers who will discuss slide rules and gear ratios, and Girl’s Angle with a collaborative math puzzle.

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Ask a Scientist!
Saturday, April 18, 12-4 PM
Cambridge Public Library
RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/askascientist2015

Thousands of kids and parents attend the Cambridge Science Festival carnival, looking to find out more about science. We put stickers on our shirts that say “Ask me about __!”, mingle with the crowd, and chat about anything that we find cool. Last year, some people stayed to talk for half an hour, and we got a lot of positive feedback.




Science Through Dance
Wednesday, April 1, 7:30-8:30 PM
MIT room 4-231
Discussion + dinner with dancers and teachers
Open to the public
Dinner (MIT-only) served at 7pm
RSVP at http://signup.mit.edu/sciencedance

Have you ever tried to dance like a nuclear reactor?

We will discuss the idea of learning by moving, how dance is successfully used to illustrate concepts in science, mathematics, and engineering that may be hard to put into words, and the tensions inherent in developing both interesting and scientifically accurate choreography.


  • Emily Benz, president of SHINE Boston, a not-for-profit organization that teaches math and dance to middle school girls
  • Mariah Steele, artistic director of Quicksilver Dance and co-teacher of 12.097: Science, Dance and The Creative Process
  • Hans Rinderknecht, MIT postdoctoral fellow in Plasma Science and Fusion, and winner of the international Dance Your PhD prize in Physics
  • Courtney Peix, artistic director of Contrapose Dance, and choreographer of dances about oceanography at WHOI / MIT



Playing with Science
Thursday, December 11, 4-6 PM
Westgate Apartments

Join us for an afternoon of fun activities and demos. Explore liquid nitrogen while using it to make ice cream, learn about energy conversion with hands-on experiments, build beautiful mathematical sculptures, and lots more! All ages welcome!

ComMIT members spent an exciting afternoon exploring chemistry, math, physics, and engineering with children of MIT families living in Westgate apartments. Among the most popular demonstrations: Building sculptures from marshmallows and toothpicks, sucking a hard-boiled egg inside a bottle using a lit match, and setting a grape on fire inside a microwave.