Exhibit

Engineering Design Workshop, Powered by MathWorks

Engineering is for everyone!

Our new hands-on engineering and computer science exhibition lets you immerse yourself in the many ways engineers use creativity and iteration to solve problems and create solutions.

The star of this Blue Wing exhibit is our newly expanded, staffed Design Challenges Hub. The engineering design process is front and center as you create, test, and improve your own designs. Self-guided interactive stations in our Engineering Design Labs invite you to design, build, and test your own solutions to fun engineering and computer science challenges like Sift & Sort and Dive & Splash.

Budding engineers can practice developing their core skills in two young learner zones. Fast forward and our Engineering Stories vignettes show how people from a wide range of fields use engineering to address complex problems.

This newest Museum experience blends the creativity of hands-on engineering with state-of-the-art tools and data analysis delivered by MATLAB, the flagship product of MathWorks. For more than twenty years, MathWorks has partnered with the Museum to demonstrate the power of STEM to solve problems and make the world a better place.

Our new hands-on engineering and computer science exhibition lets you immerse yourself in the many ways engineers use creativity and iteration to solve problems and create solutions.

The star of this Blue Wing exhibit is our newly expanded, staffed Design Challenges Hub. The engineering design process is front and center as you create, test, and improve your own designs. Self-guided interactive stations in our Engineering Design Labs invite you to design, build, and test your own solutions to fun engineering and computer science challenges like Sift & Sort and Dive & Splash.

Budding engineers can practice developing their core skills in two young learner zones. Fast forward and our Engineering Stories vignettes show how people from a wide range of fields use engineering to address complex problems.

This newest Museum experience blends the creativity of hands-on engineering with state-of-the-art tools and data analysis delivered by MATLAB, the flagship product of MathWorks. For more than twenty years, MathWorks has partnered with the Museum to demonstrate the power of STEM to solve problems and make the world a better place.

Ticketing

Entry to Engineering Design Workshop exhibition is included in Exhibit Halls admission.

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Member Benefits

Free Exhibit Halls Entry

General Information

  • Blue Wing, Level 1, Museum Map

  • Grades Pre-K – 12 and adults

Point and Click Item 1
“Tidelines” by Hypersonic is a field of translucent expanding elements that will activate the ceiling. This artwork was created through —you guessed it! — engineering.
Point and Click Item 2
Participate in your favorite Design Challenges like Echo Base Bobsleds, Create-a-Claw, Ships Ahoy, and Mission: Mars!
Point and Click Item 3
Using your computational skills, collaborate with others at the Program & Collect stations to sort gems and fill the gem hopper. A special surprise awaits!
Point and Click Item 4
Try Sift & Sort and design, build, and test a sorting machine that will collect balls based on their different properties.

Plan & Predict

One of two areas for the youngest learners, this experience is just what it sounds like! In one activity, the operator places a ball on a chute then turns a device. Does the ball go left or does it go right? Will they choose the same way next time? In another, the operator must determine which size balls can make it through to the end of a tunnel and which risk falling through the gaps. Sightlines make it easy for caregivers to observe several children at once.

Program & Collect

Outfit a programmable hedgehog with baseball cap, tiara, or cat ears, and even change its color. Set a program instructing your hedgehog to collect gems, and then watch it enter a door and emerge as a digital re-creation on screen. Which tools will you use to maneuver obstacles and reveal colored gems? Can you figure out the sequence? If not, observe and try again! Did you know you're using the computational thinking skills of sequencing, loops, and conditionals?

Engineering Stories

Hear how artist, computer scientist, and activist Joy Buolamwini created the Algorithmic Justice League in Engineering is for Everyone, one of several in-exhibit and online videos showing how people use creativity, problem solving, and iterating.

“ My favorite part was watching my son figure out how to use everything and have fun while doing it. I wish this was around when I was a kid. ”

Joe, Concord, MA

Accessibility Information for This Exhibit

  • Staffed Area
  • Closed Captioning

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