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Whether jostling closer to the toy building pieces, ogling liquid hair being transformed into holograms, or experimenting with “methane bubble madness,” visitors to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) MIT 2016 Open House activities on April 23 got a quick inside view of new ways to solve society’s most pressing challenges.
MIT’s commemoration of its 1916 move from Boston to Cambridge reaches its zenith on Saturday, May 7, with Moving Day, a daylong series of events for the entire MIT community, including alumni, students, faculty, staff, family, and friends.
Crossing the Charles: A festival parade and competition
On Saturday, around 20,000 visitors were expected to arrive on MIT’s doorstep for a peek “Under the Dome,” in the Institute’s first open house since 2011. Judging from the weather — a stubborn drizzle that dominated much of the morning — those numbers appeared optimistic at first. Instead, they turned out to be more than modest: At the end of the day, as grey skies finally gave way to blue, more than 40,000 people had turned out to see, hear, and play with MIT’s many offerings.
You have probably stared at a blank screen, a white canvas, or an empty stage and felt some mixture of anxiety and exhilaration over the prospect of beginning a new project. Now, imagine if the tabula rasa you face is a 50-acre tract of land along the Charles River, the site of a new campus. “As you think about starting something new, and you have that blank slate, what do you do?” asks Deborah Douglas, director of collections and curator of science and technology at the MIT Museum.
"With its inaugural Together in Service Day — which included volunteer-based events around the campus, region, and world — MIT managed on Tuesday to rally its entire community around a good cause, while strengthening ties with its host city of Cambridge, Massachusetts."