There are several locations on the MIT campus where students can find space and tools to work on creative projects.


START Studio

MIT Building W20-424
Offers a range of tools, from 3D printers to a sewing machine. Open to all MIT students by application.

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MIT Museum Studio

MIT Building 10-150
The MIT Museum Studio offers courses within the Program in Science, Technology, and Society. Generally offered in the Spring semester, STS.035 Exhibiting Science fulfills the HASS-A requirement.

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ACT Dark Room

MIT Building E15-068
The MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) has a darkroom in the basement of E15 in room 068. There is a variety of photographic equipment designed for black and white, 35mm, medium- and large-format film development and print enlargement. The photography lab is only accessible to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in ACT photography classes. Introduction to the Visual Arts (4.301) fullfills the HASS-A requirement.

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Hobby Shop
MIT Building W31-031

The MIT Hobby Shop is a fully equipped wood and metal shop that teaches students the art of thoughtful design. It has been fostering MIT’s spirit of learning by doing for over 70 years by providing tools, training and assistance to all MIT students, faculty, staff and alums interested in turning their ideas into reality.

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Idea Hub
MIT Building N52-213 (MIT Museum)

The MIT Museum’s Idea Hub is a space where the public can learn about the creative technologies that MIT students, faculty, and alumni have developed or are producing. More than 150,000 people visit the MIT Museum annually, making the Idea Hub an ideal place for undergraduate and graduate students to demonstrate innovative projects, user test prototypes with visitors of different demographics, practice public speaking skills, and generally share their creative initiatives with people of all ages.

The Idea Hub is equipped with a range of tools including computers, 3D printers, laser cutter, sewing machine and hand tools.

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Mars Lab
MIT Building E14-151

The Mars Lab is the main ACT workshop and general assembly area. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in ACT classes with a fabrication component for the production of class projects.

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Interform Editing Lab (IEL)
MIT Building E15-095

The IEL is a networked, Macintosh-based computer lab centered around video editing and digital photography. Resources include video editing stations, scanners and small and large format digital printers. Use of the IEL is granted only to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in specific classes offered by the MIT program in Art, Culture and Technology.

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