Welcome to the Sandbox

MIT Sandbox Innovation Fund Program (Sandbox) is an Institute-wide program that will support student-initiated ideas. Sandbox provides all types of student innovators — whether they have a seed of an idea, a nascent technology, a specific startup in mind, or are planning the next moonshot — with tailored educational experiences, mentoring, and up to $25,000 to help qualified students and teams nurture their creative brainstorms.

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Innovation on Showcase

Published in MIT News by Audrey Resutek, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Undergrads present research at the SuperUROP Research Preview.

Innovation is about solving the right problem at the right time, Sophie Vandebroek, Xerox’s chief technology officer, told an audience of students participating in the School of Engineering’s SuperUROP program on Thursday.

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A Mechanical Engineering Rite of Passage at MIT

Published in MIT News by Alissa Mallinson, Mechanical Engineering

Since the 1970s, Department of Mechanical Engineering course 2.007 has introduced undergraduate students to hands-on designing and building.

It's hard to ignore the fact that a worldwide maker movement is well underway. Over the past 10 or so years, community Maker Faires have become all the rage; fabrication shops have popped up around the world for both professionals and hobbyists; and websites, tools, and toys catering to do-it-yourselfers are on the rise.

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How Do Braces Work?

Braces are a lot more barbaric - and awesome - than you might think. But they actually just copy the process that the rest of your bones naturally undergo! Andrea, an MIT Sloan Fellow, explains.

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Megan Smith: It's Mind, Hand ... and Heart

Published in MIT News on June 5, 2015, by David L. Chandler

In Commencement remarks, U.S. CTO stresses the importance of the personal, caring side of MIT.

“One of the very most important things in our school’s history is something that’s not in the motto” — “mens et manus,” or “mind and hand” — Megan Smith ’86, SM ’88, now the chief technology officer of the United States, said today in her Commencement speech at MIT. “It’s heart,” she said.

“What I mean by heart,” Smith said, “is not just love and kindness. I mean wonder and discovery, it’s openness, it’s inclusivity, creativity, passion, obsession, service.”

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Solar Electric Vehicle Team to Participate in 2015 World Solar Challenge

Published in MIT News on May 15, 2015, by Camilla Brinkman, Edgerton Center

MIT team will race 3,000 km across the Australian Outback in October.

An MIT team that boasts some notable alumni — including U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith ’86, SM ’88 and D-Lab founder and lecturer in mechanical engineering Amy Smith ’84, SM ’85 — has its eyes fixed on the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, a 3,000-km race across the Australian Outback that will take place in October.  

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Start6 2015: An innovative boot camp for aspiring student entrepreneurs

MIT students are getting a leg up on the competition thanks to Start6, an innovative boot camp offered during Independent Activities Period (IAP). This intensive workshop teaches students about the nuts and bolts of building a successful company and features panel discussions by entrepreneurs and leaders in the venture capital field.

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2015 RACECAR Course Highlights

RACECAR is an MIT Independent Activities Period (IAP) course focused on demonstrating high-speed vehicle autonomy in real-world environments. Instructors provide student teams with an RC car outfitted with sensors, embedded processing, and basic software infrastructure. During the three-week class, students prototype and test autonomy algorithms leading to a timed race around the basement hallways of MIT.

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