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Pi Day videos (2014–2020)

In 2014, we made a video of some bloggers throwing cream pies in each other’s faces to announce when decisions would be released, and making a video to announce Pi Day became an unexpected tradition. You can watch them all in a YouTube playlist here, or in the embedded player below.

MIT: Live the Puzzle (2011)

An award winning short from our homepage!

MIT: The Motion Picture (1992)

While incredibly dated now,01 Though not without a certain comforting character for those of us old enough to remember videotapes. this video was, for its time, a major production. It cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and was produced entirely by a major Madison Avenue marketing firm, and was taken “on the road” across the country to be shown at meetings for prospective students for a decade.

MIT: Progressions (1969)

A long-lost MIT admissions and recruitment vehicle recently discovered in the Museum’s archives. A product of its times, and resonant with ours, it prominently features student and faculty activists protesting the Vietnam War and the nuclear arms race, as well as strong statements by faculty of the need to work ethically in the production of science and technology.

The Social Beaver (1956)

A promotional film for prospective students and visitors to MIT, “The Social Beaver” focused on the community living and range of social and cultural activities that rounded out a student’s life at MIT, from music groups to hobby clubs, the traditional Field Day competitions, and dormitory life. The film was written and directed by MIT alumnus Oscar Henry Horowitz ’22 and features original music played by MIT Concert Band composed by Andrew Kazdin.

Technology (1934) 

The earliest known MIT recruitment video, this silent film was sent in reels across the country to be shown to nostalgic alumni and curious prospective students who wanted to see “Tech.”

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