Big: With Eric Rosenbaum



  • May 19, 2014
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  • Offering Format: Public Event
  • Recommended for grade 12 and adults
  • Coolidge Corner Theatre
  • Members, students, and seniors: $9; general admission: $11; purchase online
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    With Eric Rosenbaum, MIT Media Lab doctoral student


When 12-year-old Josh Baskin (David Moscow) asks a carnival wishing machine to make him big, he awakens the next morning to find himself in the body of a 30-year-old man. With the help of his best friend, the newly "grown-up" Josh (Tom Hanks) lands a job at a major toy company. There, his love and knowledge of toys and his ability to predict what kids will like is swiftly noticed by the company’s top executive (Robert Loggia) and he rises in rank. But the more Josh experiences being an adult, the more he longs for the simple joys of childhood. Hanks, who received his first Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance in this beloved comedy classic from director Penny Marshall, is "an absolute delight" (the New York Times).

Guest speaker Eric Rosenbaum thinks we should never stop playing. The MIT researcher/inventor believes we should continue to play right into adulthood. Not only can this improve our learning, he says, but it can also significantly enhance our creativity. Join us before the film as he discusses, and demonstrates, some of the technologies he's developed to amplify our imaginations.

With Science on Screen, the Coolidge Corner Theatre creatively pairs a feature film or documentary with lively presentations by notable figures from the world of science, medicine, and technology. The Science on Screen series is co-presented by the Museum of Science, Boston and supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, with additional support from Gesmer, Updegrove LLP, and Richard Anders.

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About the Speaker

Eric Rosenbaum is a doctoral student at the MIT Media Lab, where he is a member of the Lifelong Kindergarten group in the Lego Learning Lab. He combines his love for music, improvisation, making, and learning to invent new technologies for playful creation. He is the co-inventor with Jay Silver of the MaKey MaKey invention kit. His other projects include Singing Fingers, an iPad app for finger painting with sound; Glowdoodle software for painting with light and sharing your creation; and MelodyMorph, an iPad app for creating your own musical instruments and playable compositions.

Eric holds a Master's degree in technology in education from Harvard University and a Bachelor's degree in psychology.