Thermal Selfie: Interactive Urban Heat Sensing Workshop

Thursday, February 02, 2023 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm


In this workshop, participants will explore electronic circuitry, environmental sensor design, and science communication practices to be able to explain their work to the public. The activity has three parts: 

  • An introductory lecture discussing the basics of electronic design, infrared sensing, and firmware development, as well as applications of infrared technologies to urban environmental sensing
  • A hands-on electronics activity working in groups to assemble a thermal selfie station
  • An interactive brainstorming workshop on:
    • How to engage an audience
    • How projects like the thermal selfie fit into the urban heat work
    • Novel methods to use thermal imaging to study cities 

No prior experience is required - all are welcome!

Event Type

IAP (Independent Activities Period)

Events By Interest

IAP (Independent Activities Period), Climate & Sustainability

Events By Audience

MIT Community

Events By School

School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P)


education, hardware, Thermal Sensing, Urban Heat


Department of Urban Studies & Planning
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