2015 Festival Events Tuesday, April 21 Check regularly for event updates

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  • Signature Event
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    SciEx: Extreme Science Original Video Contest
    MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

    Ever seen a short science video as exciting as an extreme sports video? Now’s your chance! Join MIT graduate students and choose your favorite original extreme science video. Popcorn included!

    Cost: Free
  • Events
  • 9:30am -11:30am
    Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool Science Rocks Open House
    Bright Horizons, 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge

    Come celebrate Earth Day with our friends from MIT at our One Kendall Square location. Bring your little scientist to any one of our local opens houses to experience the Bright Horizons Science Rocks curriculum in action! Science Rocks stimulates a child’s sense of wonder by encouraging children to question, experiment, observe, record, describe, and form conclusions.

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    Cost: Free
  • 9:30am - 12:30pm
    Serve & Grow with The Food Project
    The Food Project's West Cottage Farm, 40 West Cottage Street, Dorchester, MA

    Come out to our urban Boston farm for a morning of farming and learning about food justice. In addition to working on the land, Serve & Grow offers a short activity and presentation on the problems facing today's food system and how The Food Project is working to increase food access. Get your hands dirty, learn about where your food comes from, and have fun!

    The Food Project
    Cost: $10 suggested donation, please register at http://thefoodproject.org/volunteer-registration
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Flower Watch: Become a Citizen Scientist with the Appalachian Mountain Club
    Rocky Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, Groton

    Learn how your family's trailside observations of flowering plants contribute to long-term scientific study of weather patterns. Take a find-the-flowers hike with us and learn to identify different stages of flowering plants and report your data to AMC scientists. Note: Wear layers and closed-toe shoes. Bring a snack and water. Not suitable for strollers.

    Appalachian Mountain Club
    Cost: Free. Please email fsalter@outdoors.org to sign up!
  • 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Play Day at the MIT Museum
    MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

    Play around with games and more from the MIT Game Lab, Education Arcade, Learning Games Network, EyeWire and others. Featured demonstrations and hands-on activities are designed especially for teens.

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    Cost: Free with Museum admission
  • 11:00am - 1:00pm & 2:00pm-4:00pm (Two Sessions)
    Gaming the Virtual World Presented by the Education Arcade
    MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

    Making computer games is hard but super fun, whether you are an expert gamer or don't play games at all! This is your chance to be an artist, sound designer, programmer, and storyteller. Bring a parent/guardian to this workshop to learn how to build a game together using StarLogo Nova, an online tool that lets you create and share 3D games. Creativity is more important than past programming experience for this course. Note: Two student maximum with each adult. Ages 8+.

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    Cost: $10 per participant, includes Museum admission. Pre-registration and advance payment required online at: http://bit.ly/CSF2014
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Digital Movie Madness
    Microsoft Store, Shops at Prudential, 800 Boylston St., Boston

    Unleash creativity and take on the world of movie making! Students will learn to make a movie from beginning to end. They can be an actor, producer, director, animator, and designer. They will create a story, write a script, cast characters, then action! Film the movie or play one of its characters. Then edit, add music, transitions and credits. Get ready to share your masterpiece and impress your family and friends.
    Note: Limited to first 15 students, best for ages 8-14

    Cost: Free, pre-register at csfmicrosoft.eventbrite.com
  • 1:30pm - 3:30pm
    Biotechnology and Compliance Laboratory Tours and Open House
    Biotechnology and Compliance Laboratory, Saville Hall, 24 Saville Avenue, Quincy College, Quincy

    Wondering about an entry-level career in Massachusetts' booming biomanufacturing industry, but don't know where to start? Get an insider's view of Quincy College's new $3 million state-of-the-art Biotechnology and Compliance Laboratory from Bruce Van Dyke, Chair of Biotechnology & Compliance, and see demos of cutting edge technology.

    Biotechnology and Compliance Program
    Cost: Free
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Science from Scientists' Science Theater
    Whitehead Institute, 9 Cambridge Center, Cambridge

    Science from Scientists' Science Theater troupe will present astounding chemical reactions, remarkable feats of physics, and amazing demonstrations of the properties and mechanics that make science, technology, and life itself possible. Visit sciencefromscientists.org to read more about our award winning not-for-profit educational programming, developed by professional scientists and honed in classrooms across Massachusetts for more than a decade.

    Science from Scientists
    Cost: Free
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Climate Change and the Outdoors
    Appalachian Mountain Club Cabot Auditorium, 5 Joy St., Boston

    Climate change affects our favorite outdoor places. Come learn about what climate change is, how it affects the outdoors, and what we can do - every day - to make a difference.

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    Cost: Free
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    MIT Museum Revealed: Photography
    MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

    Explore the history of photography in our newest photography exhibition, Daguerre’s American Legacy, and learn how this early form of photography impacted Americans in all walks of life with Gary Van Zante, Curator of Architecture & Design. Note: Limited to 25 participants - teens and adults only.  Tickets available one half-hour before tour start on a first-come, first-served basis

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    Cost: Free with Museum admission
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sustainability in Cambridge: A Conversation
    Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th Floor, One Broadway

    The City of Cambridge is partnering with dozens of groups currently to create a sustainable community. We want to start the conversation of what we're doing and bring in members of the Cambridge community to help us succeed! A few quick potential topics for discussion include the Community Compact for a Sustainable Future, the Kendall Square EcoDistrict, Waste Reduction Options, the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment project, and the Net Zero Taskforce. Come and help us build a sustainable future.
    Please note: This is not the Sustainability unConference, which is taking place at District Hall in Boston. We would love for you to come and talk with us about Cambridge-specific sustainability initiatives, and then to go visit Venture Café at District Hall for a more regional conversation. Happy Earth Day!

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    Cost: Free
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
    Vernal Pool
    Mass Audubon's Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, Belmont

    What is wet, full of life, found in the woods, can be noisy, and usually lasts for only a few months? It’s a vernal pool. Before there were so many buildings, roads, and people, vernal pools were abundant and easy to find - now you have to look. Come visit one of these temporary pools. Find out how they support the specialized lifecycle needs of several species. This event takes place rain or shine; dress for the weather and expect to be outside. Meet at the log circle near the parking lot. Note: Waterproof boots are recommended. Children of all ages welcome, accompanied by an adult. 

    Mass Audubon Habitat
    Cost: Free
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
    Vijay Iyer: Embodied Cognition in Music
    Café 939, 939 Boylston St., Boston

    The idea of embodied cognition comes from the experience of processing sensory information. Vijay Iyer, who holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science of Music from U.C. Berkley was one of several people who brought together the idea of music as a physical experience, so that music is not viewed as an abstraction but as action, as something that we do and that we hear other people doing. Iyer is the recipient of a MacArthur "genius" grant for his interrelated work.  Presented as part of Berklee's Jazz Composition Symposium.

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    Cost: Free
  • 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sustainability unConference
    District Hall, 75 Northern Ave., South Boston

    Are you knowledgeable about some aspect of sustainability? Are you passionate about changing the path we're on as a society? Are you excited to see what can come out of a gathering of Boston's change-makers? The Sustainability unConference is a conference where the attendees make it all happen and decide what to discuss. Reserve your spot now at: http://bit.ly/vc-suncon14!

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    Cost: Free
  • 5:30pm - 7:00pm
    Heart of the Matter: Innovation in Cardiovascular Science
    Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Bornstein Amphitheater, 45 Francis St., Boston

    Join us at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to learn from some of the top experts in the field of cardiovascular health and science. Scientists will discuss topic areas such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease. A networking reception will be held prior to the discussion from 5:30-6 PM in the Cabot Atrium. Presentations will be from 6-7 PM in the Bornstein Amphitheater. Please check bwhresearch.org/csf/ for more details on speakers and the program.

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    Cost: Free, pre-registration required at http://bwhresearch.org/events/csf/
  • 5:45pm - 8:00pm
    Drink Locally - Think Globally!
    Appalachian Mountain Club, 5 Joy Street, Boston, MA 02108

    Reduce your carbon footprint - drink local beer! Sample beers from Wormtown Brewing, which sources most ingredients within 100 miles of the brewery! Join the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) for a fun filled evening involving craft beer and climate change. Have a taste while learning from local brewer Ben Roesch from Wormtown Brewing in Worcester about how using local ingredients and supporting local farms reduces the carbon miles for each beer.

    Appalachian Mountain Club
    Cost: $10, buy tickets at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/540375
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Scientists Who Make Art | Dan Jay and Wally Gilbert
    Broad Institute, 7 Cambridge Center, Cambridge

    Scientists/artists Wally Gilbert and Dan Jay will discuss how they each approach their art and the role their respective scientific experiences has on the creative process. Gilbert was initially trained in physics but is best known for his seminal contributions to molecular biology. Gilbert's primary art medium is computer-manipulated photography. Jay is a cell biologist and his early training was in chemistry. Jay's medium is drawing. Together they will explore how science informs their “experiments” in making captivating images.

    Catalyst Conversations
    Cost: FREE
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Reduce Food Waste & Compost Workshop
    Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th Floor, One Broadway

    Learn your options to compost food scraps, and ways to reduce food waste. Cambridge's Recycling Director, Ms. Randi Mail will review best practices for outdoor composting, indoor composting with worms, and options for drop-off and bicycle pickup. Recycling food scraps and making soil is extremely rewarding, benefits your garden and house plants and helps to curb climate change! Reducing food waste is also incredibly important considering that Americans waste more than 40% of the food we produce for consumption. That comes at an annual cost of more than $100 billion. For more info on composting, click here. To RSVP for this workshop email recycle@cambridgema.gov.

    Cost: Free
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Transformative Collaboration in STEM Education
    Microsoft NERD Center, 1 Memorial Dr #1, Cambridge

    Collaboration is the key to bringing all students - including minority, female, and low-income youth - opportunities that will prepare the next generation of STEM professionals. This program will discuss how childcare centers, K-12 schools, afterschool programs, universities, businesses, government offices, and community members can partner to inspire and support future scientists, innovators, designers and leaders. See students present examples of their STEM work, followed a panel discussion sharing research and best practices of collaboration.

    East End House
    Cost: Free
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm
    The Balance of Nature: Ecology's Enduring Myth
    Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA

    The idea of a balance of nature has been a dominant part of Western philosophy since before Aristotle, and it persists in the public imagination today. John Kricher demonstrates that nature is not in balance, nor has it ever been at any stage in Earth's history. Come learn how and why this notion of a natural world in balance has endured for so long, and why, in these times of extraordinary human influence on Earth's ecosystems, it is critical that we understand that nature is constantly in flux and naturally out of balance.

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    Cost: Free to Arboretum members and students, $10 general (Students: call 617-384-5277 to register for free.) Register online at: http://bit.ly/BalanceNature
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm
    Alternative Careers in Science: a Speed Networking Event
    Hiebert Lounge, BU School of Medicine, Instructional Bldg., 72 East Concord Street, Boston

    Have you been thinking of a career change? This event is for the scientific community, from undergrads to early career levels, who are interested in exploring diverse career options in science. Interact with 10-15 experienced individuals who will give insight into their chosen professions. The event will be like speed-networking, with participants switching tables every 15 minutes for a total of 5 sessions. Please note: this is a networking event and not a career fair.

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    Cost: $20 for AWIS members, $35 for non-members. Find your ticket here
  • 8:00pm - 9:00pm
    Planet MicroJam Ensemble
    Café 939, 939 Boylston St., Boston

    David Fiuczynski's "FLAM! Pan-Asian MicroJam for J Dilla and Olivier Messiaen" is the result of a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship. This composition incorporates microtonal birdsong-based melodies, J Dilla-inspired hip-hop beats and traditional Chinese, Indian and Turkish melodic & rhythmic elements. At the concert, audience members will see various birds on a video screen and hear their birdcalls, then listen as those sounds are interwoven into the music. Presented as part of Berklee's Jazz Composition Symposium.

    Register here
    Cost: Free
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm
    Story Collider
    Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm Street, Somerville

    The Story Collider is a live storytelling show featuring true, personal stories about how science has affected people’s lives. People from all walks of life (not just scientists!) get on stage and share their science stories. If you want a taste of the kinds of stories you’ll hear at this show, please visit storycollider.org.

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    Cost: $12.00

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