2015 Festival Events Wednesday, April 22 Check regularly for event updates

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  • Signature Event
  • Across MIT
    MIT Campus, Cambridge

    Take a journey across MIT to discover current research, student projects, collections and more...


    9:30am-10:45am Walking Tour of MIT’s Nuclear Research Reactor
    10:00am-2:00pm Hands-on Sustainable Engineering
    10:00am-2:00pm AeroAstro Open House
    * 16+ activities and tours across MIT!
    10:00am-11:30am, 4:00pm-5:30pm Discover International Development and Design with D-Lab
    11:00am-12:00pm MIT Museum Revealed: Robots and Beyond
    11:00am-12:00pm Tour of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department’s Educational Labs
    11:00am–1:00pm Historic Letterlocking at MIT: the art, technology, and secrecy of letter writing
    11:00am-1:00pm MITERS Open House
    1:00pm–3:00pm Center for Ultracold Atoms - Hands-on Demonstrations and Lab Tours
    1:00pm-3:00pm Beaver Works Open House
    3:00pm-4:00pm MIT Museum Revealed: Robots and Beyond
    3:00pm-4:30pm Bio Flash Mob 3: Immune Cells Fight Cancer  (Postponed to Friday 4/25 11am - Sign up here)
    5:00pm, 6:00pm Solar Car Shop Tour 
    6:00pm-9:00pm Science Trivia Challenge
    6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm Nano-Observatory
    7:00pm-8:30pm You're the Expert


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    Cost: Free
  • Events
  • 9:00am - 5:30pm
    Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool Science Rocks Open Houses
    Bright Horizons Locations
    • Bright Horizons at Landmark will be going back in time to the age of the dinosaur! We invite you to create your own dinosaur fossils. (9am - 11am)
    • Bright Horizons at Beacon Hill will spend the afternoon studying rainbows.  We'll discuss light waves and prisms and conduct experiments with bubbles. We'll show how art and science are related as well! (3pm - 4pm)
    • Bright Horizons at Davis Square invites to you make your own lava lamp and experiment with parachutes (4pm - 5pm)
    • The Whitehead Institute at One Rogers Street learn about the weather, temperature and why and how things rust! (4pm - 5pm)
    • Bright Horizons at Mass Ave will have a current parent from their center who works for the Museum of Science on hand to conduct activities around science, technology, engineering and math. (4:30pm - 5:30pm)

    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
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Cambridge-Boston Bridge Tours
    Starts in front of Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston

    Tour of Boston's bridges along the Fort Point Channel, surface tour of the Central Artery Tunnel along the Rose Kennedy Greenway, and tour of Zakim Bridge & Park given by bridge experts from the Boston Society of Civil Engineers (BSCES). The BSCES runs tours like this all year long for students to help them recognize how their classes relate to the real world an to help them gain appreciation for their infrastructure. Visit www.engineeryourfuture.org for info on the whole outreach program.
    Note: Please wear comfortable shoes!

    Engineer Your Future
    Cost: Free
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm
    Science en Espanol with Pine Village Preschool
    695 West Kendall Street, Cambridge 02142

    Join Pine Village Preschool and enjoy Science through Spanish. Your child will participate in some hands on fun and exciting science activities and leave with a little knowledge, lots of questions and a desire to explore some more!

    Pine Village Preschool
    Cost: Free. Please RSVP to pvpcambridge@yahoo.com
  • 11:00am - 1:00pm and 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Visualizing Science
    MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

    See the world in a new way! Students will use a range of technologies to build observation skills and explore objects from the MIT Museum collections and on-campus research labs, and will also learn how different groups at MIT are using nanotechnology to solve real-world science and engineering problems. This hands-on microscopy workshop includes a brief gallery tour and an introduction to nanoscience research at MIT. Note: Limited to 25 participants per session. Ages 12+

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    Cost: $10 per participant, includes Museum admission. Pre-registration and advance payment are required online at: http://bit.ly/CSF2014
  • 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    ArtScience Open House
    Cloud Place, 647 Boylston St., Boston

    Founded by David Edwards, the Boston ArtScience Prize is an idea- and youth-development program and educational resource center that cultivate creativity and skills in young people from Boston and beyond, equipping them to meet the challenges of our ever-changing world. Come to an Open House to experience how this dynamic program is cultivating creativity by combining the aesthetic and analytical modes of thinking in fun and exciting ways. Bring your dreams!

    Boston ArtScience Prize
    Cost: Free
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Everything You Wanted to Know About Slide Rules
    MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

    Novice and expert slide rule users are welcome for this hands-on exploration of the most important engineering instrument of the twentieth century. We’ll start by learning (or reviewing!) the basic principles of using a slide rule to do calculations, then try out some real-world engineering calculations from projects like famous bridges, buildings, and spaceships. Knowledge of logarithms useful but not required. Note: Limited to 20 participants. Ages 12+

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

    Develop the craft as a future photographer with skills used by pros to take great pictures, change color tone, add special effects, or even change the background. Learn how to fix red-eye, erase t-shirt stains, and organize pictures into a collage or make them into a 3D view for display around the house or refrigerator.
    Note: Limited to first 15 students, best for ages 8-14

    Cost: Free, pre-register at csfmicrosoft.eventbrite.com
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    The Science of Archery
    Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender St, Cambridge

    Want to be the next Katniss, Legolas, or Robin Hood? Come by and try your hand using traditional archery equipment with expert instructors from the Kittery Trading Post and see how an innovative Cambridge start-up’s micro-electronic sensing technology, the Velocitip Ballistic System, is advancing one of humankind's oldest technologies - the bow and arrow.

    Cost: Free, recommended for ages 10+
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Free admission to Harvard Museum of Natural History
    Harvard Museum of Natural History

    See the new and historic exhibits featuring Harvard’s extraordinary natural history collections and research from across the University at Harvard’s most visited museum. Don’t miss the renovated Earth & Planetary Sciences gallery, with exhibits on plate tectonics, arctic exploration and a timeline of Earth's geologic history. Explore the NSF-funded Tree of Life touch table developed at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. See the recently opened Thoreau's Maine Woods: A Journey in Photographs with Scot Miller.

    Harvard Museum of Natural History
    Cost: Free with 2014 CSF booklet or MA resident ID
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Free admission to Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave, Cambridge

    Discover the archaeology of colonial Harvard Yard, and its little-known Indian College as excavated and interpreted by Harvard students and faculty. Wander through towering Maya monuments in the Latin American gallery and explore Lakota (Western Sioux) cosmology through the colorful drawings of 19th-century Lakota warriors.

    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
    Cost: Free with 2014 CSF booklet or MA resident ID
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
    Microtonal Research with Dave Fiuczynski
    Café 939, 939 Boylston St., Boston

    Professor David Fiuczynski – leader of the Screaming Headless Torsos and Director of the Planet MicroJam Institute at Berklee College of Music – will demonstrate the Planet Microjam Concept: "We live in an increasingly connected global village where 75-80% of the world's music is microtonal. At the crossroads of new beats, microtonal harmonies, Eastern melodic inflections, and improvisation concepts, new musical ideas are on the horizon. Planet MicroJam collides sonic aesthetics from our increasingly connected global village to create music that sounds like a Gauguin painting—a raw, powerful, and extremely colorful mix of Eastern and Western elements." Presented as part of Berklee's Jazz Composition Symposium.

    Register here
    Cost: Free
  • 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Open Lab Night at Bridgewater State University
    Conant Science and Mathematics Center, 24 Park Ave., Bridgewater, MA

    Ever wonder what goes on behind the doors in a biology lab? Do you love science and are curious to investigate a chemistry lab? Want to get “blown away” by a wind tunnel? Then you must join us for “Open Lab Night” at Bridgewater State University. You can chat with BSU faculty and students, “hang out” in our labs, and even do a few experiments. Open Lab Night will feature labs in biology, chemistry, physics, the Observatory, and even a wind tunnel!

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    Cost: Free
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Exploring the Art of Beer Making
    Central Bottle Wine + Provisions, 196 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge

    Explore the art of beer brewing! Come learn about the ingredients and techniques used for making beer with local brewer, Ed Guild. There will be examples of each stage of brewing on display, along with the raw ingredients used in this fascinating, age-old tradition.

    Central Bottle Wine + Provisions
    Cost: Free
  • 5:00pm - 7:30pm
    Ask for Evidence! A Standing Up for Science Media Workshop
    Bordy Theater, 216 Tremont St., Emerson College, Boston

    We hear daily claims about what is good for our health, bad for the environment, how to improve education or cut crime. Some are based on reliable evidence. Many are not. So how can we make companies, politicians and commentators accountable for their claims? If they want us to vote for them or buy their products, then we should ask for evidence. Join us for a discussion on the role of science in the media and how to raise expectations of evidence in public life.

    Ask For Evidence, Emerson College
    Cost: Free
  • 5:30pm - 7:00pm
    Science Meets Art
    Harvard Allston Education Portal, 175 North Harvard Street, Allston

    Harvard University undergraduate students will host an assortment of hands-on activities and demonstrations to explore the intersection of art and science. Children of all ages and their families are invited to investigate the chemistry of tie-dye, the physics of light and color, the art of microscopy, and more at this free, interactive event.

    Harvard Allston Education Portal
    Cost: Free
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Women in the STEM Pipeline
    Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

    Women in STEM have come a long way, but a disappointing imbalance still exists in areas like computer science and engineering, where women make up only 11% of engineers worldwide. What does a solution to the under-representation of girls and women in STEM look like? Join us for a presentation and to share your ideas during this mini-hack to brainstorm addressing this imbalance. This event is in collaboration with former mayor Henrietta Davis and YouthCITIES.

    Cost: Free
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Preview Screening of New Food Documentary "Fed Up"
    Kendall Square Cinemas

    An exclusive advanced screening of Fed Up, one of the most talked-about films this year at Sundance, narrated by Katie Couric and produced by Laurie David (An Inconvenient Truth), Fed Up explores why, despite media attention and government policies to combat childhood obesity; generations of kids will now live shorter lives than their parents.

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    Cost: Free, pre-registration required here
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    More than Food: Exploring Human Milk as Medicine
    Pfizer Auditorium, Mallinckrodt Building, 12 Oxford St., Cambridge

    What’s milk made of and why do babies drink it? Most of us are familiar with milk as a refreshing beverage to dunk our cookies in, but what IS milk really? In this seminar, Harvard graduate student Laura Klein will introduce "recipes" for milk found in nature, explore how milk supports infant immune systems, and discuss how research into human milk is transforming infant healthcare and formula production. This talk will be the first of a series held by Science in the News, a Harvard graduate student-run organization.

    Science in the News (SITN)
    Cost: Free

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