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To Do Science Is Human

25 Days to #cambscifest 2013!  Today’s featured event by Arend Sluis of the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library! To Do Science is Human  By Arend Sluis, Friends of the Cambridge Public Library It’s easy to forget that science is fundamentally a human activity. It’s part of who we are to explore and discover, but journal articles, as a rule, often leave out the human experience of being a scientist. An article will, for example, not mention the freezing temperatures on the mountaintop while observing a galaxy 30 million light-years away nor the realization half-way through the night that it was the wrong galaxy! A reader will get just the facts (mostly). But there’s so much more to the act of science: the tedium, the frustrations, and the sheer joy of doing science. Carefully scrubbing away the human element often divides the “arts and humanities” from “science”, but in recent… Read More

29 Days til #cambscifest 2013

Did you know that today is Pi Day?  3/14! So, what exactly is π? Well, it’s not this: Though it does look darn tasty. π is a mathematical constant of the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. So, happy Pi Day! With just a few weeks before the 2013 Festival, it’s time to start our #eventcountdown. The event of the day… A Creative Collective: The Computer Clubhouse as Design Studio The Computer Clubhouse at the Museum of Science, Boston Saturday, April 13th 1-4pm Recommended for ages 10-18 The Computer Clubhouse provides a creative and safe out-of-school learning environment where young people work with adult mentors to explore their ideas, develop new skills, and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology. With high-tech tools at their fingertips, youth can do almost anything they imagine: write and record music, make movies, build robots, produce digital artwork, design websites,… Read More

Cambridge Science Festival 2013!

Can you believe we’re a month out from the 2013 Cambridge Science Festival? Woohoo!   Now, take a deep breath here before reading on.  I’m about to drop a lot of information in your laps.  Don’t run away and don’t get overwhelmed.  (It’s worth it, I promise!) We get a lot of questions at the festival like, “My kids are 5 and 8.  What events are good for them?” or “What should I send our 15 year old daughter to?” or “I’m an adult that never went to science fairs even as a kid. What should I look at?” So, I’ve gone through our Event Index, and selected some particularly interesting events for groups: Families+ (which means events appropriate for small children accompanied by their parents up through teens and adults), Teens+ (appropriate for teens and adults), and Adults (um… yea). Note: our lovely K-12 Coordinator, Peg LeGendre, put together… Read More

Help Us Spread the Word! And an Update

At our last count, we were at 139 different events in the 2013 festival program!  We’re working hard to make sure these events are accessible, interactive, and fun for everyone.  But we’re looking for your help to make sure everyone knows about it! We’ve printed up some beautiful Save the Date postcards.  Can you put some out in your community (schools, libraries, churches, coffeeshops, etc.)?  Contact Us and let us know how many you can use! Or, send out the electronic version to your networks! Thank you for your help! An update! Here we are in March, and we’re steaming along on festival planning. Want to see what we’ve been working on?  Check out the current Schedule of Events online for the 2013 Festival!  Hope you’ve marked your calendars for Friday, April 12 – Sunday, April 21. Some quick highlights… Friday, April 12: Big Ideas for Busy People at the… Read More

AAAS Family Science Days

Excited for the Cambridge Science Festival in April? Come see us at the AAAS Family Science Days this weekend at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston!  We’ll be there with a boatload of awesome folks from (50!) organizations in the science world around town.  Come by for hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math activities and demonstrations Saturday 2/16 and/or Sunday 2/17 11am-5pm.   See a schedule of shows, list of exhibitors, and pre-register for free on the Family Science Days website: http://www.aaas.org/meetings/2013/program/fsd/ or at Hynes this weekend!    

We want your events… festival style.

Hey there.  It’s that time of year again! We’re trying to put out our Call for Entries as far and wide as possible!  Please help us.  Want to be involved in the festival?  Shoot us a note on our website or submit your event proposal.  Know someone who should be involved this year?  Send this along to them. We’re looking for everything from lectures, workshops, exhibits, performances, tours, and debates to ideas we’ve never imagined.  We’re also doing something new this year!  Each day of the festival has a different overarching theme.  Not to say that ideas or events that don’t fit in a day’s theme won’t be considered, but it will allow us to have signature events for each theme on a day of the festival. Our Themes: April 12 – Big Ideas for Busy People April 13 – Science Carnival April 14 – Arts and Sciences April 15… Read More

National Astronomy Day Celebration at The Clay Center Observatory.

Was a cloudy night : but still managed to see the moon’s craters up close 🙂 Please find the entire bunch of event pics I clicked here The Clay Center Observatory website: http://www.dexter-southfield.org/podium/default.aspx?t=118941

Big Ideas for Busy People TONIGHT

Big Ideas for Busy People is happening tonight! More details about the event here. In the meantime, check out some “lightening lectures” in the video below created by YouTube user PhysicsWoman.

Pre-register for Festival Events!

Hope you’ve enjoyed this taste of summer today!   We’re now a mere 3 days away now from the kickoff to the Cambridge Science Festival.  I want to remind everyone to please take a look and pre-register for the events you’d like to attend over the next couple weeks!   Here is my current list of the CSF events you need to pre-register for: For students and teachers: Scratch Workshop for Educators | Pre-register – waitlist only 6th Grade Solar Adventure | Pre-register Center for Ultracold Atoms Kids Day | Pre-register Central Squared (C2) Challenge | Pre-register Taleblazer Location-Based Augmented Reality Game | Registration closed – FILLED Vertex Community Lab | Pre-register For graduate students/early career: Standing Up for Science Media Workshop Careers in Science: Speed Networking Event | Pre-register Career Invigoration: Best Practices for Writing a Resume Career Invigoration: Interviewing for Your Next Technical Job 6th Annual Vertex Networking and… Read More

Adult events in #cambscifest

These are events for big kids – like you and me.  I know it’s long – don’t get overwhelmed, just take it in piece by piece. T minus one week, folks.  See you all there. P.S. Want to help out?  We still need volunteers bit.ly/csfvolunteer. Adult Events… Friday, April 20, 2012 10:00am-5:00pm   Free Day at the MIT Museum   Participate in hands-on… 10:30am-11:30am  Everything You Wanted to Know About Slide Rules   … 6:00pm-9:00pm  Level Up: Gambit Game Night  Come celebrate the 5 year… 7:00pm-9:00pm   What if…?: Alternative Histories of Science    Imagine that… 7:00pm-10:00pm  Awesome Foundation Mega Event   Come hear recent… 8:00pm-11:00pm  Urban Astronomy   In spite of bright lights and restricted… Saturday, April 21, 2012 1:00pm-5:00pm  Robots Gone Wild   Bugs, birds, and cheetahs, oh my! Take… 1:00pm-5:00pm  Artisan’s Asylum Open House   Come and check out the… 2:00pm-3:30pm  The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the… 4:00pm-6:00pm  Rivers of Ice:… Read More