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Solar Light Installation by Materials & Methods

April 14 - April 23
Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

Visit the dynamic outdoor light installation by Materials & Methods suspended above the front lawn of Cambridge City Hall, created for Cambridge Science Festival! Full details here.   

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9:00 am

Marine Science Center Tidepooling and Tour

April 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Northeastern University Marine Science Center, 430 Nahant Road
Nahant, MA 01908 United States
Marine Science Center Tidepooling and Tour

This event is now at capacity.  The Northeastern University Marine Science Center, located in Nahant, is Northeastern's North Shore hub for marine and environmental research, higher education, and outreach. Join us for an opportunity to tour the facility, learn about research, meet our touch tank critters, and explore the tidepools on our pristine rocky shore. Dress for the weather, as most of the program will be outdoors, and wear shoes or boots with a good grip that can get wet. Limited to 50 participants. Cost: Free. This event is full.

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9:30 am
Free

Making Places: Building with Blocks

April 17 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center, 55 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
Making Places: Building with Blocks

Join us for a morning of brainstorming and building as we learn about the world of transportation planning. After an introduction to transportation planning, students will engage in a “placemaking” activity where they will learn about “things that go” (trains, buses, bicycles) in different types of places, from cities to neighborhoods to farms. Then, students will bring their ideas to life using blocks and share their models. Limited to 25 children. Cost: Free. Ages 5-9 with caregiver. Pre-registration required at makeingplacesvolpe.eventbrite.com

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10:00 am
Free

Around the World and Back in Time with Trees

April 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Around the World and Back in Time with Trees

Trees from Great Britain, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America, as well as a few with relatives dating back to the time of dinosaurs will be included in this walking tour. Limited to 40 participants. Cost: Free. This event is full. To be added to the waitlist visit mountauburn.org/around-the-world/

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10:15 am

Robots and Beyond Mini Tours

April 17 @ 10:15 am - 10:45 am
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One event on an unspecified date at 11:00am

MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
Robots and Beyond Mini Tours

Does your child seem to know everything about robots?  Then explore the MIT Museum’s historic robots gallery with Debbie Douglas, Science & Technology Curator, and learn the backstories about some of the unique objects on display! Limited to 25 participants per tour. Cost: Included with Museum admission. For families with children under age 12 only. Tickets available one half-hour before tour start on a first-come, first-served basis.

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11:00 am
Free

An Introduction to Medical Simulation: Ages 7-10 (at capacity)

April 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on an unspecified date at 11:00am

Russell Museum at Massachusetts General Hospital, 2 North Grove Street
Boston, MA 02114 United States
An Introduction to Medical Simulation

Update: All MGH events (Medical Simulation and Ether Dome tours) are at capacity. Learn how realistic robot simulators are transforming training in the health professions. In a hands-on demonstration by the MGH Learning Laboratory, participants will be introduced to a medical mannequin. Also, guided by an MGH orthopedic surgeon, participants will learn to locate and retrieve tiny objects from inside a knee model, using surgical instruments and a scope. Cost: Free. Sessions are by age. This event takes place on Monday, April 17 and Friday, April 21 11am: Children 7 - 10 and their caregivers (full) 12:30pm: Children 11 - 15 and their caregivers (full) 2 pm:  Teens 16+ and Adults (full)

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Robots and Beyond Mini Tours

April 17 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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One event on an unspecified date at 11:00am

MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
Robots and Beyond Mini Tours

Does your child seem to know everything about robots?  Then explore the MIT Museum’s historic robots gallery with Debbie Douglas, Science & Technology Curator, and learn the backstories about some of the unique objects on display! Limited to 25 participants per tour. Cost: Included with Museum admission. For families with children under age 12 only. Tickets available one half-hour before tour start on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Free

MoveCity: Designing a City that Moves You

April 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center, 55 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
MoveCity: Designing a City that Moves You

Transportation planning plays a role in our everyday lives―from how we travel to how goods are transported and the systems that make these movements possible. Join us to learn about the world of transportation planning and become a transportation planner for the day! Working in groups with professional transportation planners, students will map out their city, including its transportation system using markers and other materials. Each group will then have the opportunity to present its design for MoveCity. Limited to 25 middle and high school students. Cost: Free. Grades 6-12 with adult. Pre-registration required at movecityvolpe.eventbrite.com

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Meet the Scientists! Discovery Museums

April 17 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Discovery Museums, 177 Main Street
Acton, MA 01720 United States
Meet the Scientists!

What’s it like to be a scientist? Find out in this special program when you talk to real scientists and do the hands-on activities they’ve developed. Discover why they find science cool and exciting while learning about their research and interests. This event is led by scientists who participated in our Portal to the Public program. Cost: Included with Museum admission. Drop-in.

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$10

Workshop: The Building Olympics!

April 17 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
Workshop: The Building Olympics!

Use your building skills to design and create the tallest towers, catapults, and devices to advance in the Building Olympics. Learn about engineering and simple machines to construct the coolest contraptions. Will you win the gold? Good luck! Cost: $10 per participant (includes Museum admission). Ages 8-10. Pre-registration required at mitmuseum.mit.edu/csf

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12:00 pm
Free

Boston Bridges Tour

April 17 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Museum of Science Front Plaza, 1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114 United States
Boston Bridges Tour

Learn about Boston's technological history, as well as its history in general, on this tour of Boston's bridges led by bridge and tunnel engineer Reed Brockman. The tour begins at the Museum of Science and covers the old Charles River Dam structure, the elevated Green Line viaduct, the North Bank Pedestrian Bridge, the North Station Draw Bridges, the Zakim Bridge and surrounding Central Artery structures, and for the die-hards, will continue on along the Rose Kennedy Greenway and Harborwalk to talk about the Tip O'Neill Tunnel and the Fort Point Channel bridges. On Thursday, we will do the tour in reverse. Wear comfortable shoes, and feel free to drop off at any time! Cost: Free. Rain or shine, but may be shortened in poor weather.

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12:30 pm
Free

An Introduction to Medical Simulation: Ages 11-15 (at capacity)

April 17 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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One event on an unspecified date at 12:30pm

Russell Museum at Massachusetts General Hospital, 2 North Grove Street
Boston, MA 02114 United States
An Introduction to Medical Simulation

Update: All MGH events (Medical Simulation and Ether Dome tours) are at capacity. Learn how realistic robot simulators are transforming training in the health professions. In a hands-on demonstration by the MGH Learning Laboratory, participants will be introduced to a medical mannequin. Also, guided by an MGH orthopedic surgeon, participants will learn to locate and retrieve tiny objects from inside a knee model, using surgical instruments and a scope. Cost: Free. Sessions are by age. This event takes place on Monday, April 17 and Friday, April 21 11am: Children 7 - 10 and their caregivers (full) 12:30pm: Children 11 - 15 and their caregivers (full) 2 pm:  Teens 16+ and Adults (full)

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1:00 pm

Mathternoon @ the MIT Museum

April 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
Mathternoon @ the MIT Museum

Try your hand (and mind) at a variety of analytical explorations, including paper folding, slide rules from the Museum's Collections and graph theory challenges during this fun, numerically-replete afternoon. Cost: Included with Museum admission. Drop-in.

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2:00 pm
Free

An Introduction to Medical Simulation: Teens 16+ & Adults (at capacity)

April 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on an unspecified date at 2:00pm

Russell Museum at Massachusetts General Hospital, 2 North Grove Street
Boston, MA 02114 United States
An Introduction to Medical Simulation

Update: All MGH events (Medical Simulation and Ether Dome tours) are at capacity. Learn how realistic robot simulators are transforming training in the health professions. In a hands-on demonstration by the MGH Learning Laboratory, participants will be introduced to a medical mannequin. Also, guided by an MGH orthopedic surgeon, participants will learn to locate and retrieve tiny objects from inside a knee model, using surgical instruments and a scope. Cost: Free. Sessions are by age. This event takes place on Monday, April 17 and Friday, April 21 11am: Children 7 - 10 and their caregivers (full) 12:30pm: Children 11 - 15 and their caregivers (full) 2 pm:  Teens 16+ and Adults (full)

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7:00 pm
Free

New Perspectives: Lightning, Climate Change & Other Exciting Scientific Challenges

April 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
MIT Building E51, 70 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02142
New Perspectives: Thunder, Lightning and Climate Change

Come and learn about thundercloud electrification, huge natural accelerators operated just above our heads, global electrical circuits, terrestrial climate, atmosphere and its changes, weather in outer space, and sun flares and how they drive weather.  This panel discussion will feature world-renowned cosmic ray scientist Ashot Chilingarian from Armenia along with local experts. Cost: Free. Building E51, room 315 on MIT's campus, or 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge 02142. 

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$10

The New American Chestnut

April 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States

Much work has gone into attempting to bring back the American chestnut tree, decimated by the exotic chestnut blight fungus beginning in the late 1800s. William A. Powell will speak about transgenic research that has produced a tree that is 99.999% American chestnut as well as possibilities for reviving a species once ubiquitous in eastern North American forests. William A. Powell, Director, Council on Biotechnology in Forestry, SUNY, and Co-Director, New York State American Chestnut Research and Restoration Program   Cost: $10; Free for students. Pre-registration requested here    

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7:30 pm
Free

Astronomy on Tap at Phoenix Landing

April 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Phoenix Landing, 512 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
Astronomy on Tap

Come explore the mysteries of the Universe over a beer. Expect short talks, awe-inspiring visuals, interactions with local astronomers and astronomy-themed games with prizes! More information can be found at facebook.com/aotboston closer to Festival time. Cost: Free. Ages 21+. Cash Bar.  

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