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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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Free

University of Geneva presents: The Superconductivity Show! (Daytime)

April 18 - April 20
swissnex Boston, 420 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138

For this year's Cambridge Science Festival, on April 18, 19, and 20, Arnaud Dubreuil and Jean Etesse from the University of Geneva’s Physiscope team will be at swissnex Boston, performing an hour long show on superconductivity, featuring two very impressive properties of superconductors: levitation and pinning effect. Nowadays superconductivity is a very active research field, with applications in medicine, energy, transportation and telecommunication. Despite the fact that superconductor materials have to be cooled down to very low temperatures, superconductivity is present in everyday life and its applications are increasing. The University of Geneva is highly involved in research on superconductors and quantum materials, with a very strong orientation to industry and knowledge and technology transfer. Participants will test and experience superconductivity's properties, using small magnetic levitation kits and will feel how strong they are. These effects allow many applications, such as transportation without friction, which is very energy efficient; and... Read More

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10:00 am
Free

Everyday Math Stories/Cuentos matemáticos cotidianos

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
TERC, STEAM Room, 2067 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
Cambridge Science Festival

Come for an English/Spanish storytime. We’ll read picture books that include the math we do when we’re cooking, playing and having fun. Then, we’ll explore math with craft projects. Vengan a disfrutar un cuentacuentos en inglés y en español. Vamos a leer cuentos que incluyen las matemáticas que hacemos cuando cocinamos, jugamos y nos divertimos. Después haremos proyectos artesanales que exploran ideas matemáticas. Cost: Free. Ages 2-5 with caregiver Edades: de 2 a 5 años acompañados de un adulto. Pre-registration required at bit.ly/TERCworkshops

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Chain Reaction FUNstruction

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
Chain Reaction FUNstruction

Create a unique chain reaction contraption with physical items such as ramps, string, tape, and motors (provided). Visitors will work in teams to design and build a part of a contraption with the aim of connecting all the links together to create a large chain reaction contraption! Cost: Included with Museum admission.

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Citizen Science on the Harbor!

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
New England Aquarium, Harborside Learning Lab, 1 Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110 United States
Citizen Science on the Harbor!

Update - This event is at capacity. Please join another Festival event! Turn your smartphone photos into citizen science! Discover and document what is living in Boston Harbor just off the docks of the New England Aquarium. We will upload our observations to a network of citizen science data with the iNaturalist app. We suggest downloading the iNaturalist app and creating a login before the class, which is best suited for those 8 and older. Dress for the weather.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: Included with admission. Pre-registration required at neaq.org/cambridgescience

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$25

Girl-Powered Smart Devices (Ages 12-15)

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
MIT Museum, 256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

During this two-hour hands-on workshop, participants will use block programming to build their own smart device. Walk away with your own high tech acessories developed by MIT graduate student, Larissa Neitner. Come explore, build, and code!  No experience is needed during this engineering-meets-wearable session. This program is intended for young women ages 12 to 15. Cost: $25.00 (includes Museum admission). Preregistration required, visit mitmuseum.mit.edu/csf

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11:00 am
Free

Science on the Street: Calling All Weather Experts!

April 18 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street
Boston, 02116 United States

Explore the science of weather, from wind and ocean currents to tornadoes and hurricanes. Record the day’s weather in our observation station and create your own simple tools to measure the weather. Play with an Augmented Reality Sandbox courtesy of Cambridge Science Festival and Science on the Street. Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square New exhibition: Regions and Seasons: Mapping Climate through History More information: http://www.leventhalmap.org/events Cost: Free. Ages 6-12. Drop-in.

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12:30 pm

Meet a WCVB Meteorologist

April 18 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 12:30pm, repeating until April 20, 2017

Museum of Science, 1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114 United States

Each day meet a different WCVB Storm Team 5 meteorologist and learn how they forecast our weather. April 18, 19, 20. 12:30pm presentation, MOS Current Science & Technology Stage Cost: Included with Museum Admission The Museum of Science has programs daily throughout the festival. See the full list here!

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1:00 pm
Free

Zoombinis: A Game of Computational Thinking

April 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
TERC, STEAM Room, 2067 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
Zoombinis: A Game of Computational Thinking

Come play the award-winning puzzle game Zoombinis. Explore how it engages players in computational thinking skills of being systematic, breaking down problems into more manageable pieces, moving from trial and error to testing ideas to implementing solutions and more! Cost: Free. Grades 3-8 with caregiver. Pre-registration required at bit.ly/TERCworkshops

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Free

It is Rocket Science: Launch with the Science Club for Girls Rocket Team!

April 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aero Astro Lawn, MIT Bldg 33, 125 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
It is Rocket Science: Launch with the Science Club for Girls Rocket Team!

Join the Science Club for Girls Rocket Team to learn all about what makes rocket and planes fly. Participants will launch rockets, compete in paper airplane competitions, find out how to make their own at-home rocket and more! Location: AeroAstro Lawn in front of MIT Building 33 (125 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA).  Cost: Free. RSVP: scfgRocketTeam2017.eventbrite.com

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Free

Be a Medicine Hunter

April 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Novartis, 22 Windsor St.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
Be a Medicine Hunter

Novartis scientists are hunting for new medicines that will change the practice of medicine and improve patients’ lives. Meet our scientists on a self-guided journey where you will explore authentic laboratory tools and innovative scientific methods on your quest to discover new medicines. Collect stamps in your “passport” for each location visited along your discovery path and receive a completion “badge” at the end of your journey. Come join the hunt! Cost: Free. Drop-in.

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2:00 pm

MIT Museum Revealed: Gestural Engineering Tour

April 18 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
MIT Museum Revealed: Gestural Engineering Tour

Join MIT Museum’s Director of Programs, Brindha Muniappan, to explore the work of kinetic artist Arthur Ganson, whose moving sculptures are among the most beloved features of the MIT Museum. Limited to 25 participants. Cost: Included with Museum admission. Ages 13+. Tickets available starting one half hour before tour start on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Free

Statistical Pitfalls & Challenges: Communicating Scientific Research to the Public

April 18 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Broad Institute, 415 Main St.
Cambridge , MA 02142 United States
Statistical Pitfalls & Challenges: Communicating Scientific Research to the Public

This two-part session for early career researchers will address some of the difficulties of communicating statistics in research to the public. First, Professor Rebecca Goldin will share common misconceptions that journalists have about statistics and numbers. Next, a panel of experts will share examples of the best and worst of what they see, and top tips for getting it right from bench to broadcast. Cost: Free. Please pre-register here.

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Free

Materials Lab Workshop: Data Visualization

April 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

How can we look at museum data? In this workshop, Jeff Steward, director of the Division of Digital Infrastructure and Emerging Technology (DIET), and Gavi Levy Haskell, technology fellow in DIET, will show you how you can use the Harvard Art Museums’ collections data in your own projects. Steward and Levy Haskell will introduce participants to museum data by exploring the museums’ Application Programming Interface (API). The API provides direct access to JSON-formatted data that powers the website and many other aspects of the museums. They will also demonstrate how to use the API and show some creative data visualizations. Bring your own laptop to experiment and test ideas! No prior experience required. Cost: Free, Registration is required. To register, email am_visitorservices@harvard.edu or stop by the museums’ admissions desk. Space is limited to 15 participants. The event will be held in the Materials Lab, Lower Level.

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2:30 pm
$10

Workshop: Coding and Game Development

April 18 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
Workshop: Coding and Game Development

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. Cost: $10 each per child and accompanying adult (includes Museum admission). Ages 8+. Pre-registration required at mitmuseum.mit.edu/csf

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4:00 pm
Free

Ask Me About (Updated)

April 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Updated: This event will be 4 - 5:30pm at Central Square only! MIT post docs and students will be out on the street to talk about their student projects and cutting edge research in science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Stop by with your questions! CityDays is hosted by the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center as part of the Institute’s Together In Service Initiative. Cost: Free. Drop-in  4:00pm - 5:30pm Locations: Central Square at Mass Ave. & Colombia

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6:00 pm
Free

MIT Nano Observatory

April 18 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
MIT Building 24, Room 041, 77 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
MIT Nano Observatory

Join us in exploring the Nanoworld! Here, tiny things reveal their super-powers. Inside this world, things are strong, vibrant and electrified. You and a group of excited scientists will use real tools and experiments to discover the super-power of nano. We look forward to welcoming you in our labs! Cost: Free. Drop-in

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Free

Science Pint Night

April 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bill’s Bar and Lounge, 5 Lansdowne St
Boston, MA 02215 United States
Science Pint Night

Join the Boston Post-Doctoral Association for a fun night of cutting edge science, beer and friends! We'll be hosting researchers from some of the most famous universities in the Boston area who will be discussing their work on curing disease, climate change and computer science! Cost: Free. Ages 21+. Cash bar. Pre-registration required at bpdapint2017.eventbrite.com

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6:30 pm
Free

Numbers in the News

April 18 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Broad Institute, 415 Main St.
Cambridge , MA 02142 United States
Numbers in the News

News accounts and news pundits are filled with numbers and implicit advice. They also tell a story. In contexts as diverse as criminal courts, opinion surveys and our personal health, statistics are playing a larger and larger role. Rebecca Goldin will share humorous and serious stories about statistical bloopers in the media, peppered with insights about how we reason without statistics. Cost: Free. Please pre-register here.  

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7:00 pm
$40

Science of Cocktails: Hacks for the Home Bartender

April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Hawthorne, 500 A Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215 United States

From the perfect pop of citrus to crystal clear ice cubes, MIT alumni Jared Sadoian and Meg Krench are armed with the scientific secrets to help you throw a top-notch cocktail party at home. But don’t take our word for it - we’ll show you the data! Limited to 20 participants. Cost: $40. Ages 21+. Pre-registration required

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Free

The Genius of Birds

April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States

UPDATE: This event is at capacity. Please enjoy other Festival events!   Acclaimed science and nature writer Jennifer Ackerman shares stories about her travels and cutting-edge research on the newly discovered brilliance of birds. Learn how birds craft and use tools, solve complex problems, sing in regional accents, make sophisticated navigational decisions, demonstrate astonishing feats of memory, deceive one another, give gifts and even kiss to console. In collaboration with Papercuts JP. Cost: Free. RSVP required; this event is full.

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Free

NOVA’s CaféSci Boston presents “Science Storytelling 101”

April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Le Laboratoire Cambridge, 650 East Kendall St.
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
NOVA’s CaféSci Boston presents “Science Storytelling 101”

Are you an aspiring science communicator? A storyteller? Or are you just a huge fan of NOVA? Join us for a conversation with the hosts of two of NOVA’s YouTube series! Hear from GROSS SCIENCE’s Anna Rothschild and WHAT THE PHSYICS?!’s Dr. Gregory Kestin as they discuss the ingredients for making weird and strange stories about science into engaging, educational and accurate videos. Cost: Free. Pre-registration required at bit.ly/SciStory101

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Free

Is It Real or Fake?

April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
Is It Real or Fake?

Do you, too, struggle to tell fact from fiction? Or are you reveling in the humorous side of the fake news “epidemic”? Join WBUR reporter Jack Lepiarz in a conversation with Ethan Zuckerman, Director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, Melissa Zimdars, Assistant Professor of Communication at Merrimack College, and Rob May, CEO of Talla, who will discuss where fake news comes from, how it spreads and how to identify it. Find out if our panelists can bluff you in an on-site fake news game show! Cost: Free. Doors open at 6:30. Seating for 125 and limited standing room available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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