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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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9:30 am
Free

Volpe Talks: Transportation Ideas Worth Sharing

April 19 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center, 55 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
Volpe Talks: Transportation Ideas Worth Sharing

For over 40 years, Volpe, the National Transportation Systems Center, has helped the transportation community navigate its most challenging problems. Come and hear a series of short, live talks direct from Volpe team members working on emerging transportation issues such as maritime security, nonmotorized transportation, or planning for climate change. The talks will conclude with a tour of the Volpe Simulators (how to drive a train, fly a plane) showcasing how Volpe is advancing transportation innovation for the public good. Limited seating capacity. Cost: Free. Pre-registration required at volpetalks2017.eventbrite.com

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10:00 am
$100

Projection Mapping Workshop with Materials & Methods

April 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on an unspecified date at 10:00am

Materials & Methods Studio, 334 Washington St.
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
Projection Mapping Workshop with Materials & Methods

Learn 3D projection mapping with Boston based new-media digital artist Sam "Samo" Okerstrom-Lang, sponsored by Materials & Methods. Samo has been a featured artist at both ILLUMINUS festivals and has created stunning projection installations and creative content for Materials & Methods over the past two years. While no prior experience is required, experience in animation or video-editing software is highly recommended. You must bring your own computer to participate. All necessary software will be provided. This is a 2 day workshop, 6 hours each day with a 1 hour lunch break, Wednesday April 19 & Friday April 21. Participants commit to the entire workshop.  Limited to 10 participants. Cost: $100 registration fee. Ages 18+. Pre-registration required

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The Next Frontier: Virtual & Artificial Reality Day

April 19 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
The Next Frontier: Virtual & Artificial Reality Day

The next generation of gaming is all about immersion. Spend the day connecting with researchers, game developers and engineers as they showcase what’s next in virtual and augmented reality. Test out applications from the VR community at MIT, Harmonix, VT MAK and many more! Cost: Included with Museum admission. Drop-in.

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Free

Meet a Scientist at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

April 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Meet a Scientist at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

Come see the world through the eyes of a scientist and explore what research reveals about life and our planet. Graduate students from the departments of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Human Evolutionary Biology and Earth & Planetary Sciences at Harvard University will share their research and lead hands-on activities in the museum galleries. All activities will be designed to actively engage families in learning more about science and our natural world. Cost: Included with Museum admission. Drop-in.

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Free

Center for Ultracold Atoms – Hands-on Demonstrations

April 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
MIT 26-214, 77 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

At extremely low temperatures, the fundamental building blocks of the universe behave unexpectedly. Discover this hidden world at The Center for Ultracold Atoms (CUA). Activities include a gum-drop model Ion Trap, experiments with Liquid Nitrogen to see how ultracold temperatures change everyday objects, and a station to make your own holograms that you can take home! The event will kick off with a short talk, followed by interactive demonstrations. Cost: Free. Drop-in.

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12:00 pm
Free

Art Screen Workshop for Teens

April 19 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cambridge Community Television, 438 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

Learn how to program interactive art in this single session five-hour workshop for teens! No prior programming, art or design experience is required. You will work in small teams to design, build and publish new digital artworks. We will teach the basics of programming and give you the specific skills required to design for the screen. Examples of works include narrative stories, proximity sensing words and designs, abstract digital mirrors, gestural games, motion sensing animations, beautiful designs responding to the presence of people, time of day, weather and more. By the end of the day, teams and individuals will have created one or more works of art to be installed publicly on a new interactive screen at CCTV. Cost: Free. To register call 617-661-6900

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12:30 pm

Meet a WCVB Meteorologist

April 19 @ 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

SportsLab: Shoe Design

April 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
TERC, STEAM Room, 2067 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
SportsLab: Shoe Design

Are you a young sneakerhead? Come by and experience some of the activities in EdGE's SportsLab to see how companies that make your favorite sports shoes depend on STEM in the sport research and shoe design process. Engage in some design thinking to create your own Inspiration Board for a new sport shoe, then pitch it to the other shoe dogs in the room. See if you have what it takes to design the next pair of killer kicks. Cost: Free. Grades 6-8 with caregiver. Pre-registration required at bit.ly/TERCworkshops

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Museum of Science: Shake Things Up!

April 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Museum of Science, 1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114 United States

Use your creativity, teamwork, and problem-solving skills to engineer a model building that can withstand an earthquake! Blue Wing Well, Level 1 Included with Museum admission. Drop-in.   The Museum of Science has programs daily throughout the festival. See the full list here!

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2:00 pm
Free

Tour Mass General’s Ether Dome and Russell Museum (at capacity)

April 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on an unspecified date at 2:00pm

One event on an unspecified date at 2:00pm

Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street
Boston , MA 02114 United States

Update: All tours are at capacity Did you know that you can stand on the very site of the first successful public demonstration of anesthesia? Our tour begins in Mass General’s Ether Dome, the hospital’s 19th-century surgical amphitheater (and home to one Egyptian mummy). You’ll proceed to the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation, where you can learn about the hospital’s more than two centuries of history and about present-day innovation, from targeted cancer therapies to immune tolerance of transplanted organs. Cost: Free. Ages 13+. All MGH tours and events are full. Please join us for other events!

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MIT Museum Revealed: Holography Tour

April 19 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
MIT Museum Revealed: Holography Tour

Join Museum Studio Manager and light artist Seth Riskin on a tour to explore the magic and technology of holograms, many of which are part of the largest and most comprehensive in the world! Limited to 25 participants Cost: Included with Museum admission. Ages 13+. Tickets available one half-hour before tour start on a first-come, first-served basis.

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3:00 pm
Free

Free Admission to Harvard Museum of Natural History

April 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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One event on an unspecified date at 3:00pm

One event on an unspecified date at 9:00am

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

Explore 12,000 specimens drawn from Harvard’s vast research collections -- dinosaurs, meteorites, gemstones, and animals from around the globe. See hundreds of animals including giraffe, elephant, armadillo, platypus, giant whale skeletons & more. Get close to the Kronosaurus, a 42-foot-long marine reptile, and amazing gemstones and minerals including a 1,642 lb. amethyst geode, and visit the world-famous exhibit of ‘Glass Flowers.’ Cost: Free. Drop-in.

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Free Admission to Harvard’s Peabody Museum

April 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

Explore the varied beauty and craftsmanship of war objects drawn from cultures around the world in Arts of War: Artistry in Weapons across Cultures. From maces, clubs, daggers and spears, to shields, helmets and entire suits of armor, this exhibition offers museum-goers more than 150 examples of weapons that are also extraordinary works of art. See 19th-century warrior art by Plains Indians in Wiyohpiyata: Lakota Images of the Contested West. Cost: Free. Drop-in.

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$10

Introduction to Comic Book Making

April 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
Introduction to Comic Book Making

Are you a fan of graphic novels? Do you like to tell stories through images and dialogue? This two-hour work session will help get your ideas out of your mind and onto paper! Learn what it takes to be a comic book author from MakingComics expert, Patrick Yurick, who will share his insights and secrets. Participants will draw, compose, write and start the beginning of their own comic masterpiece. Cost: $10 per participant (Includes Museum Admission). Ages 13-18. Pre-registration required at mitmuseum.mit.edu/csf

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5:00 pm
Free

WonderLab STEAM Exploration Party

April 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Lesley University, University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
Wonderlab STEAM exploration

Enjoy hands-on explorations with plants, animals, water, rocks, engineering design, technology and more! Families with children in grades 1-6 are invited to visit the WonderLab, a new STEAM education program run by Lesley University science and science education faculty, taught by Lesley arts and education students. Learn about the WonderLab program as you enjoy activities led by WonderLab participants and educators. Cost: Free. Pre-registration required at bit.ly/STEAMparty

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6:00 pm
Free

Science Trivia Challenge

April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Broad Institute, 415 Main St.
Cambridge , MA 02142 United States
Science Trivia Challenge

Join us for a lively team trivia quiz that will test your knowledge of science from a variety of fields ranging from biology, chemistry and physics to ecology and the history of science. Enter a team to compete on stage, or come and participate as an audience member and support your favorite team. Winning teams will enjoy a meal with one of MIT's own Nobel Laureates! Contestants are restricted to middle and high school students. Registration is required only for participating youth teams. To learn more or to register your team please visit web.mit.edu/trivia Cost: Free. Teams must pre-register at web.mit.edu/trivia

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Free Circuit Hacking Night & Tour

April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler St.
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
Free Circuit Hacking Night & Tour

Update: This Event is full. Please join another Festival program! Come play with electronics at Artisan’s Asylum! Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced hacker, there will be something for you at Circuit Hacking Night. This one night the electronics & robotics lab will be open for FREE — there will be a free introductory soldering lesson, experienced hackers and engineers around to answer all your questions and more. Feel free to bring your own projects to work on if you have them! Join us for a special tour of our facility featuring current robotics, science and innovation projects by our members. Cost: Free. Pre-registration required. This event is at capacity - Join a future program, more info here

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$35

Art & Science of Beer with Gique and Guinness

April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
K2 Cafe, 520 Kendall Street
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States

Gique's Art & Science of Beer Event is an annual event hosted during the Cambridge Science Festival which allows 21+ folks to celebrate their love for the art and science of beer! This event will include scheduled, private tastings of a range of Guinness beer samples while learning about how it's made from Guinness Brewery Ambassador and Certified Cicerone, Michael Reardon. After your tasting, you'll be able to hang out with other giques, learn about the art and design of craft beer bottles and cans, and enjoy delicious food and drinks from K2 Cafe. RSVP: Get your ticket today! $35, Tasting samples included. 21+ Government-issued ID required.  

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6:30 pm
Free

University of Geneva presents: The Superconductivity Show

April 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
swissnex Boston, 420 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138

On April 19, Arnaud Dubreuil and Jean Etesse from the University of Geneva’s Physiscope team will be at swissnex Boston to show two very impressive properties of superconductors: levitation and the 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 energy storage. The flywheel presented during the show demonstrates that we’re already able to... Read More

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7:00 pm

Dialogue & Collaborative Exploration

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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One event on an unspecified date at 8:00pm

MIT, Building 56, Room 154, Access Via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA United States
Dialogue & Collaborative Exploration

Go online to experience a reflection, writing and dialogue process in which you address your current concerns about scientific and social change. It is always interesting to see how thinking evolves during an hour using the five-phase format. Two sessions. More information and session topics: bit.ly/DialogueProcess Cost: Free. Technical Preparation: bit.ly/hangoutbrief

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7:30 pm
$15 - $46

Paradise

April 19 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Paradise performances happen 10 times
Central Square Theatre, 450 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge , MA 02139 United States

Yasmeen, a Muslim-American teenager in the Bronx, meets with her teacher Dr. Royston, a mysterious scientist forced to teach high school biology. If she salvages her perfect score, she can claim her independence: pursue her passion for science while honoring her cultural traditions. An unlikely, inspired partnership is created, investigating adolescent romantic love. Clashes arise out of their conflicts over religion, science, and mentorship as both teacher’s and student’s lives are transformed forever. World premiere of a new play from Laura Maria Censabella, directed by Shana Gozansky, produced by Underground Railway Theater. A Catalyst Collaborative@MIT Production. Additional performances throughout the week. Cost: $15-$46, Tickets at www.centralsquaretheater.org or 617-576-9278. 25% off tickets with code FESTIVAL

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8:00 pm

Dialogue & Collaborative Exploration

April 19 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on an unspecified date at 8:00pm

MIT, Building 56, Room 154, Access Via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA United States
Dialogue & Collaborative Exploration

Go online to experience a reflection, writing and dialogue process in which you address your current concerns about scientific and social change. It is always interesting to see how thinking evolves during an hour using the five-phase format. Two sessions. More information and session topics: bit.ly/DialogueProcess Cost: Free. Technical Preparation: bit.ly/hangoutbrief

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