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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

Data Sculptures in the Idea Hub

April 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
Data Sculptures in the Idea Hub

Build unique physical representations as you explore interesting ways to visualize and tell stories with data. Cost: Included with Museum admission. Drop-in.

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Free

Something’s Looking Fishy Here: Why We Use Zebrafish to Study Human Disease

April 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Harvard University, Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, 7 Divinity Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Something’s Looking Fishy Here: Why We Use Zebrafish to Study Human Disease

Curious how a fish could help us find a cure for cancer? See for yourself. Come meet the scientists from Dr. Leonard Zon’s lab and find out what the 150,000 specimens housed in one of the largest zebrafish facilities in the northeast can teach us about cancer, blood diseases, and potential medications and drug therapies. Look at translucent zebrafish embryos under the microscope and see how researchers are using genetically engineered fish to answer biomedical questions. Details: Two sessions, one started at 10:00am and the second starting at 11:00am, limited to 25 people per session. Cost: Free RSVP to hannah_robbins@harvard.edu  

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Free

Putt-ing Cancer in its Place

April 20 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
North Court behind MIT Koch Institute, 500 Main St.
Cambridge , MA 02142 United States
Putt-ing Cancer in its Place

Take a swing at one of humanity’s biggest biomedical challenges and learn about the ins and outs of studying cancer. Can you navigate the extracellular matrix or target your nanoparticle to double eagle a tumor? This pop-up mini golf course features hazards like circulating tumor cells, immune checkpoints and signaling cascades. Created by scientists and engineers from MIT’s cancer research community, this action-packed course is educational fun for the “hole” family. Join us on the green for putting, prizes and more. This event is supported in part by Blueprint Medicines. Cost: Free. Drop-in. Rain Date: Friday, April 21.

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$10

Workshop: Futuristic Building Challenge for Students w/ Special Needs and Their Adult

April 20 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
MIT Museum, 256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

It's year 3020, and all we have left are recycled materials. Can you use these items to make a model of our new space station and the beginnings of a space suit? Join our team as we discuss what makes a structure stand tall and withstand destruction. Work together or individually as we battle this space challenge and showcase our prototypes. This workshop is intended for youth ages 11 to 16 with special needs and learning disabilities and their parent/guardian. Both attendees are required to register. Cost: $10. Pre-registration required at mitmuseum.mit.edu/csf

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12:00 pm
Free

Visual Perception Workshop

April 20 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames Street, Bldg. E15-109
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
Visual Perception Workshop

Join MIT List Visual Arts Center for an investigation of shapes, colors and materials. Consider their optical qualities to create a perceptual experience. This hands-on workshop will provide the opportunity to experiment with materials and engage in activities that challenge visual perception. Cost: Free. All ages. Drop-in.

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Free

Boston Bridges Tour

April 20 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200
Boston, MA 02210 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 BSA Space and covers the Fort Point Channel bridges (Summer Street, Congress Street, Seaport Boulevard and the Northern Avenue Bridge), and for the die-hards will continue along the Rose Kennedy Greenway, discussing several Central Artery structures as we proceed towards the Zakim Bridge, the North Station draw bridges, the North Bank Bridge and many others. See Monday event for the tour in reverse. Wear comfortable shoes, and feel free to drop off at any time! Cost: Free. Will happen rain or shine, but may be shortened.

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Free

Become a Crime Scene Services Technician

April 20 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cambridge Police Department Community Room, 125 6th street
Cambridge, MA 02141

Curious to know what goes on within a Crime Scene Services Unit? Here’s your opportunity to find out. Join the talented Crime Scene Service specialists with the Cambridge Police Department as they demonstrate  how they process major crime scenes and collect evidence. Participants will have an opportunity to learn more about the myths and realities involved in processing a crime scene, understand how to handle fingerprints, walk through the steps to package and ultimately analyze key evidence, and test some of the Crime Scene tools and technology. Cost: Free. Drop-in. Cambridge Police Department, 125 6th Street, 1st Floor Community Room (enter main lobby and enter first room on left)

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12:30 pm

Meet a WCVB Meteorologist

April 20 @ 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

Make & Mix Music with Mmmmaven

April 20 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mmmmaven, 614 Massachusetts Ave. #203
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
Make & Mix Music with Mmmmaven

Advances in technology have made the world of music production more accessible than ever! Drop by our studios for the chance to lay down some beats and find out what it takes to create a great sounding track. Our instructors will be on hand to answer questions and walk you through the basic functions of Ableton Live 9 software. You will also have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of production equipment, including Ableton’s Push controller. Cost: Free. Open house. RSVP at bit.ly/make-mix

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2:00 pm

MIT Museum Revealed: Tourneboeuf’s Images of South Africa

April 20 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
MIT Museum Revealed: Tourneboeuf’s Images of South Africa

Take a tour with Architecture & Design Curator, Gary Van Zante, to explore landscapes captured by photographer Patric Tourneboeuf that highlight the impact of diamond mining on South African cities. 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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2:30 pm
Free

A Hidden Treasure: Arnold Arboretum Herbarium of Cultivated Plants

April 20 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States

Participants in this special indoor tour will take a look at the historic Arnold Arboretum collection and find out how and why an herbarium is assembled. Suitable for adults, registration is limited. Cost: Free. Pre-registration required at bit.ly/ArboretumCollection

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3:00 pm
Free

techXplore

April 20 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Eduporium, 372 Main St, Suite 3
Watertown, MA 02472 United States
techXplore

Update: This event is at capacity. Please enjoy other Festival events! Explore a world of mind-blowing and child-friendly technology in our local, STEM-focused makerspace. Construct and create your own personalized learning adventures and sample cool tools, like sparkling circuits, portable programming and real-world robotics. Our best stuff is all in one place and we want YOU to play, make and learn with innovative technology! Limited to 20 participants. Cost: Free. Pre-registration required; this event is full.

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Free

Exploring Medicines, Nanocapsules and Careers: A Hands-on Lab for Girls

April 20 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Biogen Community Lab, 140 Sixth St.
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
Exploring Medicines, Nanocapsules and Careers: A Hands-on Lab for Girls

Girls will explore properties of nanocapsules, a new method that scientists are using to deliver medicines, in this hands-on lab experience. Girls will also interact with women who work at Biogen and learn about the different types of careers in the biotechnology industry. This program is at Biogen Community Lab and geared toward girls in 4th through 6th grade. Cost: Free. Pre-registration required at: exploringnanocapsules.eventbrite.com

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Free

4th Annual STEAM Conversation: Move Your Mind

April 20 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Lesley University Lower Level Commons, 1815 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States

Cambridge Creativity Commons and Catalyst Conversations are pleased to present the Fourth Annual STEAM Conversation: Move Your Mind.  This is an interactive conversation for all ages exploring and experiencing creativity through the intersection of science and dance with professional dancers, choreographers and scientists! Join us April 20th from 3pm – 5pm at Lesley University College of Art and Design in partnership with the MIT Cambridge Science Festival. Presenters include: Peter Dimuro, Choreographer and Executive Director of the Dance Complex Ashli Polanco, Scientist and Founder of Gique Danielle Bazinet. Performing Arts Professor and educator at Bridgewater State and The Sage School We hope to see you at this engaging event to move your mind and body! Free. All ages welcome! Please RSVP: www.catalystconversations.org/upcoming-events/  Please note the event is 3pm - 4:30 followed by a reception from 4:30 - 5pm

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5:00 pm
Free

Research Rumble: Battle of the Science Stars

April 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Cambridge Public Library Lecture Hall, 449 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Research Rumble: Battle of the Science Stars

One of the biggest challenges that researchers and scientists face is communicating their research and its potential impact to audiences like donors, investors, the media and the public. Join us at an interactive competition hosted by the Mass General and Brigham Research Institutes giving six Boston biomedical researchers a chance to present their work and receive feedback from a panel of expert communicators. Hear first hand about some of the latest cutting-edge science and learn from the best at this lively competition. Cost: Free. Pre-registration required at bit.ly/ResearchRumble

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Free

Climate Cafe

April 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Lesley University, University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
Climate Cafe

Families are invited to learn more about climate change through a panel presentation by children in grades 1-6 enrolled in the Lesley WonderLab STEAM program, followed by an open discussion with Massachusetts Audubon Society and Lesley University climate scientists and educators. Cost: Free. Pre-registration recommended at bit.ly/ClimateCafe

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Free

Rare Spirits with Shire

April 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Shire, 650 E. Kendall Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

Did you know that today, you likely interacted with someone with a rare disease? One in 20 people are living with a rare disease, which equates to roughly 350 million people worldwide. Currently, there are 7,000 known rare diseases, of which only 5% have treatment options.* At Shire, we are passionate about closing this gap and creating therapies for these underserved populations. Come join us and learn about the importance of “rare” and how common “rare” really is. We will be sharing insights about the unique people we serve across our core therapeutic areas while serving food and beverages to help raise awareness of the opportunity to champion these patients and their families. Cost: Free . RSVP at bit.ly/2oZrbwH Shire is the leading global biotechnology company focused on serving people with rare diseases. We strive to develop best-in-class medicines, many of which are available in more than 100 countries, across core... Read More

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5:30 pm
Free

The BioMedia Lab Exhibition

April 20 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
MassArt, 621 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115 United States

Join the BioMedia Lab at MassArt for a multi-media exhibition of biology focused, interactive art. Participate in live animal life drawing and other activities on site! The location of the exhibition will be in the BioMedia Lab in the Design and Media Center (DMC) in room 009 in the basement. Cost: Free. Drop-in. More info: @BioMedia_Lab on twitter

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6:00 pm
Free

Ocean Evolution Today: The Impact of Human Activities on the Ecology and Evolution of Marine Organisms

April 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Science Center, Hall D, 1 Oxford Street
Cambridge, 02138 United States

Human activities are causing changes in the ocean that could influence the evolution of its organisms. In this panel discussion, three marine scientists with expertise in chemistry, microbiology, geology, marine conservation, and the use of remotely operated vehicles to study deep-sea organisms will discuss the impact of human activity on ocean and coastal ecosystems and answer questions about actions both individuals and organizations can take to support the health of the ocean. Hosted by Harvard Museums of Science and Culture. Full details here. Cost: Free.

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6:30 pm
Free

Science by the Pint Presents: A Panel Discussion on Genetic Engineering

April 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Aeronaut Brewing Co., 14 Tyler St.
Somerville, MA 02143 United States

The advent of genetic engineering marks one of the most significant advances in biological science of the last century. How are researchers implementing genetic tools to answer fundamental biological questions? What medical applications of gene editing are on the horizon? Spend an evening with Science by the Pint to hear a panel of Boston-area researchers discuss the present and future of genetic engineering, geared toward a general audience. Following the panel, grab a beer and chat with the panelists, as well as grad students and postdocs conducting cutting edge research. Our panelists for the night include: George Church, Harvard Johnny Kung, pgEd group Wilson Wong, BU George Annas, BU Daniel Polley, Massachusetts Eye & Ear/Harvard Cost: Free, Cash Bar. Ages 21+

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Free

Staying Safe & Secure Online

April 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cambridge Public Library, Community Room, 449 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Cambridge Science Festival

The Internet presents a world of promise and innovation but hold risks untold for the everyday computer user. Malware, ransomware and surveillance lurk in every corner of the Internet. Data breaches and financial fraud are now an unfortunate daily occurrence. We will explore the risks of the digital realm from apps, to social media, email and more. Learn real world tools and techniques to minimize your risks, protect your privacy and identity, and shield your financial health – all while getting the most out of your digital tools. From Evolutionary IT. Cost: Free

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Tipping the Scales on Climate Change: Covering and Communicating an Unthinkably Big Problem

April 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Broad Institute, 415 Main St.
Cambridge , MA 02142 United States

In its physical, political, and ethical dimensions, the climate change problem is mind-boggling — and perhaps more complex than any other humanity has ever faced. Join the Knight Science Journalism Program and Undark Magazine for a short film and panel discussion aimed at bringing the problem down to size.   Please see the event page for full details. Panelists include Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Ian Cheney; Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication; climate activist Nicole Hernandez Hammer; and former Obama climate policy adviser Bina Venkataraman. Moderated by climate journalist Andrew C. Revkin. Cost: Free

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7:00 pm
Free

Sharks in Our Backyard: The Resurgence of Sand Tiger Sharks in New England

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
New England Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theater, 1 Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110 United States
Sharks in Our Backyard: The Resurgence of Sand Tiger Sharks in New England

Despite their scary appearance, sand tiger sharks are docile ocean animals that pose no real threat to humans. Although it has a rich history in New England, this species declined due to threats like overfishing, and was rarely observed in our region during recent decades. However, a significant number of juvenile sand tigers returned to local waters in the last five to 10 years. Come learn about the biology, conservation, and fascinating resurgence of this species in our own backyard. Cost: Free. Pre-registration recommended at www.neaq.org/learn/lectures/

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7:30 pm
$15 - $46

Paradise

April 20 @ 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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