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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
Free

Design Playground (JK-5th Grade)

April 21 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Lesley University Room 2-026, 1815 Mass Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
Design Playground (JK-5th Grade)

Come tinker, build and create with us! Participants will collaborate on designing a large scale “trash city,” make their own toothbrush robot, and explore interactive coding tools. Caregivers are encouraged to play along! Cost: Free. Ages 4-10 with caregiver. Pre-registration required at bit.ly/DesignPlayground

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Free

Spit for Science and Nose Pick for Progress: The Human Microbiome Comes Alive at Forsyth

April 21 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until April 23, 2017

Forysth, 245 First Street (Enter at 1 Athenaeum Street)
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
Spit for Science and Nose Pick for Progress: The Human Microbiome Comes Alive at Forsyth

Join Forsyth microbiologists to learn about the bacteria that live on your body. Over 700 types of “bugs” are found in human mouths! Attendees will have a chance to take bacteria from their mouth and nose and see their own microbiome. Forsyth will also showcase its one-of-a kind technique that creates high-resolution maps of bacterial “forests.” Finally, by nose picking for progress, attendees will have the opportunity to contribute to what could become the world’s largest database of nasal bacteria! Cost: Free. Drop-in.

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10:00 am
$100

Projection Mapping Workshop with Materials & Methods

April 21 @ 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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Celebrating the Earth

April 21 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

Join scientists from MIT, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Harvard/MIT Center for Chemical Innovation and more to learn about their efforts to better understand our planet. See the latest advances in oceanographic research, learn about alternative energy options, talk to individuals working in the field and dive into some hands-on nautical explorations! Cost: Included with Museum admission. Drop-in.

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10:30 am
Free

LEGO City Cambridge

April 21 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Maud Morgan Arts, 20A Sacramento Street,
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

Update - this event is at capacity, but you can join the waitlist!   Join architects from BSA Space as we envision the future of Cambridge with LEGO bricks. We will begin by learning how the Envision Cambridge planning team is considering sustainability, transportation, housing, parks and open space for a vision for the city. Participants will then brainstorm their own ideas about how to create a city that is more beautiful, resilient, and equitable. Cost: Free. Please RSVP online. This event is now full, but you can join the waitlist!

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Vizkidz: Learning about Data Visualization for Kids

April 21 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on an unspecified date at 10:30am

One event on an unspecified date at 2:30pm

One event on an unspecified date at 2:30pm

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

At a time when data and its application are considered fundamental to most industries, Vizkidz offers young people a head start by introducing the core concepts of data visualization through characters such as Penelope Pie, Laney Line, Barnaby Barchart, and Bertie Boxplot. Join author Liv Buli, a data journalist, to explore the wonderful world of Vizkidz and learn about the basic concepts of data visualization. She’ll read from her book Penelope Pie Throws a Pizza Party, the first book in the Vizkidz series. She’ll also guide kids in hands-on activities that explore works of art and collections from the Harvard Art Museums. This event will take place in Deknatel Hall, Lower Level. Cost: Free with museums admission. Children and families of all ages are encouraged to attend. Support for this program is provided in part by the Christopher P. Kaneb Fund.

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11:00 am
Free

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

April 21 @ 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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Free

How the Internet Works & Tour Akamai’s Network Operations Command Center

April 21 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Akamai Technologies, 150 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States

Akamai delivers a large percentage of the world’s web traffic every day on behalf of a range of popular web and media sites. Come learn how the Internet works, and how Akamai makes the Internet faster and more reliable. Three sessions are offered: 11am, 1pm & 3:00pm.  Each session lasts approximately 2 hours. Each session has two parts: How the Internet Works - Ever wonder what the Internet is, and how it works? In this hands-on activity, learn what happens between when you enter an address in your web browser and when the website loads. Tour the Akamai Network Operations Command Center (NOCC)! - Learn how Akamai makes your experience using the Internet faster while touring the Network Operations Command Center (NOCC) at the Akamai world headquarters. Limited to 20 attendees per session. If there are open slots for any session, on-site registration is possible, but not guaranteed. Cost: Free. Pre-registration strongly... Read More

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12:30 pm
Free

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

April 21 @ 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
Free

Design Your World (6th-12th Grade)

April 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Lesley University Room 2-026, 1815 Mass Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
Design Your World (6th-12th Grade)

Join us for a hands-on making workshop. Participants will import 3D models into Minecraft, design “Rule Your Room” littleBits projects, and create their own LED wearables. Caregivers are encouraged to play along! Cost: Free. Grades 6-12. Pre-registration required at bit.ly/DesignYourWorld

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$25

Engineer Biology Hands-On!

April 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
Engineer Biology Hands-On!

In this two-day workshop, learn how genetic engineers produce medicine, food, fuel, household products and even materials. Genetically engineered consumer products are already in the hands of hundreds of millions of people each day. This course takes you through the experience of engineering bacteria to produce bio-pigments or bio-scents. Participants agree to attend both sessions, 1:00pm – 4:00pm on 4/21 and 4/22. Cost: $25 per participant (includes Museum admission). Ages 12+. Pre-registration required at mitmuseum.mit.edu/csf

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2:00 pm

MIT Museum Revealed: Undersea Robotics Tour

April 21 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
MIT Museum Revealed: Undersea Robotics Tour

Dive into our exhibit halls with Kurt Hasselbalch, Curator of the Hart Nautical Collections. Learn about MIT's numerous connections to autonomous underwater vehicle development and nature-inspired robotics. 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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Free

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

April 21 @ 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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2:30 pm
Free

Family Science Day at Framingham State University

April 21 @ 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Framingham State University, 100 State St.
Framingham , MA 01702 United States

What do you call an afternoon full of fun, family, and learning? Framingham State University calls it the Family Science Day, and we’re hoping you’ll join us. Learners of all ages are invited to engage in exciting science and engineering activities on the University campus, including hands-on experiences in biology, chemistry, physics, food science, robotics, and engineering, as well as enjoy stunning HD planetarium programs. Cost: Free. Drop-in.

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Vizkidz: Learning about Data Visualization for Kids

April 21 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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One event on an unspecified date at 2:30pm

One event on an unspecified date at 2:30pm

One event on an unspecified date at 2:30pm

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

At a time when data and its application are considered fundamental to most industries, Vizkidz offers young people a head start by introducing the core concepts of data visualization through characters such as Penelope Pie, Laney Line, Barnaby Barchart, and Bertie Boxplot. Join author Liv Buli, a data journalist, to explore the wonderful world of Vizkidz and learn about the basic concepts of data visualization. She’ll read from her book Penelope Pie Throws a Pizza Party, the first book in the Vizkidz series. She’ll also guide kids in hands-on activities that explore works of art and collections from the Harvard Art Museums. This event will take place in Deknatel Hall, Lower Level. Cost: Free with museums admission. Children and families of all ages are encouraged to attend. Support for this program is provided in part by the Christopher P. Kaneb Fund.

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5:00 pm
Free

Advocate for Science!

April 21 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
MIT Building 10, Room 105, 33 Massachusettes Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
Advocate for Science!

Science thrives when people’s voices are heard. The more people that tell Congress that they support science, the better. You may find yourself thinking: I want to help but what should I do to advocate? Is it really going to make a difference? Join us to understand why we need to stand up for research, learn the ways you can get involved and make a difference to the future of science. Cost: Free

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6:00 pm
$10 - $30

Exploring Career Options in STEM: Speed Networking

April 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
MIT Picower Institute, Building 46, Third Floor Atrium, 43 Vassar St.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

If you are an entry-level scientist or a mid-career professional looking to explore career options, then this event is for you! Mingle with accomplished scientists from a variety of industries. During 12 minute rounds, attendees will chat with a variety of different STEM professionals to learn about their experiences while enjoying a catered dinner. Bring business cards and leave resumes at home; this is not a career fair! Cost: $10-$30, Early Bird Special until April 14th. Pre-registration required at bit.ly/Speed-Networking

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6:30 pm
Free

Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit With Marie Curie Film Screening & Reception

April 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Broad Institute, 415 Main St.
Cambridge , MA 02142 United States

Celebrate science on the green carpet with a film screening & dessert reception! The event features the microdocumentary series Storied Women, highlighting historic accomplishments of women at MIT, along with the local debut screening of the living history film Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit With Marie Curie (40 mins). The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and an “edible astronomy” reception featuring Stellar Desserts.  About The Film: Two-time Nobel Prize winner Marie Skłodowska Curie is best known for pioneering the field of radioactivity, including her discovery of the elements Polonium and Radium, but few understand the obstacles she faced just to get into the laboratory. Masterfully portrayed by acclaimed living history scholar & playwright Susan Marie Frontczak, Humanity Needs Dreamers explores the tenacity of the human spirit and the enduring allure of scientific discovery. Panelists include: Meg Rosenburg, PhD, Scientist, Historian & Filmmaker, Storied Women  Anna Frebel, PhD, Astronomer and Professor of Physics, MIT & Creator of Stellar Desserts Jen Myronuk, Producer & Director, Humanity... Read More

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7:00 pm
Free

Music and the Bilingual Brain

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fitzgerald Theater, Cambridge Rindge & Latin, 459 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

Project LENS is a Boston-based performance collaborative that seeks to reveal connections between music and other topics. The group’s diverse studies and passion for classical music have inspired them to start a conversation about the way music relates to topics as eclectic as evolution, law and birdsong. For this event, Project LENS will join Harvard Professor Gigi Luk to explore how the cognitive effects of bilingualism might relate to the benefits of learning music “as another language.” Hosted by Harvard Museums of Science and Culture. View full details here. Cost: Free  

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8:00 pm
$15 - $46

Paradise

April 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 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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8:30 pm
Free

Astronomy After Hours

April 21 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Gilliland Observatory, MOS Parking Garage Roof, 1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114 United States
Astronomy After Hours

Gilliland Observatory, MOS Parking Garage Roof - Every Friday! Weather permitting: On clear nights, you can view stars, planets, the Moon and other astronomical phenomena. Also, check out the inside of our Observatory and participate in astronomy-related activities run by our knowledgeable staff. For more details and weather updates, call the hotline, 617-589-0267. Cost: Free

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