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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

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

April 22 @ 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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Exhibition opens: All the World is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology

April 22 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Exhibition opens: All the World is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology

In a beautifully restored gallery, see an astonishing array of over 600 objects from Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. Together they trace the early history of the museum’s collections and the birth of American anthropology. Enter the world of a late 19th-century museum and be transported into the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition where Frederic Putnam, the second Peabody Museum director, and the Peabody presented their anthropological vision and collections to a wider world. Cost: Included with Museum Admission. Drop-In.

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Free

Sustainable Cambridge

April 22 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

How much bicycle power does it take to turn on a light bulb?  How knowledgeable are YOU on how to get around town without taking a car? Stop by our sustainability event to learn all about sustainability and what YOU can do to make Cambridge an even more sustainable community.  Jump on a bike to power light bulbs, take our quizzes about getting around town and energy efficiency, and leave with lots of information for actions you can take at home. Please note, this event is in Joan Lorenz Park outside of the Main Library. Library location below is for ease of finding the event.

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Free

MIT ESI Earth Day Celebration

April 22 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kresge Oval, 48 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

Get outside and celebrate Earth Day with MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative! Learn about the environment and how we impact our planet through hands-on, interactive activities for all ages. Experience climate change through virtual reality, make and take a terrarium, build a material-efficient tower or a plant-monitoring app, make a smoothie on a blender bike, erode a landscape, touch marine critters, and much more! Drop by, have some fun, and appreciate the earth!

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10:00 am
Free

STEAM Beans the Hidden Figures Dream

April 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lesley University, Room 2-141, 1815 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
STEAM Beans the Hidden Figures Dream

Join us in celebrating modern day "black girl magic" as elementary age black girls facilitate an exploratory learning experience in STEAM. This scholar led activity is NASA’s Hidden Figures dream as it places students at the forefront of real world, culturally relevant, project-based learning. Scholars will discuss and demonstrate their learning by re-creating activities for participants highlighting fieldwork at Blue Hills Observatory and the Lesley University MakerSpace. All are welcome. Cost: Free. Pre-registration required at https://steambeanscsf.eventbrite.com

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$5

Early Algebraic Thinking Parent-Child Workshop with Singapore Math

April 22 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Lexington Singapore School, 807 Massachusetts Ave.
Lexington, MA 02420 United States

Join us for a parent-child workshop for early algebraic thinking! Suitable for K to 1st graders. Find out more about our unique Singapore Math approach in this one hour workshop. Two sessions: 10am - 10:45 and 11am - 11:45am Cost: $5/child. Parent enters free with child. Pre-registration required.

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Free

South Shore Science Festival

April 22 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
QCI / Quincy Center for Innovation, 180 Old Colony Ave.
Quincy, MA 02170 United States
Cambridge Science Festival

The 3rd Annual South Shore Science Festival offers a day of STEAM fun, with a showcase and science workshops. The showcase will demonstrate hands-on and innovative approaches to science by kids and for kids. Science workshops include activities from robots to reptiles, biotechnology games, writing interactive stories, science of sports and games, Lego activities, recycling games, nature studies, and much more! Cost: Free. Skip the line, register online! Get free tickets in advance at www.southshorescience.org

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$2 - $15

Bringing Horticulture into your Home

April 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr.
Boylston, MA 01505 United States
Bringing Horticulture into your Home

Join us for a full day of workshops and demonstrations that educate and encourage people to integrate plants into their homes and lives, even without a yard! Workshops, pop up demonstrations and booths will focus on DIY projects, growing food and other skills related to home and apartment gardening, including youth garden demonstrations, seed planting, repotting violets, herb tastings and more. Cost: $2-$15 entrance fee . Drop-in. Some classes require pre-registration at www.towerhillbg.org

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Free

Science Talk: The Appalachian Mountain Club’s Climate Change and Air Quality Research

April 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Appalachian Mountain Club, 5 Joy Street
Boston, MA 02108

This event is organized by the Appalachian Mountain Club Join AMC staff and the Boston Chapter Young Members Committee (ages 20s to 30s) to celebrate Earth Day at Joy Street! The open house will begin at 10am, with a gear swap, sign-making for the Science March and light refreshments. At 11am Georgia Murray, an AMC staff scientist, will deliver her talk "AMC's Climate Change and Air Quality Research" followed by audience Q&A.   Please register online at bit.ly/2mYWUfZ The event is limited to 100 people.  

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10:30 am

Vizkidz: Learning about Data Visualization for Kids

April 22 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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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

Marvelous Molecules in Play

April 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
Marvelous Molecules in Play -Photo Credit: Clinton Blackburn Photography

An invitation to a spectacular morning of chemistry magic presented by Dr. John Dolhun of MIT. We’ll enjoy colorful transformations, smoking balloons, invisible gases, magical polymers, flaming vapors, chemiluminescence, a simulation of the colors of fireworks and much more.   Photo Credit: Clinton Blackburn Photography Cost: Included with Museum admission.

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$5

Early Algebraic Thinking Parent-Child Workshop with Singapore Math

April 22 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Lexington Singapore School, 807 Massachusetts Ave.
Lexington, MA 02420 United States

Join us for a parent-child workshop for early algebraic thinking! Suitable for K to 1st graders. Find out more about our unique Singapore Math approach in this one hour workshop. Two sessions: 10am - 10:45 and 11am - 11:45am Cost: $5/child. Parent enters free with child. Pre-registration required.  

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12:00 pm
Free

Visual Perception Workshop

April 22 @ 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

Creative Kinetic Sculptures in the Idea Hub

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
Creative Kinetic Sculptures in the Idea Hub

Explore the interface of art and engineering by creating a unique moving art piece engineered to move with gears, cams, linkages and pulleys. Cost: Included with Museum admission. Drop-in.

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1:00 pm
Free

Science on the Street at March for Science: Family Activities

April 22 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Boston Common, Tremont Street
Boston, MA United States

The Science on the Street team will be offering hands-on science activities at the March for Science in the Family Activities area! Make a kite, check out mystery tubes, and more. Family Friendly events are scheduled from 1-4 at the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common. Look for us there! More information: https://www.marchforscienceboston.com/day-of       

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The Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show, 1pm & 3pm

April 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:40 pm
Museum of Science, 1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114 United States

Fun for the whole family, this comedy show is all about the mysteries of matter – including atoms, molecules, and nanotechnology. Join brothers Dan and Joel as they juggle everything from potted plants to tennis rackets, sometimes from atop seven-foot unicycles. Cost: Included with Museum Admission 2 Shows! 1pm and 3pm at MoS Cahners Theater 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 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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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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Free

Science Club for Girls Presents “The Brain: a Film by Media Team!”

April 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Simmons College School of Management, Building 4, Room M-501, 300 Fenway
Boston, MA 02115 United States
Science Club for Girls Presents "The Brain: a Film by Media Team!"

Join the Science Club for Girls Media Team as they showcase their newest "Bill Nye the Science Guy" film, all about "The Brain!" Audience members will have a chance to participate in a "Nifty Home Experiment," meet a "Way Cool Scientist,” and have a Q&A with our very own filmmakers, the girls from Media Team! Cost: Free. RSVP at scfgmediateam2017.eventbrite.com

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Free

Not a Bedtime, But a STEAM Story

April 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cambridge Public Library, Community Room, 449 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Cambridge Science Festival

Everybody likes a good book. Learn math and science through a story with pictures! Illustrations make STEM become STEAM! In this activity, each person will get a portion of the story to learn and illustrate. Then, we'll read the final story together. Come and "READ STEAM"….literally!   This workshop also features several pedagogical tenets: Differentiated instruction for teachers=synchronous multi-level instruction for out of school programs, scaffolding as well as relational science and mathematics.  Cost: Free. Grades 6-10. Parents and Teachers welcome. RSVP to Dr. Maru Colbert at edutech4snps@gmail.com

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2:30 pm

Vizkidz: Learning about Data Visualization for Kids

April 22 @ 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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3:00 pm
$15 - $46

Paradise

April 22 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 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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5:00 pm

Singin’ of the Rain: Songs about Weather and Climate

April 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
The Broad Institute, 415 Main St.
Cambridge , MA 02142 United States

Come hear an exciting collection of songs about weather and climate from North Cambridge Family Opera. Performed by an intergenerational chorus, songs are accompanied by a slideshow of lyrics and artwork created by students in Cambridge schools. Topics include tornadoes, rain and thunderstorms, El Niño and La Niña, the ozone hole, ocean level rise, the basic distinctions between weather and climate and more. Cost: Free.

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Free

Storytelling Event – What Have You Risked For Love?

April 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Central Square Theatre, 450 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

Join us after the April 22nd performance of Paradise for a special event. Moderated by writer and psychologist Robin Abrahams, three storytellers share stories of love and risk - the subject under investigation from a neurological point of view by the young protagonist in Paradise. Free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first serve.

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7:00 pm
$20 - $25

How to Make a Superhero

April 22 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
How to Make a Superhero

  Have you ever wondered what goes into becoming a superhero? What is a super suit made out of, and how hard is it to maintain a secret identity? Join us for a evening of conversations and presentations with super researchers who know a bit about the gadgets, materials, and psyche of superheroes. Advance tickets available online for $20 until noon on 4/22. Tickets will be available at the door for $25. Presentations by: Psychic VR turns Mediators into Superheroes Judith Amores Fernandez - PhD Candidate, Fluid Interfaces Group, Media Lab, MIT CRISPR: Supertool for Genome Editing Omar Abudayyeh & Jonathan Gootenberg - Feng Zhang Lab, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT Spiderman's Spidersilk Zhao Qin - Research Scientist, Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT Ethics and Moral Dilemmas of Superheroes Christopher Robichaud - Lecturer, Ethics and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government The Adventures of Ms. Meta:... Read More

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8:00 pm
$15 - $46

Paradise

April 22 @ 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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