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Science in the City

April 12 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Join City of Cambridge departments as we take over City Hall and turn it into a Science Fair for the day!  Play, learn, and create with us from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Friday, April 12th.

All participants in our scavenger hunts will get a prize! All you adults, participate and you’ll be entered to win a special prize as well.

Cost: Free. Register here. 

Special Workshops

Urban Cycling Basics Workshops

2:00 – 3:00 PM, 4:00-5:00 PM

Riding With Families Workshops

3:00 – 4:00 PM, 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Learn the following:

  • Finding the right kind of bike
  • Route planning
  • Safety equipment, including lights and a helmet
  • Locking properly
  • Transporting small loads or children by bike
  • Multi-modal commuting
  • Rules of the road and safety tips.

All participants in the bike workshops get a free helmet!


Agenda for Children Literacy Initiative

Play literacy games with us all day!

Cambridge Public Schools Design Lab

Use Design Thinking to turn your ideas into solutions.

Cambridge Arts

Explore the science behind Sidewalk Poetry in Cambridge with a hands on printmaking activity.

Cambridge GIS

Create a Cambridge Map

Cambridge Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will provide the map layers and you use them to make a map of Cambridge. Learn how simple data can be combined to make a map showing neighborhoods, parks, water bodies, and more!

Water Department

Have a fresh pour of Fresh Pond!

Did you know that Cambridge has a reservoir and waterworks system separate from Greater Boston?  Find out what it takes to protect the reservoir and how we go from natural water to high-quality drinking water with the Cambridge Water Department.

Mystic River Watershed Association

Why does the Cambridge DPW perform all of this work to improve water quality?

Learn about the water quality and amazing fish migration happening in local waterways. The Mystic River Watershed Association is managing a citizen science effort to document the largest river herring migration in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Come to our table and be a part of this effort to document, measure, analyze and better understand this local fish migration.  Promise you will be amazed.

Department of Public Works & Conservation Commission

We all live in a watershed!

Do you know your watershed?  Learn where rain goes after it rains and how you can help it get back to its roots and stay clean along the way.

Traffic, Parking and Transportation

The Science of Traffic Signals

TP&T will discuss and present Synchro, a modelling software used to design signal timing and phasing. Put in your own ideas and see how signals, cycle lengths, and the Flash Don’t Walktime for pedestrians change based on your input. Ever wondered what those green pavement markings are? We’ll tell you all about it! Finally, learn about Vision Zero and how you can do your part.

Cambridge Recycling Division

Your Lunch: Hot Air or Clean Power?

Trash or compost? A choice that seals a leftover’s destiny. Find out what happens to the methane gas food emits when it is trapped in a landfill versus when it is captured in an anaerobic digester.

CDD Environmental and Transportation Planning Division

Glocal Challenge and Communicating the Realities of Climate Change!

Come and listen to our youth entrepreneurs and interns pitch their ideas for how to communicate the realities of climate change. Give them your feedback, ideas, and innovations and help them towards implementation of their projects this summer.

CDD Housing Planning Division

Build a City Block!  What does residential density look like?  Want to see more affordable housing in Cambridge? Using an interactive game called Cambridge Streets, participants can design a city block to visualize different considerations and trade-offs when building different types of housing, creating open space and transportation options for all users.

Cambridge Energy Alliance

Ride the energy efficiency bike and see energy efficiency in action, spin the wheel of energy and answer trivia questions about climate change and energy, learn more about making your home more efficient and run on renewable energy!

Cambridge Public Library

Exploring Virtual Reality with the Cambridge Public Library

Come learn about Virtual Reality and 3D technology with librarians from the Cambridge Public Library!


Cambridge Open Data

Embark on a data scavenger hunt!

Data informs nearly everything we do in the City of Cambridge. Join us for a scavenger hunt through Cambridge’s open data portal. Learn how to find data about the environment, traffic, housing, and all the other topics at the science fair!

Public Safety (Police, 911, Fire, Pro EMS, Animal Control)

Emergency Phone Call “Ride Along”

Come along with us as we follow a call from the time it comes into the Emergency Communications Center to the time it is dispatched. Watch in real time and see what the outcome could be!

Cambridge Sustainability Dashboard

Take a scavenger hunt through our dashboard to see just what our sustainability goals and activities look like!




April 12
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Cambridge City Hall
795 Mass Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
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