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Science in the City
April 12 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pmFree
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.
Lecture & Workshop Schedule
2:00PM: Sullivan Chambers
Q&A with the Public Safety group! Ask representatives from the Cambridge Police, Fire and Emergency Communications Departments about the science behind the work they do.
2:30PM: Sullivan Chambers
Cambridge Energy Alliance: Solar Energy: Solar is the most affordable electricity you can buy and it’s not just for homeowners! Learn more about all the ways to get solar: from installing at your building, leasing your roof to community solar projects, solar sharing with your neighbors or joining the Cambridge Community Electricity Program’s 100% Green Plus.
3PM: Sullivan Chambers
Climate Change Preparedness & Resiliency: The Port: Climate change means the future environment of Cambridge will shift to new averages and extremes for temperature, precipitation, and sea levels. Find out what the future might bring and what the City, residents, and the private sector are doing and can do.
3PM: Mayor’s Lounge
Jennifer Brea is about to marry the love of her life when she’s struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden. When doctors tell her “it’s all in her head,” she turns her camera on herself and her community as she looks for answers and fights for a cure.
3:30PM: Sullivan Chambers
Glocal Challenge Winners pitch their ideas
4:15PM: Sullivan Chambers
Cambridge Energy Alliance: Energy efficiency: The cheapest and most environmentally friendly energy is the energy you don’t waste! Learn more about how your home can be more comfortable and have lower utility bills. Tips and free energy efficiency programs for homeowners, business owners, renters, kids and everyone in between.
4:45PM: Sullivan Chambers
Cambridge Energy Alliance: Renewable thermal: Clean and green heating and cooling! Learn about why your next furnace or hot water heater should be an air-source heat pump or a solar hot water system. These technologies help you kick fossil fuels out of your home and can save you money too.
5PM: Mayor’s Lounge
Commission for Persons with Disabilities Presentation on Service Animals
2PM to 6PM: Front Lawn
Urban Cycling Basics Workshops!
- 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!
Visit CambridgeScienceFestival.org for full details!
Cost: Free. Everyone Welcome!
WHO CAN YOU MEET AT CITY HALL?
- Commission for Persons with Disabilities
- STEAM Initiative
- Agenda for Children Literacy Initiative
- Climate Change Preparedness in The Port project
- Cambridge GIS
- Water Department
- Department of Public Works Recycling Division
- Department of Public Works Stormwater Management
- Conservation Commission & Public Health Department
- Traffic, Parking & Transportation Department
- Environmental and Transportation Planning Division
- Cambridge Public Library
- Cambridge Open Data
- Public Safety (Police, K-9 Unit, 911, Pro EMS, Animal Control)
- Cambridge Energy Alliance
- Community Development Housing Division
- Glocal Challenge
- And of course….BIG TRUCKS!
WHAT CAN YOU DO AT CITY HALL?
Agenda for Children Literacy Initiative
Science and Literacy at Home Doing science activities together with your children can help build their literacy skills too! Come join us for two activities that you can do here and at home:
* Building Towers: Can you use these household materials to build a tower to hold up a tennis ball? A baseball? A stack of books? How tall can you make your tower before it falls over?
* Colorful Creations: Use your imagination and science skills to turn coffee filters, markers and water into a colorful creature!
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!
Cambridge 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
Stormwater Pollution – An Urban Threat to People and Wildlife: Find out how stormwater washes pollutants into our rivers, streams, ponds and lakes, impacting water quality. Fresh, clean water is important to birds, fish, aquatic invertebrates, plants and people. Discover what can you do to help reduce pollution.
City of Cambridge Department of Public Works Stormwater Division
What happens to stormwater after it rains or snow melts? Come learn about watersheds, where stormwater goes and what rides along through the use of the EnviroScape interactive model. Enviroscape dramatically demonstrates water pollution — and its prevention and how a watershed works. EnviroScape programs communicate to people of all ages that we share responsibilities in preventing water pollution.
Cambridge Traffic, Parking and Transportation
The Science of Traffic Signals
Join TP+T for a hands-on learning experience about how we use traffic signals to help you stay safe when moving around the city. We’ll show you the insides of a traffic signal, let you simulate signal timing for any intersection in Cambridge, and educate you about what you can do to help us reach our Vision Zero goals. Complete a Vision Zero word search and we’ll reward you with a (little) traffic signal of your own.
City of Cambridge Department of Public Works (Official) Recycling Division
Trash or Treasure? Discover all the things we can give a second life by recycling or composting in Cambridge.
Community Development Department Environmental and Transportation Planning Division
Glocal Challenge & Communicating Climate Change!
Come and listen to our youth entrepreneurs and interns pitch their ideas for how to communicate the realities of climate change in Cambridge. Give them your feedback, ideas, and innovations and help them towards implementation their projects this summer.
Community Development Department Housing 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 Public Library
Extended Reality with the Cambridge Public Library: Experience Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and a 3D “Photo Booth” — all part of the CPL’s new STEAM Initiative.
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!
Cambridge STEAM Initiative
Sink or Float? Why do some things sink and others float? What happens when we encourage young children to ask questions and explore their ideas? Join the Cambridge STEAM Initiative for a science exploration activity designed for Preschool through Kindergarten learners. Sink or Float is a fun and engaging learning activity developed by the Cambridge STEAM Initiative at DHSP as part of the STEAM@Home project.
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!
Explore the science behind Sidewalk Poetry in Cambridge with a hands on printmaking activity.
Commission for Persons with Disabilities
Learn more about the Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities
Public Safety (Cambridge Police Department, 911, Cambridge MA Fire Department, Pro EMS, Animal Control)
How would you like to meet Officers, firefighters, paramedics and dispatchers, participate in demonstrations, learn about the newest public safety equipment, try on gear, and receive free swag? As part of the Cambridge Science Festival, Cambridge Public Safety Agencies will once again be hosting the popular and FREE “The Science Behind Public Safety” event. Children, families and other participants will have an opportunity to meet and hear from representatives from the Cambridge Police, Fire, Emergency Communications, Animal Control, Pro EMS and State 911.
Public Health Department & Conservation Commission
The Cambridge Urban Agriculture Task Force, a work group of the Food and Fitness Policy Council, will present a report that looks at Cambridge’s urban agriculture policy through a health lens. Stop by and learn about the Cambridge Urban Agriculture Policy Initiative, the benefits of urban agriculture, and how to get started with gardening and beekeeping in the city.