Celebrate Science at the MIT Museum's Ninth Annual Cambridge Science Festival

March 26, 2015

Celebrate Science at the MIT Museum's Ninth Annual Cambridge Science Festival

Hands-on Learning at its Best! Film Festival - Science Writing - Build Your Own Computer Game - Animation - Ocean Science - Coding - Robots- and more!

Fri., April 17 - Sun., April 26, 2015

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Beginning April 17th, the streets of Cambridge will come alive once again in a celebration of science and technology. The ninth annual Cambridge Science Festival, presented by the MIT Museum, will take place April 17 - 26, 2015 and will highlight the excitement of discovery, and the impact of science and technology in all our lives. Public events, activities and performances that blend art, science and technology, will take place at the MIT Museum and in other locations throughout Cambridge and Boston during the ten-day festival.

On Saturday, April 18, the MIT Museum will kick-off the festival with "Marvelous Molecules at Play." Visitors can join the MIT Chemistry Department and the MIT Alumni Association and take part in a selection of live chemical reactions including the carbon dioxide shower, the encapsulation of a child in a CO2 film bubble and the "Trial of a Gummy Bear". That will be followed by the unique "sculpture racing" workshop (pre-registration required) dedicated to designing and building a racing sculpture. Participants will learn about the history of sculpture racing, engage in artistic brainstorming and learn about design basics while constructing their racing sculpture. Sculptures will be completed at home and the race itself will take place on the last day of the Festival.

This kick-off day ends with local luminary, Alan Lightman, joining other scientists turned authors for a program titled "Reinventing a Genre: Pushing the Limits of Science Writing." Meet Tasneem Zehra Husain, the first Pakistani woman to obtain a PhD in string theory, as well as other American science writers and filmmakers, in a panel moderated by NOVA Next founding editor, Tim De Chant.

During the next week, the MIT Museum will offer numerous programs each day, including hands-on interactive activities, gallery demonstrations, workshops, and curatorial tours. Visitors will find activities such as: build your own chain reaction contraption workshops; a paper skyscraper building challenge; a design-your-own computer game workshop, as well as days dedicated to the concepts of play, ocean science and robotics.

Also on view are the two new photography exhibitions, Photographing Places: The Photographers of Places Journal, and from the Museum's collections, Images of Discovery, featuring image making stations that have already encouraged over 3,000 uploads to the MIT Museum Exhibitions' Flickr account. On Sunday, April 26th, the final day of the Cambridge Science Festival, the Museum will offer free admission.

"What better place to celebrate all things scientific than right here in Cambridge, home to many of the greatest scientists and engineers in the world," said festival founder and MIT Museum director John Durant. "No place else on Earth has the concentration of superstar researchers, science and math-based companies and big ideas. The Cambridge Science Festival is a way for the whole community to get involved with the globally significant work going on all around us. Plus, it's a lot of fun!"

For a complete listing of events and to learn which events require pre-registration visit the Museum's festival events page or the Cambridge Science Festival website. Also follow what's going on at the museum during the Cambridge Science Festival on Twitter or Facebook.

The MIT Museum's mission is to engage the wider community with MIT's science, technology and other areas of scholarship in ways that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

Visitor Information
MIT Museum
265 Massachusetts Avenue
Central Square Cultural District
Cambridge, MA 02139 USA
Phone: 617-253-5927

Open Daily 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays

General admission: $10.00 for adults; Youth under 18, students, seniors: $5.00; free admission for MIT card holders and alumni. Discounts are listed online.

Parking: Metered street parking and area lots
Public Transportation: Red Line "T" to Central Square or #1 bus

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