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

April 1, 2016

Build Your Own Computer Game—Animation—Science Writing—Ocean Science—Coding—Robots—and more!

Massachusetts April Vacation Week: Friday, April 15—Sunday April 24, 2015

Cambridge, MA—CAMBRIDGE, MA—Beginning April 15th, the streets of Cambridge will come alive once again in a celebration of science and technology. The tenth annual Cambridge Science Festival, presented by the MIT Museum, will take place April 15 - 24, 2016 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 in Cambridge, and in other locations throughout the city during the ten-day festival.

The kick off weekend begins Friday evening with an event designed by MIT Museum Director, John Durant. Big Ideas for Busy People will get an official nod from Governor Charlie Baker who will introduce five science luminaries who will be given 5 minutes to present their big ideas. This year's theme is "Ten Years into the Future - What Might Science, Technology and Culture Look Like in 2026?". Held at the First Parish Church in Harvard Square, this event will be a fast paced, thought-provoking evening that all ages will enjoy.

For families, the fun really begins on Saturday, April 16, when the Science Carnival and Robot Zoo move into the Cambridge Rindge & Latin Field House and the Cambridge Public Library on the corner of Broadway and Ellery Streets. This afternoon represents what innovation means to the region; local companies, schools and organizations will be on hand providing amazing activities and demonstrations that will enable visitors to see, touch, smell, hear, and taste science in new and exciting ways. From rockets to robots, dinosaurs to drones, this event features over 100 presenters. Over at the MIT Museum, Saturday is a more relaxed day with a workshop for young students (5th-8th graders) focusing on Balinese music, and the Idea Hub offering paper circuit activities.

Then, throughout the April Vacation Week, the MIT Museum will offer a number of workshops and demonstrations each day, with all programs being listed on the website. Saturday evening, in celebration of the Cambridge Science Festival's 10th Anniversary, there will be a free discussion—Worthy of AtTENtion: 10 Years in 10 Minutes. Find out what scientists now know about memory, gravitational waves, exoplanets, and more. As you'd expect, each presenter will convey their exciting overview in just ten minutes!

As the MIT Museum celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Cambridge Science Festival it's a great time to pause and reflect on what it means to be an integral part of a movement that integrates learning about science into everyone's culture. "It's really exciting to see the phenomenal growth in science festivals in the U.S. over the past decade, and to think that so much of this was originally sparked by the first Cambridge Science Festival in 2007," said Ben Wiehe, manager of the Science Festival Alliance, also based at the MIT Museum. "There are over 50 science festivals taking place throughout the United States now from rural areas to major cities, and it's amazing," said Wiehe.

Also included during the week are: hands-on interactive activities; gallery demonstrations; and curatorial tours. Visitors can help celebrate MIT's 100 years in Cambridge by contributing to a collaborative mural of the city using non-traditional "high-tech" elements; participate in a mission to Mars; design computer games; and learn about the concepts of digital play, ocean science and robotics. Saturday, April 23, the Museum will swing its doors open and offer free admission as part of the larger 'MIT Open House Day.'

Also on view is the new exhibition, Imagining New Technology: Building MIT in Cambridge. The exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of MIT moving from Boston to Cambridge. This exhibition includes rarely seen architectural drawings, photographs, interviews and artifacts that lend insight to the dramatic impact that the design of the Institute has had on the physical, economic, and social development of Cambridge as well as on higher education.

"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 taking place throughout Boston and Cambridge, and to learn which events require pre-registration see the Museum website or Cambridge Science Festival. Registration for workshops opens on March 28th.

Also follow what's going on at the museum during the Cambridge Science Festival on Twitter or Facebook.

Visitor Information

  • Open Daily 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Closed major holidays
  • Adults: $10.00; youth under 18, students, seniors: $5:00;
  • Free admission for MIT card-holders, alumni
  • Free in July & August only, for Cambridge Public Library card holders
  • Located in the Central Square Cultural District

Media Contact: 
Josephine Patterson
josiep@mit.edu | 617-253-4422