Cambridge Science Festival

April 12 - 21, 2019

Celebrate the Cambridge Science Festival at the MIT Museum with daily events including workshops, hands-on activities, demonstrations, tours and more. Please take a look at our fun-filled schedule.

All costs are included with Museum admission unless otherwise noted.

Please note that tours are limited to 25 participants. Tickets will be available 30 minutes before the tour starts on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pre-registration for events at the Museum opens March 15 at 10 a.m.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13

Creative Kinetic Sculptures in the Idea Hub
12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Families, Teens, Adults
Create a unique moving art piece engineered to move with gears, cams, linkages, and pulleys in the Museum’s makerspace.

Learn how to play Balinese Gamelan music
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
$20/person. Includes Museum admission.
Families, Teens
Learn to play the bright, percussive gamelan instruments from Bali, Indonesia. Led by experienced instructors from Gamelan Galak Tika at MIT. Open to children grades 2 – 11. No prior musical experience required.
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Teen Science Café
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
High school students only
Free with pre-registration
High school students connect with scientists and each other in an evening of discussion and activities. Dinner provided.

SUNDAY, APRIL 14

Creative Kinetic Sculptures in the Idea Hub
12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Families, Teens, Adults
Create a unique moving art piece engineered to move with gears, cams, linkages, and pulleys in the Museum’s makerspace.

Maker Telephone
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
$15/person, $50 for a team of up to 4. Includes Museum admission.
Teens, Adults
Teams rotate from table to table and continue building projects that have been started, with a catch... they have no idea what the original end result was intended to be.
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Science Game Night
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
$6/person, $20/group (up to 4 people ages 10+)
Pre-registration required.
Families, Teens, Adults
Enjoy an evening of science-themed games with your friends and family.
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MONDAY, APRIL 15

Robots Mini Tours
10:15 am - 10:45 am and 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Families with children under age 12
Included with Museum admission
Meet the robots on display at the MIT Museum with Debbie Douglas, Science & Technology Curator.

Mathternoon @ the MIT Museum
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Families, Teens, Adults
Try your hand (and mind) at a variety of analytical explorations, including paper folding, slide rules from the Museum's Collections, and graph theory challenges.

TUESDAY, APRIL 16

Intro to 3D Printing and Design
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Families, Teens, Adults
Design in three dimensions using Tinkercad and explore how 3D printers can turn digital models into reality.

Engineering with the MIT Society of Women Engineers
2:00- 4:30 p.m.
$23, pre-registration required
Families
Kids will learn about real-world engineering challenges and try their hand at designing their own solutions.
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Digital Innovation Tour
2:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Adults, Teens ages 16+
Join Director of Technology, David Nuñez, on an exploration of MIT-based digital technologies and innovations on view.

Physics and Photography Workshop for Adults
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
$15/person. 18+ years. Pre-registration required.
Adults
Learn how MIT researchers are able to photograph events as fast as light itself, then learn how to use mainstream cameras to do your own high speed photography.
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17

Quantum Dot Workshop
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
$23/student (includes Museum admission)
Teens, ages 11-14
Learn what quantum dots are and how they are critical to creating many types of nanotechnology in this hands-on workshop.
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Accessible Technology: New Ways to Interface with the World
1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Families, Teens, Adults
Find out how researchers are working to create a more inclusive world allowing access to everything from information to transportation, despite age, language, or physical and cognitive abilities.

Drawing Architecture Tour
2:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Teens, Adults
Join MIT Museum Curatorial Associate, Daryl McCurdy, on an exploration of the new exhibition, Drawing, Designing, Thinking: 150 Years of Teaching Architecture at MIT.

Neuroscience Paint Night
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
$35, 21+ only. Pre-registration required.
Adults 21+ only
Create a painting of cerebral cortex neurons and hear about Eyewire, a cutting-edge, video game-based citizen science project.
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THURSDAY, APRIL 18

Sail Through Engineering Teacher Workshop
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Free with pre-registration
Middle and High School Teachers
Learn how to integrate hands-on engineering projects into your curriculum, and encourage students to engage with science and math as tools to solve real-world problems.
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Engineering Innovation: The Herreshoff Legacy Tour
2:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Teens, Adults
Explore the Lighter, Stronger, Faster exhibition with MIT Museum Nautical Curator, Kurt Hasselbalch and learn how the Herreshoff brothers revolutionized sailing vessels and boat production.

Hot STEAM II: A Science/Video/Art Film Screening
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Free. Limited seating.
Families, Teens, Adults
Presented with Cambridge Community Television, enjoy a screening of beautiful and bizarre videos that investigate the magic of science, art, and technology.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19

Chain Reaction FUNstruction
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Families, Teens, Adults
Work in teams to create a unique chain reaction contraption with physical items such as ramps, string, tape, and motors.

Gestural Engineering Tour
2:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Teens, Adults
Join Brindha Muniappan, Director of Programs, and explore the work of kinetic artist Arthur Ganson, whose moving sculptures are among the most beloved features of the MIT Museum. 

SATURDAY, APRIL 20

Float Your Boat in the Idea Hub
12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Learn how to create an efficient boat design by building and testing your own boat hull in the Museum’s makerspace.

SUNDAY, APRIL 21

Float Your Boat in the Idea Hub
12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Learn how to create an efficient boat design by building and testing your own boat hull in the Museum’s makerspace.

Visit the Cambridge Science Festival website for more information on city-wide events.