Celebrate Science at the Eighth Annual Cambridge Science Festival

April 16, 2014

Celebrate Science at MIT Museum's Eighth Annual Cambridge Science Festival

Stop by the MIT Museum and discover what everyone is talking about ...
Science is cool — Learning is fun!
Friday, April 18 – Sunday, April 27, 2014

Cambridge, MA—Beginning April 18th, the streets of Cambridge will come alive once again in a celebration of science and technology. The Cambridge Science Festival, presented by the MIT Museum, takes place April 18 - 27, 2014 and will highlight the excitement of discovery, and the impact of science and technology in all our lives. Public events, activities and performances during the nine-day festival will take place at the MIT Museum, and in other locations throughout Cambridge and Boston.

The Cambridge Science Festival kicks off on Friday April 18th with "Big Ideas for Busy People" in Harvard Square at the First Parish Church at 7:30, followed the next day by the Science Carnival extravaganza at the Cambridge Public Library at noon. Over at the MIT Museum on Saturday April 18, there will be an afternoon of demonstrations about teaching science led by MIT researchers, and a special early evening program for families about how scientists are portrayed in the popular media.

The MIT Museum also opens a new photography exhibition just in time for the Festival. In the U.S. for the first time will be, Daguerre's American Legacy: Photographic Portraits (1840-1900) from the Wm. B. Becker Collection, an exhibition of 19th century daguerreotypes, tintypes and other prints, all showing a range of American portraits taken during an era when these new photographic technologies were just becoming accessible and popular.

During the week of the Cambridge Science Festival, the MIT Museum will present 3-4 programs per day, including hands-on interactive activities, gallery demonstrations, workshops, and behind the scene tours with curators. Activities include: building your own chain reaction contraption; playing around with games from the MIT Game Lab; diving into oceanography with hands-on nautical activities and meeting scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institutions. Play Day, Space Day ... every day the Museum promises science-based fun. Sunday, April 27th is the final day of the Cambridge Science Festival when the MIT Museum will offer free admission, and a focus on food!

"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 see the MIT Museum orCambridge Science Festival websites. Registration for Museum-based workshops opens on March 24. 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
Open Daily 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Closed Major Holidays
Adults: $10.00; youth under 18, students, seniors: $5:00;
Children under age 5, MIT ID card holders: free.
Free admission the last Sunday of every month, September through June.
Located in the Central Square Cultural District!

Media Contact: 
Regina Norfolk
RNCommunications, LLC

Cambridge Science Festival Contact: 
P.A d'Arbeloff, Festival Director