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Cambridge Science Festival Contact:
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MIT MUSEUM PRESENTS THE SECOND ANNUAL CAMBRIDGE SCIENCE FESTIVAL

Stop by Festival headquarters at the MIT Museum to learn about all the exciting activities happening throughout the city.

CAMBRIDGE, MA—Beginning April 26th, 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, will take place April 26- May 4, 2008 and will highlight the excitement of discovery and the impact of science and technology in all of our lives. Public events, activities and performances during the nine day festival will take place in a variety of locations throughout Cambridge.

During the week-long festival, the MIT Museum will become Festival headquarters, and will host a wide range of activities for young people, college students and adults. Events include an exciting demonstration of several Rube Goldberg contraptions at the opening Science Carnival at Cambridge City Hall, a Family Fun Day, daily ‘Lunch with a Laureate' programs, seminars on the science of brewing beer and the art of producing chocolate, a Soap Box discussion program on sociable robots, gallery demonstrations and tours, and much more.

"The MIT Museum is thrilled to be able to present the second annual Cambridge Science Festival," said John Durant, director of the MIT Museum. "We have an exciting line-up of events happening at the Museum throughout the nine day festival that are educational as well as fun," said Durant. "Science is about exploration and discovery and we want visitors who come to the museum and to other Festival sites throughout the city to experience both." 

Following is a list of events happening at the MIT Museum during the Cambridge Science Festival:

SATURDAY, APRIL 26

Science Carnival – Cambridge City Hall, 795 Mass. Ave.
Noon – 4:00 pm

Check out the winning contraptions at the MIT Museum's Rube Goldberg Machine Design Contest booth. See how these zany Rube Goldberg-style machines accomplish the simple task of blowing bubbles. The Carnival features more than 40 fun activities designed to have participants laughing and learning at the same time.
Free.

Environmental Health Science: A Closer Look at Environmental Exposures
MIT Museum, 265 Mass. Ave.
10:00am - 5:00pm

Curious about how the environment affects you? Come learn how exposures can affect your lung and airway health. Try out a simple peak flow meter to assess your own airway health. Watch an image of your face as the computer morphs it with age. It will show you how you would look with exposure to tobacco smoke and UV radiation. Did you know that exposure to UV radiation can cause DNA damage too? Come experiment with LEGO DNA models and learn how you can protect your skin from DNA damage. A collaboration between the MIT Center for Environmental Health Sciences and the Harvard NIEHS Center for Environmental Health.
Free for Program only.

SUNDAY, APRIL 27

MIT Museum Family Day
Noon – 4:00 pm

Learn how those crazy MIT hacks really work, take a tour of the Museum's Innovation Gallery with "Tourbot" the robotic tour guide of the future, be inventive with Howtoons, plus much more. It's fun for the whole family.
Free.

MONDAY, APRIL 28

Suns, Cells and Structures, Oh My!
Noon – 4:00 pm

Drop in activities on molecular biology, structural engineering and solar energy introduce students ages 10 and up to the latest trends in technology and science. Certificates of Participation available for home-schooled students.
Included with museum admission.

Lunch with a Laureate: Philip Sharp –Nobel Prize in Medicine, 1993
Noon – 1:00 pm

Grab a brown bag lunch and sit down for a conversation with Nobel Laureate Phil Sharp.
Free for program only.

Behind the Scenes at the MIT Museum
2:00 – 4:00 pm

2:00 pm: Kurt Hasselbalch, MIT Museum Curator, will discuss the Hart Nautical Collection.
3:00 pm: Gary Van Zante, MIT Museum Curator of Architecture & Design, will discuss the City Car exhibit.
Included with museum admission.

TUESDAY, APRIL 29

You Rock! Live Earth Lab Link for Students
9:00 – 2:00 pm

Figure out how old the Earth is, when the dinosaurs died and what climate change looks like over millions of years.
Free – Schools must register in advance to attend workshop at museum@mit.edu.

Lunch with a Laureate: Wolfgang Ketterle, Nobel Prize in Physics, 2001
Noon – 1:00 pm

Grab a brown bag lunch and sit down for a conversation with Nobel Laureate Wolfgang Ketterle.
Free for program only.

Behind the Scenes at the MIT Museum
2:00 – 4:00 pm

2:00 pm: Debbie Douglas, MIT Museum Curator of Science & Technology, will discuss the Zebrafish and Cancer exhibit.
3:00 pm: Artist Arthur Ganson will discuss the MIT Museum's Gestural Engineering exhibit he created.
Included with museum admission.

Soap Box: Sociable Robots
6:00 – 7:30 pm

Speakers Sherry Turkle and Cynthia Breazeal will talk about sociable robots and what these machines can tell us about ourselves. Webcast is later viewable in an edited form on MIT World. Go to web.mit.edu/museum for webcast links.
Free.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30

Lunch with a Laureate: Dudley Herschback, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1986
Noon – 1:00 pm

Grab a brown bag lunch and sit down for a conversation with Nobel Laureate Dudley Herschback.
Free for program only.

Behind the Scenes at the MIT Museum
2:00 – 4:00 pm

2:00 pm: Debbie Douglas, MIT Museum Curator of Science & Technology, will discuss the Zebrafish and Cancer exhibit.
3:00 pm: Gary Van Zante, MIT Museum Curator of Architecture & Design, will discuss the City Car exhibit.
Included with museum admission.

Brewing Innovations
6:30 – 9:30 pm

Join us at the MIT Museum for an evening of science and Sam Adams! Learn about important research involving yeast as well as the science of brewing beer.

THURSDAY, MAY 1

Lunch with a Laureate: Jerome I. Friedman –Nobel Prize in Physics, 1990
Noon – 1:00 pm

Grab a brown bag lunch and sit down for a conversation with Nobel Laureate Jerome I. Friedman.
Free for program only.

Behind the Scenes at the MIT Museum
2:00 – 4:00 pm

2:00 pm: Kurt Hasselbalch, MIT Museum Curator, will discuss the Hart Nautical Collection.
3:00 pm: Seth Risken will discuss the MIT Museum's emerging technologies.
Included with museum admission.

Sustainable Chocolate Research Group
5:00 – 8:00 pm

Join the team at ThoughtAndMemory.org and learn about socially responsible aspects of chocolate products. Samples of chocolates will be provided.
Free.

Art/Science Mixer
5:00 – 9:00 pm

Mix and mingle while checking out exhibitions, performances and engaging artwork, plus meet fascinating people from the arts-science-engineering world. Also enjoy the winners of the first "Salsa your Science" dance competition sponsored by the Boston Globe and the MIT Museum. Refreshments will be served.
Free with MIT I.D. $7.50 general admission.

FRIDAY, MAY 2

Lunch with a Laureate: Susumu Tonegawa – 1987 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
12:30 – 1:30 pm

Grab a brown bag lunch and sit down for a conversation with Nobel Laureate Susumu Tonegawa.
Free for program only.

Behind the Scenes at the MIT Museum
2:00 – 4:00 pm

2:00 pm: Seth Risken will discuss the MIT Museum's emerging technologies.
3:00 pm: Artist Arthur Ganson will discuss the MIT Museum's Gestural Engineering exhibit he created.
Free with museum admission.

Energy Night Mixer
5:00 – 9:00 pm

Get charged up by seeing some of the most innovative energy and environment projects that MIT has to offer. Mix it up with the researchers who are setting the pace for global solutions. Refreshments will be served.
Free with MIT I.D. $7.50 general admission.

SATURDAY, MAY 3

Climate Changes Walking Tour
Noon – 4:00 pm

Meet at the MIT Museum. Co-sponsored with SHARE/Consulate of Switzerland.
Free.

See It, Build It, Do It
2:00 – 4:00 pm

Build your own vehicle, take apart an engine and have a blast with MIT alums and Camp Kaleidoscope.
Free.


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