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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Josie Patterson
Cambridge Science Festival Contact:
CAMBRIDGE, MA Ė Beginning April 13th, 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 12 - 21, 2013 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 10-day festival will take place at the MIT Museum and in a number of locations throughout Cambridge.
The MIT Museum kicks off the festival on Saturday, April 13th with a variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations. Beginning at 10:00 a.m., the dayís programs will feature video and board game designers, scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and interactive kidís activities. All special programs are free with Museum admission and there will be timed entrances to assure the best visitor experience. Also opening that day, is the MIT Museumís newest exhibition, Hidden Heroes, The Genius of Everyday Things. This travelling exhibition from the Vitra Museum in Germany, highlights the stories of classic, everyday objects like light bulbs, paperclips, and clothespins - all items that combine enduring modernity as reflected in their ethos of sustainable and utilitarian design. A beautifully designed exhibition, it will be interesting for all ages and a draw for the Cambridge Science Festival.
During the week of the Festival, the MIT Museum will present 3-4 activities per day, including interactive workshops, demonstrations and tours. Donít miss a ground-breaking concert presented by Dinosaur Annex that features the music of local composers Peter Child, John Mallia, Kate Soper, Kurt Rohde, and Tamar Diesendruck, paired with dazzling animation created by area scientists.
Later in the week, meet Heather Paxson, the author of The Life of Cheese: Crafting Food and Value in America and learn about the practical and legal challenges of artisanal cheese production during a special Friday afternoon Soap Box Special. Paxson will also be signing copies of her new book.
For the kids who love and need hands-on activities to keep them engaged, look for fun opportunities to try out engineering concepts: build a bridge using nothing but paper during Monday April 14thís Paper Bridges Workshop, or spend time on April 18 with renown kinetic sculptor, Arthur Ganson who will give an introduction to "Rube-Goldberg oriented physics." Later on Saturday April 20th, students can meet Attila and Pebbles, two of MITís experimental robots designed for planetary exploration, and work with a LEGO ô Mindstorms robot.
"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, itís a lot of fun!"
For a complete listing of events and to learn which events require pre-registration see the MIT Museum festival website or the Cambridge Science Festival site. Also follow whatís going on at the museum during the Cambridge Science Festival on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest!
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.
Open Daily 10:00 a.m. Ė 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays
General admission, $8.50 for adults; Youth under 18, students, seniors: $4
- All MIT ID Holders
- Children under 5 (does not apply to groups)
- Cambridge Public Library Card holders in July and August