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Massachusetts Institute of Technology  /  MIT Museum
Building N51   265 Massachusetts Avenue   Cambridge, MA 02139
Open Daily 10am – 5pm  /  Closed Major Holidays

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The Cambridge Science Festival @ the MIT Museum
April 19-27, 2014

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The Cambridge Science Festival is presented by the MIT Museum in collaboration with the City of Cambridge, community organizations, schools, universities and businesses. Public TV & radio, the libraries, small kids and big kids – everyone gets in on the action!

Throughout the Cambridge Science Festival, the MIT Museum hosts a range of performances, discussions, and workshops and activities.

2014 Festival Programs at the MIT Museum

For information on 2014 festival events at the MIT Museum, please refer to the schedule and event descriptions below. (For festival events elsewhere, please visit the Cambridge Science Festival website.) Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free with Museum admission. Admission throughout the festival is $10.00/adult and $5.00/youth, students, and seniors.

 

Saturday 4/19 | Monday 4/21 | Tuesday 4/22 | Wednesday 4/23 | Thursday 4/24 | Friday 4/25 | Saturday 4/26 | Sunday 4/27 |


Saturday, April 19

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

MIT+K12 Videos Live!

Bored with reading equations in a textbook? Tired of memorizing symbols in chemistry class? Watch MIT students conduct live demonstrations of real experiments and show you just how cool science can be. From color-changing chemical reactions to autonomous flying robots, we'll show you a different side of numbers and equations!

Recommended for all ages.

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Beyond Pocket Protectors and Flux Capacitors

How does the portrayal of scientists in popular media align with the reality of actual scientists? How can the scientific community work to prevent "bad science" from reaching the big screen? Join MIT Professor Neil Gershenfeld and Harvard Professor John Quackenbush in a discussion about the role that films, TV, and other forms of media play in constructing images of scientists, and how good science can be embedded into popular media.
Free.


Sunday, April 20

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Enjoy the Museum's galleries and special exhibitions!


Monday, April 21

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Chain Reaction Contraptions!

Create an elaborate chain reaction contraption in the style of Rube Goldberg during this hands-on building session. Learn about basic physics and engineering as you build your machine and take on different design challenges throughout the morning. Building materials will be provided. Customize your contraption even further by bringing items from home!

Recommended for all ages.

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Robotics Engineering: Programming Mindstorms

(Registration is closed)

Explore what makes a robot tick in this introduction to programming! Students will program LEGO Mindstorms to get their robots sensing, thinking, and moving. This workshop includes an introduction to artificial intelligence research at MIT and a guided tour of the Robots and Beyond gallery.

$10 per participant (includes Museum admission). Ages 12+

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Attack of the RoboMonkeys!

What’s that in the sky? It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s...a RoboMonkey? It’s year 2020 and RoboMonkeys have come from outer space with just one mission: to take over Earth! As our top agent, it’s your job to stop them. Come to our secret headquarters and we’ll guide you through the design process to create your own projectile launcher! But be warned, you’ll only have popsicle sticks, tape, marshmallows, and other miscellaneous objects to accomplish this task.

Pre-registration required. $10 per participant (includes Museum admission). Ages 12+
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

MIT Museum Revealed: What’s New?

The MIT Museum is a dynamic institution with constantly changing exhibitions, ranging from art to current scientific research being done at MIT. Join Museum Director John Durant on a tour of our newest gallery additions and gain an insider’s perspective on the wide range of exhibits that the MIT Museum has to offer!

Tickets available one half-hour before tour start on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited to 25 participants - teens and adults only.

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Emotion: Movement and Meaning

How does the human brain interpret and give meaning to movement, whether from kinetic sculptures or a dancer’s body? Explore the art and science of movement and draw connections between kinetic sculptures in the Museum’s 5000 Moving Parts exhibition, dance and the neuroscience underlying human movement. Engage in dialogue revealing not only how we move, but also why movement is so important and effective as a vehicle of communication. Free.

Participants:
Benjamin Bartelle, Dancer and Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Biological Engineering, MIT
Emilio Bizzi, Institute Professor, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT
John Powers, Artist and Assistant Professor, School of Art, The University of Tennessee


Tuesday, April 22

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Play Day at the MIT Museum

Play around with games and more from the MIT Game Lab, Education Arcade, Learning Games Network, EyeWire and others. Featured demonstrations and hands-on activities are designed especially for teens.
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Workshop: Coding and Game Development

(Registration is closed)

Making computer games is hard but super fun, whether you are an expert gamer or don't play games at all! This is your chance to be an artist, sound designer, programmer, and storyteller. Bring a parent/guardian to this workshop to learn how to build a game together using StarLogo Nova, an online tool that lets you create and share 3D games. Creativity is more important than past programming experience for this course. Two student maximum with each adult.

$10 per participant (includes Museum admission). Ages 8+.

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Workshop: Coding and Game Development

(Registration is closed)

Making computer games is hard but super fun, whether you are an expert gamer or don't play games at all! This is your chance to be an artist, sound designer, programmer, and storyteller. Bring a parent/guardian to this workshop to learn how to build a game together using StarLogo Nova, an online tool that lets you create and share 3D games. Creativity is more important than past programming experience for this course. Two student maximum with each adult.

$10 per participant (includes Museum admission). Ages 8+.

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

MIT Museum Revealed: Photography

Explore the history of photography in our newest photography exhibition, Daguerre’s American Legacy, and learn how this early form of photography impacted Americans in all walks of life with Gary Van Zante, Curator of the Architecture & Design Collection.

Tickets available one half-hour before tour start on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited to 25 participants - teens and adults only.


Wednesday, April 23

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

MIT Museum Revealed: Robots and Beyond

Discover the history of robots and artificial intelligence - fan favorites at science centers all over the world -- on a tour of the MIT Museum's unique collection of robots with Debbie Douglas, Science & Technology Curator.  Learn some of back stories about these MIT inventions, and even see an artifact or two not on display!

Tickets available one half-hour before tour start on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited to 25 participants - best suited for families with young children.

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Workshop: Visualizing Science

(AM Registration is closed)

See the world in a new way using a range of technologies to build observation skills and explore objects from the MIT Museum collections and on-campus research labs.  Students will also learn how different groups at MIT are using nanotechnology to solve real-world science and engineering problems. This hands-on microscopy workshop includes a brief gallery tour and an introduction to nanoscience research at MIT.

Pre-registration required. $10 per participant (includes Museum admission). Ages 12+.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Workshop: Everything You Wanted to Know About Slide Rules

Novice and expert slide rule users are welcome for this hands-on exploration of the most important engineering instrument of the twentieth century. We’ll start by learning (or reviewing!) the basic principles of using a slide rule to do calculations, then try out some real-world engineering calculations from projects like famous bridges, buildings, and spaceships.

Pre-registration required. $10 per participant (includes Museum admission). Ages 12+. Knowledge of logarithms is useful but not required.
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Workshop: Visualizing Science

See the world in a new way using a range of technologies to build observation skills and explore objects from the MIT Museum collections and on-campus research labs.  Students will also learn how different groups at MIT are using nanotechnology to solve real-world science and engineering problems. This hands-on microscopy workshop includes a brief gallery tour and an introduction to nanoscience research at MIT.

Pre-registration required. $10 per participant (includes Museum admission). Ages 12+.

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

MIT Museum Revealed: Robots and Beyond

Discover the history of robots and artificial intelligence - fan favorites at science centers all over the world -- on a tour of the MIT Museum's unique collection of robots with Debbie Douglas, Science & Technology Curator.  Learn some of back stories about these MIT inventions, and even see an artifact or two not on display!

Tickets available one half-hour before tour start on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited to 25 participants - teens and adults only.

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

You’re the Expert

You’re the Expert’s live shows routinely pack the house at the Oberon, and now we’re bringing their brand of brainy comedy to the MIT Museum for the Cambridge Science Festival, with a special MIT-themed edition! Through games, sketches, and hilariously misguided guesses, a panel of hilarious comedians will try to get to the bottom of what one of MIT's leading researchers studies all day.  You won’t want to miss being part of the audience for this live show and podcast taping, hosted by Chris Duffy.

Free. Ages 21+. Doors open at 6:30.


Thursday, April 24

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Lots of Knots!

Knots are an important part of many outdoors including such as sailing, rock climbing, and camping. Stop by the MIT Museum and learn how to tie some of the most common knots used today with the MIT Nautical Association! Figure out when certain knots are most appropriate, and try them out in a series of challenges to test your new knot-tying skills!
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Dive Into Oceanography

While Earth’s oceans cover over 70% of the planet, only 5% of these have actually been explored. Learn how MIT, MIT Sea Grant and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution researchers are trying to better understand aquatic environments and develop the technology to be able to further explore the world’s oceans. See the latest advances in oceanographic research, talk to the individuals working in the field, and dive into some hands-on nautical activities!

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Printing 3D Ships

The MIT Museum's Hart Nautical collections are one of the oldest and most extensive archives of nautical technology in the US. Find out how Deezmaker printers can bring some of the plans from our archives to 3D life.
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Workshop: Fish ‘n’ Ships

Design, build, and test mechanisms for ship propulsion in this introduction to nature-inspired engineering at MIT. This workshop for middle and high school students features examples from MIT research labs and the Museum's Hart Nautical collection as well as a mini-tour of the Museum's Robots & Beyond gallery.

Pre-registration required. $10 per participant (includes Museum admission). Ages 12+.

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Workshop: Fish ‘n’ Ships

Design, build, and test mechanisms for ship propulsion in this introduction to nature-inspired engineering at MIT. This workshop for middle and high school students features examples from MIT research labs and the Museum's Hart Nautical collection as well as a mini-tour of the Museum's Robots & Beyond gallery.

Pre-registration required. $10 per participant (includes Museum admission). Ages 12+.

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

MIT Museum Revealed: Undersea Robotics

Dive into our exhibit halls with Kurt Hasselbalch, Curator of the Hart Nautical Collections. Learn about MIT's numerous connections to autonomous underwater vehicle development and nature-inspired robotics.

Tickets available one half-hour before tour start on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited to 25 participants - teens and adults only.

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Young Innovators Happy Hour

Enjoy conversations with some of the most promising young researchers at MIT, with expertise ranging from manipulating memories in mice to developing inexpensive prosthetic limbs. During this informal gathering, learn about their groundbreaking research and how their work might affect everyday life in the near future.

Free. Ages 21+. Doors open at 5:30.


Friday, April 25

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Workshop: Hello Holography!

Experiment with light and perception to investigate the basic principles behind real-world holography. Through a series of demonstrations and hands-on activities, students will learn how holograms are made and viewed. The properties and behavior of light waves will also be discussed, from reflection to diffraction and interference. This workshop includes a guided tour of the Museum's holography gallery.

Pre-registration required. $10 per participant (includes Museum admission). Ages 12+

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Workshop: Hello Holography!

Experiment with light and perception to investigate the basic principles behind real-world holography. Through a series of demonstrations and hands-on activities, students will learn how holograms are made and viewed. The properties and behavior of light waves will also be discussed, from reflection to diffraction and interference. This workshop includes a guided tour of the Museum's holography gallery.

Pre-registration required. $10 per participant (includes Museum admission). Ages 12+

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

MIT Museum Revealed: Shining a Light on Holography

The MIT Museum invites you to explore our exhibit halls with a special Cambridge Science Festival guide! Seth Riskin, Manager of Holography and Spatial Imaging, offers new perspectives on the Museum’s popular holography collection. Limited to 25 participants - teens and adults only.

Tickets available one half-hour before tour start on a first-come, first-served basis.

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

DeScience - Research on the Runway

DeScience offers the world of scientific discovery as inspiration to fashion designers. Through collaborations between designers and scientists, research will come to the runway this fall! Meet some of the designer-scientist partners, learn about the collaborative process in which science will be transformed into real fashion, and get a first-hand look at what some of the designs destined for the runway this fall may be!

Free. RSVP here.


Saturday, April 26

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Dancing Numbers with SHINE

Do you have problems remembering equations but know all of the moves to the latest dance craze? Even if that doesn’t describe you, bring your dancing shoes and calculator to the MIT Museum for a math-themed game of musical chairs! Learn about SHINE, an educational outreach group at MIT that combines formal dance classes with a tailored math curriculum, and join in with SHINE organizers and participants as they show off and teach some of their best “dancing numbers”.

Sessions held every half hour.

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Space Day: MIT at the Final Frontier

Travel beyond Earth’s realm at the MIT Museum and learn about the wide variety of space research being done at MIT. Learn about the next generation of space suits with Professor Dava Newman and former NASA astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman. Explore new methods of space flight with Professor Paulo Lozano’s ion thrusters, and look to the future of exoplanet research with researchers from the MIT Kavli Institute. See all this and more with hands-on demonstrations and discussions of space research at MIT!


Sunday, April 27

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Topics in Optics

Optics are fun, and we'll show you why! With a series of "science tricks" -- it's not magic, it's science -- the MIT Student Chapter of the Optical Society of America (OSA) will teach you the fundamentals of optical science. Demos include holograms, FM radio, no-glasses-needed 3D TV, low-cost microscopy, and much more!
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Science You Can Eat!

Experience the many ways in which MIT is involved with food and cooking - from the Dark Matter Chocolate Laboratory to healthy meals with Sproot! Meet the people behind the science and take part in experiments, demonstrations, and other great hands-on activities to better understand what makes food so interesting…and tasty!

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Visiting during the Festival:

  • Backpacks, large bags & umbrellas must be checked
  • No food or beverages in the Museum

Please review the rules with children before arrival:

  • Walk, don't run. Speak quietly.
  • Stay with your parents at all times.
  • Ask before you touch.

- Press Release

Cambridge Science Festival



Tours: MIT Museum Revealed
Get the back story and insider scoop in our series of Museum tours during the Festival:
Mon. 4/21: What's New?
Tues. 4/22: Photography
Wed. 4/23: Robots and Beyond
Thurs. 4/24: Undersea Robotics
Fri. 4/25: Holography


For information about science festivals: Science Festival Alliance.