Cambridge Science Festival


Cambridge Science Festival at the MIT Museum

April 15-24, 2016

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.


2016 Festival Programs at the MIT Museum

For information on 2016 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 included with Museum admission. Admission throughout the festival is $10.00/adult and $5.00/youth, students, and seniors. A liability form is required of all participants who attend workshops at the MIT Museum.


Workshop registration is open through Eventbrite.


Saturday 4/16 | Sunday 4/17 | Monday 4/18 | Tuesday 4/19 | Wednesday 4/20 | Thursday 4/21 | Friday 4/22 | Saturday 4/23 | Sunday 4/24


Saturday, April 16

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

Youth Balinese Gamelan Workshop

Introduce yourself to the sounds of traditional Indonesian music during this two-hour workshop with musicians from MIT Balinese ensemble, Gamelan Galak Tika. Hear about the history of the music while getting an informal lesson on learning to play aurally. Finally, take part in a collaborative jam session featuring gongs, metallophones, hand drums, and cymbals.

Pre-registration required. $10 per participant (includes Museum admission). Ages: 5th -8th grade.

 

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Paper Circuits in the Idea Hub

Using copper tape and LEDs, create your own artistic light up cards, paper models, and more. This program uses small button batteries and is not suitable for young children.

Drop-in activity. Included with museum admission.


6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Worthy of AtTENtion: 10 Years of Discovery

The world has changed dramatically in the last ten years since the Cambridge Science Festival began. Hear from ten different researchers as they reflect on developments in their fields over the last ten years. Find out what scientists now know about memory, gravitational waves, CRISPR, exoplanets, robotics, and more. As you’d expect, each presenter will convey their exciting overview in just ten minutes! Cash bar available.

Free.


Sunday, April 17

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Chain Reaction Design Lab: Linking the Virtual to the Physical

In the Museum's Idea Hub, create a unique chain reaction contraption that mixes virtual technology (using Scratch and LEGO WeDos) with physical items such as ramps, string, tape, and motors. Visitors will work in teams to design and build a parts of a contraption with the aim of connecting all the links together to create a large chain reaction contraption!

Drop-in activity. Included with museum admission.

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

Science Writing Workshop: Stealing from Fiction's Toolkit

The best and most memorable science writing has emotional resonance, employs careful plots, and allows the reader access to a character's interior thoughts; in short, it exhibits the hallmarks of fiction. In this workshop, Tasneem Zehra Husain and Amanda Gefter explore the ways in which science writers can borrow from fiction's toolbox, while upholding the  standards of nonfiction. We will discuss narrative structure, voice, point of view, humor, and lyricism -- and put what we learn to use in writing exercises.

Pre-registration required. $10 per participant (includes Museum admission). Ages 18+.


Monday, April 18

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Robots and Beyond Mini Tour

Does your child seem to know everything about robots? Then explore the MIT Museum’s historic robots gallery with Debbie Douglas, Science & Technology Curator, and learn the back stories about some of the unique collection!

Limited to 25 participants per tour; for families with children under age 12 only. Tickets available one half-hour before tour start on a first-come, first-served basis. Included with museum admission.
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Robots and Beyond Mini Tour

Does your child seem to know everything about robots? Then explore the MIT Museum’s historic robots gallery with Debbie Douglas, Science & Technology Curator, and learn the back stories about some of the unique collection!

Limited to 25 participants per tour; for families with children under age 12 only. Tickets available one half-hour before tour start on a first-come, first-served basis. Included with museum admission.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Mathternoon @ the MIT Museum

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 during this fun, numerically-replete afternoon.

Drop-in activity. Included with museum admission.


Tuesday, April 19

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

TECHnically Art: A Collaborative Mural

In celebration of MIT’s 100 years in Cambridge, the MIT Museum invites all of our visitors to contribute to a creating a collaborative mural of the city by combining creativity, conductivity, and magnetism! Conspire with MIT Museum staff, local artists and Chibitronics founder, Jie Qi, as we create a community art piece at the MIT Museum. Once completed, this collaborative art and engineering piece will be displayed for visitors to enjoy.

Drop-in activity. Included with museum admission.

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Workshop: Mission to Mars with MIT's Society of Women Engineers

It is year 2050, and you have been selected to join an elite team of engineers to design rovers for discovering water resources on Mars. This is a critical mission in order for humans to live on Mars! Learn the design process to create your own Mars rover using simple machines and Newton's laws of motion. You can only bring a small supply of materials and oxygen to Mars in your spacecraft, so you'll have scarce resources and limited time to build a rover to traverse through the mysterious planet and find water. Are you up for the mission?

Pre-registration required. $10 per participant (includes Museum admission). Ages 9-12.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

MIT Museum Revealed: 100 Years of MIT Tour

Join Curator of Science and Technology, Debbie Douglas, to learn about MIT’s history in Cambridge. Try to stump our expert with any question connected to our newest exhibit, Imagining New Technology: Building MIT in Cambridge.

Limited to 25 participants - teens and adults only. Tickets available one half-hour before tour start on a first-come, first-served basis. Included with museum admission.
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

You Have Three Sentences! Pitch A Story to Undark Magazine

Ever wonder what it takes to get a science story published or produced? Come watch - or participate - as the editors of Undark, a new digital magazine published under the auspices of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT, field three-sentence pitches from cub reporters, seasoned scribes, and armchair journalists like you in a good-natured pitch-slam. Veteran science writers and producers will be on hand to provide pre-pitch coaching, and alongside their hearty thumbs-up (or reluctant thumbs-down), our panel of editors will offer feedback, small prizes, and to one lucky participant, a chance for their proposal to appear in Undark!

Free. Cash bar. 21+.


Wednesday, April 20

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Digital Play Day @ the MIT Museum

Test your skills with learning games from the MIT Game Lab, Education Arcade, Harmonix and others. Featured demonstrations and hands-on activities are designed especially for teens.

Drop-in activity. Included with museum admission.

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

Workshop: Game Design and Play Testing with Harmonix

Learn the secrets of the trade from professional game designers at Harmonix! Participants will get briefed on what really goes into games design from initial idea to final product. Then, they will be challenged to collaborate on and prototype a paper version of their own game. Finally, participants will play test and give feedback to their fellow designers in this introduction into game-making.

Pre-registration required. $10 per participant (includes Museum admission). Ages 13+.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

MIT Museum Revealed: Made @ MIT Tour

Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, Ann Neumann, will introduce you to the creative and engaging MIT student-made pieces on display in Projects and Prototypes. Learn how the works were chosen, what motivated the artists and engineers to create their pieces, and try some of them yourself.

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

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Workshop: Coding and Game Development

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.

Students must be accompanied by an adult/parental guardian. Pre-registration required. $10 per participant (includes Museum admission). Ages 8+.


Thursday, April 21

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

Workshop: Introduction to Robotics

Explore what makes a robot tick in this introduction to programming robots. Students use the LEGO Mindstorms NXT and NXT-G Programming Environment to get robots sensing, thinking, and moving about. This workshop includes an introduction to artificial intelligence research at MIT and a guided tour of the Robots and Beyond gallery.

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

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

Workshop: Robotics with Black Girls Code

Join Black Girls CODE in the first of two CSF programs on computer science! Spend your afternoon exploring the world of robotics and artificial intelligence in this introduction to programming. Students will use the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Programming Environment to navigate a series of challenges. Co-sponsored with Verizon.

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

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

MIT Museum Revealed: Scientific Imagery Tour

Join Museum Director John Durant to explore the work of three talented photographers: Berenice Abbott, Harold “Doc” Edgerton, and Felice Frankel, on view in Images of Discovery. Learn about the scientific basis for their images as you appreciate their vision.

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


Friday, April 22

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Diving Into the Pale Blue Dot

On Earth Day, join scientists from MIT, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Harvard/MIT Center for Chemical Innovation, the New England Aquarium, and more to learn about their efforts to better understand our planet. See the latest advances in oceanographic research, learn about alternative energy options, talk to individuals working in the field, and dive into some hands-on nautical explorations!

Drop-in activity. Included with museum admission.

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 Collections 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. - 3:00 p.m.

MIT Museum Revealed: Undersea Robotics Tour

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.

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


Saturday, April 23

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

MIT Museum Open House

Enjoy all that the Museum has to offer during this free day, Under the Dome! Take a gallery tour, try your hand at building a chain reaction contraption, learn about slide rules, Polaroid cameras, kinetic art and more at any of our demonstration stations.

Free.
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Chain Reaction Design Lab

Using a variety of items (provided), such as ramps, string, tape, and motors, challenge yourself to design and build a contraption that can be linked to others’ to create a unique chain reaction contraption right in the Museum’s galleries!

Free.

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

3D Printing Cambridge in the Idea Hub

See (and build) Cambridge, MA from a new perspective. Explore 3D models of the city, customize individual building designs, and help build a 3D-printed, crowd-sourced map for display in the Museum.

Free.

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Dimensions of Doctor Who

What do you get when you combine the TARDIS, a sonic screwdriver, and local scientists? An evening dedicated to exploring the science of Doctor Who! Hear from researchers who will share how their work is bringing our world closer to that of the Doctor’s. Excellent for Whovians, science fiction fans and science lovers alike. Cash bar available and Cosplay welcome.  

$10 in advance ; $15 at the door (if tickets are still available).


Sunday, April 24

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Creative Kinetic Sculptures in the Idea Hub

Explore the interface of art and engineering by creating a unique moving art piece engineered to move with gears, cams, linkages and pulleys.

Drop-in activity. Included with museum admission.



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