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Cambridge Science Festival

Don't Miss the Cambridge Science Festival

Don't Miss the Cambridge Science Festival

From Cambridge’s schools, to Cambridge businesses and local museums there’s a wealth of scientific talent in town.  Much of it is on display this week at the 4th annual Cambridge Science Festival.

The festival opened on Saturday and daily events continue through Sunday, May 2, 2010.  The lineup is truly amazing with plenty of free events and some that charge admission.

For adults and for kids – you’ll find lots to do every day through Sunday. Many Cambridge schools have science fairs scheduled this week with students’ projects on exhibit.  Each weekday there’s a Lunch With a Laureate where you can brownbag it and have lunch and chat with a Nobel Prize winner.  All week long you can participate in a Rock the World Treasure Hunt with clues placed around Cambridge based on geology questions. Your first clue is at Lesley’s University Hall at 1815 Mass Ave.

Here are some of my favorites on the schedule this week.  All are free except where noted:

  • Science Trivia Challenge.  Teams compete in a Jeopardy-like test of general science knowledge.  Kirsch Auditorium at the MIT Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge.  Wednesday, 6 – 9 pm.
  • How the Hippies Saved Physics.  Lecture at the MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. Wednesday, 6 – 7 pm.
  • Engineering Origami: Folding, Design and Analysis.  Hands on workshop with MIT’s Origami Club.  MIT Museum, 265 Mass Ave. Thursday, 5:30 – 8:30 pm.
  • Sidewalk Astronomy at Cambridge City Hall.  View the stars and planets through telescopes set up outside City Hall. Weather permitting.  Thursday, 8 – 10 pm.
  • Science of Baseball.  This talk will answer questions like How does a knuckleball work?  Do steroids help baseball players? and more. Stata Center at MIT, 32 Vassar Street, Room 32-155. Friday, 6 – 7:30 pm.
  • Science of Cheese.  A Harvard Medical School professor and a local cheese expert will talk about why we love cheese. A reception and tasting follow.  21+ only. Preregistration required.  MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.  Friday, 6:30 – 9:30 pm.
  • Improbable Readings From the Ig Nobel Prizes. At the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway. Four sessions on Saturday, 10 am, noon, 2:00 and 3:3o pm.
  • Rocket Day at Danahy Park.  Build and launch your own rocket. Bring a tennis ball and two two-liter drink bottles. $5 donation suggested.  Sunday, May 2, 2010 10 am – 4 pm.

 

That’s just a sampling of what’s on tap this week at the Cambridge Science Festival.  It’s truly astounding – and one more reason to love living in Cambridge!  Check out the Cambridge Science Festival website for lots more info and the schedule for event details.

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