Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Science on the Street... so far

Hey folks!  It's been a long time since our last update on festival happenings, so I figured I'd give you all an overview of our busy busy summer!

As many of you may have read in previous posts, we have started a new initiative here at the Cambridge Science Festival called Science on the Street.

Through Science on the Street, we have had a chance to take some of the best elements of the science festival out into communities across the state throughout the rest of the year (when we're not holding a humongous science festival in the Cambridge-Boston area).  So far this year we've been to a Science Day for a pediatric AIDS camp, a Caribbean festival, an arts festival, a Boston Public School Orientation for rising 6th graders, a Red Sox game, and more.  It's been crazy busy, a ton of fun, and a great learning experience for the whole festival team.

Some evidence of our various activities...

Here are the MIT Science of Baseball students from this summer with new MIT President Rafael Reif and Mayor Menino.
A couple of our awesome volunteers showing off a wind tunnel in the concourse at Fenway during a Red Sox vs Yankees game

A very complex structure of marshmallows and toothpicks, created at the Middle O! Boston Public School Middle School Orientation
The Science on the Street section of Middle O!
Busy, busy SciStreet staff at the Boston Children's Festival in Franklin Park!  Kite-making, paper rocket launching, and more.

            More wonderful SciStreet volunteers making and launching paper rockets made at Worcester's stART on the Street!

Coming up we've got a number of different events open to the general public, including - El Planeta's Health & Family event in Roxbury for the local Hispanic community, Could this Happen? (which deserves a post all it's own), Thinkfest, and AAAS Family Science Days.

Some details:

El Planeta Health & Family Event
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Reggie Lewis Center, Roxbury

Could this Happen?
Monday, October 15, 2012 7-9pm
Rosebud Bar and Grill, Somerville
Join scientists, sci-fi enthusiasts, and the technologically curious for conversations and demonstrations by local scientists who are working on artificial intelligence, human-robot interactions, neural prosthetics and enhancements, robot rights, and brain-machine interfaces.

AAAS Family Science Days
Saturday-Sunday, February 16-17, 2013
Hynes Convention Center, Boston

Want to sign up to come out with us?  Check out our full list of outreach opportunities here!

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