Monday, March 10, 2014

Pre-register for Cambridge Science Festival Events!

Not sure where to start on our 2014 Schedule of Events?

Look through these events that require pre-registration and reserve your spot today!

Events that suggest or require pre-registration, or are selling advance tickets:

For Families

  • Science en EspaƱol with Pine Village Preschool  | RSVP
  • Introduction to Robotics with LEGO (Week-long Class) | Register (Discount code CSF2014)
  • Introduction to CAD for 3D Printing (Week-long Class) | Register (Discount code CSF2014) 
  • Flower Watch: Become a Citizen Scientist with the Appalachian Mountain Club (Groton) | RSVP
  • Frank & Me: Architecture for Ages 3-5 | Pre-register
  • The Wonderful World of Stem Cells | Pre-register
  • Flower Watch: Become a Citizen Scientist with the Appalachian Mountain Club (Belmont) | RSVP
  • Flower Watch: Become a Citizen Scientist with the Appalachian Mountain Club (Sudbury) | RSVP
  • Wish Upon a Stellated Dodecahedron | Pre-register 
  • The Science of Baseball | Buy tickets


For Teens

  • Serve & Grow with the Food Project | Register
  • Microsoft Store Workshops 1-3pm | Register
    • Digital Movie Madness | Digital Art Smarts | Game Masters | MineCraft
  • Intro to Web Development for Girls & Moms (or Aunts, Grandmas, Big Sisters, etc.) | Pre-register
  • The Science of Jello | Pre-register
  • Girls STEM Summit-East | Buy tickets
  • Across MIT, Wednesday 4/23
    • Walking Tour of MIT's Nuclear Research Reactor | RSVP
    • Discover International Development and Design with D-Lab | RSVP
    • Tour of Electrical Engineering& Computer Science Department's Educational Labs | Pre-register
    • Bio Flash Mob 3: Immune Cells Fight Cancer | Pre-register
    • Science Trivia Challenge | Register a team
    • Nano-Observatory | Pre-register


For Adults

  • SILA | Buy tickets 
  • Design Challenge: Autonomous Fighting Robots | Register
  • Big Ideas for Busy People | Buy tickets
  • High Voltage Analog Photography| Pre-register
  • Science of the Modern Cocktail | Pre-register
  • Berklee's Jazz Composition Symposium | Register
    • Vijay Iyer: Embodied Cognition in Music
    • Planet MicroJam Ensemble 
    • Microtonal Research with Dave Fiuczynski 
  • The Balance of Nature: Ecology's Enduring Myth | Pre-register
  • Alternative Careers in Science: A Speed Networking Event | Buy tickets
  • High-speed photography - From Edgerton to Oefner | Pre-register
  • Draper Prize Lecture | Pre-register
  • The Race for Spring: How Climate Change Alters Plant Communities | Pre-register
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner in One Act with Clover Food Lab, Mystic Brewery, and Backyard Farms | Pre-register
  • Sustainability unConference | Pre-register 


For Educators

Pre-register for these events at the MIT Museum through their website (opens March 24):
  • Robotics Engineering: Programming LEGO Mindstorms
  • Attack of the RoboMonkeys!
  • Gaming the Virtual World Presented by the Education Arcade
  • Visualizing Science
  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Slide Rules
  • Nautical Engineering: Fish 'n' Ships
  • Hello Holography!
Need to know more about the event?  Find these and all festival events and their details through the Event Index.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

43 days until the 2014 Cambridge Science Festival!

We're just over a month away from the 8th iteration of the Cambridge Science Festival.  Have you marked your calendars for April 18-27, 2014?  We'll see another Robot Zoo, print in 3D, develop video games, understand the science of archery or modern cocktails, eat science, discover technology in jazz and runway fashion!  Check out our Schedule of Events for more.

In other news, allow me to introduce the newest member of our Teen Advisory Board.

Kathi Marcos Allphin is a homeschooled student who lives on the North Shore. Her interests are far too numerous to list, but they include genetics, science communication, music, linguistics, and science fiction (particularly anything by Isaac Asimov). She writes a public science blog called Endoplasma at

Here's her latest entry about the science festival!

Filling the chasm
by: Kathi Marcos Allphin

Far too often, the humanities and the arts are segregated from the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects.

This unfortunate separation manifests itself in classrooms, bookstores, academia, and other workplaces, but also in other parts of our everyday lives. However, this separation is not beneficial for those stranded on either side of the divide.

The initiative needing to be taken is that of integration. It is crucial that people abandon their perception of the humanities and STEM as separate entities, and allow the fields to exchange ideas with one another for mutual benefit. I wholeheartedly believe that there is a staggering amount that can be reaped from an interdisciplinary approach. An interdisciplinary curriculum, an interdisciplinary life, an interdisciplinary world.

Imagine a world in which subjects such as the following were taught in schools: The effect of technology on family connectedness, Exploring the relationship between ebooks and the reader experience, Meet Billy the Bacteriophage: Telling Science with Stories.

Likewise, imagine a world in which these professions were prominent. Science Singer, Science Storyteller, Robopsychologist, and Technofamilial Researcher.

I recently became a member of Cambridge Science Festival’s Teen Advisory Board. The Cambridge Science Festival, which is held in Cambridge, MA during the public school’s April vacation, is an incredible, fun-filled experience.

Here are three events that capture the diversity of the offerings, Science en EspaƱol for preschoolers, an educator workshop on incorporating synthetic biology into the classroom, and a lecture on embodied cognition in music by a MacArthur (“Genius Grant”) Fellow, (not to mention the robot zoo.)

All of the events are awesome, and the vast majority are absolutely free of charge.

The mission of the Cambridge Science Festival, according to the website, is to promote and provide education about STEAM – related subjects. STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. I applaud the Festival’s initiative to incorporate arts amidst the classic STEM. This speaks to a future in which STEM and humanities/arts can exchange pieces of wisdom with one another.

It is heartening to know that the youth of this generation will be exposed to more open-minded thinking on this subject. It is this train of thought (and action) that will transport today’s curious youth and help them to become the pioneers in science storytelling and robopsychology.