Cambridge Science Festival

Cambridge Science Festival

Monday, Apr 19, 2021 at 12:00pm

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Schedule of Events

7:30 pm-8:30 pm: In the Play Lab: Conversation With Playwrights, Part One
Join the playwrights behind the Ten-Minute plays to talk about the genesis of their plays. We will be joined by scientists and science writers who will respond and reflect on the importance of including real science in these pieces as well as theater, in general

7:30 pm-9:00 pm: DearTomorrow: Envisioning a sustainable future in a time of climate change

DearTomorrow is a climate storytelling project that makes climate change more personally relevant by connecting to the values that we all share: love, family, and legacy. It opens up conversations about envisioning a sustainable approach to energy needs of the future for a world fueled by renewable energy, new options for agriculture, changing transportation choices, flourishing health, and of course equitable access to a better tomorrow.
Participants will break into smaller conversation groups
We ask participants to think about those whom they love – a child, grandchild, niece or nephew, family, friend, or even their future self. Dedicate this conversation to them. You will reflect on climate change, or any theme that is related to climate action, and how you envision the future.
How have you been impacted by climate change? What are your thoughts on climate change? How will climate change affect the lives and future of the people and places you care about? What are your thoughts about how to leave a legacy of a safe and stable climate?
We encourage participants to save their thoughts and ideas, write a letter, and share with the DearTomorrow community. These messages are shared at deartomorrow.org and through social and other media, community events, and public art to inspire deep thinking and bold action on climate.
Join the conversation and be part of the solution. $5 in advance. Students admitted free. Audience participation is encouraged.

3:00 pm-4:00 pm: How to Create Color Space Images
Ever wonder how the beautiful space images you see from NASA are created? In this hands-on tutorial, we'll learn how telescopes collect light from outer space and how that becomes a color image on your screen. Afterwards, we'll walk you through combining real data we've collected on the astronomical object of your choosing into a full-color image you can print out or set as your desktop wallpaper. Register below, or join the event directly with this link

12:00 pm-1:30 pm: "Virtual" Tour of Bridges
It's the annual Botson Bridge Tour! This year – no need to walk! We will station bridge engineers at several bridges in the Boston area and, using the magic of Microsoft Teams, we will "transport" you bridge to bridge. The bridge experts will cover the history, the physics and other great stories about the bridges. While most will be in and around Boston, like the Zakim, others will be further away, like the Whittier Bridge in Amesbury. Teams link will be shared with all who register.