Cambridge Science Festival

Cambridge Science Festival

Tuesday, Apr 20, 2021 at 11:00am

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Schedule of Events

8:00 pm-9:30 pm: Urban Insects - Help us Help Them in 2021
There's a lot that you can do to help pollinators & insects. Join us & marvel at what we've uncovered in 2020 and what you can do this year
It's in the news: our insects are the silent victims of both the climate and the ecological crises. We know know how their decline badly affects Earth's ecosystems and the species that depend upon them (including humans). Come see what volunteer citizen scientists saw, discovered, and recorded in our cities this past year. Because insects are understudied, this also means that there is a ton that we can do to help. The good news is that you can really make a difference (yes, you!). Our growing community of citizen scientists and volunteers demonstrate this continuously and we are continuing the program this year. Join us and learn how you can help.

7:30 pm-8:30 pm: In the Play Lab: Conversation With Playwrights, Part Two
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

6:00 pm-7:00 pm: Circulatory System: Matters of the Heart
Are you interested in learning about the 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body? Have you ever wondered what the doctor can hear when listening to your heart? Well, now is the time to find out!
This hands-on event, led by Christianne Sharr, PA, and clinical staff from the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, is ideal for middle-school aged kids.
The first 50 kids registered will receive a kit with stethoscope-making materials, provided by the Cambridge Science Festival and the Ragon Institute.

2:30 pm-3:15 pm: Little Chefs Lab: Dishing Out Density
In this demonstration class, children will learn how to engineer food particles in a fun way to understand "Why does a Ship float on water and Needle sinks?" We will be dishing out the scientific concept of DENSITY as we will make colorful Meringue Pops and fluffy Chocolate Mousse!

2:00 pm-2:45 pm: Ask Mass General: Health Careers Q&A Panel
Are you curious about going into a healthcare field? Meet MGH Healthcare professionals!
Three panelists from Mass General will answer questions about how they chose their careers, their education and career path, and what their jobs are really like.
Each panelist will briefly introduce themselves and what they do, and then the program will be driven by audience questions, moderated by staff from the Russell Museum at Mass General.
For high school and college students.
The panelists will include a genetic counselor in the cancer center, a nurse-midwife, and a program manager in endocrinology.

1:00 pm-2:00 pm: Microscopic Coloring Book – SEM Explorations
A scanning electron microscope (SEM) is an exciting tool for exploring the tiniest microscopic details of the world around us.
Help us add color to our growing collection of SEM images of everyday (and not so every day) things in our community-wide project. Visit our online gallery of black and white images, select one or more to download, then colorize them to life following our easy-to-follow instructions. Once finished, upload your image to our SEM image showcase to share your creations!

11:00 am-12:00 pm: Climate Change, Heat, and Data Gathering Through Community Science
How is climate change impacting communities in the Boston Area? This family-friendly program highlights local initiatives that will help people to better live with the changes we are experiencing. People are used to cold winters, snowy and icy streets but we have given less thought to extreme heat and urban heat islands and how they impact our health. As daily temperatures continue to increase in Massachusetts, the Mystic River Watershed Association, in partnership with the Museum of Science, Boston, the Resilient Mystic River Collaborative (RMC), and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council are focused on building a community of resilience to prepare to live with heat. Learn why heat is a public health issue, know about our Wicked Hot Mystic project and volunteer to be part of this community science project.

4:00 – 5:00 PM: Teacher Training Workshop- Beyond the Basics of Biotechnology
Teachers will manipulate sequences using SnapGene Viewer (a free online program), practice PCR primer design, and learn about different DNA and cloning methods. In addition, participants will explore the BLAST Sequence Analysis Tool, and review gel electrophoresis techniques to provide the best results for your students. This workshop is self-paced, but teachers are required to attend 2 of 3 possible.