Cambridge Science Festival

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2021 at 1:30pm

Cambridge, MA 02138

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Schedule of Events

8:00 pm-9:30 pm: City Nature Challenge 2021 How-to & What to Expect to See

We're getting ready for the 2021 City Nature Challenge! Learn how to observe and record urban biodiversity and make it count! Between April 30th and May 3rd, hundreds of cities worldwide will be celebrating Nature and gather observations of species found in our area with the help of all who want to participate in the worldwide 2021 City Nature Challenge (CNC). Such events are known as Bioblitz events. During this virtual event, the Earthwise Aware team reviews some of the tools you might need to participate including iNaturalist and strategies for making observations in your city and in the places where we study urban and climate effects on local biodiversity (including in Somerville, Fresh Pond Reservoir, Middlesex Fells and Horn Pond). Join us! It's fun and insightful. These days it also brings relief by connecting us with Nature. It's also a great opportunity to deepen wildlife ethics and help science while getting to learn about our communities and their biodiversity!

7:30 pm-8:30 pm: Starting A Movement: Creating A National Network Of Theaters Engaged With Science

Join us for a panel discussion featuring artists from around the country who are expanding the genre of theater engaged with science. Artistic directors, producers, playwrights, and actors will pull back the curtain on the developmental process. We will break into discussion groups to talk about potential topics for future plays and how science theater may contribute to reestablishing science and fact as a cornerstone to a democratic society. Out of this conversation, Central Square Theater and fellow organizations from across the country will forge a vision for a national network.

7:00 pm-8:00 pm: Noodles of Bridges: Live Bridge Test!

You've built your bridge! Now it's time to test it out and have some fun!
See the showcase with full information on building your pasta bridge.
This is for middle and high school students
This live event is an opportunity for students to test their bridges live and get feedback from engineers at CannonDesign.
Bonus: Sam of More With Sam (watch his viral video here) will be building a bridge himself and joining us to watch other bridges on April 27.
Prizes: Everyone who builds a bridge that can support 5 lbs will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 gift card.

7:00 pm-8:30 pm: Tinkercad 101: Customized Phone Stand

Interested in making a customized phone stand? Learn the fundamentals of using Tinkercad to design and edit objects for 3D printing. You'll also be introduced to our in-house 3D printers. Participants who wish may share a completed design file to be printed in The Hive. Patrons can arrange to collect their finished projects at Contactless Pickup.

3:00 pm-3:45 pm: A Culinary Pharmacy: Oncology Nutrition

Good nutrition during treatment can help keep your strength and energy levels up. Join us for a demonstration of nutritional meals as we make protein-rich Easy Eggs in a Cup, stomach-soothing Blueberry Compote along with Nourishing and Healing Tea to keep you hydrated!

1:30 pm-2:30 pm: Author talk with Christopher E. Mason

MIT Press Live! presents an author talk with Christopher E. Mason, author of The Next 500 Years. Inevitably, life on Earth will come to an end, whether by climate disaster, cataclysmic war, or the death of the sun in a few billion years. To avoid extinction, we will have to find a new home planet, perhaps even a new solar system, to inhabit. In this provocative and fascinating book, Christopher Mason argues that we have a moral duty to do just that.

As the only species aware that life on Earth has an expiration date, we have a responsibility to act as the shepherd of life-forms—not only for our species but for all species on which we depend and for those still to come (by accidental or designed evolution). Mason argues that the same capacity for ingenuity that has enabled us to build rockets and land on other planets can be applied to redesigning biology so that we can sustainably inhabit those planets. And he lays out a 500-year plan for undertaking the massively ambitious project of reengineering human genetics for life on other worlds.

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