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What is the Cambridge Science Festival?

The Cambridge Science Festival, the first of its kind in the United States, is a celebration showcasing the leading edge in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM).  A multifaceted, multicultural event, the Festival makes science accessible, interactive and fun, highlighting the impact of STEAM in all our lives.


Based out of the MIT Museum, we are a tiny team organizing the annual 10-day, 250+ event festival (in a typical year!) with a robust group of some of the most intelligent scientists, generous sponsors, creative non-profits, dedicated volunteers, and curious university students in the world!


For the 2021 Festival, as social distancing was in place as we began to emerge from the pandemic,  we celebrated STEAM in our community with an overarching theme of gratitude and appreciation for science! During the month of April 2021, we showcased creative digital and virtual entries from our rich STEAM community, offered live events daily, and celebrated with public displays. 

We began in 2007 with the support of MIT, Harvard, the City of Cambridge, and other key collaborators and attracted an estimated 15,000 visitors.  Now, 13 years later, we attract more than 100,000 visitors annually, host events in more than 70 different venues from Cape Cod to Central Massachusetts, and work with more than 100 collaborators.

 

Modeled on art, music, and movie festivals, the Cambridge Science Festival offers activities, demonstrations, workshops, tours, debates, contests, talks, and behind-the-scene glimpses to illuminate the richness of scientific inquiry and the excitement of discovery.

 

The Festival’s collaborators reach out to the general public including adults, k12 & college students, families, the science community, and under-served audiences to excite and ignite curiosity.

 

We’re the Cambridge Science Festival located in the United States.  Looking for the Cambridge UK Science Festival? You can find them here.

FAQs

What the heck is a science festival, anyway?

Science festivals are public celebrations that offer a wide range of science, technology, engineering, art and math-related activities – creative exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, tours, debates, workshops, concerts – over a period of several days, in a variety of locations.

Is the Cambridge Science Festival for adults? Kids and families?

It’s for everyone! There are some programs specifically for adults or 21+, others are for kids and families.

When will it be held this year?

Join us LIVE and IN-PERSON this Fall 2022 Oct 3-9 in the Festival Zone at Kendall/MIT Open Space.

Is it free or do I have to pay?

All events in the Festival Zone (Kendall/MIT Open Space) are free and open to the public. Events at other locations may have a fee. Please check our Program Guide for details.

How do I get there?

The Kendall/MIT Open space is conveniently located next to the Kendall/MIT T stop and MIT’s Building E38 (292 Main Street) and accessible via public transportation.

So what would I actually do at this festival?

Well, at different events you’ll do different things. At some events, like plays and concerts, you’ll sit, watch, and be entertained. But at most events you’ll be participating, creating, and interacting. This is not show and tell… it’s show and do!

Jobs

Updated August 4, 2022

The Production Manager is responsible for the successful technical execution of the Cambridge Science Festival (October 2022). This 10-week contract will manage all aspects of festival production, and collaborate with the Producer and affiliate partners to ensure smooth production of multiple events in the direct lead-up and execution of the Festival.
This position hires, trains, and supervises contractors and vendors, including but not limited to set, lighting & sound designers, technicians, volunteers, interns, and stage managers.

Reports to: PRODUCER – Brooke Ciardelli

Production Manager Compensation: $1,800 per week

Status: Temporary

Schedule: August 1st, 2022 (Full-time) 10 weeks, ending on Oct 16, 2022

See full description and apply on LinkedIn

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