Festival Guide

Festival Guide

Festival Guide

Welcome to Cambridge Science Festival 2023!

 

Here you can find a listing for every event at this year’s Festival. Simply click on listings to find out more, including information about the organizer, the venue, and how to reserve your ticket! Every event is free and open to the public, but many have limited capacity. Get your tickets soon to avoid missing out.

Use the dropdown menus to search for events on specific dates, or in different categories. If you’re not sure where to start, click here to find out more about this year’s themes and series.

DATE
EVENT
ORGANIZER
SERIES
TAGS
START TIME
Tuesday
Sep 26
Sep 26, 2 pm - 5 pm
In the Neighborhood
Sea Life and Sea Perch! Come and tour MIT Sea Grant!
Sea Life and Sea Perch! Come and tour MIT Sea Grant!
MIT Sea Grant
MIT Sea Grant
2 pm
DESCRIPTION

MIT Sea Grant Marine Biology and Robotics Labs will be hosting tours of our facilities and hands-on activities, including driving a Sea Perch ROV as well as microscopes with local marine life and a touch tank with live animals to interact with!

LOCATION
MIT Sea Grant
12 Emily St, Suite 1
Cambridge MA
02139
START TIME
2 pm

END TIME
5 pm
ABOUT THE ORGANIZER

The MIT Sea Grant College Program is a Federal-Institute partnership that brings the research and engineering core of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to bear on ocean-related challenges. Funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Sea Grant College Program promotes the conservation and sustainable development of marine resources through research, education, and outreach.

Find out more about MIT Sea Grant.
Sunday
Oct 1
Oct 1, 12 pm - 4 pm
CARNIVAL
Watertown High School Robotics Showcase
Watertown High School Robotics Showcase
Watertown High School Robotics
Watertown High School Robotics
12 pm
DESCRIPTION

Come see a competition robot designed, built, and programmed by high school students. You can talk with the students about how it was built, learn more about robotics opportunities in your area, and take home your very own team mascot – a rubber duck.

LOCATION
Kendall/MIT Open Space
292 Main Street
Cambridge MA
02142
START TIME
12 pm

END TIME
4 pm
ABOUT THE ORGANIZER

The FIRST Robotics Competition team from Watertown, MA. We compete all over New England with our 4ft tall robot that picks up traffic cones and inflatable cubes to score in various locations. We love demonstrating at public events and getting others excited about STEM.

Sunday
Oct 1
Oct 1, 12 pm - 4 pm
CARNIVAL
Meet Athena: An Underwater Robot
Meet Athena: An Underwater Robot
Arcturus Robotics
Arcturus Robotics
12 pm
DESCRIPTION

Meet Athena, an underwater robot built by students in Arcturus, the MIT marine robotics team! While you’re here, check out our water blaster and ball launcher. Stick around and you can assemble your own pocket-sized water vehicle.

LOCATION
Kendall/MIT Open Space
292 Main Street
Cambridge MA
02142
START TIME
12 pm

END TIME
4 pm
ABOUT THE ORGANIZER

Arcturus is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s autonomous robotics team. Arcturus
designs and builds a variety of test vehicles including underwater, aerial, and surface vehicles. We also aim to share our love of marine robots with others in the Boston/Cambridge area, especially since marine technology is often inaccessible to the public.

Find out more about Arcturus Robotics.
Sunday
Oct 1
Oct 1, 12 pm - 4 pm
CARNIVAL
Bristle Bots: Building Tiny Robots!
Bristle Bots: Building Tiny Robots!
VERTEX Robotics
VERTEX Robotics
12 pm
DESCRIPTION

Join us for an engaging hands-on activity where you can design, build, and personalize your very own Bristle Bot – a small robot created from everyday materials such as toothbrush heads and mini motors. Learn more about robotics by building your bot and checking out our very own robot demo!

LOCATION
Kendall/MIT Open Space
292 Main Street
Cambridge MA
02142
START TIME
12 pm

END TIME
4 pm
ABOUT THE ORGANIZER

VERTEX is a competitive robotics team based in Exeter, NH, enthusiastic about promoting STEM education. Our commitment to spreading knowledge is matched by our competitive spirit.

Find out more about VERTEX Robotics.
Sunday
Oct 1
Oct 1, 12 pm - 4 pm
CARNIVAL
How to Train Your Robot
How to Train Your Robot
Personal Robots Group at MIT Media Lab
Personal Robots Group at MIT Media Lab
12 pm
DESCRIPTION

Come explore robots + artificial intelligence with the Personal Robots
Group from the MIT Media Lab! We will demo our social robot Jibo and
share interactive activities to learn about AI.

LOCATION
Kendall/MIT Open Space
292 Main Street
Cambridge MA
02142
START TIME
12 pm

END TIME
4 pm
ABOUT THE ORGANIZER

The Personal Robots group bridges the gap between intelligent personified technologies and human collaborative behavior. We take a multidisciplinary approach that integrates human-centered design, psychology, aesthetics, and advanced computation to create personified technologies that can better understand, naturally communicate, collaborate, and support people more like a helpful companion than a smart tool.

Sunday
Oct 1
Oct 1, 12 pm - 4 pm
CARNIVAL
Robot Petting Zoo
Robot Petting Zoo
Winsor Robotics
Winsor Robotics
12 pm
DESCRIPTION

We are holding a Robot Petting Zoo where we teach younger children how to drive our competition robots, which is an engaging and inspiring experience for many. Furthermore, we will more information about our team and FIRST, as we display our portfolios, PR packets, and Engineering Notebooks. Overall, it is a great experience to engage with the local community and share our love for STEM and robotics.

LOCATION
Kendall/MIT Open Space
292 Main Street
Cambridge MA
02142
START TIME
12 pm

END TIME
4 pm
ABOUT THE ORGANIZER

The Winsor Robotics club has two FIRST teams, including is the award-winning FTC team #13620, and FTC team #20409. Composed of students from grades 9-12 at the Winsor School, the club was founded in 2017 with a mission to uplift gender minorities in STEM, and since its creation, it has become an active part of the Winsor and FTC communities. FTC stands for the FIRST Tech Challenge by the organization FIRST, an international high school robotics competition. To optimize efficiency and encourage students to explore their interests in the multifaceted nature of STEM, both Winsor Robotics teams have three sub-groups: building, coding, and business. This way, we can ensure that team members are prepared for careers in STEM beyond high school.

Find out more about Winsor Robotics.
Sunday
Oct 1
Oct 1, 12 pm - 4 pm
CARNIVAL
Robotics Playground with the Parity Bits
Robotics Playground with the Parity Bits
The Parity Bits (The Lexington High School All-Girls Robotics Team)
The Parity Bits (The Lexington High School All-Girls Robotics Team)
12 pm
DESCRIPTION

Multiple mini robotics activities for all ages! Come drive our competition robot (scoring cones on different poles), creating DIY pins, navigating mini sphero robots through a maze, and building LEGO creations. Learn more about robotics at the high school level and the experiences of girls in STEM.

LOCATION
Kendall/MIT Open Space
292 Main Street
Cambridge MA
02142
START TIME
12 pm

END TIME
4 pm
ABOUT THE ORGANIZER

The Parity Bits is Lexington Public High School’s all-girls robotics team. We participate in the FTC Robotics competition where we build a unique robot every year. This year, we reached the State Championships. Besides robotics, our team enjoys participating in outreach at corporations/universities, fundraisers (we are completely self-funded), giving presentations, holding camps, and getting involved in fairs/festivals. We strive to engage our community in STEM and encourage young girls to pursue their passions with confidence and curiousity.

Sunday
Oct 1
Oct 1, 12 pm - 4 pm
CARNIVAL
FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Demonstrations
FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Demonstrations
Waring School Robotics
Waring School Robotics
12 pm
DESCRIPTION

Come and see some of the top Massachusetts high school robotics teams play robotics matches against each other. Which robot can put the cones on the polls fastest? Come and watch as the robots battle it out. Also, stop by the team tables and talk to the students about their work and learn about how they built their bots.

LOCATION
Kendall/MIT Open Space
292 Main Street
Cambridge MA
02142
START TIME
12 pm

END TIME
4 pm
ABOUT THE ORGANIZER

We are a school based set of FIRST Tech Challenge teams.

Find out more about Waring School Robotics.
Sunday
Oct 1
Oct 1, 12 pm - 4 pm
CARNIVAL
Highlander Robotics Team Robot Showcase
Highlander Robotics Team Robot Showcase
FRC Team 6201
FRC Team 6201
12 pm
DESCRIPTION

Highlander Robotics student team members will showcase and explain this year’s competition winning robot.

LOCATION
Kendall/MIT Open Space
292 Main Street
Cambridge MA
02142
START TIME
12 pm

END TIME
4 pm
ABOUT THE ORGANIZER

We are a FIRST Robotics Team who participates in FIRST events and helps to increase STEM interest in our community.

Find out more about FRC Team 6201.
Sunday
Oct 1
Oct 1, 12 pm - 4 pm
CARNIVAL
Art Meets Engineering: Build Your Own Sci-Art Masterpiece!
Art Meets Engineering: Build Your Own Sci-Art Masterpiece!
Archbishop Williams High School
Archbishop Williams High School
12 pm
DESCRIPTION

At our booth, you’ll have the chance to create art using engineering principles, including experimenting with an art-making robot that will help bring your creations to life!

LOCATION
Kendall/MIT Open Space
292 Main Street
Cambridge MA
02142
START TIME
12 pm

END TIME
4 pm
ABOUT THE ORGANIZER

Private High School with a unique Art and Engineering program.

Find out more about Archbishop Williams High School.
Sunday
Oct 1
Oct 1, 12 pm - 4 pm
CARNIVAL
DIY Underwater Robots for fun AND climate science
DIY Underwater Robots for fun AND climate science
MIT Sea Grant
MIT Sea Grant
12 pm
DESCRIPTION

Meet SeaPerch II, a DIY underwater robot than can also take data on water quality! Stop by the MIT Sea Grant booth for interactive demonstrations of the sensors and grippers, an illustration of the ways in which climate change is affecting the marine environment, and an underwater robotic challenge where you control the robots!

More information and build guides at seagrant.mit.edu/seaperch2

LOCATION
Kendall/MIT Open Space
292 Main Street
Cambridge MA
02142
START TIME
12 pm

END TIME
4 pm
ABOUT THE ORGANIZER

The MIT Sea Grant College Program is a Federal-Institute partnership that brings the research and engineering core of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to bear on ocean-related challenges. Funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Sea Grant College Program promotes the conservation and sustainable development of marine resources through research, education, and outreach.

Find out more about MIT Sea Grant.