Having Fun with Science in Boston

shutterstock_124217326Do you love science? If so, you will be happy to know that there are plenty of fun science activities to explore in the Boston area. In addition the many museums and attractions that cater to the science-minded, Boston is also home to special science-related competitions and events. Here is a look at two of the science events that are worth checking out next month.

Boston FIRST Robotics Competition

Although the official dates have yet to be announced, the annual Boston FIRST robotics competition is likely to take place April 8th through the 11th from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Boston FIRST, which stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is a program designed to encourage middle and high school students to pursue a career in science and engineering. In cooperation with mentors from within the government, business and education sectors, the competition allows student teams to compete with the robots they have designed and built. The competition is also a lot of fun for those who want to see the robots in action, and some even enjoy watching the area behind the performance arena where the spare parts are kept and quick repairs are made.

Cambridge Science Festival

The 9th annual Cambridge Science Festival is scheduled to take place April 17th through the 26th at various locations in Cambridge. The annual event brings together companies, business, labs, organizations and other individuals who are interested in hosting events and programs in celebration of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). The festival will kick off with its Speaking of Einstein discussion panel, which will be held on April 17th from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the First Parish in Cambridge located at 1446 Massachusetts Avenue in Harvard Square. The panel will feature four influential physicists who will discuss how Einstein shaped the world and how his influence continues to be felt today. Cost for this event is $10 per person or $5 per student.

One of the festival’s signature events is the Science Carnival & Robot Zoo, which will take place on April 18th at the Cambridge Rindge & Latin Field House, at the Cambridge Public Library and along Broadway and Ellery Street. The free event, which will take place from noon until 4:00 pm, will provide visitors with the opportunity to see, smell, taste, touch and hear science at work. This year, the carnival will have five themes:

  • Earth & Space: Explores electricity, flight, the ocean, optics and physics.
  • Micro-Zone: Explores microbiology, chemistry and health.
  • No Limits: Explore a variety of hands-on activities that cross various scientific disciplines.
  • Game Corner: Explore programming, gaming and how the human brain works.
  • Robot Zoo: Explore robotics technology and activities.

 

The Museum of Science will also be offering SoundScience Fun performances on its Science Live! Stage at 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 pm during the festival. These 30 minute performances will explore sound through music. Audiences will be invited to sing and move along during these free performances, which are included with the admission price to the museu.

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