Upcoming events: 2013 Cambridge Science Festival

March 19, 2013 at 9:30 am

The Cambridge Science Festival is an annual celebration showcasing the leading edge in science, technology, engineering and math. The Camrbidge Science Festival makes science accessible, interactive, and fun. The following lists just a sampling of events happening on Harvard's campus as part of this year's festival. For more details and for a full list of festival events, click here. All events are free and open to the public!

The Edge of the Map
Friday, April 12 at 8:00pm (shows 1 hour)
Saturday, April 13 at 2:00pm, 5:00pm, 8:00pm
Sunday, April 14 at 5:00pm
Harvard University Science Center Room 302, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge
THE EDGE OF THE MAP is a new devised experimental theater piece led by New York-based theater maker and Harvard alum Calla Videt. The project was developed collaboratively in conjunction with a course on social issues in biology taught by Professor Jon Beckwith at the Harvard Medical School. Using dynamic and unconventional theater techniques to share the stories of those affected by controversial issues about our genetic identities, THE EDGE OF THE MAP aims to fuse art, science, and education in order to spark questions that need answers in our modern world. A woman wrestles with a predisposition towards genetic disease; a man is convinced he has one; and a couple set out to make sure their child is genetically… perfect.

Cambridge Science Carnival
Saturday, April 13
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge
Prepare yourself...for a Carnival of the Sciences and a Robot Zoo! See, touch, smell, hear, and taste science in new and exciting ways. Are you ready?

Forecasting the Future
Tuesday, April 16
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Boston
Population ecologists study plant and animal populations in essentially the same way that insurance actuaries assess risks about human populations: tracking births and deaths of different species, and using data patterns to predict how these species will respond to changes in habitat, climate, and more. Elizabeth Crone will describe how plant ecologists monitor populations and collect demographic information. She will also speak about successes and failures in forecasting the futures of different plant populations, and describe how ecologists go about the science of fortune-telling.

Perfect Model: The Past, Present, and Future of Prediction
Thursday, April 18
Geological Lecture Hall, Harvard University, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge
Acclaimed author and mathematician David Orrell will explore the history and the challenges of prediction. From the oracle at Delphi, up to the latest methods being developed in areas such as systems biology and economics, Orrell argues that our search for the "perfect model" often reveals as much about our sense of aesthetics as it does about the future. An Oxford-trained mathematician and resident of England, Orrell's work on the prediction of complex systems has been featured in New Scientist and the Financial Times, and on BBC Radio, ABC Radio, and NPR.

Science of Food
Friday, April 19
Harvard Natural History Museum Courtyard, 26 Oxford Street
& Maxwell Dworkin Building, 33 Oxford Street
Experience the connection between science and cooking, through interactive demonstrations and presentations by local chefs and researchers. For instance, How do microbes transform many of the foods that we eat? How do our brains control the way that we perceive food? How are chefs using modern ingredients to create novel textures in cuisine? Teams physicists, microbiologists, neuroscientists, and other scientists will work with restaurants and other food leaders to answer these questions.

Sidewalk Astronomy: Bringing the Stars to the Street
Friday, April 19
5 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge
You may be in the middle of the city, but that doesn't mean you can't see the stars! Join us in Central Square or Harvard Square to experience sidewalk astronomy at its best. We'll bring the telescopes so you can enjoy views of the first-quarter Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and other cosmic jewels. This event is part of the Cambridge Science Festival - a yearly celebration showcasing the leading edge in science, technology, engineering, and math. Sidewalk Astronomy is weather dependent.

Cambridge Explores the Universe
Saturday, April 20
Harvard College Observatory
60 Garden St., Cambridge
Become an astronomer for a day! Discover the Harvard-Smithsonian's "Exploration Stations" that include live demonstrations, interactive multimedia exhibits, hands-ons activities, ask-an-astronomer cafe, and telescope tours. Learn about our amazing Sun, planets around other stars, black holes, and how you can control your own telescope to take images of all of these. Fill out your Passport to the Universe and earn fabulous prizes. It's out of this world!

Collections Up Close: Magnificent Maples
Sunday, April 21
Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston
Did you know that maple trees have amazing flowers? Explore the world-class maple collection of the Arnold Arboretum. Look for bright blossoms and delicate new leaves--tiny, delightful signs of spring. Drop by between 1:00pm and 3:00pm to take a guided tour, participate in a fun science activity for kids, try a photography activity (bring your camera), and chat with knowledgeable staff and volunteers.