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Friday, March 2, 2007
Cambridge turns into 'Science City' in April
Science will hit the streets in Cambridge for nine days in April celebrating science and technology.
The Cambridge Science Festival, presented by the MIT Museum from April 21-29, will feature music-playing robots, alternative-powered concept cars, a Genome Trail and tours of the Charles River, a chance to make and launch soda-bottle rockets, to appear on PBS's Dragonfly TV, and to star-gaze with astronomers. Science and technology businesses will open their doors and welcome middle- and high-school students interested in exploring careers in science.
"We hope the festival enables people to explore Cambridge -- the ultimate 'Science City' -- and discover some of its hidden science treasures. We also hope that by demystifying science we can pique the interest of young people and inspire them to pursue an education in the science, technology and engineeering fields," John Durant, director of the MIT Museum and the festival's executive director, said in a statement announcing the festival. "But most important, we want the festival to be exciting and fun."
Most of the event ideas came from people who responded to a call for entries, but other groups involved include the Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge Public Schools, Harvard University, MIT, the Museum of Science and WGBH.