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MIT innovations fuel Science Festival

An exercise in "transrobotism," a presentation of future MIT innovations and a look at MIT's model railroad are among the MIT-hosted events during the first-of-its-kind Cambridge Science Festival, April 21-29.

Presented by the MIT Museum, the festival features more than 150 events throughout the city geared toward highlighting the excitement and discovery of science. Events from April 23-29 include:

April 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Robots on the River
MIT Sea Grant program demonstrates autonomous underwater vehicles in the Charles River.

April 24, 6-9 p.m.

The Science of Wine
Find out what's behind the new findings about the anti-aging properties of red wine derivatives while sipping carefully chosen vintages.

April 26, 4-7 p.m.

The MIT Entrepreneurial Tour
Take an insider's tour of the MIT campus to find out where discoveries and inventions happened and what famous companies are MIT spin-offs

April 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Plasma, the Environment and Medicine
Find out how fusion-related magnet research is leading to medical breakthroughs

April 26, 7-9 p.m.

Drama Fest!
Short films, live performances, poetry and visual arts presented by the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

April 26, 5-7:30 p.m.

Kids' night at MITERS
Take things apart, fool around with gizmos and gadgets with the folks at MITERS

April 26, 7-9 p.m.

One Laptop Per Child, Tang Center
An overview of the software of the $100 laptop, a technology that could revolutionize how we educate the world's children

April 27, 12-2 p.m.

Mertz Magic: An Exercise in Transrobotism
Meet humanoid robots Kismet and Mertz and human performance artist Pia Lindman, whose face is manipulated with mechanical tools to explore the poetry of faces

April 28 and 29, 12-5 p.m.

Real Kids: Real Science Stars!
Take part in a science experiment on the set of DragonflyTV, the PBS kids show all about real kids doing real science

April 28, 2-4 p.m.

SciPro Awards
Come see the results of 8th and 9th graders working one-on-one with MIT student mentors on Student Street at the Stata Center

April 28, 12-5 p.m.

What Will They Think of Next?
See tomorrow's innovations being developed by students, teachers and corporations with links to MIT

April 28, 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m.

Not Your Grandpa's Model Railroad
See MIT's model railroad with 800 linear feet of track complete with scale models of MIT buildings

April 29, 2:30 p.m.

Days of Our Half-Lives
A uniquely entertaining afternoon of poems that will change the way you think about science

For more information on the Cambridge Science Festival and a complete listing of events and locations, visit

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 25, 2007 (download PDF).

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