Science in the City: Learn how our city works! @ City of Cambridge (Official), Cambridge [20 April]

Science in the City: Learn how our city works!

12:00 - 15:00

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City of Cambridge (Official)
795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
Join City of Cambridge (Official) departments and commissions as we take over City Hall for a day! Come by 795 Mass Ave after-hours on Friday, April 20 to learn, design, and create. We have two scavenger hunts for people to participate in! Every person who participates gets a prize and one lucky adult will get a Fitbit!


LED Lightbulb Swap Event
Bring your old incandescent or CFL lightbulbs and walk away with LED lightbulbs, which are more efficient! The swap is free and open to all Cambridge residents. The event will offer standard A19 LEDs, which fit most lamps and fixtures, and BR30 LEDs, typically used for recessed lighting. Exchanges are limited to 3 bulbs per household to ensure supply for all participants.

Urban Cycling Basics Workshops!
1:00 — 2:00 PM
2:00 — 3:00 PM

* Finding the right kind of bike
* Route planning
* Safety equipment, including lights and a helmet
* Locking properly
* Transporting small loads or children by bike
* Multi-modal commuting
* Rules of the road and safety tips.
* All participants in the bike workshops get a free helmet!

Cambridge GIS
Create a Cambridge Map

Cambridge Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will provide the map layers and you use them to make a map of Cambridge. Learn how simple data can be combined to make a map showing neighborhoods, parks, water bodies, and more!

Cambridge Water Department
Have a fresh pour of Fresh Pond!

Did you know that Cambridge has a reservoir and waterworks system separate from Greater Boston? Find out what it takes to protect the reservoir and how we go from natural water to high-quality drinking water with the Cambridge Water Department.

Mystic River Watershed Association
Why does the Cambridge DPW perform all of this work to improve water quality?

Learn about the water quality and amazing fish migration happening in local waterways. The Mystic River Watershed Association is managing a citizen science effort to document the largest river herring migration in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Come to our table and be a part of this effort to document, measure, analyze and better understand this local fish migration. Promise you will be amazed.

City of Cambridge Department of Public Works (Official) & Conservation Commission
We all live in a watershed!

Do you know your watershed? Learn where rain goes after it rains and how you can help it get back to its roots and stay clean along the way.

Cambridge Traffic, Parking and Transportation
The Science of Traffic Signals

TP&T will discuss and present Synchro, a modelling software used to design signal timing and phasing. Put in your own ideas and see how signals, cycle lengths, and the Flash Don’t Walk time for pedestrians change based on your input. Ever wondered what those green pavement markings are? We’ll tell you all about it! Finally, learn about Vision Zero and how you can do your part.

Want to hear your voice the next time you walk through the crosswalk? Stop by as we raffle off the recording for an Accessible Pedestrian Signal!

City of Cambridge Department of Public Works (Official) Recycling Division
Your Lunch: Hot Air or Clean Power?

Trash or compost? A choice that seals a leftover’s destiny. Find out what happens to the methane gas food emits when it is trapped in a landfill versus when it is captured in an anaerobic digester.

City of Cambridge Community Development Department (Official) Environmental and Transportation Planning Division
Glocal Challenge & Sustainable Transportation!

Come and listen to our youth entrepreneurs and interns pitch their ideas for how to improve the transportation system in Cambridge. Give them your feedback, ideas, and innovations and help them towards implementation of the transportation projects this summer 2018. Also, learn all about how to get around town without driving alone!

City of Cambridge Community Development Department (Official) Housing Division

Build a City Block! What does residential density look like? Want to see more affordable housing in Cambridge? Using an interactive game called Cambridge Streets, participants can design a city block to visualize different considerations and trade-offs when building different types of housing, creating open space and transportation options for all users.

Cambridge Public Library
Exploring Virtual Reality with the Cambridge Public Library

Come learn about Virtual Reality and 3D technology with librarians from the Cambridge Public Library!

Cambridge Open Data
Embark on a data scavenger hunt!

Data informs nearly everything we do in the City of Cambridge. Join us for a scavenger hunt through Cambridge's open data portal. Learn how to find data about the environment, traffic, housing, and all the other topics at the science fair!

Cambridge Energy Alliance
Come see energy turn into action with a bike-light machine and learn what solar power might look like on your home.

Public Safety (Cambridge Police Department, 911, Cambridge MA Fire Department, Pro EMS, Animal Control)
Emergency Phone Call “Ride Along”

Come along with us as we follow a call from the time it comes into the Emergency Communications Center to the time it is dispatched. Watch in real time and see what the outcome could be!

Cambridge Sustainability Dashboard
Take a scavenger hunt through our dashboard to see just what our sustainability goals and activities look like!


12:00 – 1:00 PM
Urban Rain Gardens
New England Wild Flower Society & Conservation Commission
Anna Fialkoff, Horticulturist

By cleaning, cooling, and slowing runoff before it pollutes water bodies, rain gardens can play a significant role in urban and suburban areas. Learn how rain gardens work, how you can create low-tech and effective rain gardens, and which durable plants can fill them.

1:00 — 1:15 PM
Home Performance Workshop
Cambridge Energy Alliance
Learn how to make your winters warmer, your summers cooler, and your energy bills lower! Find out what a home energy assessment could do for you. Q&A session to follow outside of the Chambers.

1:15 – 1:45 PM
Public Safety Q&A
Join the Cambridge Public Safety Team and get your safety questions answered!

1:45 – 2:00 PM
Solar Workshop
Cambridge Energy Alliance
Learn how to save money and energy by going solar in Cambridge and beyond. Q&A session to follow outside of the Chambers.

2:00 — 2:30 PM
Composting in Cambridge
City of Cambridge Department of Public Works (Official)
Recycling Director, Michael Orr, will talk about how curbside composting developed in Cambridge, how the program works, and how our food scraps are no longer emitting greenhouse gases in landfills but instead creating clean energy and fertilizer!

2:30 – 3:00 PM
Get Rid of it Right!
City of Cambridge Department of Public Works (Official)

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