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Added Mar 15 2018

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! Activities 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! 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! Lectures 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) Learn more about the Cambridge Science Festival at!

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March 15, 2018
    Science in the City: Learn how our city works!
    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...

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