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25 April 2009
Cambridge (Mass.) Science Festival this weekend
The Cambridge Science Festival starts today. The schedule is here, and includes (plug!) hands-on optics exhibits for kids from noon-4pm sponsored by volunteers from the NES/OSA.
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Optics: Light at Work
Kresge Auditorium, MIT Campus, 48 Mass. Ave.
Carnival! We have an "Optics Suitcase" filled with experiments that demonstrate the principles of light, such as transmission, refraction and reflection, in an entertaining, hands-on way. For instance, we have a water bath with optical components that demonstrates the effects of lenses. We have fiber optics made of Jello. We have an experiment with an overhead projector which shows why the sky is blue. And we have a huge kaleidoscope to demonstrate the properties of reflection. We will have give-aways for attendees, including beautiful Optics wall posters.