FSU Hosting Special Science Festival for the Community: Science on State Street

FSU Hosting Special Science Festival for the Community: Science on State Street

Apr 13, 2015

Framingham State University is hosting a day-long science extravaganza for learners of all ages on Saturday, April 25th entitled, Science on State Street.

The festival at Framingham State is part of the larger Cambridge Science Festival taking place from April 17-26.

The event will feature a special outdoor exhibit called “From Earth to the Universe” that features breathtaking astronomical images from the Hubble and Chandra telescopes. The exhibit, which has gone on display at museums and airports around the world, is on loan to the University from the Chandra X-ray Observatory at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge.

“This is going to be a great event for families,” says Dr. Irene Porro, director of FSU’s Christa McAuliffe Center. “Most of the activities are hands-on experiences that people will be able to participate in. It should be a lot of fun.”

Entirely free and open to the public, the event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities will include six Planetarium Shows, presented by McAuliffe Center staff in the University planetarium, throughout the day celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope, which launched on April 24th, 1990.

Most events will take place outdoors (weather permitting) in Crocker Grove and will be put on by FSU faculty and students, as well as businesses in the region. Presentations will include hands-on experiences in biology, chemistry, physics, food science, robotics and engineering and a passport tour of the solar system where visitors will start at the sun and receive a stamp for each planet they visit in this 1-billion-to-1 scale model of our solar system. iRobot will discuss the science behind the robots they create and give visitors a chance to interact with them up close and personal. There will also be an opportunity to explore beautifully crafted models of NASA spacecrafts, including the Space Shuttle, Mars Exploration Rover, Mars Science Laboratory, Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle and the James Web Space Telescope.

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,000 students with 58 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a State College and University (SCU), Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.