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Innovators Events

Upcoming Events

Our Innovators and Sip of Science events offer a wide range of opportunities for networking, socializing, and learning. From the chemistry of cocktails to the statistics and psychology of blackjack, we cover a vast array of topics for educational and social events filled with food, beverage, and entertainment.

Mobile Shake

Mobile Shake | June 27, 2017

The Innovators are teaming up with the MobileTea #Boston community and Mass TLC to host Mobile Shake! This outdoor event will be held on the Museum's Washburn Pavilion overlooking the Charles River, and will feature a live DJ, tech talks, and networking sessions. The evening will include family-friendly Design Challenges where the Museum’s Engineering is Elementary® team will shake things up with an interactive activity about earthquake engineering. We welcome you to bring friends, kids, and colleagues to this inclusive evening! Learn more about this event!


Mass innovatio night

Mass Innovation Nights #100 | July 12, 2017

Celebrate the 100th Mass Innovation Night at the Museum of Science! Convene with local experts, and hear from nearby entrepreneurs and startups as they showcase their new and original products. Enjoy a presentation in Cahners Theater before snacking on refreshments in the Museum’s Blue Wing. Sponsored by Draper, the theme will be space tech where you will explore our universe and beyond while learning more about local achievers!


Harpoon Love Beer Love Life

Sip of Science: Harpoon Brewery | August 16, 2017

See what’s brewing at Harpoon this summer! Learn all about this independent craft brewer while sipping on a full selection of Harpoon beers fresh from the tap. Hear from Harpoon’s very own quality control manager about what goes into constructing the perfect beer. From sensory features including, flavor, clarity, color, foam, and haze, to consistency and how varying temperatures can affect quality, there is much to learn about creating an exceptional draft!


Duck Boat Bash

Innovator Kick Off: Duck Boat Bash | September 14, 2017

Say bon voyage to summer and kick off a new year with The Innovators! Join fellow Museum and STEM supporters on the picturesque Charles riverfront for a nautical inspired barbecue. This science soiree follows the awards ceremony of the inaugural Amazing Duck Boat Challenge… two celebrations become one as corporate challengers and Duck Boat Bashers toast the day’s success and dance to yacht rock late into the night! Learn more about the Amazing Duck Boat Challenge! RSVP information will follow.

Past Events

Innovators Forum

Forum: Should Humans Be Allowed to Drive?

How should we handle the rapid rise in the technology that enables self-driving cars? Learn about the technologies that are being developed for self-driving cars and how we as a society might regulate them at this interactive forum. Contribute to the conversation by considering the complexities and tradeoffs of potential solutions, sharing your perspective, and helping to shape the discussion to be used in an upcoming public forum at the Museum of Science.

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Sparks after dark

Sparks After Dark: The Stars of STEM Celebration After Party

Sparks After Dark is the official after party of the Museum’s signature event—the Stars of STEM Celebration—and this year we are really cranking up the volts! Enjoy drinks, dancing, and plenty of surprises late into the night. Tickets to the after party will be open to the public, but Innovators will receive a special ticket price and additional perks.

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Davos on the Charles

Meet key influencers in STEM fields during the Museum’s annual meeting of the minds. Converse over dinner with the Museum’s overseers and trustees followed by expert panels on thought-provoking topics. Past panels have explored artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, and RoboBees. This year’s topics will be related to food, nutrition, and the environment. Put your thinking cap on!

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Meet Me at Science Park: A Chocolate Lovers Night Out

You know what month it is. Enjoy the Valentine’s season with our new Chocolate exhibit! Spend an adults-only night at the Museum, dancing to live music, sampling sweet and savory chocolate bites, and visiting pop-up chocolatier presentations. This event is open to the public and requires a ticket, but look out for an Innovator area and perks!

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nano brothers

Innovators Family Breakfast: The Amazing Nano Brothers

Fun for the whole family, this comedy show is all about the mysteries of matter, including atoms, molecules and nanotechnology. Join brothers Dan and Joel as they juggle everything from potted plants to tennis rackets - sometimes from atop seven-foot unicycles. Who knew physics could be this fun?

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Double Bill: You’re the Expert + After-Show

Double Bill: You’re the Expert + After-Show

You’ll be laughing as part of the live audience for You’re the Expert, the critically acclaimed podcast and radio program on 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR station. Hilariously misguided guesses are part of the fun as a panel of comedians tries to determine the specialized field of the guest expert. Stick around for complimentary access to the exclusive after-show featuring the panelists making people laugh with stand-up comedy on the Gordon Current Science & Technology Center Stage!

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Sip of Science: Artisan’s Asylum & Aeronaut Brewery

Sip of Science: Artisan’s Asylum & Aeronaut Brewery

Check out the innovative spaces of the Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville. Whether you’re new to the maker movement or have been tinkering since you were a kid, there will be something to learn from the experienced hackers, makers, and engineers that will tour you through the spaces. Afterward, head next door to Aeronaut Brewery to enjoy craft beer and live music.

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Science Royale

Science Royale

Use probability to hit the jackpot or explore the science of risk on the roulette wheel. Taste the difference between shaken and stirred on the Museum’s Washburn Pavilion turned riverfront casino for a night!

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Sip of Science: SubSpace Project

Sip of Science: SubSpace Project

Have you heard the buzz about our new SubSpace project in the Planetarium? Plug in to your favorite musical legends as they ignite the Charles Hayden Planetarium in a series of one-of-a-kind tributes.

Come see why these shows have sold out all summer and meet the minds who made them afterwards! The Innovators are getting a front-row seat to this phenomenal blending of science, music, and art!

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Sip of Science: Community Boating Inc.

Set sail on the S.S. Innovator! Enjoy an outdoor Sip of Science on the dock of Community Boating Inc. (CBI). Have fun along the Charles River and learn about the science of sailing and the weather that affects it—complete with sailboat rides! CBI is the nation’s oldest, continuously running public sailing center. With a mission of “Sailing for All,” it offers sailing and water sports to people of all ages, abilities, and means.

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Trivia Night! (aka Are You Smarter Than a Museum of Science Overseer?)

Have you ever wondered what it truly means to give? Do you enjoy quirky bar trivia with friends? Connect with Museum trustees and overseers and find out how they got involved with the Museum. Play bar trivia, created by Museum staff member Jonathan Friedman, with these like-minded Museum supporters and ask the questions you’ve always been afraid to ask over some healthy competition. First round is on us. See you at the battleground!

Charles River Cleanup Innovator Event

Innovators in Action: Charles River Cleanup Day

Join your fellow Innovators and 3,000 other volunteers for the annual Charles River Cleanup! In celebration of the new Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River exhibition and to honor Earth Day, The Innovators will help remove trash from an assigned riverside stretch near the Museum. Conclude the inaugural Innovators in Action event with drinks and refreshments nearby for all your hard work!

Sparks After Dark

Sparks after Dark: the Stars of STEM Celebration After Party

Don your finest and get ready to electric slide—in the Theater of Electricity no less! The Innovators are hosting the Museum’s first ever Stars of STEM Celebration After Party! Keep the festivities going at this electric party with activities, dancing, and late night snacks. Bring one, bring all, but most of all—bring your dancing shoes!

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Innovators Clubhouse Takeover

Innovators Clubhouse Takeover

Act like a kid again at The Clubhouse: Where Technology Meets Imagination! The Flagship Clubhouse at the Museum of Science is one of 100 Clubhouses worldwide encouraging young people to explore their own ideas, develop new skills, and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology. The only rule of the Clubhouse is to make media, not consume it. Come produce songs, construct 3-D models, and create your own animations and videos with The Innovators!

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Ski Monster

Sip of Science: The Ski Monster

Grab a cold one while learning all about the coolest sport around. The Innovators are headed to Boston’s brand new and most inventive ski shop, Ski Monster, for a sip of science unlike any other! From people who don’t even know what a ski pole is to powder experts—all levels of athleticism and slalom knowledge welcome!

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Porcupine snacking

Innovators Family Breakfast

The ever-popular Innovators Family Breakfast is back! Bring the whole family and enjoy an animal themed breakfast where you can create something for our furry and scaly friends to play with. Enjoy reconnecting with fellow Innovators and their families and after breakfast meet some of the stars of the Museum's Live Animal Presentations.

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La Laboratorie

Holiday Party at Le Laboratoire

We celebrated the season at one of Cambridge’s most innovative galleries! We experienced The Trouble with Jellyfish, an exhibit that blends marine biology with contemporary art, while sampling bites from Café ArtScience and mingling with fellow Innovators.

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Brain enhancing drugs

Forum: Brain-Enhancing Drugs at School

Innovators took part in an interactive forum on brain enhancing drugs and how students are using them. They heard from experts and then, in groups, took on the role of a group of alumni from a college to come up with a solution. In doing so, the Innovators have helped shape a future program for the Museum!

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Danger Awesome

Sip of Science: danger!awesome

During our private tour of the danger!awesome makerspace in Cambridge, Innovators watched a 3-D printing demonstration and discussed the impact of the maker movement on the current state of STEM.

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Science Uncorked

Science Uncorked at the Museum of Science

At our kick-off event of 2015, Innovators celebrated the last days of summer with an evening of wine and science along the Charles River. Guests learned how winemakers bridge the natural and engineered worlds while sampling a variety of wines and wine pairings.

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Sip of Science

Sip of Science: The Landing

Innovators enjoyed a waterfront view of the Boston harbor at The Landing while chatting with members of the Museum’s exhibits design and development team.

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Pixar Breakfast

Pixar Family Breakfast at the Museum of Science

After a breakfast buffet, Innovators and their families enjoyed private access to The Science Behind Pixar where exhibit interpreters assisted kids and adults alike in exploring the science of animation.

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Pixar opening

Pixar VIP Premiere Opening at the Museum of Science

Innovators were invited to the premiere opening of The Science Behind Pixar before the exhibit opened to the public! Guests experienced a unique, first-time look into the Pixar process, and explored the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films.

Gamified World

Gamified World at the Museum of Science

This event explored recent trends in the ever-shifting gaming landscape. Innovators discussed the “now” and future of gaming with experts from Rockstar New England, Green Door Labs, and the MIT Game Lab.

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NASA planetarium

Inside NASA Engineering at the Museum of Science

Innovators enjoyed a cocktail reception, followed by an exclusive showing of Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA. After the show, David Rabkin, Charles Hayden Planetarium director, answered questions about this exciting partnership and the future of unmanned space flight.

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Grand Ten Distilling

Sip of Science: GrandTen Distilling

During a tour of GrandTen Distilling, Innovators learned about the science of distilleries and sampled locally made, small batch liquors and spirits.

Science in the park

Science in the Park Family Breakfast at the Museum of Science

Innovators and their families enjoyed a morning of food and fun in the Science in the Park exhibit. Museum exhibit interpreters were on hand to help kids and adults explore the mechanics of motion.

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Firebrand Saints

Sip of Science: Firebrand Saints

Innovators enjoyed small bites and drinks at Firebrand Saints in Kendall Square as part of our first Sip of Science offsite event series. Sip of Science is a series of informal gatherings that is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow Innovators while enjoying science content.

Science on tap

Science on Tap at the Museum of Science

At the kick-off event of 2014, Innovators sampled locally-brewed beers and ciders while learning about the science of brewing craft beer!

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