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Innovators Events

Upcoming Events

cirque du science

Cirque du Science: The Innovators Summer Spectacular | September 6, 2018

Come one, come all: to the greatest party on Earth! Join us on the Museum’s riverfront Washburn Pavilion for an end-of-summer spectacular. Featuring acts from the Boston Circus Guild, an exclusive performance by Niki Luparelli and The Gold Diggers, street magic by Dezrah the Strange, and so much more! RSVP information to follow.

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Past Events

sip of science

Sip of Science: Downeast Cider House

Join us for an Innovators-exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Downeast Cider House in East Boston's Jefferies Point neighborhood. As we taste through their many different styles of ciders, the team at Downeast will discuss the science behind cider making, and how two philosophy and economics majors fell into the science-heavy world of hard cider production. RSVP information to follow.

Cosmic Family Breakfast

Innovators and their families enjoyed an out of this world breakfast before discovering the wonder of the universe in our temporary exhibit, Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience. This hands-on, climb-aboard cosmic adventure of science fun and learning had explorers of all ages understanding the rewards and challenges of working in space. Guests explored the sights, sounds, and smells of the International Space station, and tried their hand at some of the feats of engineering that support astronauts as they navigate the unforgiving vacuum of space.

Sip of Science: South Street Farm

Innovators took a stroll through Somerville’s first urban farm, South Street Farm. South Street has been planting seeds since 2011. Having transformed a barren lot into an abundant food forest, they are an important part of the movement towards sustainability and revitalization in Somerville. Innovators learned about urban farming methods, innovative urban farm structures, and growing culturally relevant foods.

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The Best Bees Company

Sip of Science: The Best Bees Company

Have you heard the buzz? The Innovators had a private tour of The Best Bees Company! Their mission is to expand the honey bee population whilst improving the overall health and safety of bees nationwide. Guests learned all about what goes into creating this full-service nonprofit beekeeping operation, and followed that up with beverages and light snacks at Dorchester Brewing Company.

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Robot Woman

Robot Sex: Connection, Privacy & Ethics in the 21st Century

What does the future hold? The Innovators probed the difficult questions we’ll need to address as human-robot relationships evolve in the coming decades. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED Magazine senior writer and editor, led the conversation with Kate Darling, robot ethics expert at the MIT Media Lab, and Woody Hartzog, privacy and data protection law expert at Northeastern University and scholar at Stanford Law School.

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Improv Boston

Fake Science with ImprovBoston

The Innovators had a fun night of humorous science! Immersive science met immersive comedy as Improv-Boston’s professional improvisers created games, scenes, and songs out of thin air using the Planetarium’s state-of-the-art projections, surround sound, and 360-degree videos.

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Sip of Science: Art in the Age of the Internet

Innovators explored the Institute of Contemporary Art’s newest exhibit, Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today, while hearing from ICA’s experts on various exhibit components. This unique experience bridges the gap between art and science as guests examine the Internet’s radical influence on how art – from painting to web-based work – is made, shared, and received.

– Photo Credit
HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, thewayblackmachine.net, 2014–ongoing. Thirty-monitor video installation, Approximately 80 x 30 x 10 inches (203.2 x 76.2 x 25.4 cm). Courtesy the artists.

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Innovators High School Science Series Collaboration & Luncheon

Innovation in Action

Innovators inspired Boston area youth to dream big. At this special event, 300 high school students were invited to interact with Innovators as they explored Greater Boston-based innovations and the Museum’s new exhibit, Wicked Smart: Invented in the Hub. There was a keynote speaker panel comprised of Innovators to help encourage the young audience through the lens of their own experiences.

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Innovators Family Breakfast

Innovators Family Breakfast: Wally & EiE

Innovators brought their families to our Red Sox themed family breakfast, in honor of our new partnership with the Boston Red Sox! The Museum’s Engineering is Elementary team offered guests baseball inspired STEM content and family friendly Red Sox themed activities. Families had the chance to meet the ever friendly, Wally the Green Monster!

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Sip of Science: Diablo Glass School

Innovators warmed up at the hottest spot in Boston – Diablo Glass School! This arts studio allows guests the opportunity to learn all about the science behind techniques that go into creating hand blown glass works of art. A few lucky Innovators also had the chance to win a hand blown piece for their own collection!

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Putting your Tech Foot Forward

Putting your Tech Foot Forward

Innovators participated in a discussion surrounding the Museum's future Tech Studio and Tech and Me exhibit spaces. Innovators engaged with a “technology petting zoo,” sponsored by Eduporium—a new way to inspire creative, innovative ideas for STEM education and the future of the Museum's Blue Wing.

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gridiron glory

Gridiron Glory VIP Reception

Innovators celebrated our temporary exhibit for the fall, Gridiron Glory. Produced by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, this is the most extensive and comprehensive exhibition ever created on America’s most popular sport. Guests learned the science behind the game and had the chance to hear the inspirational stories of its pioneers, coaches, and great players.

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Duck Boat Bash

Innovators Kick Off: Science Unanchored

Say bon voyage to summer and kick off a new year with The Innovators! Guests joined fellow Museum and STEM supporters on the picturesque Charles riverfront for a nautically inspired barbecue. Members of Boston’s startup and innovation community mingled for an evening of STEM fun for a great cause. Your contribution allows the Museum to continue its mission of making science and technology education accessible to all. Thank you!

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Harpoon Love Beer Love Life

Sip of Science: Harpoon Brewery

Innovators learned all about this independent craft brewer while sipping on a full selection of Harpoon beers fresh from the tap. We heard from Harpoon’s 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 was a lot to learn about creating an exceptional draft!

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Mass innovatio night

Mass Innovation Nights #100

Innovators celebrated the 100th Mass Innovation Night at the Museum of Science! Guests convened with local experts, and heard from nearby entrepreneurs and startups as they showcased their new and original products. This event was sponsored by Draper, and hosted by The Innovators. The theme was space tech as guests explored our universe and beyond while learning more about local achievers!

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Mobile Shake

Mobile Shake

The Innovators teamed up with the MobileTea #Boston community and Mass TLC to host Mobile Shake! This outdoor event was held on the Museum's Washburn Pavilion overlooking the Charles River, featured a live DJ, tech talks, and networking sessions. The evening included family-friendly Design Challenges where the Museum’s Engineering is Elementary® team shook things up with an interactive activity about earthquake engineering. Friends, kids, and colleagues were welcomed at this inclusive evening!

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Innovators Forum

Forum: Should Humans Be Allowed to Drive?

How should we handle the rapid rise in the technology that enables self-driving cars? Innovators learned all about the technologies that are being developed for self-driving cars and how we as a society might regulate them at this interactive forum. We considered the complexities and tradeoffs of potential solutions, shared differing perspectives, and helped shape the discussion used in the public forum at the Museum of Science.

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Sparks after dark

Sparks After Dark: The Stars of STEM Celebration After Party

Guests donned their finest in the Theater of Electricity as The Innovators hosted the Museum’s first ever Stars of STEM Celebration After Party! The festivities kept going at this electric party with activities, snacks, and dancing late into the night!

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Davos

Davos on the Charles

Innovators had the chance to meet key influencers in STEM fields during the Museum’s annual meeting of the minds. Guests conversed over dinner with the Museum’s overseers and trustees in addition to hearing from expert panels on thought-provoking topics. Past panels have explored artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, and RoboBees. This year’s topics were related to food, nutrition, and the environment.

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Meet Me at Science Park: A Chocolate Lovers Night Out

Innovators enjoyed the Valentine’s season with our Chocolate exhibit! Guests spent an adults-only night at the Museum, dancing to live music, and sampling sweet and savory chocolate bites, while visiting pop-up chocolatier presentations.

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Innovators Family Breakfast: The Amazing Nano Brothers

Fun for the whole family, this comedy show was all about the mysteries of matter, including atoms, molecules and nanotechnology. Innovators joined brothers Dan and Joel as they juggled 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

Guests were laughing along 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 were part of the fun as a panel of comedians tried to determine the specialized field of the guest expert. Innovators stuck around for complimentary access to the exclusive after-show featuring the panelists entertaining guests 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

Innovators checked out the unique spaces of the Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville. Whether you were new to the maker movement or have been tinkering since you were a kid, there was something to learn from the experienced hackers, makers, and engineers. Afterward, we headed next door to Aeronaut Brewery to enjoy craft beer and live music.

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Science Royale

Science Royale

Innovators used probability to hit the jackpot and explored the science of risk on the roulette wheel. Guests tasted 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 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 have had a front-row seat to this phenomenal blending of science, music, and art!

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CBI

Sip of Science: Community Boating Inc.

Set sail on the S.S. Innovator! Innovators enjoyed an outdoor Sip of Science on the dock of Community Boating Inc. (CBI). Guests had fun along the Charles River and learned 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? Innovators connected with Museum trustees and overseers and found out how they got involved with the Museum. Guests played bar trivia, created by Museum staff member Jonathan Friedman, with these like-minded Museum supporters and asked the questions you’ve always been afraid to ask over some friendly competition!

Charles River Cleanup Innovator Event

Innovators in Action: Charles River Cleanup Day

Innovators and 3,000 other volunteers came together for the annual Charles River Cleanup! In celebration of the Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River exhibition, and to honor Earth Day, The Innovators helped remove trash from an assigned riverside stretch near the Museum. The inaugural Innovators in Action event concluded with drinks and refreshments nearby in appreciation of all the hard work!

Sparks After Dark

Sparks after Dark: the Stars of STEM Celebration After Party

Guests donned their finest in the Theater of Electricity as The Innovators hosted the Museum’s first ever Stars of STEM Celebration After Party! The festivities kept going at this electric party with activities, snacks, and dancing late into the night!

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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 was 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. Innovators produced songs, constructed 3-D models, and created their own animations and videos!

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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 headed to Boston’s brand new and most inventive ski shop, Ski Monster, for a sip of science unlike any other! Guest attendance ranged from people who did not know what a ski pole was to powder experts — all levels of athleticism and slalom knowledge were welcome!

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Porcupine snacking

Innovators Family Breakfast

The ever-popular Innovators Family Breakfast has returned! Innovators brought the whole family to enjoy an animal themed breakfast where they created something for our furry and scaly friends to play with. Guests enjoyed reconnecting with fellow Innovators and their families and after breakfast met 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: 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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