French Spanish Portuguese Italian German Russian Japanese Korean Chinese

Search form

Access language guides
{{ cartQty }} Log in / Register
Make a Gift Become a Member Buy Tickets
Access language guides
  • Array

Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sci-Fi Food Weekend 2019

Science is everywhere, and the kitchen table is no exception! Join us for a special theme for this year’s Grow Your Food IQ Weekend and discover the connections between food and science fiction. Meet authors and experts in nutrition, food science, and robotics. Learn how we might feed travelers on a starship, how robots are being used in kitchens today, and how the military has surprisingly shaped the way you eat. Have fun taking pictures with your favorite characters from other worlds, doing hands-on activities related to food robotics, and watching fun cooking demonstrations.

 

Live Presentations

Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. How Science, Technology, and You Shape the Future of Food

  • Saturday, 11:30 am
  • Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, Blue Wing, Level 1

In Star Trek, nourishment comes from a food replicator, the ultimate example of nutrification: technology delivers healthy, sustainable eats without requiring behavior change; and no cooking, animal suffering, or environmental damage, either. Is such a future our own? From hunting and gathering during the Paleolithic era to today’s fast-paced, digital world, our diets are continuously shaped by science, innovation, and everyday eaters. Join Dr. P.K. Newby on a brief journey through time and space, science fiction and science, as we consider how we’ll eat in the future, from farm to fork. Book signing for her new book, Food and Nutrition: What Everyone Needs to Know, follows presentation.

 

Hungry and Weightless: How Science Fiction Writers Imagine Feeding Space Travelers Venturing to New Worlds

  • Saturday, 12:30 pm
  • Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, Blue Wing, Level 1

Join award-winning author Elizabeth Bear for a special presentation on food in science fiction. Food is heavy, and expensive to lift out of gravity wells. If you were traveling in space for a long time — perhaps on a starship that might take generations to reach its destination — how would you feed a hungry population of travelers? What long-term solutions to producing food are available for the seasoned space traveler who doesn't have a replicator handy? Book signing for her new book, Ancestral Night, follows presentation.

 

Panel: Costume and Robot Makers

  • Saturday, 2:30 pm
  • Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, Blue Wing, Level 1

What does it take to replicate a set, sew a costume, or make alien food? Meet local artisans who enjoy sharing their knowledge and answering your questions.

 

Your Lunchbox is Full of... Soldier Food?

  • Sunday, 11:30 am
  • Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, Blue Wing, Level 1

Anastacia Marx de Salcedo, author of Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes the Way You Eat, takes you on a tour of your own lunch box, explaining the military food science behind many common items. Come hear about the secret history of sliced bread, energy bars, cheesy crackers, and so much more. Her new book is available in the Museum store.

 

Trivia Game: Food in Science Fiction

  • Sunday, 12:30 pm
  • Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, Blue Wing, Level 1

Everyone needs to eat, and that includes your favorite science fiction characters. Come join in on our fun trivia game, test your knowledge on food in science fiction, and earn a chance to win prizes.

 

Special Activities

 

Characters from Your Favorite Science Fiction (Drop-In Activity)

  • Saturday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Blue Wing, Lower Level

Learn about food that transcends time and space at an out-of-this-world experience where the strange and unusual are welcome. Make new friends from a distant galaxy, talk chow with wizards and reptilians, find out what’s on a time-traveling doctor’s dinner plate, and keep an eye out for a giant marshmallow man.

 

Kitchen Chemistry (Drop-In Activity)

  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Suit/Cabot Lab, Red Wing, Lower Level

Solve a food science mystery by mixing common foods together and creating chemical reactions! Recommended for groups with children 8 and younger. Please note, the Suit/Cabot Lab has a limited capacity and may have wait times for entry.

 

Echo Base Bobsleds (Drop-In Activity)

  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Engineering Design Workshop, Blue Wing, Level 1

Design, build, and test a bobsled to go as fast or as slow as possible down a hill!

 

Induction and Cooking and Woks, Oh My! (Drop-In Activity)

  • Saturday, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Blue Wing, Lower Level

Come and discover how Spyce, the world's first restaurant featuring a robotic kitchen, powers their woks with induction. Visitors will meet the Spyce team, see the robot in action, and learn how to create their own circuit with the power of induction.

A special thank you to program partner Spyce.

 

The Science of Food (Drop-In Activity)

  • Saturday, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Blue Wing, Lower Level

Come explore the physics and chemistry of food with fun hands-on experiments. This table is staffed by scientists from Harvard’s Science and Cooking Program, the team behind the chef public lecture series and the HarvardX online class.

A special thank you to program partner Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

 

Fun with Hydrocolloids (Drop-In Activity)

  • Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Blue Wing, Lower Level

What makes gelatin snacks jiggle? How does the chocolate in chocolate milk not sink to the bottom? If any of these questions ever crossed your mind, you've already been exposed to the wonders of hydrocolloids! Come learn about their amazing properties and what they do for your food.

A special thank you to program partner Readercon.

 

Creating a Gummy (Drop-In Activity)

  • Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Blue Wing, Lower Level

Come discover the steps to developing a food product and learn about what to consider when putting ingredients together. Find out how pH affects gelatinization with the Framingham State Food Science Club!

 

DNA in my Food? (Drop-In Activity)

  • Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Hall of Human Life, Green Wing, Level 2

What does it mean to have DNA in your food? Do some foods have more than others? Where might you find it? Use the power of soap, salt, and rubbing alcohol to find out.

 

Ewok Escape (Drop-In Activity)

  • Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Engineering Design Workshop, Blue Wing, Level 1

Create a device that will help an Ewok stay atop a wire as it travels down a wire.

 

Genes and Bitter Taste (Drop-In Activity)

  • Sunday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Hall of Human Life, Green Wing, Level 2

Do you have a favorite food or one that you just can’t eat? Explore one way in which your DNA and experiences combine to create a taste sensation!

 

Planetarium Show

Destination Mars: The New Frontier

  • Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 am and 4:30 pm
  • Charles Hayden Planetarium, Red Wing, Level 1

Ever wonder what it would be like to fly to Mars? NASA — and others — have their sights set on the Red Planet! There are many steps to making it on Mars, from surviving the trip to providing water and shelter on the surface and, of course, learning how to grow food. Explore the work being done around the globe to help make the dream of getting humans to Mars a reality. Purchase of separate timed ticket required. Learn more.

 

Exhibit

Food at the Limits of Nature's Superheroes

  • Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Green Wing, Level 2

Animals need food, but they may not eat the same things as humans. Explore our temporary exhibit Nature's Superheroes: Life at the Limits and keep an eye out for picky eaters and an alien food chain. Learn more.

 

Interactive Food Components in the Hall of Human Life

  • Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Green Wing, Level 2

Explore the Food environment and the link stations in the Hall of Human Life. Learn more about how your food choices may influence food technology, or how your genetics may influence what and how much food you grab at a buffet. Keep your wristbands so that you can continue to explore your data at home. Learn more.

Location

Exhibit Halls

Public Event

Free with Exhibit Halls admission. Purchase Exhibit Halls tickets:

Loading...

Loading times. Please wait...

{{ priceType.category }}

{{ price.price_type_desc }}* {{ price.price | currency }}