Science on Saturday

Science on Saturday events are fun, free science demonstrations at Lincoln Laboratory and are given several times each school year by volunteer scientists and engineers. All local community children aged 5-17 years old, their parents, and their teachers are welcome to attend these events.

Parental/adult escort is required for all children. Electronic devices are not allowed in the facility. Pre-registration is required for these events.

Children under the age of 5 are not admitted as this is an educational event for children 5-17 years old.

For directions to Lincoln Laboratory, please see the Map and Driving Directions page.

Previous Science on Saturday events have focused on cryogenics, electricity and magnetism, acoustics, chemistry, optics, ions, hands-on engineering, and mathematics.


 

Science on Saturday events will return in October 2016.


Past Events

SOS - Latin American ScienceExploring Science around Latin America

June 11, 2016
Presented by the Lincoln Laboratory Hispanic-Latino Network (LLHLN) at Lincoln Laboratory Auditorium

Take a trip through Latin America to retrieve a stolen U.S. symbol of freedom. Solve riddles, participate in scientific demonstrations involving the senses, and figure out which "countries" to visit in order to rescue our beloved historic symbol.

MIT Open House MIT Open House demo MIT Open House demo MIT Open House demo
MIT Open House demo MIT Open House demo MIT Open House demo MIT Open House demo

 

MIT Open House Demos & Activities at MIT Campus
April 23, 2016

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Sci Guy Cryogenics & Liquid NitrogenCryogenics & Liquid Nitrogen

February 6, 2016
Speaker: Dr. Richard Williamson, Lincoln Laboratory

This popular demonstration amazes everyone with feats of freezing. Can you freeze a balloon? What does liquid nitrogen look like? How cold is "cold"? Learn which items freeze or defrost fastest and why cryogenics are helpful in a laboratory.

 

 

robotics demoRobotics

December 12, 2015
Presented by: Members of Robotics Outreach at Lincoln Laboratory (ROLL)

You've seen robots in movies, but what can real robots do? What kinds of robots can you buy now? How can you build your own robot? Participants will meet a champion competition robot in person and control its movements!

 

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Science guy in cyber spaceCyber Tricks and Cyber Treats

October 31, 2015
Speakers: David Bigelow and William Streilein
Location: Lincoln Laboratory

The Internet is a great place to learn and have fun, but it can also be spooky if you're not careful! In this Halloween-themed session, we'll take students through a cyber "House of Horrors" and teach them how to make it back safely, avoiding the tricks and getting the treats! 

 

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Cyber Tricks & treats demo Cyber Tricks & treats demo Cyber Tricks & treats demo Cyber Tricks & treats demo

 

Sci Guy with radar gunRadar

June 13, 2015
Speakers: Members of Lincoln Laboratory African-American Network
Location: STEM Fair at Lilla G. Frederick Middle School, 270 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA

Have you seen a weather report, flown on an airplane, or wondered how we know the speed of a pitch at a Red Sox game? All of these are done using radar! What is radar? What are microwaves? How do we get information from microwaves? A demonstration of radar systems and discussion of microwave propagation will show how radar works and what can be sensed/measured using radar.

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mission controlHands-On Engineering

May 16, 2015
Speaker: Members of Lincoln Laboratory Technical Women's Network (LLTWN)

This event features activity stations where students can paint using pitch and frequency of sounds, watch demonstrations of 3D printers and simulate missile launches.

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Engineering Demo Engineering Demo Engineering Demo Engineering Demo

 

robotics demoRobotics

January 31, 2015
Speaker: Members of Robotics Outreach at Lincoln Laboratory (ROLL)

You've seen robots in movies, but what can real robots do? What kinds of robots can you buy now? How can you build your own robot? Participants will meet various robots in action, and there will also be demo robots featuring various configurations for participants to drive!

 

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Robotics event Robotics event Robotics event  

 

 

electrons demoElectricity, Ions, and Chemistry

December 6, 2014
Speaker: Jude Kelley, Lincoln Laboratory

Ions are tiny particles that do amazing things! Ions exist as solids, liquids and gases, and are all around us every day. They hide in the foods that we eat, but we'll show you how to find them.  Come see demonstrations of how ions produce wild colors and interesting effects with electricity.  We'll even show how ions can be used to propel spaceships. 

 

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Electricity demo Electricity demo Electricity demo  

 

 

robotics demoAuthenticating on the Internet -  How Your Computer Knows It's You!

October 18, 2014
Speaker: William Streilein, Lincoln Laboratory

Have you ever wondered how your computer knows it's you? Or how the ATM knows to only give you your money and not someone else's? Authentication is the process computers use to verify the identity of users at home and on the internet. In this event, students participated in hands-on activities to learn about the basic methods of authentication which use what you know, what you have, and what you are.

 

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Authenticating demo Authenticating demo

 

robotics demoLight and Color

June 1, 2014 - Science on Sunday!
Speaker: Chuck Wynn, Lincoln Laboratory

Take a visual tour of the visible spectrum. Learn how colors combine and separate. This demonstration also brings to light some of the colors we don’t ordinarily see such as ultraviolet and infrared, and shows some of the interesting things we can do with them.

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Light & Color Demo Light & Color Demo Light & Color Demo Light & Color Demo

 

robotics demoChimpanzees

April 5, 2014
Speaker: Dr. Zarin Machanda, Harvard Primatologist

Learn about chimpanzees, the closest relatives of humans. How are chimps similar to and different from humans? Fun video clips of chimpanzees in the wild, and volunteers can help with demonstrations on stage.

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robotics demoRobotics

February 1, 2014
Speaker: Members of Robotics Outreach at Lincoln Laboratory (ROLL)

You've seen robots in movies, but what can real robots do? What kinds of robots can you buy now? How can you build your own robot? Participants will meet a champion competition robot in person and control its movements!

 

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Robotics event Robotics event Robotics event Robotics event

 

Science on Saturday Archives

Science on Saturday events presented prior to 2014 are described through the following links.

2013 Demonstrations
Hands-On Science
Chemistry Show
Radar
Asteroids
Robotics
2012 Demonstrations
Spy Science 1 & 2
Dinosaurs, Paleontologists & Old Fossils
Radio Astronomy
Radar
2011 Demonstrations
Hands-on Science
Robotics
Acoustics
2010 Demonstrations
2009 Demonstrations
2008 Demonstrations
2007 Demonstrations
2006 Demonstrations
2005 Demonstration

 

 

 

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