Adventures are TEDxBeaconStreet’s innovation designed to really deepen connections in the local TED community and put ideas in action.
TEDxBeaconStreet Adventures offer the TED community unparalleled, behind-the-scenes access to the people and places that make the Greater Boston area so dynamic.
Adventures extend the TEDx phenomenon beyond the single day of the conference, enabling many more people to participate as we extend the possibilities for both speakers and audiences. By holding adventures throughout the year, many more people can become involved in presenting, learning, and advancing ideas into action. By offering an alternative format to the standard TED talk, concepts that are not easily communicated in a brief presentation can be explored and discussed. Adventures can include hands-on or on-site experiences, deepening understanding and accelerating the spread of ideas. Communities dedicated to the advancement of worthwhile ideas can support ideas in action.
Participants will meet the masterminds behind the future of technology, business, and entertainment, to name just a few. Many of our adventures are cross-generational by design. For youth safety and enjoyment whenever youth attend an adventure they must be accompanied and supervised by an adult parent/guardian, mentor, or chaperone (with signed parental consent).
Please join us on a TEDxBeaconStreet Adventure, or propose and design your own. A whole passionate TED community is just waiting for you to become involved!
Post Conference Adventures
When: April 21, 1:30 PM
Modernist Landmark — Le Corbusier’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University
The French architect Le Corbusier — the Steve Jobs of his day, striving to change the world through design — had only one executed building in North America, and it’s right here in Cambridge. The ribbon cutting for the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, with its trademark pilotis and nautilus-shell curves, was exactly 50 years ago this fall. A tour of this extraordinary building, an icon of modernism sitting in between the Harvard Faculty Club and the Busch-Reisinger Museum, which is itself getting a contemporary addition by Renzo Piano, will highlight Le Corbusier’s radical and innovative ideas about interior and exterior space, and the role of modern architecture. Led by TEDxBeaconStreet speaker Anthony Flint and William J. Curtis, author of “Le Corbusier at Work,” including a detailed account of the design and building of the Carpenter Center.
24 Quincy Street
When: TBD Duration: 1.5 hours
Tour of the Boston Common, Birthplace of Conservation in America
In 1634, the people of the newly established town of Boston in Massachusetts Bay voted in a public meeting to tax themselves to create an open space on which cows could graze and soldiers could train. Learn how, from these humble beginnings, a global land conservation movement has emerged. The walk will be led by Jim Levitt, a fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and director of the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University. Levitt has written extensively on the subject, and has engaged speaking audiences from Chile to China on how this tradition is critical to global sustainability in the twenty-first century.
When: TBD Duration: 1 hour
Tour of the Waverley Trail, Inspiration for the Global Land Trust Movement
In 1890, Charles Eliot, protégé of Frederick Law Olmsted and son of the President of Harvard had a remarkable idea , inspired by a grove of magnificent oaks in the Waverley neighborhood of Belmont and Waltham, that lead to the creation of the world’s first regional land trust. In the tradition of the Bostonians that has persisted for nearly four centuries, Eliot’s idea took root in Massachusetts and is spreading worldwide, from Great Britain and Germany to Australia and the Czech Republic. The tour of the Waverley Trail – the second in a series that begins at the Boston Common – will be led by Jim Levitt, a fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and director of the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University.
When: TBD Duration: 2 hours
Tour of the Harvard Forest, Home of a Legendary Long-Term Forest Research Effort and of the Wildlands and Woodlands Initiative
In 2005, David Foster, director of the Harvard Forest, joined with a group of distinguished research scientists to envision a future for the forests of Massachusetts. Five years later, he and a group of colleagues put together a robust vision for the future of the Forests of New England. The vision has spurred the Wildlands and Woodlands Initiative, involving large landscape conservation efforts from southern Connecticut to northern Maine. Learn about these colleagues work, in the context of one of the most studied forests in North America, on a lovely walk through the historic Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA – about 60 miles west of Cambridge, near the Quabbin Reservoir. The tour of the Harvard Forest – the third in a series that begins at the Boston Common – will be led by Jim Levitt, a fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and director of the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University.
When: TBD Duration: 4–6 hours
Next Street Financial: Investing in Urban Entrepreneurs
Small businesses in America’s inner cities are a large and growing market that offer attractive opportunities, but have been historically underserved by banks and other traditional financial service institutions. Next Street Financial enters this market as a unique player with an innovative and proven business model, identifying the issues that stand in the way of these companies and creating creative solutions to them. Meet with Next Street’s senior management team and CEOs of their successful urban financing initiatives. Learn how Next Street combines a unique model of growth capital with advisory services in a multi-year program to create thriving businesses in the most challenging urban neighborhoods.
Boston Cannons Lacrosse Star Dave Jenkins
All-American lacrosse star and two time captain of the Boston Cannons, Dave Jenkins takes some time to provide a behind the scenes look at the world of professional lacrosse with the Boston Cannons. Take some time to get out on the field and play with one of the most talented athletes in his sport – rated best face off player and member of an NCAA championships. Hear how this Boston native worked his way up through some of the toughest and most demanding collegiate programs and earned his way into the pros. Discuss how technology and innovation have helped form the current game play and dynamics of lacrosse, collegiate and pro fitness programs, and health and wellness in general. See how we can improve the sporting experience for athletes and spectators in the modern age of sports and how the world of sports influences our modern society.
Lacrosse Field, MA
Experience the Creative Process at Artists for Humanity
Founded in 1991, Artists For Humanity’s mission is to bridge economic, racial and social divisions by providing under-resourced youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in the arts. Tour the LEED Platinum Certified Artists For Humanity EpiCenter, named one of the Top Ten Green Buildings in the nation by the American Association of Architects, and see the studios where Boston’s teen artists produce fine art and design services for some of the regions largest corporations and organizations.
When: TBD Duration: 1–3 hours
Kairos Shen Leads a Tour of Boston’s Innovation District
Kairos Shen, Director of Planning for the Boston Redevelopment Authority, leads a very special walking tour through Boston’s Innovation District as he explains what goes into the enormous task of creating the future vision for our city. On our walk, we’ll talk about some of the most notable examples of Boston’s classic buildings, see some of the newest additions to our metropolitan landscape, and discuss what goes into the difficult decision making process when considering a new skyscraper or business park. Engage Boston on a whole new level and discover what goes into keeping our rich history alive, while leading the way in cutting edge buildings that serve businesses and citizens alike.
When: TBD Duration: 2–4 hours
Venture inside the walls of Massachusetts’ correctional institutions to better understand what it takes to run correctional programs that can benefit inmates and the community at the same time. Meet with inmates, officers and staff who can provide powerful insights into the present state, and the future of, corrections in the Commonwealth. Past Lock-Up Adventures have visited the Suffolk County Sheriff’s office and the Middlesex House of Correction.
Multiple Locations TBD, MA
Decision Research Lab at Harvard
At the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, an innovative lab is rethinking how we study decision making. Get an inside look at how state-of-the-art systems that measure behavior, together with a person’s physiological signals such as heart rhythms, skin sensitivity, and eye tracking, are enabling behavior research. Following a tour of the lab, and introduction to the field of decision science, get first-hand experience in how people’s behavior can make or break the effectiveness of decisions. Go beyond the theory and participate in a hands-on study examining how people work in teams to make decisions. You will see the latest thinking on decision science and how this self-knowledge can be used in your own life and in the organizations that matter to you.
When: TBD Duration: 2–4 hours
High-Fidelity Medical Simulation Lab at UMass Medical School
You’ve watched them all: House, ER, and Grey’s Anatomy, so you’ve seen doctors run a medical code or save a critically ill child. Now, at UMass Medical School, you can experience something much closer to the real thing. Try something you never could have before and see how technology is shaping the way we train those who save lives. In a high fidelity medical simulator, complete with real medical monitors, all the tools and technology for resuscitation, and a realistic, robotic patient, you will learn how to react in the same way that medical residents do. Top faculty from the medical school will teach the techniques you need to run a code and then you’ll have a chance to try it out. Are you up to it? Lives are depending on you – will you be able to save them?
When: TBD Duration: 4 hours
Launch an Idea in Less than a Day at the Cambridge Innovation Center
At the Cambridge Innovation Center, starting a company and developing real-world solutions in the space of a day is nothing new. Learn how some of the greatest innovations of our time have been accomplished and how the processes can be recreated. Join this hotbed of innovation and see what it’s like to start your day with a blank piece of paper and end it with a world changing business plan. In an afternoon you will form groups, identify a problem, brainstorm solutions with successful guest entrepreneurs & CIC alumni, develop a business model and an executable plan, and then make a pitch. At the closing bell, groups will gather for a “Battle of the Startups” competition. Each team will present their idea as creatively as possible. A panel of judges, seasoned entrepreneurs with successful company “exits” under their belts, will critique the presentations and ideas and vote for a winner. Participants who desire it will have an opportunity to tour CIC with its Founder, Tim Rowe, and to meet resident Super Angel Bill Warner.
When: TBD Duration: 2 hours
Mimicking Nature in an Urban Landscape
As the world’s urban centers grow exponentially year after year, many leading urban infrastructure designers are researching how we can transform our cities into intelligent, functional, low-impact organisms. We start the day in the heart of a successfully developed wetland in Littleton for a hands on look at how we can design and execute landscapes that will not negatively impact water environments. Marcus Quigley, P.E., D.WRE., a nationally recognized expert on green infrastructure and water information systems, will deliver a presentation followed by an interactive discussion. Following the discussion Mr. Quigley’s will demonstrate some of his current research on distributed real-time control systems (based on the internet-of-things). A visit a constructed wetland system, a green-streets project, and porous pavement and bio-retention facilities will provide you with an up close look at the actualization of technology adapted from nature. This great opportunity offers you the chance to learn more about the technologies that will fundamentally transform our urban centers and lifestyles over the next 10 to 20 years.
When: TBD Duration: 1.5 hours
Evolution of Chinese Music in 21st Century Boston
Come and take part in the historic evolution of culture and philosophy when you bring two hemispheres to the table. This is your chance to take part in an interactive performance where you are expected to be an active participant! TEDxBeaconStreet and the Greater Boston Chinese Music Ensembles are working together to demonstrate how Bostonians are shaping the future of Chinese classical music here, in the 21st century. With musical director and conductor of the GBCCA Chinese Music Ensembles, Chi-Sun Chan, founder and director of the Boston Guzheng Ensembles, Shin-Yi Yang, and eighteen-year-old Er Hu exhibitionist Muhan Zhang, you’ll be treated to a full nature-and-human themed program of orchestra and ensemble music. Explore how music and culture relate and interact and see musical theories in action. At the end of the day you’ll get a chance to explore the rich complexities of Chinese music, the way of life it embodies, and even a chance to try the instruments themselves, all at the source of Boston’s NPR Station for News and Culture: WGBH.
When: TBD Duration: 2 hours
The Incubator That’s Growing Tomorrow’s Clean Energy
Now this is something you want to see in your backyard. Greentown Labs is a one of a kind clean-tech incubator that is helping engineers and entrepreneurs develop the clean energy solutions for our mounting global energy demands. See presentations by eight clean-tech start-ups and get a first-hand look at not only at their ideas, but the tools, workspaces, and techniques being used to innovate the newest solar, wind, and alternative energy technologies. A first of its kind nationwide, the Greentown Labs engineers are looking forward to hearing participants ideas on both products and applications for projects in the works.
When: TBD Duration: 3 hours
Trinity Church and the John Hancock Tower
To understand Boston, you must understand the complicated, but symbiotic relationship between Trinity Church and the John Hancock Tower. These buildings talk to each other across two centuries, informing us all about the complex and time-layered City of Boston. Come learn about the design and construction of these two stunning works of architecture – how design, technology, city planning, and engineering all coalesce to produce two magnificent structures. This Adventure will include very special tours of areas generally off limits to the public, led by the current design, engineering, and construction principals of each building. Go behind the façade of two Boston landmarks and explore the hidden history of these spectacular buildings.
When: TBD Duration: 5 hours
See, Hear, Do @ IDEO
Join TEDxBeaconStreet partner IDEO at their Cambridge location for a half-day workshop to imagine a future vision for Boston. Working with our creative thinkers, our fair city will be your design challenge. How might we collaborate on potential new services, experiences or initiatives for Beantown that amplify everything we love about it? Through methods including observation, prototyping and storytelling, you’ll get inspired to unlock ideas you never thought possible. Bring your energy and willingness to roll up your sleeves.
When: TBD Duration: 2 hours
Screenwriting Insights from Aaron Stockard
Spend an afternoon with Aaron Stockard, acclaimed writer and producer of blockbuster movies such as Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and Good Will Hunting. Guided by Aaron, walk the streets that inspired the characters, conflicts, and grit known so well in his films, as he talks about screenplay adaptation, film making in Boston and the close knit group of collaborators, including Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, committed to creating films that accurately represent the spirit and nuance of Boston and the townie sub-cultures of New England. Learn what it takes to bring a story to life, from the birth of an idea, to the creation of a film. Expect fantastic insights and intriguing back stories, told by one of the greatest storytellers our city posses.
When: TBD Duration: All Night Long! (Not really though)
Musical, Afterdark Tour Of Boston
You can learn a lot about looking at a city at night. Experience the difference, take on Boston in the dark! Hop on a trolley for a nighttime tour of the places that mark Boston’s history. Boston tourism expert Christian Vanderslice will lead you through The Cradle of Liberty and the Birthplace of Freedom as a DJ serenades you with a soundtrack of the city. Learn about the competitive tourism industry in Boston while visiting historical sites including Charlestown Navy Yard and the USS Constitution. It’s not often that you can tour Boston’s historic sites after dark, and rarely does a trolley tour end in a post-party complete with discussion and celebration!
Location: Boston, MA
When: TBD Duration: Half Day
Google: Search and Beyond
Experience a rare, behind the scenes tour of Google’s Kendall Square innovation powerhouse. Explore how Google is changing our world, from improving the way we access and experience books to upgrading social media and broadening access to information. Meet the engineers who have pioneered countless digital breakthroughs as we discuss how this technology is changing the world we live in.
When: TBD Duration: 1 hour
Inside the Mind of the Recorder
The simple answer to that question is: through the work of skilled craftsmen and musicians. But the story is obviously more nuanced than that, as the craftsmen and musicians at the Von Heune Workshop know very well. For over 50 years, they have specialized in making and repairing a variety of historical woodwind instruments from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Modern eras, with a particular focus on recorders. For this Adventure, the experts at the Von Heune Workshop will give two recorder players an in-depth look at this fascinating, intricate process which begins with a small amount of wood and ends with a breathtaking melody.
Von Heune Workshop
When: TBD Duration: 2 hours
Explore the Fogg Museum
The Fogg Museum is the oldest of Harvard University’s three museums, having opened in 1897, twenty-one years after Harvard appointed Charles Eliot Norton to be both Harvard and America’s first professor of art history. Over the last 115 years, the Fogg has become world-renowned for its prodigious collection of Western paintings, sculptures, photographs, and other media, which date from the Middle Ages to today. During this Adventure, participants will experience an astounding behind-the-scenes exploration of the artistic content and intellectual talent that enliven one of America’s most prestigious museums.
Explore the Future of Wind Powered Board Sports
The sport of kite surfing is said to combine elements of windsurfing, wake boarding, surfing, paragliding and gymnastics. Awesome, right? This growing sport, first imagined in the 19th century, and made possible only by advances in materials science that have occurred in the past decade, is set to replace windsurfing in the 2016 Olympics. Ori Herrnstadt started kite surfing in the Dominican Republic in 2001, just as it was emerging, and started teaching soon after. Spend the day with Ori and the techniques you need to get up on a board.
Behind-the-Scenes Shoot with Boldfacers.com
Spend a morning with Boldfacers.com, a multi-media online publication showcasing the area’s coolest talent and personalities. We can’t promise whom you’ll meet (could be anyone from a voo doo priest to a criminal lawyer), but we can promise you an introduction to the brightest up and coming stars.
When: Spring 2013
Become a Minimally Invasive Surgeon
Do you think you have natural surgical skills? Lets find out. Come join Dr Steven Schwaitzberg and his team of researchers at Harvard Medical School at the Cambridge Health Alliance and try your hand on the real laparoscopic skills used to assess surgeons in training. Adventurers will get their chance to try the skills of the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Examination (FLS) which is required of all general surgeons in training. Scores will be recorded throughout the day and a Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) t-shirt will be sent to the winner along with significant bragging rights.
Dr Schwaitzberg is the immediate Past President of SAGES representing 6000+ surgeons and the current Chairman of the FLS program. Locally, he is the Chief of Surgery at the Cambridge Health Alliance and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School.
Open to potential surgeons of all ages
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Find If You Have The “Right Stuff” To Be A Minimally Invasive Surgeon
Come join Dr Steven Schwaitzberg and his team of researchers at Harvard Medical School at the Cambridge Health Alliance and try your hand on the real laparoscopic skills used to assess surgeons in training. Adventurers will get their chance to try the skills of the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Examination (FLS) which is required of all general surgeons in training. Scores will be recorded throughout the day and a Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) t-shirt will be sent to the winner along with significant bragging rights.
Soaring Flight: 30 Second Flight Challenge
Join Phil Rossoni, author of Build and Pilot Your Own Walkalong Gliders, in a hands-on indoor session on how to build and control paper airplanes. Phil will talk about the science of soaring flight and how you can keep you glider flying longer than the current world duration record for a paper airplane. Take the 30 second flight challenge to see if you have the right stuff. Phil will also fly other models from his book including a jumbo with a meter wing span. Phil will be on hand to sign books (also available for sale) so get ready to take to the air! This adventure is suitable for all ages.
There and Back Again: A virtual trip to the deep sea, the largest habitat on Earth
Deep sea ecosystems are perpetually dark, with near-freezing temperatures and crushing pressures. Scientists call these habitats “extreme” environments. Take the plunge and learn about the deep sea in a tour with Professor Peter Girguis. He and his lab conduct cutting-edge studies on organisms that live in these communities. Learn about how they investigate life in the deep oceans, and how they simulate these environments back on land. See deep-sea creatures face to face, and learn about the vast diversity of life in these environs. The deep sea constitutes over 80% of Earth’s biosphere, so ask yourself the question: are these organisms living in an extreme environment or -with our moderate temperatures and abundance of food- are we?
Tour of Fenway Community Health with Dr. Norman Spack
The Adventure will include a tour of Fenway Community Health, the largest facility ever constructed with a specific mission to serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The Fenway Institute has a number of firsts: the nation’s first community-based HIV research program, conducting long-term epidemiological research since 1985, one of eight US sites selected to recruit participants for the first clinical trials of an HIV vaccine, the first community-based organization awarded a federal population center grant in 2007 from the National Institutes of Health, and publishers of the nation’s first medical textbook focused on LGBT people, The Fenway Guide to LGBT Health.
Behind The Scenes at The MIT Media Lab’s Camera Culture Research Group
Live the future with a rare behind-the-scenes tour of the MIT Media Lab. Sneak a peek at these visionaries in Cambridge who are creating innovative technologies, including Programmable Bricks. Featuring twenty-two working groups, the lab boasts some of the best and brightest minds in New England. Join TEDxBeaconStreet speaker Ramesh Raskar as he talks about how his lab helps us capture and share visual experiences. The adventure includes visits to the I.M. Pei-designed Wiesner building, as well as the new Maki and Associates-designed complex, a showplace for new concepts in design, communications systems, and collaborative research.
Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams and Collegiate Student Prize Showcase at EurekaFest
See young inventors in action at EurekaFest, the Lemelson-MIT Program’s public, multi-day celebration of the inventive spirit at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The 2012-2013 InvenTeams will showcase their completed invention projects after developing them throughout the school year. Collegiate Student Prize winners and finalists will also exhibit their invention prototypes. Example video of an InvenTeam Presentation.1
Explore the Future of Wind-Powered Board Sports
The sport of kite surfing combines elements of windsurfing, wake boarding, surfing, paragliding and gymnastics. Awesome, right? This growing sport, first imagined in the 19th century and made possible only by advances in materials over the past decade, is set to replace windsurfing in the 2016 Olympics. Ori Herrnstadt started kite surfing in the Dominican Republic in 2001, just as it was emerging, and started teaching soon after. Spend the day with Ori and learn about the techniques you need to get up on a board.
Inside the T-Shirt Upcycle Factory
15-25 people: social entrepreneurs, t-shirt lovers, runners, business owners, artists, people in the fashion or retail industry
In America we used to make t-shirts, but since NAFTA, 97% of the shirts are now made in foreign countries where a majority of the workers are not making a living wage. On the flipside, America’s largest export is now second hand clothes. Learn about where our t-shirts wind up, the markets our donated shirts play into, and how we are trying to support innovative cut and sew operations right here in Massachusetts. We will speak frankly about the challenges of a consumer goods start-up, and also share what we have learned about 21st Century manufacturing. Bring your t-shirts and we will give you 40% off a blanket, and you can pick where you want them made!
Diablo Glass School, which opened in 2001, allows novices and artisans alike to create glass arts in the School’s Boston studio. Join us on Veteran’s day for this Youth Adventure, which will open children’s eyes to the centuries-old art of glass making. Participants will be exposed to a broad spectrum of glass techniques in glassblowing, flame working, fused glass and stained glass. Come see what students learn by becoming initiated into this process - do they simply acquire an appreciation for the art? An appreciation for the science? Perhaps both.
Fireside Chat with Noah Bierman
Meet with seasoned Boston Globe political reporter Noah Bierman the week after the 2012 election to discuss what just happened. Noah is covering the closely-watched Scott Brown – Elizabeth Warren election for the Massachusetts Senate seat, widely assumed to be a critical contest which may determine control of the U.S. Senate for the next few years.
Discussion of Superstorm Sandy
Spend a casual evening at the offices of one of the foremost water resource engineers in New England, a recognized technical leader in urban water infrastructure design. We will look more closely at the recent superstorm and talk about the significant implications for the future of infrastructure and our built environment.
Visit to the New England Produce Center, hosted by Chelsea Creek Farms
The New England Produce Center, also known as the Chelsea Produce Market, is one of the largest wholesale markets for produce in the world. Join Greg Maheras, owner of Chelsea Creek Farms, for a first-hand look at early-morning operations at this bustling wholesale market, which provides fruits and vegetables for all of New England.
Parking available behind building C.
Space Launch Adventure
Join Joseph Maydell from NASA’s Mission Control for an out of this world adventure! Listen as he discusses how challenging it is to get to space and shares with us how we can use the tools of math and science to launch a real space mission. We’ll then go outside and launch our own High Altitude Science probe to the very edge of space using a giant weather balloon. During the two-hour mission our probe will transmit back data and pictures of earth that will be displayed live. Watch as the probe fights through the jet stream and makes its way into the dark void of space with breathtaking views of our round world below.
Meet the Founder of American Landscape Architecture at his Home
Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) is recognized as the founder of American landscape architecture and the nation’s foremost parkmaker. Olmsted moved to Brookline in 1883 while working on the Boston Park System. At his Warren Street property, which he called “Fairsted,” Olmsted not only created a model suburban residential landscape for his family, but also established the first full-scale professional office dedicated to landscape architecture in the United States. During the next century, his sons and successors perpetuated Olmsted’s design ideals, philosophy, and influence. Experience the landscape and design office on a ranger-led tour exploring Olmsted’s legacy in Brookline and throughout the country.
Freedom Run: Exploring the Birthplace of Ideas
Marked by its rich history, distinct architecture and academic culture, Boston has long been celebrated as the cradle of revolution and birthplace of revolutionary ideas. Join us on this pre-dawn adventure as we take to the streets of Boston and wind our way past some of the most important landmarks of America’s revolution. Along the way, we’ll pay homage to America’s most celebrated minds while putting our history buffs to the test. We’ll also explore how ideas rooted here in Boston have provided the context for today’s most important innovations. The morning will begin at Bunker Hill Community College and end at the Boston Common Coffee Company, just steps from the Boston Common. Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome as we’ll be jogging the entire way and stopping at each of the landmarks.
Early Morning Physics at Kings Bowling
Want to Start Sunday Morning Off Right? It’s the 80s again!
Come join the adventure of a lifetime at one of Boston’s premier late-night hotspots on Sunday, November 18th. This adventure will take place at King’s in downtown Boston, near Prudential Center. The music will be playing, the pins will be dropping, and the bowling balls will be rolling. The theme of this adventure is the 80s, so come dressed as your favorite 80s icon. There will be a brief introduction to the history of bowling and then it will be time to starting rolling those bowling bowls into the early morning. This crack-of-dawn adventure is the way to start off Sunday morning with a bang! It will be a ball!!
The Camera Culture Group
The Camera Culture group is building new tools to better capture and share visual information. What will a camera look like in ten years? How should we change the camera to improve mobile photography? How will a billion networked and portable cameras change the social culture? We exploit unusual optics, novel illumination, and emerging sensors to build new capture devices and develop associate algorithms. Join TEDxBeaconStreet Speaker Ramesh Raskar to learn about some of the fascinating research being carried out by the Camera Culture group: glasses-free 3DTV, trillion-frames-per-second cameras that can observe pulses of light, converting cell phones into low-cost scientific devices for microscopy, and using cameras and lasers to “look around corners”.
Bike Boston Adventure
Join Urban AdvenTours for a Sunday morning bike tour of classic Boston. You will pedal from the Italian North End and historic Beacon Hill, through modern and dynamic Back Bay, and tour the historic Downtown district. Riders will see parts of Boston off the beaten path and experience the diversity of Boston’s contemporary and classic neighborhoods.
Bikes will be provided for all.
Sex and Disease (But Not What You Think)
Whitehead Institute scientists in the lab of Dr. David Page conduct research on mammalian sex chromosomes, with a particular focus on the Y chromosome. The Page Lab, in collaboration with the Genome Centers at Washington University in St. Louis and Baylor in Houston, completed the sequence of the human Y chromosome as well as the Y chromosomes of our close primate relatives, the chimpanzee and rhesus macaque. The comparison of these three complete Y chromosomes has revealed that despite popular arguments to the contrary, the Y is not doomed to extinction. Knowledge of the Y chromosome’s sequence has transformed our understanding of a range of sex disorders and gender-specific disease implications. During this adventure, participants will go behind the scenes at Whitehead Institute to learn first-hand about the discoveries that are unraveling the mysteries of sexual dimorphism, the difference between males and females of the same species, and the role this plays in determining why women are more likely than men to develop certain diseases, and vice versa. The adventure will include hands-on demonstrations, guided tours of Whitehead’s laboratories and a chance to interact with some of Whitehead’s top postdoctoral researchers.
On Sunday for those at Lincoln School Session 4 (and others) we have hired 5 buses to leave between 3:30-4:00 PM to bring you the 3.4 miles to the MIT Media Lab Adventure Festival (one bus will go to the Whitehead Institute and Plasma Lab Adventures).
A Very Rare Personal Tour of MIT’s Fusion Reactor and Laboratory
Discover one of the leading fusion experiments in the world that is running a few yards away from your daily commute. Few people will ever have the unique opportunity to have a personal tour of a world-class science facility that is working hard towards solving our energy issues. Join Professor Dennis Whyte for this very special tour of MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center . The visit will focus on the Alcator C-Mod tokamak experimental facility. We will discuss recent advancements towards making magnetic fusion energy a reality and the future of energy research in general.
On Sunday for those at Lincoln School Session 4 (and others) we have hired 5 buses to leave between 3:30-4:00 PM to bring you the 3.4 miles to the MIT Media Lab Adventure Festival (one bus will go to the Whitehead Institute and the other to the Plasma Lab Adventures).
The Lifelong Kindergarten group is sowing the seeds for a more creative society. We develop new technologies that, in the spirit of the blocks and fingerpaint of kindergarten, engage people in creative learning experiences. Our ultimate goal is a world full of playfully creative people, who are constantly inventing new possibilities for themselves and their communities. Join TEDxBeaconStreet Speaker Mitch Resnick to learn about some of the fascinating work being carried out by the Lifelong Kindergarten lab: Scratch, a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, games, animations, and simulations, AppInventor, which enables even beginners with no prior programming experience to create mobile applications, MaKey Makey, with which users can transfom everyday objects into computer interfaces, and much more.
The Changing Places group proposes that fundamentally new strategies must be found for creating the places where people live/work, and the mobility systems that connect them, in order to meet the profound challenges of the future. We are investigating how new models for urban architecture and personal vehicles can be more responsive to the unique needs and values of individuals though the application of disentangled systems and smart customization. We are developing technology to understand and respond to human activity, environmental conditions, and market dynamics. We are interested in finding optimal combinations of automated systems, just-in-time information for personal control, and interfaces to persuade people to adopt sustainable behaviors. Join Ryan Chin to learn about the CityCar: a foldable, electric, sharable, two-passenger vehicle for crowded cities. CityCar uses Wheel Robots—fully modular in-wheel electric motors—which integrate drive motors, suspension, braking, and steering inside the hub-space of the wheel. This drive-by-wire system requires only data, power, and mechanical connection to the chassis. With over 80 degrees of steering freedom, Wheel Robots enable a zero-turn radius, and without the gasoline-powered engine and drive-train, the CityCar can fold.
Boomerang Sport Adventure
Join John Anthony, an expert in the sport of boomerang, in an hands-on outdoor session to learn how to throw a boomerang. John will also talk about the science behind boomerangs and explain how he makes boomerangs. He will demonstrate some of the skills involved in becoming a boomerang champion, which requires distance, accuracy, and catching. If you’re lucky, he will share some inside stories about being Harvey Keitel’s boomerang trainer for the movie A Crime.
This adventure is suitable for all ages.