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Meet the Scientists at Discovery Museum’s Free First Friday Night Event

December 3, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Meet the Scientists during First Friday Night Free at Discovery Museum on Friday, Dec. 3

Scientists from Tufts, Brandeis, United Prosthetics Inc and U Mass Boston will offer hands-on activities for visitors that showcase their area of research

Discovery Museum’s First Friday Nights Free program continues in December, with free admission from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3. Advance reservations are required to visit the Museum and can be made 10 days in advance at www.discoveryacton.org.

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the Museum will present its Meet the Scientists program. Museum visitors can meet practicing scientists from around our region who have worked with Museum education staff to develop a hands-on activity that showcases their work or area of research.

The program will feature Jessie Cuomo, Instructor of Biology, Brandeis University
* Let’s dive in! Discover the unique anatomy of sharks and what makes them perfectly adapted for a life cruising the oceans.

Mohamed Amine Gharbi, Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Massachusetts Boston
* Discover the fascinating science behind soft matter. Explore phase changes in liquid crystals, elasticity in squishy toys, and viscosity in slimes.

Julianne Gupta, CPO, Prosthetist Orthotist, United Prosthetics Inc.
* Have you ever wondered how a prosthetic foot works? Discover and learn about the importance of friction in prosthetics by feeling the wide range of materials used to fabricate arms and legs. Then use the electrical signals from your own arm to control a prosthetic hand!

Andrea Mora, Ph.D. Student, and Giorgio Morbioli, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Chemistry, Tufts University
* Who ate the cookies? Use microfluidics and enzymes to solve a mystery.

Meet the Scientists is part of the Museum’s ongoing Science & Engineering Communications Fellowship program, through which Museum educators train local scientists and engineers to effectively communicate to the public about their work and research. This free event is the culmination of the Fall 2021 fellowship cohort.

First Friday Nights Free are made possible by The TJX Companies, with additional support from MathWorks. December’s event is also supported by Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty. Thank you!

We will gratefully accept non-perishable food donations for local food pantries in lieu of admission.

About Discovery Museum
Discovery Museum is a hands-on museum that blends science, nature and play, inspiring families to explore and learn together. The museum and its Discovery Woods accessible outdoor nature playscape and 550sf treehouse blend the best of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning on a beautiful 4.5-acre campus abutting 180 acres of conservation land in Acton, MA, about 20 miles west of Boston. Originally founded in 1982 and expanded to two museums in 1987, the museum reopened in a single, 16,000sf accessible building after a complete renovation and expansion in early 2018. Hands-on, open-ended exhibits developed by professional educators inspire curiosity and exploration, providing a fun and engaging experience for children and adults to discover their world together. Serving families and schools from towns throughout the region, the museum is devoted to informal education that enhances classroom learning. Discovery Museum is committed to accessibility and is a proud recipient of the 2017 Massachusetts Commonwealth Award, the only winner in the Access category, and a 2018 LEAD® Community Asset Award from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

For more information, please visit www.discoveryacton.org. Discovery Museum is a community-supported non-profit organization.

Discovery Museum programming is supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


December 3, 2021
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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