FRAMINGHAM – In 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Framingham State University cancelled its annual Science on State Street event.
Today, Science on State Street announced its return for 2021 and this year it will be a 2-week long event. The event will be held from April 12-24.
Science on State Street is a collaboration between the Christa McAuliffe Center on the campus of Framingham State and the MetroWest STEM Education Network.
Science on State Street is seeking “presenters working in diverse fields from across the sciences, arts, and cultural sectors to offer hands-on activities for all ages, thought-provoking discussions, interactive events, outdoor installations, and workshops that support this year’s “Planet Earth Edition” theme.”
If you/your organization would like to offer an event that can be delivered online, we ask that you be creative and provide a deeply engaging and inspirational festival experience.
“We also welcome outdoor programs and activities. We will ask, however, that you/your organization commit to follow the State of Massachusetts COVID-19 guidelines in place in April 2021 to guarantee safe interactions for all participants,” said the announcement.
Organizers “are inviting applications for events and activities that are focused on or related to one of the festival’s thematic threads. To offer ideas for Festival experiences that fall under the “Planet Earth Edition” theme,” please see the following threads and their descriptions:
- CLIMATE CHANGE: including but not limited to: climate science, climate justice, climate & public health, UN SDGs, etc.
- ENERGY: including food as energy; green and sustainable energy; energy for propulsion of spacecrafts, and anything in between
- WASTE REDUCTION/RECYCLING/COMPOSTING
- ECOSYSTEMS: from home gardens, to nature walks, to animals in their habitat, to the earth as one ecosystem, to our Solar System ecosystem
- ASTRONOMY FOR PLANET EARTH: from discovering exoplanets to astrobiology
- LEARNING FROM OUR COVID-19 EXPERIENCE
In order to offer creative, deeply engaging, and inspirational Festival experiences, organizers are encouraging the following event formats that can be implemented virtually, unplugged, or hybrid:
- Activity: based on description provided on your website. May be implemented without use of a computer or may require the use of a digital app.
- Hands-on workshop: 100% unplugged; hands-on using digital apps and virtual platforms; a combination of virtual and unplugged.
- Discussion/”In conversation with…”: engaging and interactive webinars. Be creative!
- Show/Performance: you can film your performance ahead of time or provide it live.
- Exhibition/Installation: this will need to be outdoors.
- Film/Video: streamed online using digital apps or virtual platforms.
- Nature Walk/Guided Tour: you can provide directions and information via your website, during a brief Zoom call, or both.
To apply, visit https://cm-center.org/exhibitors
Applications are due by March 31.