Framingham State University Hosts 5th Annual Science on State Street Event for the Community

Framingham State University Hosts 5th Annual Science on State Street Event for the Community

Apr 18, 2019

Framingham State University is gearing up to host its 5th annual Science on State Street festival, organized by the Christa McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning in partnership with the MetroWest STEM Education Network. 

This year’s event features more than 55 interactive exhibits, dynamic STEM presentations, free planetarium shows and a special feature presentation on the Moon Race with Dr. Jonathan McDowell from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.

“More than 1,000 members of the community showed up for last year’s festival and our goal is to continue to grow each and every year,” says Dr. Irene Porro, Director of the McAuliffe Center. “This is a great opportunity for local families to spend the day on our beautiful campus and take part in a number of exciting exhibits and presentations at no cost.”

The festival, which is part of the Cambridge Science Festival, is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Exhibitors include Boston Scientific, Earth Ltd. at Southwick’s Zoo, MA National Guard, Mass Audubon, New England Wildflower Society, Framingham Book Mobile and many more.

Dr. McDowell’s talk, “Moon Race: The U.S.-Soviet Competition to Put a Human on the Moon,” will take place at 2 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum and is part of the Moon Landing in Context Series. In 1957, the first Sputnik propelled the USSR to leadership in space. Shocked, America mobilized to demonstrate its technology surpassed Russia's - a furious, decade-long race ensued. But, it wasn't obvious until the finish line that Neil Armstrong, and not Alexei Leonov, would be first to walk on another world. Join Dr. McDowell in an exciting review of the events that marked a pivotal moment in history.

Parking for Science on State Street is free and there will be food on sale. For more information, visit

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,000 students with 58 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a State College and University (SCU), Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.