Fellow nerds of the world, great news! The World Science Festival is on its way to NYC next week for its sixth annual celebration of all things, well, science-y. From May 29th to June 2nd, the festival will be hosting a whole bunch of fun events at venues all over the city, and though most of the events are ticketed, there are a few free things of note going down, plus there are plenty of Brooklyn-based talks and workshops to check out at low costs. Telescopes out, folks!
On Thursday, May 30, The Bell House in Gowanus will be hosting a few World Science Festival events: starting at 6:30 p.m., biomolecular archaeologist Patrick McGovern and brewer Sam Calagione will lead Cheers to Science! A Drinkable Feast of Beer, Biotechnology and Archaeology, a lecture and testing of ancient Nordic grog. And once you’ve had enough old school booze, NPR and WYNC show “Ask Me Another” host Ophira Eisenberg will pick mathematician Steven Strogatz’s brain a bit. You can purchase individual tickets for the Bell House events, with Cheers to Science running $35, Ask Me Another running $25, or you can pick up a package deal for $45.
On June 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park is hosting a free star-gazing night with astronomy groups from all over the tri-state area, and they’re kicking the event off with free deck tours of the Mystic Whaler from 5:30pm to 6:30 pm. Then, once you’ve learned a little about the constellations (you know, the ones you can JUST BARELY make out when you drink on your rooftop), hang out under the stars and enjoy snacks from local food trucks.
And on the robot front, on June 1, NYU Poly will be host Innovation Square on their quad (6 Metrotech Center). Expect robots, video games, virtual reality, demos and workshops. The whole shebang is free, and runs from noon until 8 pm.