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Complex Machines and Pi (π)

This weekend's Grab & Go Kids' Planner has a variety of events for all families.

1. Rube Goldberg Design Challenge with Olin College

Where/When: Science Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton on Sunday, March 27, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Why Go?: Reuben Goldberg, American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, inventor and Pulitzer Prize winner, is best known for his cartoons depicting complex devices performing simple tasks known as Rube Goldberg Machines. Can you engineer and build a complex machine to perform a simple task such as planting and watering a seed? Join the Olin College Engineering Discovery Team to design and test multi-step fun and silly solutions.

Pricing: Museum admission: $10.50 per person. For additional information, call 978-264-4200.

2. Women in Science & Math Conference for Middle School Girls

Where/When: , 145 Lincoln St., Northborough, on Saturday, March 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Northboro Junior Woman’s Club is hosting this annual conference, where middle school girls have the opportunity to explore careers in science and math. Professional presenters will represent fields such as forensic chemistry, meteorology, emergency medicine, robotics, textile engineering and veterinary medicine among others. The presenters will explain what they do in their respective fields, share different tips on courses of study and ways to train for their occupations, and provide hands-on exploration and activities.

Pricing: Free.

3. Boy Scout Troop 114 Annual Pasta Supper

Where/When: First Congregational Church, 19 Church Rd., Shrewsbury, on Saturday, March 26, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Why Go?: The family-friendly menu will offer pasta with sauce, meatballs, salad, bread, beverages and delectable homemade desserts. All proceeds from this 7th Annual Pasta Supper will be used for the troop’s Seabase High Adventure program in the Florida Keys in June.

Pricing: $5 per person and children younger than 5, eat free. Tickets may be purchased in advance by emailing bsatroop114@townisp.com or by calling Helen Porter at 508-842-1391.

4. Flat Rock Family Walks: The Big Night & The Wicked Big Puddle Family Nature Exploration

Where/When: Mass Audubon: Flat Rock Wildlife Sanctuary, Ashburnham Hill Road,
 Fitchburg, on Saturday, March 26, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Why Go?: Have you even wondered why salamanders, wood frogs and fairy shrimp are so keen on finding a “wicked big puddle” in the middle of the woods each spring? Do they really march through the woods, all on the same big night? Come and find out more about this fascinating cycle of life at the Mass Audubon’s woodland vernal pool. For additional information, email wachusett@massaudubon.org.

Pricing: $6 for Mass Audubon members, $8 for non-members, $3 for child members, $4 for child non-members.

5. Family Day: Artists at Play

Where/When: Worcester Art Museum,
 55 Salisbury St.,
 Worcester on Sunday, March 27, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Why Go?: Discover the museum with your family during this creatively-inspired “Family Day.” Explore the amazing works of art on display in the Art Since the Mid-20th Century Galleries. Take part in art-making activities, games, performances from the Worcester Children's Chorus and much more. For additional information, email information@worcesterart.org.

Pricing: Free with museum admission. Children 17 and younger and museum members are admitted free.

6. Worcester Sharks Games This Weekend

Where/When: DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester

Saturday’s Game: Worcester Sharks vs. Springfield Falcons play on Saturday, March 26, at 7 p.m.

Why Go?: Join the Worcester Sharks as they battle the Springfield Falcons on “Heroes Night.” Meet Micky Ward, who will sign autographs from 6 to 7 p.m. on the concourse. For additional information, call 508-929-0500 or email info@sharksahl.com.

Sunday’s Game: Worcester Sharks vs. Adirondack Phantoms play on Sunday, March 27, at 3 p.m.

Pricing: Adults: $20 and $16, children and seniors: $12. Single game tickets are on sale at the DCU box office, Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster. Season ticket packages and group tickets are on sale by contacting the Worcester Sharks at 508-929-0500.

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