Third Thursdays are coming back in 2021 to celebrate what would be the outdoor street festival's 15th anniversary, although the May edition will be virtual.
The Office of Cultural Development for the City of Pittsfield announces a partnership with General Dynamics Mission Systems to present virtual Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) activities for this season’s Third Thursday events.
CAMP GD will be releasing interactive STEM demonstrations virtually every month throughout the season, kicking off on Thursday, May 20. The demonstrations range from building balloon rockets to roasting s’mores with a solar oven. Kits with the needed materials for the interactive demos will be distributed on Saturday, May 15, at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts from 10 am -12 pm or by appointment. First come, first served.
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For the inaugural virtual event on May 20, CAMP GD introduces the topic of buoyancy. Participants will receive various types of cookies included in the free kit. Have a glass of milk available to learn why certain cookies float while others sink. The video link will be made available on the 20th and will provide all the instructions for the activity. Participants are encouraged to send photos of the STEM activity to cultural@cityofpittsfield.org or tag Cultural Pittsfield on social media.
As far as the rest of the season's Third Thursday events, the Office of Cultural Development will be reassessing the plans for each individual Third Thursday as the season progresses based on state, city and CDC recommendations.
“We are working on several events for the summer season and collaborating with organizations on others including public art installations; performances at the Common and art exhibitions at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts,” said Pittsfield’s Director of Cultural Development Jen Glockner.  “We are also thrilled that the cultural venues in Pittsfield are opening and we will be partnering with them to help promote all that they are doing.”

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