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Are you a crafty, food-motivated, family-oriented, or couch potato type of science-person?

Our group consists of three branches aiming to serve audiences of all kinds:

Family Science Education


The Local Outreach branch of MBOP coordinates events and activities that connect people of all ages to the wonderful world of science! Our mission is to share scientific knowledge with the general public and to inspire today’s youth to become the next generation of researchers. To this end, we partner with organizations and schools within New Jersey and the surrounding areas to engage with diverse communities through hands-on science activities.

Our events and programs are founded in the philosophy that science is for everyone, which is why we strive to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the excitement of discovering new things through science!


Adult-Focused Engagement

Our Adult Outreach branch organizes and hosts events that bring curious adults together to experience science in action! Our mission is to help people learn about the science all around us, from that hiding in plain sight to the achievements that propel humanity higher and farther. Our events are designed to engage, inspire, and—like any good experiment—to result in even more questions and curiosity! Every good scientist knows that good science is a team effort, and to that end we partner with a variety of local businesses and organizations across New Jersey to bring in field experts and engage with diverse communities.

Our philosophy is that science is for everyone—all you need is a bit of curiosity. No prior experience or knowledge is necessary! We welcome everyone from all walks of life to come and explore what makes our world tick!

Virtual Programming


We have an interactive Virtual Outreach Program that makes science accessible to a wide audience (including all you weekenders perfectly happy browsing the web from your couches). You can get a look into what it is like to have a career as a scientist, check out some at-home science projects in our DIY: Discover It Yourself video series on YouTube, and interact directly with our MBOP scientists by posting in our questions forum. Don't hesitate to experience science anywhere, anytime! 

In addition, we are active on social media, including Instagram, Twitter, and our Medium science blog, where you can find open-access articles written by our very own Princeton scientists on topics ranging from COVID-19 to your microbiome!

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Check out all our past, current, and upcoming events below

Filter your interests by event category, and click on the event images for more information. We hope to see you there!

Events Calendar


SciDay Public Lecture Series: Dr. Stephen Gaughran
May 11, 2024, 10:00 am

Please join MBOP for SciDay Public Lecture Series featuring Dr. Stephen Gaughran on Saturday, May 11th at 10 AM in Aaron Burr Hall, Room 219.

Dr. Gaughran will be presenting his work, titled "Oceanic Lifelines: Pioneering Genetic Tools for the Preservation of Threatened Marine Mammals." Breakfast will be…

Aaron Burr Hall, Room 219
Princeton SPLASH
Apr 20, 2024, 10:00 am

This year MBOP hosted two classes as part of Princeton SPLASH, a one-day event that sees high schoolers from the local area come to campus and take a variety of interesting classes. 

Class 1: Lasers and crystals and CRISPR, oh my!Class 2: Monsters, Mutants, and Master Genes: Peeking under the hood of biological diversity 

We had…

The Science of Plants
Apr 14, 2024, 10:30 am

Come join us for a fascinating event where we delve into the science behind sustainable farming practices at Abe's Acres Farm.

We will learn about innovative techniques and technologies used to ensure Abe's Acres is environmentally friendly, productive, and sustainable. We will also participate in a farm tour and end by planting…

50 Feldsher Road Hightstown, NJ 08520
Sol Feinstone Elementary School Science Fair
Mar 13, 2024, 6:00 pm

This Spring, MBOP organized volunteer judges for the Sol Feinstone Elementary School Science Fair! Judges were put in groups of 3 and asked to judge 8-10 project presentations and displays. We engaged with students and asked many questions about their projects.

Student projects ranged from home-made hand warmers to paper airplane…

Sol Feinstone Elementary School (1090 Eagle Rd, Newtown, PA 18940)
Princeton University Science Olympiad Invitational
Feb 3, 2024, 8:00 am

On Saturday, February 3, 2024, we will be hosting the eighth annual Princeton University Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament for Division C (High School). Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school). Each year…

Princeton University
SciDay with Sujit Datta
Jan 13, 2024, 10:00 am

Join us for a free Saturday morning public lecture to learn about science at Princeton!

At our inaugural talk we will be learning from Prof. Sujit S. Datta, an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Princeton University. His talk is titled "Harnessing the wisdom of the crowd: Watching how…

Aaron Burr Hall, Room 219
Family Engagement Night
Nov 30, 2023, 6:30 pm

MBOP will be participating in a Family Engagement Night at Lawrence High School! We will be featuring live biology demonstrations and presentations in a wide variety of subjects

While this event is not open to the general public, please reach out …

Lawrence High School Commons
Science by the Pint: The Science of Brewing
Nov 18, 2023, 6:00 pm

Join us as we walk through River Horse Brewery and chat about how beer is made on a molecular level. We'll be covering topics such as: flavor compounds in malt & hops, yeast biology & fermentation, aging & oxidation effects on beer, as well as the biology of taste perception.

We'll do a brewery tour, and then join…

River Horse Brewing Company, 2 Graphics Drive Ewing NJ
Brainy Bites - Kimchi
Nov 7, 2023, 4:45 pm

Join MBOP and discuss the science behind fermentation in the Kimchi-making process and its cultural significance. Then, get the opportunity to make your own delicious Kimchi!

We will be hosting two sessions (4:45 PM and 6:30 PM). Registration is required and limited to 15 undergraduate and graduate participants

NCW Community Dining Kitchen
[Canceled] The Secret Life of Cheese: The Science of Cheesemaking
Nov 5, 2023, 1:00 pm

Ever wonder how cheese becomes the delicious food we all know and love? Join Olsson’s Fine Foods and Princeton Molecular Biology for our event: The Secret Life of Cheese.

You'll have the opportunity to learn how to make your own cheese (mozzarella) from Owner and head Cheese Monger at Olsson's Fine Foods, Rudie Smit, and learn about…

New College West

Although MBOP was founded in 2012 and has been running events ever since, events before November 2018 are not listed on our website. In addition, many planned events for 2020-2021 were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are not listed. Feel free to reach out to us for further info.

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