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Philadelphia Science Festival

April 22 – April 30, 2016




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  • 7:05 PM
  • Science Night at the Ballpark

    Science Night at the Ballpark

    Root for the Phillies as they take on the Washington Nationals and explore sports related science activities all throughout the first level concourse. Join the Phanatic for a science themed dugout dance and get excited for the upcoming Festival!

    Science Night at the Ballpark

    Science Night at the Ballpark

    Sat, Apr 16

    7:05 pm

    Adults

    Educators

    Families

    Students

    Root for the Phillies as they take on the Washington Nationals and explore sports related science activities all throughout the first level concourse. Join the Phanatic for a science themed dugout dance and get excited for the upcoming Festival! Use the code SCIENCE for an $8 discount on tickets.
  • 5:30 PM
  • Geek's Guide to Philly

    Geek's Guide to Philly

    Find out how and why it’s hip to be square in the City of Brotherly/Sisterly Love from representatives of several organizations who will discuss unique entry points into Philly’s thriving geek community.

    Geek's Guide to Philly

    Geek's Guide to Philly

    Mon, Apr 18

    5:30 pm - 07:00 pm

    Adults

    Educators

    Families

    Students

    Find out how and why it’s hip to be square in the City of Brotherly/Sisterly Love from representatives of several organizations who will discuss unique entry points into Philly’s thriving geek community. Whether you’re into science, technology, or both, there’s much to geek out about right within city limits, so you don’t want to miss this event!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      Quorum at the University City Science Center

      3711 Market Street, 8th Floor

      Philadelphia, PA, 19104

      Directions


    • Partners

      University City Science Center
      University City Science Center
  • 10:00 AM
  • Earth Day Hunting Park Clean-up

    Earth Day Hunting Park Clean-up

    Come kick off the Philadelphia Science Festival and celebrate Earth Day with us! Join The Nature Conservancy and Keep Philadelphia Beautiful as we clean up Hunting Park in North Philadelphia.

    Earth Day Hunting Park Clean-up

    Earth Day Hunting Park Clean-up

    Fri, Apr 22

    10:00 am - 02:00 pm

    Adults

    Educators

    Families

    Students

    Come kick off the Philadelphia Science Festival and celebrate Earth Day with us! Join The Nature Conservancy and Keep Philadelphia Beautiful as we clean up Hunting Park in North Philadelphia. Volunteers will work primarily on painting and trash pick-up to improve this wonderful community resource. Be prepared for outdoor work: wear sturdy shoes and sunscreen, and bring plenty of water. We’ll bring gloves and any necessary equipment. Lunch and morning refreshments will be provided. Youth under the age of 18 are welcome with a parent or legal guardian. RSVP now to spend the day giving back to nature in Philadelphia!

    Interest in the Hunting Park clean-up has exceeded our expectations and we have reached our volunteer capacity for this event. We apologize for the inconvenience but hope you will celebrate Earth Month by joining one of our other volunteer workdays. For other volunteer opportunities in Philadelphia, please contact Michelle Feldman with Keep Philadelphia Beautiful atmichelle@keepphiladelphiabeautiful.org.  
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE; All volunteer slots are full

    • Location

      Hunting Park

      900 Hunting Park Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA, 19140

      Directions


  • 7:30 PM
  • Astronomy Night: (LOCATION CANCELLED) Martin Luther King Recreation Center
    Astronomy Night: (LOCATION CANCELLED) Martin Luther King Recreation Center

    Astronomy Night: (LOCATION CANCELLED) Martin Luther King Recreation Center

    Fri, Apr 22

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      Martin Luther King Recreation Center

      2101 Cecil B. Moore Ave

      Philadelphia, PA, 19121

      Directions


  • Astronomy Night: (LOCATION CANCELLED) Oxford Circle CCDA
    Astronomy Night: (LOCATION CANCELLED) Oxford Circle CCDA

    Astronomy Night: (LOCATION CANCELLED) Oxford Circle CCDA

    Fri, Apr 22

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      Oxford Circle CCDA

      900 East Howell Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19149

      Directions


  • 10:00 AM
  •   Clark Park Science Discovery Day

    Clark Park Science Discovery Day

    West Philadelphia is home to some of the world’s leading researchers, medical doctors, and training programs. Join these scientists, engineers, and students for a jam-packed day of exciting, hands-on activities that everyone can enjoy (and understand)!

      Clark Park Science Discovery Day

    Clark Park Science Discovery Day

    Sat, Apr 23

    10:00 am - 02:00 pm

    Families

    West Philadelphia is home to some of the world’s leading researchers, medical doctors, and training programs. Join these scientists, engineers, and students for a jam-packed day of exciting, hands-on activities that everyone can enjoy (and understand)! Watch robots dance, learn about your brain, and launch a rocket…right in West Philadelphia!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Clark Park

      4398 Chester Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA, 19104

      Directions


  • Science Playdate at Smith Memorial Playground

    Science Playdate at Smith Memorial Playground

    Come to the 116-year-old Smith Memorial Playground for a day filled with hands-on science activities and demonstrations. Improve your neural connections and have a blast while doing it! Who knew science could be so fun?

    Science Playdate at Smith Memorial Playground

    Science Playdate at Smith Memorial Playground

    Sat, Apr 23

    10:00 am - 02:00 pm

    Families

    How fast can you rocket down the slide and how high can you swing? Playing on a playground isn’t just fun, it’s crucial for brain development. Come to the 116-year-old Smith Memorial Playground, one of Philadelphia’s most treasured play sites, for a day filled with hands-on science activities and demonstrations. Improve your neural connections and have a blast while doing it! Who knew science could be so fun?
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: Admission is free for family visits to Smith; donations are encouraged

    • Location

      Smith Memorial Playground

      3500 Reservoir Drive

      Philadelphia, PA , 19121

      Directions


    • Partners

      Smith Playground
      Smith Playground
      Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse
  • Naturepalooza! Family Earth Day Festival

    Naturepalooza! Family Earth Day Festival

    Come out for Philadelphia’s favorite Earth Day celebration! There’s no better place to celebrate nature than the Schuylkill Center’s beautiful forest, so stop by for science activities, crafts, nature walks, and live animal shows.

    Naturepalooza! Family Earth Day Festival

    Naturepalooza! Family Earth Day Festival

    Sat, Apr 23

    10:00 am - 02:00 pm

    Families

    Come out for Philadelphia’s favorite Earth Day celebration! There’s no better place to celebrate nature than the Schuylkill Center’s beautiful forest, so stop by for science activities, crafts, nature walks, and live animal shows. Stop by our pirate radio station for games, prizes, and other fun. Grab lunch at a food truck, explore environmental art on the Schuylkill Center’s trails, and join in a fort building competition. Enjoy the first warmth of spring with your friends and family.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

      8480 Hagy's Mill Road

      Philadelphia, PA, 19128

      Directions


    • Partners

      The Schuylkill Center
      The Schuylkill Center
  • 11:00 AM
  • Chestnut Hill Discovery Day

    Chestnut Hill Discovery Day

    Hosted in partnership with the Jenks FunFest, this community-wide science celebration returns once again to encourage families to explore the science behind the things we eat, the water that flows through our streams, and the way our muscles move.

    Chestnut Hill Discovery Day

    Chestnut Hill Discovery Day

    Sat, Apr 23

    11:00 am - 03:00 pm

    Families

    Hosted in partnership with the Jenks FunFest, this community-wide science celebration returns once again to encourage families to explore the science behind the things we eat, the water that flows through our streams, and the way our muscles move. Science activities are FREE, but bring some extra cash if you want to have your face painted or jump in the bouncy house.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences

      8301 Germantown Avenue

      Philadelphia , PA, 19118

      Directions


    • Partners

      Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences
      Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences
  • 12:00 PM
  • Family Science Fun Day in the Park

    Family Science Fun Day in the Park

    Bring your entire family out to the park for a fun-filled day of science, technology, engineering, and math! Race a solar powered car, explore the science of sports, build a tower, launch a rocket, and listen to live music!

    Family Science Fun Day in the Park

    Family Science Fun Day in the Park

    Sat, Apr 23

    12:00 pm - 04:00 pm

    Families

    Bring your entire family out to the park for a fun-filled day of science, technology, engineering, and math! Race a solar powered car, explore the science of sports, build a tower, launch a rocket, and listen to live music, all without leaving the comfort of your neighborhood.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Hunting Park

      900 Hunting Park Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA, 19140

      Directions


    • Partners

      Esperanza
      Esperanza
  • 3:00 PM
  • Tinker Lab

    Tinker Lab

    Exercise your imagination, indulge your curiosity, and embrace your inner innovator while constructing circuits, building scribble bots, and witnessing the wonder of 3D printers and laser cutters with help from the expert inventors at NextFab!

    Tinker Lab

    Tinker Lab

    Sat, Apr 23

    3:00 pm - 06:00 pm

    Families

    Have you ever wondered what makes a motor move or how a laser carves wood? Find out firsthand by joining us for a day of tinkering at NextFab: Philadelphia’s Gym for Innovators. Exercise your imagination, indulge your curiosity, and embrace your inner innovator while constructing circuits, building scribble bots, and witnessing the wonder of 3D printers and laser cutters with help from the expert inventors at NextFab!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      NextFab Studio

      2025 Washington Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA, 19146

      Directions


    • Partners

      NextFab Studio
      NextFab Studio
      NextFab
  • 7:30 PM
  • Astronomy Night: Laurel Hill Cemetery
    Astronomy Night: Laurel Hill Cemetery

    Astronomy Night: Laurel Hill Cemetery

    Sat, Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      Laurel Hill Cemetery

      3822 Ridge Avenue - Depart from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance

      Philadelphia, PA, 19132

      Directions


    • Partners

      Laurel Hill Cemetery
      Laurel Hill Cemetery
  • Astronomy Night: Drexel University's Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships
    Astronomy Night: Drexel University's Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships

    Astronomy Night: Drexel University's Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships

    Sat, Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      Drexel University's Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships

      3509 Spring Garden St.

      Philadelphia , PA, 19104

      Directions


    • Partners

      Drexel University
      Drexel University
  • Astronomy Night: Hawthorne Cultural Arts Center
    Astronomy Night: Hawthorne Cultural Arts Center

    Astronomy Night: Hawthorne Cultural Arts Center

    Sat, Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      Hawthorne Cultural Arts Center

      1200 Carpenter Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19147

      Directions


  • Astronomy Night: Grumblethorpe Historic House & Garden
    Astronomy Night: Grumblethorpe Historic House & Garden

    Astronomy Night: Grumblethorpe Historic House & Garden

    Sat, Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      Grumblethorpe Historic House & Garden

      5267 Germantown Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA, 19144

      Directions


    • Partners

      Grumblethorpe Historic House and Garden
      Grumblethorpe Historic House and Garden
  • Astronomy Night: Esperanza
    Astronomy Night: Esperanza

    Astronomy Night: Esperanza

    Sat, Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      Esperanza College

      4261 North 5th Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19140

      Directions


  • Astronomy Night: USFWS John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
    Astronomy Night: USFWS John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

    Astronomy Night: USFWS John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

    Sat, Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      USFWS John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

      8601 Lindbergh Boulevard

      Philadelphia, PA, 19153

      Directions


    • Partners

      John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
      John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
  • Astronomy Night: Swarthmore College
    Astronomy Night: Swarthmore College

    Astronomy Night: Swarthmore College

    Sat, Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      Swarthmore College Science Center Van de kamp Observatory

      Whittier Place

      Swarthmore, PA, 19081

      Directions


    • Partners

      Swarthmore College
      Swarthmore College
  • Astronomy Night: The African Episcopal Church of Saint Thomas
    Astronomy Night: The African Episcopal Church of Saint Thomas

    Astronomy Night: The African Episcopal Church of Saint Thomas

    Sat, Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      The African Episcopal Church of Saint Thomas

      6361 Lancaster Ave

      Philadelphia, PA, 19151

      Directions


    • Partners

      African Episcopal Church of Saint Thomas
      African Episcopal Church of Saint Thomas
  • Astronomy Night: Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School
    Astronomy Night: Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School

    Astronomy Night: Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School

    Sat, Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      Folks Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School

      1023 Callowhill Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19123

      Directions


    • Partners

      Folk Arts Cultural Treasures Charter School
      Folk Arts Cultural Treasures Charter School
  • Astronomy Night: APM
    Astronomy Night: APM

    Astronomy Night: APM

    Sat, Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      APM

      6th Street and Susquehanna Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19121

      Directions


  • Astronomy Night: Haverford College
    Astronomy Night: Haverford College

    Astronomy Night: Haverford College

    Sat, Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      Haverford College, Strawbridge Observatory

      370 Lancaster Avenue

      Haverford, PA, 19041

      Directions


  • Astronomy Night: Awbury Arboretum
    Astronomy Night: Awbury Arboretum

    Astronomy Night: Awbury Arboretum

    Sat, Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      Awbury Arboretum

      1 Awbury Road

      Philadelphia, PA, 19138

      Directions


    • Partners

      Awbury Arboretum
      Awbury Arboretum
  • Astronomy Night: Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial
    Astronomy Night: Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial

    Astronomy Night: Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial

    Sat, Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial

      100 Clinton Street

      Camden, NJ, 08103

      Directions


    • Partners

      Battleship New Jersey
      Battleship New Jersey
  • Astronomy Night: Roosevelt Playground
    Astronomy Night: Roosevelt Playground

    Astronomy Night: Roosevelt Playground

    Sat, Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      Roosevelt Playground

      6455 Walker Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19135

      Directions


  • Astronomy Night: Mastery Charter Thomas Elementary
    Astronomy Night: Mastery Charter Thomas Elementary

    Astronomy Night: Mastery Charter Thomas Elementary

    Sat, Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      Mastery Charter Thomas Elementary Playground

      814 Bigler Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19148

      Directions


    • Partners

      Mastery Charter Thomas Elementary
      Mastery Charter Thomas Elementary
  • Astronomy Night: Birney Preparatory Academy
    Astronomy Night: Birney Preparatory Academy

    Astronomy Night: Birney Preparatory Academy

    Sat, Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      Birney Preparatory Academy

      900 Lindey Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA, 19141

      Directions


  • Astronomy Night: Independence Seaport Museum
    Astronomy Night: Independence Seaport Museum

    Astronomy Night: Independence Seaport Museum

    Sat, Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      Independence Seaport Museum

      211 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard

      Philadelphia, PA, 19106

      Directions


    • Partners

      Independence Seaport Museum
      Independence Seaport Museum
  • Astronomy Night: Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences
    Astronomy Night: Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences

    Astronomy Night: Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences

    Sat, Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences

      8301 Germantown Avenue

      Philadelphia , PA, 19118

      Directions


    • Partners

      Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences
      Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences
  • Astronomy Night: West Chester University of Pennsylvania
    Astronomy Night: West Chester University of Pennsylvania

    Astronomy Night: West Chester University of Pennsylvania

    Sat, Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      West Chester University of Pennsylvania South Campus

      844 South New Street

      West Chester, PA, 19383

      Directions


    • Partners

      West Chester University
      West Chester University
  • Astronomy Night: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pediatric Care Center
    Astronomy Night: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pediatric Care Center

    Astronomy Night: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pediatric Care Center

    Sat, Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pediatric Care Center

      4865 Market Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19139

      Directions


    • Partners

      The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
      The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Astronomy Night: Thomas Jefferson University
    Astronomy Night: Thomas Jefferson University

    Astronomy Night: Thomas Jefferson University

    Sat, Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      Thomas Jefferson University, Lubert Plaza

      At the corner of 10th and Locust Streets

      Philadelphia, PA, 19107

      Directions


    • Partners

      Thomas Jefferson University
      Thomas Jefferson University
  • Astronomy Night: The Lenfest Center
    Astronomy Night: The Lenfest Center

    Astronomy Night: The Lenfest Center

    Sat, Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      The Lenfest Center

      3890 N. 10th Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19140

      Directions


    • Partners

      The Lenfest Center
      The Lenfest Center
  • Astronomy Night: Schuylkill Banks
    Astronomy Night: Schuylkill Banks

    Astronomy Night: Schuylkill Banks

    Sat, Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      Schuylkill Banks

      Schuylkill Banks Trail at Walnut Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19103

      Directions


    • Partners

      Schuykill Bank
      Schuykill Bank
  • Astronomy Night: Riverbend Environmental Education Center
    Astronomy Night: Riverbend Environmental Education Center

    Astronomy Night: Riverbend Environmental Education Center

    Sat, Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      Riverbend Environmental Education Center

      1950 Spring Mill Road

      Gladwyne, PA, 19035

      Directions


    • Partners

      Riverbend Environmental Education Center
      Riverbend Environmental Education Center
  • Astronomy Night: Rowan University
    Astronomy Night: Rowan University

    Astronomy Night: Rowan University

    Sat, Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      Rowan University Science Hall Edelman Planetarium

      201 Mullica Hill Road

      Glassboro, NJ, 08028

      Directions


    • Partners

      Rowan University
      Rowan University
  • Astronomy Night: Timber Creek Park
    Astronomy Night: Timber Creek Park

    Astronomy Night: Timber Creek Park

    Sat, Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      Timber Creek Park

      Chews Landing Road & Taylor Avenue

      Blackwood, NJ, 08012

      Directions


  • Astronomy Night: Historic Fair Hill
    Astronomy Night: Historic Fair Hill

    Astronomy Night: Historic Fair Hill

    Sat, Apr 23

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Educators

    Students

    Think you can’t see the stars of the night sky in the city? Think again! Join the biggest star party in the region as local astronomers bring their gear to 25+ sites for a spectacular tour of the cosmos. Stargazing isn’t the only item on the agenda; you’ll also have a chance to launch an alka-rocket and to participate in a cool citizen science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      Historic Fair Hill

      2901 Germantown Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA, 19133

      Directions


    • Partners

      Historic Fair Hill
      Historic Fair Hill
Sun, Apr 24 22 Events
Mon, Apr 25 7 Events
Tue, Apr 26 5 Events
Wed, Apr 27 7 Events
  • 10:00 AM
  • AmpItUp

    AmpItUp

    Investigate electrochemistry in a super-charged day of science exploration! Design different types of batteries using commonplace ingredients like soda, juice, fruit, potatoes, and paperclips. See what it takes to make electricity flow!

    AmpItUp

    AmpItUp

    Sun, Apr 24

    10:00 am - 01:00 pm

    Families

    Investigate electrochemistry in a super-charged day of science exploration! Design different types of batteries using commonplace ingredients like soda, juice, fruit, potatoes, and paperclips. Who will make the most delicious battery? Who will figure out how to illuminate a light bulb or power a buzzer? Challenge your friends and family and see what it takes to make electricity flow!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      37th Street Walkway at the University City Science Center

      3700 Market Street, Outside

      Philadelphia, PA, 19104

      Directions


    • Partners

      University City Science Center
      University City Science Center
  • Astrogenesis

    Astrogenesis

    What happens when art and science come together? Join featured artist, Nikki Romanello, for a demo on how to use the scientific process to create artwork.

    Astrogenesis

    Astrogenesis

    Sun, Apr 24

    10:00 am - 01:00 pm

    Families

    What happens when art and science come together? Join the Esther Klein Gallery’s featured artist, Nikki Romanello, for a hands-on demonstration illustrating how to use the scientific process to create artwork, like that displayed in her show, Astrogenesis. Prepare to enter the bio-art world by brewing your own kombucha tea and taking home a delicious science project!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Esther Klein Gallery

      3600 Market Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19104

      Directions


    • Partners

      University City Science Center
      University City Science Center
  • Dig Day at the Rowan University Fossil Park

    Dig Day at the Rowan University Fossil Park

    Delve into science, the earth, and the environment at the Rowan University Fossil Quarry, where you will have the opportunity dig for 65-million-year-old fossils with your own hands!

    Dig Day at the Rowan University Fossil Park

    Dig Day at the Rowan University Fossil Park

    Sun, Apr 24

    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Families

    Delve into science, the earth, and the environment at the Rowan University Fossil Quarry, where you will have the opportunity dig for 65-million-year-old fossils with your own hands! The experience, which is nothing short of transformative, gives visitors the chance to explore the quarry, which provides the best example, east of the Mississippi, of fossils from the Cretaceous Period--the heyday of dinosaurs. It also gives visitors the chance to leave with a prehistoric memento: anyone who finds a fossil gets to take it home!

    Do you want to win FREE tickets to Dig Day at the Rowan University Fossil Park on Explorer Sunday, April 24?! Winners will have the opportunity to dig for 65-million-year-old fossils with their own hands, and some may even leave with a prehistoric memento. The Rowan University Fossil Quarry provides one of the best examples of fossils from the Cretaceous Period – the heyday of dinosaurs. The best part? There are a couple of ways to #GetNerdyPHL and win!

    Participants can (choose one):
    1) Write a short paragraph (max 5 sentences) expressing why you want to go to Dig Day, or write about a paleontologist who has inspired you!
    2) Draw a picture of your favorite dinosaur or scientist!

    *Submissions should be sent to philadelphiasciencefestival@fi.edu with “Dig Day!” in the subject line.

    The contest begins on Thursday, March 31 and ends on Friday, April 15. Each winner will be awarded one vehicle pass, which entitles access to as many people who can be safely seat-belted into the car. Only one submission per user will count! Please note that entering multiple times will NOT earn you multiple tickets.

    Don’t miss your chance to delve into science, the Earth, and the environment at this fossil-filled event on Explorer Sunday! This event is part of the Philadelphia Science Festival, a citywide celebration of all things science. Learn more: http://bit.ly/philascifest
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: TICKETS REQUIRED

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      Rowan University Fossil Park

      625 Woodbury-Glassboro Road

      Sewell, NJ, 08080

      Directions


    • Partners

      Rowan University
      Rowan University
  • Conservation Challenge

    Conservation Challenge

    Do you have what it takes to preserve archeology’s greatest treasures? Find out by stepping into the Artifact Lab! Visitors will investigate the science of deterioration and preservation as they participate in hands-on conservation activities.

    Conservation Challenge

    Conservation Challenge

    Sun, Apr 24

    10:00 am - 01:30 pm

    Families

    Do you have what it takes to preserve archeology’s greatest treasures? Find out by stepping into the Artifact Lab! Visitors will investigate the science of deterioration and preservation as they participate in hands- on conservation activities, while witnessing live conservation of ancient artifacts, including Egyptian funerary objects and actual mummies! Conservators are available to answer questions from 12:30–1:00 pm.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE with museum admission

    • Location

      University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

      3260 South Street, Third Floor

      Philadelphia, PA, 19104

      Directions


    • Partners

      Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)
      Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)
  • 11:00 AM
  • Spring Farm Fun at Saul High School

    Spring Farm Fun at Saul High School

    Join Weavers Way Community Programs for some fun, seasonal farming and culinary activities on the Henry Got Crops! CSA Farm at Saul High School. Adventures include a spring vegetable scavenger hunt, healthy cooking lessons, a farm tour, and much more!

    Spring Farm Fun at Saul High School

    Spring Farm Fun at Saul High School

    Sun, Apr 24

    11:00 am - 02:00 pm

    Families

    Join Weavers Way Community Programs for some fun, seasonal farming and culinary activities on the Henry Got Crops! CSA Farm at Saul High School. Adventures include a spring vegetable scavenger hunt, healthy cooking lessons, a farm tour, and much more! Farm life can be messy, so please come dressed for the weather and in clothes that you can get dirty!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Saul High School

      7100 Henry Ave

      Philadelphia, PA, 19128

      Directions


    • Partners

      Saul Agricultural High School
      Saul Agricultural High School
      Weavers Way Community Programs
      Weavers Way Community Programs
  • Sail, Steam, & Stealth

    Sail, Steam, & Stealth

    Get swept away by science at the Seaport with Sail, Steam, & Stealth. Experience daily life aboard a ship, witness the power of steam, and buoy your physics knowledge with interactive science demonstrations and activities!

    Sail, Steam, & Stealth

    Sail, Steam, & Stealth

    Sun, Apr 24

    11:00 am - 02:00 pm

    Families

    Get swept away by science at the Seaport with Sail, Steam, & Stealth. Embark on the Schooner Diligence to experience daily life aboard a ship and to learn firsthand how sailors used mechanical advantage to make for smooth sailing. Witness the power of steam close-up in a demo featuring hand- crafted vessels, then check out how this works on a large scale by exploring the steam-powered Cruiser Olympia. Buoy your physics knowledge by building your own submarine using a water bottle, and afterwards, compare it to the real deal onboard the Submarine Becuna.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE with admission

    • Location

      Independence Seaport Museum

      211 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard

      Philadelphia, PA, 19106

      Directions


    • Partners

      Independence Seaport Museum
      Independence Seaport Museum
  • An “Eggcellent” Farming Adventure

    An “Eggcellent” Farming Adventure

    Explore farm life with a fun-filled day of activities and experiments! Learn what makes soil healthy and what seeds need to grow, take a tour of the farm and greenhouses, meet the chicken flock, and plant your own seeds to bring home!

    An “Eggcellent” Farming Adventure

    An “Eggcellent” Farming Adventure

    Sun, Apr 24

    11:00 am - 03:00 pm

    Families

    Explore the wonders of farm life with a fun-filled day of activities and experiments! Visit Longview to cultivate an understanding of what makes soil healthy and what seeds need to grow into strong and delicious vegetables. Take a tour of the farm and greenhouses, meet the chicken flock, and plant your own seeds to bring home as spring brings life to this 120-acre organic farm. Life on the farm can be messy, so be sure to wear shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Longview Farm and Market

      3215 Stump Hall Road

      Collegeville , PA, 19426

      Directions


    • Partners

      Greener Partners
      Greener Partners
  • Game On!

    Game On!

    From mobile apps to physical play, there are many different ways of understanding, producing, and sharing games. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute to a game currently in development and to explore game design and development.

    Game On!

    Game On!

    Sun, Apr 24

    11:00 am - 02:00 pm

    Families

    From mobile apps to physical play, there are so many different ways of understanding, producing, and sharing games. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute to a game currently in development and to explore game design and development through fun, physical, and creative coding activities.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Drexel University - ExCITe Center

      3401 Market Street, Suite 100

      Philadelphia, PA, 19104

      Directions


    • Partners

      Drexel University
      Drexel University
      ExCITE Center
      ExCITE Center
      Drexel University ExCITE Center
  • 12:00 PM
  • What’s in a Beer? From Grain to Glass at the USciences’ Brewing Lab

    What’s in a Beer? From Grain to Glass at the USciences’ Brewing Lab

    Join brewing scientists at the University of the Sciences for a discussion and sampling of the brewing process. Evaluate raw ingredients, tour the Pilot Brewing Laboratory, learn how ABVs, IBUs, and SRMs are calculated, and sample the results!

    What’s in a Beer? From Grain to Glass at the USciences’ Brewing Lab

    What’s in a Beer? From Grain to Glass at the USciences’ Brewing Lab

    Sun, Apr 24

    12:00 pm - 02:00 pm

    Adults

    Join brewing scientists at the University of the Sciences for a discussion and sampling of the brewing process. Evaluate raw ingredients and tour the Pilot Brewing Laboratory as an experimental beer is brewed. Learn how ABVs, IBUs, and SRMs are calculated, and sample the results! Participants must be 21 or older.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      University of the Sciences McNeil Science and Technology Center

      45th Street and Woodland Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA, 19104

      Directions


    • Partners

      University of the Sciences
      University of the Sciences
  • Medicine 1776

    Medicine 1776

    What was medicine like in 1776? Travel back in time at Pennsylvania Hospital’s historic Pine Building and explore just how much has changed (or stayed the same) throughout American medical history.

    Medicine 1776

    Medicine 1776

    Sun, Apr 24

    12:00 pm - 03:00 pm

    Families

    What was medicine like in 1776? Travel back in time at Pennsylvania Hospital’s historic Pine Building and explore just how much has changed (or stayed the same) throughout American medical history. Visit the original surgical amphitheater, where surgeries took place before the development of anesthetics and sanitation standards, and take a tour of the Physic Garden to learn about herbal medicine. Peer through antique microscopes and uncover the intrigue surrounding Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond’s establishment of the first chartered hospital in the nation.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Pennsylvania Hospital

      800 Spruce Street - Enter at the Archway on 8th Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19107

      Directions


    • Partners

      Chemical Heritage Foundation
      Chemical Heritage Foundation
      Penn Medicine
      Penn Medicine
      Historical Society of Pennsylvania
      Historical Society of Pennsylvania
      Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
  • Calling All Aspiring Health Professionals!

    Calling All Aspiring Health Professionals!

    Go behind the scenes at Jefferson to witness medical professionals and technology in action! Role play being a doctor or nurse, visit a simulation operating room, check out the inside of a medical transport vehicle, and so much more!

    Calling All Aspiring Health Professionals!

    Calling All Aspiring Health Professionals!

    Sun, Apr 24

    12:00 pm - 04:00 pm

    Families

    Go behind the scenes at Jefferson to witness medical professionals and technology in action! Role play being a doctor or nurse at the teddy bear clinic, visit a simulation operating room, check out the inside of a medical transport vehicle, and learn how medical imaging reveals the inner workings of our bodies, along with many other hands-on activities designed to expose you to the fields of medicine, health sciences, and biomedical research. Children are welcome to bring their stuffed animals for a check-up.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Thomas Jefferson University Dorrance Hamilton Building

      1001 Locust Street

      Philadelphia , PA, 19107

      Directions


    • Partners

      Thomas Jefferson University
      Thomas Jefferson University
  • Symmetry, Sequence, and Starfish: Exploring Math in Nature

    Symmetry, Sequence, and Starfish: Exploring Math in Nature

    Discover patterns and sequences in Wagner museum specimens, see how complicated math was done in the age before calculators with the aid of a giant, historic slide rule, and learn about the mysterious ways that math and nature intersect!

    Symmetry, Sequence, and Starfish: Exploring Math in Nature

    Symmetry, Sequence, and Starfish: Exploring Math in Nature

    Sun, Apr 24

    12:00 pm - 04:00 pm

    Families

    Count on having exponential fun when science meets math at the Wagner Free Institute of Science on Explorer Sunday! Discover patterns and sequences in Wagner museum specimens, see how complicated math was done in the age before calculators with the aid of our giant, historic slide rule, and learn the mysterious ways that math and nature intersect from professionals in different science disciplines.


    • Build the
      world's largest
      Sierpinski Triangle
      out of a whopping 30,000 K'NEX pieces
      with the help of Bryn Mawr math professor Victor Donnay. When finished,
      the base will measure 90 feet long! 

    • Experience how
      people did math in the age before calculators during a demonstration
      of our historic, classroom-sized slide rule.

    • Make Fibonacci
      spirals with Martha Knox, Artist-Scientist in Residence for our
      Science, Nature, and Art in Philadelphia program (SNAP).
    • Find
      examples of mathematical principles in our natural history collection of
      more than 100,000 specimens while completing a themed scavenger hunt. 
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      The Wagner Free Institute of Science

      1700 West Montgomery Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA, 19121

      Directions


    • Partners

      Wagner Free Institute of Science
      Wagner Free Institute of Science
  • 1:00 PM
  • The STEAM Challenge at Rowan University

    The STEAM Challenge at Rowan University

    Enjoy a day filled with science, technology, engineering, art, and math! Explore the science of sport and of body movement, learn which numbers always surround you, catch a planetarium show, visit the Virtual Reality Center, and more!

    The STEAM Challenge at Rowan University

    The STEAM Challenge at Rowan University

    Sun, Apr 24

    1:00 pm - 03:00 pm

    Families

    Join Rowan University students, faculty, and staff for a day filled with science, technology, engineering, art, and math! Explore the science of sport and of body movement, learn which numbers always surround you, catch a planetarium show and gaze safely at the Sun, visit the Virtual Reality Center, and participate in numerous hands-on science activities for the entire family!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Rowan University Science Hall

      201 Mullica Hill Road

      Glassboro, NJ, 08028

      Directions


    • Partners

      Rowan University
      Rowan University
  • Aquaponics: Is Fish Poop the Future of Food?

    Aquaponics: Is Fish Poop the Future of Food?

    Immerse yourself in the wonder of aquaponics, a type of sustainable agriculture in which fish and plants are grown together, at the Riverbend Environmental Education Center. Tour the greenhouse, taste innovation, and explore the future of food!

    Aquaponics: Is Fish Poop the Future of Food?

    Aquaponics: Is Fish Poop the Future of Food?

    Sun, Apr 24

    1:00 pm - 04:00 pm

    Families

    Immerse yourself in the wonder of aquaponics, a type of sustainable agriculture in which fish and plants are grown together, at the Riverbend Environmental Education Center. Admire the fruits of this novel science on a tour of the Aquaponics Greenhouse, whet your appetite for innovation by tasting basil lemonade and bruschetta made with ingredients grown on site, and explore the future of food with other exciting hands-on activities. Swimwear not required.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Riverbend Environmental Education Center

      1950 Spring Mill Road

      Gladwyne, PA, 19035

      Directions


    • Partners

      Riverbend Environmental Education Center
      Riverbend Environmental Education Center
  • Close Up and Far Away

    Close Up and Far Away

    Spend time with Penn researchers in astronomy, particle physics, and nanotechnology to discover new perspectives of our universe through the ‘eye of the lens.’

    Close Up and Far Away

    Close Up and Far Away

    Sun, Apr 24

    1:00 pm - 04:00 pm

    Families

    Students

    Ever wonder how astronomers study far off planets and stars, or how new technology is developed using some of the smallest materials
    in existence? From nanoparticles to distant galaxies, the modern use of scientific instruments enables observation and discoveries that would otherwise be impossible. Spend time with Penn researchers in astronomy, particle physics, and nanotechnology to discover new perspectives of our universe through the ‘eye of the lens.’
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Singh Center for Nanotechnology

      Walnut Street between 32nd and 33rd Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19104

      Directions


    • Partners

      University of Pennsylvania
      University of Pennsylvania
  • Bloodletting and Bandages: Philadelphia's Incredible 19th Century Medical History

    Bloodletting and Bandages: Philadelphia's Incredible 19th Century Medical History

    This walking tour will highlight not only various members of the 19th century medical community but also Philadelphia’s role in pioneering practices and innovations that influenced medicine throughout the world up until the present day.

    Bloodletting and Bandages: Philadelphia's Incredible 19th Century Medical History

    Bloodletting and Bandages: Philadelphia's Incredible 19th Century Medical History

    Sun, Apr 24

    1:00 pm - 03:00 pm

    Families

    Students

    Philadelphia has long been on the “cutting edge” of some of our greatest advances in history and the medical field is no exception. This walking tour will highlight not only various members of the 19th century medical community but also Philadelphia’s role in pioneering practices and innovations that influenced medicine throughout the world up until the present day.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE with advanced registration; $5 at the door

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      Laurel Hill Cemetery

      3822 Ridge Avenue - Depart from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance

      Philadelphia, PA, 19132

      Directions


    • Partners

      Laurel Hill Cemetery
      Laurel Hill Cemetery
  • Doctor for a Day

    Doctor for a Day

    Bring in your teddy bear or favorite doll for a checkup at our Teddy Bear Clinic, where children experience what it’s like to be a doctor or nurse.

    Doctor for a Day

    Doctor for a Day

    Sun, Apr 24

    1:00 pm - 04:00 pm

    Families

    Students

    Bring in your teddy bear or favorite doll for a checkup at our Teddy Bear Clinic, where children experience what it’s like to be a doctor or nurse. This hands-on, family-friendly program is designed to help children feel less afraid about medical emergencies and visits to the doctor’s office or hospital.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Abington Hospital, Lenfest Pavilion Frobese Conference Center

      1200 Old York Road

      Abington, PA, 19001

      Directions


    • Partners

      Thomas Jefferson University
      Thomas Jefferson University
  • On the Water’s Edge

    On the Water’s Edge

    Get a new perspective on the Delaware River! Through hands-on activities, including a discovery quest, visitors of all ages will learn how both animal and human communities depend on the Delaware River’s resources.

    On the Water’s Edge

    On the Water’s Edge

    Sun, Apr 24

    1:00 pm - 03:00 pm

    Families

    Students

    Get a new perspective on the Delaware River! Once a dilapidated shipping pier, Pier 68 has been transformed into a riverfront park that includes a cut out filled with aquatic plants, offering a unique window into the watery world of this tidal river. Through hands-on activities, including a discovery quest, visitors of all ages will learn how both animal and human communities depend on the Delaware River’s resources.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Pier 68 Philadelphia Waterfront

      1751 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard - at the end of Pier 70 Boulevard

      Philadelphia, PA, 19148

      Directions


    • Partners

      Natural Lands Trust
      Natural Lands Trust
  • 2:00 PM
  • Fishtown Science Crawl

    Fishtown Science Crawl

    Enjoy great drink specials at awesome Fishtown venues and engage in hands-on science activities with some of your favorite museums and science organizations!

    Fishtown Science Crawl

    Fishtown Science Crawl

    Sun, Apr 24

    2:00 pm - 05:00 pm

    Adults

    Toast science and innovation and take bar hopping to a whole new level during the Fishtown Science Crawl! Enjoy great drink specials at awesome Fishtown venues and engage in hands-on science activities with some of your favorite museums and science organizations!









    Venues Include:
    Barcade
    Bottle Bar East (purchase/redeem Happy Hour wristband here)
    Fette Sau
    Frankford Hall (purchase/redeem Happy Hour wristband here)
    Front Street Cafe (purchase/redeem Happy Hour wristband here)
    Johnny Brenda's
    Kensington Quarters
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: Free, $5.00 Happy Hour Wrist Band

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      Frankford Hall

      1210 Frankford Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA, 19125

      Directions


    • Partners

      Frankford Hall
      Frankford Hall
      Fette Sau BBQ
      Fette Sau BBQ
      Bottle Bar East
      Bottle Bar East
      Kensington Quarters
      Kensington Quarters
      Front Street Cafe
      Front Street Cafe
      Barcade
      Barcade
  • Bugs, Bees, and Botany In the Garden at Grumblethorpe

    Bugs, Bees, and Botany In the Garden at Grumblethorpe

    Participate in our Running Bear tour of the garden where you decide what belongs and what doesn’t. Prepare to be a little silly and use your imagination! Discover worms, bees, other beneficial bugs, and the beauty of the springtime Grumblethorpe garden.

    Bugs, Bees, and Botany In the Garden at Grumblethorpe

    Bugs, Bees, and Botany In the Garden at Grumblethorpe

    Sun, Apr 24

    2:00 pm - 04:00 pm

    Families

    Participate in our Running Bear tour of the garden where you decide what belongs and what doesn't. Prepare to be a little silly and use your imagination! Discover worms, bees, other beneficial bugs, and the beauty of the springtime Grumblethorpe garden. Dress for potential mess.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Grumblethorpe Historic House and Garden

      5267 Germantown Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA, 19144

      Directions


    • Partners

      Grumblethorpe Historic House and Garden
      Grumblethorpe Historic House and Garden
  • Fun with Kitchen Science

    Fun with Kitchen Science

    Do you know how much sugar is in a strawberry or how much fat is in a piece of chocolate? What about how your taste buds really work? Discover how science plays a pivotal role in the kitchen during this interactive, food-filled extravaganza.

    Fun with Kitchen Science

    Fun with Kitchen Science

    Sun, Apr 24

    2:00 pm - 04:30 pm

    Adults

    Families

    Do you know how much sugar is in a strawberry or how much fat is in a piece of chocolate? What about how your taste buds really work? Discover how science plays a pivotal role in the kitchen during this interactive, food-filled extravaganza for foodies of all ages. While you’re there, don’t forget to sign-up for the Cookie Lab at 2:15, 3:00 and 3:45 PM for a hands-on look at how to make the chocolate chip classic just the way you like it.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

    • Location

      Parkway Central Library, Culinary Literacy Center, 4th Floor

      1901 Vine Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19103

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Peter Scarola
      Peter Scarola
      Peter Scarola is the Pastry Chef of the acclaimed restaurant, R2L, where he leads his staff in the creation of pastries and artistic plated desserts for the restaurant and for off-site events. In the Winter of 2013, Scarola was recognized as a Rising Star Pastry Chef of Philadelphia through StarChefs.
      Shanna Caster
      Shanna Caster
      Shanna Caster is a lover of science in all its forms, but is especially fond of chemistry, which she studied at the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State. If you can cook it, taste it, transform it, or blow it up, she's all about it. Shanna currently works at The Franklin Institute as a Museum Program Supervisor, and, this is her third year nerding it up with the Philadelphia Science Festival.
    • Partners

      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)
      Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)
      Monell Center
      Monell Center
      Monell Chemical Senses Center
      The Franklin Institute
      The Franklin Institute
      Drexel University
      Drexel University
  • 2:30 PM
  • Murder at the Mütter®:  Picture of Death

    Murder at the Mütter®: Picture of Death

    Participants will work with investigators and forensic experts at different evidence stations to experience the science of criminal investigation and solve the mystery.

    Murder at the Mütter®:  Picture of Death

    Murder at the Mütter®: Picture of Death

    Sun, Apr 24

    2:30 pm - 05:30 pm

    Adults

    A museum docent has died suddenly under mysterious circumstances after a gala event at the College of Physicians celebrating a new exhibition on human skin. Was her untimely death from natural causes, or is there a killer on the loose at the Mütter Museum? Participants will work with investigators and forensic experts at different evidence stations to experience the science of criminal investigation and solve the mystery.
    The afternoon includes two hours of programming followed by a cocktail reception and light hors d’oeuvres. Program will begin promptly at 2:30 pm.
    Ages: 16 and up (ages 16 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or over)
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

    • Location

      Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia

      19 South 22nd Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19103

      Directions


    • Partners

      The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
      The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
  • 3:30 PM
  • Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Oak Lane Library
    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Oak Lane Library

    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Oak Lane Library

    Mon, Apr 25

    3:30 pm - 05:30 pm

    Students

    The Philadelphia Science Festival invades your neighborhood library for a celebration of science fun! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge at these FREE after-school programs filled with exciting activities, animal encounters and hands-on, kid-approved experiments and demonstrations.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Oak Lane Library

      6614 North 12th Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19138

      Directions


    • Partners

      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Torresdale Library
    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Torresdale Library

    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Torresdale Library

    Mon, Apr 25

    3:30 pm - 05:30 pm

    Students

    The Philadelphia Science Festival invades your neighborhood library for a celebration of science fun! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge at these FREE after-school programs filled with exciting activities, animal encounters and hands-on, kid-approved experiments and demonstrations.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Torresdale Library

      3079 Holme Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA, 19135

      Directions


    • Partners

      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Ramonita de Rodriguez Library
    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Ramonita de Rodriguez Library

    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Ramonita de Rodriguez Library

    Mon, Apr 25

    3:30 pm - 05:00 pm

    Students

    The Philadelphia Science Festival invades your neighborhood library for a celebration of science fun! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge at these FREE after­school programs filled with exciting activities, animal encounters and hands­on, kid-
    approved experiments and demonstrations. For a full list of activities, please visit www.PhilaScienceFestival.org.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Ramonita de Rodriguez Library

      600 West Girard Avenue

      Philadelphia , PA, 19123

      Directions


    • Partners

      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Fox Chase Library

    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Fox Chase Library

    The Philadelphia Science Festival invades your neighborhood library for a celebration of science fun! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge at these FREE after-school programs filled with exciting activities, animal encounter

    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Fox Chase Library

    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Fox Chase Library

    Mon, Apr 25

    3:30 pm - 05:30 pm

    Students

    The Philadelphia Science Festival invades your neighborhood library for a celebration of science fun! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge at these FREE after-school programs filled with exciting activities, animal encounters and hands-on, kid-approved experiments and demonstrations.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Fox Chase Library

      501 Rhawn Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19111

      Directions


    • Partners

      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Whitman Library
    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Whitman Library

    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Whitman Library

    Mon, Apr 25

    3:30 pm - 05:30 pm

    Students

    The Philadelphia Science Festival invades your neighborhood library for a celebration of science fun! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge at these FREE after-school programs filled with exciting activities, animal encounters and hands-on, kid-approved experiments and demonstrations.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Whitman Library

      200 Snyder Ave.

      Philadelphia, PA, 19148

      Directions


    • Partners

      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
  • 6:00 PM
  • Gaffes on Tap: Science Gone Wrong

    Gaffes on Tap: Science Gone Wrong

    Join us for an evening of science gaffes where our brave speakers share stories of science fails from today and history.

    Gaffes on Tap: Science Gone Wrong

    Gaffes on Tap: Science Gone Wrong

    Mon, Apr 25

    6:00 pm - 08:00 pm

    Adults

    Science is no exception to Murphy’s Law. What can go wrong, often does, and in ways that can lead to both unexpected triumph and unmitigated disaster. Join us for an evening of science gaffes where our brave speakers share stories of science fails from today and history. Rate the biggest bloopers on the fail-o-meter, try your hand at some twitter-sized mad libs, and of course, join us in toasting to our completely human ability to make mistakes even in the world of science.
    Must be 21+.


    Table space is limited. Make sure you arrive early to ensure a seat.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      National Mechanics

      22 South 3rd Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19106

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Alexis Jeffcoat
      Alexis Jeffcoat
      Alexis Jeffcoat is a Dungeons & Dragons playing history nerd who enjoys being blinded by science in her position managing public programming for the Chemical Heritage Foundation. An active part of the geek community, Alexis can be found collaborating on projects like Science on Tap and is known for her Laurel Hill Cemetery tours and history talks at various geek cafes throughout the city. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and European History from Temple University and her Masters in Arts & Humanities from Arcadia University. Alexis’s area of interest/research is Victorian social culture and burial practices. In 2014, she served on the board of Young Involved Philadelphia and was nominated for Geek of the Year by the Philadelphia Geek Awards in 2015.
      Anna Dhody
      Anna Dhody
      As curator of the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Anna Dhody, an experienced physical and forensic anthropologist, oversees the Mütter Museum’s “disturbingly informative” collection, and works to provide a unique, informative experience for its 150,000-plus annual visitors. During her tenure at the Mütter museum, Ms. Dhody has curated many exhibits; including The Evolution of Birth, Reading the Dead: How Forensic Anthropologists Study Skeletons to Solve Mysteries and The Mütter Ossuary. She also co-curated Grimms’ Anatomy: Magic and Medicine 1812-2012. She has collaborated with scholars from around the world to conduct research on the Mütter’s collection. One of her main goals is to show that a 19th century collection can have 21st century relevance, academically, medically and artistically.
      Jason Downs
      Jason Downs
      Dr. Jason Downs is Assistant Professor of Biology at Delaware Valley University. He has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD from Yale University. His research focuses on systematics (taxonomy), paleobiology, and histology. He is also a Research Associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
      Jason Poole
      Jason Poole
      Jason Poole is a dinosaur expert and has participated in expeditions in Wyoming, Montana, Egypt, and Patagonia in Argentina. He was part of the team that discovered and prepared the Dreadnoughtus specimen. Jason is interested in talking about fossil faux pas that have led to significant breakthroughs in the field of paleontology. He will address major mistakes in our understanding of the Mesozoic time period, challenge commonly held beliefs, and explain why we don't always know what we think we know when in comes to paleontology.
      Mary Grace Wahl
      Mary Grace Wahl
      Mary Grace Wahl has been at the American Philosophical Society Museum for the past eight years. While there, she has managed a Pew funded grant, which focused on integrating the Museum's collections onto a digital platform, and she currently oversees the management of the collections and exhibitions. Ms. Wahl has worked in the museum field for over 20 years at a variety of institutions, including the American Federation for the Arts and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
    • Partners

      Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
      Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
      Wagner Free Institute of Science
      Wagner Free Institute of Science
      Chemical Heritage Foundation
      Chemical Heritage Foundation
      American Philosophical Society
      American Philosophical Society
      The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
      The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
      National Mechanics
      National Mechanics
  • 7:00 PM
  • Cocktail Lab

    Cocktail Lab

    Whether you keep it neat or like it straight up, mull, mix, and muddle your way through the science of cocktails with experts from local distilleries.

    Cocktail Lab

    Cocktail Lab

    Mon, Apr 25

    7:00 pm - 09:30 pm

    Adults

    Whether you keep it neat or like it straight up, mull, mix, and muddle your way through the science of cocktails with experts from local distilleries. Increase your liquid intelligence by enjoying interactive activities, demonstrations, and tastings that will imbue you with an appreciation of flavor infusion, dilution, and other techniques essential to making a well-balanced libation.

    Must be 21+.

    THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: $15.00

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      The Franklin Institute

      222 North 20th Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19103

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Cynthia Skema, PhD
      Cynthia Skema, PhD
      Cindy Skema is a botanist at the Morris Arboretum of University of Pennsylvania. She studies the evolution of plants in the field, herbarium, and lab, and enjoys communicating about plant science to the public. Dr. Skema earned her Ph.D. at Cornell University, and has worked in Madagascar and New Zealand.
    • Partners

      Monell Center
      Monell Center
      Monell Chemical Senses Center
      The Franklin Institute
      The Franklin Institute
      Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
      Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
  • 3:30 PM
  • Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Widener Library
    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Widener Library

    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Widener Library

    Tue, Apr 26

    3:30 pm - 05:30 pm

    Students

    The Philadelphia Science Festival invades your neighborhood library for a celebration of science fun! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge at these FREE after-school programs filled with exciting activities, animal encounters and hands-on, kid-approved experiments and demonstrations.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Partners

      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Fumo Family Library
    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Fumo Family Library

    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Fumo Family Library

    Tue, Apr 26

    3:30 pm - 05:30 pm

    Students

    The Philadelphia Science Festival invades your neighborhood library for a celebration of science fun! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge at these FREE after-school programs filled with exciting activities, animal encounters and hands-on, kid-approved experiments and demonstrations.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Fumo Family Library

      2437 South Broad Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19148

      Directions


    • Partners

      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
  • 6:00 PM
  • Kitchen Lab: Chocolate

    Kitchen Lab: Chocolate

    Grab your Golden Tickets and explore America’s favorite confectionery ingredient from pod to plate as we indulge in everything chocolate!

    Kitchen Lab: Chocolate

    Kitchen Lab: Chocolate

    Tue, Apr 26

    6:00 pm - 08:30 pm

    Adults

    Grab your Golden Tickets and explore America's favorite confectionery ingredient from pod to plate as we indulge in everything chocolate! Learn about the wonders of the cocoa bean from the connoisseurs at MUCHOMAS while sipping hot chocolate. Then, mix, stir, and master the science of tempering with local pastry chef Peter Scarola. After you’ve worked up an appetite, savor chocolate mousse and ganache!
    Must be 21 or older. 

    This event is SOLD OUT.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: $30.00; SOLD OUT

    • Location

      Parkway Central Library, Culinary Literacy Center, 4th Floor

      1901 Vine Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19103

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Derek Menaldino
      Derek Menaldino
      Derek Menaldino loves chocolate. As co-founder of MUCHOMAS Chocolate, he uses his background in investments and entrepreneurship to bring fine Nicaraguan cacao to the world.
      Peter Scarola
      Peter Scarola
      Peter Scarola is the Pastry Chef of the acclaimed restaurant, R2L, where he leads his staff in the creation of pastries and artistic plated desserts for the restaurant and for off-site events. In the Winter of 2013, Scarola was recognized as a Rising Star Pastry Chef of Philadelphia through StarChefs.
      Sam Lehr
      Sam Lehr
      Sam Lehr is a lawyer by training, who has recently been spending more and more time exploring the world of chocolate. As a founder of MUCHOMAS Chocolate, Sam tries to spread the word about high-end cacao and its many wonders.
      Shanna Caster
      Shanna Caster
      Shanna Caster is a lover of science in all its forms, but is especially fond of chemistry, which she studied at the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State. If you can cook it, taste it, transform it, or blow it up, she's all about it. Shanna currently works at The Franklin Institute as a Museum Program Supervisor, and, this is her third year nerding it up with the Philadelphia Science Festival.
    • Partners

      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
      The Franklin Institute
      The Franklin Institute
      R2L Restaurant
      R2L Restaurant
  • 6:30 PM
  • 2066, A Science Odyssey–What will our world look like?

    2066, A Science Odyssey–What will our world look like?

    Scientific breakthroughs are made faster than ever before. What does the future of science hold 50 years down the road? Find out as local researchers share their work and vision for the future. Cohosted by WHYY's The Pulse.

    2066, A Science Odyssey–What will our world look like?

    2066, A Science Odyssey–What will our world look like?

    Tue, Apr 26

    6:30 pm - 08:30 pm

    Adults

    Scientific breakthroughs are made faster than ever before. The Internet only became popular a mere 30 years ago, yet we can’t imagine a world without it. What does the future of science hold 50 years down the road? Will Philadelphia still look like Philadelphia? Will our brains be controlled by machines? What is the secret of dark matter? Find out as local researchers share their work and vision for the future. Cohosted by WHYY's The Pulse.





    Featured Talks:
    Jennifer Douglas – The Bitter Truth About the Future of Medicine
    Rob Ghrist – Beyond the Fourth Dimension: The Shape of Data
    Jennifer Molnar - The Role of Nature in Cities of the Future
    Kerstin Perez – The Invisible Universe: Dark Matter
    Gail Rosen – Deep Thought: How Machine Learning is Changing Our World
    Mijail Serruya – Brain-Computer Interfaces
    Nilesh Shah – Creating a Sustainable Home: One Product, One Action at a Time
    Karen Winey – New Materials for Next Generation Batteries
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: $5

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      Fels Planetarium

      222 North 20th Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19103

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Gail Rosen
      Gail Rosen
      Gail Rosen received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is the director of the Center for Biological Discovery from Big Data at Drexel University. She serves on the editorial board of the BMC Microbiome journal, as an associate editor of EURASIP Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, and as IEEE Philadelphia Section Chapter co-Chair for Signal Processing. Her interests are in machine learning and biological data to knowledge.
      Jennifer Douglas
      Jennifer Douglas
      Jennifer Douglas is a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania and a pre-doctoral trainee at the Monell Center under the mentorship of Dr. Danielle Reed, PhD and Dr. Noam Cohen, MD, PhD. She currently studies the influence of taste receptor genetics on upper airway immunity and plans to pursue a career in otorhinolaryngology–head and neck surgery. Jennifer first became involved in research as a high school student and went on to receive her undergraduate degree in neuroscience with highest distinction from the University of Virginia.
      Jennifer Molnar
      Jennifer Molnar
      Jen Molnar is a scientific leader in incorporating nature into human decisions at the corporate and policy levels. She serves as the managing director and lead scientist of The Nature Conservancy’s new Center for Sustainability Science. Jen has over 15 years of experience in applying science to decisions that improve the state of the natural world and transform people's relationship to it.
      Karen I. Winey, Ph.D.
      Karen I. Winey, Ph.D.
      Karen I. Winey is a Professor and TowerBrook Foundation Faculty Fellow of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her B.S. from Cornell University in materials science and engineering and her Ph.D. in polymer science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Winey has broad, evolving research interests in polymer physics. One interest is how polymers move in tight spaces and near nanoparticles. Winey also probes the nanoscale structures of ion-containing polymers to improve their conductivity.
      Kerstin Perez
      Kerstin Perez
      Kerstin Perez currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Physics at Haverford College, and she will begin as a faculty member at MIT this summer. Her research focuses on using cosmic particles to look for evidence of new forms of matter, in particular dark matter particles. A West Philly native, she is excited to participate in the Philadelphia Science Festival for the first time! In addition to mentoring students in research, Professor Perez has a passion for science education and for connecting students who, due to cultural factors or lack of exposure, might not have considered the career paths that a science education can make available.
      Mijail Serruya, MD, PhD
      Mijail Serruya, MD, PhD
      Dr. Mijail Serruya is a physician-scientist whose research focuses on the development of brain-machine interfaces. He cofounded Cyberkinetics, a neurotechnology company, and helped run the first clinical trial of a chronic multi-electrode array recording system in people with paralysis to restore voluntary control. Following residency and fellowship training, he joined the faculty at Thomas Jefferson University in the Department of Neurology. With colleagues at Penn, Dr. Serruya is currently an investigator on a biological brain-machine interface projecte funded by the National Institutes of Health BRAIN Initiative.
      Nilesh Shah
      Nilesh Shah
      Nilesh Shah is the Global R&D Director for the Consumer business of The Dow Chemical Company. After joining the Rohm and Haas Company in 1985 as a research scientist for the Plastics business, he held positions of increasing responsibility in research management, leading Polymer Synthesis and Exploratory Polymer Research. From 1999 to 2002, Shah held commercial roles in the Architectural and Functional Coatings business, with responsibility for strategic planning and marketing before returning to research in 2003 as a global technology director. In this role, he led research and regulatory affairs for the Consumer and Industrial Specialties business followed by the Process Chemicals and Biocides business. He became the Research and Development Director for Home and Personal Care after Dow acquired Rohm and Haas in April 2009. He transitioned to his current role in November 2015. Shah graduated with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering in 1979 from Jadavpur University in Calcutta, India. He went on to receive his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1985. Shah is a member of the Tau Beta Pi and the American Chemical Society. He serves on the Chemical Engineering Advisory Board of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
      Robert Ghrist
      Robert Ghrist
      Robert Ghrist is the Andrea Mitchell Penn Integrating Knowledge Professor of Mathematics and Electrical & Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Ghrist has produced a widely influential body of work that applies mathematical methods to real-world engineering challenges, especially in robotics, wireless sensor networks, and data. He specializes in topology, a branch of mathematics that provides a theoretical framework to visualize abstract spaces. Ghrist’s honors include a Presidential Early Career Award, a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, and the Chauvenet Prize for outstanding mathematical exposition. In 2007 he was named by Scientific American as one of 50 top scientific innovators.
    • Partners

      Monell Center
      Monell Center
      Monell Chemical Senses Center
      The Franklin Institute
      The Franklin Institute
      WHYY
      WHYY
      Haverford College
      Haverford College
      Thomas Jefferson University
      Thomas Jefferson University
      The Dow Chemical Company
      The Dow Chemical Company
      University of Pennsylvania
      University of Pennsylvania
      Drexel University
      Drexel University
      The Nature Conservancy
      The Nature Conservancy
      The Nature Conervancy
  • Science at Play for the Young at Heart

    Science at Play for the Young at Heart

    Who says play is just for kids? Embrace your inner child and stimulate your mind by tinkering, toying, and creating at the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

    Science at Play for the Young at Heart

    Science at Play for the Young at Heart

    Tue, Apr 26

    6:30 pm - 09:00 pm

    Adults

    Who says play is just for kids? Embrace your inner child and stimulate your mind by tinkering, toying, and creating at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Learn how adults have played with science throughout history to the present day. Then follow in the footsteps of the young at heart by testing out BattleBots and making your own putty polymers. Afterwards, extend playtime by checking out the Science At Play exhibit, which features over 250 science kits and toys and demonstrates that playing with science can be fun at any age.
    Must be 18 or older.



    Featured Play Stations:
    * Battlebots
    * Legos
    * Keva Planks
    * Megaformers
    * Snap Circuits
    * Scribblebots
    * Thinking Putty
    * Science Demos
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: $10.00

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      Chemical Heritage Foundation

      315 Chestnut Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19106

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Aaron Muderick
      Aaron Muderick
      Aaron Muderick is president of Crazy Aaron’s Puttyworld—a toy and gift manufacturer based in Philadelphia. Aaron is the inventor and manufacturer of Thinking Putty®, an amazing toy and stress reliever sold in over thirty countries around the world. With his magnetic, UV light-reactive, heat-sensitive, glow-in-the-dark and color-shifting varieties, “Crazy Aaron” has brought bouncing putty into the 21st century. Prior to founding Puttyworld, Aaron was a software architect with a penchant for fidgeting.
      Dean Howarth
      Dean Howarth
      With 20 years of experience as a high school physics teacher, Dean Howarth is accustomed to making scientific concepts more comprehensible. Mr. Howarth's experience as a living history educator allows him to bring the time-honored fundamentals of the sciences to life through a variety of compelling roles. Combining science and history, Dean does narratives in a variety of disciplines based on the stories and works of prominent natural philosophers who laid the foundations of modern science.
    • Partners

      Chemical Heritage Foundation
      Chemical Heritage Foundation
      Crazy Aaron's PuttyWorld
      Crazy Aaron's PuttyWorld
  • 3:30 PM
  • Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Greater Olney Library
    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Greater Olney Library

    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Greater Olney Library

    Wed, Apr 27

    3:30 pm - 05:30 pm

    Students

    The Philadelphia Science Festival invades your neighborhood library for a celebration of science fun! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge at these FREE after-school programs filled with exciting activities, animal encounters and hands-on, kid-approved experiments and demonstrations.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Greater Olney Library

      5501 North 5th Street

      Philadelphia , PA, 19120-2805

      Directions


    • Partners

      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Independence Library
    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Independence Library

    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Independence Library

    Wed, Apr 27

    3:30 pm - 05:30 pm

    Students

    The Philadelphia Science Festival invades your neighborhood library for a celebration of science fun! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge at these FREE after­school programs filled with exciting activities, animal encounters and hands­on, kid-
    approved experiments and demonstrations. For a full list of activities, please visit www.PhilaScienceFestival.org.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Independence Library

      18 South 7th Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19106

      Directions


    • Partners

      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Kingsessing Library
    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Kingsessing Library

    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Kingsessing Library

    Wed, Apr 27

    3:30 pm - 05:30 pm

    Students

    The Philadelphia Science Festival invades your neighborhood library for a celebration of science fun! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge at these FREE after-school programs filled with exciting activities, animal encounters and hands-on, kid-approved experiments and demonstrations. For a full list of activities, please visit www.PhilaScienceFestival.org.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Kingsessing Library

      1201 S. 51st St.

      Philadelphia, PA, 19143

      Directions


    • Partners

      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Joseph E. Coleman Library
    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Joseph E. Coleman Library

    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Joseph E. Coleman Library

    Wed, Apr 27

    3:30 pm - 05:30 pm

    Students

    The Philadelphia Science Festival invades your neighborhood library for a celebration of science fun! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge at these FREE after-school programs filled with exciting activities, animal encounters and hands-on, kid-approved experiments and demonstrations.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Joseph E. Coleman Library

      68 W. Chelten Ave

      Philadelphia, PA, 19144

      Directions


    • Partners

      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
  • 6:00 PM
  • Science Expo: 1866

    Science Expo: 1866

    Check out cutting edge science from the year 1866. See how the past paved the way for the future, as well as, how far science and technology have advanced over the last 150 years.

    Science Expo: 1866

    Science Expo: 1866

    Wed, Apr 27

    6:00 pm - 08:00 pm

    Adults

    We cordially invite you to travel back in time, and examine cutting edge science of the past. Delight in the curiosities you will find, and wonder at relics that then were unsurpassed. Marvel at the feats and innovation in medicine, technology and engineering, accomplished by the world’s most advanced minds. Glimpse how yesterday’s science laid today’s foundation, forever changing humankind.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: Free, registration requested, donations accepted

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      The Wagner Free Institute of Science

      1700 West Montgomery Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA, 19121

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Alexis Jeffcoat
      Alexis Jeffcoat
      Alexis Jeffcoat is a Dungeons & Dragons playing history nerd who enjoys being blinded by science in her position managing public programming for the Chemical Heritage Foundation. An active part of the geek community, Alexis can be found collaborating on projects like Science on Tap and is known for her Laurel Hill Cemetery tours and history talks at various geek cafes throughout the city. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and European History from Temple University and her Masters in Arts & Humanities from Arcadia University. Alexis’s area of interest/research is Victorian social culture and burial practices. In 2014, she served on the board of Young Involved Philadelphia and was nominated for Geek of the Year by the Philadelphia Geek Awards in 2015.
      Robert D. Hicks
      Robert D. Hicks
      Robert D. Hicks, PhD is the director of the Mütter Museum and Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. He has worked with museum-based education and exhibits for over three decades, primarily as a consultant to historic sites and museums.
      Susannah Carroll
      Susannah Carroll
      Susannah Carroll has worked in The Franklin Institute’s Curatorial Department since 2005 and holds a B.A. in Anthropology and a M.A. in Museum Studies. In addition to general management of the collections, she oversees the collections loan program, fields research requests, manages the collections database, develops educational projects, and responds to rights and reproductions requests. Susannah has represented the Curatorial Department on traveling exhibitions with artifacts from Italy, the Netherlands, and Israel. She is thankful for the opportunity to share information about the Institute's collections!
    • Partners

      Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
      Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
      Wagner Free Institute of Science
      Wagner Free Institute of Science
      Chemical Heritage Foundation
      Chemical Heritage Foundation
      The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
      The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
      The Franklin Institute
      The Franklin Institute
      Thomas Jefferson University
      Thomas Jefferson University
  • 7:00 PM
  • Science of Fear

    Science of Fear

    Embrace your fears and discover the advantages they can confer by joining us for a gripping presentation about the neurobiological basis of this vital, emotional response.

    Science of Fear

    Science of Fear

    Wed, Apr 27

    7:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Adults

    Are you terrified of snakes? Does the sound of thunder fill you with panic? Do spiders give you the heebie jeebies? Embrace your fear and discover the advantages it can confer by joining us for a gripping presentation about the neurobiological basis of this vital, emotional response. After, directly confront many commonly feared objects and situations and have your physical fear response measured. Walk away feeling empowered and better equipped to face your fear the next time you encounter it.

    Featured Talk:
    Margee Kerr

    Conquer Your Fear Experiences:
    Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University: What's So Scary about a Spider that's Hair?
    Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium: Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Shark?
    Monell Chemical Senses Center:  Can You Smell My Fear?
    Philadelphia Zoo: Not So Scary - Snakes and More!
    The Franklin Institute: Are You Afraid of the Dark?
    Thomas Jefferson University: Are You Afraid of Some Blood?
    University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine: Do Animals Experience Fear the Way We Do?
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: $10.00

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      Franklin Theater

      222 North 20th Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19103

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Margee Kerr
      Margee Kerr
      Margee Kerr has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she teaches and conducts research on fear. Her current focus centers on how and why people engage with frightening material and activities, like haunted houses and thrill rides. Dr. Kerr is currently a co-investigator in a novel study that aims to measure fear in the real world through the collection and evaluation of psychophysiological data indicating how the brain and body respond in real-life threatening situations.
    • Partners

      Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
      Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
      Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium
      Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium
      Philadelphia Zoo
      Philadelphia Zoo
      Monell Center
      Monell Center
      Monell Chemical Senses Center
      The Franklin Institute
      The Franklin Institute
      Thomas Jefferson University
      Thomas Jefferson University
      University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
      University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
  • 7:30 PM
  • Nerd Nite: What It Means to be Human

    Nerd Nite: What It Means to be Human

    The Philadelphia Science Festival and Philly Nerd Nite team up to consider what it means to be human. Join us and local researchers as we examine this inquiry from a scientific perspective by looking at exciting developments in various fields of study.

    Nerd Nite: What It Means to be Human

    Nerd Nite: What It Means to be Human

    Wed, Apr 27

    7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    Adults

    The Philadelphia Science Festival and Philly Nerd Nite team up to consider the perennial question of what it means to be human. Join us and three local researchers as we examine this inquiry from
    a scientific perspective by looking at exciting developments in anthropology, morphology, psychology, neuroscience, and robotics, including brain enhancements, and how robots learn. Though we won’t promise any definitive conclusions, you’re guaranteed to walk away feeling slightly more evolved at the end of the night.

    Tickets will be sold at the door and are not available online.

    Table space is limited. Make sure you arrive early to ensure a seat.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: $5.00

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      Frankford Hall

      1210 Frankford Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA, 19125

      Directions


    • Speakers

      David Yaden
      David Yaden
      David Yaden is a researcher at The University of Pennsylvania in the Positive Psychology Center under the direction of Dr. Martin Seligman. He also works in collaboration with UPenn’s Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and studies the neuroscience of self-transcendent experiences with Dr. Andrew Newberg. David provides public health education with a focus on end-of-life care and stress management with Lourdes Health System.
      F. Omar Telan
      F. Omar Telan
      F. Omar Telan was born in Philadelphia; educated at Emerson College; directed at La Mama ETC; performed at the Dodge Poetry Festival, PS122, the Philippine Embassy; published in a Gathering of the Tribes, Apiary Magazine, the Fox Chase Review, 225 Plays from Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.
      Matt Zucker
      Matt Zucker
      Matt Zucker is an Associate Professor of Engineering at Swarthmore College, where he teaches courses in robotics, computer vision, and digital systems. In 2011, he received his Ph.D. from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where he worked on motion planning for rough terrain locomotion. His research focuses on leveraging numerical optimization and machine learning techniques in order to improve planning speed and quality. In a previous life, Matt developed software for autonomous underwater vehicles at Bluefin Robotics Corporation in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
      Paul Mitchell
      Paul Mitchell
      Paul Mitchell is a Ph.D. student in biological anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and has been a researcher in the Physical Anthropology section of the Penn Museum since 2010. His interests are human evolution and variation, skeletal biology and anatomy, growth and development, evolutionary theory, and the history of science. He has analyzed or excavated skeletal remains from deep prehistoric periods to recent times in East Africa, New Zealand, Croatia, Israel, and across the United States.
    • Partners

      Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)
      Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)
      Nerd Nite
      Nerd Nite
      Frankford Hall
      Frankford Hall
      Swarthmore College
      Swarthmore College
      University of Pennsylvania
      University of Pennsylvania
      University City Science Center
      University City Science Center
Thu, Apr 28 10 Events
Fri, Apr 29 1 Event
  • 3:30 PM
  • Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Richmond Library
    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Richmond Library

    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Richmond Library

    Thu, Apr 28

    3:30 pm - 05:30 pm

    Students

    The Philadelphia Science Festival invades your neighborhood library for a celebration of science fun! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge at these FREE after-school programs filled with exciting activities, animal encounters and hands-on, kid-approved experiments and demonstrations.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Richmond Library

      2987 Almond Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19134

      Directions


    • Partners

      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Neighborhood Science Afterschool: McPherson Square Library
    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: McPherson Square Library

    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: McPherson Square Library

    Thu, Apr 28

    3:30 pm - 05:30 pm

    Students

    The Philadelphia Science Festival invades your neighborhood library for a celebration of science fun! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge at these FREE after-school programs filled with exciting activities, animal encounters and hands-on, kid-approved experiments and demonstrations.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      McPherson Square Library

      601 E. Indiana Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA, 19134

      Directions


    • Partners

      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Paschalville Library
    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Paschalville Library

    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Paschalville Library

    Thu, Apr 28

    3:30 pm - 05:30 pm

    Students

    The Philadelphia Science Festival invades your neighborhood library for a celebration of science fun! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge at these FREE after-school programs filled with exciting activities, animal encounters and hands-on, kid-approved experiments and demonstrations.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Paschalville Library

      6942 Woodland Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA, 19142

      Directions


    • Partners

      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Cecil B. Moore Library
    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Cecil B. Moore Library

    Neighborhood Science Afterschool: Cecil B. Moore Library

    Thu, Apr 28

    3:30 pm - 05:30 pm

    Students

    The Philadelphia Science Festival invades your neighborhood library for a celebration of science fun! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge at these FREE after-school programs filled with exciting activities, animal encounters and hands-on, kid-approved experiments and demonstrations.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Cecil B. Moore Library

      2320 W. Cecil B. Moore Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA, 19121

      Directions


    • Partners

      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
  • 5:30 PM
  • LGBTQ in STEM

    LGBTQ in STEM

    Interested in learning more about the unique opportunities and challenges facing LGBTQ individuals in the STEM professions? Join us for a panel discussion where we will explore this topic in depth with professionals working in a range of STEM fields.

    LGBTQ in STEM

    LGBTQ in STEM

    Thu, Apr 28

    5:30 pm - 07:30 pm

    Adults

    Educators

    Families

    Students

    Interested in learning more about the unique opportunities and challenges facing LGBTQ individuals in the STEM professions? Join us for panel discussion where we will explore this topic in depth with professionals working in a range of STEM fields in both industry and at local institutions, including Penn, Drexel, CHOP, University of Delaware, and Muhlenberg College. Following the discussion, there will be a networking event with light refreshments. All are welcome.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE, Registration Requested

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia

      19 South 22nd Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19103

      Directions


    • Partners

      The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
      The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
      University of Delaware
      University of Delaware
      University of Pennsylvania
      University of Pennsylvania
      Drexel University
      Drexel University
  • 6:00 PM
  • Kitchen Lab: Tapping the Root

    Kitchen Lab: Tapping the Root

    Step into the kitchen lab with local chef Daniel Stern to experiment with amazing root vegetables from the growers at Barefoot Gardens. Discover how much technique and ingredients play into just how tasty a dish can be.

    Kitchen Lab: Tapping the Root

    Kitchen Lab: Tapping the Root

    Thu, Apr 28

    6:00 pm - 08:30 pm

    Adults

    Step into the kitchen lab with local chef Daniel Stern to experiment with amazing root vegetables from the growers at Barefoot Gardens. Discover how much technique and ingredients play into just how tasty a dish can be.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: $30.00

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      Parkway Central Library, Culinary Literacy Center, 4th Floor

      1901 Vine Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19103

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Daniel Stern
      Daniel Stern
      Daniel Stern is the chef and owner of R2L, the acclaimed modern-American restaurant. Daniel learned his craft from the likes of Rocco DiSpirito, Gray Kunz, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Daniel Boulud. In 2002, he became the Executive Chef of Le Bec Fin and led the kitchen to the reclaiming of its coveted 5th Mobil Star. Eventually, Daniel ventured on his own, opening his first restaurant, Gayle, in 2005. After, he went on to create other renowned dining experiences with Rae, MidAtlantic, and finally, R2L in 2010.
      Eric Vander Hyde
      Eric Vander Hyde
      Eric Vander Hyde is a farmer and the proprietor of Barefoot Gardens, a small scale, production oriented, organically managed herb farm, which he co-owns and operates with his wife, Linda Shanahan. Together, Eric and his wife have been working to transform their Doylestown farm into a collection of gardens, forming a small circle of mini-ecosystems complementing each other while creating a Farm Organism that reflects their dedication to sustainable land stewardship.
      Shanna Caster
      Shanna Caster
      Shanna Caster is a lover of science in all its forms, but is especially fond of chemistry, which she studied at the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State. If you can cook it, taste it, transform it, or blow it up, she's all about it. Shanna currently works at The Franklin Institute as a Museum Program Supervisor, and, this is her third year nerding it up with the Philadelphia Science Festival.
    • Partners

      The Franklin Institute
      The Franklin Institute
      R2L Restaurant
      R2L Restaurant
      Barefoot Farms
      Barefoot Farms
  • 6:30 PM
  • You're the Expert

    You're the Expert

    Through game show segments and hilariously misguided guesses, a panel of comedians will try to get to the bottom of what a distinguished scientist studies all day.

    You're the Expert

    You're the Expert

    Thu, Apr 28

    6:30 pm - 08:00 pm

    Adults

    You’re the Expert is a live show, podcast, and new public radio program on 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR station. The radio show uses comedy to make academic research more accessible and exciting. Through game show segments and hilariously misguided guesses, a panel of comedians will try to get to the bottom of what a distinguished scientist studies all day. You won’t want to miss being part of the audience for this live show and podcast taping. You’re the Expert is hosted by Chris Duffy and produced by Pretty Good Friends.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      Fels Planetarium

      222 North 20th Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19103

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Aparna Nancherla
      Aparna Nancherla
      Aparna Nancherla is an accomplished writer, actress, and stand-up comedian dishing dry, observational humor sprinkled with absurdist wit and whimsy. You’ll recognize Aparna from Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, @midnight, Conan, and must-know comedy lists published by a hefty smattering of national and international outlets. Most recently she was a writer on Late Night with Seth Meyers and was included in Vulture's "50 Comedians You Should Know."
      Hari Kondabolu
      Hari Kondabolu
      Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based, Queens-raised comic who the NY Times has called “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” In March 2014, he released his debut standup album “Waiting for 2042” on indie-label Kill Rock Stars. He is currently NYU’s APA Institute’s “Artist in Residence” for the 2014-2015 Academic Year. Hari has done stand up on the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Live at Gotham, and John Oliver’s New York Stand up Show. His Comedy Central Presents half-hour television special debuted on the network in February 2011. He was also a writer and correspondent for the Chris Rock-produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX. In 2014, he was interviewed on Fresh Air with Terry Gross on NPR.
      Maeve Higgins
      Maeve Higgins
      Maeve Higgins is a stand-up comedian and writer from Ireland, who currently lives in New York City. She recently appeared on the 3rd season of Inside Amy Schumer. She is the author of a two comedic books: We Have a Good Time Don’t We? and Off You Go. Maeve also writes for the Irish Times, and hosts the popular Brooklyn variety show I’m New Here: Can you Show Me Around? with Jon Ronson. Back in Ireland, Maeve starred in the TV show Naked Camera and created/starred in the TV show Fancy Vittles.
      Tonia Hseih
      Tonia Hseih
      Tonia Hsieh is an assistant professor at Temple University in the Department of Biology. The research goals of her lab is to discover how animals run through the complex, natural world without falling down, and to use these discoveries towards designing self-stabilizing, bio-inspired robots. She teaches Comparative Biomechanics and Biomimetics/Bioinspiration design courses for undergraduate and graduate students, and is committed to engaging K-12 and the general public in STEM fields. She received her A.B. in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University.
    • Partners

      The Franklin Institute
      The Franklin Institute
      Temple University
      Temple University
      Rowan University
      Rowan University
  • Gross Anatomy: The Human Microbiome

    Gross Anatomy: The Human Microbiome

    This cabaret will light up the stage and draw the curtain to reveal the invisible universe of the human microbiome.

    Gross Anatomy: The Human Microbiome

    Gross Anatomy: The Human Microbiome

    Thu, Apr 28

    6:30 pm - 08:30 pm

    Adults

    This cabaret will light up the stage and draw the curtain to reveal the invisible universe of the human microbiome. Here, we celebrate the microscopic protagonists living in and on the theatre of the human body and the vital role they play in our health and well-being.
    Must be 21+.

    Featured Entertainment:
    The Amazing Brettzo
    Franklin Institute Traveling Science Show
    Too Tease Traveling Theater Troupe




    Featured Talks:
    Tracy Bale  - Getting a mouthful at birth: How the bugs get into your gut
    Dan Beiting - Fecal transplants: Rediscovering the power of poo
    Angela Bricker and Michelle McGowan - Microbiome of the Mouth: Do you know where that
    mouth has been?
    Uri Hershberg - Fit for what? The early bird gets the worm...but what does the early worm get?
    Micheal L. Platt - A field guide to your own armpit
    Gary Wu - The wild ecosystem within our own gut
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: $10.00

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      Ruba Club Studios

      416 Green Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19123

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Angela Bricker Ph.D and Michelle McGowan Ph.D
      Angela Bricker Ph.D and Michelle McGowan Ph.D
      Dr. Bricker and Dr. McGowan specialize in microbiology and teach Biology at Temple University in the Biology Department and at the Kornberg School of Dentistry. Dr. Bricker earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University and has done research in bacterial pathogenesis and dairy microbiology. Dr. McGowan earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers University and has gained research and teaching experience from the academic, government, and industry sectors. She and Dr. Bricker are passionate about introducing students to the microcosmic world of ever-present microbes.
      Dr. Dan Beiting
      Dr. Dan Beiting
      Dr. Dan Beiting is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, where he helps direct the Center for Host-Microbial Interactions. At this innovative center, he and other researchers are leveraging genomics to gain insight into how bacteria, parasites, viruses, and other organisms interact with their animal and human hosts to tip the scales from health to disease.
      Dr. Tracy Bale
      Dr. Tracy Bale
      Tracy L. Bale is Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and at the Department of Psychiatry of the Perelman School of Medicine. She is also co-director of the Penn Center for the Study of Sex and Gender in Behavioral Health. Her research focuses on understanding the role of stress dysregulation in neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric diseases, and the sex differences that underlie disease vulnerability using mice as the model organism.
      Gary Wu, MD
      Gary Wu, MD
      Gary Wu, M.D., is the Associate Chief for Research in the Division of Gastroenterology at Penn Medicine and the Associate Director of the Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Disease. He focuses on the interactions between gut bugs and human health and physiology. Current areas of investigation include the effect of diet on the composition of the gut microbiota and its effect on host metabolism, as well as its relationship to therapeutic responses associated with the treatment of patients with Crohn’s disease using an elemental diet.
      Michael L. Platt, Ph.D.
      Michael L. Platt, Ph.D.
      Michael L. Platt is a world-renowned neuroscientist and currently serves as the James S. Riepe University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, with appointments in the Department of Neuroscience in the Perelman School of Medicine, the Department of Psychology in the School of Arts & Sciences, and the Department of Marketing in the Wharton School. His principle questions focus on the biological mechanisms that underlie decision-making in social environments, the grasp of which has broad implications for improving health and welfare in societies worldwide.
      The Amazing Brettzo
      The Amazing Brettzo
      Philadelphia's Premier Fanboylesquer. He started in 2010 with Bravissimo Burlesque, as their Man at the Door. Shorty thereafter he twirled his moustache, tassels and assels onto the stage. Founder and co-producer of TBA Con, the Television Burlesque Art Convention, host of Brettzo's Brouhaha and cast member of the Too Tease Traveling Theater Troupe. He is the Man, the Myth, the Moustache, the Amazing Brettzo. The Too Tease Traveling Theater Troupe is a brand new Performance Collective entering the exciting world of Performance Art. Based in Philadelphia and consisting of burlesque, drag, musicians and sideshow they intend to dazzle and delight with a unique group that is both weird and wild.
      Uri Hershberg, Ph.D.
      Uri Hershberg, Ph.D.
      Uri Hershberg, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the Drexel University School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems and in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology at the Drexel University College of Medicine. His research focuses on how context changes functional outcomes and how populations working in tandem lead to specific behaviors, and, his lab investigates questions of immunity, molecular evolution, transcription factor analysis, biological visualization, and biomiemetic design.
    • Partners

      Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
      Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
      University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
      University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
      Drexel University
      Drexel University
  • 7:30 PM
  • Grow a Pint!

    Grow a Pint!

    Drink deep from the wells of botanical and brewing knowledge with local experts from the Morris Arboretum and Yards Brewery. Get an unfiltered look at the plants that make up your favorite brews and join in interactive experiments.

    Grow a Pint!

    Grow a Pint!

    Thu, Apr 28

    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Adults

    Drink deep from the wells of botanical and brewing knowledge with local experts from the Morris Arboretum and Yards Brewery. Get
    an unfiltered look at the plants that make up your favorite brews and join in interactive experiments that demonstrate how fruits and flower parts make beer so delicious. While you absorb what you need to know to grow a pint, quench your thirst with a pint of this year’s Yards Science Festival brew, Orang’n of Species.

    Must be 21+.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: $15.00

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      Yards Brewing Company

      901 North Delaware Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA, 19123

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Cynthia Skema, PhD
      Cynthia Skema, PhD
      Cindy Skema is a botanist at the Morris Arboretum of University of Pennsylvania. She studies the evolution of plants in the field, herbarium, and lab, and enjoys communicating about plant science to the public. Dr. Skema earned her Ph.D. at Cornell University, and has worked in Madagascar and New Zealand.
      Matthew Farber, PhD
      Matthew Farber, PhD
      Matthew Farber, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Biology and Director of the Brewing Science certificate program at the University of the Sciences. His research focuses on innovative applications of biotechnology in the brewing industry and the characterization of novel yeast species. He is an active member of the American Society of Brewing Chemists, Master Brewers Association, and the American Homebrewers Association. Follow along @BrUSciences
    • Partners

      Yards Brewing Company
      Yards Brewing Company
      Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
      Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
      University of the Sciences
      University of the Sciences
  • 9:00 PM
  • You're the Expert

    You're the Expert

    Through game show segments and hilariously misguided guesses, a panel of comedians will try to get to the bottom of what a distinguished scientist studies all day.

    You're the Expert

    You're the Expert

    Thu, Apr 28

    9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

    Adults

    You’re the Expert is a live show, podcast, and new public radio program on 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR station. The radio show uses comedy to make academic research more accessible and exciting. Through game show segments and hilariously misguided guesses, a panel of comedians will try to get to the bottom of what a distinguished scientist studies
    all day. You won’t want to miss being part of the audience for this live show and podcast taping. You’re the Expert is hosted by Chris Duffy and produced by Pretty Good Friends.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      Fels Planetarium

      222 North 20th Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19103

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Aparna Nancherla
      Aparna Nancherla
      Aparna Nancherla is an accomplished writer, actress, and stand-up comedian dishing dry, observational humor sprinkled with absurdist wit and whimsy. You’ll recognize Aparna from Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, @midnight, Conan, and must-know comedy lists published by a hefty smattering of national and international outlets. Most recently she was a writer on Late Night with Seth Meyers and was included in Vulture's "50 Comedians You Should Know."
      Hari Kondabolu
      Hari Kondabolu
      Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based, Queens-raised comic who the NY Times has called “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” In March 2014, he released his debut standup album “Waiting for 2042” on indie-label Kill Rock Stars. He is currently NYU’s APA Institute’s “Artist in Residence” for the 2014-2015 Academic Year. Hari has done stand up on the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Live at Gotham, and John Oliver’s New York Stand up Show. His Comedy Central Presents half-hour television special debuted on the network in February 2011. He was also a writer and correspondent for the Chris Rock-produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX. In 2014, he was interviewed on Fresh Air with Terry Gross on NPR.
      Kenneth J. Lacovara, Ph.D.
      Kenneth J. Lacovara, Ph.D.
      Kenneth Lacovara is the founding Dean of the School of Earth and Environment, and Professor of Paleontology at Rowan University. He is also the Director of the Rowan Fossil Park. Lacovara is widely recognized for his discovery of the behemoth plant-eating dinosaur Dreadnoughtus schrani. He is a Fellow of the Explorers Club and of the Academy of Natural Sciences, has appeared in numerous television documentaries. His work is helping to shift our perspective of giant herbivores dinosaurs from their historic portrayal as dim-witted, swamp-bound platters of meat waiting to be preyed upon to that of fearsome, hulking, hyper-efficient eating machines, whose evolutionary innovations deserve our awe and respect.
      Maeve Higgins
      Maeve Higgins
      Maeve Higgins is a stand-up comedian and writer from Ireland, who currently lives in New York City. She recently appeared on the 3rd season of Inside Amy Schumer. She is the author of a two comedic books: We Have a Good Time Don’t We? and Off You Go. Maeve also writes for the Irish Times, and hosts the popular Brooklyn variety show I’m New Here: Can you Show Me Around? with Jon Ronson. Back in Ireland, Maeve starred in the TV show Naked Camera and created/starred in the TV show Fancy Vittles.
    • Partners

      The Franklin Institute
      The Franklin Institute
      Temple University
      Temple University
      Rowan University
      Rowan University
  • 7:00 PM
  • PSF Closing Party: Nerd Olympics

    PSF Closing Party: Nerd Olympics

    Dress in your nerdiest apparel and join the celebration of nerd nations as the Science Festival brings you our closing night party, The Nerd Olympics!

    PSF Closing Party: Nerd Olympics

    PSF Closing Party: Nerd Olympics

    Fri, Apr 29

    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Adults

    Dress in your nerdiest apparel and join the celebration of nerd nations as the Science Festival brings you our closing night party, The Nerd Olympics. Engage in a variety of hands-on science activities, enjoy live performances, and compete with your friends as you show off your nerdy chops.
    Must be 21+.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: $15.00, $10.00 Franklin Institute Member

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      The Franklin Institute

      222 North 20th Street

      Philadelphia, PA, 19103

      Directions


    • Partners

      Chemical Heritage Foundation
      Chemical Heritage Foundation
      Philadelphia Zoo
      Philadelphia Zoo
      Monell Center
      Monell Center
      Monell Chemical Senses Center
      The Franklin Institute
      The Franklin Institute
      WHYY
      WHYY
      Tesla Science Foundation
      Tesla Science Foundation
      Thomas Jefferson University
      Thomas Jefferson University
      University of Pennsylvania LRSM
      University of Pennsylvania LRSM
      Penn Center for Brain Injury and Repair
      Penn Center for Brain Injury and Repair
      SciStarter
      SciStarter
      University of the Sciences
      University of the Sciences
      University of Pennsylvania
      University of Pennsylvania
      Temple University
      Temple University
      AT&T
      AT&T
      Crazy Aaron's PuttyWorld
      Crazy Aaron's PuttyWorld
      Chipocrite
      Chipocrite
      Drexel University
      Drexel University
      The Nature Conservancy
      The Nature Conservancy
      The Nature Conervancy
      Axalta Coating Systems
      Axalta Coating Systems