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2014 Philadelphia Science Festival

April 25 – May 3, 2014




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Fri, April 25

  • 6:30 PM
  • PSF Kick-Off Party: Science Carnival After Hours

    PSF Kick-Off Party: Science Carnival After Hours

    Kick-off the 2014 Festival with live science shows, music, demonstrations, and sensory stimulating stations-all tailored to grownups. Be there to tap (and taste!) the 2014 Yards' Science Festival beer and play in some of The Franklin Institute's

    PSF Kick-Off Party: Science Carnival After Hours

    PSF Kick-Off Party: Science Carnival After Hours

    Fri, Apr 25

    06:30 pm

    Adults

    Imagine a science wonderland filled with hands-on activities created just for adults. Kick-off the 2014 Festival with live science shows, music, demonstrations, and a variety of sensory stimulating stations-all tailored to grownups. Be there to tap (and taste!) the 2014 Yard’s Official Science Festival beer.

    *Snacks, Beer, Wine, and Beverages available for Purchase
    • Tickets

      Reservation required

      Price: $15; $10 Members

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      The Franklin Institute

      222 North 20th Street

      Philadelphia, PA , 19103

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Chipocrite
      Chipocrite
      Chipocrite, a.k.a. Paul Weinstein, uses original Nintendo Game Boys to create and perform complex audio masterpieces in a style known as “chip music” — repurposing old video game hardware and other non-traditional electronics as synthesizers. His multifaceted but catchy compositions combine the nostalgic game sounds of his childhood with modern music influences. Since emerging from the Philadelphia chip scene just a few years ago, Chipocrite has performed at numerous renowned events and conventions including the Vans Warped Tour, Blip Festival, MAGFest and AnimeUSA; provided soundtracks for commercials — including a nationally televised GameStop ad — as well as video games and online videos; released "Hit and Run," which was named “Best Album – Chiptune” in Square Enix Music Online's Annual Game Music Awards for 2011; appeared as the musical guest on popular tech-centric Web talk-show series “On The Verge” — and much more.
      Ron Eglash
      Ron Eglash
      Dr. Ron Eglash is a Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received his B.S. in Cybernetics, his M.S. in Systems Engineering, and his PhD in History of Consciousness, all from the University of California. His work as a Fulbright scholar recently inspired new forms of sustainable architecture in Ethiopia. Recently funded work includes his NSF “Triple Helix” project, which brings together graduate fellows in science and engineering, local community activists, and K-12 educators to aid underserved communities through scientific innovation.
    • Partners

      Monell Chemical Senses Center
      Monell Chemical Senses Center
      Founded in 1968, the Monell Chemical Senses Center is the world’s leading independent research organization dedicated to the science of taste and smell. The Center’s cutting–edge interdisciplinary research advances understanding of the mechanisms and functions of these primal senses to benefit human health and well-being. In its role as a nonprofit, Monell provides a comprehensive resource for information and serves as an authority on the science of taste and smell. An integral part of Monell’s mission is preparation of the next generation of scientists. Hundreds of PhD-level scientists have received training through Monell’s pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training programs, while the Center’s highly successful Science Apprenticeship Program for high school and college students is now in its 30th year. A Philadelphia asset, the Monell Center continues to pursue its groundbreaking exploration of taste and smell, building knowledge and the corresponding potential to benefit human life.
      The Franklin Institute
      The Franklin Institute
      In 1824, The Franklin Institute was founded to honor Benjamin Franklin and to advance the usefulness of his inventions. Today, The Franklin Institute is a vibrant organization that continues to offer new and exciting science learning experiences for the citizens of Philadelphia. The Institute has grown to become an integral part of the city by providing a hands-on approach to science and technology through community outreach initiatives and innovative partnerships in public education. It has become a dynamic agent of change through its rich array of exhibitions, programs, lectures, and discussions designed to illuminate issues in contemporary science. The Franklin Institute continues to reflect Benjamin Franklin’s spirit of inquiry and discovery as it strives to inspire an understanding of and passion for science and technology learning.
      Association of Women in Forensic Science, Inc. (AWIFS)
      Association of Women in Forensic Science, Inc. (AWIFS)
      The Association of Women in Forensic Science provides networking opportunities for female forensic professionals as well as educational opportunities, mentoring and outreach programming for female adolescents ages 12-18 with the desire to pursue a career in forensic science.
      Laurel Hill Cemetery
      Laurel Hill Cemetery
      Founded in 1836 along the banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Laurel Hill is one of the most important cemeteries in the United States, and the first to be named a National Historic Landmark. From war heroes to influential politicians and important inventors, from visionary artists to powerful industrialists, Laurel Hill is the final resting place of numerous notables who have impacted the storylines of our city and nation. Open daily with free admission for recreational and educational use, Laurel Hill also offers a diverse selection of public tours and programs, while maintaining its identity as an honored resting place into the 21st century.
      Thomas Jefferson University
      Thomas Jefferson University
      Thomas Jefferson University is dedicated to the health sciences and committed to three areas: educating professionals who will form and lead the integrated healthcare delivery and research teams of tomorrow; discovering new knowledge that will define the future of clinical care through investigation from the laboratory to the bedside and into the community; and setting the standard for quality, compassionate and efficient patient care for our community and for the nation.
      The Dow Chemical Company
      The Dow Chemical Company
      As one of the largest employers in the region, Dow is proud to again be the lead supporter for the Philadelphia Science Festival. Dow is committed to nurturing today’s young scientists and supporting innovative educational experiences that generate understanding and enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry in a city with a rich history of leadership in the sciences. Dow looks forward to showcasing and celebrating the power of chemistry as a creator of solutions that address essential human needs and world challenges, such as energy, housing, health, nutrition, infrastructure and economic development.
      University of Pennsylvania
      University of Pennsylvania
      Penn has a long and proud tradition of intellectual rigor and pursuit of innovative knowledge, begun by Benjamin Franklin in 1740. That tradition lives today through the creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement of our faculty, students, and staff.
      Geosyntec Consultants
      Geosyntec Consultants
      Geosyntec is a specialized consulting and engineering firm that works with private and public sector clients to address their new ventures and complex problems involving the environment, natural resources, and the civil infrastructure. Geosyntec has a staff of 800 engineers, scientists, and other technical and project staff located in more than 40 offices throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom and locally in Ewing, New Jersey and Suburban Philadelphia. Since our founding in 1983, our business has grown around projects involving environmental contamination studies and remediation, natural resources assessment and restoration, and engineering and design for the environmental, water resources, and geotechnical infrastructures.
      Temple University
      Temple University
      Founded in 1884 by Dr. Russell Conwell, Temple College became Temple University in 1907 and has evolved into a comprehensive urban research and academic institution. Explore Temple traditions, read the Mission Statement, check out the latest news or follow Owl Athletic teams.
      AT&T
      AT&T
      John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
      John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
      Crazy Aaron's PuttyWorld
      Crazy Aaron's PuttyWorld
      Chipocrite
      Chipocrite
      Chipocrite, a.k.a. Paul Weinstein, uses original Nintendo Game Boys, often accompanied by guitar, bass guitar and/or other lo-fi sequencers, to create and perform complex audio masterpieces in a style known as “chip music” — repurposing old video game hardware and other non-traditional electronics as synthesizers. Since emerging from the Philadelphia chip scene just a few years ago, Chipocrite has performed at numerous renowned events and conventions including the Vans Warped Tour; provided soundtracks for commercials — including a nationally televised GameStop ad — as well as video games and online videos; appeared as the musical guest on popular tech-centric Web talk-show series “On The Verge” — and much more.
      Inolex
      Inolex
      Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
      Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
      Action Science
      Action Science
      Fractals Rock
      Fractals Rock
      The Nature Conservancy
      The Nature Conservancy
      The Nature Conervancy
    • Activities

      Chipocrite

      Fractals Rock - Are YOU a Fractal?

      The Franklin Institute - Science of the Shimmer Wall

      The Dow Chemical Company - NASCAR Simulator

      Rowan University - How Can Something so Micro, Solve Something so Macro?

      Rowan University - How Do You Program a Robot to Dance?

      The Franklin Institute Prototyping Lab - Chain Reactions

      Widener University Biofeedback Clinic & Certification Center - BE COOL: Manage stress with biofeedback

      AT&T - How does my phone do that?

      Photobot 3000

      Fractal Foundation - Fold a Fantastic Fractal

      Action Science - Physics of Skateboarding

      The Franklin Institute - What Can You See in the Night Sky?

      The Franklin Institute - Super Soma Cube

      Association of Women in Forensic Science, Inc. (AWIFS) - Fingerprints and DNA

      Audubon Pennsylvania - What is Living in My Chimney?

      Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery - Cure You or Kill You?: 19th Century Medical Treatments

      Crazy Aaron's Puttyworld - Bouncing Putty--Is There Anything it CAN'T Do?

      Inolex - Cosmetic Chemistry

      Monell Center - Work Out Your Wine Woes without Whining

      Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center - Spatial Olympics

      The Nature Conservancy - Where Does Your Water Come From?

      The Wagner Free Institute of Science - Can Mushrooms Save the World?

      Thomas Jefferson University- Who is The Most Kissed Person in The World?

      UPenn lab of Auditory Coding - How Do Auditory Illusions Trick Our Ears?

      TUteach Society - How Can You Test Your Reflexes?

      University of the Sciences - Strawberry DNAquiri: Science in a Glass

      PCOM - What'sThe Science Behind Body Worlds?

      The Franklin Institute - How Fast Can You Freeze Ice Cream?

      The Franklin Institute - Can You Make a Liquid Sphere?

      The Franklin Institute - What Exactly is Gluten?

      Ron Eglash

      The Franklin Institute - Can Sound Make A Fluid Dance?

      The Franklin Institute - Can You Breathe Like A Dragon?

      Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild - Why Doesn't All Honey Taste the Same?

      The Franklin Institute - What Makes Combustion Happen?

      The Franklin Institute - Pocket Tech

      The Franklin Institute - Dissection Platter

      The Franklin Institute - How Many Rubberbands Does It Take to Explode A Watermelon?

      The Franklin Institute - Amp It Up Show

      The Franklin Institute - Puzzles and Brainteasers

      The Franklin Institute - Will Your Brain Surprise You?

      Drexel University - What is Chromatography?

      Geosyntec Consultants - How Can Real-Time Intelligence Be Applied to Environmental Infrastructure?

      PCOM - What's the Clue?

      Montclair State University - Name the Chocolate
  • 7:30 PM
  • ASTRONOMY NIGHT 2014 CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER!!! SOME SITES TO HOST INDOOR ACTIVITIES!
    ASTRONOMY NIGHT 2014 CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER!!! SOME SITES TO HOST INDOOR ACTIVITIES!

    ASTRONOMY NIGHT 2014 CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER!!! SOME SITES TO HOST INDOOR ACTIVITIES!

    Fri, Apr 25

    07:30 pm

    Students

    Adults

    Families

    Unfortunately, due to tonight’s projected forecast of rainy, cloudy weather, Astronomy Night has been postponed until a later date (TBD this spring or summer). 

    While telescopes are powerful tools that can provide an incredible view of the night sky, they are unusable under cloudy, rainy conditions. 

    Please note that some sites are still hosting indoor activities. Check back for updates

    -Jefferson will host a talk with Challenger Astronaut Terry Hart at 7:30 pm in the Hamilton Building

    -ASPIRA will have many astronomy related indoor activities, including a portable planetarium 

    -Rowan will still have indoor planetarium shows beginning at 7PM 

    -John Heinz will still host a Warbler Workshop, astronomy-related art activities with ArtSphere Inc, and Project Frog Watch activities with the Philadelphia Zoo

    -The Philadelphia Center for Art and Technology will hold a telescope building workshop and provide other astronomy related activities, beginning at 6:00 pm

    -Grumblethorpe will have solar system simulators, constellation viewers, astronomy quizes and hot chocolate

    Underwritten by Thomas Jefferson University


    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: Free

    • Location

      ASPIRA Campus

      6301 N. 2nd Street

      Philadelphia, PA , 19120

      Directions


      Awbury Arboretum

      1 Awbury Road

      Philadelphia, PA , 19138

      Directions


      Blair Christian Academy

      220 W Upsal St

      Philadelphia, PA , 19119

      Directions


      Folks Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School

      1023 Callowhill Street

      Philadelphia, PA , 19123

      Directions


      Grumblethorpe Historic House & Garden

      5267 Germantown Avenue

      , PA , 19144

      Directions


      Haverford College

      370 W. Lancaster Avenue

      Lower Merion, PA , 19041

      Directions


      Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground

      2900 Germantown Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA , 19133

      Directions


      Imani Educational Circle Charter School

      5612 Greene Street

      Philadelphia, PA , 19144

      Directions


      Independence Seaport Museum

      211 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard

      Philadelphia, PA , 19106

      Directions


      John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

      8601 Lindbergh Boulevard

      Philadelphia, PA , 19153

      Directions


      John Story Jenks School

      8301 Germantown Avenue

      Philadelphia , PA ,

      Directions


      MaST Charter School

      1800 Byberry Rd,

      Philadelphia, PA , 19116

      Directions


      Philadelphia Center for Arts & Technology

      2111 Eastburn Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA , 19138

      Directions


      Riverbend Environmental Education Center

      1950 Spring Mill Road

      Gladwyne, PA , 19035

      Directions


      String Theory High School for the Arts and Sciences

      1600 Vine Street

      Philadelphia, PA , 19102

      Directions


      Swarthmore College Science Center Van de kamp Observatory

      Whittier Place 500 College Avenue

      Swarthmore, PA , 19081

      Directions


      Teens 4 Good Urban Farm

      Poplar Street between 8th and 9th Streets

      Philadelphia, PA , 19123

      Directions


      The Woodlands

      4000 Woodland Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA , 19104

      Directions


      Thomas Jefferson University, Lubert Plaza

      10th and Locust

      Philadelphia, PA , 19107

      Directions


      West Chester University South Campus

      844 South New Street

      West Chester, PA , 19383

      Directions


      Zoar United Methodist Church

      1204 Melon Street

      Philadelphia, PA , 19123

      Directions


      Science Hall at Rowan University

      201 Mullica Hill Road

      Glassboro, NJ , 08028-1701

      Directions


      Schuylkill Bank

      East (Center City) side of the Schuylkill River, under the Walnut Street Bridge

      , ,

      Directions


    • Partners

      Independence Seaport Museum
      Independence Seaport Museum
      Independence Seaport Museum maintains one of the largest maritime collections in North America, combining more than 25,000 artifacts with hands-on exhibits and large-scale models. In addition to exhibits, the Museum has a traditional wooden boat shop, the J. Welles Henderson Archives and Library and a concert hall with sound stage quality acoustics. The Museum also includes two National Historic Landmark ships—the Spanish-American War Cruiser, Olympia, and the World War II Submarine Becuna. Located at Philadelphia’s Penn’s Landing Waterfront, the museum is open year round. Visit www.phillyseaport.org for more information.
      Historic Fair Hill
      Historic Fair Hill
      Historic Fair Hill is a five acre historic Quaker burial ground located in North Philadelphia between Germantown Avenue, Cambria Street, 9th Street and Indiana Avenue. Established in 1703, Fair Hill Burial Ground is the final resting place of Lucretia Mott, Robert and Harriet Purvis, Mary Ann and Thomas McClintock, Anna Jeanes and other abolitionists and pioneers of the women's rights movement.
      Imani Education Circle Charter School
      Imani Education Circle Charter School
      IEC is a community-based public school which uses an African-Centered approach to teach Reading, Math, the Sciences and Technology. The goal is to enable students to become successful, lifelong learners and valuable members of the global community.
      Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology
      Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology
      The Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology® (PCAT) offers youth and young adults the opportunity to develop the academic, work, and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. Once an old warehouse, the building that houses PCAT is now a high-tech, state-of-the-art learning space, where youth receive academic instruction and personalized attention from caring adults, explore career pathways, and ready themselves for skilled positions in the high-growth fields of the arts, science, technology, and emerging "green" trades. PCAT is also a resource for students with more complex educational, social, or family issues; staff connect such individuals with appropriate supports in the community.
      Riverbend Environmental Education Center
      Riverbend Environmental Education Center
      Since 1974, Riverbend Environmental Education Center has been enriching the lives of children and families through engaging environmental education. From its beginnings as a quiet nature preserve, Riverbend has evolved to a thriving center for environmental education that touches the lives of nearly 14,000 people annually. Whether it is to participate in a public program or just to wander on our trails, a visit to Riverbend offers families a quiet place to relax, unwind and observe the wonders of nature.
      The Folk Arts - Cultural Treasures Charter School
      The Folk Arts - Cultural Treasures Charter School
      The Folk Arts - Cultural Treasures Charter School (FACTS) is a community oriented public K-8 charter school located in Chinatown North.
      Laurel Hill Cemetery
      Laurel Hill Cemetery
      Founded in 1836 along the banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Laurel Hill is one of the most important cemeteries in the United States, and the first to be named a National Historic Landmark. From war heroes to influential politicians and important inventors, from visionary artists to powerful industrialists, Laurel Hill is the final resting place of numerous notables who have impacted the storylines of our city and nation. Open daily with free admission for recreational and educational use, Laurel Hill also offers a diverse selection of public tours and programs, while maintaining its identity as an honored resting place into the 21st century.
      Haverford College
      Haverford College
      Haverford College is one of America's leading liberal arts colleges, a close-knit intellectual community that combines the Quaker values of dignity, tolerance, and respect with a rigorous academic program.
      Thomas Jefferson University
      Thomas Jefferson University
      Thomas Jefferson University is dedicated to the health sciences and committed to three areas: educating professionals who will form and lead the integrated healthcare delivery and research teams of tomorrow; discovering new knowledge that will define the future of clinical care through investigation from the laboratory to the bedside and into the community; and setting the standard for quality, compassionate and efficient patient care for our community and for the nation.
      Awbury Arboretum
      Awbury Arboretum
      Awbury Arboretum is a 55-acre public landscape and historic house located in the historic Germantown neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia.
      West Chester University
      West Chester University
      A public, regional, comprehensive institution, founded in 1871 as an institute for teacher preparation. In addition to education, which is the most popular major today, music instruction has been part of the school’s curriculum since its founding.
      Swarthmore College
      Swarthmore College
      Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. Offering a liberal arts and engineering curriculum, the College is private, yet open to all regardless of financial need. It is also decidedly global in outlook, drawing students from around the world and all 50 states. The diversity of perspectives represented by Swarthmore students, faculty, and staff - including different viewpoints, identities, and histories - contributes to the community's strong sense of open dialogue and engagement with ideas and issues.
      Battleship New Jersey
      Battleship New Jersey
      America's most decorated Battleship is now the area's most exciting museum, open for tours, events and overnight encampments.
      Smith Playground
      Smith Playground
      Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse
      The Woodlands
      The Woodlands
      The Woodlands Mansion, Cemetery and Landscape
      The Woodlands serves the dense neighborhood of University City with critical open space in the form of a park-like cemetery with an arboretum of over 1,000 trees, sculptural monuments, and 18th century buildings. The Woodlands offers free and ticketed cultural and arts programs to the public throughout the year, and the gates are open for public enjoyment 365 days a year from dawn until dusk.
      Drexel University
      Drexel University
      Drexel University enrolls more than 22,000 students and offers 96 bachelor’s programs, 88 master’s programs, 35 doctoral programs, a doctor of medicine program, a juris doctorate and 45 graduate-level certificate programs. Drexel is ranked among the best national doctoral universities by U.S.News & World Report in its “America’s Best Colleges 2011,” and many of Drexel’s other programs across its colleges and schools are consistently ranked among the nation’s best.
      Rowan University
      Rowan University
      Grumblethorpe Historic House and Garden
      Grumblethorpe Historic House and Garden
      Blair Christian Academy
      Blair Christian Academy
      John Story Jenks School
      John Story Jenks School
      ASPIRA
      ASPIRA
      MaST Charter School
      MaST Charter School
      Teens 4 Good Urban Farm
      Teens 4 Good Urban Farm
      Zoar United Methodist
      Zoar United Methodist
      String Theory High School
      String Theory High School
    • Activities

      Additional Activities:

      Heinz: Explore activities in the Visitor Center, take a guided night hike led by Refuge Staff and participate in Project FrogWatch led by Philadelphia Zoo Staff. The Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) will also be on hand to talk about Warblers and Bird Migration (Tentative).


      Thomas Jefferson University: Join astronaut Terry Hart before the Star Party to hear about his experience in outer space on the Challenger Space Shuttle Mission!Presentation begins at 7:30pm in the Auditorium of the Hamilton Building. Star gazing begins at 7:30pm.


      Rowan University: Astronomy related activities begin as early as 3:00pm!


      PCAT: Activities begin at 6:00pm- including a telescope building party and astronomy-themed art projects!


Sat, April 26

  • 10:00 AM
  • Discovery Day: Clark Park

    Discovery Day: Clark Park

    Discover science in West Philadelphia! Meet local scientists and uncover the wonders of this iconic neighborhood park. Participate in hands-on activities that illuminate the science of this great part of the city!

    Discovery Day: Clark Park

    Discovery Day: Clark Park

    Sat, Apr 26

    10:00 am

    Families

    Students

    Adults

    Educators

    Discover science in West Philadelphia! Meet local scientists and STEM students and experience the beauty and wonder of Clark Park in a new way. Participate in interactive, hands-on activities that illuminate the science of this iconic neighborhood park!

    *Food trucks will be on site selling food and beverage
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Free

    • Location

      Clark Park

      4398 Chester Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA , 19104

      Directions


    • Partners

      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
      In 1891, the Free Library of Philadelphia was chartered as "a general library which shall be free to all." Since its establishment, the Free Library has grown to become a city-wide system that includes 49 branches, the Parkway Central Library, the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and three regional libraries. The Free Library offers one of the country's most extensive collections as well as a series of educational programs, including adult education classes, author events, career services, after-school programs, and the Philadelphia Book Festival. With more than 6 million visits a year and 25 million Web hits a month, the Free Library is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in the city.
      Please Touch Museum
      Please Touch Museum
      Since its establishment in 1976, Please Touch Museum has been the Children’s Museum of Philadelphia. It was the first museum in the nation designed for families with children ages seven and younger. With a mission to enrich the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play, Please Touch Museum has laid the foundation for a lifetime of learning and cultural awareness. Its celebration of childhood development has helped children cultivate their problem-solving skills, develop their imaginations and creativity, and build new relationships with others. Since its establishment, Please Touch Museum has become one of the best children’s museums in the nation, and it will continue to carry out its mission through its fun and imaginative exhibits and programs.
      Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)
      Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)
      Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) founded in 1887, celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2012. With its extensive research, collections, exhibitions, and educational programming, Penn Museum is an internationally renowned institution dedicated to the exploration, study, and understanding of human history and cultural diversity. Penn Museum has conducted more than 400 research expeditions around the world and has collected nearly one million objects. Galleries feature materials from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Central America, Asia, and the ancient Mediterranean World, as well as artifacts from native peoples of the Americas and Africa. With educational programming for children, families and adults,Penn Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind’s collective heritage.
      Monell Chemical Senses Center
      Monell Chemical Senses Center
      Founded in 1968, the Monell Chemical Senses Center is the world’s leading independent research organization dedicated to the science of taste and smell. The Center’s cutting–edge interdisciplinary research advances understanding of the mechanisms and functions of these primal senses to benefit human health and well-being. In its role as a nonprofit, Monell provides a comprehensive resource for information and serves as an authority on the science of taste and smell. An integral part of Monell’s mission is preparation of the next generation of scientists. Hundreds of PhD-level scientists have received training through Monell’s pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training programs, while the Center’s highly successful Science Apprenticeship Program for high school and college students is now in its 30th year. A Philadelphia asset, the Monell Center continues to pursue its groundbreaking exploration of taste and smell, building knowledge and the corresponding potential to benefit human life.
      The Wistar Institute
      The Wistar Institute
      The Wistar Institute is an international leader in biomedical research with special expertise in cancer research and vaccine development. Founded in 1892 as the first independent nonprofit biomedical research institute in the country, Wistar has long held the prestigious Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute. The Institute works actively to ensure that research advances move from the laboratory to the clinic as quickly as possible. The Wistar Institute: Today’s Discoveries – Tomorrow’s Cures.
      Bartram's Garden
      Bartram's Garden
      Bartram’s Garden, located along the banks of the Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia, sparks curiosity, encourages lifelong learning, and inspires audiences of all ages to care for the natural world. The Garden and Bartram House are National Historic Landmarks operated by the John Bartram Association in partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation.
      Penn Center for Brain Injury and Repair
      Penn Center for Brain Injury and Repair
      Today there are no treatments available to halt the progressive damage initiated by brain trauma. Yet there is hope, based largely on exciting, groundbreaking research at the Penn Center for Brain Injury and Repair at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. The Penn Center for Brain Injury and Repair (previously called the Head Injury Center) has been in existence for more than 30 years and is one of only five designated Brain Injury Centers nationwide, an honor bestowed by the National Institutes of Health.
      Spells Writing Lab
      Spells Writing Lab
      Spells Writing Lab is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that aims to develop the creative and expository writing abilities of school-age children and awaken a lifelong love of writing by providing free writing programs and teacher development opportunities throughout the greater Philadelphia area.
      The Schuylkill Center
      The Schuylkill Center
      Founded in 1965, The Schuylkill Center is one of the first urban environmental education centers in the country. Envisioning an "island of green" where city dwellers could experience and learn about the natural world, sisters Eleanor Houston Smith and Margaret Houston Meigs, along with their families, donated the extensive parcels of farmland and woods that make up the Center’s grounds today. As our founders intended, the Center is used by thousands of people each year to discover, explore, and study nature.
      University of the Sciences
      University of the Sciences
      University of the Sciences offers students a challenging learning experience in a proving ground for successful professionals in science and healthcare-related fields. A private, coeducational institution dedicated to education, research, and service, and distinguished as the nation’s first college of pharmacy, the University has produced leaders in the sciences and healthcare marketplace since its founding in 1821. T­he 3,000 students in USciences’ five colleges learn to excel in scientific analysis and to apply their skills to improving science and healthcare in their communities and in the lives of people worldwide in such disciplines as pharmacy, biology, physical therapy, healthcare business, and health policy.
      La Salle University
      La Salle University
      La Salle University is an independent, coeducational insititution that was founded in Philadelphia in 1863 by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, a Catholic order dedicated to teaching and career preparation. Today, La Salle has three schools—Arts and Sciences, Business, and Nursing and Health Sciences—as well as the College of Professional and Continuing studies, and serves more than 7,000 graduate and undergraduate students. In 2009, La Salle University reaffirmed its longstanding commitment to the sciences by opening its renovated and expanded Holroyd Hall, featuring the Hugh and Nancy Devlin Center for Science and Technology.
      University of Pennsylvania
      University of Pennsylvania
      Penn has a long and proud tradition of intellectual rigor and pursuit of innovative knowledge, begun by Benjamin Franklin in 1740. That tradition lives today through the creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement of our faculty, students, and staff.
      Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
      Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
      Fractals Rock
      Fractals Rock
      Dr. Skateboard
      Dr. Skateboard
      Cradle of Liberty Council
      Cradle of Liberty Council
      Drexel Biomedical Graduate Association
      Drexel Biomedical Graduate Association
      NASA
      NASA
      University of Pennsylvania Chapter of the Foundation for International Medical Relief
      University of Pennsylvania Chapter of the Foundation for International Medical Relief
    • Activities

      Penn Museum - How Was Early Native American Technology Manufactured?

      Free Library of Philadelphia- What Can You Make with Your Fingerprints?

      UPenn Chapter of the Foundation for International Medical Relief- Why Does
      Clean Water Matter?

      Monell Chemical Senses Center - Can You Smell What I Smell?

      Penn Center for Brain Injury and Repair - How Can I Mind My Brain?

      University of Pennsylvania - Friction: Hero or Villain?

      Wistar Institute - How Does Virology and Vaccinology Work?

      Fractals Rock - Are YOU a Fractal?

      Spells Writing Lab- What Makes Superheroes Super?

      Wash Cycle Laundry- Can You Turn Soap Into a Giant Bubble?

      University of the Sciences- How Can You Prevent Injury?

      University of the Sciences- What Genes Are You Wearing?

      University of Pennsylvania Genomics and Computational Biology - What Makes Us
      Different?

      UPenn Lab of Auditory Coding- How Do Auditory Illusions Trick the Ears?

      Please Touch Museum - Why Do We Recycle?

      Drexel Biomedical Graduate Association- What Are Catalysts and How Can We Use
      Them to Make Styrofoam?

      Kodlab, Penn Engineering- Can You Make a Robot Dance?

      Drexel University Civic 101 - Can You Launch a Balloon Rocket?

      Drexel University Civic 101 - Can You Make Your Own Playdough?

      Drexel University Civic 101 - How Far Can Your Paper Airplane Fly?

      Drexel University Civic 101 - How Tall is Your Marshmallow Tower?

      Drexel University Civic 101- How Many Drops Can Fit on a Penny?

      NASA- Do We Live with a Star?

      Bartram's Garden - What Can We Learn from Flowers and Birds?

      University of Pennsylvania Dept. of Earth & Environmental Science- What's
      in My Soil?

      LaSalle University -How Do My Bones Grow?

      The Franklin Institute in Clark Park - What Does Your Brain Do?

  • 11:00 AM
  • Discovery Day: Hunting Park

    Discovery Day: Hunting Park

    Science abounds in Hunting Park! Join students, community leaders and neighborhood residents for an array of hands-on experiments exploring the science behind everything from car hydraulics to healthy eating. Organized by the Hunting Park Community Scienc

    Discovery Day: Hunting Park

    Discovery Day: Hunting Park

    Sat, Apr 26

    11:00 am

    Families

    Students

    Adults

    Educators

    Science abounds in Hunting Park! Join students, community leaders and neighborhood residents for an array of hands-on experiments exploring the science behind everything from car hydraulics to healthy eating. This event is organized by the Hunting Park Community Science Network.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Free

    • Location

      Hunting Park

      900 Hunting Park Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA , 19140

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Dr. Skateboard
      Dr. Skateboard
      Bill Robertson, Ph.D. is currently an Associate Professor in the Teacher Education Department in the College of Education and an Associate Provost for Academic Technologies at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). As an Associate Professor, his academic areas of expertise are in science education, curriculum development and technology integration in the K-12 levels. Bill was a recipient of the 2009 University of Texas Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award and in 2008, he was selected as a Fulbright US Scholar and worked in Santiago, Chile. A long time participant and performer in skateboarding with over 35 years in the sport, he has developed Dr. Skateboard's Action Science (http://www.drskateboard.com), which addresses physical science concepts for middle school students utilizing skateboarding and bicycle motocross (BMX).
    • Partners

      The Franklin Institute
      The Franklin Institute
      In 1824, The Franklin Institute was founded to honor Benjamin Franklin and to advance the usefulness of his inventions. Today, The Franklin Institute is a vibrant organization that continues to offer new and exciting science learning experiences for the citizens of Philadelphia. The Institute has grown to become an integral part of the city by providing a hands-on approach to science and technology through community outreach initiatives and innovative partnerships in public education. It has become a dynamic agent of change through its rich array of exhibitions, programs, lectures, and discussions designed to illuminate issues in contemporary science. The Franklin Institute continues to reflect Benjamin Franklin’s spirit of inquiry and discovery as it strives to inspire an understanding of and passion for science and technology learning.
      Philadelphia Water Department
      Philadelphia Water Department
      The Philadelphia Water Department and Water Revenue Bureau serve the Greater Philadelphia region by providing integrated water, wastewater, and stormwater services.
      The Food Trust
      The Food Trust
      Founded in 1992, The Food Trust works to improve the health of children and adults, promote good nutrition, increase access to nutritious foods, and advocate for better public policy. The Food Trust strives to make healthy food available to all. Working with neighborhoods, schools, grocers, farmers and policymakers, we've developed a comprehensive approach that combines nutrition education and greater availability of affordable, healthy food.
      Philadelphia Solar Energy Association
      Philadelphia Solar Energy Association
      PSEA is an all-volunteer membership organization whose goal is to promote the rapid adoption of solar energy technologies in the Delaware Valley through distinguished guest lectures, hands on demonstrations, participation in regional and national conferences, and other methods and activities.
      Temple University
      Temple University
      Founded in 1884 by Dr. Russell Conwell, Temple College became Temple University in 1907 and has evolved into a comprehensive urban research and academic institution. Explore Temple traditions, read the Mission Statement, check out the latest news or follow Owl Athletic teams.
      Beekeeper's Guild
      Beekeeper's Guild
      Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild
      Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
      Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
      Simple Cycle
      Simple Cycle
      All-American SoapBox Derby, Inc.
      All-American SoapBox Derby, Inc.
      Dr. Skateboard
      Dr. Skateboard
      University of the Arts
      University of the Arts
    • Activities

      The Dow Chemical Company - How Does a NASCAR Work?

      The Franklin Institute- What Does Your Brain Do?

      Simple Cycle- Can You Build Your Own Bike?

      Philadelphia Bee Keepers Guild- Whose Job Is It, Anyway?

      Esperanza College- What Can You Create with Chemistry?

      All-American SoapBox Derby Inc.- What Is a SoapBox Derby?

      Drexel University Civic 101 - Can You Launch a Balloon Rocket?

      Drexel University Civic 101 - Can You Make Your Own Playdough?

      Drexel University Civic 101 - How Far Can Your Paper Airplane Fly?

      Drexel University Civic 101 - How Tall is Your Marshmallow Tower?

      Drexel University Civic 101- How Many Drops Can Fit on a Penny?

      ASPIRA- Can You Launch A Rocket?

      Free Library of Philadelphia- What Can You Make With Your Fingerprints?

      Dr. Skateboard - Is There Science in Skateboarding?

      Grumblethorpe- How Can You Keep the Bugs Away?

      University of the Arts- What Did One Neuron Say to the Other Neuron?

      Esperanza - How Do Boomerangs Work?

      Esperanza - How Do Hula Hoops Work?

      Esperanza - How Do Parachutes Work?

      Esperanza - What's the Science Behind Tug of War?

      Indio's Auto Parts & Repair - How Does Rubber Meet the Road?


      Indio’s Auto Parts & Repair - How Do Hydraulics Work?

      Temple University Community Engagement Course- Is Your Phone a Microscope?

      Marylin's Sweet Cakes- Why Is Baking Soda So Important?

      Philadelphia Water Department- Who Drinks the River?

      Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing: H2o- Friend or Foe?

      Edison High School- What Do You and a Strawberry Have in Common?

      Philadelphia Solar Energy Association- Is The Sun a Racing Fuel?

  • Discovery Day: Naturepalooza

    Discovery Day: Naturepalooza

    Explore the great outdoors at this family friendly celebration honoring Earth Day. Enjoy interactive activities, live music, storytelling and more!

    Discovery Day: Naturepalooza

    Discovery Day: Naturepalooza

    Sat, Apr 26

    11:00 am

    Families

    Students

    Adults

    Educators

    Explore the great outdoors at this family-friendly celebration honoring Earth Day. Enjoy interactive, environment-themed activities, live music, storytelling, nature walks and more!


    Additional parking with a shuttle to and from the Schuylkill Center will be available at:
    Lankenau High School
    201 Spring Lane 


    *Food Trucks will be on site selling food and beverage
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: free

    • Location

      The Schuylkill Center

      8480 Hagy's Mill Road

      Philadelphia, PA , 19128

      Directions


    • Partners

      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
      In 1891, the Free Library of Philadelphia was chartered as "a general library which shall be free to all." Since its establishment, the Free Library has grown to become a city-wide system that includes 49 branches, the Parkway Central Library, the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and three regional libraries. The Free Library offers one of the country's most extensive collections as well as a series of educational programs, including adult education classes, author events, career services, after-school programs, and the Philadelphia Book Festival. With more than 6 million visits a year and 25 million Web hits a month, the Free Library is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in the city.
      The Franklin Institute
      The Franklin Institute
      In 1824, The Franklin Institute was founded to honor Benjamin Franklin and to advance the usefulness of his inventions. Today, The Franklin Institute is a vibrant organization that continues to offer new and exciting science learning experiences for the citizens of Philadelphia. The Institute has grown to become an integral part of the city by providing a hands-on approach to science and technology through community outreach initiatives and innovative partnerships in public education. It has become a dynamic agent of change through its rich array of exhibitions, programs, lectures, and discussions designed to illuminate issues in contemporary science. The Franklin Institute continues to reflect Benjamin Franklin’s spirit of inquiry and discovery as it strives to inspire an understanding of and passion for science and technology learning.
      Tesla Science Foundation
      Tesla Science Foundation
      Our mission is to establish and promote the recognition and awareness of Nikola Tesla's inventions, patents, theories, philosophies, lectures and innovations. The Tesla Science Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and our educational and research programs benefit greatly from our member contributions and sponsors. Your donation is a tax-deductible contribution and receipt of your donation can be printed from the PayPal site for your tax records.
      University of Delaware
      University of Delaware
      The University of Delaware has a great tradition of excellence, from our founding as a small private academy in 1743, to the research-intensive, technologically advanced institution of today.
      The Schuylkill Center
      The Schuylkill Center
      Founded in 1965, The Schuylkill Center is one of the first urban environmental education centers in the country. Envisioning an "island of green" where city dwellers could experience and learn about the natural world, sisters Eleanor Houston Smith and Margaret Houston Meigs, along with their families, donated the extensive parcels of farmland and woods that make up the Center’s grounds today. As our founders intended, the Center is used by thousands of people each year to discover, explore, and study nature.
      Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
      Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
      Weavers Way Co-op
      Weavers Way Co-op
      The Nature Conservancy
      The Nature Conservancy
      The Nature Conervancy
      Stick-lets
      Stick-lets
    • Activities

      The Franklin Institute- Naturepalooza

      Free Library of Philadelphia- What Can You Make with Your Fingerprints?

      Scistarter.com- How Do Bacteria on Earth Surfaces Compare to Those in Space?

      Stick-lets - What Can I Build With Stick-lets?

      Weavers Way Community Programs- Are You Seed Savvy?

      The Nature Conservancy- Where Does Your Water Come From?

      The Tesla Science Foundation - Who Was Nikola Tesla?

      University of Delaware- What's Amazing About The Horseshoe Crab?

  • 12:00 PM
  • Discovery Day: Fox Chase Farm

    Discovery Day: Fox Chase Farm

    Discover a pastoral treasure in Northeast Philadelphia! See live agricultural demonstrations, take a hayride, and watch a farmer remove the woolen fleece of a sheep during the farm's annual Sheep Shearing Day.

    Discovery Day: Fox Chase Farm

    Discovery Day: Fox Chase Farm

    Sat, Apr 26

    12:00 pm

    Families

    Students

    Adults

    Educators

    Discover a pastoral treasure in Northeast Philadelphia! Visit a working livestock farm and cultivate your inner scientist. See live agricultural demonstrations, take a hayride, and watch a farmer remove the woolen fleece of a sheep during the farm's annual Sheep Shearing Day.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: $3, available at door

    • Location

      Fox Chase Farm

      , ,

      Directions


    • Partners

      Thomas Jefferson University
      Thomas Jefferson University
      Thomas Jefferson University is dedicated to the health sciences and committed to three areas: educating professionals who will form and lead the integrated healthcare delivery and research teams of tomorrow; discovering new knowledge that will define the future of clinical care through investigation from the laboratory to the bedside and into the community; and setting the standard for quality, compassionate and efficient patient care for our community and for the nation.
      Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
      Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
      Philadelphia Bee Company
      Philadelphia Bee Company
    • Activities

      Free Library of Philadelphia- 

      What Can You Make with Your Fingerprints?




      Big Bug Show- What's Bugging You?




      Red Cross Mobile Disaster Technology Unit - 

      What Does the Red Cross Do in a
      Disaster?




      Philadelphia
      Bee Company- 

      Why Do Bees Buzz?




      Thomas
      Jefferson University- 

      What Do You and a Strawberry Have in Common?




      Thomas
      Jefferson University- 

      What Does Smoking Do to Your Body?




      Thomas
      Jefferson University- 

      What is Growing on Your Hands?




      The
      Franklin Institute Traveling Science Show- 

      What Can You Learn From A Traveling
      Scientist?



Sun, April 27

  • 7:00 AM
  • Explorer Sunday: Birding Smackdown at The Woodlands!

    Explorer Sunday: Birding Smackdown at The Woodlands!

    Do you have eagle eyes? Test yourself at the Birding Smackdown, a bird-watching and tracking challenge between Bartram's Garden and The Woodlands.

    Explorer Sunday: Birding Smackdown at The Woodlands!

    Explorer Sunday: Birding Smackdown at The Woodlands!

    Sun, Apr 27

    07:00 am

    Families

    Students

    Do you have eagle eyes? Pick a site and test yourself during this bird-watching and tracking challenge and find out which location, Bartram's Garden or The Woodlands is home to more feathered friends!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Free

    • Location

      The Woodlands

      4000 Woodland Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA , 19104

      Directions


    • Partners

      Bartram's Garden
      Bartram's Garden
      Bartram’s Garden, located along the banks of the Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia, sparks curiosity, encourages lifelong learning, and inspires audiences of all ages to care for the natural world. The Garden and Bartram House are National Historic Landmarks operated by the John Bartram Association in partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation.
      The Woodlands
      The Woodlands
      The Woodlands Mansion, Cemetery and Landscape
      The Woodlands serves the dense neighborhood of University City with critical open space in the form of a park-like cemetery with an arboretum of over 1,000 trees, sculptural monuments, and 18th century buildings. The Woodlands offers free and ticketed cultural and arts programs to the public throughout the year, and the gates are open for public enjoyment 365 days a year from dawn until dusk.
  • Explorer Sunday: Birding Smackdown at Bartram's Garden!

    Explorer Sunday: Birding Smackdown at Bartram's Garden!

    Do you have eagle eyes? Test yourself at the Birding Smackdown, a bird-watching and tracking challenge between Bartram's Garden and The Woodlands.

    Explorer Sunday: Birding Smackdown at Bartram's Garden!

    Explorer Sunday: Birding Smackdown at Bartram's Garden!

    Sun, Apr 27

    07:00 am

    Families

    Students

    Do you have eagle eyes? Pick a site and test yourself during this bird-watching and tracking challenge and find out which location, Bartram's Garden or The Woodlands is home to more feathered friends!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Free

    • Location

      Bartram's Garden

      54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard

      Philadelphia, PA , 19143

      Directions


  • 9:30 AM
  • Explorer Sunday: Life in the Graveyard

    Explorer Sunday: Life in the Graveyard

    There's plenty of life in the graveyard. Learn about the cemetery-garden's ecosystem of trees, plants and animals and discover how they thrive amongst the dead!

    Explorer Sunday: Life in the Graveyard

    Explorer Sunday: Life in the Graveyard

    Sun, Apr 27

    09:30 am

    Families

    Students

    What kind of nature can you find in a cemetery? As the first garden cemetery in the United States, Laurel Hill has plenty to share. On this nature walk, along with stories about some of our unique residents; kids will identify some of the many interesting birds, occasional mammals, trees and plants that call the cemetery home. Afterwards, they can make their very own nature journal based on observations from their walk. As part of the Philadelphia Science Festival’s Explorer Programs, this hands-on, interactive tour is recommended for middle-school aged children. 

    All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Families with younger children are welcome to visit the Cemetery on the same day and complete a self-guided nature scavenger hunt. 

    Bring your own binoculars. Tours depart at 9:30am or 2:00pm.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Free

    • Location

      Laurel Hill Cemetery

      3822 Ridge Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA , 19132

      Directions


  • 10:00 AM
  • Explorer Sunday: Making Medicine: Temple Pharmacy Lab

    Explorer Sunday: Making Medicine: Temple Pharmacy Lab

    Break out your goggles and lab coats and go behind the scenes of an actual science lab! Learn how to make a zinc-oxide ointment, commonly used to prevent diaper rash and sunburns, and discover how pharmacists turn new chemicals into medication.

    Explorer Sunday: Making Medicine: Temple Pharmacy Lab

    Explorer Sunday: Making Medicine: Temple Pharmacy Lab

    Sun, Apr 27

    10:00 am

    Families

    Students

    Break out your goggles and lab coats and go behind the scenes of an actual science lab! Combine substances and create a chemical reaction, and learn how to make a zinc-oxide ointment - commonly used to prevent diaper rash and sunburns. Discover how pharmacists turn new chemicals into medication that be used safely and effectively by patients.

    Note: Event takes place in a working laboratory. Proper attire required, no open toe shoes, shorts, or long hair or clothing that cannot be tied back. Safety glasses and lab coats will be provided.

    Limited space available. High School age participants with parent supervision ONLY!
    • Tickets

      Reservation required

      Price: FREE

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      Temple University School of Pharmacy

      3307 North Broad Street

      Philadelphia, PA , 19140

      Directions


    • Partners

      Temple University School of Pharmacy
      Temple University School of Pharmacy
  • Explorer Sunday: Microscope Station: Creating a Science Self Portrait of Your Cells

    Explorer Sunday: Microscope Station: Creating a Science Self Portrait of Your Cells

    Create a one-of-a-kind self portrait! Use a digital microscope to examine and photograph your cheek cells and hair follicles. Plus, isolate and visualize your own DNA!

    Explorer Sunday: Microscope Station: Creating a Science Self Portrait of Your Cells

    Explorer Sunday: Microscope Station: Creating a Science Self Portrait of Your Cells

    Sun, Apr 27

    10:00 am

    Families

    Students

    Create a one-of-a-kind self portrait! Use a digital microscope to examine and photograph your cheek cells and hair follicles. Plus, isolate and visualize your own DNA!
    • Tickets

      Reservation required

      Price: $5 individual $10 family

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      University City Science Center

      3711 Market St, Ground Floor

      Philadelphia, PA , 19104

      Directions


      Department of Making and Doing

      3711 Market Street

      Philadelphia, PA , 19104

      Directions


    • Partners

      University City Science Center
      University City Science Center
      Founded in 1963, the Science Center is the oldest and largest urban research park in the United States. The Science Center supports technology commercialization and technology-based economic development on our campus and in the Greater Philadelphia region. Its 31 nonprofit shareholders include many of the distinguished colleges, universities, hospitals, and research institutions located throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
  • Explorer Sunday: Field Work with Urban Naturalist, Bernard Brown

    Explorer Sunday: Field Work with Urban Naturalist, Bernard Brown

    Explore the streams, rocky outcrops, ponds and forests of the Schuylkill Center's 340-acre property with Grid Magazine's Urban Naturalist columnist, Bernard Brown. Discover some of the elusive and fascinating reptiles and amphibians that lurk out of sight

    Explorer Sunday: Field Work with Urban Naturalist, Bernard Brown

    Explorer Sunday: Field Work with Urban Naturalist, Bernard Brown

    Sun, Apr 27

    10:00 am

    Families

    Students

    Explore the streams, rocky outcrops, ponds and forests of the Schuylkill Center's 340-acre property with Grid Magazine's Urban Naturalist columnist, Bernard Brown. Discover some of the elusive and fascinating reptiles and amphibians that lurk out of sight!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Free

    • Location

      The Schuylkill Center

      8480 Hagy's Mill Road

      Philadelphia, PA , 19128

      Directions


    • Partners

      The Schuylkill Center
      The Schuylkill Center
      Founded in 1965, The Schuylkill Center is one of the first urban environmental education centers in the country. Envisioning an "island of green" where city dwellers could experience and learn about the natural world, sisters Eleanor Houston Smith and Margaret Houston Meigs, along with their families, donated the extensive parcels of farmland and woods that make up the Center’s grounds today. As our founders intended, the Center is used by thousands of people each year to discover, explore, and study nature.
      Grid Magazine
      Grid Magazine
  • 10:30 AM
  • Explorer Sunday: Clothes of the Future:  Wearable Technology

    Explorer Sunday: Clothes of the Future: Wearable Technology

    Can your sweater monitor your heartbeat? Clothing can be more than just fabric, it can be wearable technology. Explore the science behind smart textiles in a state-of-the-art laboratory and discover how the future of clothing is developing in the lab inst

    Explorer Sunday: Clothes of the Future:  Wearable Technology

    Explorer Sunday: Clothes of the Future: Wearable Technology

    Sun, Apr 27

    10:30 am

    Families

    Students

    Can your sweater monitor your heartbeat? Clothing can be more than just fabric, it can be wearable technology. Explore the science behind smart textiles in a state-of-the-art laboratory and discover how the future of clothing is developing in the lab instead of on the runway.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Free

    • Location

      The ExCITE Center at Drexel University

      3401 Market Street, Suite 100

      Philadelphia, PA , 19104

      Directions


    • Partners

      ExCITE Center
      ExCITE Center
      Drexel University ExCITE Center
  • Explorer Sunday: Chicks, Bees, and Farm Fun

    Explorer Sunday: Chicks, Bees, and Farm Fun

    Visit a working, urban farm nestled in historic Germantown! Meet the chickens, tour the greenhouse, and take a peek at a real beehive.

    Explorer Sunday: Chicks, Bees, and Farm Fun

    Explorer Sunday: Chicks, Bees, and Farm Fun

    Sun, Apr 27

    10:30 am

    Families

    Students

    Visit a working, urban farm nestled in historic Germantown! Meet the chickens, tour the greenhouse, and take a peek at a real beehive to see honeybees at work. Discover how the farm grows and harvest food and promotes innovation, social responsibility, and environmental sustainability.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Free

    • Location

      Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm

      6026 Germantown Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA , 19144

      Directions


    • Partners

      Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm
      Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm
      Wyck is an architecturally innovative historic house and garden that dates to the eighteenth-century.
  • 11:00 AM
  • Explorer Sunday: Row, Row, Row Your Boat: Building and Handling Rowboats

    Explorer Sunday: Row, Row, Row Your Boat: Building and Handling Rowboats

    Join the Independence Seaport Museum for a day of exploration on the water! Learn how to row traditionally built wooden rowboats and kayaks—created on-site in the boat shop—and take a tour of the Spanish-American War Cruiser Olympia and WWII Submarin

    Explorer Sunday: Row, Row, Row Your Boat: Building and Handling Rowboats

    Explorer Sunday: Row, Row, Row Your Boat: Building and Handling Rowboats

    Sun, Apr 27

    11:00 am

    Families

    Students

    Join the Independence Seaport Museum for a day of exploration on the water! Learn how to row traditionally built wooden rowboats and single or tandem sit-on-top kayaks built in the on-site boat shop, Workshop on the Water. No previous experience is necessary! Take a tour of the Spanish-American War Cruiser Olympia and WWII 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
      Independence Seaport Museum maintains one of the largest maritime collections in North America, combining more than 25,000 artifacts with hands-on exhibits and large-scale models. In addition to exhibits, the Museum has a traditional wooden boat shop, the J. Welles Henderson Archives and Library and a concert hall with sound stage quality acoustics. The Museum also includes two National Historic Landmark ships—the Spanish-American War Cruiser, Olympia, and the World War II Submarine Becuna. Located at Philadelphia’s Penn’s Landing Waterfront, the museum is open year round. Visit www.phillyseaport.org for more information.
  • Explorer Sunday: From Soil to Smoothie: Learn about Agriculture  at Longview Farm

    Explorer Sunday: From Soil to Smoothie: Learn about Agriculture at Longview Farm

    Visit a working farm and learn about local organic agriculture. Get your hands dirty harvesting field-fresh veggies that you can power into a delicious smoothie using our blender bike! Say hello to our heritage breed chickens, goats and sheep while strol

    Explorer Sunday: From Soil to Smoothie: Learn about Agriculture  at Longview Farm

    Explorer Sunday: From Soil to Smoothie: Learn about Agriculture at Longview Farm

    Sun, Apr 27

    11:00 am

    Visit a working farm and learn about local organic agriculture. Get your hands dirty harvesting field-fresh veggies that you can power into a delicious smoothie using our blender bike! Say hello to our heritage breed chickens, goats and sheep while strolling through the orchards and fields.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Free

    • Location

      The Longview Center for Agriculture

      3215 Stump Hall Road

      Collegeville , PA , 19426

      Directions


    • Partners

      The Longview Center for Agriculture
      The Longview Center for Agriculture
  • 12:00 PM
  • Explorer Sunday: HighWaterLine: A Walking Art Experience

    Explorer Sunday: HighWaterLine: A Walking Art Experience

    HighWaterLine draws a bold chalk line along areas susceptible to increased flooding caused by climate change. Join the conversation about the impacts of climate change and potential solutions.

    Explorer Sunday: HighWaterLine: A Walking Art Experience

    Explorer Sunday: HighWaterLine: A Walking Art Experience

    Sun, Apr 27

    12:00 pm

    Adults

    Families

    Students

    Join artist Eve Mosher and fellow Philadelphians to draw the HighWaterLine—a bold chalk line along areas susceptible to increased flooding caused by climate change. As you walk, join the conversation about the impacts of climate change and potential solutions.

    The line drawing will begin at Target (2701 Castor Ave.) and end in Penn Treaty Park (1341 N Delaware Ave.).

    After the line is drawn, we’ll join with community organizations to host a celebration with activities and food from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Big Green Block (1800 Blair Street).




    • Tickets

      Reservation required

      Price: FREE

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      Target

      2701 Castor Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA , 19134

      Directions


    • Partners

      Chemical Heritage Foundation
      Chemical Heritage Foundation
      The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) initially was launched in 1982 as the Center for the History of Chemistry. Since its beginnings, CHF has striven to foster an understanding of chemistry’s impact on society. As an independent and educational nonprofit organization, CHF maintains major collections of instruments, fine art, photographs, papers, and books which preserve the rich and extensive history of chemistry. CHF continues to inspire a passion for chemistry within the city of Philadelphia through its public programs, museum exhibitions, conferences, and scholarly research center.
  • Nerd Nite Brunch: Body vs. Booze

    Nerd Nite Brunch: Body vs. Booze

    Have a little too much fun last night? Learn what's going on in your body while you're drinking and why your body feels the way it does after a night out. Uncover the truth about common hangover "cures" at this brunch edition of Nerd Nite.

    Nerd Nite Brunch: Body vs. Booze

    Nerd Nite Brunch: Body vs. Booze

    Sun, Apr 27

    12:00 pm

    Adults

    Have a little too much fun last night? Learn what's going on in your body while you're drinking and why your body feels the way it does after a night out. Uncover the truth about common hangover "cures" at this brunch edition of Nerd Nite.

    VIP ticket includes preferred seating, a 5oz pretzel and a $5 ticket for the bar.
    • Tickets

      Reservation required

      Price: $5 General, $15 VIP seating

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      Frankford Hall

      1210 Frankford Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA , 19125

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Adam Piazza
      Adam Piazza
      Adam Piazza began his career at the Franklin Institute in 2002 as a high school intern working primarily in the museums exhibits performing science demonstrations. He also held positions as a Discover Camp and Camp-In Counselor, a Workshop Facilitator, and is currently a Scientific Interpreter with the Museum Programs department. Adams true passion lies in design; he graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2010. When Adam is not at the Franklin Institute, he is traversing the city looking for photo opportunities with abandoned buildings, perusing the shelves of local thrift shops, or water coloring onto family portraits of people he is not related to. Adam has a soft spot for hosting quizzo and eating deep fried pickles.
      Aman Goyal
      Aman Goyal
      Aman Goyal, M.S.Ed, is the current Program Coordinator at the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Program Initiatives. He joined the office after finishing his Master's at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, focusing on Higher Education, in May 2013. He is responsible for partnering with various campus constituents in increasing programming and educational efforts for the university on various topics around alcohol and drugs on campus. He is the advisor for the new student organization called PennDAPA (Drug & Alcohol Peer Advisors). He received his BA in Psychology from Miami Univerisity of Ohio and afterwards he worked in Hollywood for a new daytime talk show, Dr. Drew's Lifechangers.
      Ava Forte Vitali
      Ava Forte Vitali
      Trained archaeologist and art historian Ava Forte Vitali is a Featured Lecturer at the Morbid Anatomy Library and Museum in Brooklyn, New York. Her series, "Death and the Occult in the Ancient World" aims to bridge the gap between the educated, academic community and the eager, interested public. She has excavated in both Egypt and Turkey, and completed her Master's Degree at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, where she focused on domestic cult in Ancient Egypt. She currently works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in collections management for Greek and Roman Art.
      Julie Lyzinski
      Julie Lyzinski
      Julie Lyzinski Nettleton, M.Ed., LPC, is currently the Director for the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Program Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania. Julie received her BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 1998 and her Master's in Human Services and Counseling from DePaul University in 2003. She holds a License in Professional Counseling in the state of New Jersey and is currently a doctoral student of Higher Education in Penn's Graduate School of Education.
      Michael Oshinsky, PhD
      Michael Oshinsky, PhD
      Michael Oshinsky, PhD, combines a passion for science with a desire to help migraine sufferers. Dr. Oshinsky is currently an associate professor in the Department of Neurology at the Thomas Jefferson University, where he works closely with doctors at the Jefferson Headache Center to study the most complicated areas of headache medicine. Dr. Oshinsky’s research focuses on understanding migraine and chronic headache. Using animal models of migraine, he has developed methods for studying the mechanism of action of migraine treatments and hangover headache. In his spare time, Dr. Oshinsky enjoys spending time with his children, whom he tries to “inspire to make a difference.
      Noelle Melartin
      Noelle Melartin
      Noelle has served as the Associate Director for the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Program Initiatives since 2010. Noelle provides brief motivational harm-reduction interventions with individual students through the First Step program, as well as with cohorts through Group First Step. She received a BA in psychology from Wesleyan University and an MSW in clinical social work from Columbia University. While at Columbia, she completed field training at Barnard College in the Alcohol and Substance Awareness Program and the Furman Counseling Center.
    • Partners

      The Franklin Institute
      The Franklin Institute
      In 1824, The Franklin Institute was founded to honor Benjamin Franklin and to advance the usefulness of his inventions. Today, The Franklin Institute is a vibrant organization that continues to offer new and exciting science learning experiences for the citizens of Philadelphia. The Institute has grown to become an integral part of the city by providing a hands-on approach to science and technology through community outreach initiatives and innovative partnerships in public education. It has become a dynamic agent of change through its rich array of exhibitions, programs, lectures, and discussions designed to illuminate issues in contemporary science. The Franklin Institute continues to reflect Benjamin Franklin’s spirit of inquiry and discovery as it strives to inspire an understanding of and passion for science and technology learning.
      Nerd Nite
      Nerd Nite
      Nerd Nite is an informal gathering at which nerds get together for nerdery of all sorts. Nerds and non-nerds alike gather to meet, drink and learn something new.
      Frankford Hall
      Frankford Hall
      Located on Frankford Avenue, Frankford Hall is a unique restaurant specializing in German beer. It's a great place to relax with friends and enjoy great food.
      Thomas Jefferson University
      Thomas Jefferson University
      Thomas Jefferson University is dedicated to the health sciences and committed to three areas: educating professionals who will form and lead the integrated healthcare delivery and research teams of tomorrow; discovering new knowledge that will define the future of clinical care through investigation from the laboratory to the bedside and into the community; and setting the standard for quality, compassionate and efficient patient care for our community and for the nation.
      University of Pennsylvania
      University of Pennsylvania
      Penn has a long and proud tradition of intellectual rigor and pursuit of innovative knowledge, begun by Benjamin Franklin in 1740. That tradition lives today through the creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement of our faculty, students, and staff.
  • CANCELLED!!! Explorer Sunday: Plasma Lab: Improving TV Quality and Saving Lives

    CANCELLED!!! Explorer Sunday: Plasma Lab: Improving TV Quality and Saving Lives

    Plasma Lab has been cancelled due to unforeseen consequences. Please accept our apologies.

    CANCELLED!!! Explorer Sunday: Plasma Lab: Improving TV Quality and Saving Lives

    CANCELLED!!! Explorer Sunday: Plasma Lab: Improving TV Quality and Saving Lives

    Sun, Apr 27

    12:00 pm

    Families

    Students

    Plasma Lab has been cancelled due to unforeseen consequences. Please accept our apologies.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Free

    • Location

      A.J. Drexel Plasma Institute

      200 Federal Street

      Camden, NJ , 08103

      Directions


    • Partners

      A.J. Drexel Autism Institute
      A.J. Drexel Autism Institute
  • Mess Fest

    Mess Fest

    The Franklin Institute brings its ultra-messy, ooey-gooey, slimy and oozy MESS FEST to Philadelphia's favorite playground! Shoot off alka-seltzer rockets, make-and-take slime, and see how far the Soap Bubble monster will spread.

    Mess Fest

    Mess Fest

    Sun, Apr 27

    12:00 pm

    Families

    The Franklin Institute brings its ultra-messy, ooey-gooey, slimy and oozy MESS FEST to Philadelphia's favorite playground! Shoot off alka-seltzer rockets, make-and-take slime, and see how far the Soap Bubble monster will spread. It’s time to get MESSY!
    Want your kids to enjoy Mess Fest but keep your car clean? Don't forget to bring a change of clothes!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: Pay what you wish

    • Location

      Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse

      3500 Reservoir Drive

      Philadelphia, PA , 19121

      Directions


    • Partners

      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
      In 1891, the Free Library of Philadelphia was chartered as "a general library which shall be free to all." Since its establishment, the Free Library has grown to become a city-wide system that includes 49 branches, the Parkway Central Library, the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and three regional libraries. The Free Library offers one of the country's most extensive collections as well as a series of educational programs, including adult education classes, author events, career services, after-school programs, and the Philadelphia Book Festival. With more than 6 million visits a year and 25 million Web hits a month, the Free Library is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in the city.
      Please Touch Museum
      Please Touch Museum
      Since its establishment in 1976, Please Touch Museum has been the Children’s Museum of Philadelphia. It was the first museum in the nation designed for families with children ages seven and younger. With a mission to enrich the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play, Please Touch Museum has laid the foundation for a lifetime of learning and cultural awareness. Its celebration of childhood development has helped children cultivate their problem-solving skills, develop their imaginations and creativity, and build new relationships with others. Since its establishment, Please Touch Museum has become one of the best children’s museums in the nation, and it will continue to carry out its mission through its fun and imaginative exhibits and programs.
      The Franklin Institute
      The Franklin Institute
      In 1824, The Franklin Institute was founded to honor Benjamin Franklin and to advance the usefulness of his inventions. Today, The Franklin Institute is a vibrant organization that continues to offer new and exciting science learning experiences for the citizens of Philadelphia. The Institute has grown to become an integral part of the city by providing a hands-on approach to science and technology through community outreach initiatives and innovative partnerships in public education. It has become a dynamic agent of change through its rich array of exhibitions, programs, lectures, and discussions designed to illuminate issues in contemporary science. The Franklin Institute continues to reflect Benjamin Franklin’s spirit of inquiry and discovery as it strives to inspire an understanding of and passion for science and technology learning.
      Temple University
      Temple University
      Founded in 1884 by Dr. Russell Conwell, Temple College became Temple University in 1907 and has evolved into a comprehensive urban research and academic institution. Explore Temple traditions, read the Mission Statement, check out the latest news or follow Owl Athletic teams.
      John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
      John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
      Smith Playground
      Smith Playground
      Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse
    • Activities

      The Franklin Institute - Messy Science Show

      The Franklin Institute - Can You Create a New Planet?

      The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society - What's Squiggly and Slimy and Eats
      Your Garbage?

      Urban Blazers - What's Hiding in The Creek?

      Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse - How Do You Make Slime?

      The Dow Chemical Company - How Does a NASCAR Work?

      The John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove - What Did That Owl Eat?

      Free Library of Philadelphia - What Can My Fingerprints Make?

      Temple University - What Makes Silly Putty so Silly?

      Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse - How Do You Make Playdough?

      Please Touch Museum - Can You Mix Messy Mouse Paint?

      Please Touch Museum - How Do You Make a Soda Fountain?

      The Franklin Institute - What Are Bubbles?

      The Franklin Institute -What Makes an Alka-Seltzer Rocket Fly?

      The Franklin Institute - Can You Dance on a Liquid?

      The Franklin Institute - How Many Rubber Bands Does It Take to Explode a
      Watermelon?


      The Franklin Institute - Can You Save An Egg from Breaking?

  • 1:00 PM
  • Explorer Sunday: Outdoor Adventure: Wildlife, Sporting and Science

    Explorer Sunday: Outdoor Adventure: Wildlife, Sporting and Science

    Let your inner outdoorsman shine! Explore the ecology of local fishing, embark on an urban hiking adventure, and discover the physics behind the perfect bull's-eye.

    Explorer Sunday: Outdoor Adventure: Wildlife, Sporting and Science

    Explorer Sunday: Outdoor Adventure: Wildlife, Sporting and Science

    Sun, Apr 27

    01:00 pm

    Families

    Students

    Let your inner outdoorsman shine at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge! Explore the ecology of local fishing, embark on an urban hiking adventure, and discover the physics behind the perfect bull's-eye.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Free

    • Location

      John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

      8601 Lindbergh Boulevard

      Philadelphia, PA , 19153

      Directions


    • Partners

      John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
      John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
      The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is located in Philadelphia and Delaware Counties, Pennsylvania. Over the years, the refuge has become a resting and feeding area for more than 300 species of birds, 80 of which nest here. Fox, deer, muskrat, turtles, fish, frogs and a wide variety of wildflowers and plants call the refuge "home".
  • Explorer Sunday: Ecosystem Exploration: Tadpoles, Insects, Worms, and Birds

    Explorer Sunday: Ecosystem Exploration: Tadpoles, Insects, Worms, and Birds

    Explore the many ecosystems of Riverbend! Catch tadpoles at the pond, sweep for insects in the meadow, dig for worms in the soil, and look for birds in the trees. Live animals and hands-on activities bring the science of nature to life.

    Explorer Sunday: Ecosystem Exploration: Tadpoles, Insects, Worms, and Birds

    Explorer Sunday: Ecosystem Exploration: Tadpoles, Insects, Worms, and Birds

    Sun, Apr 27

    01:00 pm

    Families

    Students

    Explore the many ecosystems of Riverbend! Catch tadpoles at the pond, sweep for insects in the meadow, dig for worms in the soil, and look for birds in the trees. Live animals and hands-on activities bring the science of nature to life.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Free

    • Location

      Riverbend Environmental Education Center

      1950 Spring Mill Road

      Gladwyne, PA , 19035

      Directions


    • Partners

      Riverbend Environmental Education Center
      Riverbend Environmental Education Center
      Since 1974, Riverbend Environmental Education Center has been enriching the lives of children and families through engaging environmental education. From its beginnings as a quiet nature preserve, Riverbend has evolved to a thriving center for environmental education that touches the lives of nearly 14,000 people annually. Whether it is to participate in a public program or just to wander on our trails, a visit to Riverbend offers families a quiet place to relax, unwind and observe the wonders of nature.
  • Explorer Sunday: Barefoot Running Clinic

    Explorer Sunday: Barefoot Running Clinic

    What are the benefits of running barefoot? Drop by Franklin Paine’s Park from 1:00-4:00 pm to learn more about this popular running trend.

    Explorer Sunday: Barefoot Running Clinic

    Explorer Sunday: Barefoot Running Clinic

    Sun, Apr 27

    01:00 pm

    Adults

    Families

    Students

    What are the benefits of running barefoot? Drop by Franklin Paine’s Park from 1:00-4:00 pm to learn more about this popular running trend.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: Free

    • Location

      Paine's Skatepark

      Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

      Philadelphia, PA , 19130

      Directions


    • Partners

      University of the Sciences
      University of the Sciences
      University of the Sciences offers students a challenging learning experience in a proving ground for successful professionals in science and healthcare-related fields. A private, coeducational institution dedicated to education, research, and service, and distinguished as the nation’s first college of pharmacy, the University has produced leaders in the sciences and healthcare marketplace since its founding in 1821. T­he 3,000 students in USciences’ five colleges learn to excel in scientific analysis and to apply their skills to improving science and healthcare in their communities and in the lives of people worldwide in such disciplines as pharmacy, biology, physical therapy, healthcare business, and health policy.
  • 1:30 PM
  • What Are They Thinking? How the Brain Develops from Infancy to Adolescence

    What Are They Thinking? How the Brain Develops from Infancy to Adolescence

    How can children learn three languages effortlessly? Why do teenagers often seem so self-centered? While your kids enjoy Mess Fest, join local neurologists to explore how the brain develops with age.

    What Are They Thinking? How the Brain Develops from Infancy to Adolescence

    What Are They Thinking? How the Brain Develops from Infancy to Adolescence

    Sun, Apr 27

    01:30 pm

    Adults

    Families

    How can children learn three languages effortlessly? Why do teenagers often seem so self-centered? While your children enjoy Mess Fest, Frances Jensen, MD, chair of Neurology at Penn Medicine, and other local neurology experts explain how the brain develops with age.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: Free with entrance to Mess Fest

    • Location

      Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse

      3500 Reservoir Drive

      Philadelphia, PA , 19121

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Al Bruno
      Al Bruno
      Al Bruno first came to The Franklin Institute in 2008 as a volunteer with the Museum Programs department. After two pro-bono years, he became a full-time Scientific Interpreter in 2010, much to the chagrin of his current co-workers. He enjoys performing live science shows for the public, as well as constructing shoddy props made mostly of particle board, Mod-Podge, and electronic components he finds in his desk. One of Als most recent undertakings was a Skype-based circulatory system lesson that included a virtual tour of the famous Giant Heart. Al was previously cast as Nikola Tesla for a Benjamin Franklin Awards promotional video, requiring him to grow what became known as the greatest moustache in the history of mankind.
      Dr. Frances Jensen
      Dr. Frances Jensen
      Frances Jensen, MD, is Professor and Chair of Neurology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She researches the mechanisms of epilepsy and stroke, with emphasis on injury in the developing brain and age-specific therapies for clinical trials development. She advocates for awareness of the unique strengths and vulnerabilities of adolescent brain development, and the related impact on medical, social, and educational issues unique to teenagers and young adults.
      Jamie Jirout
      Jamie Jirout
      Jamie is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center at Temple University. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Miami young children's curiosity, question asking, and exploratory behavior. Jamie studies early science education, with a focus on how children learn science process skills. She is especially interested in the development of spatial reasoning ability, curiosity, exploratory behavior and question asking in science learning.
      Kristin Gagnier
      Kristin Gagnier
      Kristin is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center at Temple University. She has a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Delaware and a B.S. in Psychology and Biology from the University of Arizona. Kristin’s research focuses on the science of how people learn, particularly how children and adults learn to “think spatially” and how research on spatial thinking can be used to improve STEM K-16 education.
      Rebecca Ichord
      Rebecca Ichord
      Dr. Ichord is Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. She is the founder and director of the Pediatric Stroke Program. A graduate of the George Washington University School of Medicine, she completed pediatrics residency training at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC, and neurology training at the Johns Hopkins Medical Center. She was Neurology faculty at Johns Hopkins Medical Center until moving to CHOP in 2002, where she led a multidisciplinary effort to establish one of the first regional pediatric stroke programs in the US in 2005. Related research and clinical program and educational interests include: childhood stroke (treatment, prevention, outcome), and pediatric neurocritical care. She participates in many teaching activities locally and nationally and has served on program committees for national meetings of the Child Neurology Society and American Stroke Association.
    • Partners

      The Franklin Institute
      The Franklin Institute
      In 1824, The Franklin Institute was founded to honor Benjamin Franklin and to advance the usefulness of his inventions. Today, The Franklin Institute is a vibrant organization that continues to offer new and exciting science learning experiences for the citizens of Philadelphia. The Institute has grown to become an integral part of the city by providing a hands-on approach to science and technology through community outreach initiatives and innovative partnerships in public education. It has become a dynamic agent of change through its rich array of exhibitions, programs, lectures, and discussions designed to illuminate issues in contemporary science. The Franklin Institute continues to reflect Benjamin Franklin’s spirit of inquiry and discovery as it strives to inspire an understanding of and passion for science and technology learning.
      The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
      The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
      The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was ranked No. 1 in more specialties than any other pediatric hospital in the nation, earning it top honors in U.S.News & World Report’s 2012-13 survey of Best Children's Hospitals.
      Smith Playground
      Smith Playground
      Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse
      Temple University Spatial Intelligence Learning Center
      Temple University Spatial Intelligence Learning Center
      University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
      University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
  • Remix Interactive

    Remix Interactive

    Remix Interactive, partnering students from Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia, the Drexel ExCITe Center, and Play On Philly!, presents a mobile app light show with live original orchestral and electronic music.

    Remix Interactive

    Remix Interactive

    Sun, Apr 27

    01:30 pm

    Families

    Adults

    Remix Interactive, partnering students from Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia, the Drexel ExCITe Center, and Play On Philly!, presents a mobile app light show with live original orchestral and electronic music.
    • Tickets

      Reservation required

      Price: $5.00

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      World Cafe Live

      3025 Walnut Street

      Philadelphia, PA , 19104

      Directions


    • Partners

      Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
      Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
      At SCH we educate innovators, break-through thinkers and problem solvers. We challenge students to learn in powerful new ways, engage in active inquiry, hone skills of creative and analytic thinking, and celebrate the joy of discovery. Through a rigorous and college preparatory program grounded in project and passion based learning, we prepare our students for their future as active learners and responsible global citizens. Blending the best of single-sex education and co-education, we empower and prepare our young men and women to meet challenges with courage, integrity, and respect.
      ExCITE Center
      ExCITE Center
      Drexel University ExCITE Center
      Boys' Latin Club of Philadelphia
      Boys' Latin Club of Philadelphia
      Play On Philly!
      Play On Philly!
  • 2:00 PM
  • Explorer Sunday: Science of Skateboarding

    Explorer Sunday: Science of Skateboarding

    Ollie, grind and carve your way through this interactive demonstration exploring the connections between mathematics, physics, and skateboarding. Discover how riders in this action sport utilize physics concepts such as momentum, gravity, friction, and ce

    Explorer Sunday: Science of Skateboarding

    Explorer Sunday: Science of Skateboarding

    Sun, Apr 27

    02:00 pm

    Families

    Students

    Adults

    Ollie, grind and carve your way through this interactive demonstration exploring the connections between mathematics, physics, and skateboarding. Discover how riders in this action sport utilize physics concepts such as momentum, gravity, friction, and centripetal force at Paine's Park!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Free

    • Location

      Paine's Skatepark

      Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

      Philadelphia, PA , 19130

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Dr. Skateboard
      Dr. Skateboard
      Bill Robertson, Ph.D. is currently an Associate Professor in the Teacher Education Department in the College of Education and an Associate Provost for Academic Technologies at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). As an Associate Professor, his academic areas of expertise are in science education, curriculum development and technology integration in the K-12 levels. Bill was a recipient of the 2009 University of Texas Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award and in 2008, he was selected as a Fulbright US Scholar and worked in Santiago, Chile. A long time participant and performer in skateboarding with over 35 years in the sport, he has developed Dr. Skateboard's Action Science (http://www.drskateboard.com), which addresses physical science concepts for middle school students utilizing skateboarding and bicycle motocross (BMX).
    • Partners

      Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
      Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
      Franklin's Paine Skatepark Fund
      Franklin's Paine Skatepark Fund
      Action Science
      Action Science
      Dr. Skateboard
      Dr. Skateboard
  • Explorer Sunday: Water Lab: What Lives in our Rivers?

    Explorer Sunday: Water Lab: What Lives in our Rivers?

    Visit the Water Lab and discover how shad make an incredible journey using smell, currents, temperature and other environmental clues, to travel from the ocean back to the rivers where they were born.

    Explorer Sunday: Water Lab: What Lives in our Rivers?

    Explorer Sunday: Water Lab: What Lives in our Rivers?

    Sun, Apr 27

    02:00 pm

    Families

    Students

    Visit the Water Lab and discover how shad make an incredible journey using smell, currents, temperature and other environmental clues, to travel from the ocean back to the rivers where they were born.

    Lab begins at 2PM
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: free

    • Location

      Fairmount Water Works

      640 Waterworks Drive

      Philadelphia, PA , 19130

      Directions


    • Partners

      Fairmount Water Works
      Fairmount Water Works
  • Explorer Sunday: Life in the Graveyard

    Explorer Sunday: Life in the Graveyard

    There's plenty of life in the graveyard. Learn about the cemetery-garden's ecosystem of trees, plants and animals and discover how they thrive amongst the dead!

    Explorer Sunday: Life in the Graveyard

    Explorer Sunday: Life in the Graveyard

    Sun, Apr 27

    02:00 pm

    Families

    Students

    What kind of nature can you find in a cemetery? As the first garden cemetery in the United States, Laurel Hill has plenty to share. On this nature walk, along with stories about some of our unique residents; kids will identify some of the many interesting birds, occasional mammals, trees and plants that call the cemetery home. Afterwards, they can make their very own nature journal based on observations from their walk. This hands-on, interactive tour is recommended for middle-school aged children. 

    All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Families with younger children are welcome to visit the Cemetery on the same day and complete a self-guided nature scavenger hunt. 

    Bring your own binoculars. Tours depart at 9:30am or 2:00pm.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Free

    • Location

      Laurel Hill Cemetery

      3822 Ridge Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA , 19132

      Directions


    • Partners

      Laurel Hill Cemetery
      Laurel Hill Cemetery
      Founded in 1836 along the banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Laurel Hill is one of the most important cemeteries in the United States, and the first to be named a National Historic Landmark. From war heroes to influential politicians and important inventors, from visionary artists to powerful industrialists, Laurel Hill is the final resting place of numerous notables who have impacted the storylines of our city and nation. Open daily with free admission for recreational and educational use, Laurel Hill also offers a diverse selection of public tours and programs, while maintaining its identity as an honored resting place into the 21st century.
  • 2:30 PM
  • Murder at the Mütter™:  Serial Killer

    Murder at the Mütter™: Serial Killer

    A series of murders has occurred across the city. Is this the work of a serial killer? Dive into the minds of killers, past and present. Ages 18 and up.

    Murder at the Mütter™:  Serial Killer

    Murder at the Mütter™: Serial Killer

    Sun, Apr 27

    02:30 pm

    Adults

     SOLD OUT


     Join us for an afternoon of
    interactive activities and forensic investigation at


    The College of Physicians of
    Philadelphia.


     


    A series of murders has occurred across the city. Several
    bodies have been found, each displaying a similar cause of death. Is this
    coincidence, or is it the work of a serial killer? Murder at the Mütter™
    dives into the minds of killers past and present. Participants will interact
    with investigators and forensic experts to experience the science of
    criminal investigation and solve the mystery. 


     


    The afternoon includes three
    hours of programming followed by a 50 minute cocktail reception and
    light hors d'oeuvres.


     


    Participants must be 18 years of
    age or older.


     


    Program will begin promptly at
    2:30 pm.


     


    Tickets: $40.00 ($30.00 for
    College Fellows and Friends of the Mütter)


     


    Sponsored by The College of
    Physicians of Philadelphia in collaboration with Arcadia
    University, Association of Women in Forensic Science (AWIFS), Drexel
    University, Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, Montgomery County
    District Attorney’s Office, Philadelphia University, 


    The University of
    Pennsylvania, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and The
    Woodlands


     


    This program is produced for the Philadelphia Science
    Festival.

    • Tickets

      Reservation required

      Price: $40

      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
      The College of Physicians of Philadelphia was founded in 1787 by a group of physicians inspired by a mission to create better physicians to better serve the public. A non-profit, educational, and cultural institution, the College of Physicians strives to promote health while upholding the ideals and heritage of medicine. It is a prominent and historical Philadelphia institution, and it is also the nation’s oldest medical society. The College of Physicians continues to honor the mission of its founders by improving the health of the public through service, education, and health advocacy.
      Association of Women in Forensic Science, Inc. (AWIFS)
      Association of Women in Forensic Science, Inc. (AWIFS)
      The Association of Women in Forensic Science provides networking opportunities for female forensic professionals as well as educational opportunities, mentoring and outreach programming for female adolescents ages 12-18 with the desire to pursue a career in forensic science.
      Laurel Hill Cemetery
      Laurel Hill Cemetery
      Founded in 1836 along the banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Laurel Hill is one of the most important cemeteries in the United States, and the first to be named a National Historic Landmark. From war heroes to influential politicians and important inventors, from visionary artists to powerful industrialists, Laurel Hill is the final resting place of numerous notables who have impacted the storylines of our city and nation. Open daily with free admission for recreational and educational use, Laurel Hill also offers a diverse selection of public tours and programs, while maintaining its identity as an honored resting place into the 21st century.
      University of the Sciences
      University of the Sciences
      University of the Sciences offers students a challenging learning experience in a proving ground for successful professionals in science and healthcare-related fields. A private, coeducational institution dedicated to education, research, and service, and distinguished as the nation’s first college of pharmacy, the University has produced leaders in the sciences and healthcare marketplace since its founding in 1821. T­he 3,000 students in USciences’ five colleges learn to excel in scientific analysis and to apply their skills to improving science and healthcare in their communities and in the lives of people worldwide in such disciplines as pharmacy, biology, physical therapy, healthcare business, and health policy.
      University of Pennsylvania
      University of Pennsylvania
      Penn has a long and proud tradition of intellectual rigor and pursuit of innovative knowledge, begun by Benjamin Franklin in 1740. That tradition lives today through the creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement of our faculty, students, and staff.
      Arcadia University
      Arcadia University
      A vibrant, engaged campus revolves around the historic Grey Towers Castle and the new Commons student center. Arcadia is Philadelphia's global university and a pioneer in international education. Arcadia is a top-ranked private university offering bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. More than 4,000 students choose from among 80 fields of study. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top tier of regional universities in the North.
      The Woodlands
      The Woodlands
      The Woodlands Mansion, Cemetery and Landscape
      The Woodlands serves the dense neighborhood of University City with critical open space in the form of a park-like cemetery with an arboretum of over 1,000 trees, sculptural monuments, and 18th century buildings. The Woodlands offers free and ticketed cultural and arts programs to the public throughout the year, and the gates are open for public enjoyment 365 days a year from dawn until dusk.
      Drexel University
      Drexel University
      Drexel University enrolls more than 22,000 students and offers 96 bachelor’s programs, 88 master’s programs, 35 doctoral programs, a doctor of medicine program, a juris doctorate and 45 graduate-level certificate programs. Drexel is ranked among the best national doctoral universities by U.S.News & World Report in its “America’s Best Colleges 2011,” and many of Drexel’s other programs across its colleges and schools are consistently ranked among the nation’s best.
      Mutter Museum
      Mutter Museum
      Philadelphia University
      Philadelphia University
      Montgomery County District Attorney's Office
      Montgomery County District Attorney's Office
  • 3:00 PM
  • Science Storytime: What's the Matter with Pluto?

    Science Storytime: What's the Matter with Pluto?

    Gather around for Mess Fest storytime! Physicist and author Paul Halpern and cartoonist Vance Lehmkuhl tell the story of Pluto’s rise and fall. Cartooning activities help explain what it means to be a planet.

    Science Storytime: What's the Matter with Pluto?

    Science Storytime: What's the Matter with Pluto?

    Sun, Apr 27

    03:00 pm

    Families

    Curious about why Pluto is no longer considered a planet? Gather around for this Mess Fest story-time with a physicist and a cartoonist and hear the story of Pluto. Draw your own picture and understand what it means to be a planet.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: Free with entrance to Mess Fest

    • Location

      Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse

      3500 Reservoir Drive

      Philadelphia, PA , 19121

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Paul Halpern
      Paul Halpern
      Paul Halpern is Professor of Physics at the University of the Sciences and an acclaimed science writer. The author of 13 popular science books, he is the recipient of a Fulbright Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Athenaeum Literary Award. Library Journal named his most recent book, Collider, its physics selection for the best science books of 2009. He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including The Simpsons 20th anniversary special.
      Rachel Fryd
      Rachel Fryd
      Rachel Fryd is the Youth Services Coordinator for the Free Library of Philadelphia, where she has been sharing her love of books and learning for the past 10 years.
      Vance Lehmkuhl
      Vance Lehmkuhl
      Vance Lehmkuhl is a cartoonist and illustrator whose work has been featured by the New York Times Syndicate and the Huffington Post. As the political cartoonist for Philadelphia City Paper he was named "Best of Philly" by Philadelphia Magazine. He is currently a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, contributing the "V for Veg" column about Philly's veggie dining scene. As a musician, he has also designed many album covers that were pretty far out.
    • Partners

      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
      In 1891, the Free Library of Philadelphia was chartered as "a general library which shall be free to all." Since its establishment, the Free Library has grown to become a city-wide system that includes 49 branches, the Parkway Central Library, the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and three regional libraries. The Free Library offers one of the country's most extensive collections as well as a series of educational programs, including adult education classes, author events, career services, after-school programs, and the Philadelphia Book Festival. With more than 6 million visits a year and 25 million Web hits a month, the Free Library is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in the city.
      The Franklin Institute
      The Franklin Institute
      In 1824, The Franklin Institute was founded to honor Benjamin Franklin and to advance the usefulness of his inventions. Today, The Franklin Institute is a vibrant organization that continues to offer new and exciting science learning experiences for the citizens of Philadelphia. The Institute has grown to become an integral part of the city by providing a hands-on approach to science and technology through community outreach initiatives and innovative partnerships in public education. It has become a dynamic agent of change through its rich array of exhibitions, programs, lectures, and discussions designed to illuminate issues in contemporary science. The Franklin Institute continues to reflect Benjamin Franklin’s spirit of inquiry and discovery as it strives to inspire an understanding of and passion for science and technology learning.
      University of the Sciences
      University of the Sciences
      University of the Sciences offers students a challenging learning experience in a proving ground for successful professionals in science and healthcare-related fields. A private, coeducational institution dedicated to education, research, and service, and distinguished as the nation’s first college of pharmacy, the University has produced leaders in the sciences and healthcare marketplace since its founding in 1821. T­he 3,000 students in USciences’ five colleges learn to excel in scientific analysis and to apply their skills to improving science and healthcare in their communities and in the lives of people worldwide in such disciplines as pharmacy, biology, physical therapy, healthcare business, and health policy.
      Smith Playground
      Smith Playground
      Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse
  • 4:00 PM
  • Sounds Made Up: (True) Tales From the History of Science

    Sounds Made Up: (True) Tales From the History of Science

    Join local comedians and historians of science for a journey back in time. Take a lighthearted look at times when our best scientific intentions resulted in unexpected outcomes.

    Sounds Made Up: (True) Tales From the History of Science

    Sounds Made Up: (True) Tales From the History of Science

    Sun, Apr 27

    04:00 pm

    Adults

    Join local comedians and historians of science for a journey back in time. Take a lighthearted look at times when our best scientific intentions resulted in unexpected outcomes. Ages 18 and up.

    *Food and Beverage will be available for purchase
    • Tickets

      Reservation required

      Price: $10

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      World Cafe Live

      3025 Walnut Street

      Philadelphia, PA , 19104

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Alexis Jeffcoat
      Alexis Jeffcoat
      Alexis received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and European History from Temple University and her Masters in Arts & Humanities from Arcadia University. She manages marketing and programming for the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Laurel Hill Cemetery as a historic site. As a fan of history, Alexis enjoys sharing the stories of the cemetery’s varied “residents.” She is a co-editor for the Cemetery’s anniversary book, 175 Years of Reflections: Laurel Hill Cemetery, 1836-2011.
      Audra Wolfe
      Audra Wolfe
      Audra J. Wolfe is a writer, editor, and historian based in Philadelphia. Her research centers on the role of science in the Cold War, whether in the form of weapons or cultural diplomacy. Her first book, Competing with the Soviets: Science, Technology, and the State in Cold War America, was published in 2012, and her articles have appeared in both scholarly and more popular online venues, including Slate.com, The Guardian, and the Atlantic.com. She is also the founder of The Outside Reader, an editorial and publishing consultant firm, and has taught on the history of science at the University of Pennsylvania.
      Cast of Study Hall
      Cast of Study Hall
      The cast of Study Hall is made up from members of various Philly Improv Theater House Teams with one purpose- to be class clowns. They have been trained to find the funny in even the most mundane or grotesque historical and scientific lectures. You will learn and then you will laugh.
      Chip Chantry
      Chip Chantry
      Chip Chantry has been a Philadelphia-based standup comedian since 2003. He has performed for crowds in theaters and clubs across the country. A regular at Helium Comedy Club in Philadelphia, he is a four-time finalist in their annual Philly's Phunniest Competition. He recently released his first live comedy album, "Across from the Adonis", and philly.com named his twitter account one of the "12 Best Twitter Accounts in Philadelphia" for 2012. Wow, he sounds like a really cool guy.
      Darin Hayton
      Darin Hayton
      Darin Hayton is Associate Professor of the History of Science at Haverford College. He is particularly interested in how political systems use and therefore shape scientific knowledge. Darins research focuses on science in pre-modern Central Europe, where we see rulers turning increasingly toward science in their effort to establish and extend their political authority. Darin has just finished his first book on astrology and propaganda in the Holy Roman Empire. He looks forward to starting research on his second book on the role of scientific expertise in Renaissance Hungary. When hes not galavanting around Europe doing research, Darin teaches courses on the history of science and speaks to audiences of all sorts about the history of science.
      Elly Truitt
      Elly Truitt
      Elly R. Truitt is an assistant professor of medieval history at Bryn Mawr College. Her book, Medieval Robots: Automata, 800-1450, will be coming out in 2014 from Penn Press.
      Emily & Micah McGraw
      Emily & Micah McGraw
      Emily and Micah started singing together as soon as they met in 1999. Broke and bored in Los Angeles, they mostly sat around and wrote comedy songs. After moving to Philadelphia in 2005, they began performing at comedy venues around the city. The McGraws live in West Philly with their cat, Regis and daughter, Nico.
      Michael  Yudell
      Michael Yudell
      Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH,is the Director of the Program for the Study of Public Health Ethics and History and Associate Professor atthe Drexel University School of Public Health where he studies the history of public health and science. Yudell also writes the blog "The Public's Health" for the Philadelphia Inquirer. The blog covers thecontemporary, historical, and ethical challenges that lie ahead for public health in the 21st century. He received his B.A. from Tufts University, an MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and a PhD from Columbia University. He is the author of two books on the human genome project and a forthcoming book on the history of the race concept. Yudell is currently writing Ages of Uncertainty: Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Search for Cause and Cure, a history of autism spectrum disorders.
      Secret Pants
      Secret Pants
      Secret Pants is the longest-running consistently active sketch comedy group in Philadelphia. They perform in and around Philadelphia and farther away when making it to work on time isn’t a concern. They have produced nearly one-hundred online videos and have been featured on Comedy Central, College Humor, and other sites that steal videos and post them as their own. They won the first and second Dirtiest Sketch in Philadelphia competition and other things that didn’t award prize money. Also, they’re negative.
    • Partners

      Philly Improv Theater
      Philly Improv Theater
      Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) is a showcase for Philadelphia comedy shows – and home to the best improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy Philadelphia has to offer. In addition to our more than 300 popular and affordable BYOB shows at The Shubin Theatre each year, PHIT has also produced for the Philly Fringe Festival and taken its company on the road throughout the United States. PHIT’s Training Center is the largest of its kind in the country and introduces hundreds of everyday people to the world of comedy each year. We offer extensive training in improv, sketch comedy, stand-up, and storytelling for students of all ages in a relaxed community setting with a focus on having fun, learning, and laughing a lot. Students and instructors from PHIT have gone on to become performers on our stage, hot acts at comedy festivals around the country, published authors, and even writers and performers for TV.
      Haverford College
      Haverford College
      Haverford College is one of America's leading liberal arts colleges, a close-knit intellectual community that combines the Quaker values of dignity, tolerance, and respect with a rigorous academic program.
      Drexel University
      Drexel University
      Drexel University enrolls more than 22,000 students and offers 96 bachelor’s programs, 88 master’s programs, 35 doctoral programs, a doctor of medicine program, a juris doctorate and 45 graduate-level certificate programs. Drexel is ranked among the best national doctoral universities by U.S.News & World Report in its “America’s Best Colleges 2011,” and many of Drexel’s other programs across its colleges and schools are consistently ranked among the nation’s best.
      Bryn Mawr College
      Bryn Mawr College
  • Science Crawl: Brain Games

    Science Crawl: Brain Games

    Bust out your thinking cap and embark on a tour of your brain on this four-stop science crawl in Old City. Play a memory game show at Continental, meet one smart bird at Indy Hall, and learn what "brain freeze" really is.


    Science Crawl: Brain Games

    Science Crawl: Brain Games

    Sun, Apr 27

    04:00 pm

    Adults

    Break out your thinking cap and embark on a tour of the human brain during this four-stop science crawl in Old City. Explore the neuroscience of memory while playing games at the Continental, fine tune your motor skills at National Mechanics, and discover the connection between emotion and sweets at Shane Confectionery, and more!

    CRAWL BEGINS AT INDY HALL: 22 N 3rd St, Philadelphia PA, 19106

    *Food and/or beverage included at each stop
    • Tickets

      Reservation required

      Price: $35

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      Indy Hall

      22 N. 3rd street

      Philadelphia, PA , 19106

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Al Bruno
      Al Bruno
      Al Bruno first came to The Franklin Institute in 2008 as a volunteer with the Museum Programs department. After two pro-bono years, he became a full-time Scientific Interpreter in 2010, much to the chagrin of his current co-workers. He enjoys performing live science shows for the public, as well as constructing shoddy props made mostly of particle board, Mod-Podge, and electronic components he finds in his desk. One of Als most recent undertakings was a Skype-based circulatory system lesson that included a virtual tour of the famous Giant Heart. Al was previously cast as Nikola Tesla for a Benjamin Franklin Awards promotional video, requiring him to grow what became known as the greatest moustache in the history of mankind.
      Chris Maute
      Chris Maute
      Leigh Lightner
      Leigh Lightner
      My passion for animals started when I was very young and it never went away. I’ve been working with animals for the past 13 years and have been educating people, young and old, for the past 12 years. I will continue to combine both my passion for animals and educating the public for as long as humanely possible. I am infatuated with sloths.
      Marci Pelchat
      Marci Pelchat
      Monell scientist Marcia Levin Pelchat's major research interest is the development and modification of food preferences in humans. Recent investigations focus on improving rejection of novel foods, mechanisms of food cravings, and food preferences in the elderly. Pelchat received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
      Timshel Purdum
      Timshel Purdum
      Ms. Timshel Purdum is the Director of Education and Lifelong Learning at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Her favorite number is 8 (infinity y’all) and as far as she is concerned, cephalopods rule the universe. She has a B.S. in Biology from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. in Environmental Education from the New Jersey School of Conservation, Montclair State University. She will continue to be involved in science education until they nail shut her recyclable coffin.
    • Partners

      The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
      The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
      Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a leading natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science. The Academy is the place for young and old to experience natural science in a fun and engaging way. Visitors can stroll through a tropical butterfly garden, touch live animals, meet real scientists, get face-to-face with a towering T. rex, and more.
      Monell Chemical Senses Center
      Monell Chemical Senses Center
      Founded in 1968, the Monell Chemical Senses Center is the world’s leading independent research organization dedicated to the science of taste and smell. The Center’s cutting–edge interdisciplinary research advances understanding of the mechanisms and functions of these primal senses to benefit human health and well-being. In its role as a nonprofit, Monell provides a comprehensive resource for information and serves as an authority on the science of taste and smell. An integral part of Monell’s mission is preparation of the next generation of scientists. Hundreds of PhD-level scientists have received training through Monell’s pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training programs, while the Center’s highly successful Science Apprenticeship Program for high school and college students is now in its 30th year. A Philadelphia asset, the Monell Center continues to pursue its groundbreaking exploration of taste and smell, building knowledge and the corresponding potential to benefit human life.
      The Franklin Institute
      The Franklin Institute
      In 1824, The Franklin Institute was founded to honor Benjamin Franklin and to advance the usefulness of his inventions. Today, The Franklin Institute is a vibrant organization that continues to offer new and exciting science learning experiences for the citizens of Philadelphia. The Institute has grown to become an integral part of the city by providing a hands-on approach to science and technology through community outreach initiatives and innovative partnerships in public education. It has become a dynamic agent of change through its rich array of exhibitions, programs, lectures, and discussions designed to illuminate issues in contemporary science. The Franklin Institute continues to reflect Benjamin Franklin’s spirit of inquiry and discovery as it strives to inspire an understanding of and passion for science and technology learning.
      University of Pennsylvania
      University of Pennsylvania
      Penn has a long and proud tradition of intellectual rigor and pursuit of innovative knowledge, begun by Benjamin Franklin in 1740. That tradition lives today through the creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement of our faculty, students, and staff.
      Continental
      Continental
      Indy Hall
      Indy Hall
      Shane Confectionery
      Shane Confectionery
    • Activities

      National Mechanics: The Motor Cortex and the Cerebellum 

      Learn about the neural machinery behind movement and coordination at National Mechanics. Eavesdrop on the electrical conversation between your brain and muscles while posing and flexing, and see why games of fine-motor skill can sometimes get easier after a few drinks. 

      Continental: The Hippocampus 

      Who had the game-winning hit for the Phillies in the 2008 World Series? What was the name of the popular 80s game of memory skill that often resulted in a player going down the drain? Step up your memory game as a contestant at the Continental and learn how the brain consolidates and retrieves memories. 

      Indy Hall: The Prefrontal Cortex 

      The term "bird brain" should be considered a compliment. While humans use their prefrontal cortex to plan complex behaviors, birds have a sophisticated processing system that works in a similar way. Match your wits against a few intellectual avians at Indy Hall and discover why we're not that different from our feathered friends. 

      Shane Confectionery: The Limbic System 

      Take a trip back to your childhood while chewing on a piece of taffy at Shane Confectionery. Discover how smells and tastes are tied to the limbic system, the ancient part of the brain involved in pleasure, motivation and emotional memory.

Mon, April 28

  • 9:00 AM
  • Field Trip: From STEM to Stern at the Independence Seaport Museum

    Field Trip: From STEM to Stern at the Independence Seaport Museum

    Hop on the oldest steel warship afloat in the world, the Olympia, and explore mechanical advantage and the science of weaponry. Discover the ecology of the surrounding river shore and sharpen your seaman skills with hands-on boat building techniques.

    Field Trip: From STEM to Stern at the Independence Seaport Museum

    Field Trip: From STEM to Stern at the Independence Seaport Museum

    Mon, Apr 28

    09:00 am

    Educators

    Students

    All aboard for adventure as we learn about science on the water! Hop on the oldest steel warship afloat in the world, the Olympia, and explore mechanical advantage and the science of weaponry. Discover the ecology of the surrounding river shore and sharpen your seaman skills with hands-on boat building techniques. $9 per student and chaperone for groups of 10+. 1 complimentary chaperone for every 10 students.

    • Tickets

      Reservation required

      Free

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      Independence Seaport Museum

      211 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard

      Philadelphia, PA , 19106

      Directions


    • Partners

      Independence Seaport Museum
      Independence Seaport Museum
      Independence Seaport Museum maintains one of the largest maritime collections in North America, combining more than 25,000 artifacts with hands-on exhibits and large-scale models. In addition to exhibits, the Museum has a traditional wooden boat shop, the J. Welles Henderson Archives and Library and a concert hall with sound stage quality acoustics. The Museum also includes two National Historic Landmark ships—the Spanish-American War Cruiser, Olympia, and the World War II Submarine Becuna. Located at Philadelphia’s Penn’s Landing Waterfront, the museum is open year round. Visit www.phillyseaport.org for more information.
  • 10:00 AM
  • Educator Workshop: Integrating STEM into Project-Based Learning

    Educator Workshop: Integrating STEM into Project-Based Learning

    Learn how to effectively embed STEM content into your project-based learning approaches. Gain strategies that will help you incorporate student choice and voice into learning opportunities. Presented by The Franklin Institute.

    Educator Workshop: Integrating STEM into Project-Based Learning

    Educator Workshop: Integrating STEM into Project-Based Learning

    Mon, Apr 28

    10:00 am

    Educators

    Learn how to effectively embed STEM content into your program using project-based learning approaches. Through hands-on examples and workshop discussion, gain strategies to construct quality experiences that incorporate student choice and voice into learning opportunities. Presented by The Franklin Institute.
    • Tickets

      Reservation required

      Price: Free

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      The Franklin Institute 5th Floor Conference Center

      222 North 20th Street

      Philadelphia, PA , 19103

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Anna Padget
      Anna Padget
      Anna Padget Crocker (EdM) is a Project Associate for the Gender, Adult Learning, and Community Engagement Programs Department at The Franklin Institute. She manages the National Science Foundation-funded STEM 3D: Integrating Science into Afterschool, Home, and Community project, which is a partnership between the museum and four out-of-school-time programs throughout Philadelphia. Anna specializes in developing training modules designed to build capacity in facilitators new to science education. Her background includes writing field-based environmental education curriculum and evaluating family, school, and community partnerships.
    • Partners

      The Franklin Institute
      The Franklin Institute
      In 1824, The Franklin Institute was founded to honor Benjamin Franklin and to advance the usefulness of his inventions. Today, The Franklin Institute is a vibrant organization that continues to offer new and exciting science learning experiences for the citizens of Philadelphia. The Institute has grown to become an integral part of the city by providing a hands-on approach to science and technology through community outreach initiatives and innovative partnerships in public education. It has become a dynamic agent of change through its rich array of exhibitions, programs, lectures, and discussions designed to illuminate issues in contemporary science. The Franklin Institute continues to reflect Benjamin Franklin’s spirit of inquiry and discovery as it strives to inspire an understanding of and passion for science and technology learning.
  • 3:30 PM
  • Haverford Avenue Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Haverford Avenue Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Celebrate science in your neighborhood with a mini carnival of science exploration! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge to provide FUN and FREE programs for all to enjoy.

    Haverford Avenue Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Haverford Avenue Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Mon, Apr 28

    03:30 pm

    Families

    Students

    Build your own race car and race your friends, learn how to tell if water is safe to drink, examine the human brain under a microscope, meet animal ambassadors to learn about climate change, and talk to scientists who specialize in brain repair!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: free

    • Location

      Haverford Library

      5543 Haverford Avenue

      Philadelphia , PA , 19139

      Directions


    • Partners

      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
      In 1891, the Free Library of Philadelphia was chartered as "a general library which shall be free to all." Since its establishment, the Free Library has grown to become a city-wide system that includes 49 branches, the Parkway Central Library, the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and three regional libraries. The Free Library offers one of the country's most extensive collections as well as a series of educational programs, including adult education classes, author events, career services, after-school programs, and the Philadelphia Book Festival. With more than 6 million visits a year and 25 million Web hits a month, the Free Library is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in the city.
      Philadelphia Zoo
      Philadelphia Zoo
      The Philadelphia Zoo opened its gates on July 1, 1874. Like many other Philadelphia landmarks and institutions, the Philadelphia Zoo is an American first. Today, the Philadelphia Zoo’s 42-acre Victorian garden is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare and endangered. With state-of-the-art animal exhibits, award-winning education and conservation programs, recreational opportunities, guest services, and scientific accomplishments, the Zoo has become one of the world's most renowned zoological societies and gardens. Fulfilling its mission of conservation, science, education and recreation, the Philadelphia Zoo continues to support and to engage in conservation efforts to protect endangered species around the world.
      Please Touch Museum
      Please Touch Museum
      Since its establishment in 1976, Please Touch Museum has been the Children’s Museum of Philadelphia. It was the first museum in the nation designed for families with children ages seven and younger. With a mission to enrich the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play, Please Touch Museum has laid the foundation for a lifetime of learning and cultural awareness. Its celebration of childhood development has helped children cultivate their problem-solving skills, develop their imaginations and creativity, and build new relationships with others. Since its establishment, Please Touch Museum has become one of the best children’s museums in the nation, and it will continue to carry out its mission through its fun and imaginative exhibits and programs.
      GreenTreks Network, Inc.
      GreenTreks Network, Inc.
      GreenTreks Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental education and communications. Our inspiring documentaries cover a variety of environmental topics that are relevant to our local region. Currently, GreenTreks is focused on two main initiatives. EcoExpress.org is an environmental education website that provides short documentary videos, lesson plan content, and connections to experiential-learning opportunities to teachers and students in Pennsylvania. StormwaterPA.org provides video case studies that address stormwater and watershed issues in Pennsylvania.
      Penn Center for Brain Injury and Repair
      Penn Center for Brain Injury and Repair
      Today there are no treatments available to halt the progressive damage initiated by brain trauma. Yet there is hope, based largely on exciting, groundbreaking research at the Penn Center for Brain Injury and Repair at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. The Penn Center for Brain Injury and Repair (previously called the Head Injury Center) has been in existence for more than 30 years and is one of only five designated Brain Injury Centers nationwide, an honor bestowed by the National Institutes of Health.
      Professional Development Dimensions
      Professional Development Dimensions
      La Salle University
      La Salle University
      La Salle University is an independent, coeducational insititution that was founded in Philadelphia in 1863 by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, a Catholic order dedicated to teaching and career preparation. Today, La Salle has three schools—Arts and Sciences, Business, and Nursing and Health Sciences—as well as the College of Professional and Continuing studies, and serves more than 7,000 graduate and undergraduate students. In 2009, La Salle University reaffirmed its longstanding commitment to the sciences by opening its renovated and expanded Holroyd Hall, featuring the Hugh and Nancy Devlin Center for Science and Technology.
    • Activities

      Dr. Century- How is Bessie Coleman Related to Things That
      Fly?

      Penn Center for Brain Injury and Repair - Do You Mind Your Brain?

      GreenTreks Network - How Can I Clean Water?

      Philadelphia Zoo - How Can Your Cereal Save A Tiger?

      LaSalle University -How Do My Bones Grow?

      Please Touch Museum - What Is the Science Behind A Slinky?

      Professional Development Dimensions- Can You Engineer To New Heights?

  • Ramonita de Rodriguez Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Ramonita de Rodriguez Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Celebrate science in your neighborhood with a mini carnival of science exploration! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge to provide FUN and FREE programs for all to enjoy.

    Ramonita de Rodriguez Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Ramonita de Rodriguez Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Mon, Apr 28

    03:30 pm

    Will update with specific event description.
    • 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
      In 1891, the Free Library of Philadelphia was chartered as "a general library which shall be free to all." Since its establishment, the Free Library has grown to become a city-wide system that includes 49 branches, the Parkway Central Library, the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and three regional libraries. The Free Library offers one of the country's most extensive collections as well as a series of educational programs, including adult education classes, author events, career services, after-school programs, and the Philadelphia Book Festival. With more than 6 million visits a year and 25 million Web hits a month, the Free Library is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in the city.
      Temple University
      Temple University
      Founded in 1884 by Dr. Russell Conwell, Temple College became Temple University in 1907 and has evolved into a comprehensive urban research and academic institution. Explore Temple traditions, read the Mission Statement, check out the latest news or follow Owl Athletic teams.
      Drexel University
      Drexel University
      Drexel University enrolls more than 22,000 students and offers 96 bachelor’s programs, 88 master’s programs, 35 doctoral programs, a doctor of medicine program, a juris doctorate and 45 graduate-level certificate programs. Drexel is ranked among the best national doctoral universities by U.S.News & World Report in its “America’s Best Colleges 2011,” and many of Drexel’s other programs across its colleges and schools are consistently ranked among the nation’s best.
    • Activities

      Drexel University Civic 101 - Can You Make Your Own
      Playdough?

      Drexel University Civic 101 - How Far Can Your Paper Airplane Fly?

      Temple University Community Engagement Course- Is Your Phone a Microscope?

      LEAP Into Science- How Many Drops Can Fit on a Penny?

  • Cecil B. Moore Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Cecil B. Moore Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Celebrate science in your neighborhood with a mini carnival of science exploration! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge to provide FUN and FREE programs for all to enjoy.

    Cecil B. Moore Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Cecil B. Moore Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Mon, Apr 28

    03:30 pm

    Families

    Students

    Will update with specific activities.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: free

    • Location

      Cecil B. Moore Library

      2320 Cecil B. Moore Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA , 19121

      Directions


    • Partners

      Wagner Free Institute of Science
      Wagner Free Institute of Science
      In 1855, Philadelphian William Wagner established the Wagner Free Institute of Science as one of the earliest free adult science education programs in the nation. As an educational institution and natural history museum, the Wagner maintains library and museum collections assembled to teach science to the public. These collections now contain over 100,000 specimens, including mounted animals, fossils, rocks, minerals, insects, and shells. The Wagner also offers a range of educational programs, including college-level courses, scientific lecture series and symposia, and science lessons specifically designed for elementary students. With its extensive collections and educational programs, the Wagner Free Institute of Science has carried its legacy into the 21st century, continuing to make science education accessible and interesting for people of all ages.
      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
      In 1891, the Free Library of Philadelphia was chartered as "a general library which shall be free to all." Since its establishment, the Free Library has grown to become a city-wide system that includes 49 branches, the Parkway Central Library, the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and three regional libraries. The Free Library offers one of the country's most extensive collections as well as a series of educational programs, including adult education classes, author events, career services, after-school programs, and the Philadelphia Book Festival. With more than 6 million visits a year and 25 million Web hits a month, the Free Library is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in the city.
      The Franklin Institute
      The Franklin Institute
      In 1824, The Franklin Institute was founded to honor Benjamin Franklin and to advance the usefulness of his inventions. Today, The Franklin Institute is a vibrant organization that continues to offer new and exciting science learning experiences for the citizens of Philadelphia. The Institute has grown to become an integral part of the city by providing a hands-on approach to science and technology through community outreach initiatives and innovative partnerships in public education. It has become a dynamic agent of change through its rich array of exhibitions, programs, lectures, and discussions designed to illuminate issues in contemporary science. The Franklin Institute continues to reflect Benjamin Franklin’s spirit of inquiry and discovery as it strives to inspire an understanding of and passion for science and technology learning.
      Drexel University
      Drexel University
      Drexel University enrolls more than 22,000 students and offers 96 bachelor’s programs, 88 master’s programs, 35 doctoral programs, a doctor of medicine program, a juris doctorate and 45 graduate-level certificate programs. Drexel is ranked among the best national doctoral universities by U.S.News & World Report in its “America’s Best Colleges 2011,” and many of Drexel’s other programs across its colleges and schools are consistently ranked among the nation’s best.
      Falomi Club/Camp Fire
      Falomi Club/Camp Fire
    • Activities


      Acelero Early Learning Center - Who Is A Scientist?

      Drexel University Civic 101 - Can You Launch a Balloon Rocket?


      Drexel University Civic 101 - How Tall is Your Marshmallow Tower?

      Drexel Graduate Women in Science and Engineering - How Do Boats Float?

      Falomi Campfire- Am I Really What I Eat?

      Honickman Learning Center STEM 3D Project - What Makes A Circuit Complete?

      The Wagner Free Institute of Science - Do You Want To Keep A Nature Journal?




  • Charles L. Durham Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Charles L. Durham Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Celebrate science in your neighborhood with a celebration of science exploration! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge to provide FUN and FREE programs for all to enjoy.

    Charles L. Durham Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Charles L. Durham Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Mon, Apr 28

    03:30 pm

    Families

    Students

    Learn how forensic anthropologists find clues from bones during crime investigations, make your own lip balm using chemistry and cosmetic engineering, and see how animals protect themselves in the wild, complete with live demonstrations from some special guests!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: free

    • Location

      Charles L Durham Library

      3320 Haverford Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA , 19104-2021

      Directions


    • Partners

      The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
      The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
      Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a leading natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science. The Academy is the place for young and old to experience natural science in a fun and engaging way. Visitors can stroll through a tropical butterfly garden, touch live animals, meet real scientists, get face-to-face with a towering T. rex, and more.
      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
      In 1891, the Free Library of Philadelphia was chartered as "a general library which shall be free to all." Since its establishment, the Free Library has grown to become a city-wide system that includes 49 branches, the Parkway Central Library, the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and three regional libraries. The Free Library offers one of the country's most extensive collections as well as a series of educational programs, including adult education classes, author events, career services, after-school programs, and the Philadelphia Book Festival. With more than 6 million visits a year and 25 million Web hits a month, the Free Library is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in the city.
      The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
      The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
      The College of Physicians of Philadelphia was founded in 1787 by a group of physicians inspired by a mission to create better physicians to better serve the public. A non-profit, educational, and cultural institution, the College of Physicians strives to promote health while upholding the ideals and heritage of medicine. It is a prominent and historical Philadelphia institution, and it is also the nation’s oldest medical society. The College of Physicians continues to honor the mission of its founders by improving the health of the public through service, education, and health advocacy.
      Drexel University
      Drexel University
      Drexel University enrolls more than 22,000 students and offers 96 bachelor’s programs, 88 master’s programs, 35 doctoral programs, a doctor of medicine program, a juris doctorate and 45 graduate-level certificate programs. Drexel is ranked among the best national doctoral universities by U.S.News & World Report in its “America’s Best Colleges 2011,” and many of Drexel’s other programs across its colleges and schools are consistently ranked among the nation’s best.
    • Activities

      The College of Physicians of Philadelphia- Bone Detectives:
      What Happens When A Skeleton Is Discovered?

      Drexel University - Can I Make My Own Lip Balm?

      Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University- It's Wild Out There! How Do
      Animals Protect Themselves?

      Drexel University Civic 101- How Many Drops Can Fit on a Penny?

  • Falls of Schuylkill Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Falls of Schuylkill Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Celebrate science in your neighborhood with a mini carnival of science exploration! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge to provide FUN and FREE programs for all to enjoy.

    Falls of Schuylkill Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Falls of Schuylkill Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Mon, Apr 28

    03:30 pm

    Families

    Students

    Discover what's stronger than stone in a graveyard, have some fun with liquid nitrogen, and learn how architects are developing buildings that sense and respond to the environment! You'll also learn how fish use their sense of smell to travel upriver in spring, meet some animals who will show you how they adapt to their environment, learn about clean drinking water, and get up close and personal with mummies!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: free

    • Location

      Falls of Schuylkill Library

      3501 Midvale Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA , 19129

      Directions


    • Partners

      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
      In 1891, the Free Library of Philadelphia was chartered as "a general library which shall be free to all." Since its establishment, the Free Library has grown to become a city-wide system that includes 49 branches, the Parkway Central Library, the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and three regional libraries. The Free Library offers one of the country's most extensive collections as well as a series of educational programs, including adult education classes, author events, career services, after-school programs, and the Philadelphia Book Festival. With more than 6 million visits a year and 25 million Web hits a month, the Free Library is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in the city.
      Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)
      Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)
      Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) founded in 1887, celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2012. With its extensive research, collections, exhibitions, and educational programming, Penn Museum is an internationally renowned institution dedicated to the exploration, study, and understanding of human history and cultural diversity. Penn Museum has conducted more than 400 research expeditions around the world and has collected nearly one million objects. Galleries feature materials from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Central America, Asia, and the ancient Mediterranean World, as well as artifacts from native peoples of the Americas and Africa. With educational programming for children, families and adults,Penn Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind’s collective heritage.
      Philadelphia Water Department
      Philadelphia Water Department
      The Philadelphia Water Department and Water Revenue Bureau serve the Greater Philadelphia region by providing integrated water, wastewater, and stormwater services.
      Riverbend Environmental Education Center
      Riverbend Environmental Education Center
      Since 1974, Riverbend Environmental Education Center has been enriching the lives of children and families through engaging environmental education. From its beginnings as a quiet nature preserve, Riverbend has evolved to a thriving center for environmental education that touches the lives of nearly 14,000 people annually. Whether it is to participate in a public program or just to wander on our trails, a visit to Riverbend offers families a quiet place to relax, unwind and observe the wonders of nature.
      Laurel Hill Cemetery
      Laurel Hill Cemetery
      Founded in 1836 along the banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Laurel Hill is one of the most important cemeteries in the United States, and the first to be named a National Historic Landmark. From war heroes to influential politicians and important inventors, from visionary artists to powerful industrialists, Laurel Hill is the final resting place of numerous notables who have impacted the storylines of our city and nation. Open daily with free admission for recreational and educational use, Laurel Hill also offers a diverse selection of public tours and programs, while maintaining its identity as an honored resting place into the 21st century.
      Philadelphia University
      Philadelphia University
    • Activities

      Laurel Hill Cemetery: What is Stronger than Stone?

      Philadelphia University- How Can We Design Buildings to Sense and Respond in
      Real Time?

      Riverbend Environmental Education Center - What Do Animals Need?

      Philadelphia University- What's in Your DNA?

      Philadelphia University - What Happens When Matter Gets Really Cold?

      Fairmount Water Works- Do We Drink The River?

      Penn Museum - How Did The Ancient Greeks Move So Much Water?

  • Eastwick Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Eastwick Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Celebrate science in your neighborhood with a mini carnival of science exploration! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge to provide FUN and FREE programs for all to enjoy.

    Eastwick Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Eastwick Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Mon, Apr 28

    03:30 pm

    Families

    Students

    What better way to celebrate science than in your own backyard? Join the Philadelphia Science Festival at your neighborhood library after school for a celebration of science exploration! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge to provide FUN and FREE programs, including interactive activities, family-friendly experiments, and hands-on demonstrations, for all to enjoy.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: Free

    • Location

      Eastwick Library

      2851 Island Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA , 19153

      Directions


    • Partners

      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
      In 1891, the Free Library of Philadelphia was chartered as "a general library which shall be free to all." Since its establishment, the Free Library has grown to become a city-wide system that includes 49 branches, the Parkway Central Library, the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and three regional libraries. The Free Library offers one of the country's most extensive collections as well as a series of educational programs, including adult education classes, author events, career services, after-school programs, and the Philadelphia Book Festival. With more than 6 million visits a year and 25 million Web hits a month, the Free Library is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in the city.
      The Franklin Institute
      The Franklin Institute
      In 1824, The Franklin Institute was founded to honor Benjamin Franklin and to advance the usefulness of his inventions. Today, The Franklin Institute is a vibrant organization that continues to offer new and exciting science learning experiences for the citizens of Philadelphia. The Institute has grown to become an integral part of the city by providing a hands-on approach to science and technology through community outreach initiatives and innovative partnerships in public education. It has become a dynamic agent of change through its rich array of exhibitions, programs, lectures, and discussions designed to illuminate issues in contemporary science. The Franklin Institute continues to reflect Benjamin Franklin’s spirit of inquiry and discovery as it strives to inspire an understanding of and passion for science and technology learning.
      Bartram's Garden
      Bartram's Garden
      Bartram’s Garden, located along the banks of the Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia, sparks curiosity, encourages lifelong learning, and inspires audiences of all ages to care for the natural world. The Garden and Bartram House are National Historic Landmarks operated by the John Bartram Association in partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation.
      John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
      John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
      The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is located in Philadelphia and Delaware Counties, Pennsylvania. Over the years, the refuge has become a resting and feeding area for more than 300 species of birds, 80 of which nest here. Fox, deer, muskrat, turtles, fish, frogs and a wide variety of wildflowers and plants call the refuge "home".
    • Activities

      Greener Partners- How Does Your Dinner Grow?

      LEAP Into Science- How Many Drops Can Fit on a Penny?

      USFWS - John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge - Where Can I Find Wildlife in the
      City?

      The Franklin Institute- What Does Your Brain Do?

      Bartram's Garden - Who's a Natural Historian?


  • 4:00 PM
  • Educator Workshop: Project Learning Tree

    Educator Workshop: Project Learning Tree

    Explore the ways that trees impact our daily lives and experience the journey of a water droplet — from the clouds, through the trees and into the ground! Gain resources for use in Pre-K through Grade 8 classrooms. Presented by John Heinz National Wil

    Educator Workshop: Project Learning Tree

    Educator Workshop: Project Learning Tree

    Mon, Apr 28

    04:00 pm

    Educators

    Explore the ways that trees impact our daily lives and experience the journey of a water droplet — from the clouds, through the trees and into the ground! Gain resources for use in Pre-K through Grade 8 classrooms. Presented by John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.










    Directions:


    The main entrance
    to the Refuge at 86th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard in Southwest Philadelphia
    provides access to the Visitor Center.


    Public Transportation 


    SEPTA's Route 37
    and 108 buses both stop at 84th St. and Lindbergh Blvd.


    SEPTA's Regional
    Rail Line has a stop at the Eastwick Station. This is several blocks southeast
    of the Refuge's Main Entrance at 86th St. and Lindbergh Blvd. 


     


    Driving 


    From the South (Traveling Northbound) on I-95 


    Traveling on I-95
    North, take Exit 10 (on to Rt. 291)


    ·       At
    the first light, turn left onto Bartram Ave.


    ·       At
    the fifth light, turn left onto 84th St.


    ·       At
    the second light, turn left onto Lindbergh Blvd.*


    From the North (Traveling Southbound) on I-95 


    ·       Traveling
    on I-95 South, take Exit 14 (Bartram Ave.)


    ·       At
    the 5th light turn right onto 84th Street


    ·       At
    the second light make a left onto Lindbergh Blvd .*


    From City Line, 30th Street, University City Area of Philadelphia 


    ·       Traveling
    on I-76 East, stay in left lane after passing the 28th Street Exit


    ·       and
    follow signs for Rte.291 West


    ·       At
    the light, turn right onto Rte.291 West and go over the Platt Bridge


    ·       Stay
    in the left lane as you come off the bridge-DO NOT go on to I-95 South


    ·       After
    nearing end of exit bear right onto Island Avenue-At the first traffic light
    turn left onto Bartram Avenue


    ·       Go
    to the first traffic light and turn right onto 84th Street


    ·       Go
    to the second traffic light and turn left onto Lindbergh Blvd.*


    From the Blue Route (I-476) 


    ·       Traveling
    on I-476 South, stay in the left lane, and follow signs for I-95 North


    ·       Get
    off Exit 10 of I-95.


    ·       At
    the first light, turn left onto Bartram Ave.


    ·       At
    the 5th light, turn left onto 84th St.


    ·       At
    the second light, turn left onto Lindbergh Blvd. *


    * In each case
    follow Lindbergh Blvd. to first stop sign-refuge entrance on right



    • Tickets

      Reservation required

      Price: Free

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

      8601 Lindbergh Boulevard

      Philadelphia, PA , 19153

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Erika Scarborough
      Erika Scarborough
      Erika Scarborough has served as the Environmental Education Specialist at the USFWS, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum since 1999. With an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a masters in Environmental Education, Erika has ten years experience teaching environmental concepts to everyone from toddlers to adults. Additionally, she has conducted professional development through in-service and pre-service workshops, frequently using materials from Project WET and Learning Tree to assist area educators in meeting core curriculum standards.
    • Partners

      John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
      John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
      The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is located in Philadelphia and Delaware Counties, Pennsylvania. Over the years, the refuge has become a resting and feeding area for more than 300 species of birds, 80 of which nest here. Fox, deer, muskrat, turtles, fish, frogs and a wide variety of wildflowers and plants call the refuge "home".
  • 4:30 PM
  • Educator Workshop:  Save the Penguins! Teaching the Science of Heat Transfer Through Engineering Design

    Educator Workshop: Save the Penguins! Teaching the Science of Heat Transfer Through Engineering Design

    Keep the penguins chilly with this cool investigation! Learn how to introduce engineering design and the fundamentals of heat and energy transfer to your middle school class. Receive a curriculum guide and learn how to expand this STEM lesson into a unit

    Educator Workshop:  Save the Penguins! Teaching the Science of Heat Transfer Through Engineering Design

    Educator Workshop: Save the Penguins! Teaching the Science of Heat Transfer Through Engineering Design

    Mon, Apr 28

    04:30 pm

    Educators

    Keep the penguins chilly with this cool investigation! Learn how to introduce engineering design and the fundamentals of heat and energy transfer to your middle school class. Receive a curriculum guide and learn how to expand this STEM lesson into a unit on alternative energy sources.
    In the investigation, students build dwellings that protect penguin-shaped ice cubes from increasingly warming temperatures and test materials for their ability to slow thermal energy transfer in order to keep the ice penguins cool. Students then build a penguin home using the material of their choice to see how well the dwellings keep the penguin-shaped ice cubes from melting in a test oven. Presented by Temple University College of Education.







    Directions:
    Travel to Temple University: Parking is limited on campus, but in case people drive, there is a parking garage at 11th and Montgomery. The best way to campus is using either the SEPTA Regional Rail or the SEPTA subway system. The Regional Rail from Market East near the Convention Center is a 12 minute ride and the schedule can be found at:http://septa.org/service/rail/. The train stops at campus with a 10 minute walk to Ritter Hall. There's also the Broad Street subway line (Orange Line), which is also very convenient and easy to use. Attendees should get off at the Cecil B. Moore (Temple University) stop.
    • Tickets

      Reservation required

      Price: Free

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      Temple University Ritter Hall Room 302

      1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave

      Philadelphia , PA , 19122

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Carol Brandt
      Carol Brandt
      Carol Brandt is educational anthropologist and Assistant Professor of Science Education at Temple University. She teaches science education methods in the Early Childhood Education Program. She has been involved in studying innovative learning environments that foster engagement in STEM (science-technology-engineering-math) for students from underserved communities. Another project she has focuses on using the design studio to teach middle school students about basic principles of engineering.
    • Partners

      Temple University
      Temple University
      Founded in 1884 by Dr. Russell Conwell, Temple College became Temple University in 1907 and has evolved into a comprehensive urban research and academic institution. Explore Temple traditions, read the Mission Statement, check out the latest news or follow Owl Athletic teams.
  • 6:00 PM
  • Science on Tap Quizzo

    Science on Tap Quizzo

    Back for the fourth year and more competitive than ever! Assemble your team and prepare to square off and answer science trivia tidbits in this all-out battle for top scientific prowess.

    Science on Tap Quizzo

    Science on Tap Quizzo

    Mon, Apr 28

    06:00 pm

    Adults

    Back for the fourth year and more competitive than ever! Assemble your team and prepare to square off and answer science trivia tidbits in this all-out battle for top scientific prowess.

    For more information and a list of quizzo rules, click here
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: Free

    • Location

      National Mechanics

      22 South 3rd Street

      Philadelphia, PA , 19106

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Dan Ueda
      Dan Ueda
      Daniel Ueda is a teacher of Physics and Engineering at Central High School. He runs a FIRST robotics program at the school that includes 90 students, 7 adults and a $60,000 budget derived completely from fundraising. Dan has taught at Central for 6 years, and taught math and science in Brooklyn for an additional 5 years. Before becoming a teacher, Dan worked as an engineer for ION Design in NJ and received patents for work on medical devices. In 2013, Dan was the recipient of the Geek of the Year Award, the Engineers Week Delaware Valley Outstanding Science Teacher Award, and the Lindback Award. On April 4th, his robotics team, the RoboLancers, hosted the Philadelphia Robotics Expo at the University of Pennsylvania, an educational event intended to inspire students to enter STEM fields. His team has won multiple awards for inspiring students across the region and earned a trip to the FIRST world championship in 2013. Dan has taught English in China, bicycled through Europe and across the U.S., and likes to play ultimate Frisbee in his non-existent spare time.
    • Partners

      The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
      The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
      Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a leading natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science. The Academy is the place for young and old to experience natural science in a fun and engaging way. Visitors can stroll through a tropical butterfly garden, touch live animals, meet real scientists, get face-to-face with a towering T. rex, and more.
      Wagner Free Institute of Science
      Wagner Free Institute of Science
      In 1855, Philadelphian William Wagner established the Wagner Free Institute of Science as one of the earliest free adult science education programs in the nation. As an educational institution and natural history museum, the Wagner maintains library and museum collections assembled to teach science to the public. These collections now contain over 100,000 specimens, including mounted animals, fossils, rocks, minerals, insects, and shells. The Wagner also offers a range of educational programs, including college-level courses, scientific lecture series and symposia, and science lessons specifically designed for elementary students. With its extensive collections and educational programs, the Wagner Free Institute of Science has carried its legacy into the 21st century, continuing to make science education accessible and interesting for people of all ages.
      Chemical Heritage Foundation
      Chemical Heritage Foundation
      The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) initially was launched in 1982 as the Center for the History of Chemistry. Since its beginnings, CHF has striven to foster an understanding of chemistry’s impact on society. As an independent and educational nonprofit organization, CHF maintains major collections of instruments, fine art, photographs, papers, and books which preserve the rich and extensive history of chemistry. CHF continues to inspire a passion for chemistry within the city of Philadelphia through its public programs, museum exhibitions, conferences, and scholarly research center.
      American Philosophical Society
      American Philosophical Society
      In 1743, Benjamin Franklin founded the American Philosophical Society (APS) for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge.” As the nation’s first learned society, the APS has played an important role in American cultural and intellectual life. For more than 250 years, the APS has gathered and preserved a rich collection that traces American history and science from the Founding Fathers to the computer age. This collection includes scientific specimens and instruments, portraits, maps, art works, rare books, and more than ten million manuscripts. To this day, the APS continues its mission through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources, and museum exhibitions and outreach.
      National Mechanics
      National Mechanics
      Built by famed architect William Strickland in 1837 the National Mechanics Building has seen banks, churches, clubs, bars and fires pass between its walls, and it’s still standing. This beautiful building, as much a part of Philadelphia history as any tourist attraction, now houses Philadelphia’s favorite bar and restaurant.
      Mutter Museum
      Mutter Museum
  • Science Happy Hour: Human Health from Medieval to Modern Times

    Science Happy Hour: Human Health from Medieval to Modern Times

    Did you know that DNA isn't the only way to inherit traits from your parents? Or that leeches and maggots are still used in modern medicine? Discover how breakthroughs in health, both new and old, influence the medical field today. Enjoy fittingly themed

    Science Happy Hour: Human Health from Medieval to Modern Times

    Science Happy Hour: Human Health from Medieval to Modern Times

    Mon, Apr 28

    06:00 pm

    Adults

    Did
    you know that new research shows that your DNA sequence isn't the only way you
    inherit traits from your parents - but that scientists had similar ideas even
    before we knew about DNA? We're all familiar with how bacteria make us sick,
    but did you know that scientists since the 1800s have been experimenting with
    using bacteria to treat cancer? Or that the "primitive" medical
    practices of using leeches and maggots have stood the test of time? Come find
    out the gory details, enjoy themed cocktails, and have your say in a lively
    discussion of how old ideas continue to inspire innovation in modern medicine. Enjoy fittingly themed cocktails and have your say in this lively discussion!



    *Food and Science Themed Cocktails available for purchase
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Continental Old City

      138 Market Street

      Philadelphia, PA , 19106

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Dr. Nicola Mason
      Dr. Nicola Mason
      Dr. Nicola Mason, a board-certified internal medicine veterinarian, received her degree from the Royal Veterinary College in London and her PhD in Immunology from the Immunology Graduate Group at the University of Pennsylvania. Through her research at Penn Vet, Dr. Mason has developed novel approaches in cancer immunotherapies. Her findings may change the paradigm of canine cancer treatment and provide essential data to advance this approach in humans, including children with osteosarcoma and women with breast cancer.
      Jason Diaz
      Jason Diaz
      Jason received his Bachelor's of Science in Biochemistry from Ithaca College. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Penn's Cell and Molecular Biology program, and studies Merkel Cell Polyomavirus, a recently discovered pathogen associated with a rare skin cancer. In his free time he enjoys playing the viola with the Penn Symphony, sampling the many great restaurants in Philly, and playing way too many board games with his friends.
      Jayatri Das
      Jayatri Das
      Jayatri Das is Chief Bioscientist at The Franklin Institute and a Fellow of the Center for Neuroscience & Society at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds undergraduate degrees in biology and biochemistry from Penn State and earned her Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from Princeton University. She is currently leading development of Your Brain, an exhibit about neuroscience and psychology of the human brain scheduled to open in 2014, as well as The Franklin Institutes programming initiatives to advance informal science education about materials science and nanotechnology around the nation. When shes not engaged in science outreach, she enjoys her ongoing at-home experiment with early childhood development, also known as her three-year-old twins.
      Samantha Falk
      Samantha Falk
      Samantha attended the University of Rochester for her undergraduate studies and is currently a Ph.D. student in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Pennsylvania investigating the epigenetic inheritance of the centromere. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, being outdoors, blogging about eating at every restaurant on South Street (http://2girls1street.blogspot.com/) and hanging out with her cat Lobster.
      Stephen J. Kovach, III, MD
      Stephen J. Kovach, III, MD
      Stephen J. Kovach, III, MD is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine and University of Pennsylvania Health System. His practice includes both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery with a special interest in reconstructive microsurgery of oncologic and traumatic defects. Dr. Kovach is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the medical school at George Washington University. He completed his plastic surgery training at Duke University Medical Center.
    • Partners

      The Franklin Institute
      The Franklin Institute
      In 1824, The Franklin Institute was founded to honor Benjamin Franklin and to advance the usefulness of his inventions. Today, The Franklin Institute is a vibrant organization that continues to offer new and exciting science learning experiences for the citizens of Philadelphia. The Institute has grown to become an integral part of the city by providing a hands-on approach to science and technology through community outreach initiatives and innovative partnerships in public education. It has become a dynamic agent of change through its rich array of exhibitions, programs, lectures, and discussions designed to illuminate issues in contemporary science. The Franklin Institute continues to reflect Benjamin Franklin’s spirit of inquiry and discovery as it strives to inspire an understanding of and passion for science and technology learning.
      Penn Medicine
      Penn Medicine
      Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $4 billion enterprise. Penn's Perelman School of Medicine is currently ranked #2 in U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools and among the top 10 schools for primary care. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $507.6 million awarded in the 2010 fiscal year. The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania -- recognized as one of the nation's top 10 hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; and Pennsylvania Hospital – the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Penn Medicine also includes additional patient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region. Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2010, Penn Medicine provided $788 million to benefit our community.
      University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
      University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
      In 1884, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine was established at the urging of the University's School of Medicine. It was recognized that prevention and control of animal diseases had important implications for human health. Human and veterinary medicine were viewed as "one medicine."
      Continental
      Continental
  • Phanatics: Philadelphia's Love/Hate Relationship with Sports

    Phanatics: Philadelphia's Love/Hate Relationship with Sports

    Do you cry when the Eagles lose? Does a Phillies' homerun send you soaring? Philadelphians are passionate about their sports. Explore our multifaceted sports mentality, from fanaticism to choking under the pressure.

    Phanatics: Philadelphia's Love/Hate Relationship with Sports

    Phanatics: Philadelphia's Love/Hate Relationship with Sports

    Mon, Apr 28

    06:00 pm

    Adults

    Remember that time (insert player name here) blew the big game? Do you cry when the Eagles lose? Does a Phillies' home-run send you soaring? Explore why your favorite athletes' triumphs and failures cause gut-wrenching reactions and gain a new perspective on what's going on in the minds of players under pressure.

    VIP ticket includes preferred seating, a 5oz pretzel and a $5 ticket for the bar.
    • Tickets

      Reservation required

      Price: $5, $15 VIP

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      Frankford Hall

      1210 Frankford Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA , 19125

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Angelika Sadar
      Angelika Sadar
      Angelika Y. Sadar, M.A. is a licensed psychologist who is certified in clinical hypnosis and is credentialed by the United States Tennis Association as a Specialist in Sports Psychology. She has been in private practice over 20 years and has extensive experience with children, adolescents and adults.  She uses high performance training programs that were designed in conjunction with NASA as well as other computer-assisted training programs that are used to alleviate behaviors associated with anxiety, depression, ADHD and other concerns.
      Bob Ford
      Bob Ford
      Bob Ford is an award-winning sports columnist for The Inquirer. He is a four-time Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year, as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. His work has been cited numerous times by Associated Press Sports Editors judges and he won an Eclipse Award for outstanding coverage of horse racing.
      Prior to becoming a columnist at the Inquirer, Ford was the 76ers beat writer for six seasons and then a general assignment feature writer with a specialty in Olympic Sports. In 1995, he was designated a fellow of The Knight Center for Specialized Journalism.

      Ford has written sports in the Philadelphia area since 1981 when he served as the Phillies beat writer and later as a general sports columnist for the Delaware County Daily Times.
      Buddy Muhler
      Buddy Muhler
      Buddy Muhler began his career at The Franklin Institute as a camper with Discovery Camp in 1997. He volunteered with Discovery Camp for the following two seasons and was hired by Camp the following year. Since then, Buddy has worked a myriad of jobs at The Franklin Institute, including general staff, assistant manager, and manager with the overnight Camp-In Program, as well as stints in the box office and the theater department. He has spent most of his time with the Museum Programs department, first as a part time educator, and now as a full time Scientific Interpreter. Buddys favorite pastime at The Franklin Institute is developing new educational programming, a.k.a., blowing things up.
      Dr. Keith Kaufman
      Dr. Keith Kaufman
      Dr. Keith Kaufman is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the mental training of athletes and others who wish to improve their health and performance. He has office locations in NW Washington, DC and Old Town Alexandria, and is a Research Associate at Catholic University where he co-leads a sport psychology research team and teaches undergraduate Sport Psychology. Dr. Kaufman is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. He can be contacted through his website: www.MindfulCompetitor.com.
      Dr. Michael Sachs
      Dr. Michael Sachs
      Michael L. Sachs is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, College of Health Professions and Social Work, at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Sachs received his Ph.D. in sport psychology from Florida State University. Prior to coming to Temple University in 1989, Dr. Sachs taught at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres and was a researcher at the University of Maryland at Baltimore. His research interests focus upon exercise psychology, particularly motivation and adherence, excusercise, exercise addiction, and the psychology of running.
      Dr. Sachs enjoys exercising, particularly running and swimming, and reading. He has run two marathons - the Joe Steele Rocket City Marathon (Huntsville, Alabama) and the New York City Marathon.
      Widener University Biofeedback Clinic and Certification Center
      Widener University Biofeedback Clinic and Certification Center
      The Biofeedback Clinic and Certification Center (BCCC) is a community clinic that offers biofeedback and neurofeedback services to the general public for the treatment of a variety of psychological and physical conditions. Dr. Pam Calvert-Hirt is the program director of the Widener BCCC. She teaches medical psychophysiology which emphasizes the integration of the biological with the psychological.
    • Partners

      The Franklin Institute
      The Franklin Institute
      In 1824, The Franklin Institute was founded to honor Benjamin Franklin and to advance the usefulness of his inventions. Today, The Franklin Institute is a vibrant organization that continues to offer new and exciting science learning experiences for the citizens of Philadelphia. The Institute has grown to become an integral part of the city by providing a hands-on approach to science and technology through community outreach initiatives and innovative partnerships in public education. It has become a dynamic agent of change through its rich array of exhibitions, programs, lectures, and discussions designed to illuminate issues in contemporary science. The Franklin Institute continues to reflect Benjamin Franklin’s spirit of inquiry and discovery as it strives to inspire an understanding of and passion for science and technology learning.
      Frankford Hall
      Frankford Hall
      Located on Frankford Avenue, Frankford Hall is a unique restaurant specializing in German beer. It's a great place to relax with friends and enjoy great food.
      Temple University
      Temple University
      Founded in 1884 by Dr. Russell Conwell, Temple College became Temple University in 1907 and has evolved into a comprehensive urban research and academic institution. Explore Temple traditions, read the Mission Statement, check out the latest news or follow Owl Athletic teams.
  • 6:30 PM
  • Feathered Friends

    Feathered Friends

    This cafe is for the birds. Learn about our feathered friends—from the plant species they spread to how you can build a backyard habitat for them.

    Feathered Friends

    Feathered Friends

    Mon, Apr 28

    06:30 pm

    Adults

    This cafe is for the birds. Learn about our feathered friends—from the plant species they spread to how you can build a backyard habitat for them.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Iron Hill Brewery

      8400 Germantown Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA , 19118

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Alexandra Seglias
      Alexandra Seglias
      Alexandra Seglias is the 2013-2014 John J. Willaman and Martha Haas Valentine Plant Protection Intern at the Morris Arboretum. She graduated from Dickinson College in 2012 with a B.S. in Biology. She is currently researching an extirpated species in PA, Eriocaulon parkeri (Parker's pipewort) for her independent project at the Arboretum.
      Maureen Hagen
      Maureen Hagen
      Maureen Hagen is the Education Coordinator for the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She currently teaches programs on-site at Mill Grove, as well as supplemental science programs for Philadelphia elementary and middle schools.
      Vince Smith
      Vince Smith
      Vince Smith is an avid birdwatcher and observer of natural history who prefers to spend all his time outdoors. He is a past President of Valley Forge Audubon Society (VFAS). He has since moved to Conservation and Programing Chair of VFAS. He teaches Bird Identification classes, lead bird walks, and is the compiler for VFAS's Christmas and Spring Bird Counts.
    • Partners

      The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
      The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
      Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a leading natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science. The Academy is the place for young and old to experience natural science in a fun and engaging way. Visitors can stroll through a tropical butterfly garden, touch live animals, meet real scientists, get face-to-face with a towering T. rex, and more.
      Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
      Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
      The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is a historic public garden and educational institution. It promotes an understanding of the relationship between plants, people and place through programs that integrate science, art and the humanities.
      John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
      John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove

Tue, April 29

  • 10:00 AM
  • Field Trip: A History of Philly’s Scientific Men and Women at Laurel Hill Cemetery

    Field Trip: A History of Philly’s Scientific Men and Women at Laurel Hill Cemetery

    Students will explore the final resting places of important scientific men and women and hear their stories of pioneering scientific discovery and practice. They may rest in peace but their ideas and contributions are still important today.

    Field Trip: A History of Philly’s Scientific Men and Women at Laurel Hill Cemetery

    Field Trip: A History of Philly’s Scientific Men and Women at Laurel Hill Cemetery

    Tue, Apr 29

    10:00 am

    Educators

    Students

    Who was the physician who extracted a bullet from Andrew Jackson’s shoulder, or the civil engineer who designed the first wire-cable suspension bridge in the United States? Philadelphia has long been on the cutting edge of some of the greatest advances in history and the science field is no exception. In this field trip, students will explore the final resting places of important scientific men and women and hear their stories of pioneering scientific discovery and practice. They may rest in peace but their ideas and contributions remain important today.
    • Tickets

      Reservation required

      Price: $10 - Contact Emma Stern at estern@thelaurelhillcemetery.org or 215.228.8200 to book your trip

    • Location

      Laurel Hill Cemetery

      3822 Ridge Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA , 19132

      Directions


    • Partners

      Laurel Hill Cemetery
      Laurel Hill Cemetery
      Founded in 1836 along the banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Laurel Hill is one of the most important cemeteries in the United States, and the first to be named a National Historic Landmark. From war heroes to influential politicians and important inventors, from visionary artists to powerful industrialists, Laurel Hill is the final resting place of numerous notables who have impacted the storylines of our city and nation. Open daily with free admission for recreational and educational use, Laurel Hill also offers a diverse selection of public tours and programs, while maintaining its identity as an honored resting place into the 21st century.
  • 3:30 PM
  • Logan Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Logan Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Celebrate science in your neighborhood with a mini carnival of science exploration! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge to provide FUN and FREE programs for all to enjoy.

    Logan Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Logan Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Tue, Apr 29

    03:30 pm

    Families

    Students

    Will update with specific activities.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: free

    • Location

      Logan Library

      1333 Wagner Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA , 19141

      Directions


    • Partners

      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
      In 1891, the Free Library of Philadelphia was chartered as "a general library which shall be free to all." Since its establishment, the Free Library has grown to become a city-wide system that includes 49 branches, the Parkway Central Library, the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and three regional libraries. The Free Library offers one of the country's most extensive collections as well as a series of educational programs, including adult education classes, author events, career services, after-school programs, and the Philadelphia Book Festival. With more than 6 million visits a year and 25 million Web hits a month, the Free Library is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in the city.
      John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
      John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
    • Activities

      Dr. Century- How is Bessie Coleman Related to Things That
      Fly?

      Drexel University Civic 101 - How Far Can Your Paper Airplane Fly?

      The John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove - If Birds Fly, Why Can't I?

  • Andorra Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Andorra Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Celebrate science in your neighborhood with a mini carnival of science exploration! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge to provide FUN and FREE programs for all to enjoy.

    Andorra Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Andorra Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Tue, Apr 29

    03:30 pm

    Families

    Students

    Dig into science with an interactive archeology dig site that includes mummies, hang out with some wild animals to learn how they defend themselves, and build your own gravity-powered car!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: free

    • Location

      Andorra Library

      705 Cathedral Road

      Philadelphia, PA , 19128

      Directions


    • Partners

      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
      In 1891, the Free Library of Philadelphia was chartered as "a general library which shall be free to all." Since its establishment, the Free Library has grown to become a city-wide system that includes 49 branches, the Parkway Central Library, the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and three regional libraries. The Free Library offers one of the country's most extensive collections as well as a series of educational programs, including adult education classes, author events, career services, after-school programs, and the Philadelphia Book Festival. With more than 6 million visits a year and 25 million Web hits a month, the Free Library is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in the city.
      Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)
      Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)
      Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) founded in 1887, celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2012. With its extensive research, collections, exhibitions, and educational programming, Penn Museum is an internationally renowned institution dedicated to the exploration, study, and understanding of human history and cultural diversity. Penn Museum has conducted more than 400 research expeditions around the world and has collected nearly one million objects. Galleries feature materials from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Central America, Asia, and the ancient Mediterranean World, as well as artifacts from native peoples of the Americas and Africa. With educational programming for children, families and adults,Penn Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind’s collective heritage.
      Riverbend Environmental Education Center
      Riverbend Environmental Education Center
      Since 1974, Riverbend Environmental Education Center has been enriching the lives of children and families through engaging environmental education. From its beginnings as a quiet nature preserve, Riverbend has evolved to a thriving center for environmental education that touches the lives of nearly 14,000 people annually. Whether it is to participate in a public program or just to wander on our trails, a visit to Riverbend offers families a quiet place to relax, unwind and observe the wonders of nature.
      Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
      Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
      At SCH we educate innovators, break-through thinkers and problem solvers. We challenge students to learn in powerful new ways, engage in active inquiry, hone skills of creative and analytic thinking, and celebrate the joy of discovery. Through a rigorous and college preparatory program grounded in project and passion based learning, we prepare our students for their future as active learners and responsible global citizens. Blending the best of single-sex education and co-education, we empower and prepare our young men and women to meet challenges with courage, integrity, and respect.
    • Activities

      Springside Chestnut Hill Academy - Can you Win The Battle
      Against Gravity? The Leaning Tower of Pasta!

      We Are FoodWise- What is the Secret Ingredient in Marshmallows?

      Penn Museum - How Did The Ancient Greeks Move So Much Water?

      Riverbend Environmental Education Center - What Do Animals Need?

  • Bushrod Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Bushrod Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Celebrate science in your neighborhood with a mini carnival of science exploration! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge to provide FUN and FREE programs for all to enjoy.

    Bushrod Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Bushrod Library Neighborhood Science After School

    Tue, Apr 29

    03:30 pm

    Families

    Students

    Embrace your inner detective! Learn how to gain evidence from blood spatters, soil, tool marks, and fingerprints. Hear stories from forensic researchers about solving crimes using science!
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: free

    • Location

      Bushrod Library

      6043 Castor Avenue

      Philadelphia, PA , 19149

      Directions


    • Partners

      Free Library of Philadelphia
      Free Library of Philadelphia
      In 1891, the Free Library of Philadelphia was chartered as "a general library which shall be free to all." Since its establishment, the Free Library has grown to become a city-wide system that includes 49 branches, the Parkway Central Library, the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and three regional libraries. The Free Library offers one of the country's most extensive collections as well as a series of educational programs, including adult education classes, author events, career services, after-school programs, and the Philadelphia Book Festival. With more than 6 million visits a year and 25 million Web hits a month, the Free Library is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in the city.
      The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education
      The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education
      The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education was established at the Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation in 2010, to provide professional development opportunities for forensic scientists, continuing and graduate education, professional updates, and to encourage cross-disciplinary communication. The Center provides forensic science information tools and strategies, and training in forensic science principles for criminal justice professionals. Our Center has classrooms, and teaching and research laboratory space with state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation which supports grant-funded research, method development and validation and academic scholarship.
    • Activities

      The Center for Forensic Science Research & Education - How Did the Substance Get There?

      The Center for Forensic Science Research & Education - How Did the Suspect Get in?

      The Center for Forensic Science Research & Education - Who Stood in the Soil?

      The Center for Forensic Science Research & Education - Did the Suspect Leave A Mark?

  • 4:00 PM
  • Educator Workshop:The Science of Helicopters

    Educator Workshop:The Science of Helicopters

    Take your students on a high-flying adventure! Learn how the complex engineering design inherent to rotor craft development can be used as a great teaching example of applied and integrated STEM subjects. Participate in K-12 demonstrations and learn to fo

    Educator Workshop:The Science of Helicopters

    Educator Workshop:The Science of Helicopters

    Tue, Apr 29

    04:00 pm

    Educators

    Take your students on a high-flying adventure! Learn how the complex engineering design inherent to rotor craft development can be used as a great teaching example of applied and integrated STEM subjects. Participate in K-12 demonstrations and learn to foster student participation. Presented by the American Helicopter Museum & Education Center.








    Directions:

    If you are arriving by car or
    bicycle
    , proceed to the parking garage
    (bike racks are on Race Street near exit of garage).  From the garage, take
    the elevator to the museum atrium.  The security desk is in the atrium on
    the side of the ticketing counter closest to the Ben Franklin Memorial and
    directly in front of the elevators.  Please let the security desk know
    that you are attending an educator workshop in the Harcourt 4 meeting room on
    the 4th floor of The Franklin Institute.

    If you are arriving by train,
    taxi, on foot:
    please enter the museum
    using the Business entrance (to the right of the big stairs as you face the
    museum) and check in with the security desk immediately inside the doors. 
    Please let the security desk know that you are attending an educator workshop
    in the Harcourt 4 meeting room on the 4th floor of The Franklin
    Institute.



    • Tickets

      Reservation required

      Price: FREE

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      The Franklin Institute Harcourt 4th Floor

      222 North 20th Street

      Philadelphia, PA , 19103

      Directions


    • Partners

      The Franklin Institute
      The Franklin Institute
      In 1824, The Franklin Institute was founded to honor Benjamin Franklin and to advance the usefulness of his inventions. Today, The Franklin Institute is a vibrant organization that continues to offer new and exciting science learning experiences for the citizens of Philadelphia. The Institute has grown to become an integral part of the city by providing a hands-on approach to science and technology through community outreach initiatives and innovative partnerships in public education. It has become a dynamic agent of change through its rich array of exhibitions, programs, lectures, and discussions designed to illuminate issues in contemporary science. The Franklin Institute continues to reflect Benjamin Franklin’s spirit of inquiry and discovery as it strives to inspire an understanding of and passion for science and technology learning.
      American Helicopter Museum
      American Helicopter Museum
      The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center is the nation's premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters.
  • 4:30 PM
  • Educator Workshop: Teaching Math and Science Using Spatial Thinking

    Educator Workshop: Teaching Math and Science Using Spatial Thinking

    How can spatial thinking transform K-12 science education? Work with cognitive scientists and discover the recent research supporting the importance of spatial thinking for STEM learning. Then, break into small groups and work with other educators to "spa

    Educator Workshop: Teaching Math and Science Using Spatial Thinking

    Educator Workshop: Teaching Math and Science Using Spatial Thinking

    Tue, Apr 29

    04:30 pm

    Educators

    How can spatial thinking transform K-12 science education? Work with cognitive scientists and discover the recent research supporting the importance of spatial thinking for STEM learning. Then, break into small groups and work with other educators to "spatialize" a lesson plan or activity.










    Directions:

    Weiss Hall is located on the north east corner of
    13th and Cecil B Moore Ave.  
    It has a large T on the top of it.  Here
    is a link to the Temple University map (http://temple.edu/sites/temple/files/uploads/documents/TUMain_map.pdf).
      
    Weiss Hall is number 65.  As you enter the building, we will have
    someone in the lobby to meet you and guide you to the third floor.  The
    workshop will be located in room 321. 

    • Tickets

      Reservation required

      Price: Free

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      Temple University Spatial and Intelligence Learning Center

      1701 N. 13th Street

      Philadelphia, PA , 19122

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Kristin Gagnier
      Kristin Gagnier
      Kristin is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center at Temple University. She has a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Delaware and a B.S. in Psychology and Biology from the University of Arizona. Kristin’s research focuses on the science of how people learn, particularly how children and adults learn to “think spatially” and how research on spatial thinking can be used to improve STEM K-16 education.
    • Partners

      Temple University
      Temple University
      Founded in 1884 by Dr. Russell Conwell, Temple College became Temple University in 1907 and has evolved into a comprehensive urban research and academic institution. Explore Temple traditions, read the Mission Statement, check out the latest news or follow Owl Athletic teams.
  • 6:00 PM
  • Perspectives on Public Health

    Perspectives on Public Health

    What is public health and why does it matter? Participate in in a discussion with some of Philadelphia's public health leaders, doctors, and journalists over a few pints of beer.

    Perspectives on Public Health

    Perspectives on Public Health

    Tue, Apr 29

    06:00 pm

    Adults

    Have a beer over a rousing discussion of what role veterinarians play in the safety and production of our food; the public health impact of Hepatitis C and other infectious diseases; and the health of children in Philadelphia with the creators of The Public's Health, The Philadelphia Inquirer's public health blog. Bloggers Michael Yudell, Jonathan Purtle and Janet Golden will be joined by Tony Valdés, CEO of the Children Crisis Treatment Center, Stacey Trooskin from the Drexel University College of Medicine, and Daniel Beiting from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: Free

    • Location

      Rembrandt's

      741 North 23rd Street

      Philadelphia, PA , 19130

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Don Sapatkin (moderator)
      Don Sapatkin (moderator)
      Don Sapatkinis a public health reporter and deputy health and science editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer. He edits The Publics Health blog.Sapatkinsreporting beat ranges along the alphabet from AIDS to addiction, autism,foodborneillness, health insurance (or lack of it), nutrition, obesity, soda pop, tobacco, vaccination, and, in-season, flu. He is most interested in examining the points where disease, culture, and demographic issues converge HIV in Philadelphias African American neighborhoods, for example and how the city and the nation can work invisibly to improve the publics health. Sapatkin grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., interned at the Wall StreetJournal, and workedat the Trenton Times and Wilmington News-Journal paper. He is a graduate of Haverford College and the Pennsylvania Gestalt Institute for Psychotherapy and Training.
      Dr. Daniel Beiting
      Dr. Daniel Beiting
      Dr. Beiting's research areas include immunology, microbiology, and genomics. He oversees Penn Vet's new Center for Host Microbial Interactions (CHMI). He has a unique view on the role of veterinarians in public health and can speak to some of our CHMI pilot projects that impact both humans and animals.
      Dr. Stacey Trooskin
      Dr. Stacey Trooskin

      Dr. Stacey Trooskin is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine.   She is a physician with clinical and research expertise in the areas of HIV and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) testing and treatment. She received her MPH from Yale University in 2001 with a Concentration in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases. She went on to pursue her MD/PhD Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ School of Public Health and was awarded her Doctorate in Public Health with a Concentration in Epidemiology. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and stayed at Penn to complete her Fellowship in Infectious Diseases. In 2011, she started POW- Philadelphia Outreach Workers (formerly Penn Presbyterian Outreach in West Philadelphia) which trains health professional students from various universities in Philadelphia to become certified HIV and HCV counselors and testers. Her experience through POW has prompted her to develop training curriculum around HCV testing and counseling in community settings. She has taken lessons learned from the Ryan White Model of Care and HIV linkage to care system and applied them to HCV testing and multidisciplinary care.  She currently serves as Community Co-Chair of HepCAP (Hepatitis C Allies of Philadelphia).

      Janet Golden
      Janet Golden
      Janet Golden is a professor of History at Rutgers University, Camdenspecializing in the history of American health care.She is the author of "Message in a Bottle: The Making of Fetal AlcoholSyndrome,"and she is currently writing a historyof babies in the 20th century United States.
      Jonathan Purtle
      Jonathan Purtle
      Jonathan Purtleis a doctoral student in the Department of Health Management & Policy at Drexel University School of Public Health, where his research focuses on public health policy and practice related to psychological trauma. He is interested in the processes through which traumatic experiences can lead to adverse health outcomes later in life and systems-level approaches to intervention. Purtle works at Drexel'sCenter for Nonviolence and Social Justice, where he is involved with the evaluation of Healing Hurt People, a hospital-based violence intervention program. He also has worked on a range of research projects relating to health disparities, health care reform, and public health preparedness as a program manager and health policy analyst. Purtle holds a Masters degree in sociology from the University of Amsterdam and a Master of Public Health from Drexel. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Delaware County, Purtle lives in the citys Spring Garden section, where he enjoys exploring Fairmount Park, piecemealing bikes together with the aid of You Tube and Craigslist, live music, and travel.
      Michael  Yudell
      Michael Yudell
      Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH,is the Director of the Program for the Study of Public Health Ethics and History and Associate Professor atthe Drexel University School of Public Health where he studies the history of public health and science. Yudell also writes the blog "The Public's Health" for the Philadelphia Inquirer. The blog covers thecontemporary, historical, and ethical challenges that lie ahead for public health in the 21st century. He received his B.A. from Tufts University, an MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and a PhD from Columbia University. He is the author of two books on the human genome project and a forthcoming book on the history of the race concept. Yudell is currently writing Ages of Uncertainty: Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Search for Cause and Cure, a history of autism spectrum disorders.
      Tony Valdés
      Tony Valdés
      Antonio (Tony) Valdés is CEO of the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center (CCTC) — a nonprofit agency specializing in providing behavioral health services to Philadelphia’s children and their families. CCTC also collaborates with local resources to develop community-based programming, such as a special summer camp for children and services for West African refugees and families recently emigrated from Mexico. Tony was named one of Impacto Latino newspaper’s “Most Influential Latinos” for his influential work at CCTC and in the larger mental health community.
    • Partners

      The Wistar Institute
      The Wistar Institute
      The Wistar Institute is an international leader in biomedical research with special expertise in cancer research and vaccine development. Founded in 1892 as the first independent nonprofit biomedical research institute in the country, Wistar has long held the prestigious Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute. The Institute works actively to ensure that research advances move from the laboratory to the clinic as quickly as possible. The Wistar Institute: Today’s Discoveries – Tomorrow’s Cures.
      University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
      University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
      In 1884, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine was established at the urging of the University's School of Medicine. It was recognized that prevention and control of animal diseases had important implications for human health. Human and veterinary medicine were viewed as "one medicine."
      Drexel University
      Drexel University
      Drexel University enrolls more than 22,000 students and offers 96 bachelor’s programs, 88 master’s programs, 35 doctoral programs, a doctor of medicine program, a juris doctorate and 45 graduate-level certificate programs. Drexel is ranked among the best national doctoral universities by U.S.News & World Report in its “America’s Best Colleges 2011,” and many of Drexel’s other programs across its colleges and schools are consistently ranked among the nation’s best.
  • Science Happy Hour: Misunderstood Monsters

    Science Happy Hour: Misunderstood Monsters

    If 600 lb. Siberian tigers or foot-long T-rex incisors are your kryptonite, come take a walk on the wild side and learn about some of the fiercest predators that ever lived. Hear how you can work to save tigers from deforestation while you sip ferocious c

    Science Happy Hour: Misunderstood Monsters

    Science Happy Hour: Misunderstood Monsters

    Tue, Apr 29

    06:00 pm

    Adults

    If 600 lb. Siberian tigers, stealthy great white sharks or foot-long T-rex incisors are your kryptonite, come take a walk on the wild side and learn about some of the fiercest predators that ever lived. Hear how you can work to save tigers from deforestation while you sip ferocious cocktails.

    Featured Talks:

    Dinosaurs
    The Jurassic Park movies where an incredible look at dinosaurs through a Frankinsteinian lens of science gone horribly wrong, which often did not let good science get in the way of great cinematic story telling. Speaker Jason Poole will attempt to debunk a bit of the bunk, using sound science and a bit of humor.

    Sharks! The TOOTH behind the Myth!
    DANGEROUS! KILLERS! SHARKS EAT PEOPLE! These are some of the words you hear when people talk about sharks. Sharks have definitely gotten a bad reputation over the years. Join us and sink your teeth into the truth behind some common myths that plague this often misunderstood predator. Learn how sharks are a critical asset to the marine environment and why they should be protected.

    *Food and Science Themed Cocktails available for purchase
    • Tickets

      No reservation required

      Price: FREE

    • Location

      Continental Old City

      138 Market Street

      Philadelphia, PA , 19106

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Brad Smith
      Brad Smith
      Bradley is the Coordinator of Overnights and Scouts at the Philadelphia Zoo, as well as an acting expert on all things animal and plant. He has a special fondness for insects. Many nights, he can be found at the zoo running animal shows and hikes for sleepover guests. In his spare time, he is an artist and illustrator. He has a degree in biology from Ursinus College.
      Cheronda Frazier
      Cheronda Frazier
      Cheronda Frazier is the Director of Community Engagement for the New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences. She is responsible for the administrative oversight of the Academy's youth and community programs and special initiative projects. For more than twenty two years, Cheronda has worked to build effective science and youth development programs for youth that live in the community. During her tenure with NJAAS she has been involved in animal behavior training; served as an adjunct instructor for teacher professional development courses and taught aquatic veterinary science classes. In her spare time, she works as an emergency veterinary nurse helping sick and injured animals.
      Jason Poole
      Jason Poole
      Jason “Chewie” Poole has been working with fossils for the better part of 30 years. He has collected dinosaur fossils for research in Wyoming, Montana, Egypt and is currently working in Patagonia in Argentina. Mr. Poole is a fossil preparator, teacher and illustrator of all things paleo. His work can be seen in the December 2007 issue of National Geographic Bizarre Dinosaurs as well as museum exhibits in several East coast Museums in the USA.
      Sharon Morrell
      Sharon Morrell
      Sharon Morrell is the Senior Manager of Academic Engagement for the New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences. She has been an informal science educator for over 15 years, working in both Zoo and Aquarium settings. When not teaching about the awesomeness of sharks and their habitat, she enjoys spending time tending to her flock of chickens and the other animals in her "zoo".
      Tammy Schmidt
      Tammy Schmidt
      Tammy Schmidt is the Curator of Carnivores and Ungulates at the Philadelphia Zoo. She has worked in the accredited zoological community for over 20 years with a variety of species through her career. She has participated in global conservation partnerships in Kenya/Africa with Grevy’s Zebra, in Namibia/Africa with African Lions and in Manitoba, Canada with Polar Bears.
    • Partners

      The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
      The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
      Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a leading natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science. The Academy is the place for young and old to experience natural science in a fun and engaging way. Visitors can stroll through a tropical butterfly garden, touch live animals, meet real scientists, get face-to-face with a towering T. rex, and more.
      Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium
      Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium
      The Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium, founded in 1989, is a nonprofit local and global leader in conservation-oriented research, environmental education, and community service. In cooperation with youth development programs and outreach initiatives with schools, community-based organizations, and the Adventure Aquarium, Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium works to promote knowledge, increase appreciation, and provide protection for aquatic life and habitats.
      Philadelphia Zoo
      Philadelphia Zoo
      The Philadelphia Zoo opened its gates on July 1, 1874. Like many other Philadelphia landmarks and institutions, the Philadelphia Zoo is an American first. Today, the Philadelphia Zoo’s 42-acre Victorian garden is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare and endangered. With state-of-the-art animal exhibits, award-winning education and conservation programs, recreational opportunities, guest services, and scientific accomplishments, the Zoo has become one of the world's most renowned zoological societies and gardens. Fulfilling its mission of conservation, science, education and recreation, the Philadelphia Zoo continues to support and to engage in conservation efforts to protect endangered species around the world.
      Continental
      Continental
  • West Philly Science Showcase

    West Philly Science Showcase

    Join experts from the University of Pennsylvania, University City Science Center and Monell Chemical Senses Center as they share 5-minute flash talks about amazing research conducted west of the river!

    West Philly Science Showcase

    West Philly Science Showcase

    Tue, Apr 29

    06:00 pm

    Adults

    Philly tops the list of the best universities and hospitals across the country and many of these world-renowned institutions are located in West Philadelphia. Join experts from the University of Pennsylvania, University City Science Center, Monell Chemical Senses Center, The Wistar Institute, University of the Sciences, and Drexel University for an enlightening discussion on the groundbreaking research being conducted west of the river! 

    *Food and Beverage will be available for purchase
    • Tickets

      Reservation required

      Price: $5 in advance, $7 at the door

      Reserve your tickets

    • Location

      World Cafe Live

      3025 Walnut Street

      Philadelphia, PA , 19104

      Directions


    • Speakers

      Andrew Rappe
      Andrew Rappe
      Andrew M. Rappe is a Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his A. B. in "Chemistry and Physics" summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1986, and his Ph. D. in "Physics and Chemistry" from MIT in 1992. He was an IBM Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley before starting at Penn in 1994. Andrew is one of the two founding co-directors of Pennergy: the Penn Center for Energy Innovation. He is also one of the founding co-directors of the VIPER honors program at Penn, the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research. His current research interests revolve around ferroelectric phase transitions in oxides, surface chemistry and catalysis of complex oxides, and the interplay between the two.
      Benjamin Pascal
      Benjamin Pascal
      Benjamin Pascal, MBA is the Chief Business Officer and Co-founder of Invisible Sentinel, a Philadelphia based diagnostics Company. Invisible Sentinel's first-in-class regulatory approved technology, Veriflow, minimizes the time, reduces the cost, and lowers the overhead associated with conventional molecular diagnostics. With a focus on the food and beverage industry, Mr. Pascal directs the marketing and sales efforts of the Company. Prior to Invisible Sentinel, he successfully developed and launched new products in the medical-device industry, including the coordination of a multi-disciplinary team for the development of B. Braun Medical’s first antimicrobial device. Mr. Pascal graduated with honors from The George Washington University with concentrations in Biology and Political Science and completed his M.B.A. at Lehigh University.
      Bill Berner
      Bill Berner
      Bill Berner is the Lab Director for the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to working at Penn, he taught high school Physics for 25 years.
      Charlie Johnson
      Charlie Johnson
      A. T. Charlie Johnson received his education in Physics at Stanford University and Harvard University. He was a European Union ESPRIT Postdoctoral Fellow at the Delft University of Technology and a National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He has been at Penn since 1994, leading a research group focused on nanostructure physics and nanoelectronics. His team currently works on wafer-scale synthesis of nanomaterials (e.g., carbon nanotubes, graphene, molybdenum disulfide), fundamental investigations of charge transport in these materials, and applications including chemical detection in air and liquids.
      Dr. Maureen Murphy
      Dr. Maureen Murphy
      Maureen Murphy, Ph.D, is a Principal Investigator and Professor at The Wistar Institute in Philadelphia. Her research focuses on the tumor suppressor gene p53, which is commonly mutated in many types of cancer. Dr. Murphy obtained a bachelor’s of science degree in biochemistry at Rutgers University, followed by a doctorate in molecular biology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Murphy joined The Wistar Institute’s Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program in 2011, and became Program leader in the Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program in 2012.
      Dr. Raina Merchant
      Dr. Raina Merchant
      Raina Merchant, MD, MHSP, is Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine, a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, and the Director of the Social Media Lab at the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation. She has established herself as a dominant voice in the area of social media and crowd sourcing as it affects population health, with leading academic scholarship and a joint appointment in the Office of Policy and Planning with the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the US Department of Health and Human Services. Her research is focused on resuscitation science and improving outcomes from cardiac arrest.
      Johannes Eichstaedt
      Johannes Eichstaedt
      Johannes used to be a German particle physicist, but now he is receiving his doctorate in Psychology at Penn. A Positive Psychologist, he specializes in understanding and measuring when things go well across the domains of life and figuring out the science of creating a happy, fulfilled existence. In his research, he and his colleagues are pioneering methods to track the psychological states and well-being of entire populations, using Twitter, Facebook and the Internet. Johannes has previously collected graduate degrees from the University of Chicago (M.S. Physics) and Penn (Master of Applied Positive Psychology).
      Matthew Farber
      Matthew Farber
      Matthew Farber is a Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of the Sciences under Peter Berget where he teaches a lecture and lab in Biotechnology. His research focuses on the science of beer with a focus on yeast proteases and their influence on beer quality. He has a B.S. in Biology from Seton Hall University and a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Pittsburgh. A member of the American Society of Brewing Chemists, Matt aspires to brew better beer through innovative applications of biotechnology.
      Matthew Stamm
      Matthew Stamm
      Matthew Stamm is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Drexel University. He heads the Multimedia and Information Security Laboratory (MISL) where he conducts research on signal processing and information security. His main research focus lies in information forensics, which involves creating mathematical techniques to detect multimedia forgeries such as falsified images and videos.
      Mridula Vinjamuri
      Mridula Vinjamuri
      Dr. Mridula Vinjamuri has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Genetics from the University of Rochester. She researches olfactory stem cells and nerve cell regeneration as they apply to anosmia, or the inability to perceive odors.
    • Partners

      Monell Chemical Senses Center
      Monell Chemical Senses Center
      Founded in 1968, the Monell Chemical Senses Center is the world’s leading independent research organization dedicated to the science of taste and smell. The Center’s cutting–edge interdisciplinary research advances understanding of the mechanisms and functions of these primal senses to benefit human health and well-being. In its role as a nonprofit, Monell provides a comprehensive resource for information and serves as an authority on the science of taste and smell. An integral part of Monell’s mission is preparation of the next generation of scientists. Hundreds of PhD-level scientists have received training through Monell’s pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training programs, while the Center’s highly successful Science Apprenticeship Program for high school and college students is now in its 30th year. A Philadelphia asset, the Monell Center continues to pursue its groundbreaking exploration of taste and smell, building knowledge and the corresponding potential to benefit human life.
      The Wistar Institute
      The Wistar Institute
      The Wistar Institute is an international leader in biomedical research with special expertise in cancer research and vaccine development. Founded in 1892 as the first independent nonprofit biomedical research institute in the country, Wistar has long held the prestigious Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute. The Institute works actively to ensure that research advances move from the laboratory to the clinic as quickly as possible. The Wistar Institute: Today’s Discoveries – Tomorrow’s Cures.
      University of the Sciences
      University of the Sciences
      University of the Sciences offers students a challenging learning experience in a proving ground for successful professionals in science and healthcare-related fields. A private, coeducational institution dedicated to education, research, and service, and distinguished as the nation’s first college of pharmacy, the University has produced leaders in the sciences and healthcare marketplace since its founding in 1821. T­he 3,000 students in USciences’ five colleges learn to excel in scientific analysis and to apply their skills to improving science and healthcare in their communities and in the lives of people worldwide in such disciplines as pharmacy, biology, physical therapy, healthcare business, and health policy.
      University of Pennsylvania
      University of Pennsylvania
      Penn has a long and proud tradition of intellectual rigor and pursuit of innovative knowledge, begun by Benjamin Franklin in 1740. That tradition lives today through the creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement of our faculty, students, and staff.
      University City Science Center
      University City Science Center
      Founded in 1963, the Science Center is the oldest and largest urban research park in the United States. The Science Center supports technology commercialization and technology-based economic development on our campus and in the Greater Philadelphia region. Its 31 nonprofit shareholders include many of the distinguished colleges, universities, hospitals, and research institutions located throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
      Drexel University
      Drexel University
      Drexel University enrolls more than 22,000 students and offers 96 bachelor’s programs, 88 master’s programs, 35 doctoral programs, a doctor of medicine program, a juris doctorate and 45 graduate-level certificate programs. Drexel is ranked among the best national doctoral universities by U.S.News & World Report in its “America’s Best Colleges 2011,” and many of Drexel’s other programs across its colleges and schools are consistently ranked among the nation’s best.
    • Activities

      FEATURING: 

      Bill Berner- University of Pennsylvania "Physics Demonstrations" 

      Johannes Eichstaedt- University of Pennsylvania "Reading the Collective Mind through Facebook" 

      Matthew Farber- University of the Sciences "Clear and Foamy Beer- Better Brewing Through Biotechnology and Biosensors" 

      Charlie Johnson- University of Pennsylvania "Nano-biosensors for Cancer Detection" 

      Raina Merchant- University of Pennsylvania "Harnessing the Power of Crowds to Find Life-Saving Devices in Philly" 

      Maureen Murphy- The Wistar Institute "Cancer Biology and Tumor Suppressors"

      Benjamin Pascal- Science Center "The Power of Molecular Diagnostics in the Palm of Your Hand" 

      Andrew Rappe- University of Pennsylvania "Theoretical Chemistry" 

      Matthew Stamm- Drexel University "Information Forensics" 

      Meera Vinjamuri- Monnell Chemical Senses Center "Chemical Senses: Olfactory Stem Cells and Nerve Cell Regeneration"
  • 6:30 PM
  • ICK!: Creatures That Make Your Skin Crawl and the Lovely Reasons Why