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Science Carnival on the Parkway

Saturday, May 3, 2014
10 AM to 4 PM



You've never experienced an outdoor carnival like this one! Our carnival features more than 175 exhibitors offering non-stop, family-friendly experiments, interactive activities, games, and a packed line-up of live entertainment. Enjoy making slime, meeting live zoo animals, checking out the inner-workings of robots, taking a tour of a helicopter, extracting DNA from a strawberry, testing a “crime scene” for forensic evidence, and so much more!

20th Street and The Benjamin Franklin Parkway 


Driving directions and parking information are available below. We anticipate that the city will be very busy on Saturday and ask that you consider taking public transportation. Directions for accessing the Carnival via public transportation are available at the link below. 










Carnival Activities:

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    • How Does 5+2+1+0 Equal a Healthier You?
      Presented by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia > Read more

      How Does 5+2+1+0 Equal a Healthier You?

      10:00 AM

      Get interactive with CHOP's family wellness booth! Learn the secret code behind 5+2+1+0 (hint: it doesn't just equal 8!) and move your family toward healthier habits that will keep them happy and active!

    • Is It Magic, or Is It an Enzyme?
      Presented by Community College of Philadelphia > Read more

      Is It Magic, or Is It an Enzyme?

      10:00 AM

      Enzymes are in your saliva to help break down starch when you eat potatoes, in your stomach to break down fats, and everywhere else! Did you know some diseases like Crohn's disease have to do with an enzyme deficiency? Explore key properties of enzyme proteins and perform your own experiment to illustrate he basic reactions of enzymes and catalysts!

    • How Do Sports and Science Team Together on the Parkway?
      Presented by The Dow Chemical Company > Read more

      How Do Sports and Science Team Together on the Parkway?

      10:00 AM

      Cheer on science as you get an up-close look at how the chemical innovations at Dow relate to changes in the way we play and watch professional sports!

    • How Well Does Hollywood Portray Physics?
      Presented by Drexel University > Read more

      How Well Does Hollywood Portray Physics?

      10:00 AM

      Ever watch a movie with death defying stunts or crazy chemical warfare and think; could that really work? Join scientists from Drexel University in analyzing some famous movie scenes and learn which ones Hollywood gets right!

    • What's So Big About Super Small Science?
      Presented by The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University > Read more

      What's So Big About Super Small Science?

      10:00 AM

      Zoom into a miniscule world where materials have special properties and new technologies have spectacular promise. Join us for hands-on activities that let you experience the unexpected effects of materials way smaller than the eye can see. How will these new discoveries change our world?

    • How Do Computers Work?
      Presented by Drexel University > Read more

      How Do Computers Work?

      10:00 AM

      How often do you use a computer? Do you know how they work or what's inside one? Could you put together one on your own?Discover what makes a computer work and then try your hand at putting together a real computer!

    • How Can You Have Fun with Robots?
      How Can You Have Fun with Robots?
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      How Can You Have Fun with Robots?

      10:00 AM

      The award winning Freire Charter School Robotics Team, the RoboDragons, will be exhibiting the robots they built for the FIRST competition! You'll get to drive robots and build your own mini -robots and robot parts! Play this year's First Tech Challenge Game, Block Party, in which the RoboDragons team reached the East Super-Regional Championship after finishing fourth in the State of Pennsylvania!

    • What Is a Medicine?
      Presented by GlaxoSmithKline > Read more

      What Is a Medicine?

      10:00 AM

      What's in the medicine you take to feel better? Come find out what a medicine is, what it looks like, and how it works. Match shapes of medicines with shapes of disease targets, mix chemicals to makeyour own medicine, and then use 3D computer modeling software to watch your molecule binding to its disease target in the body!

    • Can Students Publish Their Science Research Projects?
      Can Students Publish Their Science Research Projects?
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      Can Students Publish Their Science Research Projects?

      10:00 AM

      Are you a student who has performed original science research? Want to get your work published? Now you can - thanks to the Journal of Emerging Investigators! JEI is a non-profit academic journal that mentors and publishes original science research done by middle and high school students. Stop by our booth to learn more about science writing and publishing. Test your science literacy skills with our scavenger hunt… with prizes!

    • H2O: Friend or Foe?
      H2O: Friend or Foe?
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      H2O: Friend or Foe?

      10:00 AM

      What is hydrostatic pressure? How do you make something "waterproof"? How does acid affect a building? Learn from a company who worked with the Army Corps of Engineers!

    • What Happens to Pollution When it Rains?
      Presented by Philadelphia Water Department > Read more

      What Happens to Pollution When it Rains?

      10:00 AM

      It's raining, it's pouring! Many types of pollution on land mix with stormwater and wind up in our creeks and rivers. With the "Enviroscape" model, you'll be able to see the negative effects first-hand and learn what you can do to help protect your watershed from pollution!

    • How Can Fish Grow My Food?
      Presented by Riverbend Environmental Education Center > Read more

      How Can Fish Grow My Food?

      10:00 AM

      Aqua-Ponics? What's that?The combination of aquaculture and hydroponics is an innovative and sustainable way to grow food. Learn how it works as you check out a demonstration and hear about the large scale greenhouse that will soon be at Riverbend.

    • Is It A Solid, Liquid or Gas?
      Presented by Saint Joseph's University > Read more

      Is It A Solid, Liquid or Gas?

      10:00 AM

      Discover the properties of solids, liquids and gases using fruit loops, then test your knowledge in a colorful, fun matching game!

    • What Is Citizen Science?
      What Is Citizen Science?
      Presented by SciStarter > Read more

      What Is Citizen Science?

      10:00 AM

      Swab microbes from your cellphone and shoes to build a worldwide map of microbes, help a scientist find a special beetle, amd classify galaxies! It's people-powered science at SciStarter!

    • How Many Sticks Does It Take to Build an Imagination?
      Presented by Stick-lets > Read more

      How Many Sticks Does It Take to Build an Imagination?

      10:00 AM

      Stick-lets™ can help get kids of all ages back outside to create stimulating and memorable experiences. By engaging with this toy, kids become aware of a resourceful and renewable element: the stick! These colorful silicone joints allow kids to stretch their imagination through the simple act of lashing together branches and dowels. The flexible nature of these six unique shapes provide the freedom to build forts, twig animals, toys, and more!

    • How Are Claymation Movies Made?
      Presented by The Clay Studio > Read more

      How Are Claymation Movies Made?

      10:00 AM

      Have you ever wondered how movies like "Frankenweenie" & "Chicken Run" were made? Join Claymobile teaching artists to learn how to make claymation just like the movies! You'll work together to animate a short film about exploring dionosaurs that will be edited and posted on YouTube!