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Science Carnival on the Parkway

Saturday, May 2, 2015
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!


Check out the full list of Carnival activities below! Sort by area of the Parkway or search for a specific organization so you can plan your day accordingly! 


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 Medicine Work?
      Presented by GSK > Read more

      How Does Medicine Work?

      10:00 AM

      Join GlaxoSmithKline scientists to learn what a medicine is, what it really looks like, and see if you can make medicine work! See how these life-saving molecules bind to diseases in the body!

    • What Does PJM Do When it “Balances” the Power System?
      Presented by PJM Interconnection > Read more

      What Does PJM Do When it “Balances” the Power System?

      10:00 AM

      With every flick of a switch, the electricity we use must be carefully balanced. See how electricity dispatchers manage the power grid that delivers electricity to your home, school and neighborhood!

    • What's Invading Our Forests?
      Presented by The Nature Conservancy > Read more

      What's Invading Our Forests?

      10:00 AM

      Find out what you can do to detect tree damage and prevent the spread of invasive insect species in your neighborhood. Decorate a take-home mask to look like one of the insect invaders!

    • Where's the Beach?
      Presented by The Nature Conservancy > Read more

      Where's the Beach?

      10:00 AM

      Hurricanes, strong storms, and continuous waves can all change our beaches, destroying both human property and wildlife habitat. Learn how The Nature Conservancy is using oyster reefs as inexpensive barriers to prevent erosion, improve coastal habitats, and save our beaches. Come make waves and see the reef in action!

    • H20 - Friend or Foe?
      H20 - Friend or Foe?
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      H20 - Friend or Foe?

      10:00 AM

      What happens when acid soil, hydrostatic pressure and water come into contact with a porous cinder block? Find out more about the cause and effect of foundation deterioration, and see how water management systems move water away from your home.

    • What Does a Veterinarian Do?
      Presented by University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine > Read more

      What Does a Veterinarian Do?

      10:00 AM

      Learn what it takes to be a veterinarian as you take care of your own stuffed-animal patient, talk to a real veterinarian, and more!

    • How Can I Help the Environment Around Me?
      Presented by University of the Sciences > Read more

      How Can I Help the Environment Around Me?

      10:00 AM

      Plants do many things, from providing us with oxygen to growing food. Stop by and learn how to make your own planter out of recycled materials so you can have your own piece of nature.

    • Is Faster Always Better?
      Presented by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia > Read more

      Is Faster Always Better?

      10:00 AM

      Stop by to experience the side effects of being fast. Drive a remote control car through a timed obstacle course and try your skills at an interactive speeding demo.

    • How Do You Tell a Computer to Draw?
      How Do You Tell a Computer to Draw?
      Presented by Girls Lean In Science & Technology and Bala Cynwyd Middle School > Read more

      How Do You Tell a Computer to Draw?

      10:00 AM

      Visit and learn how simple computer commands and an amazing control board can help you create beautiful art! All is possible with a Raspberry Pi, so enter our raffle for a chance to win one!

    • How Do Your Bones Stay Together?
      Presented by La Salle University > Read more

      How Do Your Bones Stay Together?

      10:00 AM

      Visitors will spin the wheel and then identify the bone on the skeleton and win a prize!! We will play all kinds of bone games which will enlighten people of all ages. Children can color pictures of the skeleton, win prizes for their knowledge and learn deeper details about the skeletal system.

    • Can Land Pollution Also Contaminate Our Water?
      Presented by Philadelphia Water Department > Read more

      Can Land Pollution Also Contaminate Our Water?

      10:00 AM

      It's raining, it's pouring, the watershed needs restoring. Find out how our rivers, streams and waterways can be affected by what we do here on land!

    • Can You Solve the Case of the Stolen Yeti Poop?
      Presented by Spells Writing Lab > Read more

      Can You Solve the Case of the Stolen Yeti Poop?

      10:00 AM

      A priceless specimen of Yeti coprolite (fossilized poop) has been stolen, and Dr. Spells needs your help to solve the crime using forensic science. Learn the skills of crime scene investigators, analyze the chromatography, fingerprint, and DNA evidence, and write the ending to this scientific mystery.

    • What's So Big About Super Small Science?
      What's So Big About Super Small Science?
      Presented by The Franklin Institute, University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel University > Read more

      What's So Big About Super Small Science?

      10:00 AM

      Think small. Think really, really small—smaller than anything you ever saw through a microscope at school. Think atoms and molecules, and now you’re there. You’re down at the nanoscale, where scientists are learning about these fundamental components of matter and are putting them to use in beneficial ways. Explore how new properties of matter emerge with fabric that doesn't stain, sand that doesn't get wet, and solid objects that disappear!

    • What Materials Can You Print With?
      Presented by The Franklin Institute > Read more

      What Materials Can You Print With?

      10:00 AM

      Build a unique 3D model using a simple Computer Aided Design program and watch as it prints on a 3D printer! Learn about the technology behind 3D printing and the amazing materials used to make 3D creations.

    • How Can You Protect Endangered Species?
      Presented by John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum > Read more

      How Can You Protect Endangered Species?

      10:00 AM

      Learn about endangered species, habitat, and the work of the US Fish and Wildlife Service while coming face-to-face with a Federally Threatened Bog Turtle!

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

      TechServ: How Do Computers Work?

      12:00 AM

      Stop by and and learn every fascinating component that makes a computer work and try your hand at putting together a working computer!