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Science Carnival at Penn's Landing

Saturday, April 30
10:00 am - 4:00 pm



You've never experienced an outdoor carnival like this one! The Carnival at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing 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!








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    • Temple University: College of Liberal Arts - Department of Geography and Urban Studies: Where Do Biology and Society Meet?
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      Temple University: College of Liberal Arts - Department of Geography and Urban Studies: Where Do Biology and Society Meet?

      10:00 AM

      Join students from Temple University's Bodies in Geography course, as they invite students to interact with a new game that will become an exhibit at the Franklin Institute. Students have spent the semester examining the social and biological aspects of the human body, focusing on innovation and invention.

    • Temple University: College of Science and Technology - TUteach Program: Can Your Smartphone Be Used to Do Science?
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      Temple University: College of Science and Technology - TUteach Program: Can Your Smartphone Be Used to Do Science?

      10:00 AM

      For so long, the cost of the equipment necessary for scientific research has made it inaccessible for many people. However, with the rise of technology, each of us now carries a computer in our pocket! Come learn about how to use your smartphone to explore the world of optics with materials you can access at home! Activities include smartphone microscopes, DIY holograms, the world’s cheapest black light, and a virtual reality experience!

    • University of the Arts: What is Your Sense of Home?
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      University of the Arts: What is Your Sense of Home?

      10:00 AM

      Spark-Fuel-Ignite! is a partnership between String Theory High School, Science Leadership Academy SLA@Beeber, J. W. Hallhahan High School, the Philadelphia Public History Truck, and The University of the Arts, Museum Studies Dept. to further build Philadelphia’s creative and collaborative economy. Student partners have built prototypes and collected stories that explore the five senses of “home”. The result is a multi-sensory pop-up experience organized around shared concepts of “home” with opportunities to share stories.

    • University of Pennsylvania: Neuroscience Graduate Group: Can You Believe What You Hear?
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      University of Pennsylvania: Neuroscience Graduate Group: Can You Believe What You Hear?

      10:00 AM

      Just like visual illusions, the human auditory system can be tricked by certain types of sounds. For example, did you know that we can easily tell if a sound comes from right or left, but it is much harder to locate sounds that are directly in front or behind us, or above and below? These limitations in our auditory abilities reveal a lot about how hearing works.

    • University of Pennsylvania: Women in Chemistry: What Are Some Fabulous Fascinating Fluids?
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      University of Pennsylvania: Women in Chemistry: What Are Some Fabulous Fascinating Fluids?

      10:00 AM

      In front of the booth will be a pool full of colorful liquid. The kids will take their shoes off and run through the pool, where they will discover that they can walk across the surface of the liquid! Inside the booth, they will mix two liquids and stir to form a moldable polymer that bounces. Finally, participants will use acid–base chemistry to make lava lamps, while learning about the physical property of density.

    • The Franklin Institute: What's Up?
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      The Franklin Institute: What's Up?

      10:00 AM

      The Franklin Institute: What's Up?

    • Partnership for the Delaware Estuary: What Animal Cleans Water Better Than a Filter?
      Partnership for the Delaware Estuary: What Animal Cleans Water Better Than a Filter?
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      Partnership for the Delaware Estuary: What Animal Cleans Water Better Than a Filter?

      10:00 AM

      Stop by to learn how freshwater mussels clean and filter water in our streams through a live demonstration. Freshwater mussels are the most imperiled of all animals and plants, and restoration can help save their habitat while promoting clean water.

    • The Baldwin School: Do You DREAM in Your School?
      The Baldwin School: Do You DREAM in Your School?
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      The Baldwin School: Do You DREAM in Your School?

      10:00 AM

      Stop by to see some of the projects, tools and equipment that outfit our classroom Makerspace like 3D printers, robots, quadcopters, woodworking tools, CNC mills and lots more! See what it looks like to learn & play in our DREAM Labs ® and get a chance to make your own stickers using code!

    • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: Department of Neurology: How Are the Eyes a Window to the Brain?
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      Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: Department of Neurology: How Are the Eyes a Window to the Brain?

      10:00 AM

      We will show how the signals from the eye travel to through the brain. We will explain how the brain uses these signals. Participants will perform various activities to show how the eyes work together to improve vision (called binocular summation). Participants will also perform a motor and speed tasks to show how the eyes and brain work together.

    • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: Poison Control Center: How Are Button Batteries Dangerous?
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      Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: Poison Control Center: How Are Button Batteries Dangerous?

      10:00 AM

      This exhibit will demonstrate the dangers of button battery ingestion. Button batteries are commonly found in everyday items such as remotes and greeting cards. If swallowed, the lithium button battery may cause harm by producing electrical and chemical burns. When arriving to the table, the individual will have the opportunity to learn more about the characteristics of a button battery and the ingestion process through an interactive game and a video animation.

    • Philadelphia Police Department: What Do We Do at the Office of Forensic Science?
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      Philadelphia Police Department: What Do We Do at the Office of Forensic Science?

      10:00 AM

      Units from the Philadelphia Police Department's Office of Forensics will have exhibits of their work.

    • Power Home Remodeling Group: How Can You Make Your Home More Energy Efficient?
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      Power Home Remodeling Group: How Can You Make Your Home More Energy Efficient?

      10:00 AM

      Information on energy efficient home improvements

    • PennEnvironment: How Can We Prepare for a Hotter Philadelphia?
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      PennEnvironment: How Can We Prepare for a Hotter Philadelphia?

      10:00 AM

      Climate change means it’s going to be getting hotter in Philadelphia, and this is especially a problem for us here in the city. This activity explains why that's the case and demonstrates ways we can prepare our neighborhoods to help them stay as cool as possible.

    • Axalta Coating Systems: Can You Find the Difference in Colors?
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      Axalta Coating Systems: Can You Find the Difference in Colors?

      10:00 AM

      As a global leader in color technology, we will demonstrate the differences between colors, textures and hues for automotive and industrial coatings.

    • The Franklin Institute and University of Pennsylvania: What's So Big About Super Small Science?
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      The Franklin Institute and University of Pennsylvania: What's So Big About Super Small Science?

      10:00 AM

      Come explore the miniscule world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces. Hands-on activities will demonstrate the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale, examine tools used by nanoscientists, and showcase nano materials with spectacular promise.

    • GLIST - Girls Lead In Science and Technology: How Can You Tell a Computer to Draw?
      GLIST - Girls Lead In Science and Technology: How Can You Tell a Computer to Draw?
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      GLIST - Girls Lead In Science and Technology: How Can You Tell a Computer to Draw?

      10:00 AM

      Visitor will learn how to tell a computer to interpret files and also input information that can be returned by the computer. For example, the visitor can create a questionnaire with simple questions, such as "what is your name?", and once the code is run, the visitor can input their name and receive a response from the computer, such as "Hello _______!" The visitor will also be able to tell the computer to find a specific word within a file, and explain the correlation between this word finding and also creating a search engine.