Science Crawl: Brain Games
Sun, Apr 27
CRAWL BEGINS AT INDY HALL: 22 N 3rd St, Philadelphia PA, 19106
*Food and/or beverage included at each stop
22 N. 3rd street
Philadelphia, PA, 19106
SpeakersAl BrunoAl 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 MauteLeigh LightnerMy 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 PelchatMonell 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 PurdumMs. 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.
PartnersThe Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel UniversityThe Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel UniversityFounded 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 CenterMonell Chemical Senses CenterFounded 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 InstituteThe Franklin InstituteIn 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 PennsylvaniaUniversity of PennsylvaniaPenn 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.ContinentalContinentalIndy HallIndy HallShane ConfectioneryShane Confectionery
ActivitiesNational Mechanics: The Motor Cortex and the CerebellumLearn 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 HippocampusWho 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 CortexThe 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 SystemTake 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.