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USciences at the 2014 Philadelphia Science Festival – April 25-May 3
Posted: Sunday, April 06, 2014
Friday, April 25
PSF Kick-Off Party: Science Carnival After Hours
(The Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103)
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Ticket Required
Join biology’s Matt Farber and many others from around the city to help kick off the 2014 Philadelphia Science Festival with live science shows, music, demonstrations and more. Learn more here.

CANCELLED Due to the weather - Astronomy Night at the Woodlands 
(4000 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104)
7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. FREE!
The Woodlands and USciences are teaming up for a tour of the night skies as one of 26 locations throughout the city. With over 26 locations to choose from, families from all over the city can participate in Astronomy Night.  Learn more here

Saturday, April 26
Discovery Day in Clark Park 
(4398 Chester Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104)
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. FREE!
Join local scientists and STEM students to experience science in West Philadelphia! Interactive, hands-on activities feature biology’s Catherine Purzycki and Grace Farber as well as physical therapy’s Lora Packel and Greg Thielman. Learn more here.

Sunday, April 27
Explorer Sunday
(Schuylkill Trail at the Paine Skatepark, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, Pa 19130)
Time 12:30 to 4 p.m. FREE!
Physical Therapy’s Shaun Varrechia students, along with several students, will discuss biomechanics of barefoot running and provide advice about beginning a barefoot running program.

Making Medicine at the Temple Pharmacy Lab
(Temple University School of Pharmacy, 3307 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140)
10:00 a.m. to noon FREE! – RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
Chemistry & Biochemistry’s Fred Schaefer takes part in this demonstration of how pharmacists turn new chemicals into ready-to-use medication. Open to High School students only, this real-lab experience allows students to combine substances and create chemical reactions. Learn more here.

Science Story-time: ‘What’s the Matter with Pluto?’ at the Smith Playground in Fairmount Park
(3500 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19121)
3 to 3:45 p.m. FREE! With entrance to Mess Fest (1-4 p.m., pay what you wish at the door)
Curious about Pluto’s recent demotion? This story-time combines the talents of USciences physicist Paul Halpern and cartoonist Vance Lehmkuhl as they explore their new book to tell the story of Pluto. Learn more 0here.

Murder at the Mutter: Serial Killer
(The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 South 22nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19103)
2:30 to 6 p.m. Ticket Required
USciences faculty Jillian Fesolovich is taking part in this unique event. 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. Learn more 1here.

Tuesday, April 29
West Philly Science Showcase
(World Cafe 2Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104)
6 to 8 p.m. Ticket Required
Biology’s Matt Farber offers his thoughts on “Clear and Foamy Beer – Better Brewing through Biotechnology and Biosensors” along with other research experts. Learn more 3here.
Buy tickets online 4here

Science Night at the Ballpark
(Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148)
Activities begin at 5 p.m., Game time at 7:05 p.m. Ticket Required.
How Well Can You Throw A Ball? Come and practice your throwing, have your shoulder strength evaluated, and get tips on exercises that can improve your shoulder strength. Physical therapy faculty Karin Silbernagel and Carol Maritz from USciences will evaluate participants with regard to shoulder range of motion and strength needed for throwing. They will provide simple exercises that participants can do at home to improve shoulder strength. Learn more 5here.
Discount tickets are available 6here 7with the password “SCIENCE”.

Wednesday, April 30
Playing With Numbers: How Math Can Help You Win
(Rembrandt's, 741 North 23rd Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19130)
Join faculty members Amy Kimchuck, Carl Walasek, and Laura Pontiggia from our Department of Math, Physics and Statisitcs to see how math can increase your chances of beating your opponent. Learn the tricks behind some simple games to impress and amaze your friends. Learn more 8here.

Thursday, May 1
Neighborhood Science after School at Haddington Library
(446 N. 65th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19151)
3:30 to 5:30 p.m. FREE!
Look for Dr. Fred Schaefer to provide a fun and interactive chemistry learning experience. Learn more 9here.

Saturday, May 3
Science Carnival on the Parkway
(The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE!
This all-day carnival finishes off the Festival with more than 175 exhibitions and non-stop family fun! Faculty and students from USciences' Mayes College join the packed line-up with four exhibitions throughout the day. Learn more 0here.
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