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USciences at the 2013 Philadelphia Science Festival - April 20-27
Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013

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University of the Sciences is once again proud to sponsor the Philadelphia Science Festival, a city-wide collaboration showcasing science and technology from April 18-28, 2013.

Part of a national movement to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, it builds on Philadelphia’s history of innovation with dozens of free events at museums, universities and neighborhood libraries.

You can find USciences faculty and students involved in a number of events throughout the festival. Almost all of the activities are free and school-aged children are encouraged to attend. To learn more, or find other events hosted by one of the 105 partner organizations, visit PhilaScienceFestival.org.

Saturday, April 20

Science Carnival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE!

You’ve never experienced an outdoor carnival like this one! USciences is among more than 100 exhibitors offering family-friendly activities including hands-on activities Stop by the USciences’ booths to visit Chemistry’s Dr. Catherine Bentzley shows how chemistry works to make slime, while Physical Therapy’s Dr. Greg Theilman and Dr. Lora Packel will answer the question: how can exercise lead to a fun and healthy lifestyle?

Learn more: http://www.philasciencefestival.org/event/81-science-carnival

Monday, April 22

Neighborhood Science After School program at the Wynnefield Library
(5325 Overbrook Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131-1498)
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. FREE!

Exercise Science’s Heidi Freeman uses biofeedback to answer the question "Can my thoughts affect how I feel?" In addition, other festival partners will be on hand to help participants explore the science of you with live animals and real specimens.

Learn more: http://www.philasciencefestival.org/event/10-neighborhood-science-after-school-wynnefield-branch

Tuesday, April 23

Table Top Science at Earth Bread and Brewery
(7136 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119)
5 p.m. to 10 p.m. FREE!

Chemistry’s Dr. Fred Schaefer hosts a night of hands-on, interactive science lessons filled with chemistry activities and demonstrations, all in the comfort of this neighborhood brew pub.
Learn more: http://www.philasciencefestival.org/event/67-table-top-science

How Medicine Works: A Microscopic Army at The Franklin Institute's Franklin Theater
(222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103)
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets Required

What’s happening in our bodies when we get sick? What do medicines really do once they are in our system? Franklin Institute science interpreters and researchers explore these questions and more with Pharmaceutical Sciences’ Dr. Catherine Moore and others from the Wistar Institute.

Click Here to Get Tickets


Wednesday, April 24

Neighborhood Science After School program at the Haverford Library
(5543 Haverford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19139-1432)
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. FREE!

Chemistry’s Dr. Fred Schaefer will examine the properties of a variety of materials (plastics, paper, liquids, solids) to see how these properties are related to the molecules that make up the material.

Thursday, April 25

Science Day at the Ball Park, Phillies Game vs. Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park 
Gates open at noon Activities free with paid admission to the game
Cheer on the Phillies as fans explore the science of sports! Physical Therapy’s Dr. Karin Silbernagel and Dr. Greg Thielman will help fans practice their throwing, evaluate their shoulder strength, and give tips and exercises to improving their strength.

Learn more: http://www.philasciencefestival.org/event/30-science-day-at-the-ballpark

Friday, April 26

Astronomy Night Café: Edge of the Universe at Frankford Hall
(1210 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125)
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. FREE!

Sure you've heard of the "Big Bang"---but, what about the "Big Bounce" or the "Big Rip"? Physicist Dr. Paul Halpern explores his book "Edge of the Universe: A Voyage to the Cosmic Horizon and Beyond." The discussion will be followed by an evening of stargazing as part of the Festival's city wide Astronomy Night.
Learn more: http://www.philasciencefestival.org/event/53-astronomy-night-cafe-edge-of-the-universe

Murder at the Mutter™: Outbreak!
(Mutter Museum, 19 S. 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103)
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Ticket Required.
Join USciences faculty for an evening of interactive activities and forensic investigation at The College of Physicians. Someone has been attacked at the Mütter Museum and investigators believe that a dangerous pathogen may have been released. Is there a virus on the loose, or is something more sinister going on? The race is on to locate the source of the outbreak and the cause of the violence. Participants will interact with experts ranging from emergency management professionals to forensic scientists to experience the science of criminal investigation and solve the mystery.

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Astronomy Night in USciences Quad
6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. FREE!
Professional and amateur astronomers will bring out their telescopes to show the wonders of the night sky.
Learn more: http://www.philasciencefestival.org/event/80-astronomy-night  

Saturday, April 27

Discovery Day: Science In Clark Park
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. FREE!

Discover science in your own backyard! Meet local scientists and students while exploring the natural wonders of one of the loveliest parks in the city. Physical Therapy’s Dr. Lisa Hoglund and Eric Folkins will be doing fun activities to determine people’s risk for osteoarthritis and their mobility/strength.

Learn more: http://www.philasciencefestival.org/event/28-discovery-day-science-in-clark-park 

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