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USciences at the 2016 Philadelphia Science Festival
Written by Brian Kirschner
Published on March 18, 2016
University of the Sciences is excited to be a core collaborator in the 2016 Philadelphia Science Festival, an innovative, nine-day celebration that explores the many ways that science and technology touch our everyday lives. A citywide collaboration that runs April 22-30, the Festival unites more than 200 of the region’s most influential institutions, museums and cultural centers in a common goal.
New this year, the Festival’s signature Science Carnival, which in previous years has attracted more than 30,000 attendees to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, takes place at the vibrant Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing on Saturday, April 30.
We hope you will join us for some the exciting events listed below that USciences faculty, staff, and students will be taking part in and explore the other 100-plus events available throughout the Festival. Presented by The Dow Chemical Company and organized by The Franklin Institute, the Festival brings science to restaurants, parks, breweries, libraries, museums and other neighborhood places! Details at PhilaScienceFestival.org.
About the Philadelphia Science Festival
Established in 2011 by The Franklin Institute as one of the first of its kind in the country, the Philadelphia Science Festival is a nine-day celebration of science and technology in everyday places—parks, restaurants, bars, libraries and museums. It aims to inspire not only the next generation of scientists and engineers, but also create homegrown citizen scientists. More than 200 partners work together to produce the Festival, which was founded by The Franklin Institute and is presented by The Dow Chemical Company. To learn more, visit PhilaScienceFestival.org. #GetNerdyPHL April 22-30
Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m.
Science Night at the Ballpark
Root for the Phillies as they take on the Washington Nationals and explore sports related science activities all throughout the first level concourse. Join the Phanatic for a science themed dugout dance and get excited for the upcoming Festival! Keep an eye out for student and faculty from the Physical Therapy Department.
Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Clark Park Science Discovery Day
West Philadelphia is home to some of the world’s leading researchers, medical doctors, and training programs. Join these scientists, engineers, and students for a jam-packed day of exciting, hands-on activities that everyone can enjoy (and understand)! Watch robots dance, learn about your brain, and launch a rocket…right in West Philadelphia! Join faculty and students from the Physical Therapy Department; Biological Sciences and students from the neurobiology class; Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics; and Behavioral Health for hands-on activities.
Sunday April 24, from 12-2 p.m.
What’s in a Beer? From Grain to Glass at the USciences’ Brewing Lab
Join brewing scientists at University of the Sciences for a discussion and sampling of the brewing process. Evaluate raw ingredients and tour the Pilot Brewing Laboratory as an experimental beer is brewed. Learn how ABVs, IBUs, and SRMs are calculated, and sample the results! Participants must be 21 or older.
Fishtown Science Crawl from 2 - 5 p.m.
Adults: Toast science and innovation and take bar hopping to a whole new level during the Fishtown Science Crawl! Enjoy great drink specials at awesome Fishtown venues and engage in hands-on science activities with some of your favorite museums and science organizations! Faculty from Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics and students from the neurobiology class will be on hand.
Murder at the Mütter®: Picture of Death from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
A museum docent has died suddenly under mysterious circumstances after a gala event at the College of Physicians celebrating a new exhibition on human skin. Was her untimely death from natural causes, or is there a killer on the loose at the Mütter Museum? Participants will work with investigators and forensic experts at different evidence stations to experience the science of criminal investigation and solve the mystery. The afternoon includes two hours of programming followed by a cocktail reception and light hors d’oeuvres. Program will begin promptly at 2:30 pm. Ages: 16 and up (ages 16 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or over). Members of the Chemistry Department will take part.
Thursday, April 28 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Neighborhood Science Afterschool
The Philadelphia Science Festival invades your neighborhood library for a celebration of science fun! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge at these FREE after-school programs filled with exciting activities, animal encounters and hands-on, kid-approved experiments and demonstrations. Faculty from the Chemistry Department will take part.
Friday, April 29 form 7 - 10 p.m.
Science After Hours: PSF Closing Party
Adults: Dress in your nerdiest apparel and join the celebration of nerd nations as the Science Festival brings you our closing night party, The Nerd Olympics. Engage in a variety of hands-on science activities, enjoy live performances, and compete with your friends as you show off your nerdy chops. Look out for neurobiology students accompanied by faculty from Biological Sciences.
Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Science Carnival at Penn's Landing
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! USciences will have four spots with faculty and students from Physical Therapy, Physics, and a student organization, Heart to Soul in Action, taking part.
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