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PSF Kick-Off Party: Science Carnival After Hours

Philadelphia, PA
Imagine a science wonderland filled with hands-on activities created just for adults. Kick-off the 2014 Festival with live science shows, music, demonstrations, and a variety of sensory stimulating stations-all tailored to... read more

Explorer Sunday: Making Medicine: Temple Pharmacy Lab

Philadelphia, PA
Break out your goggles and lab coats and go behind the scenes of an actual science lab! Combine substances and create a chemical reaction, and learn how to make a zinc-oxide ointment - commonly used to prevent diaper rash ... read more

Explorer Sunday: Microscope Station: Creating a Science Self Portrait of Your Cells

Philadelphia, PA
Get up close and personal with yourself! Use a digital microscope to examine and photograph your cheek cells and hair follicles. Go home with a one-of-a-kind self-portrait.

Explorer Sunday: HighWaterLine: A Walking Art Experience

Philadelphia, PA
Join artist Eve Mosher and fellow Philadelphians to draw the HighWaterLine—a bold chalk line along areas susceptible to increased flooding caused by climate change. As you walk, join the conversation about the impacts of c... read more

Nerd Nite Brunch: Body vs. Booze

Philadelphia, PA
Have a little too much fun last night? Learn what's going on in your body while you're drinking and why your body feels the way it does after a night out. Uncover the truth about common hangover "cures" at this brunch edit... read more

Remix Interactive

Philadelphia, PA
Remix Interactive, partnering students from Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia, the Drexel ExCITe Center, and Play On Philly!, presents a mobile app light show with live original orchestral an... read more

Science Crawl: Brain Games

PHILADELPHIA, PA
Break out your thinking cap and embark on a tour of the human brain during this four-stop science crawl in Old City. Play the memory game-show at The Continental, meet one smart bird at Indy Hall, and more on this two-hour... read more

Sounds Made Up: (True) Tales From the History of Science

Philadelphia, PA
Join local comedians and historians of science for a journey back in time. Take a lighthearted look at times when our best scientific intentions resulted in unexpected outcomes.

Educator Workshop: Integrating STEM into Project-Based Learning

Philadelphia, PA
Learn how to effectively embed STEM content into your program using project-based learning approaches. Through hands-on examples and workshop discussion, gain strategies to construct quality experiences that incorporate st... read more

Educator Workshop: Project Learning Tree

Philadelphia, PA
Explore the ways that trees impact our daily lives and experience the journey of a water droplet — from the clouds, through the trees and into the ground! Gain resources for use in Pre-K through Grade 8 classrooms. Present... read more

Educator Workshop: Save the Penguins! Teaching the Science of Heat Transfer Through Engineering Design

Philadelphia, PA
"Keep the penguins chilly with this cool investigation! Learn how to introduce engineering design and the fundamentals of heat and energy transfer to your middle school class. Receive a curriculum guide and learn how to ex... read more

Phanatics: Philadelphia's Love/Hate Relationship with Sports

Philadelphia, PA
Remember that time (insert player name here) blew the big game? Do you cry when the Eagles lose? Does a Phillies' home-run send you soaring? Explore why your favorite athletes' triumphs and failures cause gut-wrenching rea... read more

Educator Workshop:The Science of Helicopters

Philadelphia, PA
Take your students on a high-flying adventure! Learn how the complex engineering design inherent to rotor craft development can be used as a great teaching example of applied and integrated STEM subjects. Participate in K-... read more

Educator Workshop: Teaching Math and Science Using Spatial Thinking

Philadelphia, PA
How can spatial thinking transform K-12 science education? Work with cognitive scientists and discover the recent research supporting the importance of spatial thinking for STEM learning. Then, break into small groups and ... read more

West Philly Science Showcase

Philadelphia, PA
Philly tops the list of the best universities and hospitals across the country and many of these world-renowned institutions are located in West Philadelphia. Join experts from the University of Pennsylvania, University Ci... read more

I Love My Science Job

Philadelphia, PA
Not all science jobs take place in the lab! Get a 360° view of the diverse job opportunities within the science and technology industries and hear from entrepreneurs, journalists, public relations professionals and researc... read more

Educator Workshop: Understanding the Urban Watershed

Philadelphia, PA
Learn how to engage and connect students to their environment! Gain free multimedia tools for environmental education and learn how to build a model watershed and waterway with recycled and inexpensive materials. Presented... read more

Educator Workshop: AP Computer Science Principles

Philadelphia, PA
Get your students interested in computer science! Learn basic computational thinking practices and receive sample materials and interactive activities to prepare for the new AP Computer Science Principles course. This cour... read more

To Veg or Not to Veg?: The Science Behind Vegetarianism

Philadelphia, PA
If you go vegetarian, do you save your wallet? Your health? The world? Just your own peace of mind? Explore the science of vegetarianism from the nutritional and cost-saving benefits to the wide-ranging psychological persp... read more

Love, Lust and Loathing: The Science Behind Our Strongest Emotions

Philadelphia, PA
What separates love from lust? What triggers disgust? Do other primates experience love? Do dolphins feel lust? Six local experts dive into the hormonal and chemical factors that fuel these intense, not exclusively human e... read more

Playing With Numbers: How Math Can Help You Win

Philadelphia, PA
Your friends will call you the ‘wizard of odds’ after attending this special game night. Pick-up a few simple math tips and tricks to enhance your skills - for the casino, family game night, and even your fantasy football ... read more

Sleep: A Bedtime Story

Philadelphia, PA
What is sleep and why do you need it? What happens when you don’t get enough sleep? Enter the world of dreams and hear experts explain where your mind really goes once you’ve fallen asleep.

Educator Workshop: Math in K-12/Higher Education Partnerships

Philadelphia, PA
Eager to incorporate activities that make math relevant to your students in real world contexts? Dr. Idris Stovall, who regularly collaborates with Egyptian colleagues to build K-12/Higher Ed partnerships around mathematic... read more

DIY Science: Fermentation

Philadelphia, PA
Taste, sip, and ferment at Philly’s authentic, gourmet cheese mecca -Di Bruno Brothers. Discover how bacteria and yeast turn grapes into wine and milk into cheese, and create your very own fermentation experiment to bring ... read more

Cure You or Kill You: 19th Century Medical Science & Quackery

Philadelphia, PA
Do you feel lucky? Play the ultimate game of life during this after-dark tour of Laurel Hill and attempt to navigate the medical treatments of the 19th century. If you have the ailment, we have the cure, just cross your fi... read more

Science Storytelling: Higher Planes

Philadelphia, PA
What inspires you to reach for the stars? Produced in collaboration with First Person Arts and Story Collider, you’ll hear from 5 storytellers as they share a tale about how science made a difference, affected them, or cha... read more

The Magical Mushroom: How a Little Spore Can Save the World

Philadelphia, PA
Can mushrooms save the world? Famed mycologist Paul Stamets thinks so! Join us to learn about the incredible restorative potential of mushrooms for both people and the planet and stay after the talk to sample a selection o... read more

Beer Chemistry

Philadelphia, PA
Explore the science behind your favorite suds! Sample delicious beer and food pairings as Yards brewers and Monell sensory scientists demonstrate the science behind some of our favorite combinations. Try on a pair of ‘beer... read more
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Past Events

AJ Meerwald Sail

AJ Meerwald Sail

Philadelphia, PA
Don't miss this great sail as part of Seaport Discovery Day!
Sun, Apr 28 2013 12:30 PM Mon, Apr 29 2013 1:30 PM

Science for Sinners

Science for Sinners

Philadelphia, PA
Join this science spin on the seven deadly sins. Eat, drink, and be wary with talks and entertainment acts. 7 speakers will talk about the science behind the 7 deadly sins
Sunday, April 28 2013 6:00 PM 8:00 PM

Discovery Day: Science at the Seaport

Discovery Day: Science at the Seaport

Philadelphia, PA
How have people impacted the Delaware River and what influence has the River had on Philadelphians? Step aboard a historic vessel for an immersive immigration experience, including exploring the spread of infectious diseases such as yellow fever and the introduction of non-native plants and animals.
Sunday, April 28 2013 10:00 AM 4:00 PM

Discovery Day: Urban Farming

Discovery Day: Urban Farming

Philadelphia, PA
Growing your own plants or vegetables in the city? Learn how to test your soil, grow food locally, and even how to raise and care for farm animals. Spend the day in the garden with agricultural experts doing taste tests, gardening demonstrations, beekeeping basics and more.
Sunday, April 28 2013 11:00 AM 3:00 PM

The Morgue the Merrier: The Science of the Living Dead

The Morgue the Merrier: The Science of the Living Dead

Philadelphia, PA
Zombie Alert! Just what does it mean to be dead? And if there ever was a “zombie” virus, what would happen to our brains? How would we protect ourselves? Get a debriefing on this and more with a live zombie autopsy, a “spirited” zombie body parts scavenger hunt, and other-worldly science demos.  ...
Saturday, April 27 2013 6:00 PM 10:00 PM

Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Speckled Band- Performance and Science Demonstrations

Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Speckled Band- Performance and Science Demonstrations

Philadelphia, PA
Enjoy a Victorian-style theater production of the classic Doyle story "The Adventure of the Speckled Band." Following the performance, explore the science behind Holmes' deductions as Mutter Museum experts examine artifacts from the time and provide a new perspective on snake venom.
Saturday, April 27 2013 7:30 PM 9:30 PM

Beer Chemistry: Perfect Pairings

Beer Chemistry: Perfect Pairings

Philadelphia, PA
Meet Yards master brewers and Monell sensory scientists as they explore the malting, milling, mashing and fermenting behind your favorite brews. What happens in the brewing process to make an IPA different from a Saison? How do flavor pairings work? What makes pork belly taste so good with the Ta...
Friday, April 26 2013 7:00 PM 10:00 PM

Murder at the Mutter™: Outbreak!

Murder at the Mutter™: Outbreak!

Philadelphia, PA
Someone has been attacked at the Mütter Museum and investigators believe that a dangerous pathogen may have been released.  Decipher clues and analyze data to determine the cause of the violence.  Participants will work with local forensic experts to experience the science of criminal investigati...
Friday, April 26 2013 7:00 PM 10:00 PM

Liver, Beans, and Dice: The Ancient (and Modern) Science of Fortune Telling

Liver, Beans, and Dice: The Ancient (and Modern) Science of Fortune Telling

Philadelphia, PA
"Believe it or not, people once commonly thought thatfortune telling (divination) was a science. Practice somefortune telling for yourself while examining both ancientand current forms of divination and explore the actualscience behind the ways that were (and still are) used todivine our fates."
Friday, April 26 2013 6:30 PM 8:00 PM

Sounds Made Up: Tales From the History of Science

Sounds Made Up: Tales From the History of Science

Philadelphia, PA
Join Philly Improv Theater comedians and historians of science for a journey back in time. Take a lighthearted look at when our best scientific intentions weren't always a good thing.
Thursday, April 25 2013 7:00 PM 8:30 PM
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