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Educator Workshop: Project Learning Tree and Project WET

Philadelphia, PA
Looking for a way to make the environment relevant to your urban students? Earn ACT 48 credit in this full-day combined Project WET and Learning Tree workshop and learn tips and techniques to get your students thinking abo... read more

Community Supported Agriculture: Henry Got Crops!

Philadelphia, PA
Discover how important a rake and a shovel are to your community. Experience students’ first-hand attempts to bring food to their neighbors! See the co-op’s community supported agriculture farm, check out the educational r... read more

Atlatls: Physics of the Hunt

Philadelphia, PA
Experience how our ancestors developed the Atlatl, one of the earliest hunting technologies relying on human manipulation of the laws of physics. Participate as Penn experts illuminate the history of this ancient hunting d... read more

Bones, Bells & Whistles: A History of Philly’s Scientific Men and

Philadelphia, PA
Hear the stories of Philadelphia’s most influential scientists as you visit their gravesites at the beautiful Laurel Hill Cemetery. Learn how the life’s works of these Philadelphians have contributed to science long after ... read more

Fishtown Science Crawl

Philadelphia, PA
Take pub hopping to a whole new level during the Fishtown Science Crawl! Enjoy great drink specials as you explore your favorite Fishtown spots and enjoy hands-on science activities from hactronics to squinking (painting w... read more

Educator Workshop: STEM on a Shoestring

Philadelphia, PA
Looking to enhance your STEM curriculum on a limited budget? Obtain sample lesson plans and activities from a former Philadelphia School District teacher and learn how to spice-up your classroom activities without breaking... read more

Educator Workshop: Teach Students Protein Synthesis Using a Hands

Philadelphia, PA
Use laminated paper, wires, beads, and key rings to effectively demonstrate how the cell synthesizes and processes proteins. Build a protein model and leave with the files, supply list, and instructions for performing this... read more

Educator Workshop: Inquiry Based Learning in the K-12 Classroom

Philadelphia, PA
School District of Philadelphia middle and high school science teachers are invited to attend and learn how to do inquiry-based STEM activities in their own classrooms, specifically lessons in line with the NGSS that conne... read more

Educator Workshop: Using Genomic Data to Save Lives

Philadelphia, PA
Discover how genomic data can be used to save lives, fight infections and understand genetic diseases. Gain a deeper understanding of bioinformatics, the practice that combines computer science, statistics, mathematics, an... read more

Big Ideas for Busy People

Philadelphia, PA
From advances in detecting ovarian cancer, to electronic brain stimulation, to the unearthing of a new dinosaur, to using chemistry to preserve priceless art, countless groundbreaking discoveries are made right here in Phi... read more

DIY Brewing: Cider and Mead

Philadelphia, PA
Give your home brew skills a little twist by learning the science behind making the delicious age-old classics, mead and cider. Get some hands-on experience while learning the chemistry behind these refreshing drinks. Part... read more

Educator Workshop: Hands-On Standards-Based Activities for K-5

Glassboro, NJ
Participate in hands-on activities appropriate for the elementary grades from a variety of disciplines.

Educator Workshop: Rethinking Row Homes

Philadelphia, PA
How can we build better row homes to protect our cities against storm water and increasingly hotter summers? Join educators from GreenTreks Network and The Franklin Institute to discover how rain barrels and rain gardens a... read more

Educator Workshop: To Get to the Other Side: Designing Bridges

Philadelphia, PA
Inspire your future engineers! Teach your students about balance and force with experiments using beams, arches, and suspension bridges. Civil engineering comes alive in your classroom as students plan, build, and test the... read more

Educator Workshop: Incorporating History into STEM

Philadelphia, PA
It wasn’t just men that were shaping scientific practices in the 19th century; women had a big impact, too! Discover how these savvy ladies’ handmade herbaria and school books influenced scientific thinking over a hundred ... read more

Science of Networking

Philadelphia, PA
The knowhow to build a robust professional network is a valuable skill set to have, especially in STEM fields. Don’t miss this showcase of the science behind networking and illustrate (for both students and professionals) ... read more

An Alchemist's Toast to Health, Wealth, and Longevity

Philadelphia, PA
Raise your goblets and toast the alchemists, who promised that their philosopher’s stone could transmute lead into gold, heal a multitude of diseases, and provide an exceptionally long, youthful life. Explore the fascinati... read more

Educator Workshop: Putting the Play in STEAM

Philadelphia, PA
Did you know that your brain actually changes when you play? Learn how to help young children absorb STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) information, gain guidance in creating effective and comp... read more

Educator Workshop: Classroom CSI: Fingerprinting and Forensics

Philadelphia, PA
Spark your students’ interest in forensics! Go beyond arches, loops, and whorls to discover how and why fingerprints form and what makes them unique.  Test different fingerprint dusting, developing, and lifting methods and... read more

Educator Workshop: Classroom CSI: Forensic Ecology

Philadelphia, PA
How can clues from the environment help us catch criminals? Forensic ecology involves the analysis of plants, insects, soil, and other particulates from crime scenes to help solve crimes. Learn more about these techniques ... read more

Educator Workshop: Classroom CSI: Science Sleuths

Philadelphia, PA
Show your students how scientists use forensic science to catch criminals. Learn how to perform some easy classroom exercises like fingerprinting, evidence collection, and DNA profiling. Leave with a PowerPoint presentatio... read more

Educator Workshop: Preparing for the AP Computer Science Princ

Philadelphia, PA
Spark your students’ interest in computer science! Learn basic computational thinking practices, receive sample materials and participate in activities to prepare students for the new AP Computer Science Principles course ... read more

Educator Workshop: Teaching with Technology for the Global Edu

Philadelphia, PA
Learn tech-savvy strategies to build a creative, collaborative, and globally-connected classroom! Explore the tools and apps that nurture student interest and learning about world regions and cultures.

Let's Get Happy

Philadelphia, PA
What truly makes you happy? Think beyond your high-tech gadgets and materialistic belongings. We can reach happiness through all of our senses. The smell of chocolate chip cookies charms our noses, the taste of a cheesebur... read more

Nerd Nite: Science Myths Busted!

Philadelphia, PA
There are no conspiracy theories at this PSF-edition of Nerd Nite. Join myth busting nerds and examine popular myths and their logical rebuttals. From cryptozoology, to gluten free diets and forensics, see what’s fact and ... read more

Educator Workshop: Hands-On Standards-Based Activities for Grades

Glassboro, NJ
Participate in hands-on activities appropriate for the middle and high school from a variety of disciplines.

Educator Workshop: How People Learn: Understanding the Brain

Philadelphia, PA
Become a learning scientist at The Franklin Institute!  Explore the Your Brain exhibit and discover key ideas from cognitive science that apply directly to teaching and learning. Work with cognitive scientists to learn abo... read more

Educator Workshop: Educate to Innovate

Philadelphia, PA
The STEM/STEAM/Maker education movement is gaining traction and has such a strong following throughout the U.S. that the White House has challenged educators to “Educate to Innovate.” Sounds inspiring, but what does that m... read more

Educator Workshop: Paleontology in the Classroom

Philadelphia, PA
Dinosaurs continue to inspire awe, but what exactly classifies an animal as a dinosaur? Examine fossils, artifacts, and museum specimens, and learn how to create a fun and exciting paleontology experience in your own class... read more

Gross Anatomy

Philadelphia, PA
Sometimes our bodies can be, well, gross. Celebrate all of your unsavory secretions with this taboo-breaking cabaret, and discover why the things we DON’T discuss at the dinner table are so important to our health!

Inspired by Nature

Philadelphia, PA
Sometimes the solutions to modern challenges are right in front of our eyes. Scientists and engineers showcase how nature can inspire answers to complex problems with a few special demonstrations. Get up close with a swimm... read more

Dinner from the Weeds

Philadelphia, PA
Tired of pulling pesky weeds from your garden? If you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em! Join local acclaimed chef Daniel Stern as he whips wild weeds into delicious dishes. Meet professional forager Tama Matsuoka Wong and learn abo... read more

Beer Lab

Philadelphia, PA
Take a trip back to your high school science lab, but forgo the frog dissections. Instead, dust off those science skills for something a lot more desirable: beer! Take a scientific tour of the ingredients behind your favor... read more

You're the Expert

Philadelphia, PA
What do you get when you mix three comedians and one of Philadelphia’s top scientists? A scientifically-proven good time . Watch as comedians attempt to guess the scientist’s area of expertise and then dig deeper into this... read more
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Past Events

Beer Chemistry

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 goggles’ and see how alcohol affects the human body.
Friday, May 2 2014 7:00 PM 10:00 PM

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

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 of mushroom varieties with local growers.
Friday, May 2 2014 5:30 PM 8:30 PM

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

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 fingers and hope you survive it!
Thursday, May 1 2014 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Science Storytelling: Higher Planes

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 changed them on a personal and emotional level and inspired them to strive for...
Thursday, May 1 2014 6:30 PM 8:30 PM

DIY Science: Fermentation

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 home.
Thursday, May 1 2014 6:00 PM 8:00 PM

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

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 mathematics, will reflect on his experiences and showcase activities and curricula de...
Thursday, May 1 2014 4:30 PM 6:30 PM

Sleep: A Bedtime Story

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.
Wednesday, April 30 2014 6:30 PM 8:30 PM

Playing With Numbers: How Math Can Help You Win

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 league.
Wednesday, April 30 2014 6:00 PM 8:00 PM

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

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 perspectives and effects on climate change.
Wednesday, April 30 2014 6:00 PM 7:30 PM

I Love My Science Job

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 researchers who have one thing in common: they all love their jobs. Lab tours begi...
Wednesday, April 30 2014 4:00 PM 7:00 PM
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