Author:
STEPHANIE SETIAWAN
Date:
APRIL 21, 2015

PSF_2015The 2015 Philadelphia Science Festival marks the fifth year of this citywide collaboration celebrating science and technology in everyday life. With a plethora of events packed in these nine days, budding scientists of all ages will have the opportunity to photograph their DNA, build real robots, and get a little closer to nature.

The Philadelphia Science Festival features many hands-on activities, lectures, and various other informal science experiences to give all Philadelphians a chance to positively engage with and build a community around science, engineering, and technology. DM+D and its partner organizations are participating this year, and below are a series of events you won’t want to miss!


EVENTS AT DM+D:

DNA Cell(fie) Station
Sunday, April 26th | 10am to 2 pm | Free

Take your selfie to the next level and create a one-of-a-kind family portrait. Use a digital microscope to photograph and examine your cheek cells, hair follicles, and even your DNA! Walk away with pictures that capture the real you after viewing yourself in a whole new way. Organized by Science Center’s STEAM Initiatives.

Educate to Innovate
For elementary, middle, and high school educators and out-of-school time educators
Thursday, April 3oth | 4 to 6:30 pm | Free

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 mean for your youth programs? In this workshop, you’ll gain access to the resources you’ll need to shift your teaching programs and set your students up for success. Organized by Science Center’s STEAM Initiatives.


OFFSITE EVENTS:

Mess Fest Science Discovery Day
Saturday, April 25th | 10am to 2pm | Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse | $5 suggested donation

Don’t miss this ultra-messy, ooey-gooey, slimy and oozy celebration! Join the Hacktory and other great Philly organizations and shoot off fizzy rockets, make slime to take home, find out why Mentos and Coke combine to create an enormous fountain, and see how far the soap bubble monster will spread.

Robot Build Day
Sunday, April 26th | 10am to 2pm | Free

From wiring LED’s to making conductive dough to learning how 3D printers create solid objects, it’s a day all about what it takes to build a real robot. Come explore the many shapes, sizes, and functions of robots with NextFab as you learn how to make your own!

The Science of Networking
Tuesday, April 28th | 5:30pm to 7:30pm | Quorum | Free, registration required

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, which illustrates (for both college students and professionals) the how’s and why’s of building a great network. Put your new skills to work during a post-program networking session with industry leaders. Organized by the University City Science Center.

SPEAKERS: Nick Marzano, Young Involved Philadelphia | Matt O’Donnell, University of Pennsylvania | Monet Thomas Anderson, Campus Philly

Notes, Bits & Bytes
Sunday, April 26th | 1 to 4pm | ExCITe Center at Drexel University | Free

Produce music from modular circuit components, dance with a humanoid robot and more as you explore what technology can do at Drexel’s ExCITe Center. Whether you’re a tech n00b or a natural, you’ll have a fantastic technology-filled day!


For more information about Philadelphia Science Festival 2015, as well as a full line-up of events, visit the Philadelphia Science Festival website.