Philadelphia Science Festival
April 18 - 28, 2013
The Philadelphia Science Festival is a ten-day, community-wide celebration of science that takes place annually in April, featuring lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions and a variety of other informal science education experiences for Philadelphians of all ages. Join in on the Twitter conversation with:
Find us all around Philadelphia:
- Science Carnival, April 20, 11:00 - 4:00 p.m.
- Neighborhood Science, April 23, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
- Long Live Our Treasures, April 24, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
- Science Day at the Ballpark, April 25, 1:30 p.m.
- Astronomy Night, April 26, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
- Seaport Discovery Day, April 28, 10:00 - 4:00 p.m.
April 20, 11 - 4:00 p.m.
Ben Franklin Parkway Outer Drive between 20th & 22nd Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Science Carnival is an all-day event featuring more than 100 exhibitors offering nonstop, family-friendly experiments, games and a packed line-up of entertainment. The Science Carnival is free to the public and held rain or shine.
Independence Seaport Museum, Rozalia Project and AJ Meerwald will have activities for Science Carnival visitors. Independence Seaport Museum will have the hands-on activity, "What Floats Your Boat?" demonstrating the science behind what keeps a boat afloat. Rozalia Project will have a hands-on activity, "Dude, Where's My Trash?" This demonstration includes a 10' x 10' water tank with a submersible robot designed to look at underwater environmental issues. AJ Meerwald will have information on chartered sails.
April 23, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
2987 Almond St.
Philadelphia, PA 19134
Neighborhood Science programs take place in local libraries, schools, community centers, churches and other community hubs. The Neighborhood Science programs are free and open to the public. Independence Seaport Museum will have the hands-on activity, "What Floats Your Boat?" demonstrating the science behind what keeps a boat afloat.
"Long Live Our Treasures"
April 24, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
At "Long Live Our Treasures: The Science of Conservation and Preservation," attendees will meet leading conservators and researchers from 17 area organizations and learn how museums preserve their most precious artifacts--mummies, paintings, photographs and ships. You can also learn how to preserve your own personal treasures.
Independence Seaport Museum's Assistant Ships Manager John Laurino will speak about Olympia's restoration and maintenance. Purchase tickets here.
Science Day at the Ballpark
Citizen's Bank Park, 1:30 p.m.
1 Citizens Bank Way
Philadelphia, PA 19148
At Science Day at the Ballpark, cheer on the Phillies as you explore the science of sports! Independence Seaport Museum will have a hands-on activity, "Buoyancy Baseball Challenge," where visitors will see how many baseball weights can their boat can hold before it sinks.
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April 26, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd. & Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Astronomers will bring their telescopes to 20+ sites across the region for simultaneous star parties. A Free Astronomy Night will be held at Independence Seaport Museum beginning at 6:00 p.m. with sun gazing and ending at 9:30 p.m.
Technology for a Clean Ocean:
Rozalia Project uses underwater robots, nets and hands to clean our ocean surface to seafloor. They operate from aboard the 60' sailing vessel American Promise, as well as from partner docks and vessels. Rachael Miller, Rozalia Project's Founder and Executive Director, will lead an interactive introduction about the problem of marine debris and followup with Rozalia Project's trash-hunting adventures including getting attacked by a lobster, freeing an octopus and making some unusual finds while picking up over 500,000 pieces of ocean trash with 10,500 participants all over the US from 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.
Following the presentation from 7:00 - 7:30 p.m., join Rozalia Project for some underwater trash hunting with Hector the Collector (their underwater robot) right in the Delaware!
Seaport Discovery Day
April 28, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
211 S. Columbus Blvd. & Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
How have people impacted the Delaware River and what influence has the River had on Philadelphians? At Seaport Discovery Day, visitors will experience past and present immigration practices and examine the science behind Philadelphia's history through immigration and genealogy, public health, the spread of diseases, as well as invasive animal and plant species.
First, step aboard historic vessel Olympia for an immersive late-1800s immigration experience. While on board, visitors can receive a free family tree activity from the Genealogical Society of PA, find out nurses who died yellow fever epidemic and are buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery, and learn about the spread of infectious diseases from the Lazaretto.
After experiencing immigration on Olympia, visitors can head to the DRWC parking lot to see immigration trucks and current immigration practices from US Customs & Immigration.
Inside the Seaport Museum, visitors can experience various programming such as a talk about cave dwellers from Philadelphia's Lost Waterfront, NJ Aquatic invasive species from Temple University, and other programming from Fairmount Waterworks Interpretive Center, New Jersey Academy of Aquatic Services & the CLUES Apprentices, Chester Center for Second Chances, Philadelphia Water Department and PA Fish & Boat Commission.
The historic AJ Meerwald schooner, New Jersey's official Tall Ship, will provide sails throughout the day. Rozalia project will be on hand to provide environmental education and more!
General Admission tickets to Seaport Discovery Day include access to the Seaport Museum and Seaport Discovery Day activities (excluding a sail on AJ Meerwald). Combo tickets include access to the Seaport Museum, Seaport Discovery Day activities and an hour and half sail on AJ Meerwald.
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