Philadelphia Science Fest

No words can describe how excited I am for the Philadelphia Science Festival.

http://www.philasciencefestival.org/festival/2011-science-festival

It’s a two week celebration in various locations around the city of Philly, exploring science with the community through a variety of activities, exhibits, debates, lectures, and informational goodness throughout April15 – 28. It’s open to all ages and it’s FREE.

Scientists, engineers, museums, universities, and schools — everyone is participating to put this thing together! It’s really targeted for kids in school from Kindergarten to 12th grade high school, but as a lover of science education, I cannot wait to at least observe or volunteer in one of the many events. I had found out about the Philly Sci Fest via one of my current volunteer institutes, the Academy of Natural Sciences.

This weekend is the kickoff of this 14 day long crazy science party. On April 16th, the festival’s first big event is: the first ever Science Carnival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is being held! There are a TON of great booths to participate in, some of which I think are cool include:

  • American Chemical Society: Painting with shaving cream also known in Japan as “sumi nagashi,”  uses principles of hydrophobic and hydrophilic reactions.
  • Association of Women in Forensic Science – Crime scene to solve!
  • Chemical Heritage Foundation: The Chemistry of J-E-L-L-O!
  • Chestnut Hill Academy: Building Your Own Robot
  • Coriell Institute for Medical Research: DNA Detectives- Discover your Building Blocks!
    • I can build my name for a keychain using DNA block AND learn about the human genome? *Geekout*
  • Drexel University Society of Physics Students: Hollywood Physics
    • Drexel is doing somethign cool?
  • Mad Science: Slime Making!
  • Penn Museum: The Science of Mummification
  • University of Pennsylvania Genetics and Gene Regulation: Discover DNA!
    • “Take your genome home! Extract DNA from your cheek cells using household items” → I just died of happiness
  • The list goes on!

http://www.philasciencefestival.org/events/2011/04/science-carnival-ben-franklin-parkway#map

Coincidentally, it’s also the same day as Naomi’s MCATS. I take it as a good omen. I hope to wake up early to wish her luck on her exam, then maybe sleep a bit, and go the Parkway with any friends who want to accompany me later in the morning. The event is rain or shine, so even though it’s probably going to be a wet Saturday, the show shall go on!

I want to blog and update throughout the 15 – 28, reporting events I am able to attend from the Philly Sci Fest. I predict a jolly good time with my fellow scientists, young and old 🙂

So what are you waiting for? Drag your parents along or if you are old enough come on down with some friends and join in this fun. It’s an opportunity of pure awesome & science.

Location: Logan Circle
19th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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