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April 8th, 2014 by Monet Thomas-Anderson, Program Manager

Philadelphia Science Festival:
Are You Ready?

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The Philadelphia Science Festival is back, and whether you want to gaze at the stars, see fermentation in action, explore the chemistry behind pharmaceuticals, or learn more about wearable technology, there will be something for everyone. The Festival is a nine-day, community-wide celebration of science that will take place from April 25th through May 3rd, and will feature lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions and a variety of other informal science education experiences for Philadelphians of all ages.

There are many great events scheduled; but here are three must-attend events:

The PSF Kick-Off Party: Science Carnival After Hours

When: April 25th, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm Where:  Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia

This party will mark the beginning of the nine-day festival filled with imagination, curiosity and all things science. This 21+ event will feature hands-on experiments, live demonstrations and Yard’s Official Science Festival beer to ignite your senses and set your curiosity ablaze! The event is also a part of the Franklin Institute’s Science After Dark series. This series of events focuses on a different topic every month, ranging from the science behind MacGyver (yes, mullet and all!) to forensics.

I Love My Science Job

When: April 30th, 4 pm to 7 pm Where: Quorum, University City Science Center, 8th Floor, 3711 Market Street, Philadelphia

Campus Philly and the University Science Center have partnered together to present I Love My Science Job, an event that will provide a 360° view of the diverse job opportunities in STEM industries. Hear from Geek Award organizer, Jill Sybesma; physics/robotics teacher, Dan Ueda (a 2013 Geek Award recipient); and others about the work that they do outside of the lab. Click here to reserve your seat.

Science Carnival on the Parkway

When: May 3rd, 10 am to 3 pm Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway

To close out the Philadelphia Science Festival, join fellow geeks on the Parkway for a jam-packed day of family-friendly games, food trucks and non-stop interactive live demonstrations by local science troupes. Feel free to bring a friend and get ready to have your mind blown.

If you want to know more, check out the full Philadelphia Science Festival calendar here for more events.

If you have any questions about the PSF, feel free to contact Monet Thomas-Anderson at monet@campusphilly.org.

July 1st, 2013 by Monet Thomas-Anderson, Program Manager

Sensing Change at the Chemical Heritage Foundation

Photo © Monet Thomas-Anderson for Campus Philly

When: July 1, 2013 through May 2, 2014

Where: Chemical Heritage Foundation at 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, (2 blocks South of 3rd and Market Street)

Price: FREE…that’s right… FREE

“This exhibit is about what people are seeing and not about polar bears and glaciers,” exclaims Elizabeth McDonnell, Project Leader for the Center for Contemporary History and Policy, as she talks about the new exhibit, Sensing Change, at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. This eye-opening exhibit includes works by Katie Holten, Stacy Levy and Vaughn Bell, just to name a few.

Katie Holten’s belief that “humans are uprooted and disengaged from the current ecological crisis” inspired her work Uprooted: New York Street Trees which displays the underground roots of NY street trees – the roots never seen. Stacy Levy’s work, Calendar of Rain, serves as a “visceral method of keeping time and observing annual weather cycles.” Village Green, by Vaughn Bell “inspires a sense of humor and curiosity as we consider our role in dynamic ecosystems” as you poke your head into “floating” Plexiglass greenhouses.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Vaughn Rinner (mother of Vaughn Bell creator of Village Green) about Bell’s undergrad and graduate work; and got the inside scoop on Vaughn Bell’s path to an exhibit at CHF:

  • Early interest in “how people related to the environment around them”
  • B.A in Nature and Culture: Human Perspectives on the Natural Environment
  • For her undergrad senior project – she studied how people used grocery carts as urban gardens
  • M.F.A in Studio for Inter-related Media, where she began her work with greenhouse installations
  • 2008 – Installation of Village Green exhibit at Lycoming College Gallery in Williamsport, PA
  • 2013 – Installation of Village Green at Chemical Heritage Center

 

Sensing Change blends nature, science and art is a unique and aesthetic way. By viewing climate change this way; I felt more connected to the changes happening around me. This exhibit didn’t feel like an “Environment 101: The Basics of the World Around You” lecture, if felt more like a self-awakening of my own ecosystem.

If you are a science enthusiast, nature lover or free next Friday night; feel free to check out the CHF’s First Friday event which is the opening celebration of the Sensing Change exhibit. There will be short tours of the new exhibit and programming around “Lungs in the City” which explores the use of plants in the city to improve air quality.

As always, “chive on” my friends!!

- Monet Thomas-Anderson

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