April 12, 2016 |

Guide to the Philadelphia Science Festival



Cocktail Lab 

When: April 25 2016, 7:00 PM — 9:30 PM
Where: The Franklin Institute 222 N. 20th Street, 19103

Whether you keep it neat or like it straight up, mull, mix, and muddle your way through the science of cocktails with experts from local distilleries. Increase your liquid intelligence by enjoying interactive activities, demonstrations, and tastings that will imbue you with an appreciation of flavor infusion, dilution, and other techniques essential to making a well-balanced libation.

Must be 21+.


 Science at Play for the Young at Heart 

When: April 26, 2016, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: 315 Chestnut Street, 19106

Who says play is just for kids? Embrace your inner child and stimulate your mind by tinkering, toying, and creating at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Learn how adults have played with science throughout history, then follow in the footsteps of the young at heart by testing out BattleBots, and making your own putty polymers. Afterwards, extend playtime by checking out the Science at Play exhibit, which features over 250 science kits and toys and demonstrates that playing with science can be fun at any age.

Must be 18+.


Nerd Nite: What It Means To Be Human 

When: April 27 2016, 07:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue, 19125

The Philadelphia Science Festival and Philly Nerd Nite team up to consider the perennial question of what it means to be human. Five local researchers will examine this inquiry from a scientific perspective by looking at exciting developments in anthropology, morphology, psychology, neuroscience, and robotics, including brain enhancements, 3D organ printing, and how robots learn. You’re guaranteed to walk away feeling slightly more evolved at the end of the night.

NOTE: Tickets are not available online for this event and will be sold at the door.

Science of Fear 

When: April 27 2016, 7:00 pm -9:00 pm
Where: Franklin Theater, 222 North 20th Street, 19103

Are you terrified of snakes? Does the sound of thunder fill you with panic? Do spiders give you the heebie jeebies? Embrace your fear and discover the advantages it can confer by joining us for a gripping presentation about the neurobiological basis of this vital, emotional response. After, directly confront many commonly feared objects and situations and have your physical fear response measured.


When: April 28 2016, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Mutter Museum, 19 South 22nd Street, 19103

Interested in learning more about the unique opportunities and challenges facing LGBTQ individuals in the STEM professions? Come out for a panel discussion where this topic will be explored in depth with professionals working in a range of STEM fields in both industry and at local institutions. Following the discussion, there will be a networking event with light refreshments. All are welcome.


Science Carnival at Penn’s Landing 

When: April 30 2016, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, 19106

You’ve never experienced an outdoor carnival like this one! The Science Carnival at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing features more than 175 exhibitors offering non-stop, family-friendly experiments, interactive activities, games, and a packed line-up of live entertainment. Enjoy making slime, meeting live zoo animals, checking out the inner-workings of robots, taking a tour of a helicopter, extracting DNA from a strawberry, testing a “crime scene” for forensic evidence, and so much more capping off the 2016 Philadelphia Science Festival!


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