Summer Fun in Philly, Part 2

If the beautiful weather this past weekend didn’t have you anxiously awaiting summer days (81 degrees–it hit 81 degrees on Saturday!), this list of summer events will. Last month we featured some of the awesome summer highlights going on around the city, and this month we’re doing it again. You’ll have to try to be bored this summer, because there are still too many fun events to list. Check them out!

Slide the City: Philadelphia 

The details still haven’t been nailed down for this event, but it’s too exciting not to include anyway. The word “Slip ‘N Slide” probably brings back memories of your childhood, when you ran and slid across a small piece of plastic in your yard. But you’ve grown up now, and while the Slip ‘N Slides of years gone by were certainly fun, you need a bit more excitement. To meet that need, Slide the City is bringing their 1,000-foot Slip ‘N Slide to the streets of Philly. That’s right, that’s over 3 football fields of cushioned vinyl for you to slide down at this water party. There will also be live music and food, and floaties are welcome for sliding purposes. Be sure to sign up to receive more information as it becomes available!

Future Sensations at The Oval
From May 30 to June 6, Philadelphia will be the only U.S. city to host the traveling exhibition Future Sensations by Saint-Gobain. Only four cities in the world will host this 350-year-anniversary celebration of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies; the company has been involved in building the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, the glass pyramid at the Louvre, the Statue of Liberty, and even the Mars Rover. This high-concept, immersive experience will merge modern technology with visionary arts. Four pavilions of up to 32-feet-tall (called Look, Listen, Color, and Create) will each offer a unique sensory experience, and a fifth pavilion designed specifically for Philly’s stop on the tour will feature a 70-foot dome and more. If all this weaving of science and art and future innovation doesn’t excite you, there will also be a pop-up beer garden and food trucks at The Oval.

Phillies tickets are usually inexpensive, so you can head to the ballpark for a day game on the weekend or night game during the week. But if you’re looking for something with a little more weight than a regular season baseball game, get your tickets for the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) Gold Cup Finals, which will be held in Philadelphia on July 26 . If you’re lucky, the U.S. Men’s National Team will be playing at Lincoln Financial Field for a chance to defend their Gold Cup title from 2013. Regardless of who’s playing, though, the championship game is sure to be exciting. The third place game for the tournament will also be in Philly, scheduled for July 25 at PPL Park. Get your tickets now before prices go up, and don’t miss this chance to see some of the best soccer teams in the Americas battle for the cup!

Bluecross RiverRink Summerfest
This summer celebration is opening on May 22, and you don’t want to miss it. The popular ice skating destination at Penn’s Landing will be transformed into a roller rink, boathouse-styled Lodge, and a hangout spot connected to Spruce Street Harbor Park via a path along the river. A leafy island will sit in the center of the hockey-grade flooring system, providing shade and seating as well as rain collection. The popular ski lodge of the winter will be turned into a boathouse lodge, featuring canoes, paddles, fans, and summer decor and food options. The rink area will feature some great accommodations, but if you need a change of scenery, the Spruce Street Harbor Park is only a five-minute walk away. So whether you’re looking to do some skating or just lounge in a hammock, head to the waterfront!


Again, this is not even close to an exhaustive list of all the amazing things going on in Philly this summer. But it’s definitely a place to start, so be sure to check out some of these warm-weather events!

Top 5 Events: Celebrating STEAM

Last week we brought you events that were athletic and artistic, and this week we’re continuing the mix-and-match theme with art and science. STEM careers have been continually touted as the careers that are moneymakers and nation-builders–and why not, STEM pursuits are important and awesome! But many believe a better acronym is in order. STEAM notes the importance of the “A” in in the equation–Art(s). The arts and sciences shouldn’t be mutually exclusive; they talk to each other and go together in more ways than you may think. So to celebrate STEAM, here are some science events, arts events, and a few that bring both together.

Philadelphia Science Festival
When: April 24 – May 2 Where: Across Philadelphia Cost: Varies (most are FREE!)

PSF is an awesome week-long celebration of science and technology in everyday life that features over 100 interactive events, lectures, debates, hands-on activities, and science education throughout the city. Here are some that we highlighted in our article on PSF: Explorer Sunday at Rowan University, a day dedicated to STEAM that will feature exploring science through world cultures and history, designing and playing your own video games, and more; Science of Networking, a workshop and mixer that will teach arts and science students alike the science behind building a professional network; and Science Night at the Ballpark, a night of Phillies baseball and the science behind America’s pastime. Be sure to get nerdy and check out some of these awesome events!

April’s Twilight in the Gardens
When: April 24, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  Where: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street, Philadelphia Cost: $12

The Magic Gardens is a perennial favorite, and it’s a great place to enjoy artwork. Twilight in the Gardens is a monthly series that puts a modern spin on several forms of classical art. As the sun sets on Philly, you can enjoy the tunes of Damn Tall Buildings and tap into your artsy side with a traditional-and-contemporary-styles-blended chalkboard art workshop with Kelly Franklin. You can also explore the mosaics, partake in an Instagram scavenger hunt, and check out the rarely-seen mosaicked basement. Bring your own blanket and snacks, and enjoy a night of art and exploration with friends! (For the 21+ crowd, bring your own wine or enjoy some for purchase at the event).

Philly Tech Week
When: April 16 – 25 Where: Across Philadelphia Cost: Varies

Philly Tech Week is another great chance for you to geek out and celebrate the creativity, the business, and the science of technology. Our article on Philly Tech Week highlighted some of the fun events going on, and there are a handful of events that have a more creative angle, including: 3D Print Me Philly, where you can get a mini 3D version of yourself printed; the Mashed Media Awards, an evening that recognizes the best youth media in Philly, from video and photography to music and spoken word; and an Electronic Music Workshop with BEEP, which will explore how to use computers and digital technology for real-time music performance, as well as how computers can be used expressively. See the full calendar of events here!

Restoring the Land Through Environmental Art
When: April 26, 1:o0 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Where: The Schuykill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia Cost: FREE!

This event is part of PSF, but it deserves its own slot in this week’s Top 5. You’ll have the chance to explore the Schuylkill Center‘s fields and forests, and in the process you’ll see how art can be used to solve ecological challenges (like invasive plants or decreasing pollinator populations). LandLab resident artists will discuss how their installations were conceptualized and developed, as well as how they merged art and science to creative positive change for the land. The great part about this event is that it will show how the merging perspectives of both artists and scientists can offer creative solutions to environmental issues.

Coffee & Jazz: Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Naturally Sharp
When: April 24, 8:15 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Where: MacAlister Hall, City View Room, 33rd and Chestnut Street, Philadelphia Cost: $7

Enjoy a night of jazz and dessert, courtesy of Drexel’s vocal jazz ensemble Naturally Sharp. Starting at sunset at the top of MacAlister Hall, the Philadelphia skyline will be the backdrop for the performance. This end-of-year concert is a relaxing environment where you can sit back and enjoy the sounds of the talented jazz group. In addition to the music, coffee and dessert will be offered. Tickets are only $7 at the door, so come out and support this awesome musical group!

Tips and Tricks from CP:
Interning in Philly In the Summer

We can now all utter a sigh of relief, as the spring semester wraps up, finals are on the horizon, and graduation is in the air for some of us. You know what that means? Summer. For those of you coming back to the city or spending a summer in Philly, there’s no experience quite like a summer in the city. Philadelphia is full of free festivals, good eats, and serves as a mecca for arts and culture during the summer months. For many students, a summer in the city is all about working at an amazing job or internship, in which you have the opportunity to both work and play. York College of Pennsylvania senior Ashley Howard shared her experience as a summer intern in Philadelphia and offered some insight into how to make the most of the experience.

Her first tip for being a summer intern in the city is to find an internship, of course.

“I encourage everyone to do an internship, even if it is not anything your school requires, just do it, ” said Howard. “It will help open up your mind to something you might not have even known was there.” Howard never thought she would want to work in a hospital. “However, now I cannot wait to have an opportunity to be able to work in a hospital getting to know people and patients like I did with my internship,” she said.

When choosing a summer internship in the city, it is important to first choose an internship that suits your personal and professional interests, or else you won’t get to really enjoy all of the perks. As a behavioral sciences major with a concentration in human services, it was only fitting that Howard chose to complete a summer internship with the Einstein Healthcare Network .

“The overall experience of my internship was amazing,” said Howard. “They took me in and made me feel like a part of the the team and not just another intern.”

Another perk of being an intern in the city of Philadelphia? The ease of transportation. Although a Philadelphia native, Howard said “I chose a summer internship in Philadelphia because it is easier for me to get around. Where I attend college there is minimal public transportation which would have made my traveling hard.”

Something to keep in mind when planning or considering a summer internship is transportation, and if it is an unpaid internship budget definitely comes into play. Fortunately, Philly has plenty of ways to get around from trains to trolleys, and if you’re lucky enough to score an internship in Center City, it is easy and cheaper to travel by foot.

A typical internship day for Howard consisted of “waking up at 5:30 a.m. and leaving at 6:30 a.m. in order to make it to the hospital before 8.”

“Then I would make rounds with my mentor of the patients. I would go through documents and make the necessary copies of things and organize clients’ folders, ” said Howard.

She described her internship days as “calm and cool.” Her internship work consisted of sitting in on therapy groups throughout the day and interacting with patients.

Don’t forget that internships are all about improvement: not just professional development, but bettering your overall skills, something that Howard can attest to. “I learned how to be a better leader and more outspoken. I used to wait for directions to be given to me before I would do anything.”

“After my internship, that has changed. My mentor taught me that it is okay to stand up and take charge,” said Howard. “Do not be afraid to speak your mind and do things alone.”

She also expressed the importance of balancing work and fun, and stressed the importance of finding fun in your internship. We’ve put together a guide to having fun in Philly outside of work, if you’re looking for any ideas.

For those with unpaid internships, she also suggested creating a strict budget and sticking to it! The same rule applies if you are also working a summer job in addition to an unpaid internship or if the position is paid. She also suggests putting some money away for savings. “That way in the long run you will have some money saved if you ever needed something,” she said.

 
Use Howard’s tips and tricks as you get ready to beat the heat with a summer internship in the city!

The Science of Networking, 4/28

Does the mere thought of networking scare you or make you cringe? You are not alone. Many college students run for the hills when the words “networking opportunity” are plastered on a flyer. But in all actuality, it is much easier for students to network while still in school as opposed to after graduation. Learn how to enjoy and take advantage of networking!

 
Join Campus Philly, the University City Science Center and the Philadelphia Science Festival as we explore the science behind your brain’s ability to network and to build new connections. This event will also highlight the natural connections that student can make with other students while still on-campus. The Science of Networking will take place on April 28 at 5:30 p.m. at Quorum in the University City Science Center, 3711 Market Street.

Hear from an expert panel including:

    • Dr. Matt O’Donnell, Research Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, presenting his findings on social network analysis, the dynamics of a network, and brain & behavior.
    • Nick Marzano, Director of Digital Learning at the Society of Hospital Medicine, sharing his experience as a well-connected Philadelphian.
    • Dr. Cory Valente, an Associate Scientist at The Dow Chemical Company, touching on how his college experience helped shape his professional network.
    • Monet Thomas-Anderson, Program Manager for University Relations and Student Engagement at Campus Philly, moderating the panel and explaining how college students can maximize their network on-campus.

 

Put your new skills to work during a post-program networking session with industry leaders from the University of Pennsylvania, the Franklin Institute, and The Dow Chemical Company.

Grab your FREE ticket here: http://ow.ly/LIqVL

Follow the Philadelphia Science Festival conversation using #GetNerdyPHL on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook!

For a full listing of events, check out the Philadelphia Science Festival calendar.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Monet Thomas-Anderson at 215.988.1707 ext. 103 or at monet@campusphilly.org.

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Campus Philly is a proud partner of the 2015 Philadelphia Science Festival, a citywide event spanning nine exciting days, April 24 – May 2, that showcases science and technology in everyday life. Part of a national movement to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, the Philadelphia Science Festival builds on the city’s rich history of innovation, with more than 100 events and 200 partner organizations across the Philadelphia area.

Top 5 Careers:
Development & People Skills

While it can sometimes be hard to think about jobs and internships on top of finals and end of the semester stress, professional opportunities should be all about pursuing your personal interests and improving your skills. This week’s Top 5 Careers are all about development across various sectors and utilizing your people skills, and with each opportunity being unique in its own right, there’s bound to be something to fit your interests. Got a passion for customer service and interior design? Try your hand as a visual merchandising, or develop your skills as a customer service representative.

Beneficial Bank:Customer Service Representative
As a Customer Service Representative, you will help fulfill the Beneficial Promise, that is all about “educating, inspiring, and motivating people to take action to do well.” Responsibilities include providing great customer service, presenting creative solutions, and thinking outside of the box. The Customer Service Representative must also be capable of supervising the office and staff in the absence of the Assistant Manager or Branch Manager.

IKEA South Philadelphia: Visual Merchandiser & Activity Coworker
If you have an eye for design and great people skills, then IKEA South Philadelphia needs you as a Store Visual Merchandiser and Activity Coworker. It will be your job to present and communicate IKEA’s product range in a way that is attractive to customers. Other tasks will include providing home furnishing solutions and using visual merchandising competence to to demonstrate the uniqueness of the IKEA product range.

United Public Safety: Marketing Intern
Break into the technology industry as a Marketing Intern for United Public Safety. The internship is a paid position that would include computer research, completion of mailings,  and general support of the sales/marketing department. Candidates must have excellent computer skills, be self-reliant, and have an inquisitive nature.

Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation: Urban Development Intern
Be a part of Philly’s nonprofit and cultural scene as an Urban Development Intern for the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC). PCDC is a non-profit, grassroots organization that aims to promote Chinatown as a viable ethnic, residential and business community, and are currently working on the development of the Eastern Tower Community Center. They are seeking summer interns to assist with real estate, planning, and zoning matters. An interest in urban development and experience with nonprofits is required.

BPSOS-Delaware Valley: Assistant Youth and Garden Coordinator
Gain nonprofit experience through this position that focuses on leadership, advocacy, and empowerment. BPSOS requires someone who can work 20 hours a week from April/May to September/October and there is the opportunity to stay on and assist with school-year programming.

Top 5 Events: Artistic & Athletic

This week’s Top 5 has some arts and some sports too, with events for those who enjoy creativity or athleticism or both. Whether you want to catch a film screening, enjoy some exciting music and the galleries at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, or run around Philly on a massive scavenger hunt, there’s definitely something for everyone. Here’s your chance to exercise both your mind and your body!

 Film Screening: 250 Miles Crossing Philadelphia 
When: April 16, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Where: The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia Cost: FREE!

This screening will feature the premiere of the innovative navigational documentary 250 Miles Crossing Philadelphia. The film depicts the daily lives of a few select people and objects, but doesn’t do so in a traditional way. Instead of filming those subjects, the Netherlands-based artist duo, PolakVanBekkum, explore the city visually through Google Earth satellite imagery. Layered behind those distant images are the close and local sounds of humans and objects within them. The result is an inventive synthesis of art, science, and technology. After the screening, there will be a Q&A with the artists who created the film. Check out this boundary-pushing expression of art and chat with the creative minds behind it! (While the event is free, a donation of $5 is suggested)

CitySolve Urban Race Series
When: April 17-18 Where: Field House, 1150 Filbert Street, Philadelphia Cost: Varies

While you might have to spend a little more money on this event, it’s worth it (and some of the proceeds will go to the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild). This one-of-a-kind Philly scavenger hunt combines trivia and adventure in an event that’s more than a scavenger hunt but less physical than running a 5k. Teams will solve clues on everything from pop culture to history and will partake in fun and interactive activities across the city (like bocce ball, corn hole, and more!). Rittenhouse Square, South Street, Society Hill, and other spots in between will be your playground as you and your friends navigate a The-Amazing-Race-style scavenger hunt. At the end of the race, there will be prizes for the race winners ($300 grand prize!), as well as ones for best tweet, best costume, and more. This event is a great chance to get outside and get moving in a fun and team-oriented way. So get your friends together, form your team, and get moving!

Art after 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
When: April 17, 5:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia Cost: $14

Every week the Great Stair Hall at the Philadelphia Museum of Art transforms into a space to enjoy a unique variety of entertainment. This week’s featured performers are a sextet of Philly musicians who will be playing equal parts modern jazz, jazz-funk, and Caribbean styles. Chris Aschman will lead the group, which will featured noted trombonist John Swana. In between performances, you can enjoy guided tours or explore the galleries in the main building. Starr Events will be serving fun and shareable snacks as well as light dinner options and drinks (21+). So grab a group of friends and head to the museum for a night of food, music, and art!

Philadelphia Spinners Season Opener
When: April 18, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Where:  Colonial Stadium, 201 E. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting Cost: $16

If you’ve never seen a Major League Ultimate game, you’re missing out on an exciting sport and a good time. This isn’t like tossing a Frisbee with your friends in the park or being on your college’s club ultimate team; this is professional athleticism at its finest, with speed, stamina, and agility creating an action-packed event. Now’s your chance to experience ultimate—the Philadelphia Spinners will open their season this weekend at home against the Boston Whitecaps (here’s the Spinners’ awesome promo video). The Flyers aren’t making the playoffs (you already know the 76ers aren’t either) and the Phillies will be out of town, so take in a game of ultimate instead.

Art Pages, All Art is Welcomed
When: April 17, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Where: Taller Puertorriqueño, 2721 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia Cost: FREE!

Taller Puertorriqueño is an organization that seeks to preserve and promote Puerto Rican arts and culture, as well as bridge work between European, African, Caribbean, and Latino cultures. In honor of their 40-year anniversary, the organization is hosting an event focused on a radical-but-not-so-radical idea: art is for everyone. “Art Pages, All Art is Welcomed” is an exhibition that will feature artwork submitted by the community only. Rather than an emphasis on the canonical “greats” of the art world or a specific theme of art, Taller Puertorriqueño wants to promote the notion that creativity is not exclusive to any person, group, form, or aesthetic. The only guidelines for the show are the the artwork is the artist’s own and that it measures no more than 11 square inches. You can either submit a piece for the exhibition, or come out and peruse the pieces created by Philadelphians!

Top 5 Careers: Summer Jobs and
Internships Across Sectors

It’s almost summer, which means longer days and the quest to beat boredom. Why not consider a summer internship or job opportunity? Between outdoor festivals and nights out in the city, be sure to add great professional opportunities to your resume to make sure you’re on track when the fall rolls back around. What better way to get great experience in the nonprofit industry than by working here at Campus Philly? Or using your sales skills as a sales intern or associate? Check out awesome opportunities to keep your summer from getting too lazy in this week’s Top 5 Careers.

Campus Philly: Summer Editorial Events Writer
Are you always the first to know what’s happening around the city of Philadelphia? Know the best late night restaurants or place to catch a free concert? Serve as Campus Philly’s resident event guru and spend the summer finding out about the hottest events around town as our Editorial Events Writer.

CubeSmart: Sales Center Summer Intern
CubeSmart is looking to enhance its customer service experience. If you have great communication skills, prior sales experience, and work well in busy environments, you could be a perfect fit. The Sales Center Summer Intern is responsible for providing outstanding customer service to internal and external customers, answering questions and complaints, as well as meeting operational performance standards.

Chestnut Hill Business Association: Office Intern
Get some administrative experience under your belt working for the Chestnut Hill Business Association. They are currently seeking an office intern whose responsibilities would include answering phones, helping to coordinate events, and conducting grant research.

Blue Hill Services LLC: Energy Sales Associate
Looking to gain sales training? Consider working for Blue Hill Services LLC as an energy sales associate, and get hands-on sales experience and learn about the energy business.

Here’s My Chance: Research Intern Summer 2015
Get a head start on your fall internship as a research intern for Here’s My Chance, a creative communications agency in Philadelphia.  You will get to work with the research department, and responsibilities will include researching potential creative concepts, researching marketing, and helping with coordination throughout the office. Previous marketing/research experience is a plus, and candidates must also have excellent communication skills, and be self-reliant.

Top 5 Events: Enjoy the Weather

OK, seriously, spring is here, so it’s time to get outside! To help you celebrate, this week’s Top 5 Events are all outdoors. So you can take a stroll through an outdoor market or festival, get your daily exercise in next to City Hall, or just take a minute to smell the flowers. Get out of your dorm or apartment, and be sure to catch some of these great spring events!

Mural Arts Scavenger Hunt
When: April 11, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts – Hamilton Building, 128 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia Cost: FREE!

Philadelphia is no stranger to the mural game. The city has a rich history surrounding the art form, and beautiful murals continue to be created across the urban setting. To celebrate its 2015 Mural Arts Program Tour Season, the renowned Philadelphia Mural Arts Program will be hosting its first-ever interactive scavenger hunt. Participants will download an app that has individuals or teams compete in challenges that include photos, GPS check-ins, and questions & answer sessions while exploring the murals along Center City Mural Mile North and South tour routes (which comprise the world’s largest outdoor art gallery!). The scavenger hunt runs from 11am – 1pm, and a reception featuring food from Tableau will run until 2pm. While the event is free, be sure to register beforehand. Don’t miss this chance to participate in the free scavenger hunt and spend a day appreciating the stunning urban artwork of Philadelphia!

Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival
When: April 12, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Where:  Main Street, Manayunk, Philadelphia Cost: Pay as you go

Main Street in Manayunk will be transformed into a culinary bazaar on Sunday, featuring food trucks, vendors, and farm stands to kick off Manayunk Restaurant Week. A stroll through the heart of the neighborhood will give you the chance to taste the fare from over 40 Philly food trucks, or you can check out the restaurants in the area that will be offering three-course meal samples at discounted prices. While the eats are great, this festival isn’t just all about food; you can shop sidewalk sales too! Gourmet food vendors will be selling everything from homemade oils to jams, and local businesses will host sales and promotions for festival goers. Oh, and don’t forget to stop by the new beer garden this year on Cotton Street, where samples of local brews will be on tap (21+). This event is the perfect chance to hang out with friends, enjoy good food, and to celebrate spring. (Another awesome food festival devoted to local food to check out: Philly Farm & Food Fest)

Clover Market Spring Opening
When: April 12, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Where: 25 W. Highland Avenue, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia Cost: Pay as you go

Flea market doesn’t aptly describe the Clover Market; maybe outdoor vintage market is more fitting. Over 100 vendors will be showcasing collectibles, jewelry, clothing, and original art at this perennial market-style favorite. Stylish antiques and vintage wares line the lot, with experienced artists, designers, and craft-makers ready to share their work with you, rain or shine. You can just peruse the beautiful work, or you can pick up the perfect, unique gift for someone, or add the finishing touches to your dorm or apartment. And if you get hungry, food trucks and local businesses will be offering you tasty snacks or meal options. Check out the complete list of vendors here!

Spring Blooms at Longwood Gardens
When: Until May 31 Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square Cost: $10

Spring is all about the flowers. Leaves grow back, grass gets greener, and buds bloom into colorful springtime flowers. And whether you enjoy flowers/gardening or not, Longwood Gardens is one of the best places to appreciate the new season. You can stroll through a garden of over 200,000 tulips, explore the seven-acre woodland garden with a brook and wildflowers, or wander across three miles of trails with flowering trees and plants. There are so many highlights of this sprawling nature and garden center to experience! You can enjoy a tranquil afternoon by yourself, or bring some friends and experience the beauty of nature right outside the streets and concrete of Philly.

Zumba and Yoga at Dilworth Park
When: Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m; Wednesdays 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Where:  Dilworth Park, Broad and Market Streets, Philadelphia Cost: FREE!

Dilworth Park has brought us fun nights of music, an outdoor ice skating rink, and other great events next to the beautiful City Hall. Now you can get your daily workout in the park too! Wednesday afternoons are when you can get your yoga poses on, and Thursday evenings are the time to get dancing with Zumba. So whether you’re looking to breathe and quiet your mind or burn calories to Latin and pop hits, Dilworth Park has you covered. Be sure to bring your own mat for yoga sessions, and have fun!

Get Ready to Get Nerdy:
The Philadelphia Science Festival

Do you remember your childhood science experiments? Like baking soda volcanoes, making soap, or fitting a hard-boiled egg into a soda bottle? Whether you enjoyed your science classes or not, get ready to experience science in exciting new ways at the fifth annual Philadelphia Science Festival (PSF). PSF is a citywide collaboration that showcases and celebrates science and technology in everyday life; it features more than 100 interactive events, lectures, debates, hand-on activities, and science education activities from April 24 to May 2. Get ready, get nerdy, and check out some of the best events for students during this awesome festival!


Science Night at the Ballpark
When: April 25, 5:05 p.m. – End of game Where: Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia Cost: $8

The Phillies are taking on the Atlanta Braves, but that’s only one part of the excitement at the ballpark during PSF. The main level of the first-floor concourse will feature 12 sports-themed activities, such as the science behind the perfect field grass, the aerodynamics of pitching, and robots playing sports. As you complete activities and visit exhibits, you can earn free giveaways.  You don’t need to be a baseball expert or a scientist to enjoy this nightwith inexpensive tickets and awesome pre-game activities, this night at the ballpark is fun for everyone!

Explorer Sunday at Rowan University
When: April 26, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Where: Science Hall, Westby Hall, & James Hall, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ; Technology Park, 107 Gilbert Parkway, Mullica Hill, NJ Cost: FREE!

Explorer Sunday is a day devoted to discovering science; nature center, museums, gardens, and other locations across the region will host a multitude of events. Rowan University will be featuring a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) celebration that you won’t want to miss. You’ll have the chance to explore science through world cultures and history, design and play your own video games, watch a show in the planetarium, or see how computer science and engineering go hand-in-hand with art. There will also be a 3D tour of the heart, brain, and body cells at the university’s CAVE system at Tech Park. Come out and enjoy an afternoon of science and art working in harmony. If you can’t make it out to Rowan, there are many activities taking place all over the city that day, from DNA (Cell)fies to student-run urban ecosystems.

Science of Networking
When: April 28, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Where: Quorum at the University City Science Center, 3711 Market Street, 8th Floor, Philadelphia Cost: FREE (with registration)!

Part of every college student’s education is professional development, and a key component of professional development is networking. Whether you’re an arts student or a science student, the ability to build a professional network is an invaluable asset. This program will showcase the science behind networking success and show students how to cultivate a great network. There will be presentations and a panel discussion featuring Matt O’Donnell of the University of Pennsylvania, Nick Marzano of Young Involved Philadelphia, and Monet Thomas-Anderson of Campus Philly. Then the floor will be cleared for a mixer, offering students the chance to exercise their newly-gained networking skills. The panelists and five additional professionals will be present, and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable professional advice and learn the science behind it!

Nerd Nite: Science Myths Busted!
When: April 29, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Where: Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia Cost: $5

Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage may not be there, but this night of myth busting is sure to be just as exciting and interesting as their TV show. Myth-busting nerds will examine popular myths and their rebuttals, and three speakers will offer their expertise: gastroenterologist Stephanie Moleski of Thomas Jefferson University will inform the audience on gluten intolerance; Ned Gilmore of the Academy of Natural Sciences will navigate fact and fiction concerning cryptids; and Kimberlee Moran, a Philadelphia Geek Awards winner, will offer a reality check about the forensic accuracy of crime shows like CSI. Los Festingos will provide the musical entertainment for this fun night of myth busting! Seating is first come first serve, so get there early to get a good seat.

Science Carnival on the Parkway
When: May 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway near the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia Cost: Free!

Over 175 exhibitors from all areas of science will be on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday, May 2. All of the exhibitors will give you answers to all the important science questions: how do your bones stay together? what’s invading our forests? how do you make slime? can you teach a robot to dance? There will also be live entertainment from an engineer-turned-juggler and Science Showdown. There will also be food trucks to keep up your energy. Stop by for a little while or stay for the whole day!


This is just a glimpse of the over 100 events that PSF will be hosting throughout the week. There are countless other events ranging from nature explorations to seafaring science to robotics. Check out all the other amazing events that this week-long celebration of science and technology has to offer! Be sure to connect to the festivities with #GetNerdyPHL.

Geeking Out: Philly Tech Week

Whether you long chose what side you’re on in the Mac vs. PC debate or you’re obsessed with all things tech, be sure to leave room in your schedule for Philly Tech Week, taking place from April 16 – 25. It’s a week full of technology and events for the creative, the business-savvy, and the app-crazed alike.  The week is packed full of events, including everything from a Robotics Expo and networking mixers to seminars about how to find work in the industry. Want a breakdown of which events are the most student friendly? Check out my top picks below:

 

Arcade @ Dilworth

When: Friday, April 17, 6 pm – 9 pm.

Where: Dilworth Park, 1 South 15th Street

What: Part of the Philly Tech Week Kickoff Event, there will be an app arcade, classic arcade games, live music and performances, and food and a beer garden (for the 21 and up crowd).

 

A Web Designer’s Guide to the Real World

When: Friday, April 17, 5 pm – 7 pm.

Where: The Tactile Group109 South 15th Street, Suite 3S

What:  Perfect for anyone who is wondering how to put their web designer skills to use after graduation. Tactile Group lead designer Christopher Pross will lead a discussion on the “real world” of web design and what to look out for that you may not have been taught in the classroom.

 

OpenAccessPHL Convening

When: Monday, April 20, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Where: Pipeline Philadelphia, 30 South 15th Street, 15th Floor

What: Come hear change makers from Philadelphia and beyond speak about everything they’re doing in their cities to cultivate the entrepreneurial ecosystem (both inside and outside government) and how to sustain those efforts over a period of time. Civic hackers should definitely check it out!

 

 The Inclusive Technology & Entrepreneurship Movement

When: Tuesday, April 21, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Where: Pipeline Philadelphia, 30 South 15th Street, 15th Floor

What: As ITEM puts it, “as democratic as the technology space appears to be, if you look around any given room filled with techpreneurs in Philadelphia, you will see that there are not many minorities or women in the room.” Their goal is to bring female and minority techpreneurs together to talk about the projects they are working on and to collaborate to address the issue of poverty in Greater Philadelphia.

 

#Failfest

When: Wednesday, April 22, 3 pm – 5 pm

Where: University City Science Center, Quorum, 3711 Market Street, Suite 800

What: Behind every successful tech venture is one or two (or forty-seven) fails — strategies that didn’t quite pan out, great ideas that weren’t able to successfully reach a market, or initiatives that failed to make it beyond the startup stage. Come listen to some local entrepreneurs talk about their fails (and also successes) and learn from their hard-earned wisdom. This is part of the Business Conference Day, the whole of which is FREE for students with the code PTW15BizStudent!

 

PTW Scavenger Hunt: The Green Challenge

When: Wednesday, April 22, 6 pm – 9:30 pm

Where: Washington Square Park, Walnut and 6th Street

What: A scavenger hunt that challenges participants to live the life of a sustainable tech startup. You can create teams or join one the day of the event. Each team will be given clues, and you can use your smartphone to snap photos. The only transportation methods allowed are bikes, public transit, or walking.

 

Philly Student Startup Summit 3.0

When: Saturday April 25, 10 am – 6 pm

Where: Location TBA

What: If you’re a student entrepreneur, then the Philly Student Startup Summit 3.0 is the place to be on April 25. This is a day-long conference where you’ll be able to hear from experts in the field from Philadelphia, such as Josh Kopelman of First Round Capital and Alisha Slye of Blackstone Launchpad. Get excited to hang out with the next wave of student entrepreneurs!