Night Skies in the Joel N. Bloom Observatory

Join us for an evening of out-of-this-world astronomy activities hosted by Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts.

Build your own experience from any combination of planetarium shows, a live science talk on astronomy or space science, hands-on astronomy activities, and continuous telescopic observing all evening (weather permitting). The program is staffed with knowledgeable observers, and free star maps are provided.

Franklin Theater
7:15 pm – Space Talk with Chris D’Andrea, visiting Assistant Professor of Physics at Bryn Mawr College

The Franklin Institute Speaker Series: Preserve, Protect and Pollute

Cheap, versatile, and effective plastics have become a leading material in the production and packaging of goods around the world. From food wrapping and storage containers, to spacecraft and 3D printing filament, synthetic and natural polymers have limitless applications allowing us to preserve, protect, prosper… and pollute. Plastic pollution is rapidly gaining global attention for its prevalence and negative environmental impacts, but turnkey alternatives have been slow to arrive.

Trained as a material scientist and engineer, Dr. Odile Madden is an expert in the composition, stability, and breakdown of polymeric materials, and has spent years exploring the effects of plastic breakdown on the planet’s oceans. Madden has used diverse approaches to studying the use of plastics, from sustainability concerns and plastic decomposition in the environment, to plastics preservation as it relates to historic artifacts, art, and cultural heritage.

Join Dr. Madden as she sits down with the Franklin Institute’s environmental scientist, Dr. Rachel Valletta, for a compelling dialogue on the past, present, and future of plastics and the science behind their breakdown, preservation, and potential for pollution. Dr. Madden currently serves as a senior researcher at the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles where she researches polymeric breakdown and the perseveration of plastics in cultural heritage artifacts. She previously served as a materials scientist at the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute. You can read more about Dr. Madden and some of her recent research into plastic preservation here and microplastic pollution here.

CollegeFest: FREE Philly Museums on September 7!

CollegeFest is quickly approaching, and we’re beyond excited!  On Saturday, September 7 experience your BEST five hours in Philly.  This year, we’ll have the biggest festival yet in Dilworth Park, featuring exhibitors with prizes and giveaways, pop-up performances, outdoor games, and so much more

CollegeFest is all about introducing you to your extended campus, the city of Philadelphia, so in addition to the huge party at Dilworth Park, we’re also partnering with museums and attractions all over Philly that you’ll get to discover for FREE.  That’s right!  If you’re a current college student, register today for Express Check-In  so you can skip the line at Dilworth Park (next to City Hall) on September 7, grab your wristband and check out these attractions for F-R-E-E! Continue reading “CollegeFest: FREE Philly Museums on September 7!”

Wired Philly at Franklin Institute


Our first career event of the semester – Wired Philly! Connect and get wired with leading STEM employers from across the region at our free career event (plus get some free dinner, too!).

Meet companies currently hiring for internships and entry level roles in science, technology, app development, coding, and much more! This will be a casual network-building reception (with free food!) that focuses on genuine relationships – come learn more about all the opportunities available to you in Philadelphia STEM, make some new contacts and meet recruiters.

Stick around to explore the Franklin Institute’s Vikings exhibit – an extra ticket (discounted to $10!) is required for the exhibit, you may pay at the door, but the networking reception is entirely free!

Philadelphia’s tech and science industries are booming, and they’re all looking for talent that looks just like you.