Philadelphia Science Festival

April 22–30, 2016

crowd enjoying the 2011 Philadelphia Science Festival

The Philadelphia Science Festival is a 10-day, community-wide celebration of science that takes place annually in the spring. It features a science carnival, as well as lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions, and a variety of other informal science education experiences for Philadelphians of all ages.

The Academy is a Core Collaborator of the Philadelphia Science Festival in 2016. We will be participating in the following activities:

Science Cafes

Fishtown Science Crawl: Why Don’t Other Animals Use Tinder?

Sunday, April 24, 2016
Time: 2–5 p.m.
Tickets: Free, $5.00 Happy Hour Wrist Band Click here to purchase.
ANS Speaker: Timshel Purdum
Location: Fishtown – Bottle Bar East; Fette Sau; Frankford Hall; Kensington Quarters

All living things do it—but sometimes it seems that the wild kingdom does it a bit weirder than humans. Join us as we visit the world of animal reproduction.

Science on Tap: Gaffes on Tap

Monday, April 25, 2016
Time: 6–8 p.m.
Tickets: Free

Speaker(s): Jason Poole (The Academy of Natural Sciences), Alexis Jeffcoat (Chemical Heritage Foundation), Anna Dhody (Mütter Museum), Jason Downs (Wagner Free Institute of Science), American Philosophical Society

Location: National Mechanics Bar, 22 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia

Partners: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Chemical Heritage Foundation, American Philosophical Society, Wagner Institute of Science, the Mutter Museum, and National Mechanics

Science is no exception to Murphy’s Law. What can go wrong often does, and in ways that can lead to both unexpected triumph and unmitigated disaster. Join us for an evening of science gaffes where our brave speakers share stories of science fails from today and history. Rate the biggest bloopers on the fail-o-meter, try your hand at some twitter-sized mad libs, and of course, join us in toasting to our completely human ability to make mistakes even in the world of science.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Come early to experience hands-on activities and a pre-program reception.

Science of Fear

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Time: 7 p.m.
Tickets: $10 Click here to purchase.
ANS Speaker/Educator: Mary Bailey
Location: TFI, Franklin Theater

Margee Kerr will discuss what fear is, how it is measured physiologically, why it's beneficial, and much more. Before and after the main presentation, find out “What’s So Scary About a Spider That’s Hairy?” Experience tranquility as you come face to fang with live tarantulas with Academy educator Mary Bailey.

Expo 1866: Philadelphia Science That Changed the World

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Tickets: $10 Click here to purchase.
ANS Speaker: Jennifer Vess
Location: Wagner Free Institute of Science

This event is inspired by the Great Central Fair of 1864 that was held in Philadelphia as a fundraiser and showcased some of the latest industrial technological advancements. In 2016, historic Philly institutions will showcase their own game-changing, late-19th-century scientific objects or advancements along with context about how those objects would have inspired awe and wonder in people during that time period.

Science Carnival at Penn’s Landing

Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Staff from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will be showing off some super cool specimens at Penn’s Landing during this year’s Science Carnival. We’re joining 100 other exhibitors for this free carnival, which includes family-friendly experiments, activities, games, and a packed lineup of live entertainment.

Neighborhood Science After School

Monday, April 25, 2016 

Who Really Rules The Earth?
Theme: Meet live invertebrates while learning about their critical impact on our world. 

What better way to celebrate science than in your own backyard? Join the Philadelphia Science Festival at your neighborhood library after school for a celebration of science exploration! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge to provide FUN and FREE programs, including interactive activities, family friendly experiments, and hands-on demonstrations for all to enjoy.

Fox Chase Library
501 Rhawn Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19111

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