Philadelphia Science Festival

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 2014. We will be participating in the following activities:

Philadelphia Science Carnival on the Parkway
Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Staff from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will engage you with dinosaur fossils, live animals, and interactive activities during the Philadelphia Science Festival Science Carnival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. We’re joining 100 other exhibitors for this free carnival, which includes family-friendly experiments, activities, games, and a packed lineup of live entertainment. While you’re on the Parkway, stop in for the opening day of Birds of Paradise

Rube Goldberg Press Opening
Friday, April 25, 11:00 a.m.
Drexel Armory
Join the Academy, the Philadelphia Science Festival, and core collaborators as we implement a giant machine à la Rube Goldberg––the famous American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor.

Science Cafés

Nerd Nite Brunch: Body vs. Booze
Sunday, April 27, noon–1:30 p.m.
Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia

Have a little too much fun last night? Learn what's going on in your body while you're drinking and why your body feels the way it does after a night out. Uncover the truth about common hangover "cures" at this brunch edition of Nerd Nite. Purchase tickets.

Science Crawl: Brain Games
Sunday, April 27, 4 p.m.
Indy Hall in Old City (check-in), 22 North 3rd Street

Break out your thinking cap and embark on a tour of the human brain during this four-stop science crawl in Old City. Play the memory game show at The Continental, meet one smart bird at Indy Hall, learn what’s really happening during a “brain freeze,” and more on this two-hour science crawl. Academy educators Timshel Purdum and Leigh Lightner will do a talk on bird brains! Purchase tickets.

Science on Tap Quizzo
Monday, April 28, 6–8 p.m.
National Mechanics, 22 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia

Science on Tap presents its third annual PSF Science Quizzo. Teams square off to answer tidbits of science trivia in this all-out battle for top scientific prowess. The Academy is partnering with Chemical Heritage Foundation, American Philosophical Society, Wagner Institute of Science, and the Mutter Museum for this fun event! No reservation required.

Neighborhood Science After School
Monday, April 28–Thursday, May 1, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

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.
Academy staff will share their expertise at these two sessions:
Monday, April 28, 3:30 p.m., Charles L. Durham Library, 3329 Haverford Ave., Philadelphia
Wednesday, April 30, 3:30 p.m., Charles Santore Library, 932 S 7th Street, Philadelphia

Tuesday, April 29, 6–7:30 p.m.
Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia

Check out a showy reintroduction to some of the natural world’s icky organisms by the researchers who cherish them. Discover how the human response to be repulsed is all quite explainable, and don’t miss a presentation by Academy botanist Richard McCourt. No reservation required.

Science Happy Hour: Misunderstood Monsters
Tuesday April 29, 6–7:30 p.m.
Continental Old City, 138 Market Street, Philadelphia

If 600 lb. Siberian tigers or foot-long T. rex incisors are your kryptonite, come take a walk on the wild side and learn about some of the fiercest predators that ever lived. Hear how you can work to save tigers from deforestation while you sip ferocious cocktails. Experts, including Fossil Prep Lab Manager Jason Poole, bust myths on some of nature’s predators. No reservation required.

Love, Lust, and Loathing: The Science Behind our Strongest Emotions
Wednesday, April 30, 6–7 p.m.
Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia
$5 general admission, $15 VIP admission

What separates love from lust? What triggers disgust? Do other primates experience love? Do dolphins feel lust? Six local experts, including Academy educator Mary Bailey, dive into the hormonal and chemical factors that fuel these intense emotions. Purchase tickets.

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