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Philadelphia Science Festival
Carnival from the steps of the Franklin Institute.jpg
GenreScience Festival
CountryUnited States
InauguratedApril 15 - 28, 2011
Most recentApril 20 - 28, 2018
Previous event2017
Next event2019
SponsorDow Chemical Company, Presenting sponsor

The annual Philadelphia Science Festival is a free science festival held in Philadelphia. The festival is organized and managed by the Franklin Institute.

The inaugural event was held from April 15, 2011, through April 28, 2011.[1][2] Subsequently, the festival has been held every year in the second half of April. The festival stretches over a number of days and features events held throughout the city. It culminates with a Festival on Saturday that is typically held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.


The stated mission of the festival is to bring together Philadelphia's schools, universities, cultural institutions and research centers as a single, united voice to put science in the spotlight. Scientists and engineers come together to present fun, interactive programs for Philadelphians of all ages.[3]

Festivals by year[edit]

2011 Festival[edit]

Held: April 15 - 28, 2011[4]

  • The inaugural festival began with a Carnival in the Logan Circle of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. This all-day event featured more than 80 exhibitors offering experiments, interactive activities, games and live entertainment. The Philadelphia Book Festival's Street Fair was held in conjunction with the carnival.
  • Between April 18th and 27th, scientists, engineers and other experts offered more than 50 programs in local libraries and community centers.[5]
  • On the 21st, an Astronomy night was held in the observatories at Drexel University, The University of Pennsylvania and the Franklin Institute. Stargazing sites were also set up at community centers, charter schools and even a burial ground. Derek Pitts, Chief Astronomer of the Franklin Institute made the rounds of the various star gazing sites.[6] NASA Astronaut Guion Bluford made a special appearance at the University of the Sciences.
  • Between April 15th and 28th, a series of Science Conversations were held on a wide ranging array of topics at a number of venues across the city.
  • During the second week of the Festival, restaurants, bars and cafes served as locales for discourse on a wide range of scientific topics.
  • Throughout the month of April, the city explored the interaction between art and science, focusing on ways in which art can be used to interpret science and ways in which technology can impact the arts.
  • Between the 19th and 25th of April, events were presented to engage the entire family, such as Earth Day at the Franklin Institute and Science at the Ballpark.
  • Throughout the Science Festival, a number of activities were planned specifically with students in mind.
  • Recipients of the 2011 Franklin Medal presented a number of symposia and lectures prior to the ceremony. At the same time, the American Philosophical Society held its annual meeting which was webcasted to the public.

2012 Festival[edit]

Held: April 20 - 29, 2012[7]

  • The Science Carnival was held on April 21st on the Logan Circle, Philadelphia.[8]
  • The rest of the festival comprised of programs categorized as:
    • Signature Programs, e.g., "I Smell You, You Smell Me"[9], "Dava Sobel: A More Perfect Heaven"[10]
    • Science Film Fest, e.g., "Man on a Mission", "The Corridor"
    • Neighborhood Science, e.g., "Nano Discovery Day", "Clark Park Science Discovery Day"
    • Cafe Events, e.g., "Collider: The Search for the World's Smallest Particles", "Wine Chemistry: Best and Worst Pairings"
    • Astronomy Night, held at multiple locations on April 27th[11]
    • Laureate and Luminary Symposia, held during Franklin Institute Awards Week[12]

2013 Festival[edit]

Held: April 18 - 28, 2013[13][14]

  • April 18 - The kick-off party was held at the Franklin Institute on April 18th in a program called "Science after dark".
  • April 20 - The Science Carnival was held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway[15]
  • Examples of other events throughout the festival:
    • Educator workshops on topics such as "Integrating experiential education in the STEM classroom" and "Revealing our genetic code[16]"
    • Neighborhood science after school, held in multiple schools in the region
    • Health and wellness topics such as "Gaming as therapy" and "Public Health in Philadelphia[17]".
    • Food and drink topics such as "5 Senses Pub Crawl", "The science of beer and cheese" and "Sweet and Savory: Hives and Honey".
    • Scientific foundations of everyday topics such as "The history, culture and how-to of taxidermy", "How medicine works: a microscopic army" and "Science of Jazz: Waves, scales and beats[18]".

2014 Festival[edit]

Held: April 25 - , May 3, 2014[19]

  • April 18 - The kick-off party was held at the Franklin Institute on April 25th in a program called "Science After Hours".
  • May 3 - The Science Carnival was held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • Examples of other events throughout the festival:
    • April 25 - Astronomy Night
    • April 26 - Discovery Day at Clark Park, Hunting Park, The Schuylkill Center and Fox Chase Farm
    • April 27 - Explorer Sunday - Birding Smackdown, Making Medicine, Field work with an Urban Naturalist, Plasma Lab, Ecosystem Exploration, etc.
    • April 28 - Science on Tap Quizzo, Science Happy Hour (Human Health), Feathered Friends
    • April 29 - Science Night at the Ballpark, West Philly Science Showcase, Creatures that make your skin crawl, Perspectives on Public Health
    • April 30 - I love my science job; To veg or not to veg; Love, lust and loathing; Playing with numbers
    • May 1 - DIY Science (Fermentation), Science storytelling, Cure you or kill you
    • May 2 - Chemical Heritage Foundation First Friday, The Magical Mushroom, Beer Chemistry

2015 Festival[edit]

Held: April 24 - , May 2, 2015[20]

  • April 24 - The kick-off party was held at the Franklin Institute on April 24th in a program called "8-Bit Night".
  • May 2 - The Science Carnival was held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • Examples of other events throughout the festival:
    • April 24 - Astronomy Night
    • April 25 - Discovery Day at Chestnut Hill, Clark Park, Hunting Park, Smith Memorial Playground, Schuylkill Center; Science Night at the Ballpark
    • April 26 - Explorer Sunday - DNA (Cell)fie Station; Science at Sea; Is there a doctor in the house?; Notes, bits and bytes; Fishtown Science Crawl
    • April 27 - Science on Tap Quizzo; Big ideas for busy people; DIY Brewing (Cider and Mead)
    • April 28 - Science of Networking; An Alchemist's toast to Health, Wealth and Longevity; Cookie Lab
    • April 29 - Let's get happy; Nerd Nite (Science Myths Busted!)
    • April 30 - Dinner from the weeds; Gross Anatomy; Inspired by Nature
    • May 1 - Beer Lab; You're the expert

Neighborhood Science and Educator Workshops were held throughout the week.

2016 Festival[edit]

Held: April 22 - April 30, 2016[21]

  • April 30 - The Science Carnival was held on the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing
  • Preview Events - Science Night at the Ballpark on April 16th; Geek's Guide to Philly on April 18th
  • Examples of other events throughout the festival:
    • April 22 - Astronomy Night
    • April 23 - Discovery Day - Naturepalooza! Family Earth Day Festival; Family Science Fun Day in the Park
    • April 24 - Explorer Sunday - Astrogenesis; Medicine 1776; Symmetry, Sequence and Starfish; Doctor for a day; Bugs, Bees and Botany; Fishtown Science Crawl
    • April 25 - Gaffes on Tap; Cocktail Lab
    • April 26 - 2066, A Science Odyssey - What will our world look like?; Kitchen Lab: Chocolate; Science at Play for the Young at Heart
    • April 27 - Science Expo: 1866; Science of Fear; Nerd Nite: What it means to be human
    • April 28 - LGBTQ in STEM; Kitchen Lab: Tapping the Roots; Gross Anatomy: The Human Microbiome; You're the Expert; Grow a Pint!
    • April 29 - Science after Hours: PSF Closing Party - The Nerd Olympics

Neighborhood Science events were held throughout the week.

2017 Festival[edit]

Held: April 21 - April 29, 2017[22]

  • April 29 - The Science Carnival was held at Penn's Landing
  • Preview Events - Science Night at the Ballpark on April 9th; Geek's Guide to Philly on April 11th
  • Examples of other events throughout the festival:
    • April 21 - Science after Hours: Prom; Dance Engineered
    • April 22 - Science in the Park was held in the Schuylkill Center, Hunting Park and Clark Park; Tinker Lab; Dance Engineered
    • April 23 - Be a Scientist - Be a Paleontologist, Be an Ecologist, Be a Doctor, Be an Engineer, Be a Marine Biologist, Be an Environmental Scientist; Fishtown Science Crawl; Murder at the Mutter: Hooked
    • April 24 - Cocktail Lab: Rum; Science on Tap Un-tapped: Scientific Malarkey
    • April 25 - Cookie Lab; Fake Out: The Science of Deception; Sensory Overload
    • April 26 - Science Storytime; Geek Out Game Show
    • April 27 - Science in the National Park; Life on Mars; Gross Anatomy: Sex
    • April 28 - Citywide Star Party

Science After School events were held throughout the week.

2018 Festival[edit]

Held: April 20 - April 28, 2018[23]

  • April 28 - The Science Carnival was held on Ben Franklin Parkway
  • Preview Events - STEM Career Showcase on March 16th; Science at the Ballpark on April 8th
  • Examples of other events throughout the festival:
    • April 20 - Citywide Star Party; Philadelphia Science Spotlight; Top Secret Rosies
    • April 21 - Nature-palooza! Earth Day Celebration; Family Food Science; Science in the Park; Patent Pending
    • April 22 - Be a Scientist!; Beer Brunch: Fizzics Class; Science Slam; Murder at the Mutter: Illusion; Fishtown Science Crawl
    • April 23 - Science on Tap Untapped: Schooled by Science; The Future of Food
    • April 24 - Community Night; From the Delaware River's Heart...
    • April 25 - For the Love of Science: An evening of Story-telling; Science of Distilling
    • April 26 - Science in the National Park; Brain Food: Science Night at the Market
    • April 27 - Science + Music: West Philadelphia STEM-a-Thon; Parent's Night Out: Taste of Hunting Park

Science After School events were held throughout the week.

2019 Festival[edit]

To be held: April 26 - May 4, 2019

See also[edit]

Others articles of the Topic United States : Statistics of incarcerated African-American males, Kansas City, Missouri, Feminists: What Were They Thinking?, New Jersey, Irvine, California, Breadline Cafe, Frank Voelker Sr.
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  1. "The First-ever Philadelphia Science Festival".
  2. "Philadelphia Science Festival teaches, entertains".
  3. "Philadelphia Science Festival" (PDF).
  4. "2011 Festival brochure" (PDF).
  5. "Penn Medicine at 2011".
  6. "University of Sciences' programs for 2011 Festival".
  7. "2012 Festival brochure" (PDF).
  8. "Drexel University at 2012 Festival".
  9. "Monell Center at 2012 Festival".
  10. "Dava Sobel at the Free Library".
  11. "University of Sciences at 2012 Festival".
  12. "2012 Franklin Institute laureates".
  13. "2013 Festival brochure" (PDF).
  14. "2013 Festival in the PHiladelphia Inquirer" Check |url= value (help).
  15. "FMC at 2013 Philadelphia Science Festival" Check |url= value (help).
  16. "Penn Medicine at 2013 Philadelphia Science Festival" Check |url= value (help).
  17. "Join us for the Philadelphia Science Festival" Check |url= value (help).
  18. "Science of Jazz program at 2013 Philadelphia Science Festival" Check |url= value (help).
  19. "2014 Festival brochure" (PDF).
  20. "2015 Festival brochure" (PDF).
  21. "2016 Festival brochure" (PDF).
  22. "2017 Festival brochure" (PDF).
  23. "2018 Festival brochure" (PDF).

External links[edit]

Category:Science festivals Category:Science events in the United States

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