Photo via the Philadelphia Science Festival Facebook
The 2016 Philadelphia Science Festival, organized by the Franklin Institute and presented by The Dow Chemical Company, has grown tremendously over the past 6 years, beginning with 100 partners in 2010, up to over 200 partners this year, stated Frederic Bertley PhD, Senior Vice President of Science and Education at the Franklin Institute.
The Franklin Institute is committed to making science accessible to the public and they do this not only with their exhibits at the Franklin Institute, such as the Science Behind Pixar, but also with the Science Festival. Continued Dr. Bertley, “Philadelphia is the nation’s first science city, so what better city to launch a science festival, to get people excited about science and make it accessible too.”
Using hands-on demonstrations and bringing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) events to parks, community centers, neighborhoods, churches etc., the organizers of the Philadelphia Science Festival hope to make it easier for the lay public to be engaged in STEM. Stated Dr. Bertley, “Science is fundamental to everything we do. You can’t wake up to the day and not be impacted by STEM.”
In the US, Americans are becoming less science literate and the Franklin Institute wants to help combat that with events that the public can relate to, designing programs that, Dr. Bertley stated, “…hit a wide audience and get people excited again and reconnect with science.”
The 2016 Philadelphia Science Festival will host over 75 different events over 9 days, closing with their signature event, the Science Carnival on Saturday, April 30th. Due to construction on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Science Carnival will be held in a new location this year, at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.
Other popular events to check out include the Astronomy Nights, which will be held at 30 simultaneous locations this year, Explorer Sundays, and the Discovery Days events. A full list of events at the 2016 Philadelphia Science Festival can be found on their website. So mark your calendars and make sure you get out and #GetNerdyPHL.
Philadelphia Science Festival: Year Six!
April 22nd – 30th, 2016
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