Get Nerdy at the Philadelphia Science Festival April 21-29

Through interactive demonstrations, Philadelphia University students and faculty in architecture, chemistry, engineering, pre-medicine and physician assistant studies will share the excitement of science at the following Philadelphia Science Festival events:

PhilaU faculty and students will present several events at the Philadelphia Science Festival. (Photo courtesy Philadelphia Science Festival)

PhilaU faculty and students will present several events at the Philadelphia Science Festival. (Photo courtesy Philadelphia Science Festival)

Science in the Park
Saturday, April 22
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagys Mill Road
PhilaU faculty and students will host three separate events: “Is It Hot in Here?,” an interactive activity to educate children about the urban heat island effect and the importance of green space to control local climate; “What’s So Important About Constructed Wetlands?,” where participants will design a small constructed wetland; and “A Green Roof Can Do What?!,” which will allow attendees to test impervious roofs and model green roofs. PhilaU groups include students from the Alpha Chi Sigma chemistry fraternity, engineering and pre-medicine students, and students from an ongoing research project focused on green roof design and function.

Be an Engineer!
Sunday, April 23
12 – 3 p.m.
Search Hall at PhilaU
Engineering students will welcome parents and children to campus and show them a range of fun engineering applications. Attendees will learn things like how to make batteries out of lemons and to how to engineer and build super stable forts. Students from the PhilaU chapter of the Society of Women Engineers with assistance from the Engineering Club will host this event.

Science After School
Tuesday, April 25
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave.
Participants will test impervious roofs and model green roofs to understand the importance of green roofs in stormwater management in urban areas. Part of PhilaU’s SEED roof will be on display to show what a green roof looks like. Students from an ongoing research project, supported by NOAA and the Eileen Martinson ’86 Fund for the Undergraduate Capstone Experience, that focuses on green roof design and function will share their knowledge.

Philadelphia Science Festival Carnival
Saturday, April 29
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Penn’s Landing
Physician assistant students and faculty will run the “How Does the Human Body Work?” event at the carnival. Participants will learn about some of the most interesting aspects of the human anatomy and physiology by using a life-sized Operation game.

Established in 2011 by The Franklin Institute, the Philadelphia Science Festival is a nine-day celebration of science and technology in everyday places—parks, restaurants, bars, libraries and museums, according to organizers. It aims to inspire not only the next generation of scientists and engineers but also create homegrown citizen scientists. For more info, visit here.

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