The festival features speakers, workshops, activities and exhibitions for people of all ages to come and expand on their understanding or share their love of science. The 2013 festival will begin April 18 with a Kick-Off Party for adults, followed a variety of activities over the next ten days.
The Science Carnival on the Parkway, one of the most popular events at the festival, takes place on Saturday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 100 exhibitors from science institutes and organizations all over the city will be present with hands-on activities, games, and displays. Some popular returning booths include extracting DNA from a strawberry and collecting forensic evidence.
The festival will close April 27 and 28 with Discovery Weekend, where hands-on activities are held all day in various neighborhoods, from Esperanza College area to Clark Park to the Independence Seaport Museum.
The speakers have a variety of interests as well, ranging from professors at local Philadelphia universities to museum coordinators to doctoral degree candidates.
The program collaborators come from science and technological institutes all over Philadelphia, including the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Drexel University, The College of Physicians and Mutter Museum, Philadelphia University, The Franklin Institute, and many more.
This will be the festival’s third consecutive year. People have the opportunity to get involved by becoming volunteers or sponsors.