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PROGRAMS & ONE TIME EVENTS

The Academy of Natural Sciences: Tiny Tot Explorers

Meets on selected Monday and Wednesday mornings from July – October.

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Calling all kids 3–5 years old! Along with your favorite adult, join us in exploring nature through songs, games, hands-on fun, and museum adventures. An appropriate snack is provided.

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Franklin Institute: Community Night

Wednesday, September 20 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm

222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Franklin Institute is pleased to present Community Nights! Everyone is welcome to join in the fun at these FREE educational and fun-filled science extravaganzas that include The Franklin Institute’s famous exhibitions, special programs, and themed activities.

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Club Philly Forensics: What’s the Scenario?

Every Saturday starting on Saturday, September 23 from 10:30am – 11:30am.

Grace Epiphany Church
224 E. Gowen Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119

Hands on activities for ages 12-18 in forensic drug analysis, forensic DNA analysis, mock scenarios, evidence handling, mock trial, and more.

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TechGirlz: Infographics – Proving Your Point with Pictures

Saturday, September 23 from 10:30pm – 1:30pm

301 Vine Street
Lansdale, PA 19446

Humans are visual creatures. Pictures help us learn, understand, and remember things better. For this reason, more and more businesses are using infographics to persuade their audience, tell a story, and display their data in a graphical way. In this workshop, we’ll be creating our own infographic based on a topic of your choosing. We’ll learn the difference between good and bad research, gather information, then use a free, online tool called Piktochart to make an infographic from the data you collected.

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TechGirlz: Intro to JavaScript

Saturday, September 23 from 12:30pm – 3:30pm

1149 Lancaster Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

JavaScript is what makes the web move. JavaScript is used to make apps, interactive websites, responsive animations, web games… pretty much whatever you can think up. In this course you will learn the basic concepts of JavaScript, learn to talk directly to your website, and create your own JavaScript program!

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TechGirlz: Robotics Programming with Lego Mindstorms NXT

Saturday, September 23 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

443 Boot Road
Downingtown, PA 19335

In this day and age, robots are becoming bigger and better than ever, and play a huge role in almost every tech industry in the world. Behind each of those awesome robots is an equally awesome programmer, who tells the robot what to do and when to do it. Now you have a chance to be that programmer! In this interactive workshop, students will use LEGO Mindstorm robots to learn essential programming concepts in a graphical programming language. Students will be able to instruct their robot to complete specific tasks, like turning and following a line, using a variety of sensors and coding techniques. Students will also be introduced to the FIRST Robotics program, with the opportunity to watch and operate a FIRST Robotics Competition robot, and see the programming and sensory in action!

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Chemical Heritage Foundation: Start Talking Science

Saturday, September 28 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Start Talking Science is an unprecedented opportunity for you to meet local scientists and academics and discuss their groundbreaking research. Interested in dark matter? Talk about it with a particle physicist. Intrigued by circadian rhythms and sleep patterns? Discuss it with a neuroscientist! Wondering about generating energy through fusion, engineering viruses to heal spinal cord injuries, or how to get students interested in engineering? Start Talking Science is an amazing opportunity to have these one-on-one conversations: the possibilities are endless!

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TechGirlz: Designing Mobile Apps

Saturday, September 28 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm

1100 Manor Drive
Chalfont, PA 18914

Students will work in teams to design a mobile app. They will select an app idea, develop a prototype, and present their final product to the class. This session will provide you with specific tools, techniques and workflows to help you kick-off your mobile app idea the right way. Join us to learn the latest strategies in brainstorming and develop your abilities to outline a project concept and present it for feedback to help you make informed design decisions. Learn techniques to help you communicate a concept, create low-fidelity wireframes, user flows, prototypes and to work within a team. So bring your pencils, crayons, markers, paper, post-it notes and smartphone, and let the fun begin!

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TechGirlz: Create Your Own Video Game with Godot

Saturday, September 30 from 10:00am – 1:00pm

161 Ardmore Ave
Lansdowne, PA 19050

Run by TechGirlz. Unleashing your creativity by building your own video game is a fun and engaging way to learn key programming skills. Students will create their first game together and learn about animation, input control, and sound in games. They’ll be free to explore their own ideas and get a jump start on combining creativity with productivity in technology in the exciting world of game programming. Students will learn how to make video games using Godot, the cross platform and open source game engine. The engine comes with various editors that let students focus on their games, but still use their programming skills to customize the game.

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TechGirlz: Working in a TV Studio

Saturday, September 30 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

1825 Lindley Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141

What does it take to put together a TV show? In this hands-on workshop, you’ll find out by working in the La Salle TV studio to create a “live” program using our script, graphics, and video. We’ll introduce you to all the equipment that makes a show possible and demonstrate how to use those tools. Then, it will be your turn. Maybe you’ll be in the studio, setting up the shots as camera operator or reading from the teleprompter as talent. Perhaps you’ll be in the control room, adjusting the sound with the audio board or running the teleprompter for the host to read. You could be in charge of it all as the director calling the shots!

This workshop is open to girls at all levels of experience with video production. You will work with the college students who staff La Salle TV along with the station manager. In addition to practicing an entire show script, we’ll also have you produce some segments that will air on our regular programs! (If you don’t have Philadelphia cable, no worries. You can catch your work on our YouTube channel.)

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Bartram’s Garden: Little Explorers – Apple Cider, 18th Century Style

Wednesday, October 4 from 10:00am – 11:30am

5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19143

Take a turn crushing apples in an old cider press to make fresh apple cider. Designed for toddlers and pre-schoolers, ages 2-4. One adult chaperone is required for every two children. Each session includes activities, performances, snacks, and walks through the garden, weather permitting.

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Chemical Heritage Foundation: First Friday

Friday, October 6 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm

315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Spark your curiosity while exploring the exhibits after hours! First Fridays bring together a lively lineup of guest speakers and hands-on activities covering everyday science, historical oddities, and everything in between. Grab your friends, and kick off an evening of discovery, surprise, and a little nerdy fun.

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Bartram’s Garden: Homeschooler Days – The Hidden Beauty of Winter

Wednesday, October 11 from 10:00am – 12:00pm

5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19143

Search for the garden’s hidden beauty and learn to identify trees even without their leaves. We’ll make some wintery crafts to keep or share with friends.

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Wagner Free Institute of Science: 5th Annual Lantern Slide Salon

Thursday, October 12 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

1700 West Montgomery Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19121

Celebrate Archives Month Philly at the Wagner Free Institute of Science as we showcase glass lantern slides from area special collections and learn about the conservation of this unique medium. The American Philosophical Society, Bryn Athyn College-Swedenborg Library, the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, Founder’s Hall, Girard College, Hagley Museum and Library, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Wagner Free Institute of Science will present an exciting evening of education and entertainment at the 5th annual Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon.

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Bartram’s Garden: Harvest Fest

Sunday, October 15 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm

5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19143

An annual Southwest community event, this year’s festival will be jam-packed with fun for the whole family: hayrides, cider pressing, face-painting, cooking and canning workshops, games of chance and skill, yoga, boating, and much more! This event is FREE.

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Parkway Central Library: Science Time! Science Surprises

Saturday, October 21 at 4:00pm

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Learn some surprising science facts, with hands-on experiments! This event is FREE.

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Wagner Free Institute of Science: RAPTORS! A Spooky Creature Feature

Saturday, October 21 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm

1700 West Montgomery Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19121

Spend a spooky, ooky afternoon at the Wagner learning all about the sky’s most fearsome predators: birds of prey! Our annual Halloween open house is back this year and it will be jam-packed with hands-on activities such as scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, and demonstrations focused on all kinds of sharp-beaked, talon-bearing raptors. You’ll also be able to explore our museum, where you can see many of these animals up close and personal.

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American Helicopter Museum: Girls in Science and Technology (GIST) program

Saturday, October 21 (Kick-Off Event). Program will meet every other Saturday.

1220 American Boulevard
West Chester, PA 19380

Attempting to bridge the technology gender gap in industry, the Girls in Science and Technology Program (GIST) is a collaborative effort developed by the AHMEC and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania to offer a fun and educational hands-on program where girls engage in classes in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Each year the girls explore a different topic through hands-on activities and fun interactive sessions.

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Wagner Free Institute of Science: Empire of the Living Dead – The Scientific History of Peruvian Mummies

Wednesday, October 25 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm

1700 West Montgomery Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19121

When most people think of mummies, they think of Egypt—but mummification began in the South American Andes millennia earlier. It reached its heyday under the Incas in Peru, where the preserved dead were considered powerful lords among the living. When the Spanish invaded in 1532, fear of these embalmed and sacred bodies led to their confiscation, collection, and comparison with the mummies of the Old World. At this Halloween-themed Weeknights at the Wagner talk, Penn State history professor Christopher Heaney explores the afterlives of Peruvian mummies as wandering, scientific specimens, from their 1893 occupation of the Chicago World’s Fair, to their recent and fraudulent enlistment as “evidence” of extraterrestrial life on Earth.

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