Philadelphia Science Festival: Come Visit Us!
The 2014 Philadelphia Science Festival is a citywide collaboration that brings together nine exciting days, April 25 – May 3, filled with events that showcase science and technology in everyday life. With 175 of the region’s most influential institutions, museums and cultural centers working together, the Festival aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers by exploring the many ways that science and technology touch our everyday lives. Presented by The Dow Chemical Company and organized by The Franklin Institute, the Festival packs more than 100 events into nine exciting days at locations across the region, including restaurants, parks, breweries, libraries, museums and other neighborhood places, many of them free!
The awesome group at our educator workshop last year.
We are thrilled to be involved with a number of events again this year with the Philadelphia Science Festival.
Neighborhood Science Activity
Monday, April 28, 2014,
3:30pm to 5:30pm
at the Haverford Branch of the Free Library,
5543 Haverford Avenue, Philadelphia , PA, 19139
Educator Workshop: Understanding the Urban Watershed
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
4pm to 7pm
at the Fairmount Water Works,
640 Waterworks Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Science Carnival on the Parkway
Saturday, May 3, 2014
10am to 4pm
on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA
Screening of “Green City, Clean Waters” on Thursday, March 20th
Green City Clean Waters is the 30-minute documentary we created for the Philadelphia Water Department on Philadelphia’s plan to transform the city into an oasis of rain gardens, green roofs, treescapes, and porous pavements, which advocates say is cheaper than tunnels and makes for a more livable, prettier city with higher property values and better community health.
Anna Shipp – Project Manager, Green Stormwater Infrastructure Partners
The Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Partners is a priority initiative of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. The GSI Partners were formed in response to the Philadelphia Water Department’s innovative Green City Clean Waters plan, and are working to maximize the success of that plan by advancing the green stormwater infrastructure industry, innovation, and the local businesses whose services and products relate to GSI.
Julie Slavet – Executive Director, Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Inc.
As TTF’s Executive Director, Julie Slavet leads the organization in its mission to improve the health and vitality of the TTF watershed by engaging its communities in education, stewardship, restoration, and advocacy. An active Philadelphia Water Department Green City Clean Waters partner, TTF works across our 30 square mile watershed to implement green infrastructure and stream restoration projects in collaboration with municipal, school, and community partners. Julie has over 30 years of experience at all levels of government and in both the non-profit and small business worlds. Before joining TTF, she served as the senior district staff member for Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, leading constituent services and outreach efforts in a district of 650,000 constituents in Montgomery County and Northeast Philadelphia. Julie earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Smith College and an M.S. in Public Affairs from the University of Massachusetts.
Julia Hillengas – Deputy Service Officer, PowerCorps PHL
As the city’s Deputy Service Officer, I work to build out national service and volunteer systems to increase impact. In September, we launched PowerCorpsPHL, an initiative that utilizes AmeriCorps service to cultivate Philadelphia’s young adult workforce and increase the city’s green infrastructure.
Upcoming GreenTreks Film Screenings
We are thrilled to be involved in some upcoming screenings of our documentaries!
Film Screening TOMORROW, Wednesday, February 26th, 2014, at 4:00pm,
in Temple University’s Geography and Urban Studies Department.
It’s on the 3rd Floor of Gladfelter Hall, which is by 11th and Berks, Philadelphia, PA.
This screening is free and open to the public! You just need to bring a photo ID for security purposes.
Thursday, March 20th, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
CityCoHo Philly Nexus (2401 Walnut street, Philadelphia, PA)
We will be screening our 30-minute Green City, Clean Waters documentary, with a panel discussion to follow. Panelists will include representatives from the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, the Sustainable Business Network’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure Partners, and PowerCorps PHL.
Let us know in the comments if you are planning to go!
4th Annual Spring into Science Education on Monday, March 3, 2014
2014 Spring into Science Education
Monday, March 3, 2014, 4:30 to 7:00pm
at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
(1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103)
Register for free here!
On Monday, March 3, 2014, EcoExpress.org, the Philadelphia Math + Science Coalition, and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University are joining forces to present this special event for local educators.
The 4th Annual Spring into Science Education Expo is a FREE networking event and celebration for local educators. Educators of grades K through 12 will learn about inspiring resources and ideas that can be immediately brought back into the classroom!
- Highlights of the Spring into Science Education include:
- Premiere of EcoExpress.org’s STEM Careers Video Series
- Free Access to Dinosaurs Unearthed and the Butterfly Room
- Interactive workshops highlighting practical ideas to take back to the classroom. (See the full list of workshops here.)
- Exhibits by Local Environmental and Science Education Organizations
A Whirlwind of Activity at GreenTreks
This year has been a busy one, and we couldn’t be more pleased!
First off, thanks to all of those who attended the party with a purpose we co-hosted last month with lululemon athletic Walnut Street. If you missed metta movement, check out our Instagram for some snapshots from the night.
What a landmark year it has been for EcoExpress.org! We are working on a new video series that focuses on exciting (and surprising) careers with a STEM focus. The videos will be released early next year. We can’t wait to show you. Don’t forget, though – we’ve added a lot of videos over this past year. We’ve been focusing more on water and watersheds, as it is the environmental issue that connects to so many others.
Here are the video & lesson plan additions to EcoExpress.org in 2013:
Clean Water: A Long Journey from the Source to Our Tap
Streamside Forest Buffers
Keeping Water On Site: Waterview Recreation Center
Rain Barrels: Preventing Water Pollution Starts at Home
Rain Gardens: Saving Streams One Yard at a Time
Rain Barrels: Preventing Water Pollution Starts at Home
Gardening for a Healthier Bay
Mowing to Meadows
Green Schools: Albert Greenfield Elementary
In 2014, EcoExpress will be unveiling the new STEM careers videos, offering more teacher workshops, providing in-class support, and hosting the 4th annual Spring into Science Education. We are so excited about all of these great plans, but our efforts require more funding to make them a reality. At this critical time for schools, please help us continue to provide environmental educational services. Donate directly to EcoExpress.
You’ve maybe even spotted Barry or myself (Meghan) giving a presentation about StormwaterPA. This year, we’ve furthered education about the impacts of polluted stormwater runoff in our local region. Here’s a snippet of what’s happened.
Clean Your Water is a new initiative of StormwaterPA.org. We are helping municipalities in watersheds across Pennsylvania educate about the value of caring for your local watershed. We curate multimedia resources that are relevant and important to diverse audiences. We provide key community groups with the knowledge to greatly benefit watershed health. So far, we’ve crafted websites for Cumberland County and the Wissahickon Watershed. Want to see your region represented? Let us know!
Rain Gardens: Saving Streams One Yard at a Time was a big hit this year. We also released a beautifully-made, animated film: Clean Water: A Long Journey from Source to Tap. Our newest film takes place in the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed. Watch as a park along Tacony Creek is transformed, to the benefit of the creek and to the joy of the community.
Help support education about the impacts of stormwater on our drinking water & communities! Donate directly to StormwaterPA.