EcoExpress in the Philadelphia Science Festival
The Philadelphia Science Festival is a ten-day, community-wide celebration of science that takes place annually in April, featuring lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions and a variety of other informal science education experiences for Philadelphians of all ages. GreenTreks Network’s environmental education program, EcoExpress.org, will be participating in three upcoming events as part of the Philadelphia Science Festival!
Science Carnival on the Parkway
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
at Logan’s Circle (on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 19th Street in Philadelphia, PA)
You’ve never experienced an outdoor carnival like this one! This carnival features more than 100 exhibitors offering non-stop, family-friendly experiments, interactive activities, games, and a packed line-up of live entertainment. Enjoy liquid nitrogen ice cream, make gak, meet live zoo animals, check out the inner-workings of robots, take a tour of a helicopter, extract DNA from a strawberry, test a “crime scene” for forensic evidence, and so much more!
Teacher Workshop: Connecting to our Everyday Environment with EcoExpress.org and the PA Horticultural Society
Monday, April 22, 2013, 4:00pm to 7:00pm
at the Department of Making and Doing (3711 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104)
Engage in a lively discussion with other educators on how to make cross-curricular connections to environmental science. Then, learn how to address ecological topics while using your student’s everyday environment and gain valuable classroom resources from EcoExpress and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Participating Pennsylvania-based teachers will receive three Act 48 credit hours. Register for free here.
Student Event: Neighborhood Science After School
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 3:30pm to 5:30pm
at the South Philadelphia Branch of the Free Library (1700 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145)
Turn your kitchen into a science lab! Discover how chemistry plays a role in some of your favorite foods. Then, learn how you can keep our drinking water safe and clean by protecting water at the source, and how to write and break secret codes! Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and Temple University will also be presenting! This event is FREE and open to students in K through 12!
In addition to attending these excellent events, don’t forget to enter EcoExpress’ contest to win a mini video camera!
EcoExpress’ Science Cafe at the Philadelphia Science Festival Carnival, Saturday 4/21
EcoExpress’ Science Café for Teachers
Saturday, April 21st, 2012 at 3:30pm,
at Sister Cities Park (18th St and Race Street in Philadelphia, PA)
Connect the Philadelphia Science Festival experience with the classroom while expanding your science and environmental resources by attending EcoExpress’ Science Café. You will receive information about free classroom resources and great tips from leading educational experts. You will also have the chance to share your own ideas, suggestions, and successes with other local educators during our breakout discussion session.
Our Educational Experts:
Anita Brook Dupree
Anita Brook Dupree is one of the nation’s leading experts in science education. She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Temple University in Philadelphia, and holds National Board Certification in Early Adolescent Science. Anita was a middle school science teacher, and the science curriculum specialist for middle years for the School District of Philadelphia.
Chuck Lafferty is a first grade teacher at Longstreth Elementary School. Chuck oversees and coordinates the last active “Campus Park Project” in Philadelphia. His most recent project is the creation of the “Kindergarten Interpretive Pollinator Garden” at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum.
Jane Kirkland is the author of the award-winning Take a Walk® Books, a nature discovery series for kids 8 and up. Her awards include the National Arbor Day Foundation’s Education Award and two Teachers Choice Awards. She is a monthly guest on Philly’s Kids Corner radio program (WXPN) and has also appeared on Animal Planet TV, PBS, and NPR.
Meg Malloy is an environmental scientist for the Philadelphia Water Department at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center (FWWIC). Previously, she worked at Thomas Jefferson University and at the University of Pennsylvania in their biology departments. Meg received her BA in biology from Arcadia University and her Masters of Environmental Studies from University of Pennsylvania.
Find more details for the event and RSVP here!
The Philadelphia Science Festival is a is a ten-day, community-wide celebration of science that takes place annually in April, featuring lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions and a variety of other informal science education experiences for Philadelphians of all ages. The Carnival event this Saturday, April 21st, on the Ben Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia is the big kickoff! Here are some highlights from 2011: