Get ready, Philadelphia. It’s nearly time for a ton of awesomely nerdy good times.
The 2014 Philadelphia Science Festival (PSF) arrives April 25 through May 3, with more than 100 smart events scheduled at venues throughout the city for a nine-day celebration of science and technology.
Organized by the clever people at The Franklin Institute and presented by The Dow Chemical Company, the Philadelphia Science Festival is now in its fourth year and poised to be bigger, better and brainier. In 2014, more than 175 diverse partners have signed on to join in this year’s festivities — from the Philadelphia Phillies and Yards Brewing Company to Monell Chemical Senses Center and The Wistar Institute and many, many more.
In past years, the festival has seen engagement from more than 120,000 people in the region, and with the awesome assembly of happenings on tap for 2014, there’s no doubt this year’s Science Festival will continue to draw crowds and engage audiences with the wonders of science.
Kicking off on Friday, April 25, the 2014 Philadelphia Science Festival is set to throw down with a tremendous event: a Guinness World Record attempt for the largest Rube Goldberg machine ever.
Working with Drexel University instructors, 45 engineering students and The Dow Chemical Company, the Science Festival will get started with an attempt to top the existing record for a 300-step Rube Goldberg machine.
What’s a Rube Goldberg machine? It’s a purposely over-engineered machine that complicates a simple task just for visual appeal — i.e. a cool-looking Mouse Trap-style apparatus. We can’t wait to see what the Drexel students come up with.
Beyond the kickoff, the festival continues through May 3 with tons of happenings, many of which are presented free of charge, including the outdoor Science Carnival on the Parkway street fair on Saturday, May 3.
The huge variety of events incorporate everything from family-friendly educational outings to after-dark events that prove science lessons aren’t just for kids. Just to name a few highlights, folks should look for a city-wide Astronomy Night and a Science Carnival After Hours on April 25, Mess Fest at Smith Memorial Playground on April 27, Science Crawl in Old City on April 27, and a tasting on the science of fermentation at DiBruno Bros. on May 1.
For more on the Philadelphia Science Festival and a full calendar of events, check right here.
And, of course, check back with us for much more as this brainy bash approaches!
Philadelphia Science Festival 2014
When: Festival, April 25-May 3; Carnival, May 3
Where: Locations throughout Philadelphia
Cost: Varies, mostly free
More info: www.philasciencefestival.org