Kick-Start Science: Philly's First Science Fest

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Philadelphia’s first ever science festival starts next Friday, April 15th, and there are plenty of events to get hyped about! For two weeks (April 15-April 28), Philadelphia will host a plethora of free, science-filled, family-friendly interactive programs. The goal: to make science interesting, relevant, and fun. It's time to realize the science that exists all around us! Be a part of the celebration and join the conversation. An event will surely be taking place right in your community, from Drexel Hill to Point Breeze.

Read after the jump for events that will surely tickle your fancy:

 

Science Carnival

Saturday, April 16, 10:00am-5:00pm

Ben Franklin Parkway

Logan Circle will be transformed into a science wonderland, or an outdoor carnival that resembles one. The event will feature 80 exhibitors that offer friendly experiments, interactive activities, games, and live entertainment. Expect to see Center City District & KidsInCenterCity.com for their "Trees in City" exhibit, where you can learn about the benefits of urban trees, Community College of Philadelphia’s “Illuminating Acid Rain” showcase, to learn of the harms caused by acid rain, and much, much more! It’s the perfect way to start off your two week science adventure!

"From Dirt to Dinner Plate: Agriculture Today"

Sunday, April 17, 2:00pmWyck Historic House and Garden
6026 Germantown Ave.

Follow the journey of your food from seedling to plate while taking a tour of the Wyck gardens and examining produce up-close. Then join panelists from Wyck, Fair Food Philly, and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture for a discussion on the local and sustainable food movement. http://www.philasciencefestival.org/events/2011/04/dirt-dinner-plate-agriculture-today

"Modified: A Look at the Future of Food"

Tuesday, April 19, 7:00pm

La Salle University

1900 W. Olney Avenue

In 40 years, one of every four people on Earth will starve unless food production more than doubles. Join Dr. Dominic Sisti of the Penn Center for Bioethics and Dr. Nina Fedoroff, acclaimed life scientist and Science and Technology Advisor to the US State Department, for an interactive discussion about agriculture, technology, and the future of the food we put on our dinner tables. http://www.philasciencefestival.org/events/2011/04/modified-look-future-food

"All Things Fermented: The Science of Beer and Cheese"

Wednesday, April 27, 6:30pm

Triumph Brewery

117 Chestnut St.

Are you curious about the fascinating science behind how Philadelphia’s great brews are made? During this entertaining, enlightening and delicious 2-hour tasting adventure in Old City, City Food Tours co-owner Eric Matzke will introduce you to 7 stellar draughts brewed on-site at the popular Triumph Brewing Company. You'll also savor hearty portions of 4 sumptuous farmstead cheeses. http://www.philasciencefestival.org/events/2011/04/all-things-fermented-science-beer-and-cheese

"Feeding the Future"

Thursday, April 28, 6:00pm

Academy of Natural Sciences

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The human population continues to grow at an alarming rate, yet the size of farmable land remains the same. How do we confront the issues of being able to feed the planet? A panel of speakers will discuss food and agriculture in the 21st Century. http://www.philasciencefestival.org/events/2011/04/feeding-future

To view the entire calendar for Philadelphia's Science Festival, visit philasciencefestival.org