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Philadelphia Science Festival-- coming this April.... all over the city! and it's mostly FREE!!!
The Franklin Institute, 2/21/2011

Editor's Note from Susan: It's always wonderful to see the learning opportunities available in our state that homeschoolers are welcome to join. None of us has to feel like we have to 're-invent the educational wheel' when so many good events like this one are offered. This spring Philadelphia is hosting its first Science Festival, at varied sites all over the city region. I hope many families in Eastern PA get to take part in these exciting activities-- a great way to work some hands-on active science learning into your homeschooling, and to see what the various universities, museums, and more have to offer. Let us know what you learned-- or tell us about how your family uses your local science or nature centers for extra interest!

Look at the stars.
Taste chocolate in a new way.
Solve a mystery.
Be dazzled by a dancing flower.
Discover the physics in baseball.
Go on a "flavor trip."
Kick back with a luminary.
Stroll through a park.
Roll with the robots.
Interact with some of the world's top scientific minds.
Find your augmented reality.
Create an earthquake?
...all for free during the Philadelphia Science Festival!

This April, Philadelphia's universities, cultural institutions, research centers, and schools will come together as a single, united voice to celebrate science.

Organized by The Franklin Institute, more than 105 festival partners have spent the past year hard at work planning exciting events and special programs that will take place all over town!

We know you will want to be part of the action—so visit www.philasciencefestival.org for updates on programming. New events are being added to the schedule every day!

Most of the events will be free of charge, including an Astronomy Night, special programs and lectures on topics like genetics, a science story slam and a large-scale family friendly Science Carnival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on April 16.

On Wednesday, April 20, The Phillies take on the Milwaukee Brewers, game time 1:05 (it's during many schools' Spring Break week). Discounted tickets (starting at just $12/ticket) are available NOW at www.phillies.com/science. Visit the link to secure your seats to this game now, it's sure to sell out! You'll also find out more about the fun activities planned for game day!

We'll jump into the first ever Philadelphia Science Festival by jumping for science!
The Big Jump is a mass-participation scientific experiment open to everyone. We invite all Philadelphians to participate and work together to see if we have the energy to trigger a seismic event. Schoolyards, playgrounds, and parking lots throughout the region will become earth science laboratories.
Friday, April 15, 2011
11:00AM - 11:01AM EDT

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