Flying Slippers Blog

April 19, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

What Philly can expect at Venture Cafe

We asked Travis Sheridan, President of Venture Café Global Institute what to expect when the weekly Venture Café gathering comes to Philly.

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April 5, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Humans of the Science Center: Maya Heiland

Next week, she’s embarking on a beekeeping adventure in her own backyard. During the work week, Maya Heiland spends her time inspiring students to tap into their curiosity as Program Manager for FirstHand. Prior to joining the FirstHand team in 2014, Maya led students through caves and aquifer systems, up rock walls and onto river islands. She’s a top-notch facilitator and encourages interactive learning both inside and outside of the lab. Her favorite part about working for the Science Center? Find out in our Q&A below.

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March 20, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Inspiring Words From The Women of the Science Center

March is Women’s History Month and the perfect time to recognize some of the women who make our community so vibrant. At the Science Center, we’re fortunate to be surrounded by a diverse network of female scientists, entrepreneurs, and innovators who fuel our growth and challenge the status quo. Their collective success and impact on our community made us wonder – what is the best advice you’ve ever received? Read on to see what advice has motivated and inspired a few of the women at the Science Center.

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March 8, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Community and Collaboration Collide on Innovation Plaza

At uCity Square, the first signs of spring weather mean one thing - lunch on the Plaza. Innovation Plaza, that is. This pocket-park located along the 37th Street walkway between Market and Chestnut Streets is a gathering space for uCity Square employees, residents, and the surrounding West Philadelphia community. Innovation Plaza is the product of a collaboration between seven partners...

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February 22, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

QED Spotlight: Treena Arinzeh

As a curious kid, recent QED awardee Treena Arinzeh created imaginary experiments in the kitchen with her mom, a home economics teacher. That curiosity sparked a lifelong interest in science, and led to a career in engineering. When Treena’s high school physics teacher encouraged her to pursue a career in STEM, she was game – even though she had never met an African American engineer.

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February 8, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Humans of the Science Center: Curt Hess

Outside of the office he’s known as our real estate expert responsible for helping negotiate the largest expansion in the Science Center’s 55-year history, delivering new buildings and revitalizing Market Street with new landscaping, restaurants and an apartment building. Inside the organization, he’s known for his leadership skills, witty commentary and stints as Office Holiday Party emcee.

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January 25, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Steve Tang: A Reflection on 10 Years as CEO

He’s spent the last 10 years as President & CEO of the Science Center. In April, Steve Tang will begin his next chapter leading OraSure Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: OSUR). Throughout his tenure at the Science Center, Steve has helped transform our organization into an innovation powerhouse, launching new programs, strengthening partnerships and advancing tech-based economic development in Greater Philadelphia.

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January 11, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

New Year, New FirstHand Video

“When I put on a lab coat, I feel like a scientist. I feel like I’m learning things that will help shape my future. I feel like I’m making a difference.” That’s just one of the voices from our new FirstHand video. The students in the video share what it’s like to participate in a FirstHand program, the feeling they get when they put on a lab coat, and what it’s like to work alongside professionals making a career out of science.

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December 28, 2017 | Flying Slippers Blog

A Year in Images

2017 has been a big year for us! Here’s a look back at some of our favorite milestones over the last 12 months.

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December 14, 2017 | Flying Slippers Blog

On the Walls: Preserving EKG’s Art at the Science Center

For 40 years, the Esther Klein Gallery (EKG) at the Science Center has been a unique resource in our community, encouraging the overlap of art, science and technology through exhibitions, artist talks, panel discussions, performances and special events. The gallery’s mission came to fruition in 1976, when former Science Center President Randall M. Whaley advocated for better communication between artists and scientists, developing a program that, to his knowledge, was the first of its kind.

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