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‘Be an Innovator!’ Returns to Innovation Plaza as part of Philadelphia Science Festival

PHILADELPHIA, P.A. -- (April 17, 2018) – The University City Science Center is bringing its Innovators Walk of Fame to life with the interactive Be an Innovator! program on Sunday, April 22, from 10 a.m. - noon. Be an Innovator! highlights innovators from the past and present through interactive activities connecting art and science. This is the third consecutive year the Science Center is partnering with the Philadelphia Science Festival to present the program, which will take place at Innovation Plaza, 37th and Market Streets.

Participants and their families will engage in hands-on activities inspired by the innovators honored along the Science Center’s Innovators Walk of Fame. One activity involves experimenting with flavor while learning about chef and restauranteur Michael Solomonov. Attendees will also create and test mini aircraft designs in the spirit of helicopter engineer Frank Piasecki, and discover the six female programmers behind ENIAC, the world’s first digital computer, through hands-on coding challenges.

Be an Innovator! is modeled off the Science Center’s FirstHand program which introduces middle and school students to STEM subjects through hands-on, project based learning. Be an Innovator! is free and open to all ages.

In the event of inclement weather, the event will take place at Quorum, 3711 Market Street, 8th Floor, Philadelphia.

About the Science Center

Located in the heart of uCity Square, the Science Center is a mission-driven nonprofit organization that catalyzes and connects innovation to entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. For 50+ years, the Science Center has supported startups, research, and economic development in the life sciences, healthcare, physical sciences, and emerging technology sectors. As a result, graduate firms and current residents of the Science Center’s incubator support one out of every 100 jobs in the Greater Philadelphia region and drive $13 billion in economic activity in the region annually. By providing resources and programming for any stage of a business’s lifecycle, the Science Center helps scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators take their concepts from idea to IPO – and beyond. For more information about the Science Center, go to

About FirstHand

Equal parts Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, FirstHand provides Philadelphia’s curious minds access to the knowledge and resources of the Science Center, the nation’s oldest and largest urban research park. FirstHand programming serves local youth from under-resourced schools and the teachers and professionals from their communities. FirstHand aims to spark an interest in the STEAM disciplines for students to explore and cultivate, now and throughout their lives. To learn more:

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