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Middle School Students Show Off Projects at FirstHand Demo Days

Students at three West Philadelphia middle schools will show off the projects they developed at FirstHand programs facilitated by the University City Science Center. On December 16th, 17th and January 8th, students from KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School, Alain Locke Elementary School, and The City School will demo the projects they created during FirstHand’s Polymer Play programs. The FirstHand Demo Days will feature presentations and a project fair at the University City Science Center, 3711 Market Street, Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19104. All Demo Days are free and open to the public.

Students from the three schools re-imagined everyday products such as jewelry, book covers and envelopes by creating them from bio-plastics and recycled plastics during the Polymer Play program. Serving Philadelphia youth from under-resourced schools and the teachers, professionals and families from their communities, FirstHand aims to spark an interest in the STEAM disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math that students can explore and cultivate throughout their lives. By giving students the opportunity to ask more questions, create new solutions and explore science and technology, FirstHand is opening the doors for the minds of tomorrow.

Demo Days Schedule:

  • Wednesday, December 16th, 3:30-4:30 p.m., KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School
  • Thursday, December 17th, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Alain Locke Elementary School
  • Friday, January 8th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., The City School

About the Science Center The University City Science Center is a dynamic hub for innovation, and entrepreneurship and technology development in the Greater Philadelphia region. It provides business incubation, programming, lab and office facilities, and support services for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and growing and established companies. Since it was founded in 1963, graduate organizations and current residents of the University City Science Center’s Port business incubators have created more than 15,000 jobs that remain in the Greater Philadelphia region today and contribute more than $9 billion to the regional economy annually. The Science Center is leveraging its history as the nation’s oldest and largest urban research park as it joins forces with Wexford Science + Technology, a BioMed Realty company, to expand its footprint and rebrand its physical campus as uCity Square, a mixed-use community of ingenuity where bright minds will flourish and thrive. 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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Kristen Fitch

Kristen Fitch

Senior Director, Marketing