Flying Slippers Blog

January 9, 2020 | Flying Slippers Blog

Humans of the Science Center: Katie Derickson

Cultivation is a long game. To ensure our STEM ecosystem continues to yield diverse and prepared talent, accessible careers for the community, and a boost to traditionally underrepresented innovators, it takes advocacy, awareness and of course, public funding. Enter Katie Derickson, Director of Government and Community Relations for the Science Center.

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January 2, 2020 | Flying Slippers Blog

Who Fuels the Science Center?

As we reflect on the past year, and the impact we’ve made as an organization, we want to take a moment to recognize our incredible network of supporters, donors, volunteers and partners who have helped make it all happen.

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December 12, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

Industry-Relevant Curriculum Reflecting a 21st Century Job Market

For every kid (or those veterans of childhood commonly referred to as “adults”) who has ever pondered the real-world applications, if any, of what they learned in class, our STEM education program FirstHand is leveraging its industry connections to narrow the gap between the theoretical and the practical.

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November 25, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

Venture Café Philadelphia: Everyone Starts with a (1)

Each Thursday, the third floor of 3675 Market Street becomes a veritable sea of numbers; 1s, 40s, even the occasional visiting 140, and everything in between, congregate in the café, in the various meeting rooms and corners, at the bar, or on a nice night, the patio.

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November 19, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

Unfolding Narrative: Laura Splan's Conformations at Esther Klein Gallery

A 2018 BioArt Resident, Laura Splan makes visible — and tangible — the unseen, weaving an experiential narrative of her time in Integral Molecular’s laboratory.

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November 14, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

A Day in the Life of Quorum: Innovation Through Connection

Part space, part program, part community resource; on the uCity Square campus and beyond, “Quorum” means a lot of things to a lot of people.

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October 31, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

The Art of Science

In 2001, Ben Doranz and Sharon Willis set up shop on a two-person lab bench at the Science Center’s Port Incubator. Today, Integral Molecular is a biotech leader that has grown steadily to 26,000 square feet at uCity Square, a joint development among the Science Center, Wexford Science & Technology and Ventas. As they’ve each grown, Integral and uCity Square have sunk deep roots in West Philadelphia, serving as model citizens who play active roles in workforce and economic development and community outreach.

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October 17, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

Humans of the Science Center: Aron Starosta, Accelerator Architect

Get to know the man who has built close to 30 accelerator programs around the world. Someone who’s created an untraditional application process and who often needs to convince clients of his cutting-edge program designs – but whose results speak for themselves.

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October 3, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

Navigating Deirdre Murphy’s Oculus at Esther Klein Gallery

Throughout the recent work in Oculus – which consists of acrylic paintings, mixed media and collaborative sculpture– there is a structural thread: naturalistic elements are paired with patterns of visualized data.

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September 19, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

Increasing the Depth of the Local Ecosystem

Increasing the Depth of the Local Ecosystem How Social Responsibility is Shaping the Future of the Science Center   The University City Science Center was established in 1963 by a group of leading academic and research institutions as a...

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