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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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September 12, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

Meet the Ecosystem Builders: Our Nucleus Awards Honorees

Throughout the years, our fundraiser has evolved and shifted to reflect what’s happening with the Science Center (3675 Market Grand Opening party, anyone?) This year, we are debuting the inaugural class of Nucleus Award honorees, recognizing excellence in the three pillars that shape what we do – commercialization, convening and cultivation – and are sustained by our generous supporters.Not to worry: there will still be plenty of time for networking and celebration at Nucleus 2019 next week. And in anticipation of next week’s celebration, we sat down with our three award recipients, Mihir Shah and Matthew Campisi of UE Life Sciences, Kiera Smalls of Philly Startup Leaders, and Wil Reynolds of Seer Interactive.

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September 5, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

Educating the Educators: Joining Forces for a New High School Curriculum

A year of meaningful partnerships continues for our STEM education program, FirstHand, as we recently joined forces with a Cambridge, MA-based organization, to help bring a new curriculum into high school classrooms.

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August 22, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

Eternalized Moment: Edith Neff's Mural Commission for the Science Center

It’s a curious thing about public art: since it’s rarely a destination in itself, you can pass it by without notice, countless times. In Philadelphia - a city known for its proliferation of public art - a mural can easily blend into the backdrop of daily life, until one day you “find” it, as if for the first time. On the second floor of the Quorum, there is a large-scale painting worth seeking out. Painted by the late Edith Neff, this masterwork of Philadelphia Realism captures a specific moment in the history of the city.

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August 13, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

Visualizing the Fruits of Matadero

With boldly painted walls of blue and red, the Esther Klein Gallery – temporarily transformed – feels like an anachronistic travel agency. A robotic plush macaw is perched on a silver palm tree, greeting visitors as they enter. Meanwhile, tastefully framed travel posters advertise popsicles. The graphics appear vintage, but the text promotes Frutas Robóticos de Calidad - quality robotic fruits. Nearby, a compact and stylish kinetic bioreactor –capable of designing genetically modified organisms– is on display.

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August 8, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

A Spring Board for the Future

Joshua Thompson has been part of the Science Center in several different roles; first as a FirstHand participant in the Project Inquiry pilot followed by the Varsity Cohort, then as part of FirstHand’s inaugural Summer Intensive for high school students. He even performed comedy for our board of directors. And since the start of the summer, Josh has transitioned from FirstHand student to FirstHand intern.

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July 25, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

A Brief History of Rain

Today we host the 11th Annual RAIN Conference and the first to take place in our bigger, better Quorum space. The conference will explore how we can humanize the workplace in an era of emails, remote workers and automation. Also new this year: RAIN will segue into a Venture Café focused on a different but complementary theme of empathy in the workplace.

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July 11, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

Humans of the Science Center: Phil Brooks

In 2014 we launched FirstHand, our nationally recognized program designed to expose local middle and high school students to STEM through hands-on, project-based learning and career exposure. Last year we announced a grant from the Lenfest Foundation that would link that initiative to workforce development, by training and placing West Philadelphia residents at life-sustaining jobs at science and tech companies at uCity Square and beyond. And this past April, Phil Brooks joined us as Director of STEM Workforce Partnerships to make that vision a reality.

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June 27, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

Redesigning Summer Vacation

There is no question that the words “summer vacation” conjure up all types of positive feelings for students and that their last day of class is among the most anticipated of the year. For a group of 8 students that just wrapped up 8th grade and are on the cusp of entering high school, that anticipation came in the form of last week’s FirstHand  Summer Intensive.

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June 13, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

Around the World at BIO 2019

It seems like you can identify the last time someone was in Philadelphia by how they describe our city. Were they here in the last few years? Chances are they have a pretty good impression of us. Has it been 15 years since their last visit? They have no idea what Philadelphia is capable of.

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