Flying Slippers Blog

July 23, 2020 | Flying Slippers Blog

Checking in with the first Launch Lane Cohort

We caught up with the seven companies that make up our Launch Lane accelerator to discuss what they hoped to get out of the experience when they applied, how their priorities shifted as a result of the pandemic and the superpowers that help them thrive as entrepreneurs.

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July 9, 2020 | Flying Slippers Blog

Humans of the Science Center: Rich Southerland

A NASA centrifuge? A bomb shelter in a sub-basement? Meet Rich Southerland: Our Director of Construction and resident historian who knows every nook and cranny of our uCity Square campus. His impressive 40-year career at the Science Center has afforded him a unique perspective on our past and the moments – and buildings – that are shaping our future.

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June 25, 2020 | Flying Slippers Blog

At Home in the Third Place

With our city quickly approaching a green-phase reopening, now seemed like as good a time as any to reflect on our reality the last few months.

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June 11, 2020 | Flying Slippers Blog

FirstHand at Home

Our FirstHand Lab is a place for creativity, critical thinking and experimentation. But what happens when we can’t connect with middle and high school students in the lab? We bring the lab to them.

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June 4, 2020 | Flying Slippers Blog

A note from the Science Center

Across our country and throughout our city, people are hurting. But the pain is not new to this moment in history. We recognize the impact this has on our friends, neighbors, and colleagues in the black community. It's forcing us to have important and uncomfortable but necessary conversations about systemic changes that must take place.

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May 28, 2020 | Flying Slippers Blog

Philadelphia and the Growth Mindset

To transition from a mindset of city-envy to one of growth and potential, we need to recognize and take pride in all that we have here already. More than just the rowdy sports fans or our scrappy image, we are a city of innovation, research and forward progress. Philadelphia is a city not just known for its history, but for continually making history.

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May 14, 2020 | Flying Slippers Blog

At the Center of It

Like the rest of the world, our routine and our usual operations have been disrupted. But now more than ever, it’s imperative that we continue giving emerging technology a fighting chance, that we gather the community (even if virtually) and that we ensure our future STEM leaders have every opportunity to thrive.

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April 30, 2020 | Flying Slippers Blog

Humans of the Science Center: Adam Durant

Educator. Musician. Businessman. Author. Mentor. These are some of the words you could use to describe Adam Durant, Program Manager for our STEM education initiative, FirstHand.

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April 16, 2020 | Flying Slippers Blog

Humans of the Science Center: John Younger

What does the pandemic mean for the future of healthcare and for entrepreneurs? Find out in the latest Flying Slippers Blog post featuring John Younger, MD whose experience as an ER doctor, entrepreneur and now the Science Center’s Vice President of Science & Technology gives him unique insight into the implications of our current reality. Read on to learn why he believes the second half of 2020 is ripe for an entrepreneurial renaissance and which Philadelphia landmark is first on his list to visit when things get back to normal.

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April 2, 2020 | Flying Slippers Blog

A Lesson in Connectivity: From Career Simulations to a New Reality

Out of the many thousands of high school students in Philadelphia, it’s safe to say that most own a cell phone. Thanks to a new curriculum developed by our FirstHand team and telecommunications infrastructure giant Crown Castle, 21 of them know all that goes into powering their magical companion. And unbeknownst to them, they were mere weeks away from a new reality where we would all come to rely on the internet and rapid cell phone service like never before.

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