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September 10, 2020 | Flying Slippers Blog

The Visionaries Behind the Awards: Meet the Nucleus 2020 Honorees

What makes a visionary? It’s a question we found ourselves asking often while interviewing our three Nucleus 2020 Honorees, Benjamin Doranz, Aurora Archer and Sylvester Mobley, and studying their collective bodies of work. Perhaps the answer is that no one really sets out to become a visionary, they just do when possessed with foresight that many of us missed early on.

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August 20, 2020 | Flying Slippers Blog

From Venture Café Regular to Part of the Team: Meet Garry Johnson

Before Garry Johnson had even considered becoming our new Venture Café Philadelphia Program Manager and Experience Designer, his likeness already appeared in our latest Science Center Impact Report; there have been several Thursday Gatherings where Garry networked, participated in pitch sessions, and, at one point, took part in a pretty dynamic panel of speakers.

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August 6, 2020 | Flying Slippers Blog

Biological data as an artistic medium - What are the implications?

It started in 1976 when Science Center President Randall M. Whaley saw an opportunity to, “create a receptive atmosphere for the exchange of ideas between artists and scientists that might help solve problems and generate ideas.” That...

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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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