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Students explore real-life applications of science through hands-on experiments

STEM Real World 2

STEM in the Real World

"When would I ever use this in real life?”This summer program explores real-world applications of science through fun, hands-on experiments.

STEM in the Real World will be in person for the first time this year.

July 10th through July 14th

  • Available times:
    • Morning class: 10am-12pm
    • Afternoon class: 1pm-3pm

Available to rising 7th 8th and 9th graders. Classes are free with SEPTA fare and snacks provided.


Applications close June 16th

Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis and there will be a waitlist.


Course Details


Courses will be held at 3675 Market Street, 5th Floor (In-Person) in the FirstHand lab. Starting July 10th through July 14th with two available times: Morning class at 10:00am - 12:00pm, or Afternoon class at 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Classes are free and SEPTA fare and snacks will be provided.

Student fit

This program is open to to rising 7th 8th and 9th graders, and is a great fit for those interested in science, experiments, and hands-learning in a lab setting.

Interested in STEM in the Real World?

Apply now

Student projects

Interested in being a FirstHand Mentor?

Inspire the next generation of STEM professionals by serving as a mentor to our FirstHand students. Our mentors are scientists, designers, entrepreneurs, and engineers, but we welcome mentors with all types of backgrounds and skill sets.

Find out how
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