Welcome Back: FirstHand Lab IRL
Nurturing a 21st century STEM workforce to create a more equitable talent pipeline
FirstHand offers free year-round, STEM learning for middle and high school students and is designed to provide skills-based career exposure. Our FirstHand Lab connects local students to the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem in Philadelphia. Our industry-informed curricula provides real-world, hands-on experience to open doors for the minds of tomorrow.
STEM Career Exposure
We inspire an early interest in the STEM disciplines and supplement the classroom experiences with hands-on, project-based lessons with real world applications.
Our lab-based programming incorporates project-based learning and industry-relevant curricula.
You can’t be what you can’t see. That’s why we engage STEM professionals to demonstrate what a variety of STEM careers look like and provide guidance to students.
A look inside the FirstHand Lab
STEM in action
STEM in action
Making the pitch
In the lab
The FirstHand team
I’m most excited about how I’m gonna actually make something of my own from scratch and look forward to seeing how it turns out. I’ve been working on it every day!
3/20 | Event
Red Cross Blood Drive
3/16/23 | Publications
Science Center 2022 Impact Report
3/9/23 | Article
FirstHand: Where Are They Now?
2/23 | Event
The West Philly Black Business Pop-Up Shop
2/9/23 | Interview
Humans of the Science Center: Elwood Boykin
10/20/22 | Article
An Anthem to the Science Center
10/10/22 | In the News
After 45 years of science-based art, Esther Klein Gallery winds down
10/5/22 | In the News
Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery is hosting its last exhibit this fall
9/29/22 | Press Releases
Esther Klein Gallery Takes a Bow
9/13/22 | In the News
Could Philadelphia become a destination for equity-minded life sciences training?
The Latest in FirstHand
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.