By Lauren Lipton
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Wanna taste a Sharknado cocktail? Learn about clothes of the future? How about a sweater that monitors your heartbeat?
These are just a few of the many events at Philadelphia’s Science Festival that begins later this month.
“We have a whole science cafe that’s all about child development, and what are kids thinking, what’s going on in their brains as they grow,” says Gerri Trooskin.
Trooskin is The Franklin Institute’s director of the Philadelphia Science Festival, which begins April 25th. She says for the kids:
“It’s a full day of explosions that are super-messy, all kinds of messy science. We’ve purchased about 200 ponchos for kids, so that way, they can slide them on and go crazy, get as messy as they want to. So we’re looking at how science can be just so much fun.”
And for the adults:
“To hear life-changing stories from researchers, learn all about your brain while bar-hopping around Old City, see how math can help you win, get a scientific perspective on just why we’re so fanatic about our sports teams here in Philadelphia,” Trooskin explains.
Basically, she says, there is something for everyone to enjoy, including:
“His name is Dr. Skateboard, and he is super-passionate about exploring the physics of skateboarding, so he’ll be doing demos all day.”
And, for this week, that’s “Positively Philadelphia!”