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Philadelphia School Featured In Book About Positive Education Practices

The book “Deeper Learning” cites 8 schools that are “transforming education,” Including a school in Philly.

06/03/2014

(Photo by John McDevitt)

Philadelphia Celebrates Its Selection as a ‘US 2020′ City For STEM Education

Philadelphia has been selected in a national competition as one of seven cities to encourage youth mentorship in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (“STEM”).

05/27/2014

(Melissa Brickhouse takes a ride on a street luge set up alongside the Franklin Institute.  Photo by Kim Glovas)

Zoom! Street Luge Gets a Workout in Center City Philadelphia

As part of the Philadelphia Science Festival, the Franklin Institute helped passersby experience “The Thrill of the Luge.”

04/28/2014

(credit: Pat Loeb)

Science Film For Kids Gives New Meaning To Term “Moving Pictures”

Watermelon Magic seeks to fascinate children with the life cycle of plants but its methods are likely to fascinate any viewer.

04/06/2014

(One of 14 teams of Drexel University students who are working on the world's most complex -- albeit silliest -- mechanical device, with a computer model of their work.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Drexel Students To Usher in 2014 Science Fest With the Ultimate Silly Invention

Forty-four Drexel students will attempt to break the record for the largest “Rube Goldberg”-style device.

03/05/2014

(credit: NASA)

You Might Need A Telescope To See Comet ISON

Skywatchers are waking up early to try to catch a glimpse of a recently discovered comet as it passes through this part of the solar system.

11/21/2013

(Credit:  The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA.)

Opening at the Franklin Institute, an Italian Tragedy Frozen In Time

Many of the remarkable artifacts on display will make their North American debut.

11/07/2013

(credit: Mark Abrams)

Contractors Installing ‘Shimmer Wall’ At The Franklin Institute

“The components of this wall literally are 12,500 aluminum panels,” Franklin Institute senior VP Troy Collins explained. “They are hung on over 800 rods and it covers over 3,000 square feet.”

10/24/2013

KYW's Ryan Armstrong (center) poses with his film team after their short "Awaken" took the prize for "Best Overall Film" at the NJ 10 Day Film Challenge. (credit: Ryan Armstrong)

First Glance Philadelphia Film Festival Underway At Franklin Institute

An independent film festival is underway in Philadelphia this weekend and one of the entries is a short film made by a group of Gloucester County high school students.

09/21/2013

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Philadelphia Set To Kick Off First International Expo

Philadelphia’s first international exposition kicks off Monday and includes more than 100 events over 47 days.

09/15/2013

(credit: Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education)

Franklin Institute Red-Tailed Hawk Released Into Wild After Recovering From Injuries

A young Red-tailed Hawk from the nest at the Franklin Institute has been released less than a month after he was injured in an apparent collision with a car.

08/26/2013

Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion. (credit:  John Ostapkovich/KYW)

Franklin Institute Heading Toward Expansion

Even if you’ve been to the Franklin Institute lately, you might have been unaware of the construction on its south side: the three-story Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion.

08/24/2013

(The 20-foot-tall statue of Benjamin Franklin is covered in plastic in preparation for demolition and construction work nearby.  Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Franklin’s Likeness Goes Under Wraps As Franklin Institute Expands

Workers have pulled a huge sheet of plastic over the 20-foot-tall, white marble statue of Ben Franklin, in preparation of removal of a portion of the south wall of the Franklin Institute’s central great hall.

08/20/2013

The remaining Franklin Institute hawk fledgling, recovering at the Schuylkill Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic. (credit:  Molly Daly)

Franklin Institute Red-Tailed Hawk On The Mend

Nearly two weeks ago, the lone surviving fledgling from the Franklin Institute Red-tailed Hawk nest was found injured on the Ben Franklin Parkway and taken to the Schuylkill Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic in Upper Roxborough. The young raptor appears to be on the mend.

08/11/2013

(Sunspots on the disk of the Sun.  NASA file photo)

Sun Getting Ready To Flip Its Magnetic Field; Earthlings Affected?

Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer at the Franklin Institute, says this a regular, recurring event.

08/07/2013

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