Opening doors for the minds of tomorrow

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Experiment. Design. Discover. Repeat.

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A Place for Lab Coat Moments

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Discovery Fueled by Curiosity

Equal parts Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, FirstHand’s mission is to provide Philadelphia’s curious minds access to the knowledge and resources of the University City Science Center. By fueling discovery and exploration with interactive programming, we are opening the doors for the minds of tomorrow.

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Lab Coat Confidential: From Model Rockets to Circuit Boards

Thomas Castner has been an engineer at Science Center resident company Halo Labs (formerly Optofluidics) since 2015. This spring has been an especially exciting time…

The Philadelphia Science Center Creates Success By Fusing Innovation, Art, and Community

PHILADELPHIA-(September 3, 2017)-Philadelphia is having a renaissance. Ignored by its big sister New York, the city is quietly producing major artists and tech start-ups worthy…

Taste Test: Philadelphia middle schoolers explore the science of food

PHILADELPHIA-(August 9, 2017)-We usually teach kids not to play with their food. But this summer, 28 Philadelphia middle-schoolers dove, hands-on, into the complex world of…