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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: A Future Computer Engineer Tackles Taste

This summer’s edition of Taste Test has flown by!  For five weeks in July and August, Sunrise of Philadelphia’s summer campers explored the chemistry and…

Philadelphia Middle School Educators Integrate STEM Learning into the Classroom with University City Science Center’s FirstHand Teacher Institute

PHILADELPHIA–(August 9, 2017) – Teachers from three Philadelphia middle schools are heading back to the classroom next week– as students. From August 14th through the…

Back by Popular Demand! FirstHand’s Summer Programs Inspire Curious Minds

PHILADELPHIA–(June 8, 2017) – Twenty-eight students from Sunrise of Philadelphia will play with their food and experiment with their senses as FirstHand’s Taste Test returns…