Lab Coat Confidential: Where Coding Meets Art

Fall programs have flown past the halfway mark, meaning that many of our classes have already met with scientist mentors from a range of Science…

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Project Inquiry Application

If you are a student at one of our partner schools and wish to participate in Project Inquiry, click here for the application! If the link…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Lab Coat Confidential: To Places Unknown

It’s been a great semester so far here at FirstHand, and it’s hard to believe that some classes are already deep into prototyping and presenting…

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Lab Coat Confidential: A Report from the Teachers Institute

Last August, FirstHand piloted the Teachers Institute, an intensive professional development program for 15 middle school teachers from six schools around the Philadelphia School District….

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Lab Coat Confidential: #MentoringMonth with Olamide Sanuth

Happy National Mentoring Month! FirstHand is grateful to the many scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs that dedicate their time and expertise to work with our students….

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Lab Coat Confidential: An Artist’s View on Project Inquiry 

As FirstHand’s semester programs are finishing up and students get ready for a much-deserved winter break, Project Inquiry is continuing to run full steam ahead…

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