FirstHand Perspectives

Stay up-to-date with news and programs live from our lab. Delve into science and technology, experience a lab experiment and explore our community – all from a firsthand perspective.


Harambee students played #Venture and visited @DrexelUniv #DMML laboratory where they learned about material testin…


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 Center companies!  We work closely with mentors to help design engaging experiences for our students, and it’s always a fun challenge to sit down with…

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Lab Coat Confidential: Deep Diving into STEAM with Melissa, Our New Team Member

It’s been an exciting month at FirstHand.  Temperatures are dropping, fall programs have kicked off, and we just picked up a big award. And…we have a new team member!  Our new Program Facilitator, Melissa Kurman, joins FirstHand after completing her Master’s degree in biology at California State University-Northridge.  Along with…

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US2020 Honors Science Center, More with STEM Awards

By Alison Burdo | October 10, 2017 | Philadelphia Business Journal The University City Science Center is among the Philadelphia area organizations to receive a national recognition Tuesday morning when US2020 announced it is the recipient of its third annual STEM Mentoring Awards. The Science Center, Steppingstone Scholars Inc. and Spark are…

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Science Center’s FirstHand Program Receives National Award for Mentoring Initiatives

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (October 10, 2017) – For the second time in three years, the University City Science Center’s FirstHand program has won a US2020 STEM Mentoring Award. Representatives of the FirstHand program travelled to Washington, D.C. Tuesday, October 10th, to accept the award for Excellence in Volunteer Experience from…

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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 does not work, please copy and paste the following in to your browser: The application is a Google form, and should take around 30-60 minutes…

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