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.


.@Evolscience co-founder Vik Bhattacharjee met with #ProjectInquiry students today. His challenge for them? Desig…


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 at the company with the launch of their newest particle analysis machine: Horizon. Over the past six months, Thomas and his colleagues have also donated…

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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 of note. Around $13 billion worth from its incubator programs. It’s enough to make those who still sniff at the idea of  art when it comes to…

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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 molecular gastronomy to create bubbles out of grape juice and turn fruit into spaghetti. The University City Science Center‘s FirstHand program works to spark interest in…

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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 genetics of taste in the Firsthand lab, manipulating textures, colors, sounds, and smells of various foods along the way. Bella, a rising eighth grader at…

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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 16th, the University City Science Center will kick off the second FirstHand Teachers Institute. The institute, which debuted in the summer of 2016, provides Philadelphia-based…

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