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Science Fair, the movie - Don’t miss this movie!  Follow nine high school students as they compete in The International Science and Engineering Fair.  From designing a better stethoscope to Zika virus, to arsenic in our water, to a flying wing, these young scientists take this competition vey seriously.  In theaters now.
Study Hall: Improv Inspired by College Lectures - Study Hall: Improv Inspired by College Lectures  Saturday, September 1 7:00 – 8:00pm  2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103, US  Description:Drexel University’s Professor Michael Yudell and his academic friends team up with some of Philly’s best improvisers to create a full hour of hiliarious improv comedy inspired by real stories from history […]
KOKO the Grorilla Dead at age 46 - Koko the gorilla was found dead Tuesday. The Gorilla Foundation released a statement that the lowland gorilla, who mastered sign language, died in her sleep. Koko had a vocabulary of about 2000 words and communicated with humans. Researcher and one of Koko’s keepers, Francine Patterson, had hoped that Koko would mate and have children. She […]
Hidden Figures - I saw the movie Hidden Figures today. Fabulous movie. But why did it take so long for me to know about these women? Me of all people should have known about these women. I am a huge fan and “student” of modern space exploration. I do workshops for teachers about the history of the American […]
Change of State - When it snows we complain that we have to shovel the snow and clean it off our cars. We worry about driving conditions and are afraid we might fall on the ice that accompanies the snow. But if we wait a few days, the temperature will rise, and it will all melt and be gone. […]
Snow Day! - As a former teacher and mother of three, a prediction of snow was exciting and tense. Will it be enough to close schools? We watched the weather reports closely and learned about the best conditions for the maximum amount of snow to fall. We anticipated sleeping in and possibly going sledding.   We remember fondly times […]
Twinkle Twinkle Little Planet - January 4, 2017, 5:30pm, clear skies, Philadelphia, Pa. The moon was in its first quarter and shining brilliantly on us as I walked with my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter down the street. Her parents must have taught her to look up at the sky (as we all should) and she told me, “Look grandma,the moon […]
Walden Pond - On a recent trip to Boston, I found myself with a free day and no specific plans. Someone suggested a trip to Concord, Massachusetts and Walden Pond. It’s been decades since I first learned about Henry David Thoreau and his two years in the woods.   How exciting it was to visit the area where he […]