Franklin Institute

A Day at the Museum

The Franklin Institute was filled with more than 400 TPS students and faculty members today! Every child in kindergarten through 8th grade headed off to the museum this morning to see a show at the Fels Planetarium and to visit several exhibits. Today's trip was inspired by our all-school theme - Cosmos. Here are some of the day's activities.

Kindergarten students prepared to float in space as astronauts, and they built Mars rovers.

At the Franklin Air Show, Primary Unit students had the opportunity to review all they learned earlier this year in the classroom and at the Schuylkill Center about the properties of air.

Students visited some exhibits with children in different grades. Here Primary Unit students helped 8th graders explore the conductivity of electricity. (We also learned that 8th graders liked "shocking" each other as much as their younger schoolmates did.) 

A wonderful addition to our trip was meeting up with alumna Shanna Pokras Caster '02, who is on staff at the Franklin Institute. She arranged staffing of the Observatory, which was opened today especially for our students.

Calling All Mad Scientists

The Franklin Institute is having a Mess Fess!

The mad scientists over at the Franklin Institute - including TPS alumna and Franklin Institute educator Shanna Pokras - are "embracing the mess" with the 3d annual Franklin Institute Mess Fest. Children and adults can get "down and dirty" with hands-on science activities and demonstrations.

Bring your scientific curiosity (and a change of clothes) to the Franklin Institute this Saturday and Sunday, August 2 and 3.  Mess Fest is free with museum admission.

Carnival of Machines

Junior Unit students went to the Franklin Institute to see  a live science show called “Carnival of Machines. ” The demonstration was led by our very own TPS alum Shanna Pokras, who works in the museum's education department. The show explored the concepts of work and the physics of motion.  We also visited three exhibits that supplemented our winter science study of Archimedes, as well as our all-school theme of Mad Science.