It's late April, you've already written your check to the IRS, and the Phillies are dragging in last place in the NL East. But don't fret. The Philadelphia Science Festival is back for its second annual action-packed 10-day celebration of science in the city where Ben Franklin got it all started more than 200 years ago. Who knows, maybe the festival can help cure what ails the Phils at next Saturday's Science Night at the Ballpark when the home team takes on the Chicago Cubs.
The festival, which kicks off with a science carnival on the Ben Franklin Parkway today, runs through April 29th at locations around the city. The events are as thought-provoking as they are diverse. Several touch on public health, and you could take part in a Science Scavenger Hunt, watch a debate about the environmental impact of fracking, or bring your kids to any number of area libraries for free science events and have barely scratched the surface of the 110 events that make up the festival.
We here at The Public's Health are proud to be part of the festival for the second year running. Last year, one of us – OK, it was me – became the region's latest Dr. Benjamin Rush impersonator in a program that brought together comedians and historians to explore why what today is considered scientific nonsense was yesterday's scientific fact (see video below).
This year, we'll be participating in two events:
So come out and support us, and laugh with us or at us. No heckling please.