Philadelphia Science Festival 101: Gameboys, murder investigations and even Wyatt Cenac

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For the next nine days, lovers of STEM can rejoice. The Philadelphia Science Festival is back for its fifth year, and it’s all the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math you can imagine. From April 24 to May 2, more than 100 events devoted to astronomy, psychology, brewing, forensic science and more will be happening at local museums, restaurants, parks and more.

The basics

What: More than 100 events all about science and largely how to use it and see it in our daily lives

When: April 24 to May 2

Where: Various locations

How: Most events require purchasing tickets or at least reserving a ticket for free events. Go to the Science Festival’s website to find events and buy tickets in advance, or for many you can buy at the door. Tickets range from about $5 to $15 in advance. Some cost more at the door.

The highlights

The Science Festival has an entire schedule of events here. These are seven top events geared toward young professionals and students.

Kickoff Party: 8-Bit Night, 7 p.m., April 24, The Franklin Institute

Drink beer in the name of science while playing and learning about old video games and systems like Oregon Trail, the Gameboy, pinball and Frogger. Also, play Galaga in the planetarium!

Science Night at the Ballpark, 7:05 p.m., April 25, Citizens Bank Park

Head down to the main level of the first floor concourse to hear talks about sport science, including sports drinks, concussions and turf science.

Fishtown Science Crawl, 2 p.m., April 26, various Fishtown bars

It’s like a pub crawl but with science!

Murder at the Mutter: Preconceptions, 2:30 p.m., April 26, Mutter Museum

Learn how investigators solve a murder while trying to figure out a mystery on your own.

Big Ideas for Busy People, 7 p.m., April 27, WHYY

Listen to local scientists and engineers discuss their advances and inventions in spaceflight, studies of a new dinosaur, ovarian cancer detection and art conservation.

The Science of Networking, 5:30 p.m., April 28, Quorum at the University City Science Center

Hate networking? Well at least you’ll be able to come up with a scientifically-sound method for how to do it.

Beer Lab, 7 p.m., May 1, Yards Brewing Company

Ever wondered how cool it would be if your high school science lab had beer? Wonder no more.

The top speakers

You can view all the Science Festival speakers here, but you might especially want to check these five well-known speakers.

Gary K. Beauchamp: Beauchamp is one of the top authorities on the science of taste and smell. He’ll help lead the Gross Anatomy event on April 30.

Wyatt Cenac: The former “Daily Show” correspondent will featured on a panel with other comedians and scientists called “You’re The Expert” on May 1.

Chipocrite: Chipocrite uses old Gameboys to make his own music and will be at the kickoff event April 24.

Jason Levon Richardson: The founder of the comic book studio J1 Studios and J1 Con. He’ll be at Science on Tap Quizzo on April 27.

Tim Roberts: The head brewer and manager at Yards for the last 15 years will be at the Beer Lab event on May 1.

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