Rowan partners with the Philadelphia Science Festival to bring science education to the public

Rowan partners with the Philadelphia Science Festival to bring science education to the public


Rowan University will serve as a sponsor and offer programs as part of The Philadelphia Science Festival, an annual, 10-day, community-wide celebration of science, engineering and technology, that will take place from Friday, April 25, to Saturday, May 3.

Rowan will host Astronomy Night at Science Hall on its Glassboro campus on Friday, April 25.

The day will feature:

3 – 5 p.m.: Afternoon solar observing activity, Meditation Walk outside of Science Hall atrium. Telescopes equipped with filters will be stationed along the Meditation Walk outside of Science Hall, and participants will get a chance to safely view the sun in white light, as well as the sun’s chromosphere.

7, 7:30 and 8 p.m. Show about the night sky, Science Hall Edelman Planetarium. Planetarium Director Keith Johnson will introduce the spring night sky and describe some of the celestial objects that will be visible to the public at the nighttime observation activity. Johnson will also present the shows. (8 p.m. show dependent on attendance)

8 – 10:30 p.m.: Nighttime observing through telescopes rooftop activity, Science Hall rooftop. Participants will be able to see Jupiter and Mars through a variety of portable telescopes as well as the 0.4-meter research telescope.

The events are open to the public and can host up to 300 visitors. Rowan Astronomy faculty and members of the Astronomy Club will be at each activity to help those unfamiliar with telescopes get a glimpse of the sights in the sky (predicted to include Jupiter and Mars).

The Rowan Colleges of Science and Mathematics and College of Engineering also will host exhibits at the opening Science Carnival After Hours at the Franklin Institute on April 25, and the Colleges of Science and Mathematics, Engineering and Education will host exhibits at the closing Carnival on the Parkway on the Ben Franklin Parkway on May 3.

The science carnivals allow Philadelphians of all ages to engage in exciting hands-on learning, games, and live science shows, all while enjoying musical entertainment.

Science Carnival After Hours, an event geared towards adults, will take place on April 25 at 6:30 p.m, and costs $15. The Carnival on the Parkway, a free, family-friendly event, will take place on May 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Both events will be filled with exhibits led by Rowan faculty and students.

At each carnival, the College of Science and Mathematics will present the exhibit How do you program a robot to dance? The exhibit will showcase LEGO NXT robot programming, and visitors will get a chance to program the robot to move and say “good morning.”

The College of Engineering also will present an exhibit at each carnival. Its show-and-tell exhibit — How can something so micro solve something so macro? — will show a micro mouse solving a maze and include an explanation of how it reaches the center of the maze.

At Carnival on the Parkway, the College of Education will present an exhibit titled What makes things go up, down and turn around? Visitors will have the opportunity to work on a variety of hands-on projects, including building and testing a parachute for an egg.

For more information about Astronomy Night and the carnival exhibits, contact Cheryl O’Neill at or (856)-256-4867. For more information about the Philadelphia Science Festival visit:





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