Rowan celebrates Philadelphia Science Festival in Glassboro on April 20 and 22

Rowan celebrates Philadelphia Science Festival in Glassboro on April 20 and 22


Rowan University will host activities for guests of all ages on its Glassboro campus as part of the 2018 Philadelphia Science Festival, established by The Franklin Institute in 2011 to highlight science and technology. All events are free and open to the public.

Star Party, Friday, April 20

At 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., the Edelman Planetarium in Science Hall will show Two Small Pieces of Glass. Four hundred years ago, a simple adjustment to a child's spyglass revealed for the first time an infinite and perplexing universe to the human eye and imagination. Now the world's greatest telescopes, born of that serendipitous moment, gaze ever further into the distant past — and into the future. After the shows, staff will host a night sky viewing on the 4th floor observatory.

Family Science Sunday, Sunday, April 22, 1 to 3 p.m.

  • Guests can celebrate Earth Day and view the show Dynamic Earth in the Edelman Planetarium. Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of the Earth's climate system. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face to face with sharks and gigantic shales and fly into boiling volcanoes. Dynamic Earth will be featured every 30 minutes from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Outside of the Science Hall, visitors can take part in solar observations with Rowan’s Astronomy Club (weather permitting).
  • In the Science Hall atrium, Rowan’s student chapter of the American Chemistry Society will teach the thermodynamics of ice cream, as guests help transform heavy cream, sugar and vanilla extract into ice cream using liquid nitrogen.
  • Also in the atrium, guests can program a robot with members of the Association for Computing Machinery.
  • In the atrium Dr. Gerald Hough, of Rowan’s Psychology Department, will demonstrate visual and perceptual illusions that reveal the role of the brain in perceiving the world.
  • Outdoors (weather permitting) the Borough of Glassboro will distribute free tree seedlings and share tips for proper planting as part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign.
  • In the Rowan Recreation Center, Rec Court 1, visitors can try the STEAM Challenge obstacle course, seeing how fast they can solve science, technology, math, art and engineering problems while tackling obstacles.
  • Also, in the Rec Center, Rec Court 1, they may visit the largest map of New Jersey in the world and learn about the geography of the Garden State while having fun and playing interactive games with Rowan's Department of Geography, Planning & Sustainability and the New Jersey Geographic Alliance.
  • In Engineering Hall, Rowan’s student branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers will demonstrate their Pololu Zumo Sumo Bot robots, showing how these robots are assembled and competing them in a sumo match.
  • In James Hall at the Sports Science Lab, visitors can learn how exercise scientists study human movement to decrease the risk of injury and disease along with enhancing performance. Guests will use technology and physical activities to explore the science behind sport, exercise and human movement and will learn about heart rate and blood pressure monitoring, EKGs, force and power using grip dynamometers and accelerometers, the structure of the heart, the nervous system, and how exercise and nutrition can keep the heart muscles healthy.

At 3 p.m. on April 22, directly following the conclusion of Family Science Sunday events, the planetarium will host the hour-long Einstein’s Gravity Playlist. Tickets for Einstein’s Gravity Playlist are $5 for adults and $3 for children, seniors and Rowan students.

For more information on the Star Party and Family Science Sunday, visit

Rowan is a silver sponsor of the Philadelphia Science Festival, a nine-day celebration (April 20-28) of science and technology in everyday places — parks, restaurants, bars, libraries and museums. It aims to inspire not only the next generation of scientists and engineers but also to create homegrown citizen scientists. The 2018 Philadelphia Science Festival offers more than 80 events in communities all across the region, ranging from kid-friendly live science events, themed bar crawls and cocktail hours, self-guided tours, creative workshops, stargazing parties and more — most of which are free of charge. 

Returning to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this year for the Festival’s grand finale is the free daylong Science Carnival on the Parkway, Saturday, April 28. Attracting more than 50,000 attendees in 2017, the massive outdoor science carnival is one of the most highly anticipated festival events, providing a packed day of non-stop family-friendly activities, hands-on experiments, live performances, educator opportunities and explosive visuals from more than 150 partners to close the 2018 Philadelphia Science Festival. Rowan will host several activities.

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