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222 N. 20th St. Philadelphia, PA 19103
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    Upcoming events
      Watson Adventures' Murder at the Franklin Institute Scavenger Hunt
    • Saturday, April 21, 2018
    • Join Watson Adventures on a murder mystery scavenger hunt for adults! Franklin Institute staffers involved in the discovery of a long-lost invention by Benjamin Franklin are being killed. Are the deaths caused by the invention? Or by the fabled "Curse of the Freemasons"? You must crack a secret code and uncover the museum's secrets to solve the mystery. Price includes museum admission. Advance purchase is required. Questions? Call 877-9GO-HUNT.
      Game Masters
    • Saturday, April 21, 2018
    • Showcasing the work of over 30 innovative game designers, Game Masters takes visitors on an interactive journey inside their favorite video games--from the trailblazing arcade era through today's web and console games. Challenge yourself to achieve a high score on more than 100 playable games as you learn how the most beloved characters--from Sonic to the Sims--came to life, and follow the remarkable transformations that video games have undergone over time through the 100 objects and original artworks featured within the exhibit. Visitors will have the unique opportunity to play in spectacular multi-player immersive experiences as well as on classic arcade games from the 1970s and ‘80s while discovering the stories of the designers who have pushed the limits of gaming beyond our wildest imaginations. Browse rare concept artwork, watch revealing interviews, and beat all the boss levels you can in this landmark exhibition celebrating the names behind the games.
      Community Night
    • Tuesday, April 24, 2018
    • The Franklin Institute is pleased to present Community Nights! Everyone is welcome to join in the fun at these educational and fun-filled science extravaganzas that include The Franklin Institute's famous exhibitions, special programs, and hands-on activities. Admission is free and there is no need to pre-register. Doors open at 5:00 pm.
      Technology Enabled Learning: Innovation in Graduate Management Education
    • Thursday, April 26, 2018
    • "Some of the technology projects that were experimental when we launched them several years ago are now an integral part of how faculty teach and students learn at Wharton. I'm excited for this opportunity to highlight what we've learned along the way, and I look forward to this opportunity to spend face-to-face time with my colleagues at business schools across the region," shared Dan Alig. "Opportunities like these are exactly why I joined the BusinessCAS team - to bring the right people to the table so that we can guide GME forward," shared Bob Alig, Liaison's strategic consultant for BusinessCAS. Throughout Bob's career, he has worked with such organizations as GMAC and The College Board, in addition to directing MBA admissions and financial aid at the Wharton School as well. Bob continued: "When I was Director of Admissions, I sought opportunities to hear those in my field speak about this very topic. Attending symposiums kept me up to date on the topics that affected my day-to-day work, and they offered invaluable opportunities for me to network with colleagues with similar goals and challenges. I am honored to be in the position to host such a symposium and look forward to connecting with the attendees." Seating is limited, so register for Technology Enabled Learning: A BusinessCAS Symposium today. URLs: LinkedIn: Twitter: Speakers: Dan Alig, CIO of Wharton School , Robert Ruiz, VP Strategic Enrollment, Liaison International
      All-Girls Camp-In
    • Saturday, May 5, 2018
    • Pack your sleeping bags and prepare for an evening jam-packed with live science shows, hands-on workshops, stargazing in our rooftop observatory, and time to explore all ten permanent exhibits.
    • Saturday, May 12, 2018
    • Give your group or family an unforgettable overnight adventure -- a sleepover camp at the Franklin Institute science museum! Pack your sleeping bags and prepare for an evening jam-packed with live science shows, hands-on workshops, stargazing in the rooftop observatory, and time to explore all eleven permanent exhibits. Where else can you sleep next to a Giant Heart or a 350-ton locomotive?
      Game Masters Presents: Programming From Scratch
    • Saturday, May 12, 2018
    • Future video game designers and developers--press start! The Franklin Institute is peeling back the interface to show the technology behind video game design and what it takes to develop and understand the scripts that run the games. In this coding adventure, aspiring innovators will develop early skills in using Scratch, the simple yet powerful programming language for children. Challenged to step into the shoes of game designers, guests will first build a game controller, then be introduced to the code that runs the game, and finally become game developers themselves and create their own version of the game.
      Night Skies in the Observatory
    • Tuesday, May 22, 2018
    • Join the Franklin Institute for an evening of ‘out of this world' astronomy activities hosted by Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts. ‘Night Skies at the Observatory' is a monthly stargazing event connecting you to celestial objects in the night sky including stars, planets, and nebulae using telescopes in Bloom Observatory or at ‘Ben's Starlight Lounge' on the 5th floor rooftop observation deck, featuring a cash bar. Build your own experience from any combination of planetarium shows, a live presentation on astronomy or space science, hands-on astronomy activities and continuous telescopic observing all evening (weather permitting). The program is staffed with knowledgeable observers and free star maps are provided.