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Deep Space

For many Philadelphians, Derrick Pitts is The Franklin Institute. Since 1978, Derrick has been teaching us to look up—and to wonder about what we see up there.

We all know that Derrick is an excellent “teacher.” What’s made him famous in Philadelphia is his ability to help everyone appreciate the universe as he sees it—not a watered-down sketch of the universe, but a rich, deep, complex version with human connections that everyone can understand at some level.

Derrick is currently the Chief Astronomer and Director of the Fels Planetarium at The Franklin Institute. He’s also been a NASA Solar System Ambassador since 2009 and serves as the “Astrobiology Ambassador” for the NASA/MIRS/UNCF Special Program Corporation’s Astrobiology Partnership Program. One of his newest honors is an appointment to the outreach advisory board for the world’s largest telescope, the new Thirty-Meter-Telescope at Mauna Kea in Hawaii.

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Kitchen Chemistry

As Dr. Lisa Chirlian always says - chemistry is the study of the way materials are put together and how they act under various conditions and best of all - - chemistry is ALL around us! Did you know that you have a chemistry lab right in your own home? These experiments from Dr. Lisa use everyday materials and can be performed in an ordinary kitchen.

Before we begin, there are some General Safety Rules to learn.

  • Always be sure to have a responsible adult supervising your experiment - in fact, make Kitchen Chemistry a family experience!
  • Never taste food that you are using for a science experiment - not only might it taste bad, it could also be bad FOR you.
  • Finally, as a general safety precaution, never mix bleach or ammonia with anything else!

Now that you have those rules - let's learn about chemistry!

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Green Acres

For a self-described “ecology geek” like our all-natural Science Guy Mike Weilbacher, the chance to be the Executive Director of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (SCEE) —Northwest Philly’s 340-acre green treasure—is a dream realized.  Mike loves his post, creating new programming for the SCEE that will attract both children and adults to what he refers to as the “Mother Ship” of local nature centers.

Mike has been with Kids Corner since the start - he was our very first guest back in 1988! With his leadership, Kids Corner has been able to help kids become citizens that are capable of wrestling with the complicated environmental issues they’re going to get as adults. Plus, studies show that kids who grow up connected to nature are smarter, more emotionally grounded, calmer, more resilient; there’s just unbelievable benefits for children growing up with an immersion in nature. Join Mike every 2nd Thursday on Kids Corner.

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Derrick Pitts talks with Kathy about the differences and the similarities between meteors and comets.

Astronomer Derrick Pitts talks all about the great red planet MARS! This is part one of two parts.

Derrick continues to talk all about the great red planet MARS! This is part two of two parts.

Our all-natural science guy Mike Weilbacher (executive director at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education) joins Kathy O'Connell for another round of all-natural Science Potpourri - enjoy part one and two below!

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Our all-natural Science Guy Mike Weilbacher takes us on a journey through the Arctic wild - what animals will we see? How do they survive in the cold tundra of the north pole region? 

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Derrick Pitts joined Kathy to discuss the launch of Orion -- a craft designed to eventually explore deep space. It is to be one of NASA's biggest moments since the shuttle era ended in 2011!

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