Teachers Receive V.I.P. Treatment at the Philadelphia Science Festival and
Summer Science Institute
$100,000 FMC Corporation grant funds free workshops, classroom resources, and
Science Festival teachers' lounge
PHILADELPHIA, April 2, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --For the first time, the
Philadelphia Science Festival will celebrate teachers with free professional
development workshops, resources, and a teachers' lounge at its Science
Carnival on the Parkway. FMC Corporation is sponsoring these activities
through its $100,000 "Teaching the Science of Curiosity" grant.
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On Saturday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., teachers can see non-stop
experiments, interactive activities and a packed line-up of live entertainment
at the Science Carnival on the Parkway. All regional teachers are invited to
visit the Science Carnival teachers' lounge for free classroom resources, to
meet scientists, and register to win a school supplies gift card or a teacher
trip to an FMC research lab.
Also beginning on April 20 and continuing through April 25, teachers can
attend Act 48-accredited workshops with a wealth of resources and approaches
for the classroom, from lesson plans and streaming documentaries to candy
models that illustrate the sequencing of genomes. For more details and
registration, visit www.philasciencefestival.org.
Teachers can also use the code "EDUCATE" when registering for additional
Science Festival programs and receive a 10 percent discount on ticket prices
and special educator seating.
Through its "Teaching the Science of Curiosity" grant, FMC is sponsoring free
Summer Science Institute courses for Philadelphia School District teachers.
An FMC scientist will visit these courses, which cover introduction to
chemistry, astronomy, landforms, sound, and restless earth. Information for
enrolling in the Summer Science Institute will also be available at the
"By connecting teachers with real scientists and giving them training and
resources, they will be better equipped to engage students and spark their
interest in future job opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and
math," says Barbara Del Duke, FMC's senior manager of public affairs and
community relations. "Students can turn today's curiosity into tomorrow's
Research has shown that students are more curious and interested when they
connect science principles with real-world applications. Unless students are
'hooked on' math and science before grades 6-8, they may never become
"We've partnered with The Franklin Institute, the Philadelphia Education
Fund's Math + Science Coalition, and the Philadelphia Science Festival to
power this initiative," notes Del Duke. "Public education budgets, especially
in Philadelphia, are stretched. FMC is providing a solution because our
scientists remember the teachers who inspired them. That's the important work
science teachers do every day."
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About the Philadelphia Science Festival
The Philadelphia Science Festival is a citywide collaboration April 18-28
showcasing the impact of science and technology past, present and future. Part
of a national movement to inspire the next generation of scientists and
engineers, the Festival builds on Philadelphia's own rich history of
innovation with dozens of lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special
exhibits and other informal learning experiences at museums, libraries and
even street corners and concert halls. More than 105 institutions are
collaborating to produce the Festival, which is funded in part by the National
Science Foundation, presented by The Dow Chemical Company and organized by The
Franklin Institute. To learn more, visit PhilaScienceFestival.org or call
SOURCE FMC Corporation
Contact: Elaine Hughes, Simon Public Relations Group, 215-545-4715 ext. 21,
firstname.lastname@example.org; Barbara Del Duke, FMC Corporation, 215-299-6097,
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