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MindCORE Science Outreach Fair

September 24, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

MindCORE is hosting a


Friday Sept. 24, 2021 

*RAIN LOCATION: SAIL Room, 111 Stephen A. Levin Building*

Please note the date change from 9/17 due to rain


Leidy-Levin Niche (Courtyard between Leidy & Levin, East side, across from Goddard)


Interested in science education & community outreach?

Come learn about how YOU can do scientific outreach! Anyone in the Penn community are welcome to attend & learn about the outreach opportunities offered by:

  • Biology Department
    • The Biology Dept engages in outreach through professional development for teachers, PennBio Chats, Penn LENS, and other programs.
  • Biomedical Postdoc Council
    • The BPC’s outreach mainly involves leading science demos for K-5th graders.
  • Biotech Commons
    • The Biotech Commons offers support & resources to the Penn community, including workshops, 3D printing, equipment, and other library resources.
  • Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter
    • The LRSM maintains a broad range of innovative educational outreach activities to the materials community, local colleges, and high schools. The LRSM runs a vigorous summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, with a special emphasis on participation by women and under-represented groups.
  • MindCORE
    • MindCORE offers outreach engagement opportunities through our programs such as: pop-up labs in Philadelphia museums, our Outreach Library, Step-Ahead Mentoring Program, the “PhDemystified” podcast, “Ask a Scientist”, and our “Behind the CV” talk series.
  • Netter Center
    • Moelis Access Science (MAS) Fellows seek to enrich science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for students in grades K-12 at the Netter Center’s University-Assisted Community Schools through hands-on, inquiry-based activities (i.e. labs, experiments, and collaborative activities). MAS Fellows lead the activities with students and teacher partners during school-day and after-school programs, depending on the site and the subject.
    • The mission of the Educational Pipeline Program is to encourage high school students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine to aspire to medical science careers.
    • Students for Environmental Equity (SEE) Fellows partner with university-assisted community schools in West Philadelphia to address local environmental health needs and support the development of skills needed for a sustainable and equitable future.
    • Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) STEM students and faculty work with West Philadelphia public schools, communities of faith, and community organizations to help solve critical campus and community problems in a variety of areas such as the environment, health, arts, and education.
  • Neuroscience Department
    • Each year, Penn hosts this unique twist on the traditional science fair. Third and fourth graders from local elementary schools come to Penn to judge the projects that Penn undergraduate and graduate students create.  Exhibits demonstrate how the brain and nervous system function. This unique flip-flop of roles is designed to make scientists better communicators and to interest elementary school students in science. The 2010 Kids Judge! Neuroscience Fair was featured on Channel 6 ABC News: All students are welcome to volunteer.
  • Neuroscience Graduate Group
    • NGG students bring neuroscience to local elementary and high school students through the Kids Judge!, Elementary Outreach, and Upward Bound initiatives. More recently, we hosted the inaugural Penn Neuroscience Public Lecture as part of the international Brain Awareness Week. Learn to teach neuroscience at a layman’s level, and make a difference for Philadelphians – children and adults alike!
  • PA Society for Biomedical Research
    • The goal of the PSBR is to educate the public, including students and teachers in grades K-16, about biomedical research and the vital role the responsible use of animals plays in improving the quality of both human and animal health. Our role is to inform, educate, champion, advocate, and communicate to those who can have an impact on or be impacted by biomedical research- which is just about everyone!
  • PennFERBS
    • PennFERBS is a partnership between the Biology and Biochemistry & Biophysics departments, providing Penn Freshman from underrepresented and/or underserved backgrounds with mentoring, early research exposure and cohort-building. Students are competitively selected for this program from the pre-freshman program based on their interest in pursuing a degree in STEM and the potential benefit of this program for the student.  They are then matched with a lab.  The expectation is that students will commit 5-10 hours a week, which should include participating in lab meetings, interacting with the lab members – the FERBS fellows should have a designated mentor – but can also include some basic research and/or lab maintenance tasks. In parallel, the students also take a 1 credit course about learning to be in a lab, reading papers, presenting data, etc. that provides complementary introduction to research, acknowledging the limited time faculty and mentors, who provide these students with an invaluable experience, have available.
  • Physics & Astronomy Dept.
    • In the physics and astronomy department, we work to bring physics to the public through various outreach activities, including nights at the Franklin Institute, participation in Philly Science Week, and outreach courses that teach physics to local students who would not otherwise have access to physics education. See the the 2021 Physics Demonstration Show as an example.
  • Science Education Academy
    • Science Education Academy is a non-profit organization based in West Philadelphia working to bring hands-on science activities to elementary school students. We are recruiting volunteers and educators to help implement and develop programming to teach students the scientific method in a virtual or hybrid classroom.
  • TIMBA (Technology, Inquiry,Multicultural,  Bilingual, After-School)
    • “Making it impossible for our students to fail” A program designed to provide Technology, Inquiry,Multicultural,  Bilingual, After-School (TIMBA) support for students in the great West-Philadelphia area. Focused on providing tutoring and mentorship in critical writing/reading, sciences, conflict resolution, health and wellness etc.
  • Upward Bound Math & Science Program
    • The TRIO Upward Bound Math Science Program of the University of Pennsylvania aims to strengthen the educational, scientific and cultural foundations of highly motivated highschool students from low-income and or first-generation-to-college backgrounds,thereby enhancing their ability to matriculate into competitive college environments.
  • …and more!



*This event will be OUTDOORS and MASKS ARE MANDATORY*

Please email with any questions