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Science Day at the Ballpark

Presented by Dow

The Phillies celebrated SCIENCE during the 4th annual Philadelphia Science Festival Night presented by Dow.

Held during the Tuesday, April 29, 2014 7:05 p.m. game against the New York Mets, children can explore and take part in fun science activities throughout the concourse and complete tasks at each location to earn stamps on their own Citizens Bank Park map.

If you earn five stamps or more you can receive your very own Science Festival Night and Phillies prize!


There will be more than a dozen fun and interactive Philadelphia Science Festival Night exhibits for science enthusiasts and novices to enjoy! Exhibits include:

The Phillies - 3B Plaza

The Phillies players use many muscles while playing. This exhibit will show which key muscles are used to throw, field, hit, pitch, and run. Diagrams will show which muscles are primarily used when playing baseball. Representatives will be on hand to demonstrate proper throwing, fielding, hitting, pitching, and running techniques and will point out the muscles being used.

Dow - Outside 3B Gates and Ashburn Alley

Visit the Dow Racecar - ability to take photos of the racecar. Facts/figures about the racecar.

Hatfield Quality Meats - 3B Plaza

How does the Phanatic launch the hotdogs high into the stands during games? Explore the technology behind the Phanatic's hotdog launcher and pose with the Phanatic hot dog launcher that was used at Veterans Stadium.

Philadelphia Zoo - 1B Plaza

Booth Animals are amazing athletes! Discover how adaptations of various animals enables them to perform outstanding physical feats.

Thomas Jefferson University - 1B Plaza

Learn about the effects of concussions on the brain, treatments and the importance of using batting helmets for safety.

AT&T - Left Field

Fans will have a voice for their cheers as they design their 11X17 cheer card on an AT&T device. Select backgrounds, font style, color and then write your message. Fans can create vintage inspired baseball cards. Includes on site printing with social share capabilities. Ability to charge phones at charging lockers.

NASA - Outside 3B Gates & 3B Plaza

NASA - What's Next? NASA's Space Launch System is "America's Next Great Ship" and will be the most powerful rocket ever built. NASA representatives will be on-site to discuss with visitors details outlining its future missions as well as answer questions regarding NASA and space exploration. Checkout a 10-foot inflatable rocket.

The Franklin Institute - 1B Plaza

How can we use science to play a better game? This tabletop exhibit examines the science behind baseball. Learn how pitchers take advantage of aerodynamics and why batters dig their feet into the ground. Explore the relationship between a player's eyes and brain. Discover how science can affect the game!

University of the Sciences - 3B Plaza

Have your shoulder strength evaluated and get tips on exercises that can improve your strength. Physical therapy faculty from University of the Sciences will evaluate participants with regard to shoulder range of motion and strength needed for throwing.

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge - Ashburn Alley

Wild Animals are some of the world's greatest athletes and are able to perform amazing physical feats. Are you ready to exercise with the animals of John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge? This table will show you how different animals move and how their amazing abilities help them survive in their habitat.

Temple University - Terrace Level

Attendees will build a conductivity tester and will test various sports drinks including Powerade.

Temple University TU Teach - Terrace Level

Using a stand built from simple materials that may be obtained from a hardware store, participants will view various specimens from plant cells to appreciate microscopic structures not visible to the unaided eye. How quickly or slowly you react is called your reaction time. Test your reaction time by catching a ruler to see how fast your reflexes are.

Drexel University College of Engineering Science of Sports Materials - Terrace Level

The ability of balls to bounce, known to scientists and engineers as the coefficient of restitution determines how far it will fly, bounce, or respond when a force is applied. In baseball, this is dependent upon both the bat material and ball material. In this demonstration, fans will look at variations in the "bounce" of baseballs with different bat materials and at different temperatures.

Drexel University College of Engineering Sport Biomechanics - Terrace Level

Check out biomechanics in action with a computer animation of dinosaur locomotion! Learn how this applies to the biomechanics of sports and how scientists use this information to develop prototypes for head and neck protection devices as well as orthopedic implants.

Independence Seaport Museum - Ashburn Alley

How does a giant ship stay afloat? How many baseballs would it take to sink a ship? Learn about the physical principals involved in keeping a boat afloat with Baseball!! Participants will design and build their own boats then place "mini baseballs" in them to see how well they float.

Free Library of Philadelphia - Ashburn Alley

Create a baseball puppet and give it a voice!

University of the Sciences - 3B Plaza

How Well Can You Throw A Ball? - Have your shoulder strength evaluated, and get tips on exercises that can improve your shoulder strength. Physical therapy faculty from University of the Sciences will evaluate participants with regard to shoulder range of motion and strength needed for throwing. They will provide simple exercises that participants can do at home to improve shoulder strength.

Destination Imagination, Inc - Ashburn Alley

How to create a device that transports a foam baseball along a "zip line" using wind power? Teams of participants will use the provided materials to create a device to transport a foam baseball as far as possible along a "zip line." Each device must be portable, and attach and detach from the "zip line." Points will be awarded based on the distance each team's device allows their ball to travel. This challenge allows participants to investigate Newton's Laws of Motion by designing a device to transport objects along a level, linear path. Participants design a device that travels along a "zip line" using wind power. Successful devices will overcome the initial inertia of the resting device and, using the power of the fan, will transfer force from the wind to their device, causing the device to move along the string.

Exhibit list is subject to change.