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Technically Philly: Sam Cusumano and Electricity for Progress

Technically Philly: Sam Cusumano and Electricity for Progress

Sam Cusumano could barely contain his excitement as he watched two of his friends listen to a couple pairs of apples. That’s right, they were listening to apples. It was all a part of his Electricity for Progress exhibit, showcased at the Philadelphia Art Alliance in April. The apples were just one application of what […]

 

City Schools: Makerspaces Providing Resources for Creativity and Innovation

City Schools: Makerspaces Providing Resources for Creativity and Innovation

Klint Kanopka still remembers the time when technology’s purpose in school could be boiled down to defeating your classmates on the Oregon Trail. “Even shop class used to carry a negative stigma,” Kanopka said, “and it was never really taken seriously.” Those days are long gone, as students from a number of Philadelphia schools have […]

 

Northwest Philadelphia: Talking Stick Learning Center Bringing Homeschooling To The Forefront

Northwest Philadelphia: Talking Stick Learning Center Bringing Homeschooling To The Forefront

Hidden within 55-acres of green space, the Awbury Arboretum in East Germantown is now home to the Talking Stick Learning Center. The two building learning facility offers a variety of programs for home-school children ages 4 through 15 years old. Founded on the idea that learning is innate, Talking Stick Learning Center strives to help […]

 

Pennsport: Restoring The History Of Pier 53, One Tree At A Time

Pennsport: Restoring The History Of Pier 53, One Tree At A Time

Spring is here and with it a renewed sense of optimism among businesses in Philadelphia. Projects that had been stifled by the unrelenting winter will have a chance to catch up, including that of Pier 53 on Washington avenue. In 2012, the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. awarded a $1.5 million contract to Applied Ecological Services […]

 

Al Dia: Kensington High CAPA Latinos Overcome Odds to Graduate

Al Dia: Kensington High CAPA Latinos Overcome Odds to Graduate

No one ever said life at an inner-city school would be easy, but Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts has managed to overcome many obstacles to provide its students with an education that they can build on. Kensington High School CAPA, as it is often called, boasts a 62.2 percent graduation rate […]

 

Cobbs Creek: 5 Places to Know

Cobbs Creek: 5 Places to Know

The Cobbs Creek area in West Philadelphia is located between Market Street, South 50th Street, Baltimore Avenue and Cobbs Creek Parkway. The neighborhood is approximately 1.5 square miles and home to about 42,673 residents. Cobbs Creek is a longtime working class neighborhood that is predominantly inhabited by African Americans. Cobbs Creek prides itself on being […]

 By Micaella J. Wesley

University City: Invisible Sentinel Celebrates its Expansion Within the Science Center

University City: Invisible Sentinel Celebrates its Expansion Within the Science Center

Invisible Sentinel, a startup company based out of the Science Center in University City, announced its company expansion this fall. Invisible Sentinel develops diagnostic technologies for a safer food supply. Its focus is on developing rapid diagnostics that quickly provide accurate information about the presence of harmful pathogens. The company currently has 18 employees in […]

 By James M. Sauls

Graduate Hospital: South Philly’s “Gym for Innovators” is A Growing Entity

Graduate Hospital: South Philly’s “Gym for Innovators” is A Growing Entity

Exercise is an important part of life. You must push yourself and be persistent in order to get better. At NextFab Studio on Washington Avenue in the Graduate Hospital area, minds are the muscles being strengthened and ideas are being lifted to new heights. NextFab Studio is a “gym for innovators” that was started by […]

 By Christine Mattson and Aaron Stevens

Mount Airy: Earth Shows Spooky Chemistry

Mount Airy: Earth Shows Spooky Chemistry

In Mount Airy at Earth – Bread + Brewery, patrons young and old were tricked and treated to a spectacle seemingly supernatural. Fred Schaefer, a chemistry professor from University of the Sciences, is a regular at the restaurant, recently showing patrons how physics and chemistry can be used to produce fun results. One of Schaefer’s […]

 By Christine Mattson and Aaron Stevens

Chestnut Hill: Rooftop Agriculture Taking Root

Chestnut Hill: Rooftop Agriculture Taking Root

Friends of the Wissahickon recently hosted a lecture on the expanding rooftop agriculture industry at the Valley Green Inn. The speaker, Philadelphia landscape architect Lauren Mandel, went through a detailed presentation and open discussion about rooftop agriculture to a group of about 30 attendees. During the lecture, Mandel’s book, “Eat Up,” was circulating around with […]