CHF’s First Friday topics in 2010 included the science of Jell-O, the chemistry of glassmaking, and the discovery of bacteria.
Marvels and Ciphers explored public responses to scientific breakthroughs through paintings, photographs, books, and cartoons.
In the spirit of April Fools’ Day visitors tested their knowledge and powers of observation with a visual scavenger hunt, true-or-false quizzes, and (mis)guided museum tours. Prizes were awarded to those who saw through our silicon deceptions.
Visitors bound their love of books, science, and museums by creating their own yarn-bound books with images from favorite CHF displays and exhibits.
CHF fellow John Ceccatti presented “Vital Ingredients,” an explanation of how a 19th-century scientific battle uncovered the role of yeast in beer—and the role bacteria plays in disease.
We kicked off Independence Day weekend with workshops and demonstrations of homemade bouncy balls and fireworks, chemistry sets, cyanotype sun prints, a sacrifice of Gummi bears, and more.
CHF staff brought out the museum’s 1930 Jell-O Cookbook to provide a history lesson on this ubiquitous pantry staple and a tasting of some of Jell-O's stranger mid-century applications.
We learned about plant- and insect-based fabric dyes with Karen Karuza of the Philadelphia Art Institute's Fashion Design Department.
Who knew that soda, ash, calcium, and silica would make such a lasting combination? From windows to architecture and art, glass does it all.
We calculated the probability of doom and navigated entangled particles with Boson Higgs, Science Detective, a live radio play recording by Radio Hound Productions.
CHF and Nightjar Apothecary presented a performance in the spirit of the Victorian science lecture, with modern embellishments.