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Materials Science and Engineering Solutions

Age-specific hands-on workshops give participants the opportunity to work in small groups to explore how materials science and engineering is applied to solving some of today's pressing problems.

Try ice cream made in seconds with liquid nitrogen!

Who has time to sit around and wait for ice cream to freeze?  Visitors will have the chance to taste ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, which quickly brings the temperature down to -321°F (-196°C or 77K) and into waiting cups as fast as it can be mixed!

See more photos from past Philly Materials Days

Learning By Doing

Kids of all ages will learn about materials from Drexel and University of Pennsylvania faculty and students and our collaborating organizations, including the Academy of Natural Sciences and The Franklin Institute, through hands-on demos and workshops.

Come experience it for yourself!

Everyone is invited to Philly Materials Day 2017 featuring new hands-on activities related to how materials impact your world. It's free and open to the public!

Almost everything around you - the clothes you wear, the dishes you eat from, the computer you use, the bike you ride or the car you drive - is made of stuff. Materials science and engineering is the study of that stuff: what it's made of, how it works and what we can do with it.

2017 marks the seventh anniversary of Philly Materials Day, focusing on hands-on activities for all ages and special small group workshops geared to kids ages 10 to 17 where participants will work on teams exploring how specific materials impact their world.

What is materials science and engineering?