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A young playwright turns teasing in the classroom into applause in the auditorium

Illustration by Heather Franzen Rutten Second Act essay by Angela A. Bey The 100-year-old brownstone of John M. Patterson Elementary School in Philadelphia held my first-grade classroom. I remember everything vividly—dried-up Crayola markers, paint-chipped walls and photocopies of “Hooked on Phonics” workbook pages.   My peers walked in close-knit groups down the halls, and certain

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Thinking of a college degree? Consider trading the ivory tower for greener pastures

Illustration by Laura Weiszer School’s Out by Jerry Silberman Question: What college program can best prepare me for a career in mitigating and adapting to climate change? The Right Question: Is going to college the best choice? Education, especially college and postgraduate education, is extremely expensive. And yet, the proportion of young people enrolling in

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The Fight to Divest from Fossil Fuels

Illustration by Nicholas Massarelli Swarthmore students helped spark a national movement toward fossil fuel divestment. But their own school has yet to take action. by Steve Neumann When freshman Kate Aronoff arrived in 2010 on the small, idyllic campus of Swarthmore College, a “Little Ivy” tucked away in the suburbs of Philadelphia, she was already

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Summer Camps: Franklin Institute’s Discovery Camp

by Marilyn Anthony For inquisitive kids who can appreciate the magical aspects of science, it’s hard to imagine a more engrossing summer playground than the Franklin Institute. FI’s summer Discovery Camp boasts, “We have FUN down to a science” and the extensive, imaginative programming seems to support their claim. The Science Adventures program kicks off

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Summer Camps: The Hacktory

by Marilyn Anthony The hacktory’s staff believes that the best way to understand things is by “repurposing, decoupling, breaking and rearranging them from their intended use.” It’s fitting that the Hacktory Summer Camp is a “do-ocracy,” repurposing “democracy” just as the West Philadelphia nonprofit organization created its name by melding “hack” and “factory.”  There’s more

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Summer Camps: City Wild

by Marilyn Anthony In the heat of summer, everyone wants to be near water, and City Wild offers plenty of it. Campers gather each day of the two-week sessions at the Fairmount Waterworks, then set off by van for points around the city, including Dilworth Park and the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Afternoons at

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Summer Camp 2016 Round-up

Science & Sustainability Academy Explorers CampThe Academy of Natural Sciences introduces two new educational camps this year for teens who love the great outdoors. In Invertebrate Camp, participants can meet live insects and learn about basic handling and care, get an up-close look at the animals from the academy’s invertebrate collection, venture into invertebrate-rich local

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