Science, springtime and a carnival... How could that not be fun?

The Philadelphia Science Carnival was last weekend in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to sunshine and a lovely breeze, the carnival showcased science and technology in everyday life. The carnival was part of the larger Philadelphia Science Festival which brings together 175 of the region’s most influential institutions, museums, and cultural centers.

Many volunteers found inspiration interacting with children that have an interest in science at a young age. It is this budding love for science that helps remind us why we chose to become scientists.
— Ami Lakdawala, GSK Investigator

We hosted an interactive booth which encouraged kids (and adults) to match shapes of medicines with shapes of disease targets, learn about the chemicals that make a medicine, and then use 3D computer modeling software to visualize the medicine binding to its disease target in the body.

The energy from the volunteers was contagious…each time one of the 40,000 attendees would approach the GSK tent, you could tell. Smiles grew and laughs echoed--- all because of science!

“Many volunteers found inspiration interacting with children that have an interest in science at a young age. It is this budding love for science that helps remind us why we chose to become scientists.” - Ami Lakdawala, GSK Investigator

Not only did Ami give us insights about the volunteers, she actually helped bring the event to life by providing the video summary below. We hope you'll enjoy watching the fun as much as our our 30+ volunteers enjoyed participating in it!