The Science Excursions program at Boys' Latin provides students with science experiences and opportunities beyond the traditional classroom. Each month, twenty students who exhibit outstanding character and a commitment to learning are selected to visit various science destinations throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. Students complete a pre-trip exercise and also write about their experiences in a post-trip blog entry.


September 2013
Bartram's Garden
Topic: Schuylkill River water study


October 2013
Engineering Labs, School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Pennsylvania 
Topic: National Society of Black Engineers, being an engineer, research


October 2013
Nano/Bio Interface Center
University of Pennsylvania
Topic: Nanotechnology and student research


November 2013
National Society of Black Engineers Region 2 Conference
Charlotte, NC
Topic: Engineering, math, college preparation, careers, and professional networking


November 2013
GlaxoSmithKline
Topic: Career paths in the pharmaceutical industry


December 2013
Heinz Wildlife Refuge
Topic: Biogeochemical cycles and food webs


February 2013
Philadelphia Zoo
Topic: Tigers, palm oil, and conservation


February 2013
Smilow Center for Translational Research
University of Pennsylvania 
Topic: Impact of Natural Gas Drilling on Public Health and the Environment




September 2012
Bartram's Garden
  • Learn about interactions between pollutants and watersheds 
  • Test samples from Schuylkill River to determine water quality
  • Take a tour of gardens established by a contemporary of Ben Franklin

October 2012
GlaxoSmithKline
  • Learn about wide field of possible career paths in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Complete a chemistry experiment in a GSK laboratory
  • Take a tour of a complex system set up for the discovery and development of drugs 

October 2012
American Helicopter Museum
  • Learn about physics of turbines, reciprocating engines, transmissions, and rotors 
  • Assemble a working model of a drive system
  • Take a tour of aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters

November 2012
Crystal Cave
  • Learn about the theory of cave formation, including stalactites and stalagmites 
  • Pan for gemstones and explore the nearby nature trail 
  • Take a tour of a cave—125 feet underground

November 2013
National Society of Black Engineers Region 2 Conference
Norfolk, VA
  • Learn about opportunities in engineering, math, and college
  • Network with successful engineers from the mid-Atlantic region

December 2012
Engineering Labs, School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Pennsylvania 
  • Observe a state-of-the-art motion capture system that can be used for 3D special effects, computer graphics and animation, and research into human movement at the Penn SIG Center for Computer Graphics 
  • Explore research done with robots in the Penn General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab
  • Learn about scanning electron microscopes and their use in materials science research
  • Take a tour of the facilities for the Penn School of Engineering and Applied Science

January 2013
Princeton Plasma Physics Lab (PPPL)
U.S. Department of Energy
  • Explore a collaborative national center for fusion energy research
  • Learn about fusion energy and plasma physics research as well as fusion as an energy source for the world
  • Engage in conversation with PPPL scientists and engineers

January 2013
Community Driven Research Day on Health
College of Engineering, Drexel University 
  • Learn from researchers and community based organizations (CBOs) and community groups who work with health literacy, healthy weight and healthy behaviors

February 2013
BioPhysical Society Annual Meeting
  • Visit the Biomolecular Discovery Dome, an audio-visual immersion experience that takes you inside the world of cells and viruses
  • Participate in a scavenger hunt
  • Engage in conversation with professional about the intersection of biology and physics

March 2013
Color of Science at The Franklin Institute
  • Meet scientists at various locations throughout the Franklin Institute and learn about their research
  • Take a tour of the Franklin Institute's exhibits and learning activities
  • Engage in conversation with scientists during panel and roundtable discussions

March 2013
Nanotechnology and Engineering Laboratories
Princeton University
  • Meet scientists who conduct research in nanotechnology, engineering, and materials science
  • Take a tour of an imaging laboratory that deals with very, very small things
  • Learn about the study of objects at the nanoscale

March 2013
Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center
  • Learn how all human activity--whether it's making steel or fertilizing the grass--affects the health of rivers
  • Observe real-time freshwater samples from the Schuylkill River to observe, record and make drawings of microscopic life in the river
  • Tour one of Philadelphia's most important landmarks and learn about how the city has changed over time

March 2013
National Society of Black Engineers National Convention
Indianapolis, IN
  • Learn about opportunities in engineering, math, and college
  • Network with successful engineers from the mid-Atlantic region

April 2013
National Aerospace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center
  • Learn about NASTAR's efforts to use state-of-the-art flight simulation with physiology-based courseware to optimize human performance in extreme environments
  • Take a tour of the facilities that include the world’s most advanced high-performance centrifuge, an altitude chamber, aircraft simulators, and an ejection seat simulator

April 2013
Mid-InfraRed Technologies for Health and the Environment (MIRTHE) at Princeton University
  • Learn about the research on human health being conducted using lasers and the infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Take a tour of the research labs at Princeton University

April 2013
Open Lab Day
Philadelphia Science Festival
  • Tour labs operated by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health





September 2011
Monell Chemical Senses Center
Topic: Science of taste and smell


October 2011
Nano/Bio Interface Center
University of Pennsylvania
Topic: Nanotechnology and student research


November 2011
Mütter Museum
College of Physicians of Philadelphia 
Topic: Amputation--then and now


December 2011
Union Packaging Company 
Topic: Mechanical engineering, materials science


January 2012
Abramson Research Center
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Topic: Genetic research and congenital diseases


February 2012
Black Engineer of the Year Awards

Pre-College Conference
Topic: Engineering, higher education, and careers


March 2012
National Society of Black Engineers National Convention
Topic: Engineering, math, college preparation, careers, 
and professional networking


April 2012
Open Lab Day
Philadelphia Science Festival
Majors and careers in the sciences                    
(Drexel University)Topics and Locations:
  • Environmental building design with Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC) for          Energy-Efficient Buildings
  • Forensics at (Temple University)
  • Exotic animal care at (Philadelphia Zoo)







March 2011
Chemical Heritage Foundation
Topic: Chemistry in the Public Eye



April 2011
Leonardo da Vinci's Workshop
The Franklin Institute
Topic: Engineering



May 2011
Bartram's Garden
Topic: Schuylkill River water study

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