Meet Our Presenters

TFI Live Science presentors in a group photo in animated poses on the roof of the Franklin Institute.

If there’s one thing all our presenters have in common, it’s the sincere desire to give our visitors a fresh and fun perspective on science.  You can find them around the museum on any given day presenting Live Science shows and demonstrations or hosting hands-on science interactions at one of our many carts. Check the daily program sheet for times and locations.  In the meantime, we invite you to get to know them a little better.

  • Shanna Pokras

    Background

    Shanna Pokras has a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from Penn State University. When not at the Franklin Institute, Shanna enjoys eating delicous food, riding her bike, and singing in an a capella group called In the Mix.

    Why do you love your job?

    Where else can you freeze things and blow stuff up and get paid to do it?! Oh, and getting kids excited about science is okay too...

    Favorite topic to present & why?

    The Liquid Air Show shows the silly side of states of matter. I love hearing the uncontrollable giggles of kids and grown-ups alike.

  • Adam Piazza

    Background

    Adam Piazza has a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from Temple University. Adam started off as a volunteer and worked his way up the department ladder until he got his own cubicle. His first job out of college was as a bingo host where he learned that if you can't beat em', B-1. He has been working at The Franklin Institute for over 12 years!

    Why do you love your job?

    I have always been fascinated with science and design and love working with people on an interactive level. Working as a presenter at the Franklin Institute allows me to perfectly combine these passions when presenting classic shows and developing new programing.  

    Favorite topic to present & why?

    While The Papermaking cart will always hold a special place in my heart especially when visitors find out you can make paper with elephant dung, I really enjoy our revolving assortment of topics during our Adult Programs including the science behind fermentation. 

  • Ashley Singletary

    Background

    Ashley Singletary has a Bachelor's Degree in Archaeological Sciences from Pennsylvania State University. In addition to making science fun for all ages, Ashley also enjoys dancing like no one’s watching, eating, and constantly trying new things like skydiving.   

    Why do you love your job?

    Being the new kid on the block, I love the fact that no two days on the job are ever the same. Learning something new every day and presenting it to visitors in a way that they find interesting and entertaining is pretty amazing.   

    Favorite topic to present & why?

    There is so much I love talking about here at the museum that I can't pick just one. Whether I am talking about the different parts of the eye, performing the Liquid Air Show, or making paper with guests, in the moment it's my favorite topic to present. 

  • Mimi Fuchs

    Background

    Mimi became hooked on science after first looking through a telescope at age 11, and continued exploring our universe while studying astrophyiscs at Haverford College.  Mimi started as a City Skies volunteer, then joined Museum Programs as a museum educator, and later as a Science Interpreter.

    Why do you love your job?

    As an interpreter, I have the opportunity to find creative ways to make science exciting and inspiring for learners of all ages!  I also really enjoy working with all of our wonderful educators and volunteers here at the museum.

    Favorite topic to present & why?

    It’s no surprise that my favorite topic to present is astronomy; I feel particularly at home at the observatory.  That being said, I absolutely love eye dissections!  During both, I make a point to discuss light and how eyes and telescopes perceive it in very similar ways.

  • Jacqueline (Jacqui) Schneider

    Background

    Jacqui received a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from Temple University in 2009, focusing on performance art, and originally joined The Franklin Institute in January 2014 as a member of the Traveling Science Show team. Although she did not have a formal Science training, Jacqui learned all of her science information through fun experiments done as a child and in school.

    Why do you love your job?

    Performing has always been my number one love, and when I mix it with my love of science it creates an explosion of fun. Watching kids grasp a full understand of science through performance is not only the icing on the cake, but it puts a smile on my face every day.

    Favorite topic to present & why?

    Science is all around us and one subject that has always caught my interest is meteorology, because it affects us each and every day. Performing the CBS3 Weather show is one of my favorite things! I have learned so many fascinating topics like air pressure, fire tornadoes, and the water cycle.

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