Meet Our Presenters

Science Interpreters 2019

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.

  • What is your background?
    I have been visiting museums since I was old enough to walk, but I never imagined I would end up working at my favorite one. Despite loving science as a kid, I told myself that I would never be good at it. I graduated from Temple University with a degree in Communications in 2010 and immediately started working in theater. However, my jobs left me feeling unfulfilled and unhappy. Eventually, I realized that the only way I was going to feel content was if I pursued my first interest: Education! While I have done other museum work, I started working for the Franklin Institute as an educator in 2016, and every day since then has been an adventure.

    Why do you love your job?
    I believe that it's important to learn something new every single day, whether it’s a new skill, a new piece of information, or a new way of doing something. I love teaching visitors and interacting with families, but I also love that every day is different, and presents many opportunities to learn some new information, a new fact, or a new face! It’s even better when a young visitor comes up with an idea that I hadn’t thought of, and we get to theorize about it together.


    Favorite topic to present & why?
    I absolutely love sharing our dissections with our visitors. We take our eyes and hearts for granted, but the way they work is truly fascinating. It’s always great when a group of students is initially disgusted when they hear that I’ll be cutting open an eyeball, but by the end, most of them want to put on a pair of gloves and join in!

  • Background
    Stephen received his degree in Musical Theatre Performance from Point Park University in 2010. After moving to Philadelphia with his wife in 2017, he was lucky enough to discover the wonders of The Franklin Institute and be welcomed into their family of science minds. As a child, Stephen loved to do science experiments at home and discuss cosmic curiosities with his dad. Stephen also occasionally performs as a one-man-band.

    Why do you love your job?
    I love getting to learn new things about our world every day at The Franklin Institute. By talking with curious guests and experts at the museum, I get to hear mind-blowing questions, guesses, and discoveries all the time. Teaching is my favorite way to learn.

    Favorite topic to present & why?
    I love to demonstrate the science behind making sound and music. I am excited to see what new musical instruments will be invented in the future. Even when I present other types of science that involve explosions and rockets, the noises, whistles, and BOOMS are my favorite parts.

  • Background
    I graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science in 2016. I have always been a science nerd, from watching The Magic School Bus every day before school to attending Science in the Summer throughout elementary school, my interest was always to learn more...and more...and more! I began working in museums behind the scenes in a natural history collection, but I found my true passion when I was able to teach and present the topics that have amazed and astounded me throughout my life to energized, engaged, and excited audiences.

    Why do you love your job?
    The best part of my job is seeing the look on a visitors face (children and adults alike) when a science concept really clicks. There is nothing better than knowing I contributed to someone’s understanding of the incredible world around them, except maybe blowing up hydrogen balloons…

    Favorite topic to present & why?
    I am interested in everything about our natural world, from the phenomena that shape our climate to the complex evolutionary steps that led to the plants and animals around the globe, including ourselves!

  • Background
    Brittany was born and raised as a curious and creative kid. She loved all types of crafts, and her favorite school project growing up was making a cell model with candy and play-doh. Brittany's favorite school past-time was participating in the TV Studio in middle school and high school where she learned all about videography. Brittany has worked with kids in some capacity since 2006, and got her Bachelor's Degree from Temple University's College of Education in 2015. 

    Why do you love your job?
    I love being a Science Interpreter because I get to connect with different people every day using scientific topics. I meet people from all walks of life, from lifelong Philly residents to world travelers. 

    I never know what the day will hold for me here, and I love it! I get to dive deep into research on a topic, and a few months later we'll get another traveling exhibit and I get to dive deep into another topic. I've learned far more working here than I ever had in all my formal schooling combined.

    Favorite topic to present & why?
    This is a tough question because I love performing any show for an excited audience. I think I have the most fun doing The Combustion Show, because it teaches chemistry in such an approachable and entertaining way. It combines the common experience of Fireworks with the hidden chemical reactions happening all around us! (Not to mention this is where I light things on fire for educational purposes.)

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