University City Science Center

Community Impact

The Science Center is committed to being an active and involved member of the different communities to which we belong: West Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia region, our core industry sectors and the entrepreneurial and cultural ecosystems, which we serve and support.

STEAM Education

At FirstHand, an educational initiative at the Science Center, classroom lessons are brought to life through engaging projects and real-life lab environments. By adding the Arts to the STEM disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, FirstHand provides a gateway to creative, design-based applications of science and technology. Students learn what it means to experiment and determine things firsthand alongside scientists and educators. As a result, they gain personal experiences that allow them to fully grasp the power of STEM subjects and get excited about how to apply the subjects in their own lives. Click here to learn more! 


Phase 1 Ventures
The Science Center is pleased to invite startup companies that have been newly formed (or are about to be formed) for the purposes of commercializing a university-developed or other invention, to participate in its new commercialization accelerator program, Phase 1 Ventures. Click here to learn more! 

Economic Development

Regional Affinity Incubation Network (RAIN)
RAIN is a regional network of 40-plus research parks, business incubators, co-working spaces, accelerators and support organizations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware that seek to share information, capabilities and opportunities – as well as build strength across the region.

Green Initiatives

LEED Certification
3737 Market Street received LEED Gold certification in 2015 for its core and shell design. The building includes several unique design features focused on energy efficiency, including an active chilled beam HVAC system with total energy recovery wheels that together reduce energy costs by over 50% as compared to an equivalent code-compliant building, an extensive green roof system and a storm water management strategy. 3711 Market Street was awarded LEED® Silver Level certification in 2009 based on a number of green design and construction features, including a 35,000-square-foot green roof that is among the largest in Philadelphia. 3601 Market Street, the Science Center’s first residential tower, has been designed with the goal of receiving LEED Silver certification.

Greater Philadelphia Green Business Program
As a platinum level member of the Greater Philadelphia Green Business Program, the Science Center has made a public promise to change its daily business practices to reduce impacts on the environment by adopting green operational practices.

Science Center’s Green Policies
The Science Center has designated a Green Office Advocate and adopted green policies including:
• Energy Conservation
• Paper Conservation
• Recycling
• Environmental Protection