Powering Future Scientists: How PECO And The Franklin Institute Are Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders
There are some experiences that qualify as a right of passage for kids in the Philadelphia area. Ask any elementary-schooler about their trip to The Franklin Institute and not only will they have a story to share–they’re bound to give you a list of must-dos for your next visit. From running through the newly-restored pumping heart to gazing into the universe in the observatory, it’s tough to find a more magical place for curious minds to explore.
But, what most Philadelphians (grown and not-so-grown) may not realize is that the very exhibits that fuel their passion for the world around them, wouldn’t be possible without the help of Pennsylvania’s largest energy provider, PECO.
In fact, it’s PECO that aided the Franklin’s 90,000 square foot expansion back in 1980, and PECO that continues to support STEM programs like the annual Philadelphia Science Festival each spring.
In 2016, PECO sponsored the ground-breaking Robot Revolution exhibit, an exploration of how robotics is changing our world, and Jurassic World: The Exhibition, an immersive step into history. PECO continues to partner with The Franklin Institute for Electricity, a hands-on exhibit that encourages children (of all ages) to discover the power of electricity and its ability to shape our future.
You’re never too old to ‘wonder.’ So, on your next day off, take a few hours to spend strolling The Franklin Institute together with your future engineer. After all, even if you’ve been dozens of times, there’s no place quite like it in the city. Plus, if you’re a PECO customer, use code PECOTFI for a few dollars off your general admission.
To learn more about how PECO Powers Our Community, including its partnerships with Chinatown Development Corporation and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, visit PECO.com/PECOpowers.This is a paid partnership between PECO and Philadelphia Magazine's City/Studio