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Welcome to the Villanova
Science & Theatre Magic Program!

Explore * Create * Perform

Villanova University is proud to offer a unique multidisciplinary summer program for creative 13-17 year olds who love science and are interested in teaching and performing for younger kids from Philadelphia. Villanova faculty, staff, and students work alongside young scholars in university laboratories and special workshops, helping them create, plan, and perform in an all-American School of Magic. Each summer hundreds of younger children ride the magic train from Philadelphia to spend the day at the magic school and to be inspired by the wizards that created it.

Summer 2009

Magic School Mini Camp - July 10, 2009

Special link for the "Magic Day" computer lab activities

Summer 2008 Highlights

Magic School Mini Camp - June 26, 2008

Teenagers involved with the Science & Theatre Magic Program since 2005 (some of whom are now about to start college!) participated in this day of outreach to the Philadelphia community.  The students attended the program on June 26 and together they led educational activities for a group of twenty five children from the Christy Recreation Center in West Philadelphia.

Shepard Recreation Center Teen Center Camp visit to Villanova University July 15, 2008

PIVOTS welcomed twenty four teenagers enrolled in the Philadelphia Department of Recreation teen center camp at the Shepard Recreation Center (57th & Haverford Avenue). The visit included a campus tour, an overview of student life at Villanova, and a computer lab session where participants learned how to create animations using the Alice programming language.

The Summer 2008 events were organized through the PIVOTS ongoing partnership and collaboration with the Philadelphia Department of Recreation and were co-sponsored by the Villanova Department of Computing Sciences, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The Center for Multicultural Affairs, The College of Engineering and Dining Services.

Curious? Want to know more about this program?

The Science & Theatre Magic Program is a three-week summer institute for teenagers sponsored by Villanova University in partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Recreation, with generous assistance from the Academy of Natural Sciences and generous financial support from The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), and the Wachovia Foundation.


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