While many students are taking the summer off, the students in the various youth programs of the Center for Education have been hard at work expanding their knowledge and learning how to make a difference in the world. Last week, we welcomed the latest cohort of the Teva Pharmaceuticals Internship Program. They will take part in four weeks of lessons, field trips, and hands-on activities that will expand their understanding of science, forensics, and social justice. As part of building a greater sense of community within the City of Philadelphia and among each other, the interns met with Michael Nairn, professor of Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and a regular participant in our exploits here at the Center for Education. Last week, Professor Nairn gave each student a map and asked them to color in sections of the city in which they felt safe in one color and those where they did not feel safe in another. Together they compared their results and offered their thoughts on the layout of the city.
On Monday, they continued their discussion outside the classroom and traveled to the Liberty Place Observation Deck. From the 57th floor, our Teva interns got a glimpse of Philadelphia from one of the tallest buildings in the city. Thanks to the breathtaking view and a brief lecture from Professor Nairn, the students had the opportunity to view the city from a different perspective, both literally and theoretically. They marveled at the beauty and majesty of Philadelphia’s architecture and landscape, including observing the city’s grid-based layout and unique neighborhoods. They each tried to pinpoint notable landmarks as well as their own neighborhoods, with varying levels of accuracy.
It was a view of the city they had never witnessed before and certainly one they won’t soon forget.