The Philly Met welcomes Glenside’s “Grand Hank”

Glenside’s master scientist “Grand Hank” will present for Philadelphia audiences on Tuesday, December 6 at the 3,500-seat Metropolitan Opera House of Philadelphia.

Two presentations are scheduled: a 10:00am – 11:30am show for K-8 grade students and their teachers, and a 7:00pm – 9:00pm show which will be open to all ages. Doors for the second presentation will open at 6:00pm.

Both events are focused on closing the science education divide by creatively and musically introducing science as approachable, practical, and reachable as a career steppingstone.

“The dynamic and interactive science mega-shows are staged to help prevent the wave of violence in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. I know the pressures our kids face growing up in a world they can’t control,” Tyraine Ragsdale, aka “Grand Hank,” said.

“Grand Hank” at work

Tyraine’s high-energy, interactive productions are a blend of science and hip-hop. The dynamic and informative productions have engaged a variety of audiences nationwide, from elementary students to corporate executives seeking to increase their STEM employment pipelines.

“As a product of the Philadelphia Public School System, I know that science put me on a path to want to learn more. I was engaged, educated, and inspired. Now it’s time for me to pass along the message that anyone can become a scientist and achieve their life dreams,” the University of Pittsburgh graduate and former Johnson & Johnson research scientist said.

To purchase tickets, you can visit For the student matinee, school officials should call 267-249-5613 for group ordering and to request a Trip Packet. You can email or call for more information on the morning or evening family events.

Sponsorships and limited vending opportunities are available. For more on Tyraine’s background and path to the Met, you can read Glenside Local’s previous coverage here.


The Knowledge Factory Inc. 501(c)(3) was founded in 1998 to provide workforce development training and student-, teacher-, and community-based programs.

Grand Hank Productions, Inc. was founded in 1990 as a multimedia educational production company which develops television programs, products, and live events to increase student interest in education.

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