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The following opportunities for high school students are sponsored or co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium. Click on the link or scroll down the page to find out more about these exciting activities.

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Academic and Career Exploration with Explorers Post 539 (ongoing)

For: Students in 9th-12th Grade

Temple University affiliated Cradle of Liberty Scouts of America Engineering Explorers Post 539 provides academic and career exploration experiences in engineering for high school students throughout Philadelphia. The program utilizes students and faculty from the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers to act as tutors, peers, and mentors for all activities.

For more information, contact:
Dr. John Helferty
College of Engineering
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Tel: (215) 204-8089
Email: Helferty@temple.edu

Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Competition (annual)

For: Students in 7th-12th Grade


Website: http://www.pjasix.org/state/

Talented young scientists who have excelled during the local, regional, and final statewide competitions are rewarded at the annual state meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) held at Penn State. The Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium provides supplemental awards to first place winners in 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade. In 2003, we provided Team Encounter kits to both the winners and their teachers. The awards encourage students interested in science and engineering and increase the visibility of the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium and NASA.

Pre-College Engineering

For: Students in 11th-12th Grade

Temple University's pre-college engineering course provides a 2-credit hour, university level introduction to electrical and computer engineering for high school students. The program exposes the students to engineering faculty and students and introduces them to the academic challenges of a major university.

For more information, contact John Helferty:

Dr. John Helferty
College of Engineering
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Tel: (215) 204-8089
Email: Helferty@temple.edu

Senior Space Odyssey

For: 13-16 Yr. Old Students


Website: http://www.wcupa.edu/psgc/jsasso/

The Senior Space Odyssey is annual summer program. Students participate in numerous exciting activities such as preparing for space travel and satellite tracking! During previous programs, students built a lunar compound and biosphere in which humans could theoretically live and were visited by astronaut Fred Gregory.

The Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium sponsors the summer program. For more information, contact Dr. Len Bryan.

Dr. Len Bryan
Center for Earth Observing Systems
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
Tel: (610) 436-2393
Email: MBryan@wcupa.edu

Exploration Day at Penn State (annual)

For: All Ages
Date: Annually in April
Fee: Free
Website: http://www.explorationday.psu.edu

Exploration Day at Penn State is a celebration of science, technology and engineering research and activities. Join us as we explore Earth, air and space research and education through poster displays, hands-on activities and presentations. Educators and students can sign up for giveaways. The annual event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium and is a supplement to the national Exploration Day celebration. For more information on Exploration Day at Penn State, visit http://www.explorationday.psu.edu.

Action Potential Science Day Camps at Penn State (annual)

For: Students entering K-12th grade
Date: Annually during the summer
Fee: Check Website
Website: http://www.sciencecamps.psu.edu

If you love exploring the world around you and would like to spend a day in the life of a scientist at Penn State, sign up for one of Penn State's Action Potential Science Experiences this summer. Penn State's Action Potential Science Experience gives you the chance to see real university research facilities, talk to Penn State faculty about their projects, and spend time with University student mentors interested in science. Day camp and residential packages are offered.

NASA Educators Website

For: Educators and Students
http://education.nasa.gov

You can find information on the latest NASA opportunities, the latest NASA news and more at the NASA Education website, NASA's premier portal for educators and students.

Robot Competitions for All Ages (annual)

For: All Ages
Fee: Free
Website: http://www.ecsel.psu.edu/~avanzato/robots/contests/

Penn State Abington hosts a variety of robot competitions that are designed for all ages. Students get to build a robot that follows a trail, build a robot that will put out a flame, or build a robot that can play basketball. Competition deadlines vary.

West Point Bridge Design Contest

For: age 13-12th Grade Students

Website: http://bridgecontest.usma.edu/

The West Point Engineering Design Contest is a nationwide competition aimed at promoting math, science, and technology education in U. S. elementary and secondary schools. The purpose of the contest is to provide middle and high school students with a realistic, engaging introduction into engineering.

Women in Science & Engineering Camp (annual)

For: Girls in 11th-12th Grade
Date: Annually in the summer
Fee: Check the website
Website: http://www.equity.psu.edu/wise/wisecamps.asp

The Women in the Sciences and Engineering (WISE) Camp summer program is a one-week residential science and engineering career exploration program for 11th and 12th graders. This unique program is specifically designed for young women with an aptitude in science and math who would like to learn about careers in science, health, and engineering.

Youth Programs at Penn State (listed by campus)

For: K-12 Students
Fee: Check website
Website: http://www.pennstateyouth.org

Numerous youth camps are offered at Penn State ranging from science camps to writing camps to sports camps. Now, you can find the one that is right for you by accessing one website. Click on "Locations" and then click on the map.


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Last Updated: January 11, 2007