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The following opportunities for elementary and middle 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.

We have listed several additional opportunities that you may find useful.

Engineering Your Future for students near Pittsburgh (annual)

For: Girls in 8th-12th Grade
Fee: Contact Barbara Lazarus

Engineering Your Future is a two-week summer program that introduces young women to engineering through lectures, videos and a variety of hands-on activities. Girls are invited during their eighth grade summer and may return each summer until they have graduated. Students are recruited from Pittsburgh's thirteen Middle Schools and commute to Carnegie Mellon University about six times during the summer.

The Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium sponsors the Engineering Your Future program. Contact Barbara Lazarus for more information.

Dr. Indira Nair, Vice Provost for Education
Ms. Nancy Klancher, Director, Graduate Programs
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Tel: (412) 268-7970

Junior Space Adventure (annual)

For: 10-12 Yr. Old Students
Date: Annually during the summer
Fee: Check website

The Junior Space Adventure for 10-12 yr. old students 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. Leonard Bryan.

Dr. Leonard Bryan
Center for Earth Observing Systems
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
Tel: (610) 436-2393

Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Competition (annual)

For: Students in 7th-12th Grade


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.

Saturday Science Program (monthly)

For: All elementary students and families
Fee: Free
Date: one Saturday each month

Saturday Morning Science unites elementary students, faculty, university students, and parents to experience the excitement and serious inquiry of sciences. In anticipation of each meeting, the students are sent "The Saturday Scientist" newsletter that is written by the Saturday Science Program faculty and staff.

The Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium sponsors Saturday Science Program. Visit the Saturday Science Program website to find out how you can get involved, to view recent images taken during their workshops, and more.

Action Potential Science Day Camps at Penn State (annual)

For: Students entering K-12th grade
Date: Annually during the summer
Fee: Check Website

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.

Expanding Your Horizons Conference(annual)

For: Girls in 7th-9th Grade
Fee: check website

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering is a career exploration conference for 7th, 8th, and 9th grade girls (and adults). The conference aims to interest young women in scientific/technical careers by providing young women with information and experiences related to these types of careers. The basis of the workshop will include hands-on activities. Contact the WISE Institute at (814) 865-3342 or visit the website for more information.

NASA Education Website

For: Educators, Students and Parents

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, students and parents.

Robot Competitions for All Ages (annual)

For: All Ages
Fee: Free

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 Engineering Design Contest

For: Students in 6th-12th Grade

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.

Youth Programs at Penn State (listed by campus)

For: Students
Fee: Check website.

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