Science Programs & Events

Science Programs & Events

Boy with telescope at Astronomy Open HouseAstronomy Open House
All are invited to learn more about the sky above us in these non-technical presentations, which include astronomical viewing at the Mehalso Observatory, weather permitting.

Yahn Planetarium at Penn State Behrend
For more than fifty years, the Erie Planetarium served as a resource for the Erie community, and it continues today as the Yahn Planetarium, now a part of Penn State Behrend. The planetarium opened to the public on November 6, 2014, on the Behrend campus.

Physics Day
More than 100 students from several area high schools visit Penn State Behrend each year for a day of fun physics experiments and friendly competition. This year's event was on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. For more information, please call 814-898-6105.

Science Olympiad
The Science Olympiad is one of the premier science competitions in the nation, involving over 7,000 teams in all 50 states. The challenging and motivating events are aligned with PA Science Standards as well as National Science Education Standards.  The NW PA Regional of the Science Olympiad was held at Penn State Behrend on March 10, 2015.

Science Seminars
A number of seminars on various scientific topics, led by our faculty and guest presenters, are held throughout the year.