Youth Education Outreach

Domes put to test during Women in Engineering Day activity

More than 160 girls from nearly 30 high schools attended Women in Engineering Day, a youth outreach program at Penn State Behrend that is designed to introduce high school girls to engineering fields and careers through a series of hands-on activities. This year marked the 14th year for the event, which was held Friday, Nov. 1.

Middle schoolers participate in 20-plus activities at Wabtec girls camp

Nearly 50 seventh- and eighth-grade female students attended Wabtec Girls With STEAM at Penn State Behrend in late June. The program is a weeklong science, technology, engineering and math camp where attendees are paired with female mentors from Wabtec Corp. Other women — Wabtec engineers and faculty members from Penn State Behrend — lead classroom and lab sessions.

Math Options Career Day explores science of slime

A total of 215 seventh-and eighth-grade girls from 32 school districts attended Math Options Career Day, held May 7 at Penn State Behrend. The daylong program, now in its 23rd year, is designed to introduce young girls to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — fields that generally are dominated by men.

Registration opens for Behrend’s College for Kids summer program

Registration is now underway for College for Kids, Penn State Behrend's summer youth program. More than 100 half- and full-day courses are being offered, including several of the program’s most popular classes, including rocketry, robotics, video game design, roller coaster physics and stop-motion video animation.

Students use GPS to plot National Fuel pipeline at Women in Technology Day

Nearly 40 girls from six different school districts took part in Women in Technology Day, which was held March 22 and sponsored by the Penn State Behrend's Youth Education Outreach office. Several companies, including National Fuel Gas Company, Erie Insurance, TechnipFMC and Wabtec Corporation, hosted activities designed to introduce students to careers that are made possible by majoring in computing or information technology.

Youngsville students explore career pathways at 21st Century Kids

A total of 55 seventh-graders from the Youngsville School District attended 21st Century Kids, held Friday, Oct. 19, at Penn State Behrend. The program brings youth from rural populations to the college, allowing them to experience a college setting and participate in hands-on STEM workshops taught by Penn State Behrend faculty members and leaders from local STEM-focused businesses.

Students master escape plans at Behrend’s College for Kids

The "Escape Room” was one of more than 100 courses offered as part of Penn State Behrend's College for Kids, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. It also happens to be the largest year yet for the program; nearly 1,400 children between the ages of 6 and 14 are participating.