Melanie Hetzel-Riggin, a professor of psychology at Penn State Behrend, studies trauma and resiliency. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, she turned a course she was teaching into a real-time case study.
The hands-on approach at the Penn State Behrend STEAM fair engages younger students, who may be new to STEAM concepts. "You can see the light go on in their eyes," said Jacob O'Sullivan, a volunteer at the event.
Penn State Behrend's STEAM fair offers a hands-on introduction to work in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. "The goal is to grow the next generation's interest in STEAM careers," said Melanie Ford, director of Youth Education Outreach at Penn State Behrend.