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Regardless of the type of grant proposal you are submitting for funding, the Outreach and Science Engagement (OSE) office can help you find a program. We are eager to develop new programs based on your availability, interest, and budget. Please contact us to discuss your ideas!

List of Programs and Faculty Time Commitment (greatest to least)

Regardless of the type of grant proposal you are submitting for funding, the Outreach and Science Engagement (OSE) office can help you find a program you can enhance or extend through your participation. We are also eager to develop new programs based on your availability, interest, and budget. Please contact us to discuss your ideas.

The table below lists the majority of our current offerings and the estimated time commitment. Large institutes and centers in the Eberly College of Science may have individual programs not listed here. Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania, a local children's museum, is seeking exhibits and activities. The OSE can help you find experts to assist you with developing an age-appropriate museum exhibit.

Click on the name of the program in the table to read a detailed description.  * Meets audience specified in NSF broader impacts or NASA education & public outreach criteria.

Programs offered by College of Science Outreach
NAME OF PROGRAM TIME COMMITMENT INTENDED AUDIENCE FUNDING SOURCE
Science – U 1 week full-time teaching in summer; more than 1 week preparation time Local, national, and underrepresented or underserved students in grades 2 - 12* Registrant fees and grant proposals

Science or Math Teacher Workshop

Not currently offered

1 week full-time teaching in summer; more than 1 week preparation time. Half-day workshops require much less time. K – 12 teachers (your choice of discipline and type of teacher)* Registrant fees and grant proposals

Summer Experience in the Eberly College of Science (SEECoS)

6 weeks; 36 hours (excluding preparation)

Graduate student may do bulk of the work

Underrepresented high school students*

Grant proposals

Exploration-U:

Community Science Event

several hours to prepare exhibit/demonstration for a single, multi-hour event; graduate students are encouraged to do all/most of the work Families, Scout troops, 4-H groups Grant proposals; foundation and corporate donations

Discovery-U: Where Genius Meets Imagination

with GWIS collaboration, several hours to prepare 18 minute lecture talk for an educated audience; undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to attend
UG, Graduate students, general public, higher education peers

Grant proposals and corporate donations; in-kind support from schools

Higher Achievement Program

1, 2, or 3 45-minute interactive presentations in a lab setting for groups of 12 - 15 students (or more)

Underrepresented middle school students*

Grant proposals are helpful to fund entire visit

Penn State STEM Teacher Academy

Not currently available

20 - 40 minute interactive presentations in a lab setting followed by an informal discussion of research results or latest information in the field for 5 - 10 teachers; teachers earn continuing education credits

Middle and high school science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teachers*

Grant proposals are helpful to fund entire visit

Laboratory Visits by Schools

1 or 2 hour-long interactive presentations in a lab setting for group of 15 - 32 students

Underrepresented elementary or middle school students*

No funds required

Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Competition

several hours of judging contest entries
Participants in the PAJAS competition
No funds required; grant proposals may fund development of teaching aids or contest awards

School Visits / Career Talks / Demonstrations

Once or twice a year to schools within a 1 hour driving distance from UP. 40 minutes to several repeated talks on one day.

Requesting schools or teachers*

No funds required

 

* Meets audience specified in NSF broader impacts or NASA education & public outreach criteria

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