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Programs and Events

The Eberly College of Science organizes programs year-round, including after-school programs and weekend events.

Check out the list below - click on each for more information!

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Family Events

Montage of images from virtual science fair site: make your own vernal pool, a screenshot of the Finding your Roots at home site, and a volunteers showing a chemistry demonstration about atmospheric science.

Virtual Science Festival

Check out our new Virtual Science Festival! Find many of your favorite PSU and community organizations from our in-person events in a virtual format. DIY science activities, videos, and tours.


These community science nights bring together local residents of Bald Eagle, Bellefonte, and State College school districts with STEM businesses, organizations, and PSU scientists with interactive shows, demos, and tours.

OSO Volunteer helping student with mini lava lamp demo


Haunted-U is a free Halloween-themed family science night held at Penn State.
Please come join us this year, October 8th from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Science demonstrations, Halloween activities, and "haunting" lab tours are provided by Penn State faculty and students!

Haunted U glowing pumpkins


Since 1999, Penn State Astronomy students, faculty, and friends have been inviting the public to Davey Lab for AstroFest, a four night festival of Astronomy held during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. 

Stars swirling around domes at Davey Lab


Programs for Youth

ENVISION mentor showing students a beaker of colorful chemicals


This STEM Career Day Supporting Young Women is a full day of science enrichment, including student and faculty-led workshop sessions, speakers, conversations with academic advisers, and networking opportunities with professional scientists. 


Summer Experience in the Eberly College of Science (SEECoS) is a collaborative effort between ECOS and the Penn State Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) Program. The mission is to provide first generation, economically challenged PA students with the opportunity

SEECoS Attendees 2008

Think Outside the Beaker

Built by partnerships with local companies and organizations, TOTB is a five-part, after-school program to expose middle school students to STEM career options and fields.

A selection of carnivorous plants used at Think Outside the Beaker

Biotech Mini Summer School

Spend three days learning how scientists analyze DNA and make new products and medicines!


Explore with Eberly

Every summer we hear the same thing from parents at Science-U: "I wish I could go to these camps!" Well now you can! Join us at Penn State’s University Park campus for a day of hands-on fun and learning!


Opportunities for Penn State Students

I AM STEM competition winner speaking at ENVISION 2020.


An annual speaking contest designed to help Penn State Science students develop and share their stories so that they can inspire other burgeoning STEM minds! 



Contact us via email at or give us a call at (814) 865-0501

 Office of Science Outreach, 201 Ritenour Building, University Park, PA 16802

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