STEM Summer Enrichment Program

STEM Summer Enrichment Program

June 11-22, 2018 — 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F


Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are crucial fields for driving innovation and competitiveness. STEM jobs show the highest expectation for growth: 18.7% as compared to 14.3% for jobs overall. Employment in STEM jobs grew much faster than employment in non-STEM jobs over the last decade. STEM jobs are expected to grow by 8.9% from 2014-2024, compared to 6.4% growth for non-STEM jobs.

In light of this, Penn State Harrisburg's School of Science, Engineering, and Technology will hold their annual two week STEM Summer Enrichment Workshop (STEM-SEP) in June 2018. The program is free for high school students who are accepted to the program. Applications are being accepted through February 18, 2018.

The workshop is designed to improve students' knowledge through hands-on activities in a variety of STEM areas, including:

  • mathematics
  • computer science
  • chemistry
  • biology
  • civil engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • electrical engineering
  • physics

High school students currently in the 10th and 11th grades are invited to apply.

Activities and benefits to participants:

  • Two field trips, a tour of several university facilities, demonstrations, hands-on experimentation, and assistance in learning how to do scientific oral presentations.
  • Workshop sessions will be conducted by discipline-specific instructors with emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students will see for themselves in hands-on laboratory exercises that demonstrate how science and engineering devices work.
  • Students who complete the summer workshops will receive a certificate of accomplishment and be invited to attend the School of Science, Engineering, and Technology Capstone Design Conference which is held in May of each year.
  • Students will receive supplies and training material.
  • Free lunch and snack breaks.
  • Transportation for field trips is provided, but note that transportation to/from STEM-SEP each day is the responsibility of the student.

Contact the STEM-SEP directors for more information about this project: 


Brittany Anderson, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Chemistry
Phone: 717-948-4347


Dr. Ray Bachnak
Director; School of Science, Engineering, and Technology
Phone: (717) 948-6541


STEM-SEP is made possible by a generous grant from ArcelorMittal.