HARRISBURG, Pa. — Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Science, Engineering, and Technology will hold its two-week STEM Summer Enrichment Program (STEM-SEP), June 12 to 23 on campus. The program introduces high school students to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines and careers through hands-on activities in areas including mathematics, computer science, chemistry, biology, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and physics.
“Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are crucial fields for driving innovation and competiveness,” said Susan Eskin, lecturer in physics and program co-director. “STEM jobs show the highest expectation for growth: 17 percent as compared to 10 percent for jobs overall. By 2018, there may be as many as 2.4 million unfilled STEM jobs in the United States.
“This exciting, free summer program will help improve students’ knowledge of the STEM fields and prepare them for further studies and careers in STEM,” said Eskin.
Participants will participate in field trips; tours of Penn State Harrisburg labs and facilities; demonstrations; hands-on experimentation; and faculty-led assistance in learning how to do scientific oral presentations.
Workshop sessions conducted by discipline-specific instructors with emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving skills will also be presented.
At the completion of the program, participants 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.
STEM-SEP is supported by a grant from ArcelorMittal, the world's leading integrated steel and mining company.