Science - U is an outreach program of the Pennsylvania State University's Eberly College of Science. In existence since 2001, these camps bring together University faculty, researchers, graduate students and undergraduates to teach hands-on, science-based laboratories and activities to young people from second grade to grade 12.
Each camp is a program overseen by a lab director who has a PhD in the program topic. Each classroom also has an instructor to lead the class and mentors who are responsible for small groups of 4-6 students. Outside the classroom, activity staff and mentors provide supervision. All staff and mentors have complete security clearances and are chosen through a rigorous application and interview process to work in Science - U camps.
The strength of our programs lies in the creativity, enthusiasm, initiative and caring of our staff. We strive to meet the needs of each individual participant.
We are ready to welcome your child(ren) to an exciting science experience this summer!
Here are a few comments from parents of campers in previous years:
"This has to be the premiere camp in Central, PA. In terms of value, quality of instruction, and sheer enjoyment on my child's part, it's a no brainer. I would be remiss in not signing her up every year."
Mother of Emma, age 6
"This camp proves you can learn and have fun at the same time. Summer is not just sleeping in and hanging out. My daughter was able to have a college experience at the age of 13."
Mother of Ami, age 13
"We loved the multidisciplinary approach to each week of camp which provides exposure to many different scientific areas. It was both educational and enjoyable."
Mother of Jack, age 10
"My child was enthralled with the interactive activities and discovery nature of the program. She talked about each day's activities and how the science story unfolded before her eyes."
Mother of Emily, age 10
"A wonderful opportunity to interact with my grandchild from lunch choices to program content and activities. Thank you."
Grandparent of Evan, age 15
"The kids have fun working with other kids and staff problem solving interesting cases. Kids from all over can get together and work and have a great time with each other while learning a love for science and problem solving."
Father of Stefan, age 10
"My daughter immensely enjoyed the [resident] camp especially the overnight stay and the extracurricular evening activities."
Father of Leah, age 13