Penn State CSATS STEM E-Newsletter
Connecting you and your students to STEM opportunities!
Fall 2016
If you have questions or inquire about an opportunity, please contact Amanda Smith, CSATS STEM Outreach & Engagement Liaison, or the contact that may be provided in the announcement.
Center for Science & the Schools

Educator Opportunities
CSATS Teacher Workshop
Call for KidWind: Using Wind to Harness the Power of Young Minds
Intermediate Unit 17
December 8, 2016
9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Grade 4-12 Teachers

This workshop will go "beyond pinwheels" with investigations of turbine
blade and generator designs that encourage and demand analytical
thinking. Activities explore various aspects of wind development from turbine
and generator design to wind-wildlife interactions to how public perception
impacts wind technology. You and your colleagues will leave inspired by the
wide array of classroom and grade-level adaptations. With applications for
middle level and high school students, your students will gain the knowledge,
skills, and resources to design, build, and test their own wind turbine.
These activities are designed to help you lead a team for the KidWind Challenge occurring in the spring.

  • Please register through IU 17
  • $50 Fee
  • Lunch Included
  • 5 Act 48 hours provided

Please contact Ashley Rapsinksi, CSATS Research Assistant,
Scott Ringcamp, IU 17,

2016 Biology Teacher Workshop
Lycoming College
November 22, 2016
8:00 AM-3:15 PM
Biology Teachers

A collection of interactive lesson plans that address content and inquiry while capturing student interest. Each activity is applicable/ adaptable to introductory biology through Advanced Placement Biology. Activities are chosen for their level of interest, relevance, level of inquiry, cost and usability in the high school classroom.
  • $20 Registration Fee
  • AM/PM Refreshments
  • Lunch Included 
  •  6 contact hours for professional development
  • Come away with many useable inquiry based lessons, materials and resources to take back to your classroom! 

A Common Vision of Science Education in Pennsylvania
PSTA Leadership Day
Penn State University
November 30, 2016
K-12 Teachers, Administrators
PSTA's Leadership Day is focusing on developing and implementing 3-Dimensional Teaching and Learning into school district science curricula. In a partnership with PDE and Penn State, PSTA's Leadership Day will focus participants on a coherent vision and expectations for science education across the commonwealth.
Join us for an exciting day of presentations, discussions, and networking focused on the emerging vision for science and STEM education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. .
  • $100 Registration Fee
  • Lunch and dinner provided
  • Copy of A Vision for Science Teaching and Learning by Brett Moulding and Nicole Paulson

Student Opportunities
Expanding Your Horizons: STEM Career Day for Girls
Penn State University
January 28, 2017
9:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Middle and High School Students

Save the Date!
An inspiring full-day event for middle and high school girls that features speakers and interactive workshops on STEM topics and careers.  Registration will be posted in November 2016. 
Please contact the PSU Science Outreach Office at with any questions!


Women in Science Profiles
WPSU Resource for classrooms  
Starting January 2017
For students and your classroom!

Despite tremendous gains in the workforce, women, and particularly women of color, remain underrepresented within Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Women in Science Profiles (WiSci Files) is a series of six, two to four-minute videos and interactive virtual chats with local women scientists aimed at inspiring young women to enter careers in the captivating world of science.

The videos and chats are slated to launch January 2017 but we will begin our social media outreach in Fall 2016. Follow and like us on social media @wiscifiles.

For more information on how your students and classroom can get involved with this exciting media project, please contact Cheraine Stanford, WPSU Senior Producer,

Finding Your Roots Camps
Penn State Eberly College of Science Outreach
Summer 2017
 K-12 Students

  • Genetics & Genealogy Detectives (June 19-30): A two-week residential/day research camp where campers will dig into case files to learn about genetic traits and genealogical relationships
  • Finding Your Roots: Unscripted (July 10-14): A one-week residential/day non-research camp offered in collaboration with PBS affiliates WPSU/WETA to produce a PBS documentary and video clips to support students and teachers who will use the FYR curriculum in the future
  • Finding Your Roots (July 17-28): A two-week residential/day research camp where campers will use their own DNA and family histories to learn about genetics and genealogy.
Application will close on November 30, 2016 and email your complete form to



Other Announcements
Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research Student Contests 
Due date: April 2, 2017
Poster Contest: K-12 grade students
Essay Contest: 7-12 grade students

Do your students want to win cash prizes and more? Do they know how research has impacted their life? Challenge them to enter our essay and/or poster contests to discover the connection between their life and biomedical research. 


What Do Kids Really Need to Know about Computer Science? New Roadmap Wins Widespread Support

K-12 educators in the U.S. are struggling. Like everyone else, they know that computer technology is a well-paying, in-demand field that's desperate for a more diverse workforce. But many have had a hard time figuring out exactly how to prepare kids for tech careers and provide them with a basic understanding of computer science. Until now, that is. A coalition of computer science organizations - led in part by the Seattle-based nonprofit - recently released the K-12 Computer Science Framework. The document provides a roadmap for educators eager to expand beyond lessons in how to use a spreadsheet or build a PowerPoint deck.



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