STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) = Youth Education

Youth Education OutreachPenn State Behrend recognizes that successful communities and organizations start with young people who are motivated, educated, and excited to learn. Behrend's K-12 programs give area youth the opportunity to use the college's resources to participate in unique and exciting learning experiences.  

  • Children's Water Festival: The Great Lakes Children’s Water Festival, sponsored by the Water Systems Council is hosted at Penn State Behrend. Thousands of fifth-grade students from Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio attend and explore drinking water, groundwater, watersheds, surface water, well systems, and water quality and conservation through dynamic and interactive activities.
  • College for KidsThis very popular program has been providing summer enrichment opportunities to children in the Erie region for over 20 years. A diverse selection of one-week classes ranging from art and music to engineering and science are offered to children and teens ages 6-15.
  • Engineering K-12 Outreach CenterCoordinates the school's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) outreach activities to school-aged youth.
  • First LEGO League : First LEGO League provides students ages 9-14 with a hands-on, interactive robotics program in a sports-like atmosphere. Penn State Erie, The Behrend College is an affiliate partner with FIRST and hosts a championship tournament each fall.
  • GE Girls @ Penn State Behrend: GE Girls is a week-long STEM camp for 6th and 7th grade girls in Erie's Public Schools. Young women are paired with female mentors from GE Transportation and exposed to topics such as robotics, electronic circuits, chemistry, structures, energy, and more!
  • High School Academy: These week-long, intensive courses are taught on-campus by Penn State Behrend faculty members and offer a college-level learning experience for students, ages 14-18 or grades 9-12.
  • Math OptionsThis day-long program has been designed to provide information on careers in mathematics, engineering, technology, and the sciences to young women in grades 7 and 8 at a time when they are making important academic decisions.
  • MCE/WISE: Minority College Experience and Women In Science and Engineering are free summer programs designed for academically talented high school students to enroll in a university credit course with regularly enrolled college students the summer before their senior year in high school.
  • Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS): PJAS is a statewide organization of junior and senior high school students designed to stimulate and promote interest in science through the development of research projects and investigations. The regional competition is held at Penn State Behrend.
  • Physics Day: A day of fun and Physics for high school students presented by Penn State Behrend's School of Science.
  • Science Olympiad: Science Olympiad is one of the premier science competitions in the nation involving over 7,000 teams in all 50 states where teams of middle school and high school students engage in exciting and rigorous science competitions which are aligned with both PA science standards and national education standards.
  • Scout Events
    • Boy Scouts Go to College: Boy Scouts attend workshops at Penn State Behrend where they earn merit badges in various areas.
    • Explorers: The Explorers program provides career exploration opportunities at Penn State Behrend for young people ages 14 and up.
    • Girl Scout Saturday: Girl Scout Saturdays, hosted by the student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, introduce girls to different engineering career fields.
  • 21st Century Kids21st Century Kids is designed to bring youth from rural populations to Penn State Behrend and provide exposure to opportunities available through post-secondary education. Warren County students participate in day-long, hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math workshops taught by Behrend Faculty, tour campus, and experience a college setting.
  • Women in Business: Women in Business Day at Penn State Behrend's  Black School of Business is designed for 11th and 12th grade girls. This program will introduce participants to many facets of business, and encourage them to explore their interests in business related careers.
  • Women in Engineering: Women in Engineering (WIE) is an outreach program for 10th and 11th grade girls held every year in November designed to introduce girls to careers in engineering.
  • Yahn Planetarium:  The Yahn Planetarium is located in the School of Science complex on the Behrend campus and provides programming for student groups .
  • Young People's Chorus of Erie (YPC Erie): YPC Erie brings together young singers from all across Erie County with the goal to provide every child in our community the opportunity to further their personal and artistic growth and to foster cross-cultural understanding.

Featured Video: Watch this video highlighting the Children's Water Festival, held on the Penn State Behrend campus.


Information for Parents


Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
Youth Education Outreach Office
Burke Center
5101 Jordan Road
Erie, PA 16563


(814) 898-6871 Phone
(814) 898-6125 Fax