Introduced over twenty years ago at Penn State Brandywine as the Math Options Program, the newly revamped STEM Options Program, piloted in 2016, provides seventh grade students with a one-day intensive STEM immersion program to encourage their future pursuit of a STEM education and career. The program is open to all seventh graders but focuses on the inclusion of girls. Peer-reviewed research has identified junior high as a critical age when girls lose interest in STEM subjects but suggests that exposure to female role models and hands-on learning in STEM could increase the likelihood of girls’ future pursuit of STEM. By utilizing the unique characteristics of Penn State Brandywine and by inviting professionals to campus across STEM disciplines, the STEM Options Program aims to provide these unique learning opportunities and increase the scientific and quantitative literacy among middle school students in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Our May 12 program is canceled. We will be reaching out to those who already registered with updates.
Teachers of seventh grade students – interested in bringing your students to Penn State Brandywine for our program? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women in STEM professionals – interested in presenting a workshop on one of our STEM Option days? Contact email@example.com.
The Penn State Brandywine STEM Options program is made possible through generous donations from Brown Brothers Harriman, Halliday Properties, and Verizon Wireless.