Overview of CSATS Programs

CSATS designs, develops, and implements many professional development programs and workshops for K-16 education to promote the integration of science and engineering practices into the classroom environment.  We partner with science and engineering researchers on the broader impacts components of research grant proposals.

Example Programs

iSTEAM

Academic Year workshops

i-STEAM Workshops

Looking to increase your content knowledge and engage in cross-curricular activities designed for your classroom? CSATS i-STEAM Workshops provide opportunities for teachers to learn science, engineering, and math through integrated activities from Penn State researchers and faculty with a focus on STEAM concepts.

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I’m excited about using more active learning approaches with my undergraduate and graduate students. I have also been more open to trying different approaches to teaching.

Susan Stewart Ph.D., Research Associate, College of Engineering

CSATS offers the best combination of content and pedagogy I've experienced in any science training for teachers. I learn so much and come back to school so jazzed about bringing the new material into the classroom. Thanks!

Deb H., Teacher, Friends School

summer workshops with CSATS

Summer workshops

Spend a week with Center for Science and the Schools getting an in-depth experience with Penn State researchers.  CSATS week-long workshops focus on engaging teachers in activities designed around cutting-edge research projects. Workshop activities may include field trips to site locations, working with researchers and graduate students in their labs or in the field, and professional development tailored to bring research-based practices into your classroom!

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research experiences for teachers with CSATS

Seven-Week Research Experiences

CSATS 7-week Summer Research Experiences actively involve K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math educators in performing research alongside Penn State or industry scientists and engineers. Through the accompanying professional development, teachers translate their research experiences into related research projects for their classrooms, schools, and districts.

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I have participated in numerous professional development opportunities. This was the most productive, educational experience yet! What you allowed me to learn is invaluable. You have permanently changed my career for the better.

Travis Martin, Science Teacher, Bellwood-Antis School District, ASSIST 2016

student opportunities with CSATS

Student Opportunities

CSATS offers opportunities for K-12 students throughout the academic year and summer. Opportunities range from STEM challenges for your school to summer immersive research experiences with Penn State University science and engineering researchers.

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