A Week With the Scientists at Penn State University

Discover the science behind weather forecasting, searching for planets, and how to detect black holes from captivating discussions and exciting excursions with Penn State experts.
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Program No. 14314RJ
6 days
Starts at
6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5B 4L 4D
Solar System, Mars & Stars, Sky Observation
University Park/State College, PA
Stars, Black Holes, Wormholes, Phases of the Moon
University Park/State College, PA
Galaxy Classification, The Big Bang Theory
University Park/State College, PA
Review, Program Concludes
University Park/State College, PA
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At a Glance

The sky is not the limit on this learning adventure! Choose your week to study astronomy, meteorology, or Physics alongside some of the nation’s leading scientists at Penn State University. Behind-the-scenes excursions and expert-led discussions allow for the exploration of weather patterns or asteroid impacts, while using the most cutting-edge technology the university has to offer. Discover how the universe was created and learn about detecting black holes and neutron star and visit a Nuclear Reactor with Penn State experts.
Activity Level
Easy Going
A trolley is available to transport participants from the hotel to the campus.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Choose the Meteorology date and learn how to read radar, observational networks and understand numerical weather prediction with demonstrations from expert meteorologists.
  • Choose the Astronomy date and learn from knowledgeable astronomers about Mars in 3-D and dark energy while searching for planets and life around other stars.
  • Choose the Physics date and learn about detecting black holes and neutron star, and visit a Nuclear Reactor.
Featured Expert
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Nancy Engel
Nancy Engel is a dedicated and experienced Program Coordinator. Mrs. Engel graduated from Lancaster Mennonite High School in 1976. She is married and has 3 grown children. Nancy and her husband, Jerry, have worked together for 30 years in business. For 10 years Nancy has served as the Road Scholar Coordinator at Black Rock Retreat, a non-profit Christian Retreat Center. Black Rock has hosted Road Scholar guests for over 25 years. Nancy enhanced the programs that were already in operation as well as developed new and fascinating offerings which feature the rich and diverse communities found in Lancaster County, PA. Gifted in running a smooth program with many activities, Nancy strives to give each guest a rewarding and relaxing learning experience through the various Road Scholar offerings.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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