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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
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,299
Pennsylvania

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.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,299
Program No. 14314 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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Prices displayed below are based on per person,doubleoccupancy.
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 30 - Jun 4, 2021
Starting at
1,299
Itinerary Note

Physics: Illusions, Radiation & Gravitational Waves, Electric Circuits.

Jun 6 - Jun 11, 2021
Starting at
1,299
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Meteorology: Weather Patterns, Predictions and Climate Change.

Jun 13 - Jun 18, 2021
Starting at
1,299
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Astronomy: Planets, Stars, Galaxies and the Universe.

May 29 - Jun 3, 2022
Starting at
1,359
Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2022
Starting at
1,359
Jun 12 - Jun 17, 2022
Starting at
1,359
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 30 - Jun 4, 2021
Starting at
1,599
Itinerary Note

Physics: Illusions, Radiation & Gravitational Waves, Electric Circuits.

Jun 6 - Jun 11, 2021
Starting at
1,599
Itinerary Note

Meteorology: Weather Patterns, Predictions and Climate Change.

Jun 13 - Jun 18, 2021
Starting at
1,599
Itinerary Note

Astronomy: Planets, Stars, Galaxies and the Universe.

May 29 - Jun 3, 2022
Starting at
1,679
Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2022
Starting at
1,679
Jun 12 - Jun 17, 2022
Starting at
1,679
6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5B 4L 4D
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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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Michael T. Smitka View biography
Michael is an assistant teaching professor of physics at Penn State University. He earned his BS in physics from Shippensburg University, MS in physics from Bowling Green State University and Ph.D. in physics from Texas A&M University. He has researched Type Ia supernovae explosions and variable stars, and developed data analysis procedures for the Swift space telescope. He teaches introductory level physics courses and creates physics- and astronomy-themed artwork.
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Stephen J. Van Hook View biography
Stephen is an associate teaching professor of physics at Penn State University. He earned his MA in physics from the University of California at Berkeley and his PhD in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. He has done research on gravitational wave detection, pulsar timing, pattern formation in fluids, chaos, K-12 science teacher preparation and effective teaching strategies for physics. He has directed and taught summer science camps on physics and the arts, physics and toys and physics and CAD/3D printing.
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Kirstin Purdy Drew View biography
Kirstin Purdy Drew is an associate teaching professor of physics at Penn State University. She earned her MA and PhD in physics from Brandeis University. Her scientific research interests lie at the interface between biology and physics. Her current interests are developing and applying strategies for teaching the future generation of physical scientists necessary laboratory and research skills. She has directed, designed and taught workshops for summer research programs for both undergraduate students and K-12 science teachers.
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Jon M. Nese View biography
Jon is associate head of undergraduate programs and a teaching professor in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at Penn State, where he teaches a variety of undergraduate courses. He was previously chief meteorologist at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and on-air storm analyst at The Weather Channel. He has co-authored two books: "The Philadelphia Area Weather Book," which received the 2005 Louis J. Battan Author’s Award from the American Meteorological Society, and a college-level introductory textbook, "A World of Weather: Fundamentals of Meteorology."
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Nancy Engel View biography
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.





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