Renita Bostic, a summer teacher with the Washington, D.C.-based Higher Achievement Program, escorts Higher Achievement scholars around University Park. Penn State alumna Gail Williams, Higher Achievement's director of programs, organized the visit with help from several Penn Staters including Robert Marshall, professor of economics, a member of Higher Achievement's President's Council.
Several groups of Higher Achievement scholars spend time in the Smeal College of Business Trading Room learning about Wall Street transactions. The middle-schoolers' three-day visit to Penn State is designed to encourage and inspire them to attend college.
In the research kitchen of Mateer Building, Peter Bordi, associate professor of hospitality management and director of Penn State's Center for Food Innovation, talks with scholars and Higher Achievement summer teacher Larry Shelly about new food product development.
Amy Brunner, a research/outreach associate in the College of Engineering's Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization, performs an egg drop test with Higher Achievement scholars to demonstrate how a shock-absorbing polymer cushions impact. Brunner's shirt incorporates the polymer into elbow pads to protect the wearer's joints from injuries.
Jerry Sawyer, a senior producer/director with Penn State Public Broadcasting, addresses scholars in a WPSU radio production studio to teach them about high definition TV and radio and the field of broadcasting.
Several scholars in grades 5-6 study marine biology with researcher Kelly Maers at the HUB-Robeson Center's aquarium.
The Higher Achievement Program brought to University Park 130 scholars in grades 5-8 from Washington, D.C., and Alexandria, Va., as well as five high school interns who are program alumni, 16 summer teachers and six full-time staff members. The group attended sessions presented by eight Penn State colleges.