Students invited to 'Explore the Worlds' March 3 at Penn State York

February 16, 2012

Middle and high school students will be able to learn about engineering, science, and information sciences and technology on Saturday, March 3, at Penn State York's "Explore the Worlds" event.

The program will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will offer hands-on activities, including “DNA Detectives” with Robert Farrell, associate professor of biology; “The Colorful World of Chemistry,” with Andy Landis, assistant professor in chemistry; and “Lego Mindstorm Robotics” with Michael Marcus, associate professor of engineering. Other topics will include “How Strong is Your Bridge?” with Chuck Gaston, assistant professor of engineering; and “Spinning the Web” with Adam Chlan, Web analyst/designer at Penn State York.

A series of workshops for parents about choosing a college and paying for college also will be offered throughout the day.

Beginning at 2 p.m., watch the breaking of the bridges during the Bridge Building Competition being held in conjunction with Explore the Worlds. The event, sponsored by the Lincoln Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society for Professional Engineers, offers high school students a chance to construct a bridge and then test it to see how strong it is.  Bridge registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and all bridges must be registered prior to the start of the competition. Bridge kits are still available and can be picked up at C. S. Davidson, 38 North Duke Street, York. For additional details on this event please contact Tim Koppenhaver at 717-846-4805. Bridges are built ahead of time and brought to the competition. This program is free and open to the public. Visit and click on events for more information.

Registration is free, and complimentary lunch will be served. For more information and to register, visit or call 717-771-4040 or 800-778-6227.

  • A student learned about chemical reactions during a unit titled 'The Colorful World of Chemistry,' held as part of Penn State York's annual 'Explore the Worlds' science event. Click on the image above for more information and to register for this year's event.

    IMAGE: Barbara Dennis

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Last Updated February 23, 2012