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Summer Youth Academies

Want to avoid the summer slide? Keep your student growing academically and socially in the summer with Penn State Schuylkill's summer youth programming.

Penn State Schuylkill is excited to introduce three full-day, week-long youth academic programs this summer! Join us for a week filled with innovation, technology, hands-on activities, and field trips.

These academies are designed to expose your student to today's fastest growing occupations in an enriching academic environment.

June 20-24, 2016

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Fee: $249

Health Professionals Academy

Entering grades: 5-8

Register HERE!

Discover the relationship between science and healthcare. Spend the week exploring various factions of the medical field with experts. Use microscopes and other scientific equipment to explore the building blocks of the human body. Learn the basics of First Aid and CPR, discover radiological sciences, and interact with high-tech mannequins at the Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing.

The Extraordinary Human Body
The first day of this academy will focus on the extraordinary functions and systems of the human anatomy. A trained physician will offer insight into the field of medicine and explore the concepts of health, while exploring why each system is important. Participating in hands-on demonstrations and activities, students will dive head-first into a comprehensive week of medicine-related lessons.

CPR/ First Aid
Students have the opportunity to become hands-on only CPR and first aid certified during the week so they can put their acquired knowledge of wellness into good use (only when needed of course). Exposing students to these critical life-saving skills gives them the tools to help prepare them for daily life and to pursue a future in the field of healthcare.

Radiologic Sciences
Radiography is a challenging medical specialty concerned with the diagnosis of disease by various imaging methods such as conventional x-ray. Students will be introduced to imaging equipment used by physicians assistants in the diagnosis of diseases or injury. The class will interact with state-of-the-art technology while participating in hands-on activities with Penn State Schuylkill's clinical facilitator in radiological sciences.

Students will learn all about blood, blood typing, and the practice of phlebotomy through laboratory activities and assignments. Hands-on activities will include working with actual phlebotomy training arms and medical equipment.

Health Facilities Tour
On the final day of the academy, students will tour the Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing at Schuylkill Health where they will have the opportunity to learn about the many exciting and diverse factions of nursing. They will interact with nursing professionals and students in the school's clinical classroom, which includes working with nursing simulations. They will also visit the Schuylkill Rehabilitation Center, where they will learn about an extensive range of rehabilitative services, such as physical, occupational, and speech therapies. 

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Academy

Entering grades: 1-4

Register HERE!

The STEM concept is an integration of four disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. This approach emphasizes the notion that these subjects do not exist in isolation. The STEM Academy is designed to introduce students to critical thinking, analysis, and meaningful collaboration. It is through these fundamentals that students will begin to incorporate STEM processes and concepts by engaging in real-world, scientific exploration. Through authentic learning experiences, students are given the tools to become problem solvers, innovators, creators, and collaborators to become future-ready and extend their new knowledge to future science courses. Students with an understanding of STEM have increased opportunities become the scientists, engineers, and innovators of the future.

Students will investigate the fields of biology, chemistry, and physics through inquiry based laboratories. Today’s activities will also introduce the relationship between the four disciplines of STEM and why it is significant to society.

Students will uncover the role technology has played in science and engineering by exploring some of the most important technological discoveries in history. They will also have the opportunity examine some of the most recent advances in technology.

Students will utilize the engineering principals of planning, design, and problem solving to build several trial products. Each product will have a strict set of design parameters and must pass a series of tests to determine their quality.

Students will experience graphing, measuring, data collection and analysis through hands-on laboratory activities. The focal point of the activities will be to show how math is integral to scientific discoveries.

STEM Experience
Students will draw on what they learned from each of the four STEM disciplines to witness how these skills are used to solve real-world problems in their community.


Ag Discovery Academy

Entering grades: 3-6

Register HERE!

Are you adventurous? Then join the Penn State Extension 4-H educators and Master Gardeners as we explore how agriculture is interwoven into your daily life. Examine insects under the microscope and under the ground. Investigate the interaction and impact of humans on our environment. Get involved with hands-on learning activities as we introduce you to animal habitats. Explorers will travel to several local Schuylkill County farms for an up-close adventure. Students need to wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes every day because you never know when you'll be exploring. Participants with animal and plant allergies need to be aware that you will be in contact with living organisms every day.

Acres of Adventure
Come learn how agriculture is interwoven into our daily lives. Youth will participate in various hands-on activities and experiments to understand how agriculture affects them and their communities.

Good Bug? Or Bad Bug?
Get to know insects of all kinds and the special functions of bugs in the garden while seeing them in action. Campers will answer the question, “Good bug or bad bug,?” along with some exploring under magnification and outdoors. At the end of the day campers will know what is good about bugs.

Soil, Wind & Water
Keep your curiosity alive! Spark your interest and sense of wonder as you explore your environment. Environmental explorers will investigate how humans interact with the environment around them. Explorers will learn through hands-on activities how humans impact their environment.

Wildlife is Around Us
The ‘PA 4-H Wildlife Project’ will introduce youth to the major groups of wildlife, animals’ basic needs, and where different kinds of wildlife can be found. In the summer, most wildlife is growing and developing, so activities will focus on fun projects like building your own bird nest, going on a wildlife food quest, and casting animal tracks.

Ag Tours
Campers will culminate their week-long Ag Discovery experience by taking the day to explore various agricultural sites around Schuylkill County. 

For additional information,

please email mty1@psu.edu or call 570-385-6209.


High School Students

Summer Dual Enrollment

Penn State Schuylkill offers high school students the opportunity to take college courses on campus at a 50 percent tuition reduction. The high school dual enrollment program is designed for exceptional students who wish to enroll in a maximum of eight credits per semester as a supplement to their high school level courses.

To explore your course options for the summer, click HERE.

SAT® Prep Course

It’s time to focus on your future and on preparing for college success. The SAT® exam changed in spring 2016. Enroll in Penn State Schuylkill's SAT® Prep course now so that you get the score you need for college admittance and scholarships!

The course will provide information on the SAT® and instruct students on proven test-taking strategies in Critical Reading/Writing and Math, and to help them realize their full potential on the test.

Sign up to take the course in the summer.

Students are required to take a pre-test and a post-test as part of the course. This helps determine what areas they need to improve on, and then informs students of their progress at the end of the course.


Practice test days
July 9 and 23
8:00 a.m. to Noon

Regular class days
Tuesdays and Thursdays
July 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, and 28


  • Critical Reading/Writing and Math
    9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Critical Reading/Writing only
    9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Math only
    10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Course fee

Textbooks are included with all prices.


Youth Programs
at Penn State


If your organization or
school is interested in
offering our youth
programs at your location,
please contact
at 570-385-6209
or mty1@psu.edu