CSATS Mission

The Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS), established in 2004, is a College of Education Center which supports STEM colleges, departments and centers at Penn State University. CSATS' mission is to develop mutually beneficial and sustainable relationships between Penn State STEM researchers and outreach providers, and K-12 schools that enhance K-12 science education across Pennsylvania.


  1. Assist STEM researchers and education outreach providers in development of K-12 STEM outreach programs that will enhance competitiveness of grant proposals.

  2. Collaborate with STEM researchers and outreach providers to design and implement K-12 teacher professional development and outreach projects that incorporate research-based best practices.

  3. Provide resources and professional development for K-12 teachers that build capacity for implementing research-based teaching strategies known to enhance K-12 STEM learning.

  4. Enhance STEM researchers' and education outreach providers' understanding of research-based best practices for teacher professional development and science teaching.

  5. Provide resources and networking opportunities for STEM education outreach providers that will facilitate their ability to develop and implement K-12 STEM outreach programs.

  6. Disseminate information about Penn State-wide STEM outreach opportunities to researchers, outreach providers, and Pennsylvania teachers.