With your help, we can do amazing things to impact the next generation of STEM-ready citizens!

The Penn State Center for Science and the Schools is entering a new and exciting phase whereby focus is placed on substantially expanding the impact of teacher/researcher experiences and broadening our educational programs while also reaching out to industry partners to expand the horizons for teacher experiences within Pennsylvania. 

The Penn State Center for Science and the Schools has set in motion plans to continue to strengthen current STEM education programs as well as develop pioneering programs that goes beyond the conventional to bring cutting-edge science and engineering practices into classrooms, schools and districts state-wide.  

Make a gift online

Go to Giving to CSATS to make a gift online through Penn State's secure giving portal.

On the Giving to Penn State page, under gift information select designations, is listed Center for Science and the Schools in the College of Education

  1. Enter the amount you'd like to donate
  2. Follow the directions to input your general information.
  3. If you would like your donation to support a specific program, please list the program you would like your gift to contribute to under the comment section.

    Your contribution can support the overall mission of CSATS to further enhance relationships between K-12 educators and science and engineering researchers. Your gift will go towards science education research, activities that will extend existing follow-up support for teachers in their classroom, and expand our outreach efforts impact K-12 education and build partnerships with schools, and so much more!

    CSATS’ one-day workshops are extremely popular with teachers as many of them travel from distant locations within Pennsylvania as well as from neighboring states. To meet the increasing demand, we are seeking support to allow for additional i-STEAM Workshops during the year.

    CSATS’ week-long summer workshops are labor intensive as they are designed to incorporate current research of scientists and engineers into activities for K-12 teachers. CSATS seeks to secure funding to sustain developed week-long workshops in future years.

    CSATS has been working to place teachers in industry and academic settings within their communities. Your contribution will support the growth and expansion of this program with research experiences in various settings and learning experiences for K-12 students relevant to STEM industries in their own backyard.

    Through our PIPELINE STEM Leaders: Developing Mastery Teachers program, teachers who have successfully completed weeklong workshops and summer research experiences will receive additional training in order to become teacher leaders in their schools. Such capacity building will increase opportunities for students to engage in activities that prepare them for successfully entering the STEM workforce. This program is poised to grow as we expand our outreach efforts to include more Penn State Commonwealth Campuses and additional industry partners across Pennsylvania.

    CSATS is currently working to expand the dissemination of workshop activities and curricular materials through online modules and “Blue Boxes”. CSATS Blue Boxes are individual suitcases containing materials and resources for K-12 teachers to implement inquire-based activities from CSATS programs with their students. Materials will include access to online modules of workshop activities, STEM researcher snap shots, lesson plans, and a classroom set of materials.

    We have observed the positive impact of our teacher professional development programs through precollege students’ increased interest in STEM. To support this interest, we want to make these STEM research opportunities available to more students through our Young Scholars program.
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Mail your gift

If you'd prefer to mail your donation to us, please make your check payable to The Pennsylvania State University and mail to:

Center for Science and the Schools
c/o Darlene Kolesar
182 Chambers Building
University Park, PA 16802

Be sure to indicate where you would like to direct your donation. If you want the Center to use your gift where the need is greatest, write Center for Science and the Schools on the memo line of your check. If you want your gift to go a specific program within the Center, please indicate that preference on the memo line of your check.

For other giving options, including planned giving, endowments, in-kind donations, and scholarships, please contact the College of Education Development Office at 814-863-2146.