College-Bound STEM Academy

Penn State @ KleinLife

Program Overview

Penn State Abington and KleinLife have partnered to provide a STEM-based high school enrichment program for KleinLife families and neighborhood high school students. This collaborative effort aims to enhance educational opportunities and outcomes for high school students in the Northeast Philadelphia community.

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Unique STEM Program Partnership Celebrates Its First Graduates.

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STEM Program

After-school STEM workshops are offered to high school students in grades 9 to 12 to enhance their STEM skills. These seven-week workshops emphasize project-based skills, design, computer science, and engineering. Examples of workshop topics include programming with electronics, sensors and robotics, Python coding, and entrepreneurship engineering.

Spring 2024 STEM Schedule

Introduction to Electrical Engineering Concepts

Dates: January 16 - February 29th, 2024 (Tuesday & Thursday)
Time: 4:00pm- 6:00pm 
Description: This module teaches students the foundations of electrical engineering through hands-on exercises and direct testing. Students will gain practical skills such as circuitry soldering while also developing knowledge about conductance, voltage, and resistance.
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Introduction to Basic Programming without Coding 

Dates: March 12 - April 25th, 2024 (Tuesday & Thursday) 
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Description: This full module teaches students the fundamental principles underlying all coding, independent of specific software languages. Students learn to create and manage the flow of information, including the generation of cycles, algorithms, and interfaces without needing to master a coding language directly.
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Math Program

Penn State Abington and KleinLife expanded their partnership with nearby George Washington High School to provide math enrichment courses to its students during the school day. Students must pass a placement test to be eligible to participate in the program. Math topic areas include Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and Trigonometry. The math program is open to any George Washington High School students in grades 9-12.

Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment courses are provided onsite at KleinLife and are taught by Penn State faculty. Students will earn college credit after successfully completing courses.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Students must be in grades 11 and 12 and in good academic standing (GPA of 2.8 or higher or with a recommendation from their high school)
  • Completion of pre-requisite levels of math competency (i.e. Algebra II or higher)
  • A short entrance interview

Tuition for dual enrollment courses is offered at a discounted rate of approximately 50%. Financial need-based scholarships may be available.

Spring 2024 Dual Enrollment Programs

Math 140 (Calculus I, 4 credits) - Course Interest and Scholarship Form 
CMPSC 132 (Computer Science II, 3 credits) - Course Interest and Scholarship Form

For more information, contact [email protected].

KleinLife is a vibrant community resource that provides social, educational and cultural programs, and vital health, wellness and social services. Rooted in the Jewish value of tikkun olam, its community is multigenerational, mixed income and ethnically diverse. Individuals regularly come together to participate in enrichment offerings, receive vital services, enjoy each other’s company, and connect to additional resources and support.

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