2010 Annual Science Report

Pennsylvania State University Reporting  |  SEP 2009 – AUG 2010

EPO Activity: EPO: Exploration Day at Penn State

Project Progress

Exploration Day is an interactive science event targeted for a K-12 audience celebrating the importance of a strong Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. Graduate students and faculty from the STEM fields at Penn State organize displays and hands-on activities for K-12 students to inspire them to pursue STEM studies and careers.

In 2010 PSARC sponsored an astrobiology exhibit at Exploration Day that included an activity creating “icy moons” with tennis balls and dry ice as well as an informative booth about the field of astrobiology. The event was held at the Bryce Jordan Center on the Penn State campus on Saturday, April 17th from 10am-4pm. More than 2000 of the general public attended the event.

Also included this year was the “Astrobiology: Discovering New Worlds of Life” interactive kiosk which was developed by the Carnegie Institution of Washington.