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Young PA Cyber students have fun at hands-on science programs

Feb 19, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Science is fun for young students taking part in hands-on programs at PA Cyber Charter School offices in Harrisburg, State College, Allentown and Philadelphia.

A 3D printer demonstration, K’Nex building sessions, youth science fair, tie-dye workshops, and computer programming for beginners class are among recent and upcoming programs, said Karen Cummings.

Cummings, based at the PA Cyber Harrisburg office, is eastern facilitator for PA Cyber’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) program.

Programs coming up soon include:

  • 3D Printer Demonstration (Innovation Day): grades K-12, Monday, Feb. 16, at Harrisburg; 1-2 p.m. for grades 7-12, 2-3 p.m. for grades K-6. Students will learn how a 3D printer creates a three-dimensional object from a computer file.
  • Sharpie Tie Die (Soluble Solutions): grades K-6, Feb. 24 at State College, Feb. 26 at Philadelphia, and March 2 at Allentown. Students bring their own white cotton T-shirt or other cloth item to tie die and take home. They will try different tie-die techniques and learn the science behind each method. (Times at Philadelphia and State College are 10:30 to 11:30 for grades K-2 and 11:30 to 12:30 for grades 3-6; times at Allentown are 10-11 a.m. for grades K-2 and 11-12 for grades 3-6.)
  • Computer Programming for Beginners: grades 2-5, March 9, 1-3 p.m., Harrisburg. Students will learn the basics of computer programming (coding) through both online and offline activities, and can continue to learn online at home.
  • K’Nex Building Class: Grades K-6:  11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, March 6 and 13, and Wednesday, March 18 and 25, at Harrisburg.  Students create structures and simple machines with K’Nex, an innovative construction toy system. Students may sign up for any or all sessions.

To register for these programs, parents may email, including student name(s), grade level, program and the date and location of the program(s).

Recent programs hosted by the Harrisburg office included a science fair Jan. 23. Nine projects were submitted by students in grades K-7.

At a K’Nex workshop held on Jan. 28 for grades K-6, Cummings said, “Students built all kinds of things and learned some of the everyday science and engineering behind them, concepts like span, balance and fulcrum.”

On Feb. 11, Harrisburg hosted an “Explore, Create and Learn” day for grades K-8. Students circulated on their own among six stations, each set up with different materials and concepts such as Snap Circuits electronic project kits and MaKey MaKey, an invention kit with which users enable everyday objects to function as computer keyboards and mice.

At this type of program, Cummings said, “We give them minimal direction, allowing them to explore and experiment on their own. One of the goals is for students to work in pairs or groups in an interesting and positive social situation to develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.”

Cummings may be reached by e-mail at or by phone 1-888-722-9237, extension 0619.