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PA Cyber Hosts Virtual Engineering Exploration Experience

Aug 6, 2020

In partnership with 11 Pennsylvania colleges and universities, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School's education team created a seven-day online engineering immersion program for registered PA Cyber students entering grades 9-12. The week-long virtual engineering discovery event called the Engineering Exploration Experience (or EEE) took place in successive morning/afternoon sessions with lectures, breakouts, and interactive chat sessions exploring the widely varying fields of engineering. Students gained firsthand insights from both professors and current college students pursuing degrees in engineering fields including biomedical, environmental, material science, civil, chemical, electrical, computer, manufacturing, networking, aerospace, and more.

Registration for this one-of-a-kind engineering event was limited to 65 PA Cyber students to keep the experience as interactive as possible. "This was the second year for this program. Although last year was very hands-on and took place on various campuses, this year we out-did ourselves with even more online participation from various Pennsylvania colleges and our own PA Cyber students," explained Dave Veon, PA Cyber's Supervisor of Regional Offices, who managed the Engineering Exploration Experience.

"Engineers are problem solvers. And engineering is more than just math and science. Through this program, students got to find out how much more," said Dr. Deborah Lange who served as host through the course of the virtual EEE event. Dr. Lange has more than 35 years of experience in both practicing as well as teaching future engineers. And, like the participating university representatives, her passion for engineering was on full display as she shared her comprehensive knowledge with the PA Cyber students.

"This Engineering Exploration Experience was free to our students," said Brian Hayden, CEO of PA Cyber. "It was important for us to recreate this as a virtual event. We are always looking for ways to innovate, and an event like this did not disappoint. Thanks to our university partners, our staff, and the students who came back every day to learn more about engineering."

Following is a list of the Pennsylvania universities who partnered with PA Cyber to create the EEE event experience... Lehigh University, Harrisburg University, Geneva College, Robert Morris University, Widener University, University of Pittsburgh, Wilkes University, Penn State University, Penn State Behrend, Gannon University, Carnegie Mellon University.

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Serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) is one of the largest, most experienced, and most successful online public schools in the nation. PA Cyber's online learning environments, personalized instructional methods, and choices of curricula connect Pennsylvania students and their families with state-certified and highly-qualified teachers, and rich academic content that is aligned to state standards. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland (Beaver County) and maintains a network of support offices throughout the state. As a public school, PA Cyber is open for enrollment by any school-age child residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and does not charge tuition to students or families.