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WPSU Sesame Street 50 Years and Counting Event

WPSU Penn State welcomed more than 1,200 Sesame Street fans of all ages to the Outreach Building to celebrate Sesame Street 50 Years and Counting with walk-around Cookie Monster. Thank you to @Aetna Better Health.

PBS KIDS Day at DelGrosso’s Park

We could not have asked for a better day for our annual WPSU Kids’ Day at DelGrosso’s Park on Saturday, June 22, 2019! The weather was absolutely PERFECT, which was reflected in the 475 visitors who came out to participate in all of our activities.

Jet Propulsion Vists Schlow Library

On Saturday, June 1, 2019, Jet Propulsion from Ready Jet Go! visited the Schlow Library for a day of fun family activities!

Thank you to our Jet Propulsion character meet and greet business supporter The Rotary Club of State College.

Finding Your Roots Screening at the State Theatre

Thanks for joining us for the Finding Your Roots screening event. We hope you enjoyed the night! Click continue to view photos from the event.

2019 Conn Dinner Highlights

This year we had Diane Kochilas as our host chef for the 27th Annual Connoisseur’s Dinner at the Nittany Lion Inn! Thanks again to everyone who attended and for your support for public media.

2019 Cooking Demo

Thank you to everyone who attended the Cooking Demo hosted by Chef Diane Kochilas! We hope you enjoyed the experience and had a good time!

Let’s Go Luna! Event Highlights

Thanks for joining us for the Let’s Go Luna! Screening Event! We hope you enjoyed learning about all the different cultures around the world!

Eventapalooza 2018

Did you solve the mystery? Did you find Cat? Thanks for joining us at Eventapalooza! We hope you had a lot of fun with the whole family! Click continue to view photos from the event.

The Cat in the Hat at Altoona Curve

Hope you had great fun meeting the Cat in the Hat at Altoona Curve on August 4, 2018! Find photos from the event on flickr!

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Bubbles Visits Schlow Centre Region Library

Bubbles visited Schlow Centre Region Library to meet with the community on Friday, July 27. Thanks to everyone who came to visit!

Bubbles visits East Penns Valley Library

WPSU and Bubbles visited East Penns Valley Library on Thursday, July 26. Thanks for having us! And thanks to everyone who came down to meet with Bubbles.

Katerina Kittycat Visits People’s Choice Festival

Thanks for visiting Katerina Kittycat at the WPSU tent! We hope you enjoyed all the activities and imagination stations!

Nature Cat Visits Huntingdon Library

WPSU and Nature Cat visited Huntingdon County Library Saturday, June 30. Thanks for having us! And thanks to everyone who came down to meet with Nature Cat.

Nature Cat at the State Theatre

Thanks to everyone who visited Nature Cat during the PBS KIDS Summer of Adventure screening at the State Theatre! Join WPSU for more screenings end of July.

WPSU Kids Day at DelGrosso’s Highlights

WPSU Penn State and Daniel Tiger had a great day visiting with guests at DelGrossos’s Park on Saturday, July 23. View photos from the event.

Daniel Tiger at Altoona Curve

On Sunday, April 22, Daniel Tiger visited Altoona Curve to meet with the neighborhood! Visit our Flickr gallery to view photos from the event.

WPSU Tour with OLLI from Penn State

On Wednesday, April 4 2018, OLLI from Penn State visited WPSU for a tour. Thanks OLLI, for making the time to engage with us!

Science-U @Home at Mount Nittany Middle School

On Wednesday, March 28 2018, WPSU and Penn State Science came together to exhibit the lemon battery experiment as seen on science-u.org! Thanks to everyone who came to visit.

Mister Rogers’ 50th Anniversary with Mr. McFeely

On Saturday, March 24 2018, WPSU partnered with the American Philatelic Society in Bellefonte to celebrate Mister Rogers’ 50th Anniversary with a stamp release dedication with Mr. McFeely! We had visitors come from out of state to celebrate with us.

2018 Connoisseur’s Dinner and Auction Highlights

This year we had Nick Stellino as our host chef for our Carnevale de Venezia themed dinner! Thanks again to everyone who attended and for your support for public media.

2018 Cooking Demo

Thank you to everyone who attended the Cooking Demo hosted by Chef Nick Stellino! We hope you enjoyed the experience and had a good time!

2018 Cooking Class

We hope everyone enjoyed the Cooking Class with Chef Grace Pilato this year! Thank you for your kind support.

Super Why! at Bryce Jordan Center

Super Why! and WPSU visited Bryce Jordan Center on Saturday, January 27, during the Penn State’s Men’s Basketball game. We had a lot of fun!

Super Why! at Altoona Area Public Library

Super Why! and WPSU visited Altoona Area Public Library on Friday, January 26! Thank you to everyone who came down to visit!

“Pennsylvania Folklore: Woven Together” Screening at The State Theatre

WPSU hosted a screening of “Pennsylvania Folklore: Woven Together” at The State Theatre on Tuesday, December 19.  Slovenian bobbin lacemaker, Alexandria Marguccio showcased some of her beautiful work and talked to the public about her passion for the art.  Check out Flickr album here. 

Science-U Winter Challenge

Oobleck: It’s white as snow and can be a solid and a liquid.

Science-U @Home is back again with the Science-U Winter Challenge!

Can something be both a solid and liquid? Find out the answer by trying the Oobleck experiment at home with the help of Science-U.org. You’ll find all the tools needed to have fun while learning about viscosity, non-Newtonian fluids, and the characteristics of of solids and liquids! Share your experience on social media for a chance to win a prize using #scienceuchallenge!

Make Oobleck as seen on Science-U.org!

How to Enter

  • Go to Science-U.org and find the Oobleck experiment.
  • Take a photo or video of yourself doing the experiment.
  • Post the photo or video on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter between December 11 and January 5 using #scienceuchallenge in your post. You can also submit below.

Note: Be sure to set your post to public so we can see your entries.

What are we giving away?

The first 100 submissions using the hashtag will receive a mystery Science-U@Home surprise gift!

Terms & Conditions

Click here to view the terms and conditions.

  • This competition is organized by WPSU Penn State.
  • Please abide by the following terms. WPSU does not allow:
    • graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful, or intended to defame anyone or any organization.
    • solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. Similarly, we do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency.
    • comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity.
  • By entering the challenge, you allow WPSU to share photos and videos submitted on our social media accounts.
  • One submission per contestant.
  • The first 100 entries will receive a Science-U @Home giveaway and everyone will be entered to win a grand prize from WPSU, funded, in part by EQT.
  • The challenge begins on Monday, December 11, at 12:00 a.m. and concludes on Friday, January 5, at 11:59 p.m. Entries beyond this point will not receive a prize.
  • This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
  • No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win.
  • The Science-U @Home web project is funded, in part, by EQT.
  • Any questions or comments should be directed to WPSU Penn State at wpsumarketing@psu.edu.

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The Traveling Wall at Penn State: Retrospective

On October 4, 2017, WPSU brought The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall–an 80% replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.–to Centre County, Pennsylvania.

Eventapalooza 2017 Highlights

More than 900 people visited WPSU studios for our annual open house event on October 22, 2017. Click here to view photos from the event.

The Vietnam War Traveling Tribute Wall Closing Ceremony

Watch the Closing Ceremony of the Vietnam War Traveling Tribute Wall in Innovation Park, Penn State.

The Vietnam War Traveling Tribute Wall Opening Ceremony

Watch the Opening Ceremony of the Vietnam War Traveling Tribute Wall in Innovation Park, Penn State.

The Wall Arrives in Innovation Park

A video of The Vietnam War Traveling Memorial Wall arriving in Penn State.

A Time To Heal Screening at the State Theatre

WPSU hosted a screening of previews from Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War and A Time to Heal. Thank you to everyone who attended and made this a memorable evening!

Rockhill Trolley Museum Visit Highlights

WPSU and Daniel Tiger visited Rockhill Trolley Museum again this year! Daniel had lots of fun with everyone who visited! Visit our Flickr page to view photos from the event.

Arts Fest Highlights

WPSU and Nature Cat visited the Central Pennsylvania Festival for the Arts on Wednesday, July 11 for a day of fun and exploration.  Click here to view photos from the event.

WPSU Kids’ Day at Delgrosso’s Park

WPSU and Ready Jet Go had some out-of-this-world fun on Saturday, June 16, 2017 for WPSU Kids’ Day at DelGrosso’s Park. Visit our Flickr page to view photos from the event.

A Taste of Innovation

WPSU would like to thank everyone who supported A Taste of Innovation, a benefit event for WPSU-FM. We had special appearances by Clifford, the Big Red Dog, chef demonstrations, live music and almost 30 food and wine vendors! Visit WPSU’s Flickr stream for photos from the event.

Connoisseur’s Dinner 2017 Highlights

WPSU would like to thank our sponsors, auction item donors, guests, staff, and volunteers, and especially Chef John Folse for a wonderful evening, and a successful event! Visit WPSU Penn State’s Flickr Gallery for photos from the dinner and cooking demonstration.

Cosmic Carnival Highlights

Astronaut James Pawelczyk stopped by WPSU studios on Sunday, October 23, 2016 for the WPSU Cosmic Carnival.  Visit WPSU’s Flickr stream for photos from the event.

Odd Squad: The Movie Advance Screening

Children and Youth Day at the Arts Festival

WPSU and Jet Propulsion from the popular PBS Kids series, Ready Jet Go! were on Old Main Lawn for Children and Youth Day during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts on Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Kids made a streaming comet craft and learned about the solar system. Special thanks to Dairy Queen for their support of this event! You can view photos from the event on the WPSU Flickr page.

Kid’s Day at Delgrosso’s Park

WPSU and Peg + Cat visited DelGrosso’s Park on Saturday, June 18, 2016.  Visit our Flickr page to view photos from the event.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Night at the Altoona Curve

WPSU and Daniel Tiger visited the Altoona Curve for a night at the ballpark on Friday, July 3, 2016. View photos from this event on the WPSU Flickr page.

Red Sweater Day 2016 Highlights

WPSU celebrated Red Sweater Day on May 1, 2016 to honor the legacy of Fred Rogers and his commitment to public television.  WPSU thanks all of our sponsors and everyone who came out for Red Sweater Day. Click here to view photos from the event.

Downton Abbey Farewell Event

WPSU bid a fond farewell to Downton Abbey with an afternoon tea at the Atherton Hotel in State College on Sunday, March 6. Click here to view photos from the event.

Connoisseur’s Dinner 2016 Highlights

TEXT: Jewels of the Night, A Middle Eastern Fusion Feast

“Jewels of the Night,” was an evening of enchantment, where James Beard Award–winning Chef Michael Solomonov created a delectable fusion of Middle Eastern, North African, Mediterranean, and Eastern European flavors, based on his signature Philadelphia restaurant, Zahav.

Click here to view photos from the event.

Downton Abbey Preview Event Highlights

WPSU hosted a fabulous Downton Abbey Sunday on December 13, 2015. Visit WPSU’s Flickr page for photos from this year’s event.

Charles L. Blockson Event Highlights

On Friday, December 4, 2015 WPSU Penn State hosted a special premiere screening of Holding History: The Collections of Charles L. Blockson, produced by WPSU Penn State.

Click here for photos from the event.

Kid’s Day Photos

WPSU and Daniel Tiger visited DelGrosso’s Amusement Park on Saturday, June 20 for a day of fun and exploration. Click here to see photos on the WPSU Flickr stream.

Red Sweater Day 2015 Was a Success

Thank you!

WPSU would like to thank everyone who came out to our studio on Friday, May 1, 2015 to take part in one of the largest Red Sweater Days ever!

Visit WPSU’s Flickr page for more photos from the event.

 

Why we celebrate Red Sweater Day

On May 1, 1969 Fred Rogers, host of the longtime children’s television landmark Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, appeared in Washington before the Senate Subcommittee on Communications to express his disagreement with a proposal by President Richard Nixon to cut federal funding for public broadcasting from $20 million to $10 million.

He spoke from his heart and made a very personal address which affected the committee; particularly Rhode Island Senator Pastore. The chairman even said that, though he was “supposed to be a pretty tough guy,” Rogers’ fervent plea had given him “goosebumps.” Pastore effused: “I think it’s wonderful. I think it’s wonderful,” and, after a slight pause, he made his conclusion clear: “Looks like you just earned the twenty million dollars.”

More than forty years later, Fred Rogers’ compelling words about the power of television to help children grow up, dealing sensibly and humanely with others even when they are feeling angry, still resonate in living rooms, school rooms, and neighborhoods nationwide.

Watch Fred Rogers’ testimony »

Connoisseur’s Dinner Highlights

Looking for the 2016 Connoisseur’s Dinner? Click here.

WPSU held it’s annual connoisseur’s dinner and auction at the Nittany Lion Inn on February 7, 2015. The dinner for 340 guests was themed “An Evening at Downton Abbey,” and featured a menu from Paul Brooke-Taylor, Executive Chef at Highclere Castle, and a presentation from Lisa Heathcote, Food Stylist for “Downton Abbey,” BBC television and feature films. The silent auction included a trip to Dubai, private dinners, Penn State sports collectibles, and a large array of jewelry, dining, home improvements, and many other items from local businesses. All proceeds for the event went to WPSU-TV to support station operations and programming.

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