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Instructor shows students petri dish


Science-U is a summer camp at Penn State University exploring every inch of the universe!

Don’t forget to walk through our hands-on guides and videos at Science-U @Home!


A kid and an instructor standing in a stream and conducting scientific observations.

Can you tell if a stream is healthy?

Learn to tell if a stream is healthy.

2/2/24 | 1m 53s


Five animal skulls against a black background.

Which animal skulls are closest to humans?

Can you tell how closely related you are to some animal species by looking at their skulls?

2/2/24 | 1m 15s


Casts made from prehistoric skulls of human ancestors on display.

Finding relatives in hominin skulls

Have you ever wondered about our distant ancestors? Which are our closest relatives?

2/2/24 | 1m 2s


A student placing a taste test sample in their mouth.

Bitter Taste Gene Test

Did you ever wonder why some people hate broccoli while other people love it? It could be in their genes.

2/2/24 | 1m 33s


Science U students

Science-U at Home Special

In this special, campers, mentors and instructors at the Penn State Science-U summer science camp show off the ways parents and caregivers can bring the wonder of science home to kids.

12/26/21 | 25m 46s


lemon battery

Can You Get Power from a Lemon?

Science-U campers test if the acid found in a lemon can generate electricity.

2/9/18 | 2m 13s


Several young students putting their hands in a mixture of corn starch and water


When is a liquid not always a liquid and a solid not always a solid? When its "Oobleck"! - the solution of water and corn starch particles that change their state of matter under pressure!

2/2/16 | 1m 40s


Instructor shows students petri dish

Testing the “5 Second Rule”

Would you eat food that you dropped on the floor if you picked it up in less than five seconds? People call it “the five second rule” but is it true or false?

2/2/16 | 1m 40s


Instructor holding a pizza box, aluminum foil, and other items to make a solar oven

How To Make a Solar Oven

Can you make a s'more using only the power of the sun? ScienceU campers make pizza box solar ovens that can harness the sun's energy to make a s'more.

2/2/16 | 1m 54s



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