Summer: An Open Season for Experiential Learning

While many of their compatriots enjoyed family vacations and time away from school, hundreds of curious young women and men from eight states and Washington, D.C., recently explored Penn College’s unique “degrees that work” during a series of fun, interactive and hands-on summer camps.

Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer; Jennifer A. Cline, writer/magazine editor;
Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean of construction and design technologies;
Larry D. Kauffman, digital publishing specialist/photographer;
and the School of Business & Hospitality

The boys and girls of summer enjoy campus surroundings ...

The boys and girls of summer enjoy campus surroundings …

... and the exploration of potential careers.

… and the exploration of potential careers.

Collision repair instructor Roy H. Klinger (left) conducts a metalforming workshop during Automotive Restoration Camp ...

Collision repair instructor Roy H. Klinger (left) conducts a metalforming workshop during Automotive Restoration Camp …

... which allowed participants ample time to practice the highlighted techniques.

… which allowed participants ample time to practice the highlighted techniques.

Applying oneself − and some virtual paint − in the spray-gun simulator

Applying oneself − and some virtual paint − in the spray-gun simulator

Klinger pulls chauffeur duty in a vintage automobile, delighting his young passengers.

Klinger pulls chauffeur duty in a vintage automobile, delighting his young passengers.

Participants in the first-year restoration camp assemble for a class photo in College Avenue Labs.

Participants in the first-year restoration camp assemble for a class photo in College Avenue Labs.

A Creative Art Camp attendee, intent in his handiwork

A Creative Art Camp attendee, intent in his handiwork

Instructor/local artist Brian J. Spies helps a camper with her sun-printing project ...

Instructor/local artist Brian J. Spies helps a camper with her sun-printing project …

... and corrals an impromptu (and fittingly outdoor) gallery for the completed projects.

… and corrals an impromptu (and fittingly outdoor) gallery for the completed projects.

Shepherding her students' collage design is Andrea McDonough Varner, an art teacher in the Williamsport Area School District.

Shepherding her students’ collage design is Andrea McDonough Varner, an art teacher in the Williamsport Area School District.

Getting the ink "just right"

Getting the ink “just right”

Travelers on 2017's Architecture Odyssey leave Madigan Library on a tour of campus.

Travelers on 2017’s Architecture Odyssey leave Madigan Library on a tour of campus.

The Victorian House, designed and built by students, provides an apt photo venue ...

The Victorian House, designed and built by students, provides an apt photo venue …

... and an illuminating backdrop for conversation with Daniel L. Brooks, instructor of architectural technology.

… and an illuminating backdrop for conversation with Daniel L. Brooks, instructor of architectural technology.

Budding architects learn about building controls from David P. Socha, Generals Services' HVAC supervisor and a part-time instructor in the School of Construction & Design Technologies.

Budding architects learn about building controls from David P. Socha, Generals Services’ HVAC supervisor and a part-time instructor in the School of Construction & Design Technologies.

Replicating the working world, campers pitch their design to their "client."

Replicating the working world, campers pitch their design to their “client.”

All aboard the River Valley Transit trolley for a camp field trip!

All aboard the River Valley Transit trolley for a camp field trip!

Chef Frank M. Suchwala previews the Modernist Kitchen, using liquid nitrogen and other scientific ingredients to engage the senses at Future Restaurateurs Camp.

Chef Frank M. Suchwala previews the Modernist Kitchen, using liquid nitrogen and other scientific ingredients to engage the senses at Future Restaurateurs Camp.

Sometimes, it's a matter of taste ...

Sometimes, it’s a matter of taste …

... while other times, as Chef Mary G. Trometter reminds, it's the nose that knows.

… while other times, as Chef Mary G. Trometter reminds, it’s the nose that knows.

What is so rare as a day in June? Being able to see your breath, for one!

What is so rare as a day in June? Being able to see your breath, for one!

Chef Todd M. Keeley is among the cullinary faculty, offering expertise beyond measure.

Chef Todd M. Keeley is among the cullinary faculty, offering expertise beyond measure.

With a snap of the wrist, we're one flip closer to mealtime!

With a snap of the wrist, we’re one flip closer to mealtime!

Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II is the center of attention for this kitchen crew.

Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II is the center of attention for this kitchen crew.

Campers savor their summer experience.

Campers savor their summer experience.

Welding lecturer Michael K. Patterson shares his expertise in Engineering Camp, one of this season's new offerings.

Welding lecturer Michael K. Patterson shares his expertise in Engineering Camp, one of this season’s new offerings.

Outfitted for safety, campers awaiting their turn in the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center welding labs ...

Outfitted for safety, campers awaiting their turn in the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center welding labs …

... and try their hand at electronics in the Center for Business & Workforce Development. The two-day camp also featured civil engineering, plastics, engineering design technology and machining.

… and try their hand at electronics in the Center for Business & Workforce Development. The two-day camp also featured civil engineering, plastics, engineering design technology and machining.

Mallory L. Weymer (standing), coordinator of student health and wellness, and Nicholas L. Stephenson (seated in blue shirt), instructor of graphic design, preside over the Graphic Design Summer Studio.

Mallory L. Weymer (standing), coordinator of student health and wellness, and Nicholas L. Stephenson (seated in blue shirt), instructor of graphic design, preside over the Graphic Design Summer Studio.

A design-savvy camper takes an idea from sketch to screen.

A design-savvy camper takes an idea from sketch to screen.

Girls in Health Careers Camp gleefully explore the lifesaving world of emergency medicine.

Girls in Health Careers Camp gleefully explore the lifesaving world of emergency medicine.

Campers visit the occupational therapy assistant lab, gaining appreciation for others’ challenges.

Fun, with a rehabilitative purpose

Fun, with a rehabilitative purpose

Scott A. Geist, director of surgical technology, delivers a practical lesson to a well-cast volunteer.

Scott A. Geist, director of surgical technology, delivers a practical lesson to a well-cast volunteer.

Marie E. Fox (left), Drama Club adviser at Williamsport Area High School and a Community Theatre League board member, helps campers hone their improv skills.

Marie E. Fox (left), Drama Club adviser at Williamsport Area High School and a Community Theatre League board member, helps campers hone their improv skills.

Summer campers enjoy a night of theater in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

Summer campers enjoy a night of theater in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

Seth Sponhouse, educational coordinator for the Community Academy of Stage and Theatre, warms up the audience at an evening performance/improvisational show.

Seth Sponhouse, educational coordinator for the Community Academy of Stage and Theatre, warms up the audience at an evening performance/improvisational show.

SMART Girls, whose camp included work with quadcopters, gather outside College Avenue Labs for a drone-driven aerial photo.

SMART Girls, whose camp included work with quadcopters, gather outside College Avenue Labs for a drone-driven aerial photo.

In the midst of personal explorations via “What Color is Your Parachute” and “The Book of Virtues” – which encourage girls to consider how their personality traits might fit with various careers – SMART Girls disassembled prefab quadcopters and designed their own chassis. This one incorporates a layer of cardboard and one of foam board.

In the midst of personal explorations via “What Color is Your Parachute” and “The Book of Virtues” – which encourage girls to consider how their personality traits might fit with various careers – SMART Girls disassembled prefab quadcopters and designed their own chassis. This one incorporates a layer of cardboard and one of foam board.

A girl glues components to her aircraft's double-decker cardboard chassis.

A girl glues components to her aircraft’s double-decker cardboard chassis.

SMART Girls share progress and ideas.

SMART Girls share progress and ideas.

Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, runs a troubleshooting and repair station in the Automated Manufacturing Lab, where girls tested – and retested – their quadcopter chassis designs as the camp progressed. Albert was one of three instructing the SMART Girls throughout the camp. Joining him were Alice Justice, a school counselor for Central Columbia School District, and John Doctorick, of the Carnegie Science Center.

Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, runs a troubleshooting and repair station in the Automated Manufacturing Lab, where girls tested – and retested – their quadcopter chassis designs as the camp progressed. Albert was one of three instructing the SMART Girls throughout the camp. Joining him were Alice Justice, a school counselor for Central Columbia School District, and John Doctorick, of the Carnegie Science Center.

A girl designs her quadcopter chassis. The designs were then programmed to a laser cutter that came to the college courtesy of Carnegie Science Center’s Mobile Fab Lab.

A girl designs her quadcopter chassis. The designs were then programmed to a laser cutter that came to the college courtesy of Carnegie Science Center’s Mobile Fab Lab.

It is not uncommon for SMART Girls to cite, at the end of the week, that learning to fail was among their best experiences. The reminder that failure is simply a step on the path to a successful project was posted prominently in one of the rooms used by campers.

It is not uncommon for SMART Girls to cite, at the end of the week, that learning to fail was among their best experiences. The reminder that failure is simply a step on the path to a successful project was posted prominently in one of the rooms used by campers.

During an end-of-week showcase, a girl maneuvers her quadcopter toward an obstacle.

During an end-of-week showcase, a girl maneuvers her quadcopter toward an obstacle.

Doctorick shows the capabilities of one of the high-schooler-designed copters, landing it on her hand.

Doctorick shows the capabilities of one of the high-schooler-designed copters, landing it on her hand.

Moved inside the Schneebeli Earth Science Center due to inclement weather, the dozen participants in Design & Grow Horticulture Camp use computer software ...

Moved inside the Schneebeli Earth Science Center due to inclement weather, the dozen participants in Design & Grow Horticulture Camp use computer software …

... to beautify their virtual homes with landscaped "curb appeal."

… to beautify their virtual homes with landscaped “curb appeal.”