COMETS Program

COMETS is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Program

The Courses on Math, Engineering, Technology and Science (COMETS) Program is a STEM initiative of both education and industry. COMETS is directed at supporting and guiding middle school students as they gain confidence in their abilities in science, math, engineering and technology. The purpose of the program is to:

  • provide sixth, seventh and eighth grade students in southwestern Pennsylvania with mentoring support and hands-on experiential learning activities that support the pursuit of upper-level math and science courses in high school
  • provide a positive perspective of college-level STEM courses
  • give encouragement and guidance in selecting future STEM-related careers, both college degree and non-degree careers.

Parent/Student Awareness

Throughout the program, parents will receive access to STEM resources such as future STEM programs, information on new careers in STEM fields, and tools that will enhance student interest. Participants will also receive information on STEM student websites and notifications for area programs throughout the year. 

Fall 2022 Schedule

Meet and Greet - December 3, 2022 at the Digital Foundry in New Kensington (855 Fifth Avenue, New Kensington, PA 15068)

Saturday Morning Workshops - 10 a.m. - Noon at Penn State New Kensington:

  • January 7, 2023
  • January 21, 2023
  • February 4, 2023
  • March 25, 2023
  • April 1, 2023
  • May 13, 2023

COMETS Camp - March 4, 2023 10 a.m. - Noon 

Field Trips and sites will be announced at a later date

Registration Required - Deadline to register November 30, 2022

REGISTRATION - click here!

For more information contact Deb Novak - [email protected]

The funding for this STEM initiative is provided by: Emerson Charitable Trust

Students will receive a COMETS T-shirt for participating in this program.