Things To Do

State College is located in the scenic hills of rural Central Pennsylvania and is rated one of the best adventure towns and one of the best college towns in the United States!

There are a variety of BCCE-sponsored and other activities that makes the 2012 conference a family-friendly destination. The 2012 BCCE has negotiated special group rates and tours for many of the activities listed below.

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Social Activities at the 2012 BCCE

Restaurants & Downtown State College
Childcare
Opportunities for kids
Opportunities for families: Outdoors
Opportunities for families: Tours & Museums
Entertainment

Social Activities at the 2012 BCCE

Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • Special Collections Exhibit – Joseph Priestley, Land-Grant College Acts, History of the American Chemical Society
    • 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM 104 Paterno Library (self-guided; docents available 1-2pm)

  • Plenary Address – Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri
    • 5:15 PM – 6:30 PM Eisenhower Auditorium

  • Opening Reception (hors d’oeuvres served)
    • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM HUB (Alumni Hall)

Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Plenary Address – Dr. Joe Francisco
    • 8:15 AM – 9:15 AM Eisenhower Auditorium

  • Special Collections Exhibit – Joseph Priestley, Land-Grant College Acts, History of the American Chemical Society
    • 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM 104 Paterno Library (self-guided; docents available 8-9:30am, 12:30-2pm, 5-6pm)

  • New Members Meeting
    • 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Training Room, Pollock Commons

  • Ice Cream Social
    • 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM HUB Willaman Bridge and Pelick Courtyard

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • Plenary Address – Dr. Subha Das
    • 8:15 AM – 9:15 AM Eisenhower Auditorium

  • Tour of the Joseph Priestley House
    • 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM Pick-up on Pollock Road in front of the HUB

  • Birds of a Feather Sessions
    • 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Training Room, Pollock Commons
    • 2YC3: Are you a Two-Year College instructor? Come get the scoop on Two-Year College Consortium and ACS Office of Two Year Colleges?
    • Advancing Chemistry by Enhancing Learning in the Laboratory (ACELL)
    • Discussions of Theoretical Frameworks – hosted by the Theoretical Frameworks Symposium
  • Picnic at the Arboretum
    • 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Penn State Arboretum

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

  • Plenary Address – Dr. Stephen Pruitt
    • 8:15 AM – 9:15 AM Eisenhower Auditorium

  • Birds of a Feather Sessions
    • 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Training Room, Pollock Commons
    • The Younger Chemistry Education Researchers Task Force

  • Social (hors d’oeuvres served)
    • 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM HUB (Alumni Hall) – featuring Al D. Hyde and the Key Tones

Thursday, August 2, 2012

  • Plenary Address – Dr. Henry Lee
    • 8:15 AM – 9:15 AM 100 Thomas Building

Restaurants & Downtown State College

You can eat lunch on or off campus. An on-campus lunch plan is available through the online registration process, but does not represent a discount from the pay-at-the-door rate ($11.00). Attendees may also purchase lunch on-site at Pollock Commons. This plan is offered as a matter of convenience because Pollock Commons is located near the main conference buildings.

The New Member meeting and the Birds-of-a-Feather sessions will be held in a private lunch room within Pollock Commons:

New Members Meeting

Monday 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Training Room, Pollock Commons

Birds of a Feather Sessions

Tuesday 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Training Room, Pollock Commons:

  • 2YC3: Are you a Two-Year College instructor? Come get the scoop on Two-Year College Consortium and ACS Office of Two Year Colleges?
  • Advancing Chemistry by Enhancing Learning in the Laboratory (ACELL)
  • Discussions of Theoretical Frameworks – hosted by the Theoretical Frameworks Symposium

Wednesday 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Training Room, Pollock Commons:

  • The Younger Chemistry Education Researchers Task Force

Pollock Commons

Pollock Commons provides a diverse array of all-you-can-eat food options. The dining schedule and prices are below:

Sunday, July 29
10:30 AM – 2:00 PM – Brunch ($13.30)
4:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Supper ($13.30)

Monday, July 30 through Thursday, August 2
7:00 AM – 9:30 AM – Breakfast ($6.60)
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Lunch ($11.00)
4:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Supper ($13.30)

“The Mix” is a convenience store and grill located on the first floor of Pollock:
Sunday, July 29: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Monday, July 30 through Thursday, August 2: 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM

HUB Dining

The following restaurants are located in the Hetzel Student Union Building (the HUB) – the same location as the exhibition: Chick-fil-A, Burger King, Panda Express, Sushi by Panda Express, Picalilli’s, Wild Cactus and Starbucks. The hours of operation of each during the conference are located here.

Off-campus Dining

If you’d prefer to eat lunch off-campus, there are many restaurants nearby. Download a full list and map.

Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau

Childcare

Day Bridge 861-4391 (Contact is Cheryl) – Drop-in available. Parents will need to complete a health assessment w/ proof of immunizations and some registration forms, which can be e-mailed in advance. Payment is due ahead of time.  Open 7 am to 6 pm.

Rates:
6 weeks – 12 months $48.60
1 yr to 24 months $44.74
2 year olds $41.53
3 & 4 yr olds  $34.21
K – 12 yr olds  $34.00 (child must have completed K)

Opportunities for kids

PSU Science camps – outreach programs from the Eberly College of Science dedicated to advancing science literacy in youth through the sharing and discovery of scientific knowledge.

**We have reserved 10 spots in the Science U summer camp program “ChemPossible”. The science camp is for kids entering grades 4-8 in the Fall. Registration for the summer camp is separate from conference registration. If you wish to enroll your child, please contact the 2012 BCCE General Chair, Dan Sykes.**

PSU Sports camps – young athletes can choose amongst 32 different sports and get a chance to work with some of the most highly regarded coaches and athletes in the country at Penn State’s Summer Sport Camps.

PSU Art camps – specialized art camps designed to stimulate the imagination and attract the individual interests of children (ages 5 to 14).

PSU Music camps – offers experiences in band, orchestra, choir, jazz, and piano for students who completed 8th grade (9th through recent gradutae) and who love music, want to study music with outstanding teachers, and experience college life at one of America’s great universities.

Millbrook Marsh Nature Center – educate and inspire people about the natural world, and to instill a passion for the environment through science, history, culture and art.

Fun Unleashed– Summer camp available. $30 per day 8:30am-1pm (minimum 3 days) or $100 per week. Laser tag, trampoline, jungle playground, arcade games, crafts etc. $20 registration fee includes t-shirt, water bottle and supplies, 10% sibling discount. Lunch available for purchase or can be brought. Also field trips for swimming, etc.

Opportunities for families: Outdoors

Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center – summer programs provide the knowledge, values, skills, experiences, and dedication that enable individuals and communities to achieve and maintain harmony between human activities and the natural systems that support all living species. Penn State’s Nature center invites you to walk our trails, visit our Raptor Center and Discovery Room, and enjoy one of our many programs and events! Hours are 10am-5pm 7days per week with free admission. “Meet the birds” shows are held between 1 and 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays.  Evenings of music are possible; check the Shaver’s Creek website as time goes on. There will be a nominal fee for music events.

Penns Cave and Wildlife Center– America’s only all-water cavern and wildlife park offers cavern tours, wildlife tours, gemstone panning, and a gift shop. Open 9am-7pm.
Rates: Cavern tour – adult $16.50 child $8.25 Wildlife tour – adult $19.95 child $11.95 Combined w/ both tours – adult $31.95 child $11.95 Group discounts available

Del Grosso’s Amuement Park – a fun inexpensive amusement and water park. Great for kids 16 and younger.

Mount Nittany– A vigorous hike to a great overlook of the PSU campus and Beaver Stadium; no fee

Stone Valley Recreation Area– sailing, kayaking, canoeing

Whipple Dam State park– picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, wildlife

Greenwood Furnace State Park– picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, wildlife

Black Moshannon State Park– picnicking, biking, swimming, boating, fishing, wildlife. The Black Moshannon Blueberry Bash will be held 1-5 PM July 28!

Bald Eagle State Park– picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, wildlife

Centre Region Parks and Recreation – local parks and community swimming pools

Opportunities for families: Tours and Museums

Discovery Space of Central PA– Hands-on science museum for children; open 12-5 Sunday, 10-5 Wednesday-Saturday.

Boal Mansion/Historic Boalsburg

The Pennsylvania Military Museum

Beaver Stadium Tour and the All-Sports Museum – visitors encounter, firsthand, the athletic history and heritage of one of the greatest universities in the nation. Located at the southwest corner of Beaver Stadium opposite the Bryce Jordan Center (BJC). A long canopy leading from Curtain Road marks the Museum entrance. Admission: Suggested Donation – $5 for adults, $3 for children, seniors, & students. To help cover the cost of special exhibitions, programming, and tours, for which there is not extra charge, we ask that you please contribute the full amount. Group tours/rates available. Regular Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10AM-4PM, Sunday: 12PM-4PM

Palmer Museum of Art

Nanofab Facility

Breazeale Nuclear Reactor – Come to the Penn State Radiation Science and Engineering Center to learn about applications of radiation and nuclear technology, neutron imaging, neutron activation analysis and the new radiochemistry program. Penn State has the only reactor in Pennsylvania dedicated to research, education and outreach. Projects using the gamma irradiation facility will be highlighted – including F-Centers in halide crystals. Educational materials from Penn State and the American Nuclear Society will be available for tour participants. All participants must have government-issued photo ID (such as photo driver’s license or passport). Tour will last approximately 45 minutes.

Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum

Joseph Priestley House in Northumberland, PA

Mount Nittany Winery– tasting available at any time during business hours, or tours can be pre-arranged. Group tours also available. Tours are $5 and include tour, tasting, and tasting class.
Open TUE – FRI : 1:30PM – 5:00PM, SAT: 10:00AM – 5:00PM, SUN: 12:30PM – 4:00PM.

Entertainment

Otto’s Pub and Brewery

Boal Barn Playhouse

The State Theatre

State College Spikes Minor League Baseball

Penn State Athletic Facilities:IM Building (weight rooms, gyms), White Building (indoor pool & exercise facilities), Natatorium (indoor pool), Olympic size outdoor pool, Outdoor and Indoor Running Tracks

2000 Degrees– paint your own pottery. If participants want to take their pieces home, then they should come in on the 29th, so their pieces can dry and be fired. However, they can still do the activity any day, because the store will ship any number of pieces anywhere in the continental US for $8.  Pieces range from $4 to $30 to paint, studio fees range from $4 to $6 for two hours which includes paint, use of tools and firing.

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