School Year


Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts is Central Pennsylvania’s most engaging destination for students of all ages. Whether your class is looking to explore the interactive exhibits housed on three floors inside Harsco Science Center, enjoy an educational and entertaining documentary presented in our four story Select Medical Digital Cinema, take part in Surgery LIVE!, or get hands-on in one of our Discovery Labs, Whitaker Center will inspire your students to fall in love with science and technology.


Planning your trip is easy, and we have a host of different programs that will compliment your in-class lessons with standards-based activities that get your students involved in learning and excited about the process. Contact or call 717-724-3862 and speak with our Group Sales Coordinator to begin planning your visit!



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Surgery Live!SurgeryLive!

Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center have created an innovative partnership designed to stimulate the interest of high school students in careers in health care. With the support of Highmark BlueShield, Surgery Live! at Whitaker Center is connecting students to enter the operating rooms of Hershey Medical Center through interactive high-definition videoconferencing technology.

Students see and hear the surgical teams in real time and are able to ask questions during surgical procedures. In addition to explaining the operation as it happens, members of the surgical team describe their responsibilities and careers in health care, making those careers more interesting and accessible. A facilitator guides the students' discussion with operating room staff, demonstrate surgical instruments used in the operation, and explain factors that cause disease and contribute to conditions that place patients on the operating table. Pre- and post-visit educational activities maximize the impact of each Surgery Live! session.
There are only three similar programs at science centers in the U.S. These include Surgical Suite at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, OH; Live from the Heart at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, IL; and Cardiac Classroom at the Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ.

Surgery Live!
details at-a-glance:

Capacity: 100 people
Program duration: 2.5 hours for Surgery Live! program
Total Whitaker Center visit time varies based on time allotted for visiting the Science Center and additional programmatic options chosen.


Regular Admission SDPC Participants
Students $23 Students $20.50
Adult chaperone $12 Adult chaperone $10.50
Lead Teacher Free Lead Teacher Free

*Note: SDPC participants receive a 10% discount on the above rates. Science Center admission is included in Surgery Live! pricing. Addition of Cinema films or Discovery Labs may be available upon request for an additional fee.


Surgery Live! Scheduled Dates for 2015-2016 School Year


11/17 Gastric Sleeve
11/19 Hysterectomy

12/1 Gastric Sleeve
12/17 Lap. Choley
12/18 Urology

1/26 Endoscopic

2/3 Urology
2/5 Hysterectomy
2/16 Endoscopic
2/18 Lap. Choley
2/23 Gastric Sleeve

3/1 Endoscopic
3/2 Urology
3/22 Gastric Sleeve

4/8 Hysterectomy
4/28 Lap. Choley

5/3 Endoscopic
5/4 Gastric Sleeve
5/9 Lap. Choley
5/10 Gastric Sleeve


For more information regarding Surgery Live! programming, please contact our Group Sales Coordinator at 717-724-3862. Program availability and space is limited.

Surgery Live! Video