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Activities to inspire students in STEM around the state

What STEM-ulating activities are happening in West Virginia?
Check this page frequently for new activities targeted toward elementary, middle and high school students to increase interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math disciplines.

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 What’s happening in March?

 

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Clay Center, Charleston

Sweet Science
March 2015
Sink your teeth into our sweetest science demo yet when we unwrap the science behind some of your favorite tasty treats! Shows Wednesday – Sunday at 1, 2 & 3 pm in Earth City’s Cavern of Time. Click here to visit the Clay Center’s website.

 

 

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Clay Center, Charleston
Saturday, March 28

11 am – 4 pm
Hop on over to the Clay Center for a day filled with egg-citing family fun! Enjoy egg hunts, egg dyeing, egg relay races, and even a (kind of messy) egg toss. Make your own adorable set of bunny ears and much more. You can also meet our special guest for the day – The Easter Bunny!  Click here to visit the Clay Center’s website.

 

 

What’s happening in April?

 

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Clay Center, Charleston
Backyard Explorers

April 2015
Take an exotic safari into your own backyard. Discover and meet the amazing plants and animals living right under your nose! Shows Wednesday – Sunday at 1, 2 & 3 pm in Earth City’s Cavern of Time.  Click here to visit the Clay Center’s website.

 

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Clay Center, Charleston
Spring Collages
April 11
12 pm – 4 pm   

Celebrate the season as you use recyclable materials to create bright spring scenes. Click here to visit the Clay Center’s website.

 

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West Virginia University, Morgantown
8th Grade Day

April 18

8th Grade Day, an annual event hosted by WVU’s Society of Women Engineers to kick off the beginning of Engineer’s Week. This event gives middle-school students the opportunity to complete challenging engineering projects in collaboration with Statler College students and faculty. This event provides unique hands-on experiences, and 8th graders from around the state are welcome to attend. Click here to see pictures from the 2014 event. For questions, send an email to wvuswe@gmail.com.

Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence

Marshall University, Huntington
Explore Digital Forensics & Cyber Security
Tuesday, April 21
9 am – 5 pm

This event is an interactive, hands-on program introducing high school students to the world of cybercrime, cyber security and digital forensics at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center. The program is part of the Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence‘s (AIDE) annual conference. The program is open to any high school students. It is highly recommended that the students have strong interest in computers, solid work ethics and the desire to learn. Only basic computer knowledge is required. Students are encouraged to apply early as space is limited to 25 people. To apply, send an e-mail to John Sammons at john.sammons@marshall.edu indicating your interest and the following information: full name, contact e-mail and phone number, high school, current grade level, brief description of current computer skills and why you want to attend.

 

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Clay Center, Charleston
Eco Afternoon!

Wednesday, April 22 & Friday, April 24
3 – 6:30 pm
Celebrate Earth Day with two afternoons of nature exploration!  Get an up close look at plants and animals at our Discovery Tables, create your own patchwork pot and explore the sights, sounds, smells and textures of our Education Gardens! Click here to visit the Clay Center’s website.

 

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West Virginia University, Morgantown
Girl Scout Day

April 25

Every year, the WVU Society of Women Engineers hosts Girl Scout Day in the spring. The day is a high-energy, fun-filled event where the fun of engineering is shared with young girl scouts – from Daisies to Juniors. If your Girl Scout troop would like to participate and earn badges at the Statler College of Engineering, contact one of the SWE Officers by sending them an email.  See pictures from the 2014 event and see the agenda on the Girl Scout Day Webpage.
For more details, or to register, please click here.

 

 

What’s happening in May?

 

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Wicked Weather
May 2015

Fun is in the forecast as we chase storms and investigate wicked weather phenomena! Shows Wednesday – Sunday at 1, 2 & 3 pm in Earth City’s Cavern of Time

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Clay Center, Charleston
“Magical” Mobius Strips
May 9

12 pm – 4 pm
Give science and math a fun twist (or at least half of one) with this simple experiment! Click here to visit the Clay Center’s website.

 

 

What’s happening in June?

 

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Clay Center, Charleston
Superhero Science
June 2015

Kick off your summer with our blockbuster presentation of the science behind some of your favorite superheroes! Shows Wednesday – Sunday at 1, 2 & 3 pm in Earth City’s Cavern of Time. Click here to visit the Clay Center’s website.

 

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Clay Center, Charleston
Star Spangled Fans
June 13

Happy (almost) Flag Day! Red, white and blue not only make a nice shade of purple, they make some colorful patriotic fans.

 

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STEAM Academy
BridgeValley Community and Technical College, South Charleston
June 15 – 19 for rising 5th and 6th graders. June 22-26 for rising 7th and 8th graders

The STEAM Academy at Bridge Valley is an annual opportunity for kids to spend a portion of their summer having fun “imagining and making” while investigating careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. The camp provides workshops to stimulate a child’s interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics with courses in:

  • Computer Game Development
  • 3-D Engineering – Car design
  • Lego Robotics
  • Filmmaking and PhotoShop
  • Rocket Building
  • Web Page Development

The cost is $175/week and includes all materials, snacks and a t-shirt. To learn more and/or register, visit: http://www.bridgevalley.edu/steam-academy.

 

 

Engineering Challenge Summer Camps

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Engineering Challenge Camps are for students excited about science and engineering who want to tackle engineering-related challenges like solving energy problems while preserving the environment or using nanotechnology in the fields of biomedical and chemical engineering. Work each day with fellow campers and camp counselors to complete challenges and compete in competitions where you will use creativity and problem solving skills to develop unique solutions. In the evenings, our overnight campers will stay in WVU dormitories and will participate in fun, team-building activities. At the conclusion of each camp, parents and family members will be invited to watch camper presentations that cover what they learned that week.

  • June 21-26 — Engineering in Entertainment Co-ed High School Camp

To learn more about the camps, visit the camps page here.

For more information, visit the camp page at this link or contact Cate Schlobohm.

 


STEM Summer Academy for Girls
WVU Tech, Montgomery
June 28-July 3

WVU Tech will host the first-ever STEM Summer Academy for Girls, a five-day summer program for current and incoming female high school students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. At the Academy, students from around the state gather on our college campus for a week-long immersion in all things STEM. The Academy costs $350, which covers all housing, meals, travel and activities for the week. There are full and partial need-based scholarships available for students who qualify. Click here for details and contact information.

 

What’s happening in July?

 

Engineering Challenge Summer Camps

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Engineering Challenge Camps are for students excited about science and engineering who want to tackle engineering-related challenges like solving energy problems while preserving the environment or using nanotechnology in the fields of biomedical and chemical engineering. Work each day with fellow campers and camp counselors to complete challenges and compete in competitions where you will use creativity and problem solving skills to develop unique solutions. In the evenings, our overnight campers will stay in WVU dormitories and will participate in fun, team-building activities. At the conclusion of each camp, parents and family members will be invited to watch camper presentations that cover what they learned that week.

  • July 5-10 — Engineering in Action Co-Ed High School Camp
  • July 6-10 — Middle School Engineering Camp
  • July 12-17 — “Growing Roots in STEM” All-female Engineering Challenge Camp
  • July 19-24 — Maker Co-ed High School Camp
  • July 26-31 — Elementary Day CampsTo learn more about the camps, visit the camps page here.For more information, visit the camp page at this link or contact Cate Schlobohm.

Ongoing activities and events

 

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Ongoing: Morgan County Observatory Foundation Public Star Parties

Public Star Parties take place on regularly-scheduled Friday evenings at the Morgan County Observatory. There is stargazing, refreshments, movies and hands on astronomy exhibits to entertain people of all ages. The Observatory is open whether the sky is cloudy or clear, but could be canceled at the last minute due to severe weather conditions. For more information or to check the calendar for upcoming star parties, click here.

 

 

TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science) challenges high school and middle school students to solve real-world engineering problems using practical and creative applications of math and science knowledge. The Statler College hosts the TEAMS competition each spring, and we welcome new entrants.

On the day of the event, students complete a two-part competition in the morning, and then are taken on lab tours where they get to complete a hands-on project. The day is concluded by an award ceremony.

Please contact Cate Schlobohm for more information or to learn how to register.

– See more at: http://www.statler.wvu.edu/outreach.php#sthash.gNe1GWN9.dpuf

TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science) challenges high school and middle school students to solve real-world engineering problems using practical and creative applications of math and science knowledge. The Statler College hosts the TEAMS competition each spring, and we welcome new entrants.

On the day of the event, students complete a two-part competition in the morning, and then are taken on lab tours where they get to complete a hands-on project. The day is concluded by an award ceremony.

Please contact Cate Schlobohm for more information or to learn how to register.

– See more at: http://www.statler.wvu.edu/outreach.php#sthash.gNe1GWN9.dpuf

Ongoing: West Virginia State University Extension Service 4-H Aerospace and Robotics Club, Institute

Open to students in K-12 for hands-on learning opportunities using NASA equipment. The club meets monthly, with the mission of increasing youth interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), one of the fastest-growing areas of need in the state’s workforce.

The club is free to join. at WVSU’s Aerospace Education Laboratory (AEL), 213 Douglass St., Institute, West Virginia. Volunteer opportunities are available for interested adults. For more information, contact Paul Henderson at 304 205-7973, henderpm@wvstateu.edu.

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Do you have a STEMulating event or activity for elementary, middle and/or high school students? Send info to Communications Manager, Amanda Ramey