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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 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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Marshall University, Huntington
Microscopic World: Bacteria and Fungi Around You
6th-8th grades
June 15th -20th, 9am-4pm, $250

Bacteria, Amoebae, Mold! Oh my! Why does food spoil? What is that green fuzzy stuff on my bread? What exactly are those “live cultures” in my yogurt?? Spend a full week in a college microbiology lab finding out about cool microscopic living things! Click here for more details.

 

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BridgeValley Community and Technical College, South Charleston
STEAM Academy
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.

 

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Clay Center, Charleston
Family Fun Fest
Catapults are Easy

Wednesday, June 17, 1 or 3 pm
Cost: $5 per personSee where you land while testing your catapult building skills. Recommended for ages 5 & up. Click here to register online or call 304-561-3570.Clay Center, Charleston
Dino Day
Thursday, June 18, 1 or 3 pm
Cost: $5 per person

Learn about creatures from eons ago while excavating your own dinosaur find.Click here to register online or call 304-561-3570.

 

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Clay Center, Charleston
Space Out Saturday
Saturday, June 20
11 am – 4 pm

It’s out-of-this-world fun as you explore the cosmos! Walk through the solar system, learn about the planets and Sun, design a rocket and check out our water rocket launches throughout the afternoon. You can also make your own constellations and check out some special science demos as we make comets! Top it all off with a visit to our new Digital Dome for a journey through the universe. All special family event day activities are included in the price of admission (which is free for members).

 

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Kanawha State Forest, Charleston
Nature Camp by The Clay Center
June 22 – 26 • 10 am – 2 pm
Grades 3 – 7 (rising)
Cost: $115 members; $125 non-members

Explore the forest and discover a world of connections between plants, wildlife, soil and water! Registration deadline is June 16. Click here to register online or call 304-561-3570.

 

 

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Marshall University, Huntington
Nerdy Derby
6th-8th  grades
June 24th, 9am-4pm, $60

Using recycled materials, trash and a whole can of awesome, build your own car and race in this free-for-all derby. Open build time and lots of fun to be had. From the fastest to the craziest, compete for top honors, and most of all, have fun! Click here for more details.

 

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Engineering Challenge Summer Camp

The Engineering Challenge Camps at WVU 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 this and the July camps, visit the camps page here.

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

 

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Marshall University, Huntington
Scanning the Microscopic World
6th-8th grades
June 22nd, 9am-4pm, $60

Ever wanted to use a $100,000 microscope? Here is your chance! Create beautiful images of the microsopic world around you. Participate in demonstrations of how Newtonian concepts of physics meet those of quantum mechanics.  Click here for more details.

 

Marshall University, Huntington
Science Is Magic
6th -8th  grades
June 23rd, 9am-4pm, $60

Sometimes, when we see science at work, it seems to be almost magic. In this camp, we explore some of the more magical aspects of the scientific world. Wear old clothes and be ready to get messy! Click here for more details.

 

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Arts and Bots Camp
Huntington, WV
June 22-25

This introduction to Arts and Bots Camp is for children entering 3rd through 5th grades during the 2015-2016 school year and have little to no experience with robotics and the Arts and Bots Program. This camp will take place June 22 – 25 from 9am to Noon. Click here for details and contact information.

 

 

 


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.

 

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Marshall University College of Science
Summer Science Adventures 2015

In each of the following camps, there is a multiple child discount of 15%. Most camps have a maximum attendance of 20. Snacks will be provided. Multiple camp discount is 20% after first. Camps are taught by professors, graduate students or local professionals with a low camper to instructor ratio. Scholarships are available, please check website for more information: http://ssawv.com or contact Dr. Suzanne Strait in the Marshall University Department of Biological Science at 304-412-2757 or SummerScienceAdventures@gmail.com.

 

Marshall University, Huntington
Fur, Scales and Larvae
6th-8th  grades
June 25th, 9am-4pm, $60

Wild and wonderful West Virginia, from the creepy crawlers to the furry flyers in our forests. We explore the many rare and beautiful creatures that live around us. Learning native species, their scientific names, habitats and how to identify them and why every one of them is important to the ecosystem. Live specimens! Click here for more details.

 

Marshall University, Huntington
CSI Huntington
6th-8th  grades
June 26th, 9am-4pm , $60

Did you know that Huntington has its own Crime Scene House for training forensic scientists? Want to solve a crime there? Hands on experience and training in a variety of forensic science disciplines including latent prints, blood spatter analysis, digital forensics, outdoor crime scene and toxicology. Click here for more details.

 

Marshall University, Huntington
Scanning the Microscopic World
9th-12th grades (limit 10 participants)
June 29th, 1pm-4pm, $35 

 Ever wanted to use a $100,000 microscope? Here is your chance! Create beautiful images of the microscopic world around you. Participate in demonstrations of how Newtonian concepts of physics meet those of quantum mechanics. Click here for more details.

 

Marshall University, Huntington
Microscopic World: Bacteria and Fungi Around You
9th-12th grades
June 30th 1pm-4pm, $35

Bacteria, Amoebae, Mold! Oh my! Why does food spoil? What is that green fuzzy stuff on my bread? What exactly are those “live cultures” in my yogurt?? Find out about cool microscopic living things! Click here for more details.

 

What’s happening in July?

 

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Marshall University College of Science
Summer Science Adventures 2015

In each of the following camps, there is a multiple child discount of 15%. Most camps have a maximum attendance of 20. Snacks will be provided. Multiple camp discount is 20% after first. Camps are taught by professors, graduate students or local professionals with a low camper to instructor ratio. Scholarships are available, please check website for more information: http://ssawv.com or contact Dr. Suzanne Strait in the Marshall University Department of Biological Science at 304-412-2757 or SummerScienceAdventures@gmail.com.

 

Marshall University, Huntington
Anatomy: A Cut Above the Rest
9th-12th grades
July 1st, 1pm-4pm, $35

Learn anatomy by hands-on dissections. Explore and learn with a rare opportunity to dissect several different specimens. From eyeballs to hearts, you will have a fantastically squishy time. Click here for more details.

 

Marshall University, Huntington
You Are What You Eat and More: Cooking with Science
 9th-12th grades
July 2nd, 1pm-4pm, $35

Using molecular biology we learn that our diet doesn’t just affect ourselves. Our choices get passed on to our children. Learn how and why these choices are important. With those lessons in mind, we can apply what we have learned and cook with science. Enjoy the lesson and, hopefully, enjoy the food. Click here for more details.

Marshall University, Huntington
Small Things Made Big
K-3rd grade. Mom/Dad & Me
July 6th, 9am-12pm, $35

The group will take a look at objects on the micro-scale to try and identify them. Count the hairs on a flea, see the mouth parts of a horsefly, get up close and personal with an orange peel. Participants will go on a scavenger hunt to try to be the first to locate micro-treasures. Click here for more details.

 

Marshall University, Huntington
Small Things Made Big
3rd-6th grades
July 6th, 1pm-4pm, $35

The group will take a look at objects on the micro-scale to try and identify them. Count the hairs on a flea, see the mouth parts of a horsefly, get up close and personal with an orange peel. Participants will go on a scavenger hunt to try to be the first to locate micro-treasures. Click here for more details.

 

Marshall University, Huntington
Where the Germs Are
K-3rd grade. Mom/Dad & Me
July 7th, 9am-12pm, $35, Limit 10

Learn microbiology techniques and then find out where and who has the most germs and where they are located. Does hand washing make a difference? Does antimicrobial soap help? What about hand sanitizers? Click here for more details.

 

Marshall University, Huntington
Where the Germs Are
3rd-6th grades
July 7th, 1pm-4pm, $35

Learn microbiology techniques and then find out where and who has the most germs and where they are located. Does hand washing make a difference? Does antimicrobial soap help? What about hand sanitizers? Click here for more details.

 

 

Marshall University, Huntington
Achy
Breaky Heart
K-3rd grade. Mom/Dad & Me
July 8
th, 9am-12pm, $35

It’s time to play. This group will dissect hearts and learn how hearts adapt to physical activity and why they need to stay healthy.  Participants will also run the circulatory maze and figure out how blood gets through the body and back again. Click here for more details.

 

Marshall University, Huntington
Achy Breaky Heart
3rd-6th grades
July 8th, 1pm-4pm, $35

It’s time to play. This group will dissect hearts and learn how hearts adapt to physical activity and why they need to stay healthy.  Participants will also run the circulatory maze and figure out how blood gets through the body and back again. Click here for more details.

 

Marshall University, Huntington
Mixing Magic of Chemistry
K-3rd grade. Mom/Dad & Me
July 9th, 9am-12pm, $35

How does the elephant brush his teeth? With chemistry, almost anything is possible. Participants will have some fun and mix up some excitement while learning basic concepts of chemistry. Click here for more details.

 

Marshall University, Huntington
Mixing Magic of Chemistry
3rd-6th grades
July 9th, 1pm-4pm, $35

How does the elephant brush his teeth? With chemistry, almost anything is possible. Participants will have some fun and mix up some excitement while learning basic concepts of chemistry. Click here for more details.

 

Marshall University, Huntington
How Are you Different from an Elephant?
3rd-6th grades
July 10th, 1pm-4pm, $35

Learn about your own body by comparing it to an elephant’s. How many of you does an elephant weigh? Run the length of an elephant’s digestive system. Click here for more details.

 

Marshall University, Huntington
The Chemistry of Water
6th-9th grades
July 13th, 1pm-4pm, $35

Water is an amazing substance with distinctive chemical properties that allow it to function in unique ways.  Students will explore the chemistry of water with hands-on experiments and learn the ins and outs of a water chemistry lab. Click here for more details.

 

Marshall University, Huntington
Exploring Water
K-3rd grade. Mom/Dad & Me
July 13th, 9am-12pm, $35

The amazing properties of water are revealed through hands-on demonstrations which show why this unique liquid is critical for life. Click here for more details.

 

Marshall University, Huntington
Exploring Water
3rd-6th grades
July 14th, 9am-12pm, $35

The amazing properties of water are revealed through hands-on demonstrations which show why this unique liquid is critical for life. Click here for more details.

 

Marshall University, Huntington
Trying out Science
10th-12th grades
July 14th, 1pm-4pm, $35

A hands-on look at careers in Environmental Science.  Activities are designed to give high school juniors and seniors exposure to the diverse opportunities in environmental science and natural resources, with the aim to help them focus academic and career goals.  No matter what your talents and skill level, if your interests lie outside the classroom and/or office, this camp is for you! Click here for more details.

 

Marshall University, Huntington
Using Bugs to Protect Streams
6th-9th grades
July 15th, 1pm-4pm, $35

Aquatic life is frequently used to evaluate the human impact on stream ecosystems.  Students will investigate streams to determine whether they are healthy or impacted by pollution. This useful skill may be handy for those joining local watershed groups, fishermen or anyone interested in bugs and streams. Click here for more details.

 

Marshall University, Huntington
Creepy Crawlers in Creeks
K-3rd grade. Mom/Dad & Me
July 15th 9am-12pm, $35

The aquatic food web is explored, focusing on the special characteristics of bugs that adapt themselves to their unique lifestyles. Click here for more details.

 

Marshall University, Huntington
Creepy Crawlers in Creeks
3rd-6th grades
July 16th, 9am-12pm, $35

The aquatic food web is explored, focusing on the special characteristics of bugs that adapt themselves to their unique lifestyles. Click here for more details.

 

Marshall University, Huntington
Fishing for a Living
10th-12th grades
July 16th, 1pm-4pm, $35

Healthy aquatic systems are critical for survival of all species as we depend on them for drinking water and food.  Students participating in this course will take a look at the general health of aquatic resources with hands-on investigations.  Special attention will be given to discussions of careers in the aquatic sciences. Click here for more details.

 

Marshall University, Huntington
Airplane Design and Play
K-3rd grade. Mom/Dad & Me
July 17th, 9am-12pm, $35

Learn about aerodynamics and how to use your imagination to make the best plane you can. Using materials on hand, make changes to your plane’s performance. Use our launch pad and practice for the final race! Click here for more details.

 

Marshall University, Huntington
Airplane Design and Play
3rd-6th grades
July 17th, 1pm-4pm, $35

Learn about aerodynamics and how to use your imagination to make the best plane you can. Using materials on hand, make changes to your plane’s performance. Use our launch pad and practice for the final race! Click here for more details.

 

Marshall University, Huntington
Anatomy: From Form to Function
6th-8th grades
July 20th–23rd, 9am-4pm, $220

Learn, dissect and play. We combine classroom, labs, art and gym into one amazing camp. Click here for more details.

 

Marshall University, Huntington
Bone Builder
9th-12th
July 27-31, 1pm-4pm, $130

Join us for a full week of bone building fun. Learn how to clean a skeleton and wire one together. Make a real animal or one from your imagination! You will take home your creation at the end of the week! Click here for more details.

 

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Clay Center, Charleston
July 27 – July 31 • 10 am – noon
Grades 2 – 6 (rising)
Cost: $85 members; $100 non-members

Get into science, girls! Learn through hands-on activities about various fields of science including botany, geology, animals, space and electronics. Finish the week by presenting an experiment of your own design! Registration deadline is July 20. Click here to register online or call 304-561-3570.

 

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Engineering Challenge Summer Camp

The Engineering Challenge Camps at WVU 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

Clay Center, Charleston
Planetarium Shows: IBEX and Two Small Pieces of Glass. Details below.

Join scientists who are investigating the boundary between our Solar System and the rest of the galaxy! Follow the creation of NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX), and get an in-depth look at its exciting mission of collecting high-speed atoms to map our Solar System’s boundary. Narrated by two inquisitive teenagers, audiences will hear from the scientists and engineers that developed the IBEX mission and created the spacecraft. Showing Wednesday – Sunday at 1 pm.

Explore the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years! Produced to engage and appeal to audiences of all ages, this planetarium show traces the history of the telescope from Galileo modifying a child’s spyglass (using two small pieces of glass), to the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. Showing Wednesday – Sunday at 3 pm.

Clay Center, Charleston
Giant Screen Film

This watering hole isn’t big enough for the both of them! When a young lion tries to dethrone the lion king, the elder lion wages the battle of his life to defend his home and offspring. Set against the backdrop of the African savanna in Botswana, Roar is an amazing look at lions – from cub to king – as you learn about their family life, hunting practices and more. With some of the most amazing animal cinematography ever captured on film, Roar is truly an unforgettable giant-screen movie experience. Showing Wednesday – Sunday at 2 & 4 pm.

 

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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