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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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Milton’s Marvels of Science at the Clay Center, Charleston

Shows Wednesday - Sunday at 1, 2 & 3 pm

Experience extraordinary science shows in the Cavern of Time located in Earth City. Milton’s Marvels of Science gives visitors an opportunity to see LIVE science demonstrations! The subjects of these demos change each month and cover a variety of topics ranging from physics and chemistry to earth science and biology. Click here for more details on The Clay Center’s website.

April: Water Works
Prepare to get wet and wild as we explore the wonderful world of water!

 

 

Forensic campsMiddle and High School students can see what the TV shows CSI and NCIS would really be like at upcoming forensics workshops at West Virginia University

 


The monthly schedule is below.

  • Firearm identification, April 26
  • Bloodstain pattern analysis, May 24

Click here for more details.

 

 

Hands On Science Area, Children’s Discovery Museum of West Virginia, Morgantown
April 19, May 3, May 24 and June 7 – 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

A Hands-On Science Area for children 5-11 years old (and their grown-ups) will be open. Visitors will explore physics, engineering, math and logic through interactive activities. (Children under 5 will not be allowed in the Hands-On Science Area, but can enjoy our Eureka! ScienceCenter, the museum’s permanent science exhibit.) The exhibit includes rotating activities that explore topics such as magnetism, circuits, gravity and more. Regular admission applies and admission to the rest of the Museum is included. Support for the Hands-On Science Center was provided in part by the LEGO Children’s Fund. Click here for more information on the Museum’s website.

 

Saturday Science-Nano Science: Forms of Carbon, Children’s Discovery Museum of West Virginia, Morgantown
April 26 at 11:30 a.m.

Hands-on activities will take place at the Museum that explore the cutting edge world of nanoscience, the study of materials that are a billionth of a meter. In Nano Science: Forms of Carbon, visitors learn the different ways carbon atoms can arrange themselves and the unique properties these arrangements have. Regular admission applies. Click here for more information on the Museum’s website.

 

 

 

 

Milton’s Marvels of Science at the Clay Center, Charleston
Shows Wednesday - Sunday at 1, 2 & 3 pm

Experience extraordinary science shows in the Cavern of Time located in Earth City. Milton’s Marvels of Science gives visitors an opportunity to see LIVE science demonstrations! The subjects of these demos change each month and cover a variety of topics ranging from physics and chemistry to earth science and biology. Click here for more details on The Clay Center’s website.

May 2014: Medieval Job Faire!
WANTED: Kings, crofters, apothecaries and knights! Learn a trade or earn a shield, and catapult yourself into a medieval career today!

June 2014: Superhero Science
Join forces with us to unleash the extraordinary science behind your favorite superheroes!

 

 

 

Saturday Science-Nano Science: What is it like to be a nanoscientist?
May 10 at 11:30 a.m.

Hands-on activities will explore the cutting edge world of nanoscience. In “Nano Science: What Is it Like To Be a Nanoscientist?” visitors will learn how nanoscientists study materials that are a billionth of a meter. Participants will learn what nano is, what a scanning probe microscope does and why nanoscientists wear clean room suits. Regular admission applies. Click here for more information on the Museum’s website.

 

 


Space Out Saturday at the Clay Center, Charleston

Saturday, June 7, noon – 4 pm
It’s out-of-this-world fun as you explore the cosmos with rocket launches, crater and comet demonstrations, astronaut lab, space “crafts” and much more! It’s a real blast!

 

 

 

 

 

Aviation Summer Camp, Morgantown aviation camp image
June 11-13, 2014

An aviation summer camp for students currently enrolled in 7th and 8th grades will be hosted by the NASA WV Space Grant Consortium on June 11-13, 2014.  The annual camp takes place for 3-days and 2-nights on WVU’s Evansdale Campus in Morgantown. The cost of the camp is greatly reduced through Space Grant’s support with scholarships available for students qualifying for free or reduced lunch. Click here for more information. Applications must be received no later than March 21, 2014.

 

 

 

STEAM Academy at BridgeValley, South Charleston
June 16-27, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

STEAM Academy is an 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. It will introduce students to a wide range of high-paying technical careers for a bright future. It’s designed for students entering 4th through 8th grades and will take place at The Advanced Technology Center (1201 Science Drive, South Charleston, WV). The cost is a registration fee of $250 which includes two weeks of full-day educational camp experience. Space is limited.  Download registration form here. Contact Camp Director Melissa Thompson at 304-734-6691 with questions or for more information.

 

 

Arts and Bots: Exploring Robotics and the Arts!, Huntington
June 23-26, 9 a.m. to noon each day with a snack provided

The June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development, part of the College of Education and Professional Development at Marshall University, is offering summer camps on Marshall’s campus for students entering the 2nd -5th grades. Arts and Bots will take place at Marshall’s Huntington campus in Corbly Hall (Room 211). The cost is $150 per child. For more information, contact Holly Moore at miles10@marshall.edu or 304-696-2945.

 

 


A-STEM for Life Summer Camps for Middle School Students, Morgantown

 

In the week-long 2014 Summer Day Camp A-STEM for Life programs, students use basic visual art and math skills to assess criteria and make recommendations for improving the efficiency or environmental impact. Students must employ scientific inquiry and explore artistic talents (hypothesis testing and investigate science behind innovative art); mobile technology (software design, programming, and mobile apps); robotic engineering (solving for a variety of unknowns, computer programming, solving robot missions) and science behind cooking (mixtures, chemical reactions, flavor enhancing). The camps will take place in Morgantown. Click here for more information.

2014 Schedule of Middle School Summer Day Camps:

  • Jun 16-20 Mobile Technology
  • Jul 7-11 Robotic Engineering
  • Aug 4-8 Scientific Chef

 

 

WVSOMExperimentPharmacology camp at WVSOM, Lewisburg
June 23-27

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) wants high school students to “Just Say KNOW to Drugs!” during its second annual summer program. The one-week, free, pharmacology camp will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on June 23-27 in the main building on the WVSOM campus. It was designed to educate ninth through 12th grade high school students, as well as recent high school graduates, about drugs and how they interact with the body. Click here for the story and more information. Deadline to apply to attend is May 15.

 

 

 

Experimenting with Science , Huntington
July 7-10, 9 a.m. to noon each day with a snack provided

The June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development, part of the College of Education and Professional Development at Marshall University, is offering summer camps on Marshall’s campus for students entering the 2nd -5th grades. “Experimenting with Science” will take place at Marshall’s Huntington campus in Corbly Hall (Room 211). The cost is $150 per child. For more information, contact Holly Moore at miles10@marshall.edu or 304-696-2945.

 

 

Engineering Challenge Camps, Morgantown

The WVU 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. There will be five, week-long camps to choose from.

  • July 6-11 — “Growing Roots in STEM” – All-Female High School Camp
  • July 7-11 — Middle School “Exploration” Camp
  • July 13-18 — Sustainability Co-ed High School Camp
  • July 20-25 — “Engineering in Action” Co-ed High School Camp
  • July 28- Aug 1 — Elementary Day Camps

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. Click here to learn more about the camps.

 

 

RCBI 3D Printing Camps, Huntington and Bridgeport

Huntington: July 14-18, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bridgeport: July 21-25, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Middle and high school students will experience first-hand some of the world’s most exciting technology — right here in the Mountain State. 3D Printing, which allows you to turn innovative ideas into reality, is the focus of specialized summer camps that feature additive manufacturing technology with interactive 3D Software Design exercises and 3D Printing. The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) is again playing host to the camps, which consist of five consecutive morning sessions at its Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers in Huntington (1050 Fourth Avenue) and Bridgeport (2400 E. Benedum Industrial Drive). The cost is $100 which includes lunch. Registration is underway and seating is limited,
So call 800.469.RCBI (7224) to reserve your seat! Click here for a registration form.

 

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXSU1GvuLPsPumpkin Drop with the WVU Mechanical and Aerospace Department
October 24, 2014

The Pumpkin Drop is an annual contest hosted by the Mechanical and Aerospace Department. Participants of all ages (anyone under the age of 12 can join as long as their partner is an adult) are invited to design and build an enclosure or an apparatus that will protect a pumpkin when it is launched from the roof of the 11 story WVU Engineering Sciences Building. The event is a fun way for students to apply creative problem-solving skills and to explore engineering principles. WARNING: Many pumpkins are harmed during this event! For more information on the Pumpkin Drop, such as rules and registration, click here.

 

 

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