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.
Middle 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.
- Footwear impression evidence, March 22
- Firearm identification, April 26
- Bloodstain pattern analysis, May 24
Click here for more details.
Mineral County STEM Festival
March 22, 2014 (12:00 – 4:00)
The purpose of the festival, which will take place on the campus of Potomac State College of WVU, is to promote interest in the STEM subjects for students in grades K-12. It is an exciting opportunity for kids to experience numerous hands-on activities! Click here to learn more and for links to even more info.
Girl Scout Day, hosted by WVU’s Society of Women Engineers
April 5, 2014
The WVU Society of Women Engineers hosts Girl Scout Day each 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. Click here for more information – including how to register for the event or learn more about this year’s agenda.
Live science demonstrations at the Clay Center in Charleston
Experience extraordinary science shows in The Clay Center’s Cavern of Time located in Earth City. Milton’s Marvels of Science gives visitors an opportunity to see LIVE science demonstrations! These demos cover a variety of topics ranging from physics and chemistry to earth science and biology. Click here to go to the Clay Center’s website.
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Aviation Summer Camp, Morgantown
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.
A-STEM for Life Summer Camps for Middle School Students
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
WVU Engineering Challenge Camps
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.
Pumpkin 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.