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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.
The President has an assignment for you: First-Ever White House Student Film Festival
Students in K-12 grades from around the country (including WV!) are invited to create and submit a 1-3 minute video that highlights the importance of technology in the classroom – and imagines how technology will change the educational experience for kids in the future. Finalists could have their videos screened at The White House! Submissions due Jan. 29, 2014. For more details, click here.
November 30 and Dec. 7: Hands-On Science Area at the Children’s Discovery Museum of West Virginia
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
This Hands-On Science Area at the Children’s Museum of West Virginia in Morgantown is geared toward children 5-11 years old and their grown-ups. Visitors will explore physics, engineering, math and logic through interactive activities.
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. The Hands-On Science Area was made possible through a generous grant from the LEGO Foundation. Click here to read more.
Be the Dinosaur at the Clay Center in Charleston
Through December 31, 2013
Be the Dinosaur fuses state-of-the-art video game technology with traditional paleontology exhibits that feature full-size dinosaur bones, a paleontology field station, a Safari Jeep and much more. Thanks to highly interactive simulator pods, guests can “become” an actual living, breathing dinosaur within a virtual Cretaceous Era ecosystem. Younger guests can take part in our Dino Dig, where everyone leaves with a dino-mite prize! The exhibit will also feature dinosaur artifacts and activities exploring dino defenses, size, colors and lifestyles. Click here for more details.
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.
The monthly schedule is below. Shows take place each Wednesday - Sunday at 1, 2 & 3 pm
Nature’s Secret Code
Mysterious patterns, private languages—there’s a world out there you only think you know. Come with us and learn to decode the secrets of the wild!
Who Stole the Cookies?
With only a few crumbs on the plate, the evidence is clear. Someone ate them, but who? Put on your thinking cap and prepare for forensic fun!
Be a sport and compete in our first ever DemO-lympics! Warm up to science while exploring the winter games!
Once (again) Upon an Engineer
Magic and engineering collide in a fantasy investigation of princess proportions in our second annual fairytale feature!
Yolk it up with us as we eggs-plore and eggs-plain the incredible, edible egg.
For high school students that wants to solve energy problems, the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University is hosting a Sustainable Energy Engineering Challenge Camp from Sunday, July 7 through Friday, July 12. Campers will create solar-powered pizza oven, use human-generated energy to power a blender and a light bulb, create wind mills and measure how much energy is produced and more. Overnight campers will participate a challenge course, bowling tournament, campus-wide scavenger hunt, and ice cream socials. Overnight campers will have the opportunity to spend the night in actual WVU dormitories. Day camp options available. Learn more at WVU Engineering School’s Engineering Challenge Camps page.
For children entering 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. Offered by the June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development. 9 a.m. to noon at Marshall University’s Jenkins Hall. Contact Holly Moore at email@example.com or (304) 696.2945.
Why does bread dough rise? How is cheese made? Why do sugar crystals form? Students ages 10-14 will learn the answers to these questions and more as they explore fun (and tasty) science concepts in each level of the food pyramid at a SLAM Summer Day Camp in Fairmont. Learn more at the Learning Options Inc. web site.
This course educates students about the math, physics and engineering behind musical instruments. Working with an experienced Luthier, students will design and build a simple stringed instrument, such as a mountain dulcimer or banjo, then will learn to play a few common tunes. Supported by College of Creative Arts, The PopShop, Mannette Instruments, and The Radicle Root Art Studio. View the Physics of Music Camp Agenda. Learn more at STEMPLOY.
Kids entering grades 2 thru 6 can become architects and engineers, as they design and build towers, boats, bridges and more! Presented by the Clay Center for Arts and Sciences. Register by June 17.
Sitting in class, do you ever wonder “How does this apply to the real world?” The “Connect the Dots” cam connects what you learn in an engineering class and how it’s applied in industry. Campers will have the opportunity to learn how circuits create network systems and where these systems are used, the logistics of production lines, how to program a simple calculator, where biometrics systems are used to keep our country secure, and the science behind an ice rink among other activities.
Overnight campers will have the chance to participate in recreational activities both on-and off-campus with the opportunity to spend the night in actual WVU dormitories. Day camp option is available. Learn more at WVU Engineering School’s Engineering Challenge Camps page.
3D Printing, which allows one to turn innovative ideas into reality, will be the focus of two specialized summer camps open to sixth-graders through ninth-graders in schools in and around Huntington. The camps, put on by the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing, run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. Call 1-800-469-RCBI (7224).
Let your child’s curiosity for nature and the environment blossom. Morning activities will include exploration of the Museum’s trails. Afternoon activities will focus on projects integrating nature with art and technology. Using the Arts & Bots kits, in partnership with The June Harless Center, campers will create a nature-inspired robot. Grades 3 – 6.
Learn more at the Huntington Museum of Art website.
The first all-female camp for high school students who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics fields hosted by WVU’s Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. The camp will have an Engineering focus, but will also demonstrate how a career in engineering can be tied into forensics, pharmaceuticals, beauty product development, design and architecture, etc. Campers will have the opportunity to meet and work with female faculty members and successful female alumnae on design projects and various competitions. Learn more at WVU Engineering School’s Engineering Challenge Camps page.
For children entering 1rst and 2nd grades. Offered by the June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development. 9 a.m. to noon at Marshall University’s STEM Center in Corbly Hall. Contact Holly Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or (304) 696.2945.
Students in Grades 3-8 will build LEGO gears, pulleys, levers, wheels and axles into machines to be used in making art projects, use LEGO blocks to make mosaics, and use robots to draw. Learn about engineering through hands-on experience with LEGO Educational materials. 10 a.m. to Noon daily at Marshall University’s Morrow Library. Register at www.njrati.org or call Sandra Jones at 304-696-7098.
This week-long day camp for middle school students is great for students with big imaginations who like to play games. The camp will combine engineering principles with fun to enhance already-existing games such as Twister, Connect Four, and Kerplunk, as well as creating new, exciting engineering-based games. Students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grade will learn about the mechanics behind Nerf guns, create electromagnetic fishing poles to see who can catch the most “fish,”build their own boomerangs, connect a bicycle to a blender to make smoothies, create a continuous motion machine, and engineer their very own board game, among other fun activities. Learn more at WVU Engineering School’s Engineering Challenge Camps page.
Students in grades 4 and up participate in small-team design projects while fostering an understanding of science and physical principles for robotics and computer programming in ROBOLABTM and NXT-G. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. daily in Marshall University’s Morrow Library. Register at www.njrati.org or call Sandra Jones at 304-696-7098.
Kids entering grades K-3 can learn about the animal kingdom, and meet some of the Clay Center’s critters. Register by July 15 at Clay Center for the Art and Sciences.
For kids aged 5 to entering 3rd grade. Set up includes a world of DUPLO® – Large blocks, gears, mosaics, animals, trains, and more. 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. daily at Marshall University’s Morrow Library. Register at www.njrati.org or call Sandra Jones at 304-696-7098.
Hosted in a local restaurant, campers meet real restaurateurs, work with chefs, and learn the intricacies of the business while learning math and chemistry concepts in cooking. The objective is exploring science while preparing meals using measuring devices, mixing ingredients that chemically interact, discussing food allergies, and exploring organic foods. Become the next “STEM Chef” in this hands-on culinary experience. Supported by Madeleine’s Restaurant and WVU’s Animal Sciences Farm. Learn more at STEMPLOY.
The Science and Technology open house sponsored by the College of Science & Technology at Fairmont State University is a fun challenge. Students from different high schools have the opportunity to compete in hands-on design challenges, including rocket motor testing, build your own robotic arm, confined space lab rescue mission, Whodunit, and more. Learn more at http://www.fairmontstate.edu/collegeofscitech/outreach/scitech-open-house.
Children and adults will get excited about science at the Children’s Discovery Museum annual Science Day event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children will participate in fun and interactive activities on forensics, chemistry, physics, astronomy, nano-science and much more. There is a small fee. Children’s Discovery Museum, Morgantown.
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, email@example.com.
Do you have a STEMulating activity for middle school or high-school age students? Send info and a website link to Brigitte Scott.