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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, Charlestonclaycenterlogo
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.

August 2014: Swashbuckling Science
Ahoy, Mateys! Set sail for adventure as you explore the science of the seas.

September 2014: Beakers and Brushes
Is it the science of art or the art of science? Help decide as this experience explores both!

October 2014: Ickology: The Science of You
Why do feet smell? Where does bad breath come from? Is it really bad to pick your nose? This is the study of ick!

 

 

Gaze at the StarsA Night with the stars, Mountain Rail Adventures
September 20, 2014

Board the Cheat Mountain Salamander at Cheat Bridge for a night-time excursion into the depths of the wilderness to study the stars. Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) staff will guide you through the night-time sky via telescopes. There will even be campfire and s’mores! Bring a camping chair, flashlight and jacket for this outdoor excursion. Ticket Prices: Age 4 & Older – $30; Children Under 4 – Free. Various snacks and beverages will be on sale onboard the train – cash only! More information available at this link: http://mountainrailwv.com/special-trains.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

TEAMS High School Competition, Morgantown
Feb. 21, 2015

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 of Engineering at West Virginia University hosts the TEAMS competition each spring and welcomes 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. Contact Cate Schlobohm for more information or to learn how to register.

 

 

http://www.nitesky.org/Images/ScopeinSlit.jpgOngoing: 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