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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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claycenterlogoMilton’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.

July 2014: It Came from Outer Space!
Blast off with us into outer space as we explore science fact and fiction during this interactive astronomy presentation.

 


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.

Upcoming 2014 Middle School Summer Day Camps:

  • Aug 4-8 Scientific Chef

 

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. Current, upcoming camps are as follows.

  • 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.

 

Environmental Science, Marshall’s Huntington Campus
July 14-17, 1-:4:30 p.m.

This session will focus on maintaining aquatic resources for human and ecological uses. We will explore the beneficial uses of streams, lakes and rivers and determine whether the water in being protected for those uses. These sessions will include discussions, as well as hands-on investigation of aquatic systems and organisms. Students will get to perform water quality testing, fish identifications and other hands-on aspects of aquatic investigations. This camp is for students who will be high school freshmen through seniors during the 2014-2014 who want to explore careers in science. Cost is $65 for the 4-day experience. For additional information or for an application, e-mail Dr. Suzanne Strait at straitho@marshall.edu, or Dr. Wendy Trzyna at Trzyna@marshall.edu.

 

 

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.

 

Bones: Forensic Investigations, Marshall’s Huntington Campus
July 21, 9 a.m. – noon

Learn about human bones and how forensic scientists are able to physically reconstruct a person using just their bones. This day camp is for students who will be in 6th, 7th or 8th grades during the 2014-2015 school year. Cost is $20. For additional information or for an application, e-mail Dr. Suzanne Strait at straitho@marshall.edu, or Dr. Wendy Trzyna at Trzyna@marshall.edu.

 

Heart Anatomy: Pumping Blood, Marshall’s Huntington Campus
July 22, 9 a.m. – noon

Students will learn how the heart works using interactive techniques and models. They’ll even have the opportunity to dissect a real deer or cow heart! This day camp is for students who will be in 6th, 7th or 8th grades during the 2014-2015 school year. Cost is $20. For additional information or for an application, e-mail Dr. Suzanne Strait at straitho@marshall.edu, or Dr. Wendy Trzyna at Trzyna@marshall.edu.

 

Water Quality, Marshall’s Huntington Campus
July 23, 9 a.m. – noon

Students will learn which animals use our local water, how to conserve water resources, and how to test for water quality. This day camp is for students who will be in 6th, 7th or 8th grades during the 2014-2015 school year. Cost is $20. For additional information or for an application, e-mail Dr. Suzanne Strait at straitho@marshall.edu, or Dr. Wendy Trzyna at Trzyna@marshall.edu.

 

Snakes, Turtles and More, Marshall’s Huntington Campus
July 24, 9 a.m. – noon

Learn all about the amphibians and reptiles around us in West Virginia. Learn about their habitat and anatomy and how to identify local species. Opportunities include observing non-venomous species. This day camp is for students who will be in 6th, 7th or 8th grades during the 2014-2015 school year. Cost is $20. For additional information or for an application, e-mail Dr. Suzanne Strait at straitho@marshall.edu, or Dr. Wendy Trzyna at Trzyna@marshall.edu.

 

Bones: The Forensic Science, Marshall’s Huntington Campus
July 21-24, 1-:4:30 p.m.

This session will introduce students to the human skeleton. They will work with skeletons to learn the bones of the human skeleton and how we reconstruct their stature, age, ethnicity, gender and more – from just bones. They will even be able to prepare a skeleton of their own if interested! This camp is for students who will be high school freshmen through seniors during the 2014-2014 who want to explore careers in science. Cost is $65 for the 4-day experience. For additional information or for an application, e-mail Dr. Suzanne Strait at straitho@marshall.edu, or Dr. Wendy Trzyna at Trzyna@marshall.edu.

 

Forensic Science Camp at WVU, Morgantown
July 28-Aug. 1
, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The camp is designed to give middle school and high school students hands-on experience, teaching them techniques and methods used by real forensic scientists in the field. Students will examine biological evidence and trace evidence, learning techniques such as crime scene photography, fingerprinting, tool marks and footwear analysis and DNA microscopy, all taught by WVU faculty members. To register, visit http://forensics.wvu.edu/summer-camp-2014. Any middle or high school student may register. The cost of the camp is $280 for the entire week, and meals are included. A discount for additional children is available for families with more than one child. Overnight accommodations are provided.

 

 

claycenterlogoMilton’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.

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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