Academic Opportunities for West Virginia Students

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Posted June 19, 2019

Destination Space
GST’s Chief Climatologist, Dr. L. DeWayne Cecil, is leading the development of a curriculum and student applications for the first-ever deep-space STEM CubeSat mission that is manifested on NASA’s SLS-EM-1 launch in late 2019/early 2020. To capitalize on his NASA and GST experiences in remote sensing and applied science, Dr. Cecil formed a not-for-profit called, Destination SPACE. Destination SPACE’s goal is to inspire the next generation of students to pursue education in STEM disciplines and foster future space explorers (see As the pioneer in deep-space STEM programs, this CubeSat mission and curriculum will provide students of all backgrounds a unique opportunity to design their own satellite sensors, participate in the launch, and receive data as the CubeSat drifts into deep-space orbit. These young innovators will pave the way for future students to experience first-hand the wonder of space exploration. Visit for more details. 

Posted June 5, 2019
Young artists across the US created Doodles of what they hope for when they grow up. Our judges have selected the State and Territory Winners, but you can help choose the National Finalists!

Help us pick the five State and Territory Winners who will go on to become National Finalists. All you have to do is click on a Doodle you like. From there, you can learn about the artist and cast your vote for each of the five grade groups. You can do this anytime between June 3rd at 9:00am PDT until June 7th at 9:00pm PDT.
Check out the gallery of submissions and cast your vote before June 7th, 2019 at 9:00 pm PDT.

Posted May 1, 2019
Appalachian Geoscience GeoCamp 
The United States Geological Survey and the West Virginia Geological & Economic Survey have teamed up with West Virginia University to initiate the Appalachian Geoscience GeoCamp in summer 2019. Students from across the country and who are moving into grades 9 through 12 in the fall 2019 academic year will explore concepts and skills related to the earth sciences, including orienteering, topographic and geologic mapping, forest ecology and more. The GeoCamp experience will go far beyond indoor lessons and lectures by putting learning into the field alongside experts, to create hands-on experiences that allow students to explore possible future interests and careers.

The Appalachian GeoScience GeoCamp is designed to engage high school students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through outdoor recreation and adventure-based activities. Participants will engage in the discovery of natural science, with a strong emphasis on observational, surveying and mapping skills and methods. The GeoCamp will give participants tools to better understand the world they live in, and will seek to ignite interest in GeoSTEM career paths. Visit USGS Geocamp for more details.

Posted April 23, 2019

Can you make a plaster cast like a crime scene investigator? Can you transform a toy car into a pull back car? What makes food coloring dance in milk? Can you extract DNA from a strawberry? What affects blood pressure? Can you make muddy water crystal clear? How do hungry caterpillars find food?

Science U @home has Hands-on Experiments for Your Backyard and Beyond with easy-to-follow, fun experiments. They're ready to guide you through each experiment! Get oriented with the Tips for Parents or Teacher Suggestions.  
  • Video Watch the video to learn more about the experiment. (Most videos reveal the experiment results, so you may want to watch it first without your child. Watch it together after performing the experiment.)
  • You Will Need A complete list of items you will need to accomplish this experiment is provided. A few experiments may require shopping or ordering items online, so you may need to plan ahead.
  • Directions Step-by-step directions for you to guide your child through each step of the experiment. Let them lead the way!
  • Discovery Questions Ask your child the discovery questions as you work through the experiment. The answers are provided, but encourage your child to think it through before giving them the explanation.
  • How it Works The science behind each experiment is fully explained.
  • Kid-friendly definitions for terms used in the experiment that might be unfamiliar.

Posted April 10, 2019
The Osbra Eye Memorial Spring Nature Walks at the Kanawha State Forest on Saturday morning, April 13, 2019
Registration for the walks will begin at 8:30 in front of the Nature Center (former swimming pool building). The walks will begin shortly after 9:00. The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 16. 

Nine different guided walks will be offered, led by expert naturalists. The Aquatic Life activity is hands-on and especially well suited for children (although interesting for all ages). Two aquatic biologists from the WV DEP and two Master Naturalists will lead this activity. Two other activities will also be occurring at KSF on Saturday. The fourth annual Kanawha Knap In will take place in the group camp area, which is behind the former swimming pool. There will be demonstrations of knapping, which is the primitive skill of striking stones with hard rocks to skillfully shape arrowheads and tools. Novices will have the chance to try their hand at this skill. The Knap In will be at KSF Friday through Sunday, including 9 to 5:00 on Saturday.  Another primitive skill will be on display at the Dunlop Hollow area of KSF. From 9 to 3:00 on Saturday there will be a competition sponsored by the World Atlatl Association. Atlatls are wooden tools that allow the competitors to throw spears with distance and accuracy. 

Observers are welcome, and there will be opportunities for novices to try throwing with an atlatl. There is no charge for the knapping or atlatl activities. For more information, click here. 

Posted April 4, 2019
If you are a senior in high school, (or nontraditional student preparing to go to college) who: 
· will be a first generation college student (A first-generation college student is defined as a student for whom neither parent/guardian has graduated from a 4-year institution. You can be a first generation student even if your siblings have graduated from college.)
· is planning to major in a science, technology, engineering or math related field,
then you are in the right place! We are seeking rising freshmen who will be enrolled in a West Virginia community college, or 4-year college in the fall of 2019 have the opportunity to join a program designed to support rural, first generation students majoring in STEM fields.

You will become part of a community of students who are like you, so that you are not going through this experience alone. West Virginia and the Nation need more STEM professionals, but completing a STEM course of study can be challenging. The First2 Network is a growing group of professors, state officials and students like you who want to enhance your success in STEM during the first two years of college. We ask you to join us in building a better environment for STEM students, and to be an advocate and leader in your hometown by encouraging future STEM students in your community.  Click here to learn more and/or apply.  
Posted March 26, 2019
PING Summer Camp Experience- Physics Inspiring the Next Generation: Investigating the Cosmos!
PING Camp 2019: July 22nd – August 3rd
PING is a STEMtastic summer camp program that actively seeks to increase the diversity of the next generation of scientists, engineers, and technologists. We are seeking current 8th-graders (rising 9th-graders), who are interested in science, engineering and math, and a fun, and challenging experience on location at the Green Bank Observatory. While we are especially interested in recruiting youth from under-represented groups, all current 8th graders are encouraged to apply.
2019 PING FlyerLink to 2019 Application FormLink to required camp forms (must accompany application)

Interested Middle School students must submit an online application AND all required camp forms by Friday, April 19, 2019. SPACE is LIMITED!
The Department of Neuroscience's Co-ed Youth Summer Brain Camp is for high school students entering 11th and 12th grade. It will provide students a unique opportunity to learn about a wide range of neuroscience topics while experiencing life in a WVU residence hall. The cost of attendance, which includes lodging, meals, and evening activities, is $700. Limited financial assistance may be available. Brain Camp is limited to 30 students to ensure a more hands-on experience. Learn more here: Register here:   Contact Morgan Prunty at with any questions.

Posted March 22, 219
The WV Space Grant and WV State University have teamed up to provide a 
5-Day High Altitude Balloon Summer Camp Summer Day Camp for High School students to design, build, and test a payload, and analyze data acquired from the payload that will be launched by a high-altitude balloon.

When: June 10-14, 2019
Where: West Virginia State University, Institute, WV 25112
Who: West Virginia High School Students Please note: This is a day-camp and lodging is not provided.
Cost: $250 (Limited financial aid may be available upon request)
How: Register at   Deadline to apply: May 10, 2019
Questions regarding the camp please contact: Candy Cordwell or Kati Baker at # 304.293.4099

Purpose: Five day summer day camp for High School students to design, build, and test a payload, and analyze data acquired from the payload that will be launched by a high-altitude balloon.

Scope: The WV High Altitude Balloon-Sat Camp provides students with basic space hardware hands-on and inflight training. Students learn the basics of payload construction along with the teamwork and coordination involved, as well as the challenges with integration, test and launch. The helium-filled weather balloon carries a box containing a satellite link, plus several payload boxes that contain
cameras, sensors, GPS tracking device and possibly several experiments. The balloon typically rises to 100,000 feet, at which point the expanded balloon bursts, and follows a parachute-assisted  descent to a landing site where it will be recovered.
During Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3, students will construct a simple 750 gram satellite called a BalloonSat that will be launched to typically 100,000 feet. Day 4 and 5 will be devoted to launch, recovery, and data analysis of each team's BalloonSat. The high-altitude weather balloon project is designed like a real-life mission. Campers are involved in every aspect of the project, campers will be developing skills in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

Posted March 12, 2019
First2Network 2019 Summer Internship
West Virginia received a National Science Foundation grant to provide some opportunities for First Generation College students looking to major in the STEM field. (any major in the STEM field). This program would then place the students in a two week summer immersion program at either WVSU, Marshall, Fairmont, or WVU. The students get paid $600 to participate, there is a travel support as well. This program will place students in the lab as well as some college preparation material. Good opportunity and students can apply here.  

Posted March 8, 2019
The registration deadline for the Junior Science & Humanities Symposium has been extended to March 20.  The registration must be done online at

The symposium will be held on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College on the evening of Friday Mar 22 and on Saturday Mar 23.   First, second, and third place winners will receive scholarships in the amount of $2000, $1500, and $1000, respectively, and the top 5 presentations will travel to the National symposium.  Good science fair projects translate well to the JSHS format.

Posted February 27, 2019
If you are interested in participating in the Forensic and Analytical Chemistry Technology (FACT) summer program for current 5th through 8th grade students please fill out the application forms located on the web address listed below and mail, email, or fax it in ASAP because space is limited. Priority will be given to students who apply by April 15, 2019. The current science teacher must also fill out the one page reference form that is found on the last page of this packet. The camp for current 5th through 8th graders is June 24-28, 2019 with the daytime sessions happening in Hunt Haught Hall on Fairmont State’s main campus. Participants must provide their own transportation to and from campus each day.

This FREE day camp will provide lots of hands-on activities to give students a feel for techniques utilized in forensics and analytical chemistry, including using recently purchased state-of-the-art chemistry instrumentation. The typical hours are from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM each day, with the option of dropping off as early as 8:00 AM and picking up as late at 4:00 PM. Snacks and meals are provided daily, and a snazzy FACT summer camp t-shirt will be provided for all participants who complete the program. This FREE science summer camp is possible because of an Opportunity Grant from the WV Division of Science and Research.

Visit this site if you would more information-  If you have any questions after reading the application materials, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Mark Flood by email ( or phone (304-367-4309).

Posted February 21, 2019
Gov. Justice Announces West Virginia to Join in Girls Go CyberStart Competition, a Cyber initiative for high school girls, all college students, to explore cybersecurity career opportunities.

“Cybersecurity is a growing and well-paying field,” said Gov. Justice. “The profession faces a shortage of qualified professionals, especially women. The Girls Go CyberStart program is a fun way our West Virginia students can get training opportunities and find out how they can be part of this workforce.”

West Virginia is partnering with the SANS Institute to provide high school girls with an opportunity to learn cyber skills, discover their cyber talents and explore what a career in the field entails. New this year is the college-level Cyber FastTrack challenge to both male and female college students. The SANS Institute is the largest provider of cybersecurity training and professional certifications worldwide.

The program is free. A computer and an internet connection are all that is required.  Each player starts as a “cyber agent” responsible for protecting an important operational base. The student selects a storyline and earns points by solving a series of cybersecurity-related puzzles, deciphering cryptography, applying research and using other skills to solve challenges. When the player has won enough points, she moves up to the next level of play with new challenges.  For information and to sign up, visit  

West Virginia high schools where at least five girls in the Girls Go CyberStart Program master six or more of the challenges will win access to the full CyberStart Game for their entire school, extending the competition to both male and female students for the remainder of the school year. Students will also have the opportunity to win cash prizes for themselves and their schools. 

West Virginia and the SANS Institute present the college-level Cyber FastTrack challenge to both male and female college students this year. There are $2.5 million available in scholarships for advanced cybersecurity training. College students who excel in the Cyber FastTrack and the online course CyberStart Essentials position themselves to be eligible for those scholarships as well as introductions to employers for internships and jobs in the field.

For Cyber FastTrack, college students can pre-register beginning today. They can complete the registration and start playing beginning April 5. For information and to sign up, visit

Posted January 28, 2019

The Next Generation Forensic Science Initiative
will be hosting a forensic science summer camp for high school (9th –12th grade) students June 17-21, 2019. The goal of this program is to bring the crime lab to the classroom. Through hands-on, experiential learning, participants will acquire the practical knowledge and skills that forensic scientists employ in their day to day casework. Topics to be covered include fingerprints, footwear impression evidence, trace evidence new class), forensic biology, forensic DNA, forensic chemistry (new class), and crime scene investigation. At the conclusion of the week, participants will take their newly acquired knowledge and skills and apply them to a mock crime scene at the WVU Crime Scene Complex. For more information contact Chris Bily by email at or by phone at (304) 293-9496. Further information about the Next Generation Forensic Science Initiative is also available at

West Virginia University (WVU) and the WVU Center for Excellence in STEM Education announce a new scholarship opportunity for West Virginia high school students planning on attending WVU. The (Computational Physics) CPHYS scholarship can provide support up to $10,000 per year for students attending WVU and majoring in physics. A physics degree provides excellent training in computation skills while allowing the student to use those skills to better understand the universe. WVU physicists use computation to understand distant stars (pulsars), to model gravitational waves, to understand plasmas, and to design new electronic devices. About one-third of all physics graduates work in the computer industry. Both high school students and students at WVU can apply for the scholarship. It can be renewed for four years. Application instructions and materials are available at the WVU Physics Department Website ( at

Posted January 25, 2019
The West Virginia Bridge Design & Build Contest promotes STEM education and career exploration by providing middle school and high school students with a realistic, hands-on introduction to civil engineering. The contest is open to all 6-12 grade students enrolled in a West Virginia public, private, or home school.

The Qualifying Round of the 2019 West Virginia Bridge Design & Build Contest runs from September 24, 2018 until March 31, 2019. The Finals will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Marshall University in Huntington, WV.

For media inquiries or more information, please contact advisory board member Tricia Ball at or (304) 696-5745.

Posted January 14, 2019
"Super Blood Wolf Moon" Jan 20!  

Total lunar eclipse coming! The US is very favorably placed for the total lunar eclipse of Jan 20.  The partial phase begins 9:37 pm, with totality from 10:41 to 11:43 pm, and then partial again until 12:50. (Central time… adjust for your time zone)  It’s called a "super blood wolf moon", with "super" because it’s super big, being near perigee; "blood" because the moon looks red during a total eclipse; and "wolf" because it’s in January. 

For more information and free downloadable animations on eclipses, see the list at my eclipse page- , or sign up for an eclipse newsgroup: 
or visit for additional details.  

There is a nice blog by HMNS on the eclipse- 
and another nice one from Forbes- 

Of course, you don’t need a telescope to observe… just a good pair of binoculars will give a great view.

Posted January 7, 2019
The State of West Virginia and the West Virginia Department of Education are pleased to offer, at no cost, premier summer programs for students following their seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades in school.

The faculty and staff for all of the West Virginia Governor's Schools are carefully selected, and they share exciting, motivating, specially designed instruction. Students attend workshops, classes, and a variety of stimulating extra-curricular activities in the areas of arts, humanities, mathematics, science, and technology.

Except for providing health care insurance and transportation to and from the school site, Governor's Schools are entirely free for students. They are administered by the West Virginia Department of Education.
  • The Governor's Honors Academy (GHA) is for students who are currently high school juniors. In 2019, students will spend three weeks on the beautiful campus of Marshall University with 175 fellow outstanding West Virginia scholars. Co-deans are Cara Bailey and Mallory Carpenter. June 30-July 20.
  • The Governor's School for the Arts (GSA) is for current high school sophomores who exhibit talent in the literary, performing and visual arts. Students attending the GSA are taught by practicing professionals in their respective fields of writing, dance, music, acting, drawing, painting, and possibly digital media. The 2019session of GSA is being held at Marshall University, June 16-July 6, under the leadership of Dr. Maribea Barnes and Assistant Dean Dreama Pritt.
  • The Governor's School of Entrepreneurship is for current 9th, 10th, and 11th graders who are interested in creating, inventing, and starting a business that can thrive and prosper in West Virginia. It is scheduled for June 13-July 3 at West Virginia University. Dr. Elizabeth Vitullo is the dean.
  • The Governor's STEM Institute (formerly GSMS) is for students currently in the seventh or eighth grade. Students work with mentors and faculty on a specific research theme in a hands-on laboratory or field setting. For current 7th graders, WVU will host two sessions of 48 students each, making the opportunity available for a greater number of students. Session I is July 1-9; session II is July 11-19. 
  • Sixty current 8th graders will spend 14 exciting days (June 30-July 13) at the Green Bank Observatory in Pocahontas County as they work in teams to search for answers about the universe. Dr. Sue Ann Heatherly, education officer at GBO is the dean.
Visit Governor's Schools Provide Opportunity to Prepare for the Future for more details; contact Sheery Keffer if you have questions  Phone: 304-558-5325 or email: .

Posted January 3, 2019

West Virginia Science & Research, a division of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, offers a free STEM magazine for middle and high school students. Our two current issues of theNeurite highlight both health sciences and engineering with interviews from students at Marshall and WVU Tech. This subscription can be either individual (1) or a classroom set (30). Also, if you or an advanced student are interested in receiving the Neuron, our free journal highlighting scientific research at West Virginia’s college and universities, you can also subscribe for free. Links below. 
Subscribe to Neurite, STEM magazine for students
Subscribe to Neuron, journal highlighting scientific research throughout West Virginia
For any additional information, please reach out to Angela Sundstrom, Communications Manager, at

Posted December 18, 2018

Some West Virginia Students Are FED UP!
West Virginia students worked with the WV Public Broadcasting to create a 13 minute movie produced by about WV students. The movie showcases how students (with the help of teachers) have made changes in their schools. Visit [] and scroll to bottom of th e web page to see the film.

Big Fat Industries is using the Big Tobacco Playbook in their daily work that places their profits over the health of children. No one has ever been as effective at harming children’s health as Big Tobacco.

As one teen said: “Big Fat Industries is trying to repeat the history of Big Tobacco making massive amounts of money from killing people.”

WVFEDUP is enlisting teens who care enough about our schools, communities and families to take a stand.  Click here to learn more

Posted December 14, 2018
WV STEM and the Arts Student Film Competition- Highlighting Student Filmmakers from West Virginia
DEADLINE: Friday, February 1st, 2019 
Submitted films should creatively engage STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and/or Arts (e.g. performance, dance, theater, music, painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.) related themes, ideas, characters, and stories. Films may be animation, fictional narratives, documentary, experimental or other. 

Student films will be judged by a panel of filmmakers and scientists. Selected films will be screened at the 2019 WV STEM and the Arts Film Festival and compete for cash prizes.​  Visit for more information.

Posted December 7, 2018
Research Science Institute (RSI) Applications Now Open!
The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) co-sponsor the Research Science Institute (RSI), a free six-week program that nurtures high school scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). CEE seeks talented 11th Grade (or equivalent) STEM Students who have a desire to complete an unforgettable research program through the RSI. The 2018 RSI program will be held on the MIT campus June 24 to August 4, 2018. The program is cost-free to students except for travel to and from MIT.

Students interested in this program should visit the CEE website for more information about the application process at Questions about RSI should be directed to Maite Ballestero, Executive Vice President, Programs & Administration at

USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) Registration Now Open!
Teachers and students are invited to participate in the 2019 USA Biology Olympiad (USABO). The USABO is a three-tiered competition that demands the very best of students in theoretical and laboratory knowledge in biology. The USABO culminates with the National Finals at UC San Diego in June 2019 for the top 20 students. The final four students will form Team USA to compete at the International Biology Olympiad in Szeged, Hungary, from July 14-21st .

Those interested in learning how to participate in this year’s Olympiad should visit the USABO website at Students should check the Student Corner for study resources and how to form a USABO Club. Registration closes January 16, 2018. There is no charge for students to take the exams, however there is a $95 registration fee per school. Questions about RSI should be directed to Dr. Frank Stearns, Manager of the USABO, at

 Posted November 26, 2018

Hailed by critics as “immensely likeable,” “brilliant and quirky” and an “ode to the teenage science geeks on who our future depends,” SCIENCE FAIR follows nine high school students from around the globe as they navigate rivalries, setbacks and, of course, hormones, on their journey to compete at The International Science and Engineering Fair. Watch the trailer -

Posted November 15, 2018
NPR is launching the first-ever NPR Student Podcast Challenge. It's a chance for teachers and students in grades five through 12 across the country to turn your classrooms into production studios, your assignments into scripts and your ideas into sound.

Students produce a podcast, 3 to 12-minutes long. They don't need a lot of fancy equipment or a studio — they should be able to do this with just a smartphone and a computer, with easily available software. And they don't need to be an expert in radio production: NPR will offer lots of help for students and teachers along the way.

Start planning now — NPR will open the contest up to entries on Jan. 1, 2019, and close them on March 31, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Then, NPR panel of judges will pick two winners: one from grades five through eight and one from grades nine through 12.

Posted November 7, 2018

The experience LEARNING offers expedition-style camps focus on developing a sense of stewardship and connection to the natural world, not to mention they are filled with fun and adventure!  Each camper will receive a certificate for service-learning credits.Mountain Stewards summer camps are expedition-style programs with a stewardship focus. Different camps are offered for ages 8-18 and all experience levels. Join the campers as they climb mountains, traverse caves, and navigate through West Virginia’s beautiful and diverse forests. Each group will explore and take part in age-appropriate service projects. These projects add to the sense of empowerment and satisfaction that the campers experience. Browse the Experience learning options and please contact experience LEARNING if you have questions about the best fit for your family.

Posted November 2, 2018

The National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp) is a residential science education program for young STEM enthusiasts the summer after they graduate from high school. Students from around the country (two are selected to represent each state and Washington, D.C.) are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies, and have voluntary opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program, gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and establish friendships that last a lifetime.
Apply to attend the National Youth Science Camp –
    * Applications for the 2019 National Youth Science Camp are not open.
    * Deadline to apply is February 28, 2019.
    * Start Date: June 27, 2019
    * End Date: July 20, 2019
Frequently Asked Questions about the NYSCamp

Posted October 30, 2018

2019 Junior Duck Stamp Youth Art & Conservation Message Contest

Each spring, a national art and conservation message contest is held to select the design of the next Junior Duck Stamp. The Junior Duck Stamp Program is an art- and science-based program that encourages and promotes wetland habitat and waterfowl conservation through sharing and expression with art. States submit their Best of Show artwork and conservation message for the national contest. Entries to the West Virginia state contest must be post-marked to the WVU Cabell County Extension Service office by March 15, 2019. Contest rules can be found here, and free downloadable PDFs of the curriculum can be found here. Artwork that places 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or Honorable Mention in each age division in the West Virginia contest will receive art supplies as prizes!

Please review the program flyer and contest entry and reference forms in English and Spanish. Email Dr. Autumn Starcher, extension agent, 4-H Youth Development for West Virginia University, if you have any questions, or call 304-526-8458.

Posted October 23, 2018
West Virginia Regional Middle School Science Bowl
The West Virginia Middle School Regional Science Bowl is a one-day, rain-or-shine competition with required attendance at all official events on Friday, February 8, 2019. The registration for WVSB 2019 is now open. For more information, watch, visit the WVSB website, or contact the regional coordinator Casandra Hood at or 304-285-4108.

Posted October 17, 2018
The West Virginia Youth Environmental Program provides a challenge and an opportunity to the youth of our state to participate in environmental projects within their communities. To learn more about the program, click here. To enroll in the program, click on the "Enroll Now" button above.To receive the Division of Forestry half price tree seedling order form, click here

The program is sponsored by the DEP. It is designed to unite existing youth groups such as 4-H clubs, scouts, kindergarten, elementary, junior high/middle and high schools, FFA chapters, church youth fellowships, and others toward the common goal of Making West Virginia Shine! The program provides incentive to the groups to actively participate in environmental projects. It creates an interest and enthusiasm for preserving our natural resources, with more than $15,000 in cash and other awards including a college scholarship.

Posted September 11, 2018

Parent/Child Forensic Science Classes
The Next Generation Forensic Science Initiative will be presenting Parent/Child Forensic Science Classes this academic year. The classes are designed to allow parents and their children to interact in an academic environment and learn what goes on in the forensic laboratory an behind the yellow crime scene tape through hands on activities. Classes will meet once a month for 3 hours on Saturday mornings starting in September of 2018 and concluding in May of 2019. All children participating must be a minimum of 11 years old. For further information contact Chris Bily by email at

Posted September 10, 2018
The ACS Chemistry Olympiad for High School Students

The West Virginia State University Department of Chemistry has served as the regional coordinator for the Chemistry Olympiad since 2015. This test is the regional competition to select the participants for the National competition in Colorado Springs every summer. It consists of a Chemistry 1 Test (for students in their first year of chemistry classes) and a Chemistry 2 Test (for Advanced Placement students). This test has been an incredible opportunity for high school students due to the three universities in the region offering an increasing amount of scholarship money for high achieving students. Last year the three universities offered a combined $354,000 to make college more affordable.

After students in participating schools take the written test, the top ten students come to WVSU to take the National test. This comprehensive test is an all-day activity and the final test before the National finalist are chosen to attend the national preparatory training site in Colorado. This test is comprised of a multiple choice, short answer, and a laboratory practical examination designed to push the brightest chemistry students nationally.

Visit the ACS Chemistry Olympiad site to learn more or contact Dr. Michael Fultz at  Interested students should bring this information to their chemistry teachers. 

Chemical Education Foundation “You be the Chemist” Competition for Middle School Students

Since the inception of the West Virginia Challenge, West Virginia State University has been the only site to host either a regional or state competition in the state. This national competition is primarily for 8th grade students is in 40 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The top student from each state travels on an all expense-paid trip to the National Competition hosted by the Chemical Education competition.

To host this competition, West Virginia State University (WVSU) provides proctors to travel to each of the schools participating in the challenge. WVSU also provides all of the examination packets and scantrons, and they do all the grading. Following this, the top 45 West Virginia students travel to WVSU for a 4-hour oral competition hosted by WVSU faculty and undergraduates and other STEM professionals. Practicing industrial chemists from local industry act as moderators and have lunch with the 8th graders so students may learn what chemists do to help society flourish.

Visit the You be the Chemist site to learn more or contact Dr. Michael Fultz at  Interested students should bring this information to their science teachers. 

Posted September 6, 2018

The Build-Your-Own Alka-Rocket Contest
If you’ve ever dreamed of building a rocket and launching it skyward, dream no more! Maybe just dream a little smaller.  This summer, Scientific American Custom Media and their partners at Bayer are hosting the BUILD-YOUR-OWN ALKA-ROCKET CONTEST for backyard craft powered by water and effervescent tablets.  The winner will become a legend overnight—and walk away with a $2,000 prize. So dust off your sketchbook, pick up some effervescent tablets and get busy building. History awaits.

Entry: Going for the prize is easy. Build an Alka-Rocket (here’s a great primer). Send it skyward with fuel made only of effervescent tablets and water. And capture it all in a video, which you share over social media with the #alkarocketchallenge.  Please email the links to your social media posts to  Please note, any entrant under the age of 18 also needs to email us a signed parental consent form when they or their team sends us the links to social posts.

Competition: The BUILD-YOUR-OWN ALKA-ROCKET CONTEST will run from late June until mid-October, with an entry period from June 27th, 2018 until October 1st, 2018.  For more details, visit

Posted September 5, 2018
The Ignite Innovation Student Challenge encourages 6th through 8th grade students to use computational thinking to create digital solutions that improve the world and solve problems impacting Tata Consultancy Services' (TCS) social responsibility pillars of Our Planet, Health and Education.

Middle school students, up to four students per team, are invited to craft a digital concept and submit their entries by creating a written description or a one to two-minute video. Entries must define a problem in one of TCS’ three social responsibility pillars; explain how their answer solves a local, national, or global issue; identify the population being served; explain at least three benefits of the digital solution; identify at least two computational thinking strategies used to develop the solution; and present thinking and planning using visuals.

Submissions will be judged based on creativity, content, persuasiveness, and overall presentation. Ten winners will then be selected to receive prizes including the Grand Prize of a $10,000 scholarship and virtual mentorship with TCS mentors to bring their winning idea to life. Winners of the Top Pillar prizes in Our Planet, Health and Education will receive $7,500, and six Winner Circle prizes of $1,000 will be awarded. Winners will be announced in spring 2019.  All video and written description entries must be submitted online at no later than December 13, 2018.

Launched in 2017, Ignite My Future in School is an initiative that combines the best of digital content, lesson plans, career vignettes, and professional learning to help teachers prepare their students for careers of the future. The initiative offers educators instructional resources and year-round curriculum support to ensure that computational thinking is embedded into core subjects such as math, sciences, arts and social studies. This interdisciplinary approach helps students to obtain the necessary skills required for 21st century careers across all industries.

Apply Now for the LaunchX Summer 2019 High School Entrepreneurship Programs
The LaunchX Summer Program taps into the potential of ambitious high school students, supporting them through the process of launching an actual startup—learning learn from industry experts and work in a group of peer cofounders to build real products and solve business challenges in viable ways. Details are being finalized- the program locations, dates, and pricing for summer 2019, and applications are being accepted!  The locations for summer 2018 were University of Pennsylvania, MIT, and Northwestern University, and we will continue on our previous prestige and impact during the summer of 2019. Dates and locations will be announced by early December.

If you are interested in applying for the program (or if you know a high school student who might be interested), submit your application as soon as possible, as applicants who apply this fall will be compared against a smaller pool of candidates, so their chance of admittance will be greater. For more information on the program and to find out if you meet our qualifications, please read the FAQs on our website.  If you have questions, Reach out to

Posted August 27, 2018
Science and art are everywhere, and the interdependence of the subjects is undeniable. The Science in the Arts Challenge has been created to encourage high school students to consider, research, and present information about relationships between the two seemingly different subjects. This year’s Science in the Arts Challenge will be at the Charleston Civic Center during the West Virginia Social Studies Fair on Friday, April 27, 2019.

High school students may submit an entry for a visual arts product which they have created to represent Science in the Arts. The challenge has been revamped and no longer requires a video submission. Students may prepare a display that shows a timeline or tells the story of the artwork being created. The display should act as a story board and include evidence of the student creating the visual artwork. It may be used to explain the science process used to create an artwork and/or demonstrate an understanding the science of the materials used to create the artwork. During the presentation, the student should explain why the piece was selected to represent Science in the Arts, what the piece means to the student personally, and how science was used to create the art or the materials used to create the artwork; see the 2018 Science in the Arts Challenge Rules and 2018 Science in the Arts Challenge Rubric.

A $100 prize will be awarded to the student who wins the 2019 Science in the Arts Challenge. The art teacher and the science teacher of the winning student will each receive a $100 prize to be used to purchase supplies for his or her classroom.

Visit the Science in the Arts Challenge web site to learn more. If you have questions about the 2019 Science in the Arts Challenge, please contact WVDE Science Coordinator, Robin Sizemore at, or Art Coordinator Dr. Raymond Lowther at

'Celebrate the Mouse' Biomedical Research Video Essay Contest
This contest asks students to develop a creative, educational, and informative video essay to explain how they, a family member, friend, or pet, have benefited from medical discoveries made possible from work conducted with mice in biomedical research. Students can earn cash awards. Contest is open to all legal residents of the United States or District of Columbia who are registered students in grades 5-8 or grades 9-12. There will be two categories of winners (Category 1: Grades 5-8; Category 2: Grades 9-12).

Google Science Fair
The global online science and technology competition is open to individuals or teams ages 13 to 18. It encourages students to change the world through scientific inquiry. They’ll learn about their chosen topic and develop key skills along the way. 

Teachers support students' participation by providing lesson plans and other material (see!?modal_active=none#educator-resources). The Inspiring Educator Award honors the contributions of one outstanding educator who goes above and beyond to encourage their students to achieve great things. The winner will receive a $5,000 classroom grant and a $5,000 gift card for educational products from LEGO Education.  Share this information with your teacher if you are interested.

The student Grand Prize winner will receive $50,000 in scholarship funding. The $50,000 Google scholarship is intended to further the Grand Prize winner’s education. Visit the website for information on the other prizes students and student teams could win.

Posted August 23, 2018

Registration is Open Right Now for Parents, Teachers, Mentors. 
The WV Robotics Alliance is led by NASA’s Educator Resource Center through partnerships with Fairmont State University, NASA’s IV&V Program, numerous sponsors, and higher ed. Institutions across the state. We offer competitive programs for all students in grades K–16. To learn how to start a team, explore the 12 unique programs we manage in the Mountain State!

YOU ARE NEEDED to help start and coach new robotics teams.There are thousands of youth in West Virginia who would love to be on a team, but sadly there are never enough dedicated adults to help run these teams. Also, every one of the 12 programs needs volunteer judges and referees. The WV Robotics Alliance is recruiting right now for FIRST LEGO League for volunteers. Go to, click on the West Virginia in the drop down, and choose the tournaments you are willing to support.

Posted August 21, 2018

Students Can Nominate Teachers for the WV Make It Shine Teacher of the Year 
In an effort to promote environmental stewardship and education in West Virginia, the WV Department of Environmental Protection’s Make It Shine Program is proud to sponsor the Environmental Teacher of the Year Award. Winners will be chosen in the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels.  ​Each winner will receive a $500.00 personal award, a $1000 award to be used in promoting STEM programs in their school, and an invitation to the Association of WV Solid Waste Authorities Annual Awards Banquet on October 29, 2018 at Stonewall Jackson State Park (includes one night lodging) to receive their award. To nominate yourself or another, please submit an application packet. 

For an application form, click here.   All entries must be received by September 15, 2018. For more information contact Terry Carrington, Make It Shine Coordinator, at, or 304-926-0499 ext. 1359.

Posted August 17, 2018
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or free, for everyone, forever. 
Khan Academy provided personalized learning path dynamically adapts, ensuring each child is presented with activities, books, educational videos, and creative lessons that allow them to learn at their own pace, creating an individualized experience for every learner. The organization produces short lessons in the form of YouTube videos.[8] Its website also includes supplementary practice exercises and materials for educators. All resources are available to users of the website. The website and its content are provided mainly in English, but is also available in other languages including Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Turkish, French, Bengali, Hindi, and German.
As the old saying (almost) goes, science starts in the home. Try the fun science activities from the Scientific American- Bringing Science Home web page. Parents and their kids ages 6-12 can do together with household items in just a half hour or less. Teachers might like to incorporate them, too.
Scientific American at the Google Science Fair
Scientific American is a partner of the Google Science Fair, now in its sixth year, and sponsors The Scientific American Innovator Award. Winners of The Scientific American Innovator Award receive $15,000 in funding and a year’s worth of mentoring. In addition, the award winner will get to join an international cruise to a new continent, full of exploration. These prizes are intended to help the winner continue to develop their project and their education. Learn more.

Posted August 14, 2018® is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Our vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States and also organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 10% of all students in the world. is supported by generous donors including Amazon, Facebook, Google, the Infosys Foundation, Microsoft, and many more.

Grades K - 5 learn to make your own game, app, or computer drawing.
Grades 6 - 12 build real working apps, games and websites using blocks, JaveScript, CSS, HTML and more, 
Beyond k - 12 go Beyond Resources and courses to learn computer Science.

Posted August 6, 2018
Fayetteville's Wild Weekend
You are invited to come on an adventure and discover all of the nature that Fayetteville has to offer. Fayetteville is celebrating what makes their area so wild with a nature festival from August 10th through the 12th. From educational programs designed specifically for youngsters and adults to guided hikes in the New River Gorge along with adventure activities.  Fayetteville’s Wild Weekend will offer a variety of activities and workshops for all ages and interests. Come and celebrate the features, creatures, and culture that make Fayetteville the unique place that it is.  Get up close and personal with the Snakes of West Virginia as Roy Moose kicks off our events Friday. Stay tuned for schedule updates as more events are finalized. Enjoy activities from nature paddle boarding tours to salamander talks and hikes. We will have educational nature booths set up at the Fayetteville Convention and Visitors Bureau on August 11th from 9 am to 1 pm. If you would like information on booth space or on the event email us at Fayettesville's Wild Weekend or call 304-574-1500.

Posted May 14, 2018
If you are interested in participating in the Forensic and Analytical Chemistry Technology (FACT) summer program for current 5th through 7th grade OR 8th through 12th grade students please fill out the application forms and mail, email, or fax it in ASAP because space is limited. The current science teacher must also fill out the one page reference form that is found on the last page of this packet. The camp for current 5th through 7th graders is June 11-15, and for current 8th through 12th grades will be June 18-22 with the daytime sessions happening in Hunt Haught Hall on Fairmont State’s main campus. Participants must provide their own transportation to and from campus each day. This FREE day camp will provide lots of hands-on activities to give students a feel for techniques utilized in
forensics and analytical chemistry. The typical hours are from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM each day, with the option of dropping off as early as 8:00 AM and picking up as late at 4:00 PM.  Snacks and meals are provided daily, and a snazzy FACT summer camp t-shirt will be provided for all participants who complete the program.

If you have any questions after reading the application materials, please do not hesitate to contact me by email ( or phone (304-367-4309).

Posted April 18, 2018
Appalachian Geoscience GeoCamp-  June 17th-21st
The United States Geological Survey and the West Virginia Geological & Economic Survey have teamed up with West Virginia University to initiate the Appalachian Geoscience GeoCamp this summer. Students will explore concepts and skills related to the earth sciences, including orienteering, topographic and geologic mapping, forest ecology and more. The GeoCamp experience will go far beyond indoor lessons and lectures by putting learning into the field alongside experts, to create hands-on experiences that allow students to explore possible future interests and careers.

This 5 day, 4-night summer adventure will be sited at WVU's Outdoor Education Center and on the campus of West Virginia University, with lodging in yurts and campus student housing. The forests, rivers, caves and terrain around Morgantown provide a perfect environment for exploration and learning while immersed in nature. The GeoCamp will take a non-traditional approach by integrating field-based earth science and mapping lessons with outdoor adventures. Students will learn about the natural world all around them while physically engaged in rock climbing, rafting, cycling and more. In addition to being highly engaging teaching tools, these outdoor activities provide opportunities for self-discovery and personal growth. 

Cost: $650 per person- Includes lodging, food, activities, equipment, and education sessions. Students will need to provide their own transportation to Morgantown, WV.  All other transportation is included.
To Apply:  Applicants must be high school students (as of fall 2018) or graduating high school seniors. Program admission is first come, first serve. 24 participant spots available. Click here to learn more.

Posted April 12, 2018
Agents of Cyber – Advanced GenCyber Camp

Sunday, July 8th, 2018 through Friday, July 13th, 2018
The Marshall University’s GenCyber Camp is the 1st digital forensics and cyber security student program for students of West Virginia and the surrounding Appalachian regions entering 9th – 12th grade. The foundation courses cover the Cybersecurity First Principles, ethics, and online safety. To ensure a level playing field, application to the Marshall GenCyber camps are open to all student participants at no cost on a competitive basis. Funding is provided jointly by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). This week-long residential program has limited spots for students, so please apply as quickly as possible.

GenCyber provides summer cyber security camp experiences for students at the 9-12 level. The goals of the program are to help all students understand correct and safe on-line behavior, increase diversity and interest in cyber security and careers in the cyber security workforce of the Nation.  2018 GenCyber Camp Student Application Due date for both applications and reference letters is May 18TH, 2018 Contact for more information. 

Posted April 6, 2018
The PSC provides a six-week online training session and participation in data analysis throughout the academic year through an online database. Students and teachers can communicate with students, teachers, and professional astronomers through an online forum. Students will also have the chance to attend a week-long summer workshop at the Green Bank Observatory in Pocahontas County, West Virginia and a Capstone event at West Virginia University. Teachers get to involve their students in authentic scientific research earn WVU credit and a stipend all while working with the largest telescope in the United States.  

At 17 million pounds in weight with a dish big enough to hold two football fields, the Green Bank Telescope is truly Impressive. It is one of the most sensitive instruments in the world and great at collecting and amplifying the tiny signals we receive from pulsars. Pulsar astronomy is a BIG Data science. Just 2.5 minutes of observing with the GBT results in 3 gigabytes of data. Therefore, the data PSC students analyze is new– and has not been analyzed by other scientists. Careful PSC members can make new and significant scientific discoveries, and be authors on published papers like this one, and this one.

To participate, all PSC students must be 13 years old or older and be sponsored by a teacher. PSC students complete a training course to become certified to gain access to GBt data. It is not mandatory that teachers participate in PSC training, but it is highly encouraged. At a minimum we do expect teachers to gain permission from your school to participate in the PSC, to activate you once you register, to collect consent forms, and to keep an eye on your progress. Ask your teacher to complete the application!

After your teacher has registered and activated his/her school account, she/he will create a team for you, and you can register.

Posted March 27, 2018
EYH West Virginia 2018
The Expanding Your Horizons Conference is for 5th-9th-grade girls. Girls will discover the excitement of science and math by participating in four hands-on workshops. The workshop leaders are scientists and engineers that will share their knowledge and experience and answer any questions you may have about science, technology, engineering, and math careers. Find out more about the National Expanding Your Horizons Organization by going to the National EYH Website and watch a video of girls enjoying an EYH event. 
 The event will be held on Saturday, April 21st, 9 AM-3:30 PM, at White Hall on the WVU downtown campus. The cost is $5.00 and includes lunch. Details and online registration are available at For more information, contact

Posted March 16, 2018

Women in STEM Workshop for Grades 9-12 at Glenville State College

Glenville State College is hosting a Women in STEM workshop on Saturday, March 24th for young women in grades 9 – 12. The workshop will include hands-on activities by
   · Dr. Kim Shaw, Professor of Physics, Columbus State University, Co-Director of the U-Teach Center
   · Dr. Morgan Vis, Chair of Environmental and Plant Biology, Ohio University
   · Emily Certain, BSME: Engineering Trainee at NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
For more information and to register for the workshop, visit

Posted March 8, 2018
West Virginia Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS)
The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium is a STEM (science, technology engineering and mathematics) scholarship competition sponsored by the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Navy. It is separate from ISEF, but strong science fair projects usually do well in the JSHS format (a 12-minute, oral presentation). The regional symposium includes a keynote speaker and practice time for presenters on Friday evening, the competition on Saturday morning, and an awards banquet. Lodging and meals are free to regional participants, so the only cost of attending the WV-JSHS is travel to West Virginia Wesleyan College. Two winning projects compete in the National JSHS, and the top three regional finalists earn scholarships of up to $2,000. A total of five students earn expense-paid trips to the National JSHS competition, and there is a teacher award to support science at the teacher’s school. The WV-JSHS follows the competition guidelines of the National JSHS except that we do not hold a poster symposium and all students compete in a single group rather than within categories. For more information, contact Dr. DeLaney or visit the National JSHS website.
  • Fair Location: West Virginia Wesleyan College 
  • Fair Dates: March 23-24, 2018 
  • Applications due- March 21, 2018, Online application is at (Please note the extension for the date for the application.) 
  • Eligibility: Any student in grades 9-12 in a West Virginia school 
  • Contact: Tracey DeLaney, Asst. Professor of Physics,; 304-473-8330. Please notify Dr. DeLaney if your online application is not promptly acknowledged. 
  • National JSHS website:
The West Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair, (WVSSEF)
The WVSSEF is affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair and follows their rules and guidelines. Please review the 2016 ISEF Rules and Guidelines for additional information. Two winning projects will receive and expense paid trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair as well as cash awards to winning projects.
Posted February 6, 2018

WVU Forensic Science Summer Wo
The Next Generation Forensic Science Initiative and Department of Forensic and Investigative Sciences will be hosting a forensic science summer camp for high school (9th –12th grade) students June 18-22, 2018. Through hands-on, experiential learning, participants will acquire the practical knowledge and skills that forensic scientists employ in their day-to-day casework. At the conclusion of the week, participants will take their newly acquired knowledge and skills and apply them to a mock crime scene at the WVU Crime Scene Complex. Day camp is $349.00 per person and overnight camp is $899.00 per person. To register go to or for more information contact Chris Bily by email at or call (304) 293-9496

Posted January 30, 2018
Affordable Adventure Summer Camp Options for West Virginia Families

SPRUCE KNOB, WV – January 23, 2018 – Parents across West Virginia race to find meaningful summer activities to engage their kids, but often come to find that affordable, quality options are limited. It does not have to be that way any longer for families across the state taking part in Experience Learning’s Mountain Stewards Summer Camp. The week-long summer camp programs are available at a discounted rate, and additional scholarships are available to further reduce the cost for families. There is no better way to get your teen outside, unplugged, and connected to their home state.

Mountain Stewards offers a unique approach to a traditional overnight camp. As campers arrive, they are provided with all necessary technical equipment and gear before venturing into the surrounding forest as active participants on a backcountry expedition. They will spend their days exploring the forests and caves of Pendleton County and camp under the stars each night.

This summer marks the first year of three new programs -- a paddle expedition based on the Cheat River Water Trail, a wilderness running camp for high school students, and a leadership program for high school students looking for even more adventure while they delve deeper into backcountry living and outdoor skills (includes caving and rock climbing components). Mountain Stewards is open to ages 10-18 with no experience needed to participate. Registration recently opened and spots are going quickly. To learn more about Experience Learning’s Mountain Stewards Summer Camp, or to apply for a scholarship, please visit or call (304) 567-2632.​

Posted January 23, 2018
2018 WV Envirothon - April 19-20, 2018 Jackson’s Mill, Weston, WV 

The West Virginia Envirothon is a conservation education program and competition for students in grades 9 through 12. The West Virginia Envirothon focuses on five subject areas: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, and a current environmental topic. By participating in the Envirothon program, students learn about West Virginia's diverse ecosystem and how they can help conserve and protect it for future generations. Teams consist of 5 members and a teacher. The top 5 winning teams have scholarship awards available and the winning team is automatically entered into the NCF- Envirothon competition. Many teams are able to enter the competition at little to no cost! Follow the link below to find out more. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 1, 2018!! 

Posted January 22, 2018
PAEMST Nomination Deadline is April 1, 2018. The Application Deadline is May 1, 2018 

Do you know a K-6 teacher who provides excellent mathematics or science instruction to his or her students? Then please consider nominating him or her for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program. Anyone—researchers, parents, or members of the general public—may nominate a K-6 teacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website ( To submit a nomination, you only need the teacher’s contact information. 

PAEMST is the highest honor the United States government bestows for K-12 mathematics and science teaching. Since 1983, more than 4,100 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Up to 108 teachers may be recognized each year. 

Presidential Awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events, professional development opportunities, and policy-maker meetings, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. 

The Nomination Deadline is April 1, 2018. The Application Deadline is May 1, 2018 for elementary school teachers (Grades K-6). Secondary school teachers (Grades 7-12) are eligible to apply in 2019. If you know more than one teacher deserving of this award, you may submit more than one nomination. Teachers may also initiate the application process themselves at

Please consider nominating outstanding mathematics or science teachers today!

Posted January 1, 20018
Winter's growing stronger, but the experience Learning Summer Camps are filling up! The 2018 schedule is packed with programming -- from Wilderness First Aid training in April, through a six sessions of summer camps in June plus two new camp options in July, and a fall full of school adventure trips and water quality testing. Consider finding space in your 2018 schedule to come spend time with us, one way or another.

Camp registration is open! Snow days and temperatures holding well below zero create the perfect conditions for perusing seed catalogs and signing up for summer camp. Check out our 2018 offerings. High School and All Girls camps both have an option of a canoeing trip down the Cheat Water Trail and they are filling fast! The kids who attend Middle School camp will receive a fun and high-quality introduction to backpacking, back country camping, camp skills and self-propelled adventure in the Seneca Creek Back-country. Don't miss your chance to take part!

Two new camps fill our schedule in July. Starting July 8-14, we offer a Wilderness Running Camp in which off-road running meets back-country camping for summer camp conditioning practice! This week will be targeted towards high school-aged kids who enjoy running. Created in conjunction with the West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners club, and featuring several experienced coaches and trail runners as instructors, this camp is a great way to kick start a cross country season, or just to learn about exploring into the woods farther and faster, on foot.

Posted December 26, 2017
Registration for the 2018 Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition is open and waiting for the students of West Virginia. 2017 saw 26 different nations had teams sign up to be a part of the Competition and with your help, we can continue to grow that number in 2018, but we can’t do it alone. Since registration opened we already have four nations and 13 teams! Small so far but off to a great start! This is a wonderful opportunity for the high school students the West Virginia Department of Education serves to showcase their knowledge and passion for STEM to solve a very real issue the entire world is facing: Climate Change.

· The 2018 Challenge: “Solving Climate Change” asks students to develop a clean technology solution to the many problems associate with climate change.
· Teams consist of 1-3 students, are assisted by a Team Leader (i.e. parent, teacher, or mentor), to develop a written proposal.
· No limit to the number of teams per school!
· There is no entry fee.
· Online registration is open here!
· First Round Paper Submissions are due April 20, 2018.
· 10 Finalist Teams will be selected, given a $200 (USD) stipend and matched with a Mentor to help them prepare a Prototype and presentation for the Finalist Event.
· Finalists compete for the $10,000 (USD) grand prize and a ‘Continued Mentorship’
· Final event to happen at Stony Brook University, New York, USA July 13, 2018!

Posted December 15, 2017
Educator of the Year Contest

Do you know an outstanding junior high or high school teacher, coach, guidance counselor, librarian, or principal? Nominate that special teacher you'll always remember and give him/her the chance to be recognized in a national magazine!  Cash awards will be given to educators from across the country honored as Teen Ink Educators of the Year. Winning essays are published in Teen Ink magazine.

Teen Ink will only consider essays written by teens, and nominations must be for junior high or high school educators only. Elementary school educators are not eligible.

Convince us your nominee is special. Tell us about his or her style of teaching, involvement in school activities, and community service. What has your educator done for the entire school, your class, for you or another student? Give examples with specific details. Keep your essay between 200 and 1,000 words.  Include the first and last name, position, and school of your educator.  Submit entries through our website. See the submission guidelines for more information.  The deadline for submitting Educator of the Year essays is April 30. Entries are accepted and considered for publication in Teen Ink magazine throughout the year. Winners will be notified after the June issue is published.  Visit 

Posted December 14, 2017
West Virginia Arbor Day Poster Contest for 4th and 5th Grade Students 
The theme for this year’s contest is “Trees are…Tropical!”.  The contest is open to all fourth and fifth grade students.  The contest is sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Forestry and the Urban & Community Forestry Council. 

The poster contest information is available via download on the Division of Forestry website at this link- Arbor Day Information.  All the documents you need are posted including a guide that contains educational activities. The contest is open to public, private and homeschooling teachers in West Virginia. 

The deadline for all contest submissions is March 1, 2018.  Only posters that meet the contest rules will be eligible for prizes. Please read the poster contest rules carefully to make sure your students meet eligibility requirements. 

If you have any questions concerning the 2018 West Virginia Arbor Day Poster Contest.  Please contact Andy Sheetz via email at or 304-382-9574.

Posted December 1, 2017

WV Coding Challenge -  Students will win $8,000 in prizes
Calling all students! Even if you have never tried coding, this challenge is for you. The contest will run from December 1, 2017 to January 25, 2018. The winning West Virginia students in PreK through 12th grade will receive a $500 gift card from either Walmart or Amazon. Students can enter by following three simple steps: follow us on social media, create your own coding project, and show us! Visit: to help you get started.

Posted November 22, 2017
Generation Nano: Superheroes Inspired by Science Challenge!
Middle and high school students are encouraged to gear up and compete in this year's Generation Nano: Superheroes Inspired by Science challenge! Create a written entry and either a comic or a 90-second video that illustrates your science-powered superhero in action. Students may complete as individuals or in teams of 2-3.  Winners will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to showcase their creation at the 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. Entries are due to the Gen Nano challenge by January 8!   Start here to learn about the competition.

Posted October 12, 2017

The National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp) provides an almost month-long STEM and outdoors experience like no other. This includes presentations on cutting edge science, directly interacting with presenters in an informal setting, as well as, opportunities for outdoor adventures that include caving, mountain biking, climbing, backpacking and kayaking. Two high achieving STEM high school seniors per state are selected by merit through an online application process to attend this amazing three week+ program FREE of charge (air travel is included!). The NYSCamp is planned for June 27 - July 21, 2018. 

Online applications are open from November 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018 at 6:00pm EST. Students may apply at To get a sense of this experience, visit

Teachers - nominate/recommend a student to apply - send them to


Bird Club Presentation, Monday, Oct 16., 6.30 at the South Charleston Library
All are welcome to join the Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird Club at the South Charleston Library on Monday, October 16, 2017. 
Author and Naturalist Bill Beatty will discuss his work with Eastern Screech Owls as well as antidotes from his new book "Rainbows, Bluebirds and Buffleheads."

Posted October 2, 2017
Announcing the FIX THE PHOTO scholarship program for 2018 year. We will choose three lucky winners to get $1500 for covering all expenses for studding or just self-development. We are totally confident that your talents and eagerness to make this world better must be appreciated. Thus, we have created this beneficial program exactly for students that are thirsty for opening new horizons.

Fix The Photo is a leading Photo Editing Service that holds leadership in the demanding sphere of photography post processing services for more than 13 years. Our team consists of impressively skillful photo makers and experienced picture editors who are able to work with numerous image retouching programs, but mainly with Photoshop and LightRoom.

Certainly love for what we do has made it possible to create such a diverse range of provided photo improving services. The most asked ones are surely commercial photo orders. Thus, we pay special attention to applying accomplished product photo retouching services, exceptional real estate photo editing and first-rate jewelry retouching services. Picture outcomes after such editing types can be seen in various catalogs and magazines and this speaks for their quality better than all compliments. Private retouching also does not fall behind. The group of our photo manipulators often faces the challenge to work with professional portrait editing, family photo editing and baby photo retouching. One more service that is the most extensive is wedding photography post production, which is also in the list of top-offered options as well as recently added headshot retouching. Here we focus on live communication with our customers in order to realize all their wishes and personal views on final results.

All these show that the work of professional photo manipulator cannot be monotonous. The circle of editing options makes the photo retouching job really a great field for realizing all ambitions. There are some of them that impress clients with constant creativity and outstanding picture outcomes. In order to maintain passion for photography, self-development, and professional growth in new generation we have been offered scholarship. Visit to learn more. 

Posted September 20, 2017
2018 Science In the Arts Challenge
Science and art are everywhere, and the interdependence of the subjects is undeniable. The Science in the Arts Challenge has been created to encourage high school students to consider, research, and present information about relationships between the two seemingly different subjects. This year’s Science in the Arts Challenge will be at the Charleston Civic Center during the West Virginia Social Studies Fair on Friday, April 27, 2018. 

High school students may submit an entry for a visual arts product which they have created to represent Science in the Arts. Students must create a two- to three-minute video presentation that shows a timeline or tell the story of the artwork being created. In the video, the student should explain why the piece was selected to represent Science in the Arts, what the piece means to the student personally, and how science was used to create the art or the materials used to create the artwork; see the 2018 Science in the Arts Challenge Rules and 2018 Science in the Arts Challenge Rubric. The video must include the student creating the visual artwork and the student explaining the science process used to create an artwork and/or demonstrating an understanding the science of the materials used to create the artwork. 

An online application must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018.  For more information, visit the Science in the Arts webpage. 

Posted September 19, 2017
The West Virginia University Next Generation Forensic Science Initiative
will be offering educational opportunities in different aspects of forensic science to middle school and high school students throughout the school year. All classes are taught through hands-on, laboratory based activities. Each class will conclude with a case study. The final class titled You Crack the Case will be open to students who participated in at least five classes; this final class will let students apply their accumulated knowledge to a mock crime scene at the WVU Crime Scene Complex. Classes and dates are as follows: Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (09/30/2017), Biological Evidence (10/21/2017), Forensic DNA (11/11/2017), Fingerprint Development (12/09/2017), Fingerprint Identification (01/13/2018), Footwear Impression Evidence (02/17/2018), Firearm Identification (03/24/18), Crime Scene Investigation (04/21/2018), You Crack the Case (05/05/2018). To register go to or for more information contact Chris Bily by email at or by phone at 304-293-9496.

Posted September 14, 207
Margaret Denison Fall Nature Walks at Kanawha State Forest
Say goodbye to summer and hello to fall! Choose from a series of guided hikes on a variety of topics led by knowledgeable naturalists during the Margaret Denison Fall Nature Walks. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase following the hikes. All proceeds go to the forest foundation to support forest activities.

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., at the Nature Center/pool area. There are 12 walks to choose from, all beginning around 9 a.m. Cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children under age 16. Due to building renovations, there will be no lunch items offered, but a limited number of home baked cookies will be available for purchase.

Following the nature walks, starting at 1:00 p.m., the Three Rivers Avian Center will present the “Wings of Wonder” program, featuring educational raptors, owls, hawks and an eagle. Open to the public without charge. Donations to the Forest Foundation or TRAC are welcomed.

Posted September 7, 2017
Don’t miss out on your chance to win awesome prizes in the #GenSTEMcontest. With two ways to play, it’s easy to get in the game.  


Participate in the photo challenge portion for a chance to win:*

    • ·     Your choice of TI graphing calculator
    • ·     A $500 gift card
    • ·   A trip for two to visit Texas Instruments headquarters in Dallas, Texas, to help develop a STEM Behind Cool Careers classroom activity
1.  Snap a photo of something you’re into - like a favorite hobby or dream job – and show how STEM is in it too
2.  Post to your public Twitter or Instagram account by September 25, 2017, with #GenSTEMcontest

Not feeling photogenic? Take a fun quiz and find your STEM style for a chance to win your choice of TI graphing calculator.
What's your STEM style? Take this quiz to find out! Share your results on social media and complete a short form for a chance to win a TI graphing calculator. 

There’s still time to enter the photo challenge ... or take the quiz ... or do both ... once a day, every day – but hurry, because it all ends on Friday Sept. 25, 2017.

*Terms and conditions apply. See full contest rules here

America’s Navy and Discovery Education have joined forces to expand access for high school students interested in cutting-edge, real-world applications of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in the 21st century with a first ever, Virtual Field Trip – Navy’s Elite STEM Workforce: Aboard the USS Nimitz. As part of the Navy STEM for the Classroom educational program, this exclusive event will broadcast LIVE from Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida on Thursday, September 7 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, providing students an exclusive look into the lives of those who serve and defend, while living on one of the Navy’s most revered aircraft carriers ever built – the USS Nimitz. With spotlights on engineering, aviation, and flight operations, students will gain unique insights into a variety of Navy careers and authentic learning experiences. 

To learn more about America’s Navy and Discovery Education´s Navy Elite STEM Workforce -virtual field trip, read complete press release , click here. For additional information for your story contact: Charmion Kinder from Discovery Education at (240) 662-5203 or

¡Hola! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month issue of Bright Ideas
 which recognizes the vibrant culture and the contributions of Latinos with Smithsonian collections, lessons, and activities.  Start with the  blog post for an introduction to Hispanic Heritage Month, or review the featured collections in different subject areas. Each collection shows the range of Latino resources available in the Lab and ways to incorporate them into your classroom. Here you will find both ancient traditions and contemporary people and practices. 

Posted August 24, 2017

Calling All 6- 12 Graders!
Scholarship Opportunity! Generation Nano: Superheroes Inspired by Science! – Open to 6-12th graders

The National Science Foundation’s Create-Your-Own science superhero competition. Students compete for a chance to win cash prizes and a trip to Washington, D.C. to present at the 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival. They can enter individually or in teams of 2-3 and use science or engineering to create a unique superhero. They then tell their hero’s story in a short comic or video. Submissions accepted Sept. 18, 2017 – Jan. 8, 2018.

See for more information, and follow us at #GenNano. Questions: email

Posted August 20, 2017
Bill Nye the Science Guy on the Solar Eclipse
On Monday Americans across the country will be experiencing one of Nature's most splendid natural phenomena. Bill Nye the Science Guy talks about the awe-inspiring solar eclipse, and celebrates humankind's ability to understand and appreciate the cosmos.

Posted July 25, 2017
Regeneron Science Talent Search! 
 Are you or do you know a rising high school senior with an extraordinary science research project? Help us spread the word about our competition that recognizes the future leaders of the scientific community and awards more than $3 million each year to deserving students and supportive schools. The application opens on August 1. Sign up here to learn more. 

Posted July 17, 2017
The National Youth Science Foundation

The mission of the National Youth Science Foundation is to inspire lifelong engagement and ethical leadership in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and related professions. Programs are provided at the National Youth Science Center at 494 RiverStone Road. Davis, WV 26260. Visit the links below to learn more. 
 *  National Youth Science Camp is a residential science education program for young STEM enthusiasts the summer after they graduate from high school. Students from around the country (two are selected to represent each state and Washington, D.C.) are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies, and have voluntary opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program, gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and establish friendships that last a lifetime.
*  Youth Science Discovery Experience is an exciting opportunity for West Virginia 8th Grade Students to experience Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in a fun and engaging way. For more information, please email or call 304-205-9724 x94. John Giroir (Director, National Youth Science Camp) Also, see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Also, you can download a summary document here: YSDE – Field Trip
*  Youth STEAM Institute is a new summer program produced by the National Youth Science Foundation. The Youth STEAM Institute will provide groups of 24 students an opportunity to enhance their experience, confidence, and leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) through small-group projects guided by a mentor.

Posted June 8, 2017

The Experience Learning's first online newsletter, The Source, is available now. 
Albert Einstein once said, "The only source of knowledge is experience." Because of friends and supporters like you, we are providing authentic experiences for thousands of youth (and adults too!) every year. We are excited to share with you here the stories that make our organization unique and build knowledgeable citizens for the future. Don't hesitate to reach out to us--or even better yet, come visit! Enjoy reading about our recent experiences.  Visit for more information about Experience Learning, including Summer Camps, Workshops, and other outdoor education opportunities. 

Posted May 25, 2017
First2Network Exciting Opportunity for Seniors who are Planning to Major in a STEM AND are First Generation College Students 
If this is a good fit for you, you to invited to participate in the First2Network, a prestigious National Science Foundation-funded project. The First2Network is engaging rural, first-generation college students (neither parent completed college) in a partnership with professionals from all around West Virginia to improve the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) college experience for all students in WV and beyond.

Program Activities: 
As a student member of the First2Network they will participate in several STEM-related activities:
· July 16-29, 2017, a 2-week all-expenses-paid research internship at one of two First2Network research sites: the Green Bank Observatory or Fairmont State University. This experience will give them a “leg-up” as a STEM major and could lead to future internships.
· Weekly online meetings with fellow First2Network colleagues during the 2017-2018 academic year to develop STEM and leadership skills, discuss issues with friends and to solve problems.
· Hometown STEM Ambassador activities. They are the best people in their communities to inspire future STEM students and to dialogue with local education officials and business leaders about your STEM experience! They will visit their hometown communities to engage in these activities at least 4 times over the next two years.

Benefits to Them
· These activities will prepare them for success in STEM!
· They can receive travel support to present at a STEM conference in WV.
· They will be awarded up to $500 for efforts over the course of the two years, depending on their level of completion.

For more information and a link to our online application, visit http://first2network.  Apply by June 1, 2017 to get accepted in the first round!

Posted May 11, 2017

* * * Computer Science Adventure Zone @ Marshall University* * *
All local-area middle and high school students are invited to attend one of the half-day Computer Science Adventure Zone summer camps to be held on Saturday, June 10th (and another separate event on Saturday, July 8th) at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. Come make new friends and discover some of the fun hands-on things you can do with Computer Science! Kids will interact in small groups while learning how to program small robotic Finches, develop a mobile app, write a software program, create music on computers, and much more!  Visit Computer Science Adventure Zone summer camps to lean more. 

Posted May 3, 2017

Migration Celebration 2017
Taking place at Little Beaver State Park, this family friendly celebration of West Virginia’s birds and the state’s natural heritage. Photography workshop, bird and bugs walks, storytelling, kids activities and more. A full calendar of events will be available on the Three Rivers Avian Center website. Admission is free but donations are welcome.Visit Migration Celebration 2017 to learn more.
When: Saturday, May 13, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm 
Where: Little Beaver State Park, 1402 Grandview Road, Beaver, WV 25813
Cost: Free
Contact: Three Rivers Avian Center, 304-466-4683 

Posted April 25, 2017
GenCyber Camp at Marshall Seeks Rural WV Students 
Marshall University has been selected by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation to host the first GenCyber Camp in the mid-Appalachian region for high school students interested in cyber security and careers in the cyber security workforce, according to a news release from the university.

This weeklong camp will be geared toward high school students in grades 9-12, and students in rural counties are encouraged to apply and participate," The camp will take place June 25-30 on the university's Huntington campus. Students and their parents can apply for the camp by visiting

Posted April 7, 2017

The National Youth Science Foundation is pleased to announce that it will offer a new STEAM enrichment program in summer 2017 for students between 9 and 16 years of age. The 2017 Youth STEAM Institute at the National Youth Science Center near Davis, West Virginia, will provide groups of 24 students an opportunity to enhance their experience, confidence, and leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) through small-group projects guided by a mentor.

Program Overview: Youth STEAM Institute projects will be selected to address hard-to-cover national science and mathematics standards for student learning and may include: coding, electronics, engineering principles, mathematics, drones, meteorology, robotics, environmental science, astronomy, and more. Opportunities for location-appropriate outdoor recreation including mountain biking and trail hiking will complement the STEAM program. Field trips to local attractions which may include Spruce Knob, the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Blackwater Falls State Park, Seneca Rocks, and the Green Bank Observatory are possible.

Dates: At present, two sessions are planned.
Session 1: Sunday, July 16, through Saturday, July 22, 2017
Session 2: Sunday, July 23, through Saturday, July 29, 2017

For more information and to express your interest in attending through a pre-application, please see: Youth STEAM Institute. Please share with others who have students who might be interested in attending this exciting new program.

Posted March 27, 2017
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program recognizes the importance of honoring excellent teaching and promoting STEM education. PAEMST, a White House program administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is the nation’s highest honor for K-12 teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees receive a trip to D.C., a certificate signed by the President, and a $10,000 award from NSF. To be eligible in 2017, teachers must be full-time employees of a school or school district who teach at the 7-12th grade level at least fifty percent of the day, and have at least 5 years of teaching experience prior to this school year. Please consider nominating, and encouraging your 7-12th grade mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers at today. The nomination deadline is April 1, 2017.  Applications are due May 1, 2017.

Posted February 17, 2017
WV Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (WV-JSHS)
The WV-JSHS will be on 24-25 March, 2017, at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon. The registration deadline has been extended through 12 March, and the online registration site will open next week. This science, math and engineering competition is sponsored by the United States Army, Navy and Air Force. The program is described at

The WV-JSHS is well worth the time for students who have already completed science fair projects. The top three students win scholarships (up to $2,000 from the National JSHS program) and the top five can attend the National JSHS competition (expenses paid), where the top two students compete equally for scholarships of up to $12,000 (three scholarships in each of seven categories). There is also a Teacher Award, $500 that is given to the teacher and his or her school to support science instruction. The WV-JSHS follows the National JSHS guidelines for the competition (oral presentations only): Abstracts are due through the online registration form, with electronic copies of papers due on site on March 24. Lodging and food are provided free of charge to participants and one chaperone per group. This year, the National JSHS will be held in San Diego, CA

Please feel free to contact Jeanne Sullivan at 304-473-8125 or sullivan@WVWC.EDU if you have questions. Email is generally better than a phone call, though she am usually in my office on Tuesdays from 9-noon.

Posted February 16, 2017
2017 Science in the Arts Challenge 

Science and art are everywhere, and the interdependence of the subjects is undeniable. The Science in the Arts Challenge has been created to encourage high school students to consider, research, and present information about relationships between the two seemingly different subjects. This year’s Science in the Arts Challenge will be at the Charleston Civic Center in conjuntion with the West Virginia Social Studies Fair on Friday, April 21, 2017. 

High school students may submit an entry for a visual arts product which they have created to represent Science in the Arts. The wining student will receive $200. The winning student's science teacher and art teacher will each receive $100 for classroom supplies. And, the winner will be invited to exhibit their work at theClay Center in Charleston during the Arts Alive! event on Friday, April 28, 2017.  Visit the Science in the Arts Challenge website for more information, see also 2017 Science in the Arts Challenge Rules and 2017 Science in the Arts Challenge Rubric.  The online application must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017.

Posted February 15, 2017
The Clean Tech Competition
is an international research and design challenge for 15-18 year old pre-university students. This is a prestigious educational opportunity for students across the world that challenges students to be innovative while encouraging their passion for the sciences and we want to invite the students of your school to participate in this year’s competition! With your position as Office of Superintendent, I am hopeful you will see the merit of this competition and spread the word to your schools.

2016 saw the largest competition ever and Clean Tech continues to grow! There were 392 teams from 19 different countries participated with almost 1,000 total students participating. Along with the 19 countries, the final round had four different nations represented and competing for first prize! And at this rate of registration and your help Principal it will only continue to get bigger!

Each year, the Clean Tech Competition encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources.
  • The 2017 Challenge: “Creating a Greener Future” asks students to develop a clean technology solution to the problems associate with buildings, homes, efficiency and building materials. 
  • Teams consist of 1-3 students, are assisted by a Team Leader (i.e. parent, teacher, or mentor), to develop a written proposal. 
  • There is no entry fee. 
  • Online registration is open! 
  • First Round Paper Submissions are due 14 April, 20176. 
  • 10 Finalist Teams are selected, given a $200 (USD) stipend and matched with a Mentor to help them prepare a Prototype and presentation for the Finalist Event. 
  • Finalists compete for the $10,000 (USD) grand prize and ‘Continued Mentorship’ at the 2017 
  • Final event to happen at Stony Brook University, NY, USA! 
  • Official Competition website
See the  2017 Student Outreach Flyer for more details. 
Posted February 2, 2017 
The National Youth Science Camp is a residential science education program (almost a month long) for 12th grade (high school seniors) STEM high achievers (June 14 - July 8, 2017). Students from around the country (two are selected to represent each state and Washington, D.C.) are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies, and have voluntary opportunities to participate in a comprehensive outdoor adventure program, gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and establish amazing friendships. The deadline for completed applications is March 1, 2017.

The prestigious National Youth Science Camp is offered free of charge to the selected students; two students from each state are selected for this honor. Please nominate a student today and send them to the following websites. To participate and/or for more information: (, ( or email This program is created by and operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. (

The YOUTH SCIENCE DISCOVERY EXPERIENCE Field Trip is designed to introduce 8th grade students from across West Virginia to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and career opportunities. Immersive partnerships with STEM organizations empower students by providing relevant exposure to the application of STEM in the real world. Activities in the MakerSpaces of the National Youth Science Center (NYSCenter) provide opportunities to explore STEM through creative, hands-on opportunities using 21st Century technology and tools. This program is created by and operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. (

YSDE Field Trips are offered free of charge to groups of twelve, 8th grade students; two teachers or parents accompany student groups (a stipend is provided to participating teachers). These opportunities are on weekends between now and early May, 2017. To participate and/or for more information:, call 304-205-9724 x91 or email

Posted January 30, 2017
Every year the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and its member organizations sponsor a world-wide science competition for high school students. The competition is open to students in grades 9 through 12 whose science projects focus on enhancing the quality of life through the improvement of water quality, water resource management, or water or wastewater treatment. Projects can explore water issues on a local, state, national, or global level utilizing a research-oriented approach.

Within the United States, entries and competition begin at the State level. Our member organization, the West Virginia Water Environment Association (WVWEA), initiates the search for entrants from high schools throughout our great State, which is the purpose of this posting. We believe that there are many talented and gifted students who have an interest in the water environment and a resulting desire to perform scientific research and prepare projects that will be competitive with students from other States and countries.

Please visit the WEF’s Stockholm Junior Water Prize website at where you will find information about the competition’s criteria. Students who decide to participate in this competition must submit their research papers on-line by April 15, 2017. The WVWEA will notify the winner on or before May 1, 2017 who will be invited to attend the banquet at our annual conference in May at Glade Springs. The WVWEA’s winner and his/her science teacher will be awarded an all-expenses paid trip to the 2017 National competition, which will be held at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, on June 16-17, 2017. If a student wins the National competition, he/she will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship and an all-expenses paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden for the International competition.

Please feel free to contact Marc Bryson with the WVWEA at (304)-353-8149 or with questions.

Posted January 23, 2017

Mountain Stewards Summer Camp

High school and middle school students can come to Spruce Knob this summer to participate in our nature-based, expedition style summer camp. Campers can climb mountains, traverse caves, or help run a 560-acre farm.

The Mountain Institute’s (TMI) Mountain Stewards Summer Camp will be based out of 3 separate locations. Campers can choose to: backpack in the Blackwater Canyon, base camp in the Monongahela National Forest, or help run our Sweet Water Farm. From trail building to riparian reclamation, campers will earn 20 community service hours through a fun and meaningful stewardship project offered in collaboration with other conservation organizations including Friends of Blackwater, the US Forest Service, and Trout Unlimited. Register Today! Visit our website for dates and info

Posted January 12, 2017
Discovery Education and 3M are proud to announce the opening of the 10th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the nation’s premier science competition for students in grades 5-8. This program, offers young inventors the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be mentored by a 3M Scientist Mentor, compete for $25,000, and earn the title of “America's Top Young Scientist.” The Challenge rewards curious students who use their science acumen and creativity to solve a problem in their local, national or global community.

Posted January 10, 2017
Next Generation Forensic Science Initiative Summer Camp for Middle School and High School Students @ WVU
The Next Generation Forensic Science Initiative will be hosting a forensic science summer camp for middle school (6th—8th grade) and high school (9th –12th grade) students for one week this summer. The goal of this program is to bring the crime lab to the classroom. Through hands-on, experiential learning, participants will acquire the practical knowledge and skills that forensic scientists employ in their day to day casework. At the conclusion of the week, participants will take their newly acquired knowledge and skills and apply them to a mock crime scene at the Crime Scene Complex. *Middle school and high school camps will be held concurrently but separate from one another.

The camp will cost $349.00 per person for the day camp option and $899.00 per person for the overnight camp option. To register go to WVU courses site or contact Chris Bily for more information at

U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize 
The Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) is the world's most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project. The prize taps into the unlimited potential of today's high school students as they seek to address current and future water challenges.  Students who decide to participate in this competition must submit their research papers on-line by April 15, 2017.  

SJWP State winners will receive a Stockholm Junior Water Prize state medal and a all-expenses paid trip to compete in the national competition held during the third weekend of June at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
The SJWP National winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship and the national trophy (per project), an all-expenses-paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden, to compete in the SJWP international competition from August 26 - August 31, 2017, and a U.S. SJWP Winner framed certificate.

Posted January 5, 2017
The Purple Plow Challenge encourages middle school students to research scenarios related to food, hunger and sustainability and build their own prototypes to solve the defined problem. Resources provided for facilitators, students and volunteers are written by teachers, aligned to national learning standards and reviewed by industry experts. It’s perfect for maker spaces, after school programs, in-school lessons, 4-H clubs, library learning, scout troops and more! Visit this link to learn more.

Posted January 4, 2017
Each year Inspiring Girls Expeditions selects expedition teams of 8-9 teenage girls and 3 instructors to spend 12 days exploring and learning about glaciers and the alpine or marine environment. Through scientific field studies with professional glaciologists, ecologists, artists, and mountaineers, you will build critical thinking skills, gain self-confidence, and make lasting friendships. One team explores Mount Baker, an ice-covered volcano in the North Cascades of Washington State. Another team sleeps under the midnight sun while exploring an Alaskan glacier. Our third team explores the connections between glacier and ocean by kayak in Resurrection Bay, near Seward, AK.  

Inspiring Girls Expeditions application information is available here.  Application deadline is January 31, 2017.  

A grant from the 
John Sloan Education Project (JSEP) 2017 are now open until January 31, 2017

Applications for John Sloan Education Project (JSEP) 2017 are now open until January 31, 2017. Please visit the JSEP Application web site read the instructions before applying.

Applicants must be in 11th grade at the time of application and the subsequent selection process.
Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Students must be available to travel in June and July.

A panel of distinguished STEM educators and scientists review all applications and select five students to represent the U.S. team. Each applicant is notifed of his/her selection status by the end of March 2017.  APPLY HERE FOR JSEP 2017. 

Youth Science Discovery Experience – Field Trip (YSDE-FT)
Opportunity for West Virginia 7th and 8th grade students and teachers to attend a weekend STEM-focused field trips to the National Youth Science Center in Canaan Valley, WV. Field Trips will be conducted from February - May 2017. No cost to school or students. Stipends to help cover cost of travel, teachers' time and classroom supplies are a part of this program. Email for more information or call 304-205-9724 x94.  Please share with fellow 7th and/or 8th grade students in West Virginia.

The Naval Academy hosts a number of activities for Middle School and High School students that involve STEM- Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics.
          Summer STEM Camp
          GET IT: Girls Exploring Technology Through Innovative Topics
          Advanced Co-Curricular Program
          SeaPerch Program

The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for high school and college-aged women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. Students will hear from women leaders in these fields and try it for themselves by performing mock orthopaedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments.

The Perry Outreach Program on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Applications are being accepted. Participants should be women in grades 10 and up with an expressed interest in science, medicine and/or engineering. We would very much appreciate if you could pass this information along to any high school principals, high school science teachers or high school students you may know. Applicants should fill out the online application in advance of the March 1, 2017 application deadline.

Additional information can be found on our website:  The application may be accessed directly using the following link:  More information and a printable flyer for this event can be found here.  Please feel free to contact with any questions you may have. 

Posted January 3, 2017

CFWV Youth Summit- Application Deadline: March 3, 2017
The College Foundation of West Virginia Youth Summit with be in Morgantown, WV this July 25-27, 2017.  The Youth Summit, which will be held in conjunction with the annual Student Success Summit, will give students across the state the chance to develop their leadership skills and make a difference in their communities.

Schools are invited to submit an application to send a team of eight students and one supervising faculty member (4 male students and 4 female students) to the Youth Summit. Six teams will be selected to participate in this exciting event. The students will work together to create a stronger college-going culture throughout the state of West Virginia. Participating teams will be charged with returning to their schools and communities to launch a local HEROs (Higher Education Readiness Officers) program.

Students who attend the Youth Summit will be given the opportunity to experience a professional conference while interacting and learning with other students from across the state of West Virginia. School teams will focus on developing their leadership and communication skills and on constructing plans to establish a HEROs group in their schools and communities. Students will share their work and their accomplishments during a plenary session at the 2017 Student Success Summit. During the session, Youth Summit participants will be recognized in front of the nearly 400 educators, administrators, policy makers, and community professionals who attend the Student Success Summit each year!

The HEROs initiative was first piloted in schools served by West Virginia GEAR UP, a federally funded college access program. The West Virginia HEROs model has been recognized nationally as a promising practice for engaging students in building a stronger college-going culture and strengthening community/school involvement.

Team Applications may be found here. Team applications are due by March 3, 2017. Schools that are considering applying may send questions to Heather McChesney at or call 304.558.0655  .  

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