Academic Opportunities for West Virginia Students

The information below is provided as a service to West Virginia students and is not necessarily to opinion of the WVDE; it is not intended to indicate a preference for or endorsement of particular vendors or programs.  The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author or organization represented and do not necessarily reflect the views of the WVDE or its employees. 

If you or your organization would like to add information to the Teachers Ops and Students Ops web pages, so it may be shared with others, please email a summary of the information (a paragraph or so), do not include attachments to  If the information you provide is lengthy or requires an attachment, please post the details on a different website and hyperlink it to the summary of information you provide.  Information is added to this page as it becomes available and as time allows.Information is added to the page as it becomes available and as time allows. 

Please visit the Ops4Students website for additional information about annual & repeating academic opportunities for students.  Flyers are available for advertising the Teacher Ops, Student Ops, and Science in the Arts Challenge. Please print, post, and share the information. 

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.

Posted December 29, 2016
As you consider New Year's Resolutions, please keep nature and wildlife in mind. What conservation project could your club or class complete during the next few months to turn in for consideration for the Annual Youth Environmental Program Awards? The Program is co-sponsored by the DEP and Quad Graphics of Martinsburg. 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.

What projects have you already done this year that might qualify? Remember, the Youth Environmental Program awards include a cash prize! Hopefully you can use the money for a nice treat for the club or for much-needed supplies. Your project reports must be submitted by April 15, 2017, so mark your calendars now! For more details about the program here: or contact Callie Cronin Sams at 304.924.6211 Ext. 2014 or

Posted December 27, 2016
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 during 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.

Register for Department of Energy’s BioenergizeME Challenge by Feb. 3
In the 2017 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge, high school-aged teams use technology to research, interpret, apply, and design an infographic that responds to one of four cross-curricular bioenergy topics. Register by February 3 to test your knowledge and creativity along with student teams across the country. Submissions are due March 3, 2017. Selected infographics will be featured on the challenge website, and one team will be selected to present at the Bioenergy Technologies Office's conference in Washington, D.C. >>>>
The Sc3 is a week-long leadership training event for high school students held annually at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia. Students spend a week studying and discussing environmental, social, and economic interconnections to address climate change and conservation challenges affecting their generation – all while connecting with nature and new friends. >>>>
      WHO: Current 8th - 11th Grade Students
      WHEN: June 25 - July 1, 2017
      WHERE: National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV
Applications are now open!
APPLY: If you are a current 8-11th grade student, please fill out this form: 2017 Sc3 Student Application Form

President’s Environmental Youth Awards Applications are Due March 1 
The President’s Environmental Youth Awards promote awareness of our nation's natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. The program includes two components: a regional certificate of special recognition and a national award competition. All qualified applicants each year receive a certificate of recognition from their EPA regional office. In addition, one outstanding project from each region is selected to receive a national award plaque. Projects are developed by young individuals, school classes (K-12), summer camps, and youth organizations to promote environmental stewardship. >>>>

Posted December 13, 2016
Project BudBurst is on a mission – to get you outside taking a moment to observe how plants in your community change with the seasons. When you share your observations with us, they become part of an ecological record. Spending time outside with plants is calming, educational, and just plain fun. 

Posted December 12, 2016
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 mid-February and early May, 2017. To participate and/or for more information: or email

Posted October 14, 2016
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 during 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.

Posted September, 12, 2016
Breakthrough Junior Challenge Deadline is October 10, 2016
In partnership with the Khan Academy, the Challenge invites students ages 13 to 18 to create original videos that bring to life a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics or mathematics. Each submission will be judged on the student's ability to communicate complex scientific ideas in the most engaging, illuminating and imaginative ways. One winner will be recognized and will be awarded a $250,000 educational prize. The science teacher who inspired the winning student will win $50,000, and the winner's school will receive a state-of-the art science lab valued at $100,000, designed in partnership with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The Breakthrough Junior Challenge winner will also be invited to the Breakthrough Prize ceremony on December 4, where she or he will be receiving the award during the televised show. Read more here.

Posted September 7, 2016
4‑H National Youth Science Day

Do you know kids who love science and fun science activities?  4‑H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) is the world’s largest youth-led science experiment. Every year thousands of youth are taking part in the National Science Experiment focusing on important STEM topics and issues.

4‑H NYSD 2016- On October 5, 2016, youth from 4‑H clubs, groups, and school programs across the country will participate in Drone Discovery, the 4‑H NYSD 2016 Engineering Design Challenge.

About NYSD- Drone Discovery was developed by Cornell University Cooperative Extension. It’s a hands-on engineering design challenge that explores the science behind drones and how they are being used to solve real world problems. Youth will learn everything from flight dynamics and aircraft types, to safety and regulations, to remote sensing and flight control.

Challenge kits, which include everything you need to complete Drone Discovery, are available at the 4‑H Mall.  Materials for the Drone Discovery Challenge, including the youth and facilitator guides, are available for download. Read the 4‑H NYSD 2016 press release.

Posted August 24, 2016
KidWind Challenges

The KidWind Challenge is an event was developed 6 years ago to allow students to explore the power of wind by building and testing their own wind turbines. Over 10,000 have participated in KidWind Challenges all over the US! Currently you can participate in two ways at EVENTS or ONLINE.

Any group of students in grades 4–12 are eligible to enter a team in any of the KidWind Challenges (Event or Online). This includes students from public and private schools, home schoolers, after school clubs, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, etc. As long as you have a coach you can attend!   Click here for the 2016 KidWInd rules.

Posted August 19, 2016
The four STEM apps, described in the Mind/Shift article Four STEM Tools to Get Kids Learning and Exploring Outdoors get kids moving in different ways, whether by looking up at the sky, analyzing how their own bodies move, discovering unique objects to photograph, or getting muddy at their local watershed. Sure, they may not be capturing that next rare Pokémon, but these apps will still help students appreciate the diversity of the world they inhabit.

See also CDC's Solve the  Outbreak at Students become disease detectives as they get clues, analyze data, and solve the scenario, and save lives in this fun app.

Posted August 18, 2016

WVU Tech’s STEM Summer Camp for Girls
From July 24 to July 29, 2016, a group of high school girls gathered in Montgomery for WVU Tech’s STEM Summer Camp for Girls. The participating girls had a week-long immersion in STEM experimentation, career exploration, and interactions with female STEM professionals. The camp also provided the girls with real college experience: they lived on WVU Tech campus, attended college-level courses, and maintained the schedule of a typical college student. This year (2016), STEM Summer Camp for Girls was held by WVU Tech for the second time, sponsored by Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia. Compared with last year (2015), the attendance grows by nearly 50%, with more than 30 girls from as far as the Eastern Panhandle.
For more information, visit

Posted August 9, 2016

Jennifer Gardy will join our Chancellor’s STEM Speaker Series
on Thursday, September 8 at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston 
Tickets are free and still available.
Gardy is a senior scientist at the BC (British Columbia) Centre for Disease Control and an occasional guest host for Nature of Things, a documentary series on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Her talk at our event will be: Bugs, Bones and Botany: the Science of Crime. She will talk specifically about how the natural world surrounding a crime scene can crack a cold case (think: CSI). In general, Gardy has a passion for illustrating how science is important in our everyday lives, so we know she’ll be a great addition to this speaker series. We hope you will make plans to join us!

Tickets are free but must be obtained in advance at: (Don’t delay – seating is more limited in this venue.)

Posted May 26, 2016

Capitol Building Minecraft Design/Build Contest

The West Virginia Capitol Building Design/Build Minecraft Contest is open to West Virginia students grades PreK-12, including private school and homeschool students.
Students entering the contest will use Minecraft to:
1. Create a replica of the current West Virginia Capitol Building, OR
2. Create a new state capitol building for West Virginia.
Register here to enter the contest by June 20, 2016. Students must submit their entry by 11:59pm on July 31, 2016. To submit, students must email a picture or screen shot of their capitol building creation to and include "Minecraft Contest Submission" in the email subject line.

Posted May 16, 2016
West Virginia Capitol Minecraft Design/Build Contest 
The Governor’s Office, in collaboration with Microsoft, the WV Department of Education and the Arts, the WV Department of Education and the West Virginia Education Alliance, is planning to organize and host a Minecraft design/build competition during the summer of 2016 for West Virginia students. The competition will involve students using Minecraft to either recreate the West Virginia Capitol or create a unique version of a new state Capitol for West Virginia. While additional contest details will be included in future Superintendent’s Updates, below is a short summary of the contest:
Contest Details:
- Open to West Virginia students in grades 3-12 (including private and home-school children).
- Entrants may enter as an individual or as a team of students.
- All entrants must register, log-in and designate a contest tract.
- Entrants should have a license for Minecraft and experience in Minecraft (or include a team member who is an experienced user).
- Projects will be judged based on:
o Recreating the West Virginia Capitol or creating a unique version of a new state Capitol for West Virginia.
o Demonstrating an understanding about the history and uniqueness of the WV Capitol building.
o Incorporating key components of a state capitol building (bicameral legislative chambers, dome, rotunda, offices for the Governor, the Senate President and the Speaker of the House, etc.).
o Showcasing graphics capability and/or creativity.
- Only one submission per student or team.
- All submissions must be received before 12 midnight on July 31, 2016.
Prizes will be awarded in three age groups: elementary, middle and high school.

Posted March 21, 216

The West Virginia Bridge Design and Build Contest (Contest Code: WVSW) provides middle school and high school students with a realistic, engaging introduction to engineering. We provide this contest as a service to education. Visit for more information.  The West Virginia Bridge Design and Build Contest aims to:
  • provide students with an opportunity to learn about the engineering design process
  • provide realistic, hands-on experience that will help students to understand how engineers design structure
  • demonstrate how engineers use the computer as a tool to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the design process
  • provide a tool for visualizing structural behavior—a tool that will help understand how structures such as truss bridges work
  • provide an opportunity for students to apply their bridge design skills by constructing a bridge from balsa wood material
  • have fun pitting problem-solving skills against those of other virtual bridge designers around the state.

Posted March 3, 2016
National Youth Science Camp® Applications - Deadline Extended to March 16, 2016
It is time again for high achieving high school seniors to earn a “Free Trip of a Lifetime!” The prestigious National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp) is a crowning achievement for any high school senior to be selected - only two delegates are selected to represent each State and DC. Please help us in promoting this opportunity at your workplace, with family and friends, on social media, and to any professional organizations that you feel would help us to find these amazing students!

Students may get more information and apply at The deadline for applications has been extended to 6:00 PM EST, March 16, 2016. The NYSC will be held June 15 – July 10, 2016.

Posted February 26, 216
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. Sullivan or visit the National JSHS website.

Fair Location: West Virginia Wesleyan College

Fair Dates: March 18-19, 2016

Applications due- March 10, 2016, 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:  Jeanne Sullivan, Assoc. Professor of Biology,; 304-473-8125.  Please notify Dr. Sullivan if your online application is not promptly acknowledged.

National JSHS website:

Posted February 24, 2016
Launched in 2013,® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. We believe computer science should be part of core curriculum, alongside other courses such as biology, chemistry or algebra.  It's FREE; try it today : ) 

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.
Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.
Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.

Engineering Challenge Camps
The Statler College will be hosting six weeks of Engineering Challenge Camps in June and July 2016.
Registration for our 2016 Engineering Challenge Camps will open in March.
If you would like to sign up to receive information about our 2016 Engineering Challenge Camps when it becomes available, please click here.

WV Bridge Design and Build Contest
The West Virginia Bridge Design and Build Contest (Contest Code: WVSW) is a statewide contest intended to conduct outreach to middle school and high school students in the area of engineering, specifically civil engineering. The contest primarily covers bridge design, but teams invited to the Final Round will also have the opportunity to compete in a bridge building contest.

The WV Statewide Contest runs from February 1, 2016 until April 1, 2016 at 11:59 pm. In order to be entered into this contest, teams must add the Local Contest Code WVSW to their EEBDC account. Additionally, individuals must register for the WV Statewide Contest at This will ensure that the correct contact information is available to select the finalists.

Share this information with your teacher if you would like to participate

Posted February 9, 2016
Still Time to Nominate Elementary Science Nominees for Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST) 
Every year the White House awards at least one worthy science and math teacher from every competing state, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST). This year elementary teachers are being recognized, and the details of the award may be found on the National Science Foundation funded site for the award ( Click here to view a map with the number of PAEMST Science recipients from WV counties.

Our secondary winners from 2013 were: 
· Pete Karpyk, Weir High School, Ohio County
· Eric Kincaid, Morgantown High School, Monongalia County

Our most recent winners from the 2012 elementary cycle:
· Gabrielle Rhodes- Union Elementary, Upshur County
· Barbara “Tootie” Black- West Teays Elementary School, Putnam County

These teachers each received $10,000 and all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC for the recognition ceremony where they met the president.

The deadline for nominations is quickly approaching (April 1, 2016). It only takes a few minutes to nominate a teacher if you have their name, their school, and an email address. Teachers must
· Teach K-6 in a public or private school (and teach science as part of their curriculum)
· Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
· Be a full time employee of a school and teach 50% of the time
· Have 5 years of experience in science prior to this school year
· Not received the award previously

Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Deb Hemler, the WVSTA PAEMST Coordinator, at if you have questions or need assistance nominating a teacher.

Posted February 5, 2016
SAVE THE DATES- Regional and State Robotics Competitions for 2016
10 FLL Jr. Expos and FLL Qualifiers
November 5, 2016: BridgeVallley CTC, S. Charleston; WVU-P, Parkersburg; and RCBI, Huntington
November 12, 2016: New River CTC, Lewisburg; Jackson’s Mill 4-H Camp, Weston; Concord University, Athens; and RCB National Aerospace Education Center, Bridgeport
November 19, 2016: WVU/MARS, Morgantown; Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, and Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling

WV State Championship- December 3, 2016: Fairmont State University, Fairmont

Contact: Todd Ensign, Director, NASA IV&V Robotics Alliance Project, or visit to learn more.

There is Still Time to Apply for the Science in the Arts Challenge

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 four minute video presentation which he or she will use to explain why the piece was selected to represent Science in the Arts, what the piece means to the student personally, and the science used to create the art or the science of the materials used to create the artwork; see Science in the Arts 2016 Challenge Rubric.  The video must include evidence of 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. Click here to learn more. 

Posted February 1, 2016
DNA Day Essay Contest
This year’s contest, sponsored by the American Society of Human Genetics, asks high school students to consider whether they should defer predictive testing for adult-onset conditions until adulthood because of the impact the results could have on their formative years. Students choose a genetic test, explain how it works and how definitive its results are, then defend their position. Essays should include at least one citation and provide substantive, well-reasoned arguments that demonstrate an understanding of the genetic concepts involved. The first-place winner receives $1,000 and a $1,000 genetics-materials grant for his or her teacher. Second-place winners get $600; third-place, $400; and 10 honorable mentions, $100 each. Teachers or administrators may submit up to six student essays from up to three classes after verifying that they are original work. Essays are due by March 11. Visit .

Posted January 25, 2016

Physics Toolbox: Data Collection with Student Smartphones 

The Lab Out Loud podcast guys love data collection, so they're thrilled to welcome Chrystian and Rebecca Vieyra to the show. Working as an app developer and high school physics teacher, this husband and wife team developed Physics Toolbox—a suite of apps that use the built-in sensors inside smartphones to replace expensive probeware. Listen to the show to hear more about Physics Toolbox and how it can be used to easily collect data in your classroom.


I thought You Might Find This Interesting- NSTA Encouraging Young Scientists- 
The city of Newark, Delaware, where I live, is replacing many of the aging street lights with new, more efficient LED streetlights. The city of Los Angeles has already replaced many of their street lights with LED bulbs and has realized a 63% reduction in energy use and a resulting decrease of carbon emissions by 47,600 metric tons a year. The city of Newark has more modest needs but the bulbs are expected to save the taxpayers money. These sorts of reductions in energy use and carbon emissions are vital to improve the environment.

Click here to learn more.  

Posted January 21, 2016
High school students are challenged to use open government data sources to create compelling, innovative, and comprehensible visualizations that inform individuals and communities about nutrient pollution and inspire them to reduce nutrient levels that cause algal blooms and hypoxia in local watersheds.    

A grand prize of $2,500 will be awarded plus an opportunity to attend the 2016 Esri Education Conference in San Diego, California along with publication in Esri’s Mapping the Nation book. In addition, two regional first place prizes of $2,500 will be awarded for the Great Lakes basin and Chesapeake Bay watershed. National Geographic will recognize one visualization that will be promoted on National Geographic’s education website, and the author will receive a copy of the National Geographic Atlas of the World.

Submission Dates : Jan 13, 2016 - Mar 01, 2016  Visit Visualize Your Water to learn more.    See also USGS Newsroom- Visualize Your Water: A Citizen Science Challenge for High School Students

Posted January 20, 2016
WVU- Forensic Science Summer Camp
The Department of Forensic and investigative Science and 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 June 20-24, 2016. 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. Topics to be covered will be: Fingerprints, Footwear Impression Evidence, Firearm Identification, Forensic Biology, Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Digital Evidence, Forensic Microscopy, and Crime Scene Investigation. *Middle school and high school camps will be held concurrently but separate from one another.  

For additional details, see the  Forensic Science Flyer.   To register go to or contact Chris Bily for more information at 

Build Your Own Microscope with Your Cell Phone @ PBS 
Learn how to reveal the tiny creatures living in a puddle using your smartphone, poster tack, and a laser pointer in this episode of Gross Science.

Posted January 13, 2016
2016 Engineering Encounters Bridge Design Competition Local Contest: The Bridge Designer Challenge at BridgeValley  
The Bridge Designer Challenge at BridgeValley CTC uses free online bridge design software from Engineering Encounters to get kids involved in a creative design competition. The 2016 Bridge Designer Software can be downloaded at Teams of one or two students in grades 6th-12th can enter the national competition at and join the local BridgeValley contest by entering code WVCE. The contest is open from January 11 to April 15. Winners from the local Bridge Designer Challenge at BridgeValley contest (code WVCE) will be invited for to the final round competition in May to compete for prizes. For information contact, Melissa Thompson, Outreach Director, BridgeValley 304-205-6734

WV Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
will be celebrated on Thursday, February 25 in Charleston at the Columbia Pipeline Group Auditorium. BridgeValley CTC invites 8th grade girls to attend. Space is limited. 9:00 -1:30 and lunch is included. Schools may bring up to 16 girls each. Activities include a panel discussion, meet/greet with industry women, a design competition, and more. For information and to register contact, Melissa Thompson, Outreach Director, BridgeValley 304-205-6734.

Posted December 14, 2015
The Clean Tech Competition is an international research and design challenge for 15-18 year old pre-university students which challenges students to be innovative while encouraging their passion for the sciences.  Each year, the Clean Tech Competition encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources. 
  • The 2016 Challenge: “Making an Impact” asks students to develop a clean technology solution to the problems associate with plastics or the need for clean, cheap energy. 
  • 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 opens December 14th, 2015. 
  • First Round Paper Submissions are due March 18th, 2016
  • 10 Finalist Teams are selected, given a $200 stipend and matched with a Mentor to help them prepare a Prototype and presentation for the Finalist Event. 
  • Finalists compete for the $10,000 grand prize and ‘Continued Mentorship’ at the 2016 
  • Final event to happen while on a cruise from Miami, Florida, USA to the Dominican Republic! 
  • For more information - visit the Official Competition website email Competition Administrator Mr. Frank DiGiovanni at

Posted December 3, 2015
Generation Nano Challenge Open to High School Students
What: A written entry explaining a superhero and nanotechnology-driven gear, with a 90-second video OR 1 page comic introducing the superhero and the student's nanotechnology-enabled gear. 
When: Late November 2015 to February 2, 2016 (EST)
Where: Submit entries to
Why: To promote early interest in STEM and nanotechnology
Win the opportunity to attend and present your entry at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., April 16-17, 2016 and compete for cash prizes.
More questions? Get updates on Twitter #GenNano or contact the team at  ENTER TODAY

Posted November 24, 2015
The Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship works closely with other MIT departments, labs, centers and groups to connect students with the best entrepreneurship programming across the Institute. Plus, it hosts a family of programs that Launch is proud to be a part 

Posted November 23, 2015
The NASA IV&V Program’s annual Summer internship program position vacancies are now posted for student access on to One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI): NASA Internships Fellowships and Scholarships (NIFS) Site.

NASA Internships are educational hands-on traineeships that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. These internships integrate participants with career professionals emphasizing mentor-directed, degree-related, real-world task completion. During the internship participants engage in scientific or engineering research, development, and operations activities. In addition, there are non-technical internship opportunities to engage in professional activities which support NASA business and administrative processes. Through these internships, participants leverage NASA's unique mission activities and mentorship to enhance and increase their professional capabilities and clarify their long-term career goals.

The NASA IV&V Program is planning to on-board 24 high school and college interns this coming Summer at the NASA IV&V Program located in Fairmont, WV. The college internship program will begin on May 31 and the high school internship program begins June 13. Both internship programs end on August 5, 2016. 

For more information, contact Education Specialist Jess White at

Posted October 26, 2015
ACCESS WVU Early College Program WVU
High school students may earn college credits for the Spring 2016 semester. Through the ACCESS WVU Early College Program, WVU is offering online courses to high school juniors and seniors for the extremely low price of $50 per credit. These courses will count towards a degree as students meet general education requirements. Some courses of interest may be FIS 201 – Intro to Forensic Science and ENGR 101 – Engineering Problem Solving 1. More information may be found at This is a great way for students to get a head start on their college career.

Posted October 23, 2015

Nominations are Now Open- Now, you have the chance to let your third-through-fifth grade teachers know how special they are by choosing them for a chance to go to a cool math and science camp next summer. The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy is a camp where teachers go and learn about math and science through fun ways! The camp will be one week long and the teacher will learn with other teachers from across the country. Best of all, it's free for them, too. You can nominate any deserving teacher you know!

You learn a lot of cool stuff from your teachers everyday. But where do teachers go to learn more about stuff like math and science? Some teachers get to go to the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy.  November 20, 2015 is the deadline.  

Posted October 16, 2015

Marshall University’s College of Science is bringing the Science Olympiad to West Virginia for its second year. The opportunity is for students in grades 6 through 12.  The Science Olympiad, which organizers say is the “nation’s most exciting K-12 science competition,” will take place in West Virginia Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, on Marshall University’s Huntington campus. Winners of the West Virginia competition will travel to the University of Wisconsin-Stout, for the national tournament in May.  For more information, visit

To kick off season nine of the NSTA-supported podcast Lab Out Loud, co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler welcome Sal Khan. As founder of The Khan Academy, Khan is encouraging students ages 13–18 to submit a 10-minute video to the Breakthrough Junior Challenge, which is seeking innovative videos from students that explain a challenging concept or theory of mathematics, life sciences, or physics. The winner will earn a $250,000 scholarship, a $50,000 education grant for the winner's teacher, and a $100,000 cutting-edge science lab designed for the winner's school. Listen to learn more.

See also- Lab Out Loud hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler chat with Derek Muller, creator and host of Veritasium: An Element of Truth, to answer the questions so many science teachers have about videos. Listen to Lab Out Loud to learn about Muller's work with Veritasium (a YouTube channel of science and engineering videos featuring experiments, interviews, demos, and other cool science topics) and get great tips on making good science videos.

Posted October 1, 2015
Helicopter 2050 Challenge - only two weeks left!

Share your vision for a sustainable, environmentally friendly helicopter of 2050.  
Students 9-16 can enter the challenge to win GREAT prizes. One grand prize winner will earn a $1,000 scholarship and a trip to Sikorsky headquarters.  The competition deadline is October 15 - so hurry!

Click here for a downloadable entry form (at the bottom of the webpage). Give the entry form to your kids and encourage them to enter the competition.

Posted September 30, 2015
Now it’s Time to Get Every Kid in a Park! Attention 4th graders, their families, and 4th grade educators!

Earlier this year, President Obama launched the Every Kid in a Park Initiative to get every child outside to learn about the rich history and natural wonders of our federal lands and waters. Beginning September 1st, Every Kid in a Park (EKiP) grants every 4th grader in the country and his or her family free access to these places for one year. Fourth graders can download their special passes on the Every Kid in a Park website. “Experiencing the great outdoors is important for students as they learn key concepts in STEM, history, and civics,” said Secretary Duncan. “By visiting our federal lands and waters, students can hone critical thinking and collaboration skills through engaging, project-based learning – all in a real-world context. They can also build lifelong wellness practices and learn how to better protect our nation’s most precious resources through the joy of connecting with nature.” Educators and parents interested in taking advantage of this special teaching and learning opportunity can find activities, trip planning tools, safety and packing tips, and other helpful information.

Posted September 14, 2015
Do You Love Science
Enter the Emperor Science Award program for a chance to work alongside a mentoring scientist!

Winning students will be paired with university-level research scientists for the opportunity to explore the world of science and become part of the next generation of cancer researchers!

Posted September 2, 2015
The Return of Forensic Science Saturdays 
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. For more information contact Chris Bily by email at or by phone at (304) 293-9496.

Math-letes rule! Fit, healthy kids do better in school, especially math
(CNN)  The familiar saying that exercise is good for the body and mind may be especially true for children. Kids who are physically fit actually have differences in their brain structures that might allow them to do better in math, according to a new study.  Click here to read more.  

Posted August 31, 2015

Green Apple Day of Service

The Green Apple Day of Service, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects. Be sure to check out project ideas, pick up helpful event resources, read about last year's impact, find an event in your area and register your 2015 event today! 

Posted August 26, 2015
Announcing "Climate Change: Science, Impacts, Preparedness, Communication, and Solutions" Public Conference

October 16-18, 2015 at Blackwater Falls State Park in Davis, West Virginia

At this science-based program, a wide range of experts will discuss the ecologic, economic, and human impacts of climate change; the solutions we can use to meet this challenge; and more. See details and a complete speaker list and register at

Scholarship assistance is available to help students and teachers attend; contact Conference Coordinator Brandae Mullins,, 304-345-7663 x2, 304-881-9016.

Registration Deadline Extended for Science Fair and Science Bowl!
The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) is proud to announce our 2015 K-12 Science Competitions. All of the information regarding the conference agenda and accommodations is available on

The National NOBCChE STEM Weekend event will be held on September 24-26, 2015 at the Renaissance Hotel at Sea World in Orlando, FL. Take advantage of the great location to explore the nearby theme parks while enjoying science!

Student participation is free and registration is open on a first-come, first-serve basis. Slots are beginning to fill up and space is limited. Registration deadline is now September 8th.

Activities will include:
  • Science Fair for middle and high school students. Projects previously submitted to other fairs are welcome. 5th graders can participate as well.
  • Science Bowl featuring 4-person teams from the local area and around the nation competing for awards and recognition.
  • Stem Festival featuring hands-on science activities for students and the general public to explore Science, Engineering and Math.
  • College Fair and Scholarship Panel discussions
Rules for participation in the Science Fair or Science Bowl as well as parental consent forms can be found in the embedded hyperlinks or by navigating through the NOBCChE STEM weekend site.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contactScience Fair Lead Racquel Jemison, Ph.D at or STEM Weekend Chair Steven Thomas  at

Posted August 5, 2015

RCBI and a group of statewide partners present the 2015 West Virginia Makes Festival, a celebration of ingenuity and creativity. The Oct. 2 event will feature a Design Challenge for makers of all ages as well as special exhibits and tours.
The celebration event, held at the Heritage Farm Museum and Village, is open to everyone. In addition to a Design Challenge, the 2015 West Virginia Makes Festival will feature 3D Printing, some of your favorite local food vendors, special exhibits, attractions, and tours. Registration details are online.

Posted May 22, 2015
Robotics Opportunities in WV
NASA IV&V Robotics Alliance and Fairmont State University are the coordinators of the VEX Robotics Competition in West Virginia. One of the greatest things about VEX is that it is designed to be used in classroom settings during the school day in addition to being the platform for the middle-high school competition which is coordinated by the non-profit Robotics Education Competition Foundation. One of the most common questions we receive is about training and curriculum. . . so I have some GREAT NEWS!!!

West Virginia University is the lead institution for training schools on the nation’s premier Pre-Engineering program called Project Lead The Way (PLTW). While the courses are by not free, they are led by engineering faculty and are authorized by the national PLTW program. The best news is that you do NOT have to be a current PLTW school to participate.

Attached is a list of the summer training for PLTW being offered at WVU in Morgantown this summer. Of special interest is the training on VEX, which is titled “Automation and Robotics: VEX” which will be held on campus June 22-26, 2015. The tuition is $1,200; and Room & Board for the week (at a nice hotel in Morgantown) is $600.

If you have questions about this course, please contact Dr. Robin Hensel, at
If you’d like to start a VEX middle or high school team, contact Todd Ensign at

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is the largest youth robotics competition in WV for students ages 9-14 .
REGISTER FOR WV FLL BOOT CAMPS HERE The deadline to register for a camp is 11:59 p.m. EST June 15, 2015. With 10 tournaments spread across the state this coming season, it also has the greatest number of strategic partners who help bring the program to you in Charleston Fairmont, Green Bank, Huntington, Lewisburg, Morgantown, Parkersburg, Shepherdstown, Weston, and Wheeling. 

To help facilitate the growth of new FLL teams in underrepresented areas of West Virginia, the Educator Resource Center (ERC) at NASA IV&V will be hosting 6 FLL Boot Camps throughout the state of West Virginia during the summer of 2015. With each Boot Camp hosting 5 new teams, this program expects to increase our state enrollment by 33%! 

What are Boot Camps? Boot Camps are intended for 1-2 adults and 2-3 students (max. of 5) who are forming a new (rookie) FLL team. These intensive, two day camps will cover all of the basics your new FLL team needs to start programming, researching, and talking to judges. In addition, all teams that agree to compete in the 2015-2016 FLL season - Trash Trek - will receive a free EV3 Education Core Set, an EV3 Expansion Set, and programming software ($500/team value). 

What is the Schedule? Camp will begin promptly each day at 9:00 a.m. daily and end at 5:00 p.m. Adults from each team are responsible for their students' behavior and well-being. 

What is the cost? Boot Camps are offered at no cost to a Rookie teams thanks to our sponsors. One coach will be required to sign a contract agreeing to register the team with ($225), purchase a playing field ($75) plus register for a qualifying tournament ($50) in exchange for the free robot and software. 

Where are the Boot Camps held? 
1. National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Green Bank, July 13-14 
2. Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, July 16-17 
3. Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, July 20-21 
4. New River Community and Technical College, Lewisburg, July 23-24 
5. Robert C. Byrd Institute, Huntington, July 27-28 
6. West Virginia University-Parkersburg, Parkersburg, July 29-30 

Fine Print: Space for Boot Camps is very limited; all attendees will be selected on a first-come first-serve basis. If a camp is full, you may proceed with the application to be placed on a waiting list. For specific questions, please contact 
Middle and high school students will experience first-hand some of the world's most exciting technology -- right here in the Mountain State -- at RCBI's 3D Printing Camps.  Registration is underway and seating is limited, so call 800.469.RCBI (7224) to reserve your seat!

The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) is again playing host to the camps, open to students in 6th through 12th grades. The camps consist of five consecutive sessions at its Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers in Huntington (1050 Fourth Avenue) and Bridgeport (2400 E. Benedum Industrial Drive). The cost of the camp is $100, which includes lunch. The dates for the camps are as follows:
    • Huntington - July 6 through July 10, daily from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. JUST ADDED
    • Bridgeport – July 13 through 17, daily from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. LIMITED SPACE
Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs (NBT)™, a national education foundation established by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International (FMA), is providing funding for the camps. Each year the foundation awards grants to organizations across the country that offer experiences designed to introduce young people to careers in manufacturing and engineering.

Presented in partnership with Marshall University, the 3D Printing Camps introduce young people to the opportunities in advanced manufacturing through hands-on experience. Throughout the week, campers use computer-aided design (CAD) software and precision machinery to customize a design, 3D-print it, then perform final assembly. The campers also tour local manufacturing facilities and explore entrepreneurship under the guidance of experienced mentors who have started and run their own shops.

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, clickhere. To enroll in the program, click on the YEP logo above. To view the latest edition of the YEP newsletter, click here

Posted April 13, 2015
Summer Descriptive Astronomy at WVU
WVU is offering a descriptive astronomy class in their Summer Session II, which runs from June 29 through August 7, 2015. This course is at a level suitable for advanced high-school students and has no math or physics pre-requisites. Please see this flyer for more details.

 Summer Camps @ WVU
West Virginia University is hosting 7 Engineering Challenge Camps during the summer of 2015 for students interested in STEM fields. There are day and overnight camp options, and limited financial aid is available.  For curriculum and fee formation or to register, visit:  
HIGH SCHOOL CAMPS-  June 21-26, July 5-10, July 12-17 (female only), &
July 19-24

Want to Learn More about 3D Printing? 
Well RCBI is offering to let campers get hands-on experience with advanced manufacturing technology using 3D design software and 3D Printers at each of our week-long camps. 
    • RCBI Huntington: June 22 - 26 & RCBI Bridgeport: July 13 – 17 
Campers also tour local manufacturing facilities and explore entrepreneurship under the guidance of experienced mentors. Open to students in 6th through 12th grades. Each camp runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. The cost of the camp is $100, which includes lunch. Registration is underway and seating is limited, so call 800.469.RCBI (7224) now to reserve your spot!

The spring 2015 Got Game competition is now accepting game submissions.  From now until May 28th, 2015 STEM Fuse will be accepting the best computer games for any students at a STEM Fuse school. Unlike the Fall 2014 competition, we will be accepting ALL GENRES OF GAMES. Students will no longer be required to include an educational element. We simply want the most creative and original games.Click here to ENTER THE COMPETITION or to LEARN MORE

We have also made another major change to this year's competition. For this competition, all games must be built using Construct 2 by Scirra. This game engine is the preferred engine of all STEM Fuse game development curriculum. For those still using Game Maker, unfortunately, will not be considered for submission.

It's time to start building! If you have any questions about the competition, feel free to contact

Posted March 20, 2015
Arts Alive at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, Charleston, WV on Friday,April 3rd, 2015.  The Art Exhibit in the lobby begins at 6:00 p.m. and the Gala Performance is at 7:00 p.m. 

This year’s event features more than 200 pieces of exhibited art work and 20 outstanding performances from across West Virginia. The event is free and open to the public. 

To reserve your seats, please call the Clay Center Box Office at 304.561.3570. Tickets will also be available at the door. Please contact Dr. Christi Camper Moore if you have questions at or extension 53231.

WV Regional Jr. Science and Humanities Symposium
The 50th annual West Virginia Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium will be held on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV, on April 10-11. This STEM competition is sponsored by the United States Navy, Air Force, and Army. There are three scholarships at the regional level and three scholarships in each of seven categories at the national level ( We can send two West Virginia students to compete in the National JSHS, and three additional students attend the national event with travel, room, and board free of charge. 
For the competition, students present their work orally, with the help of presentation slides (e.g. PowerPoint). In addition to the competition, students at the regional event participate in hands-on labs and other activities with college faculty and students. Please encourage your students who are involved in science fair projects to also present their work at the 2015 WV Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. 

Since this is the 50th year, I’d love to hear from past participants and perhaps invite some of them to participate. Please pass the word along. Interested persons can contact me at the phone number or email listed below.

Job Description of Emergency Management Careers

Posted February 23, 2015

Exciting Day of Robotics Competitions and Demonstrations on March 28-29th. 
Whether you are an existing robotics team or are interested in getting involved in robotics, this is an event you should not miss!  Check out their website at: 
The event is hosted by the Department of Computer Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering at Shepherd University’s Butcher Center, and includes: 
· FIRST LEGO League Contest
· Fire-Fighting Robot Contest
· Sumo Robot Match
· Mech-Warfare Robot Contest
Registration is required for both participants and attendees but the event is FREE of charge. Walk-in registrations are also welcome!! Pre-Register here: 

Our own WV FIRST LEGO League (FLL) AmeriCorps VISTAs Michael and Ryan will be on hand to run the FLL competition (using this year’s World Class field) and to help judge the Fire Fighting and Sumo competition. 

Shepherd is a partner of the WV FLL Program and the host of an annual FLL Qualifier tournament.  If you have any questions about this event, please contact: Professor Reza Mirdamadi, Email: Phone: 304.876.5368
2015 Clean Tech Competition - Challenge to “Feed the World”
Win up to $10,000! - Exciting news! Deadline extended to March 6th
Due to popular demand, registration for the Clean Tech Competition has been extended to March 6. Paper submissions are still due on March 6. The Clean Tech Competition has had an amazing reception, and increased interest from countries around the world. We currently have registrations from 19 countries, and the numbers continue to grow.

To register, all you need is:
· 1-3 team members (Ages 15-18) who want to take on the challenge
· A team leader (Anyone Age 19 or older) to supervise the team
· A computer with internet access
Check out this video of last year’s finalist teams as they discuss the amazing experience they had. (  Learn more and register at:

Climate Change Challenge- Looking for High School and Middle School Students!
The Innovate to Mitigate project, funded by the National Science Foundation, invites students to participate in a competition to reduce climate change by coming up with ideas to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

We would love to connect with you to see how we might collaborate with you on:
Sharing this information via your social media outlets, list-serves, websites, and newsletters
Letting us know about STEM-related resources you’d like us to promote via our social media outlets
“Like” and “Follow” us on your social media outlets
Listing Innovate to Mitigate as an official partner on your website.

We look forward to building a partnership in support of our shared mission to support student innovation in STEM! Learn More About The Challenge >

NASA IV&V's Annual Summer Internship Vacancies Posted for 2015
The NASA IV&V Program’s annual Summer internship program position vacancies are now posted for student access on to One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI): NASA Internships Fellowships and Scholarships (NIFS) Site.

NASA Internships are educational hands-on traineeships that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. These internships integrate participants with career professionals emphasizing mentor-directed, degree-related, real-world task completion. During the internship participants engage in scientific or engineering research, development, and operations activities. In addition, there are non-technical internship opportunities to engage in professional activities which support NASA business and administrative processes. Through these internships, participants leverage NASA's unique mission activities and mentorship to enhance and increase their professional capabilities and clarify their long-term career goals.

The NASA IV&V Program is recruiting 23 high school and college interns this coming Summer at the NASA IV&V Program located in Fairmont, WV. The college internship program will begin on May 26 and the high school internship program begins June 8. Both internship programs end on July 31, 2015. The following positions are currently available for your consideration.

Posted February 12, 2015
There are STEM Festivals all over the world and the Festival team has created a comprehensive Affiliate Directory and Map to help find a science festival near you! Are you a science festival organizer? Visit this link to become an official USA Science & Engineering Festival Affiliate Event! Read all of the latest Festival news here. 

Posted February 6, 2015
Marshall University High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP) description:
Title: Generation of Localized Plasmonic Nanostructures using DNA Origami

This project will integrate students into our program of DNA nanostructure based sensor design, fabrication and characterization, which has an emphasis on localization of gold nanoparticles on these structures. Students will learn and apply SEM, AFM, gel electrophoresis, optical microscopy and microfluidics to progress the program. Students with an interest in nanotechnology, engineering, chemistry, biology and/or physics are encouraged to apply. Other items to be evaluated in the selection process include GPA (a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale), two letters of recommendation and evidence of major prior interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics). The location code for this HSAP opportunity is BMWV14H. For more information, visit or contact Dr. Michael Norton at .

osted February 3, 2015
"Discover the Marine Industry" Art Contest!

Students in grades K-12 are invited to participate in a "Discover the Marine Industry" art contest sponsored by the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), the U.S. Coast Guard, and Sea Research Foundation. Students are asked to find a creative way to answer the following question: "How does the marine industry affect your everyday life?"

The term "marine" refers to oceans, waterways and organisms that call these places home. "Industry" is what enables products we use every day to be transported all over the world. Help us show others how important the marine industry is in everyday life!

The submission deadline is March 1, 2015, and winners will be announced by March 31, 2015. For complete contest guidelines, prize details, and more information about the marine industry, visit

Posted Janu, ary 27, 2015

Still Time to Enter the Science in the Arts Competition
Science and art are everywhere, and the interdependence of the subjects is undeniable. The Science in the Arts competition has been created to encourage high school students to consider, research, and present information about relationships between the two seemingly different subjects. What better place to bring attention to this competition than the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia?  What better background than the West Virginia Department of Education Arts Alive! showcase?

High school students may submit an entry for a visual arts product which they have created to represent Science in the Arts. The submitted piece must be an example of the student using and explaining the science process used to create an artwork or the student demonstrating an understanding the science of the materials used to create the artwork. The student must create a three to four minute video presentation which he or she will use to explain why the piece was selected to represent Science in the Arts, what the piece means to the student personally, and the science of the process used to create the art or the science of the materials used to create the artwork; see Science in the Arts Rubric.  Entry deadline is March 6, 2015.  Visit the Science in the Arts Competition and the Arts Alive webpages for more information. 

West Virginia VEX Robotics State Championship Competition, this February 14th 
The NASA IV&V Robotics Alliance Project and Fairmont State University are proud to present the annual West Virginia VEX Robotics State Championship Competition, this February 14th from 8am-5pm. As with our first state championship last year, we will be hosting this exciting event in the Falcon Center on Fairmont State campus and all WV teams are invited to participate.

What is VEX?

In VEX, teams of middle and high school students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge. You can watch this year’s SKYRISE Challenge video here: The winning team will earn a slot at the VEX Robotics World Championship in April!

If your school has a VEX robot, or would like to get involved in this exciting robotics challenge, please visit: Team registration is only $100 and additional teams at your school are only $50.  Our WV event is the possibly the least expensive in the nation at only $50, but don’t think it is cheap, we are sponsored by the NASA IV&V Robotics Alliance and are doubling our capacity this season with space for up to 30 teams.  The clock is ticking (registration closes on 1/31/15), so register ASAP!

2016 usa-science-and-engineering-festival-dates

The 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival, the largest and only NATIONAL science festival, features nationwide contests and school programs, including our popular 'Nifty Fifty' science speaker program and X-STEM Symposium. The Festival will culminate in a Grand Finale Expo on April 16-17, 2016, with Sneak Peek Friday kicking off the weekend on April 15.  More than 350K+ attendees will celebrate science at the Expo, and engage in activities with some of the biggest names in STEM, hear stories of inspiration and courage, and rock out to science during our incredible stage show performances. Get involved by exhibiting, sponsoring, volunteering or attending! 

Throughout history, engineering has advanced civilization from the way we connect with each other, to the way we heal, to how we get around, and simply have fun. But society still faces major obstacles. The National Academy of Engineering has outlined 14 game-changing opportunities for the 21st century called the Grand Challenges for Engineering. We want you to review the 14 Grand Challenges, and then create and submit a 1 to 2 minute video that shows how achieving one or more of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering will lead to a more sustainable, healthy, secure, and/or joyous world!

The Grand Prize of $25,000 will go to the most inspiring 1-2 minute video. We hope that you will participate in the contest and also encourage those in your communities to enter as well!

The E4U2 Video Contest is open for video submissions from January 5, 2015 to March 2, 2015.  Visit to learn more! For any additional questions, please email

National Youth Science Camp 2015 Applications Are Now Being Accepted! 

Applications to attend the 2015 National Youth Science Camp are now available online at Two qualified applicants from each state, the District of Columbia, and eight additional countries, will be selected as members of the delegation.

Clean Tech 2015 Feed the World Competition
World hunger has been an ongoing problem for years; let’s not let that continue in 2015. You can engage the power of today’s youth to build a better future by signing up for the 2015 Clean Tech Competition, a worldwide student challenge.
The Clean Tech Competition:
· Is a global, real-world, research and design challenge for students ages 15-18
· Provides an ideal project based learning opportunity, both inside and outside the classroom
· Is a platform for students to explore ideas, present solutions, and make a positive difference
· Has no entry fee.
· Awards include top prize of $10,000 for your team and $1,000 for your school/organization
· Connects finalist teams with a STEM Advisor to create a prototype of their solution and present to a live panel of judges
Register now for tips and guidance from competition administrators!
Learn more and register at:

Annual High School Chemistry Test and Chemistry Olympiad Competition
Awards and recognition from NWVACS will be presented to high school students from eligible counties who score well on written tests for first- and second-year chemistry, administered in March at college and university locations throughout the Section.  The tests, administered in March, will also be used to help select ten nominees from the NWVACS to compete further in the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO).  The first-year test winner from each county will receive a $50 award, and the winner and her/his teacher will be guests of the NWVACS at our annual spring Awards Banquet on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at Muriale’s in Fairmont, WV.  An overall winner for the first-year and for the second-year test (Local Section Olympiad Test) will receive a $100.00 award, and the winner and her/his teacher will be guests at the Awards Banquet. Registration is free when teachers send in registration information (teacher name, email, school name, number of first-year students taking the test, number of second-year students taking the test, and preferred testing site: Alderson-Broaddus, Davis and Elkins, Fairmont, Glenville, WVU, West Virginia Wesleyan) no later than Friday, February 27. Questions?  Ready to submit your information? Contact Dr. Heidi Fletcher, Waynesburg University at or 724-852-3418.

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge 
is calling all students in grades 5–8 for another year of groundbreaking science exploration. This exciting competition encourages students to apply critical thinking to solve a real-world problem, and communicate their idea through a video submission. 

How can students enter? 
To enter the competition, students in grades 5–8 are asked to create a 1–2 minute video that showcases a new, innovative solution that can solve an everyday problem. Students can enter here through April 21, 2015. 
Why  students to participate? 
In addition to providing a unique project-based learning opportunity, the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge gives students the chance to work one-on-one with a 3M Scientist during an exclusive mentorship experience. 
What kind of prizes can students win? 
The grand prize winner will be named “America’s Top Young Scientist” and receive $25,000! Ten finalists will each receive $1,000, a trip to 3M’s World Headquarters in St. Paul, MN, and the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime adventure trip to a destination such as Costa Rica.
Visit for more information. 
The deadline to submit entries for The DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition (Junior and Senior Divisions) is coming up soon! Submit your STEM essays by this Saturday, January 31, for a chance to win more than $100,000 in prizes and awards, including savings bonds, teaching grants, exciting trips, and much more. Entries for the Elementary Division (K–5) will be accepted until March 1. For more information, including official rules, entry forms, and details on awards, visit The DuPont Challenge website.

Posted January 21, 2015 
Engineers Week High School Essay Competition 
Engineers Week (February 22-28, 2015) is a national, annual celebration of how engineers make a difference in our world, with goals to increase public dialogue about the need for engineers and to bring engineering to life for kids, educators, and parents. This year, WVU's Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources is sponsoring an essay competition for West Virginia high school students. There are two student divisions based on grade, and prizes and awards will be given at the county, regional, and state levels. Interested students will write an essay, following the appropriate prompt below. Essays must be submitted electronically at this link. All essays are due by Friday, February 13 at 5 p.m. - See more at:

Posted January 15, 2015
Applications Are Now Available for Teachers and Students to Apply for a Spot on the 2015 JASON National Argonaut Team! (Deadline for applying fixed!)
JASON Learning is seeking a diverse, creative, and adventurous group of students and educators to venture into the field with JASON researchers and serve as role models for the entire JASON community. If you think you are up to the challenge, read on!
As a JASON National Argonaut, you will embark on a life-changing journey, where you will work side-by-side with scientists and engineers during a scientific expedition. Student and Educator Argonauts will spend approximately 7 days in the field during the summer of 2015, when we'll be heading back to Cape Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas!
JASON will pay for all travel, lodging, food, and programming/equipment costs related to JASON Argonaut activities.

Who Should Apply
  • Student Argonauts must be 14 or 15 years old by June 1, 2015, and have participated in JASON in some capacity. Student applicants also must have a committed sponsor to assist them through the Argonaut experience.
  • Educator Argonauts should have at least five years of experience working with students, have plans to continue as an educator in the 2015-2016 school year, and have used JASON in an educational setting.
Ideal Argonaut candidates will:
· Demonstrate a strong interest and ability in science
· Possess excellent leadership and/or teamwork skills
· Be self-motivated, creative, and adventurous, taking personal initiative to meet challenges and overcome obstacles
· Possess excellent communication skills and be comfortable in front of a camera
· Participate in field activities which may be outdoors and/or strenuous in nature; activities, locations, or conditions may include, but are not limited to:
o snorkeling
o swimming
o boating
o small/confined spaces
o heights
o adverse weather conditions (temperature extremes, precipitation, wind, etc.)
· Be comfortable with the idea of being on a plane/boat and/or have prior experience on a plane/boat
· Possess or be able to obtain a passport and be willing and able to travel to an international location

How to Apply
Applications are being accepted now, with a deadline of Monday, February 16, 2015. Argonaut selection will be finalized in late March, and all applicants will be notified of their status in early April.For more information and to apply, visit the 2015 Argonaut page on the JASON website. Because of the rigorous nature of the Argonaut Program, the application process is extensive and will take some time to complete. The earlier you start, the better!  Questions regarding the JASON National Argonaut program can be sent to

Posted January 13, 2015
MU to Sponsor Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is a nonprofit organization developed 30 years ago to improve the quality of science education for students.  The Science Olympiad consists of interscholastic competitions for students in grades 6th-12th.  It is a way to provide recognition of outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers as teams from all 50 states compete at the Regional, State and National levels.

WV winning teams qualify to compete in the National Tournament in May, 2015  If you are wondering What a Tournament is like; visit the link and watch the video.  Contact John Winfrey ( to learn more and bring this information to your teacher's attention.
Posted January 12, 2015
WV STEM Challenge - Win $1000!
Does you want to win $1000 by using STEM - science, technology, engineering, mathematics? If so, check out the WV STEM challenge that is designed to motivate interest in STEM learning, enhance student's creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields. Post a picture using #makeSTEM showing something you "made" and be entered to win $1000.
Contest Deadline: January 31, 2015 11:59 pm
For more information contact Lisa Ketchum at 304-342-7850.

Posted December 22, 2014
The West Virginia Science Regional Bowls Expanded to Include Middle Schools 

The West Virginia Science Bowl Regional coordinating committee is proud to announce that the 2015 WVSB Regional competition has been expanded to include participation by up to 16 Middle School teams. Registration is open until January 9, 2015 for the regional event that takes place Feb 6 & 7 on the West Virginia University campus in Morgantown. To register for the event, please visit the National Science Bowl webpage here:

The National Science Bowl is a U.S. Dept of Energy sponsored educational outreach program targeting high school and middle school students nationwide and featuring a quiz-style academic competition. The West Virginia Science Bowl Regional is one of more than 60 regional qualifying competitions for high school teams nationwide, with winning teams being awarded an expenses paid trip to the National Science Bowl in Washington D.C (April 30-May 4, 2015). This is the 25th year for National Science Bowl, the 24th year of NETL participation in West Virginia, the 2nd year that the event has been co-hosted/co-sponsored by WVU, and the 1st year that a middle school event has been supported by NETL. The WV event includes 24 high school teams and 16 middle school teams, reaches more than 300 students at more than 60 schools from across the state, and includes more than 100 NETL and community volunteers.

The quiz-style tournament format pits teams in head-to-head round robin matches, with the WVSB Regional champion representing WV at the National competition. Teams answer questions in academic categories including

Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Energy, Mathematics, and Physics. In addition to the quiz portion, the 2015 WVSB will feature an information fair with state university exhibitors, exciting hands-on engineering competitions (SuGObot), and technical challenges sponsored by educational non-profit TEKids. 

Please contact the regional coordinators with any questions regarding this event. We hope to see your team at this exciting STEM-enrichment competition in February!
Posted December 17, 2014
Cubes in Space (CiS) provides students a no-cost opportunity to design and compete to launch an experiment into space! Utilizing formal or informal learning environments, students and educators will be exposed to engaging content and activities in preparation for the design and development of an experimental payload to be integrated into a small cube (Cube). These Cubes will be launched into space via sounding rocket from NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, VA in late June 2015 and is open to international students ages 11-14. A second flight opportunity is on a high altitude balloon launched from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility at Fort Sumner, NM in September 2015 and is only open to students ages 11-18 who are United States citizens.

Leveraging the excitement of space exploration, students and educators will learn about the methodology for taking an idea from design through to the review process. Throughout the experience, students will acquire key 21st century skills necessary for success in a highly connected, global society.  Registration for CiS closes January 12, 2015.

2015 Cubes in Space Mission Patch Design Contest
To celebrate the 2015 CubesInSpace (CiS) program we are challenging students to design a CiS Mission Patch for each of our launches. The CiS program will engage students and teachers from around the world to design unique experiments, that must fit into a 40mm cube to be launched either into space on a sounding rocket from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Wallops Flight Facilty in Virginia, USA, or via on a high altitude balloon launched from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility at Fort Sumner, NM. This challenge will require them to use teamwork and creativity to design an experiment worthy of space flight.

These same skills will be required for the designer of the winning mission patch - as their creation must represent the essence of the CubesInSpace program and the efforts of the young men and woman who are putting together the experiments, see details and web link above.  All submissions must be received on or before April 17th, 2015.

Posted December 4, 2014
The SCIENCE OLYMPIAD is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, increasing student interest in science, creating a technologically literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers. These goals are achieved by participating in Science Olympiad tournaments and non-competitive events, incorporating Science Olympiad into classroom curriculum and attending professional development workshops. Click here for information about the WV State Science Olympiad.

Posted December 3, 2014
2015 Clean Tech Competition- Challenge your students to “Feed the World”
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!Registration is now open for the 2015 Clean Tech Competition, a global research and design challenge for 15-18 year old students. This year’s challenge is to “Feed the World”.

This educational opportunity challenges students to develop innovative, clean technology solutions to real-world issues. Solutions may take on aspects of growing, harvesting, distributing, or any other aspect of food availability. Student participants will gain experience with focused research, critical thinking, and the scientific process – making it a great project based learning opportunity.

There is no entry fee, and students can participate through school, extracurricular programs, or on their own. The 1st Place Team will win $10,000 and Finalist Teams can win $1,000 for their school/organization. The Finalist Event will be held in Philadelphia, PA in May 2015, when Finalist Teams will meet to explore fun and educational activities, present to a live panel of judges, and network with industry professionals.

There is no limit to the number of Teams per organization – so spread the word! Each stage of the competition is designed to be a rewarding process, and more student participation means inspiring more young scientists to help build a better future for our planet.

Learn more and register at: The deadline for registration is February 20, 2015. Contact administrators at

10th Annual DNA DAY Essay Contest
Each year, the American Society for Human Genetics (ASHG) poses a new essay question on a different genetics-related topic for students in grades 9-12. This year’s question focuses on the evolving definition of a gene: 

2015 Question
In 1969, Jonathan Beckwith, James Shapiro, and Lawrence Eron isolated the first gene, the Lac Z gene from E. coli. At that time, genes were thought to be discrete, contiguous segments of DNA that coded for functional protein products. Using our current understanding of the human genome, choose a phenomenon related to gene structure, products, or regulation that expands this definition of a gene. Explain the phenomenon and provide three specific examples of it in the human genome.

Teachers may submit up to six student essays for each of three classes. First-, second-, and third-place winners will receive $1,000, $600, and $400, respectively, and 10 honorable mention awardees will each receive $100. Teachers of winning students will receive lab equipment grants of equivalent value! Our submission site will open on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, with essays due by Friday, March 6, 2015. 

If you are interested in participating in this contest, please share this information with your teacher.  Details are available at DNA Day Essay Contest

Posted December 2, 2014
Robotics Teams From Across WV Students Will Be Competing at the State Tournament 
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $16 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC ) for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC ) for Grades 7-12; FIRST LEGO League (FLL ) for Grades 4-8; and Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL®) for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism, a key component of FIRST, is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. In the 2014 World Class Challenge, children from over 80 countries will

identify a problem, create an innovative solution, and share their research when they answer the question, “How could we improve the way someone learns…” To learn more about FIRST, go to

The number of teams in WV have grown from 68 last year to 102 teams this year necessitating Regional Qualifiers for the first time in our State’s history as the growth of the FLL robotics STEM challenge continues to expand. Teams competed in one of five qualifying tournaments in the month of November. Sites include WVU Jackson’s Mill 4-H Camp, BridgeValley Community and Technical College, Shepherd University, West Virginia University, and the Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University. 

The FLL State Championship will be held at Fairmont State University’s Falcon Center on Dec. 6th.The FLL World Class competition is open to the public from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. This event promises to rival sporting events in enthusiasm from the audience and participants. 

Also, the public will be able to view innovative solutions to the Jr. FLL challenge Think Tank, ages 6-9. They will demonstrate through LEGOs how to solve real-world problems that relate to the field of education and present posters showing what they have learned during their project. Teams from FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition will be on hand to demonstrate the types of robots that the FLL students can advance to build and compete with in FTC and FRC competitions. 

Sponsors of this year’s challenge are the NASA WV Space Grant Consortium, the Bharti Family, and NASA’s IV&V Robotics Alliance Project.

Posted November 19, 2014
WV Students Change STEM into STEAM with the Science in the Arts Competition
High school students may submit an entry for a visual arts product which they have created to represent Science in the Arts. The submitted piece must be an example of the student using and explaining the science process used to create an artwork or the student demonstrating an understanding the science of the materials used to create the artwork. The student must create a three to four minute video presentation which he or she will use to explain why the piece was selected to represent Science in the Arts, what the piece means to the student personally, and the science of the process used to create the art or the science of the materials used to create the artwork. The grand prize is $200- visit the Science in the Science in the Arts web site for more details. 

Posted November 18, 2014
2015 Outstanding Biology Teacher
Do you know a great biology teacher who deserves to be recognized by the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) for West Virginia’s Outstanding Biology Teacher Award?

Each year, NABT), through its Outstanding Biology Teacher Award (OBTA), attempts to identify an excellent biology instructor in each of the 50 U.S. states; Canada; Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico, and overseas territories. Nominations of worthy candidates by NABT members and friends help us to recognize those individuals whose outstanding work in the classroom qualifies them for this award.

Pearson, the OBTA program sponsor, gives each awardee a special award. The recipients also receive a microscope through the generosity of Leica Microsystems, Inc. Award winners and their schools also receive certificates, as well as public and professional recognition. Recipients receive a year’s complimentary membership in NABT and NABT honors Outstanding Biology Teacher Award recipients at a special ceremony in conjunction with its national conference.

Current biology/life science instructors (grades 7-12) with at least three years public, private, or parochial school teaching experience are eligible for nomination to this award. A major portion of the nominee’s career must have been devoted to the teaching of biology/life science. NABT membership is not a requirement. Unsuccessful candidates may be re-nominated. OBTA winners are ineligible for 10 years after selection.

Following your nomination, we will contact each nominee in March. These nominees will complete a form summarizing their professional experience, academic background, and education philosophy and provide four recommendations from colleagues familiar with their teaching effectiveness. Classroom observations and/or videotapes are important steps in the evaluation process.

Colleagues, administrators, students, the teacher/candidates themselves, or anyone competent to judge the candidate’s teaching effectiveness can nominate an effective biology teacher in West Virginia for this award.

The form for nomination available at Nominations should be returned by March 1, 2015 to:        
Steve Beckelhimer, STEM Coordinator
Marshall University JH 124
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755

Killer Landslides Airing Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at 9 pm on PBS. (Check local listings)
Access other NOVA resources by clicking here.

Posted November 17, 2014
Mission FisX- Student Physics EduCompetiton.
Students across the US are creating and submitting videos (<2 min) teaching their peers about Newton's Universal Law of Gravitation. Generally speaking, the videos are focused on freshman in high school. 
Create your own Edutainment video and win ca$h prizes. Click here to learn more.

Download free Expedition INSECTS e-Book! Now available on the iBooks Store
Giant deadly hornets, gorgeous fluttering butterflies and stealthy crawling stink bugs: readers cannot tear their eyes away from these fascinating creatures. They can discover these and more mesmerizing world insects in Expedition: Insects, aligned with Next Generation Science Standards for grades 3-5.

In the book, readers travel around the world to visit six different types of insects in their natural habitats. The young explorers learn about how evolution is responsible for all the beauty, fearsomeness and awe found in nature's insects.  The book can be downloaded free for iPads or Macs from Apple's iBooks Store.

Posted November 5, 2014
West Virginia STEAM 
A series of videos designed to inspire middle and high school students to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics have been produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting with help from the West Virginia Department of Education.
Topics include:
Posted November 3, 2014
The Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center is having an Open House- Saturday November 8, 2014, 1pm – 4pm for Campus Visitation Day. Pierpont Community and Technical College and Fairmont State University have the only FAA certified school in the State. For more information on the 2-year programs offered through Pierpont: For more information on the 4-year programs including flight training:
Please contact Thomas A. Stose, Director/Senior Professor, Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center Fairmont State University | Pierpont Community & Technical College, 1050 E. Benedum Industrial Drive, Bridgeport, WV 26330, 304-367-4800 or Annette Schorr Or for additional information.

Please click here for directions: You leave not with just a job, but a career that will always allow you to soar new heights!

JASON Launches Two New Recycling Contests for the 2014-15 School Year!

National Automobile Recycling Awareness Contest- Students in grades 5-12 are invited to participate in a national automobile recycling awareness contest sponsored by sponsored by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and JASON Learning.

The theme of this year's contest is automobile recycling. The automobile plays an important role in our everyday lives. Have you ever thought about how many different commodities are needed to make all the parts that go into a car? Did you know that almost all these commodities are recyclable? Your challenge is to research one or more of the commodities that go into making a car and find out what happens to each commodity through the automobile recycling process and beyond.
Create an original video or poster in the style of an infomercial or awareness campaign to illustrate the process and challenges that go along with recycling your chosen commodity or commodities into a reusable form, and you could win a prize!  The submission deadline is January 15, 2015, and winners will be announced by March 15, 2015. For complete contest guidelines, prize details, and more information about automobile recycling, visit the contest page at

"Think Outside the Bag" Recycling Contest for Students K-12- Plastic bags and many other flexible plastic film products are 100% recyclable. Yet, as of 2012, only 12% of these items were being recycled. How could you convince members of your community to recycle their unwanted plastic films - including grocery bags, product wrapping, and dry cleaning bags - instead of throwing them away?

Create a poster and a creative local campaign to convince your fellow students, school, and community to collect and recycle these flexible plastic films, and you might win a prize!

The submission deadline is March 1, 2015, and winners will be announced by April 15, 2015. For complete contest guidelines, prize details, and more information about plastic film recycling, visit the contest page at

A student learning portal and a NEW suite of productivity tools for teachers is available from PBS LearningMedia. These exciting features make it easy to create personalized learning experiences for students — whether inside or outside of the classroom. See what's new:
Visit Student Site

Posted September 19, 2014
Blackwater Falls Astronomy Weekend 2014

The Kanawha Valley Astronomical Society will host the 25th annual Astronomy Weekend at Blackwater Falls State Park on Sept. 26th. For details visit

Oct. 3, 2014 starting at 10 a.m. Sponsored by the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI), Advantage Valley and
 Marshall University, the design challenge will reward makers who submit their creative, new inventions to our panel of judges during the festival at RCBI, located downtown at the corner of 4th Avenue and 11th Street.

The West Virginia Makes festival celebrates creativity and innovation in all forms. Hobbyists, inventors, enthusiasts, students and other makers will compete with their new creations for prizes of up to $1,000. Judges will review participants’ new creations and award prizes in five categories. The challenge kicks off Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. at RCBI Huntington. Registration is free and easy; call 800.469.RCBI (7224) or register below.

“Advantage Valley is pleased to partner with RCBI in this new event to help spur innovation and creativity across the region,” said Chris Slaughter, Chairman of Advantage Valley. “Our region offers leading-edge training and equipment in the area of 3D Printing, and showcasing these Additive Manufacturing assets as part of National Manufacturing Day is well timed.”

"Manufacturing Day should inspire everyone," said Weber. "Our festival will focus on motivating makers and creators, and tap individuals who want to participate in the surging growth of Additive Manufacturing technology with 3D Printers. RCBI is excited to encourage and reward the inventors and makers who can, and will, benefit from the resurgence of manufacturing." 
Creators in five categories will be awarded up to $1000 during the WV Makes Festival, which will be immediately followed by networking and interaction. Participants who earn prizes will be introduced as design challenge winners during the 12:30 p.m. presentation at RCBI Huntington. Click here to register :
Posted September 17, 2015
STEM Rocket Camp Opportunity for TARC teams
This year’s Challenge: launch 1 raw hen egg “the astronaut” to an altitude of 800ft. and then back to the Earth
in 46-48 seconds - completely uncracked! The trick is you have to safely return the portion of the rocket carrying the egg and altimeter with a single parachute. The rest of the rocket has to return separately but safely using a recovery device of your choice. Are you ready for the challenge?

The Team America Rocketry Competition (TARC) is an extra-curricular hands-on project-based learning program modeled around the aerospace industry’s design, fabrication and testing processes. Acting as engineers students, 7th grade and up, will need to design a rocket that can compete nationally. Technologies such as RockSim and Pro/Engineer 3D CAD software and 3D printing capabilities become essential in building a competitive rocket. In support of TARC, NASA’s IV&V ERC is hosting a 2-day rocket camp October 11th and 12th for new or returning TARC teams at NASA’s IV&V facility in Fairmont, WV.

You and your team of 2-3 students will:
• Build and launch a variety of model rockets,
• Explore rocket stability and forces on a rocket
• Receive training on RockSim, a rocket design and simulation software package that allows you to build and test-fly rockets on a computer before beginning the build phase,
• Design your own rocket components using Pro/Engineer 3-D CAD software,
• Print out custom rocket parts on the ERC’s 3-D plastic printer,
• Learn to use a clinometers and a digital altimeter to track your rocket altitude,
• Learn from experts at NASA and the WV Rocketry Association.
You and your team will experience all the above plus build and launch a complete TARC-ready rocket by the end of camp.
This unique opportunity is for the coach and 2-3 students to attend together, learning side-by-side. The coach will be responsible for transporting the students to NASA each day and will serve as a chaperone.

A coach can be a science, math, technology, or vocational teacher, parent, or professional, but you must be able to commit to the following:
• Attending the entire camp October 11th (session 1: 9AM-5PM; session 2: 6:30PM-9PM) and October 12th (9AM-5PM) with the students,
• Register a team at this November
• Meet with your team at least once a week (during or after school) from the date the challenged is released until submission of your qualifying launches (approx. 5 months),
• Ensure your team (at least the 2-3 students) attend the sanctioned launches that will be hosted by the NASA’s IV&V ERC in February and March 2015 (dates TBD).
• Confirm your team submits their qualifying launches to TARC.

To apply, complete the “October Sky” TARC Camp form. If you have any questions, contact Jaime Ford at or 304-367-8379.   If you would like more information about TARC, you can also visit their website at

Posted September 10, 2014
2015 Clean Tech Competition Challenges High School Students to Feed the World
The Clean Tech Competition is a unique, worldwide research and design challenge for pre-college youth. The program encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources. Each year, the Clean Tech Competition addresses an issue that is grounded in core technological competency areas and focuses on the next great engineering challenges. The competition is designed to foster a deeper understanding of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) related concepts, recognize outstanding talent, and prepare the next generation of globally competitive innovators. Registration Opens November 17, 2014, visit Clean Tech Competition for more information. 

Posted September 9, 2014
High Interest NonFiction Apps- Try one for FREE?
KIDS DISCOVER'S suite of nonfiction apps offer an immersive, multi-modal learning experience that is sure to engage and excite your students. Features such as HD video, 360° virtual tours, and select audio narration make learning even the most complex topics a pleasure. Apple has selected 12 of KIDS DISCOVER's apps as Best Apps in Education. Students and teachers have found that apps by KIDS DISCOVER boost engagement and interest in learning core curriculum topics such as Cells, the Constitution, Matter, and Geography. See for yourself!

Posted September 4, 2014
16th Annual Capital City Pumpkin Drop Event

Share this information with your science teacher!

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Appalachian Power Park Charleston, WV
School Check-in opens at 9:00 a.m.
Drop Competition starts at 9:45 a.m.
Poster Judging at 11:00 a.m.
                       Awards Ceremony approx. 1:30 p.m.
Registration is Open- Space Is Limited
HOSTED BY: BridgeValley Community & Technical College

Posted September 2, 2014
Environment Matters

The latest edition of Environment Matters is available on YouTube:

Posted Aug 28, 2014
Two New All Girls Robotics Teams for FIRST LEGO League (Grades 4th-8th)
NASA and FIRST are offering support in starting two new all girls robotics teams for FIRST LEGO League (grades 4th-8th) in the state of WV. Each of the two all girl teams will receive a new EV3 LEGO robot and software package ($430), which will be considered a "loan" from NASA pending your team registers and participates in a qualifying tournament. One of the coaches will be required to sign a contract to this effect. Our team from FIRST is also extending one-on-one training for your new all girl team. If you are interested in starting an all girls robotics team in WV, please fill out the LEGO Ladies Grant Application by September 12th. You will be asked to explain your need and how starting a FLL team will inspire your girls to better develop an interest in STEM. WV LEGO Ladies Grant Application

Need more information regarding FIRST LEGO League? Visit Direct all questions to:
Posted August 21, 2014
NASA ERC Provides STEM Fun for Students!
It is the beginning of the school year, which means it is time to start thinking about opportunities you would like your students to experience. At NASA’s IV&V Educator Resource Center we can provide a workshop that is hands-on, collaborative, and STEM rich. It will be an experience your students will remember. It is never too early to begin scheduling school field trips for the 2014-2015 school year!!! In fact, the sooner you schedule the better I am able to make sure you get the desired date that would suit your classroom needs.

The ERC offers 6 student workshops for grades 5th-8th at NASA’s IV&V location in Fairmont, WV which include Planetary Geology, Model Rocketry, Aviation, Living & Working in Space, Robotics, and the Electromagnetic Spectrum. We are excited to announce that our newly expanded classroom and new student lab can accommodate up to 25 students!!!

Note: Portions of the Aviation workshop are weather dependent, therefore are only scheduled in the early autumn, late spring, and summer months.

FIRST LEGO League Robotics
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an excellent competition that promotes hands-on scenarios within the STEM career field and utilizes collaboration, proportional mathematics, and higher level critical thinking skills to successfully program a robot to perform a task. If you think a robotics team would help your classroom achieve the above goals and would like more exposure to the NXT robots and Mindstorms programming, our robotics workshop would be perfect. Your students will gain exposure to basic programming which includes sensors. For more information regarding FLL robotics visit

Team America Rocketry Challenge
The rocketry workshop is an brilliant way to begin an interest in model rocketry within your classroom and a great kick start for TARC. Your students will learn the basics of rocket anatomy, physics principles such as Newton’s Laws and forces on a rocket, engage in rocket simulator technology, and successfully launch a rocket that they build themselves. For more information regarding TARC visit:

Real World Design Challenge
In our aviation workshop your student will learn about Bernoulli’s Principle, Newton’s Laws and surface controls & forces on an airplane through hands-on activities. They will also learn about the engineering world of UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) work conducted by NASA. Your student will apply their new knowledge by designing an airfoil to test in our wind tunnel and by successfully flying a model airplane. For more information regarding RWDC visit:

One Step Further?
Is your STEM team ready for the next step of innovation? The ERC is equipped with 3D Pro/Engineer CAD software and a 3D Printer for rapid prototyping. WV students from Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), and high school engineering classes have begun utilizing this equipment to give their teams a high tech advantage. Your team can too!

Contact Student Outreach Coordinator Jamie Ford via email  or phone (304 367-8379) to discuss your programming needs. 

  • The NASA ERC student workshops last 3-5 hours depending on the workshop requested and takes place at NASA’s IV&V facility. 
  • Group can choose any time frame between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m Monday-Friday. However there are exceptions such as but not limited to Afterschool groups, Scouting Troops, and Clubs. Call me to discuss other possibilities. 
  • Groups should be a minimum of 8 students with a maximum of 24 students. 
  • Educators are required to chaperone and provide transportation, as well as lunch for their students.
Posted August 12, 2014
New River Hummingbird Festival Oak Hill, WV on August 23
Join internationally known hummingbird expert Dr. Bill Hilton Jr. for a hands-on discovery experience of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird at the Lively Family Amphitheater in Oak Hill, WV on Saturday, August 23, from 8 am to noon.  . Hilton will capture, band, and release hummingbirds while sharing secrets of their feeding, nesting, migration, behavior, and how you can design a “Hummingbird Habitat” in your backyard or school grounds!  FREE ADMISSION ~ donations welcome.  To learn more, visit  

Posted August 6, 2014
Registration Now Open for the 2014–2015 eCYBERMISSION Competition
Science teachers and the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) are on a mission to increase student interest in STEM education through the eCYBERMISSION program! Administered by NSTA, eCYBERMISSION is an online learning competition for students in grades six through nine. The competition challenges students to think about real-world applications of STEM by working in teams to identify a problem in their community and using scientific practices or the engineering design process to find a solution. Students can win on a state, regional, and national level, with national winning teams receiving up to $9,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, valued at maturity.

Registration is now open for the 2014–2015 program year. Students registered by November 5 will receive a FREE STEM Research Kit, which includes a notebook, flash drive, and pencil.

For more information, visit the competition website or contact eCYBERMISSION Mission Control at 1-866-GO-CYBER (462-9237) or via email at The deadline for registration is December 17, 2014.

Posted August 4, 2014
The July edition of Environment Matters is now available on YouTube. Visit  Featured in this month’s show:
    • Tank demolition begins at the Freedom Industries site
    • DEP Selenium Study (lots of cool underwater video courtesy Kevin Seagle)
    • A conversation with DEP Environmental Advocate Wendy Radcliff
    • Williamson one of six winners (out of 250 applicants) of this year’s Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health prize.
    • Cleanup efforts at the annual Ohio River Sweep
    • Environmental Independence Day
Posted July 30, 2014
What Are You Planning for the GREEN APPLE Day of Service? 
The Green Apple Day of Service, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects. Be sure to check out project ideas, pick up helpful event resources, read about last year's impact, find an event in your area and register your 2014 project today!

Forestry Education and Career Information Available

A uniquely focused Forestry Guide tailored to those exploring forestry careers is available at the
FIRESCIENCEONLINE site. Additionally, a West Virginia Guide is available which provides career and education information, such as- a list of schools and programs from the U.S. federal government National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), interviews with fire experts in West Virginia, income tables in West Virginia for Firefighters, Fire Inspectors / Investigators, and Fire Service Supervisors, and a full section dedicated to Public Service Careers. All guides from the organization are no-cost and may be accessed by anyone.

Posted July 28, 2014

Autodesk - Autodesk, a designer of leading advanced software products in design, drafting, and engineering, has committed to expand the company's "Design the Future" program to be available to every secondary school in the country in 2014.The program, which offers free 3D design software, project-based curricula, training, and certification, will help secondary school teachers teach critical problem-solving and technical skills in demand, in high-paying STEM fields like engineering and architecture.  Click to access free software and learn how to use the software.

Esri - Esri will provide free access to ArcGIS Online Organization accounts - the same GIS technology used by government and business - to every U.S. K-12 school in America. These allow users to map and analyze data, create and share content, and collaborate in the cloud - via computers, tablets, or smartphones, anytime, anywhere connected.

This commitment expands on Esri's successful program in pilot schools at all levels across the country, and will allow students to do projects of unlimited content, from global to local, so that they can build community, as well as build knowledge and skills for college and career. You can start learning even before your school has access to its free software. Click to learn how to use online maps and build your mapping skills. 

O'Reilly Media - O'Reilly Media and Safari Books Online are supporting kids with world-class content. American high school students interested in technology, programming, and software now have free, on-demand access to the same O'Reilly Media e-books and videos that millions of professionals turn to every day. The more than 2,000 titles in the Safari K-12 program cover subjects from Python to PowerPoint to Photography. Early access for summer 2014 is now open to the first 500 high school students (13 years old or older) that click below to apply now, with nationwide access coming in September.

Posted July 19, 2014
NHSC $cholar$hip and Loan Repayment Programs for Future Physicians

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) offers opportunities for students in eligible programs to apply for scholarships. A student can apply for the scholarship as soon as he is accepted to an allopathic or osteopathic school of medicine, dental school, or a physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or nurse midwife program. NHSC also offers loan repayment opportunities for certain categories of health care providers, including physicians, dentists, dental hygienists, registered nurses, physician assistants, and some behavioral health providers. The scholarship and the loan repayment programs are competitive and require the awardee to fulfill a service obligation at an NHSC-approved site which has Health Professional Shortage Area status in his discipline. NHSC can help a student afford to go to medical, dental, or nursing school or to pay off existing primary care, dental, or behavioral health education loans.

Posted June 23, 2014
Robotics Competition @ WVU
West Virginia RObotics eXtreme! is a 26 hour endurance event at which will be held at the West Virginia University's Student Recreation Center in Morgantown, WV on August 1-2, 2014.    See or contact Earl Schime <> for more information. 
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