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Flyers are available for advertising the Teacher Ops, Student Ops, and Science in the Arts Challenge. Please print, post, and share the information.
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
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
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
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 http://www.cdc.gov/mobile/applications/sto/web-app.html. 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 http://www.wvutech.edu/news_archive/2016/8/2/stem-summer-academy-aims-to-change-the-game-for-west-virginia-girls.
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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chancellors-stem-speaker-series-with-jennifer-gardy-tickets-26380769592. (Don’t delay – seating is more limited in this venue.)
Posted May 26, 2016
The West Virginia Capitol Building Design/Build Minecraft Contest is open to West Virginia students grades PreK-12, including private school and homeschool students.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and include "Minecraft Contest Submission" in the email subject line.
Posted May 16, 2016
West Virginia Capitol Minecraft Design/Build Contest
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 http://wvbridgedesignandbuildcontest.com/ for more information. The West Virginia Bridge Design and Build Contest aims to:
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 http://apply.nysc.org. 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)
Posted February 24, 2016
FREE INTRO TO CODING PROGRAMS
Launched in 2013, Code.org® 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.
INFO FOR PARENTS INFO FOR EDUCATORS
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 www.wvbridgedesignandbuildcontest.com. 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 (www.paemst.org). Click here to view a map with the number of PAEMST Science recipients from WV counties.
Posted February 5, 2016
10 FLL Jr. Expos and FLL Qualifiers
SAVE THE DATES- Regional and State Robotics Competitions for 2016
November 5, 2016: BridgeVallley CTC, S. Charleston; WVU-P, Parkersburg; and RCBI, Huntington
WV State Championship- December 3, 2016: Fairmont State University, Fairmont
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
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 http://bit.ly/1JdGh9V .
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-
DiffractionThe 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
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 wvu.augusoft.net or contact Chris Bily for more information at Chris.Bily@mail.wvu.edu
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 http://bridgecontest.org/resources/download/. Teams of one or two students in grades 6th-12th can enter the national competition at http://bridgecontest.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Posted December 3, 2015
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 nsf.gov/GenNano
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.
Posted November 24, 2015
Posted November 23, 2015
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 Jesse.E.White@nasa.gov.
Posted October 26, 2015
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 http://k12.wvu.edu/Access/. 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 http://www.huntingtonnews.net/123058
Posted October 1, 2015
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, 2015Now 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
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 Chris.Bily@mail.wvu.edu 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
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 www.alleghenyclimate.org.
Scholarship assistance is available to help students and teachers attend; contact Conference Coordinator Brandae Mullins, email@example.com, 304-345-7663 x2, 304-881-9016.
Registration Deadline Extended for Science Fair and Science Bowl!
Posted August 5, 2015
Posted May 22, 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.
Robotics Opportunities in WV
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.
3D PRINTING SUMMER CAMPS AT RCBI
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.
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: www.statler.wvu.edu/camps.
HIGH SCHOOL CAMPS- June 21-26, July 5-10, July 12-17 (female only), &
MIDDLE SCHOOL DAY CAMP- July 6-10
GOT GAME COMPETITION IS LIVE!
Posted March 20, 2015
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.
WV Regional Jr. Science and Humanities Symposium
Job Description of Emergency Management Careers
Posted February 23, 2015
The event is hosted by the Department of Computer Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering at Shepherd University’s Butcher Center, and includes:
Registration is required for both participants and attendees but the event is FREE of charge. Walk-in registrations are also welcome!! Pre-Register here: http://www.shepherd.edu/cmeweb/srf/reg.php
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 304.876.5368
Win up to $10,000! - Exciting news! Deadline extended to March 6th
Check out this video of last year’s finalist teams as they discuss the amazing experience they had. (http://bit.ly/19sLgCK). Learn more and register at: www.CleanTechCompetition.org
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.
NASA IV&V's Annual Summer Internship Vacancies Posted for 2015
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, 2015Marshall 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 https://www.dropbox.com/s/ncudcjek09fub7r/HSAP.docx?dl=0 or contact Dr. Michael Norton at Norton@Marshall.edu .
osted February 3, 2015
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?"
Posted Janu, ary 27, 2015
Still Time to Enter the Science in the Arts Competition
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.
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!
ENGINEERING FOR YOU 2 VIDEO CONTEST
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 www.e4uvideocontest.org to learn more! For any additional questions, please email E4Uvideocontest@nae.edu.
National Youth Science Camp 2015 Applications Are Now Being Accepted!
Applications to attend the 2015 National Youth Science Camp are now available online at http://apply.nysc.org. 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
Annual High School Chemistry Test and Chemistry Olympiad Competition
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.
The DuPont Challenge (Grades 6–12) Essay Submissions Due January 31: Don't Miss the Deadline or Your Chance to Win
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: http://statler.wvu.edu/outreach/essaycomp.php#sthash.gyKrI3Jg.dpuf
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!
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 snorkelingo swimmingo boatingo small/confined spaceso heightso 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 ApplyPosted 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 (email@example.com) to learn more and bring this information to your teacher's attention.
Posted January 12, 2015WV STEM Challenge - Win $1000!
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Posted December 22, 2014
The West Virginia Science Regional Bowls Expanded to Include Middle Schools
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
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”.
10th Annual 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
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.
Steve Beckelhimer, STEM Coordinator
Marshall University JH 124One John Marshall DriveHuntington, WV 25755
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.
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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.
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: http://www.pierpont.edu/schoolofbat/academics/aviation-maintenance-tech-program For more information on the 4-year programs including flight training: http://www.fairmontstate.edu/collegeofscitech/academics/aviation-technology-program
JASON Launches Two New Recycling Contests for the 2014-15 School Year!
Posted September 19, 2014
Blackwater Falls Astronomy Weekend 2014
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 : http://www.rcbi.org/wvmakes/registration/
Posted September 17, 2015
STEM Rocket Camp Opportunity for TARC teams
•You and your team will experience all the above plus build and launch a complete TARC-ready rocket by the end of camp.
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
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
The latest edition of Environment Matters is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/WVEnvironment
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
NASA ERC Provides STEM Fun for 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 http://www.birding-wv.com/hummingbird-festival.html.
Posted August 6, 2014
Registration Now Open for the 2014–2015 eCYBERMISSION Competition
Posted August 4, 2014
Posted July 30, 2014
Forestry Education and Career Information Available
A uniquely focused Forestry Guide tailored to those exploring forestry careers is available at the
Posted July 28, 2014HOW AND WHERE SCHOOLS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS CAN TAP INTO $2 BILLION IN PRIVATE RESOURCES TO CONNECT TO THE HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND NETWORK
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. http://nhsc.hrsa.gov
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 http://www.marsfirst.org/?page_id=4613 or contact Earl Schime <firstname.lastname@example.org> for more information.