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. 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.

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.

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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. 

Posted May 19, 2014
What I Did on My Summer Vacation- Take Advantage of the Time You Will Have this Summer to Prepare for the Toshiba Competition and Learn How to Save Energy
What I Did on My Summer Vacation may be a theme for an essay when you return to school next fall, and you and your friends could prepare with for the essay while stepping up to America's Home Energy Education Challenge and preparing for next year's Explorvison competition.

ASCE to Host 2014 WV Statewide West Point Bridge Design Contest - Huntington
WV Statewide West Point Bridge Design Contest was held on the campus of Marshall University on May 16th and 17th.   Students created virtual bridges and upload them to the contest website.  The top teams from WV participated in the statewide finals on Saturday, May 17 in Corbly Hall.  An awards banquet followed in the Memorial Student Center.  This year’s high school winners were Nick Bartusiak and Aniket Zinzuwadia of Raleigh County. In the middle school category, the award went to Jackie Zhou and Charlotte Solak of Greenbrier County.  First place winners each received $400 cash. In total, over $7,500 was taken home in cash by the 37 participants.

The 2014 Engineering Encounters national semi-final round will take place on May 30.  The top teams from the semis will travel to West Point, NY to compete in the final round of the contest in late June. The purpose of this high technology, interactive, Internet-based competition is to provide middle school and high school students with a realistic, engaging introduction to engineering through designing structurally accurate bridges using an award winning software program.

Two West Virginia students took first place in the 2013 Final Round of the West Point Bridge Design Contest at the United States Military Academy. Aniket Zinzuwadia of Beckley, WV and Nick Bartusiak of Shady Spring, WV distinguished themselves as the world’s best virtual bridge builders for the second year running with a two bridge cost of $347,268.73.  The American Society of Civil Engineers Director of Professional and Educational Activities presented the winning designers with checks for $10,000 scholarships for their efforts.  The scholarships are provided by the American Society of Civil Engineers.   

Additional details about the national and statewide contests can be found on the following websites – and  A list of students and school who will compete in this weekend's competition may be found at  WVStatewide West Point Bridge Design Contest.  

Winners Posted for the 2014 WV Envirothon
Teams from across WV competed in the 2014 WV Envirothon at the Wood County 4-H Camp near Mineral Wells, WV; a list of teams and their final scores may be found here.

The West Virginia Envirothon is a conservation education program and competition for students in grades 9 through 12. The West Virginia Envirothon focuses on five subject areas: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, and a current environmental topic. By participating in the Envirothon program, students learn about West Virginia's diverse ecosystem and how they can help conserve and protect it for future generations. For additional information or to learn how your school may become involved, contact Shirley Hyre at (304) 364-8424 or email:

Posted May 8, 2014
2014 First Lego League Team Registration Opened May 5
What is the future of learning? FIRST® LEGO® League teams will find the answers.  FLL challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers.
  • ROBOTS: Teams of kids (ages 9-14) will build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game.
  • RESEARCH: They will also choose and solve a real-world question in the Project.
  • TEAMWORK: Throughout their experience, teams will operate under FLL’s signature set of Core Values.
Posted on April 29, 2014
The STEAM Academy
~ the newest and coolest kids summer camp in the Kanawha Valley ~ is taking place June 16-27th at the new Advanced Technology Center at BridgeValley Community & Technical College (formerly Bridgemont & Kanawha Valley CTCs)! One and two-week options are available. We're looking for kids going into grades 4th-8th in the fall, who are interested in having fun in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math! Please see the attached flyer and registration information. Space is limited – register today!

More information can be found at -

Posted on April 18, 2014
Student Climate & Conservation Congress (Sc3)
The Green Schools Alliance and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service invite high school students to apply for the 2014 Student Climate & Conservation Congress (Sc3), the premier U.S. environmental leadership training program at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC), the nation's top environmental training facility. Sc3 empowers outstanding students with the skills, knowledge, and tools necessary to address conservation and climate challenges in their schools and communities. Community Service Credit is awarded. Accepting applications now.
Program dates: June 22-28, 2014. Read More HERE.

West Virginia State Conservation Camp, June 9 – 14, 2014.
It is an outstanding opportunity for youth interested in the outdoors and the environment. Youth always come back saying what a wonderful time they had at Camp Caesar. The camp builds skills and understanding about our natural resources, develops awareness of career opportunities, as well as future conservation leaders.

Registration packet for the State Conservation Camp is now available and attached. Any registration packet information can be found at Youth involved with 4-H Forestry Teams, FFA competitions, and the Envirothon may be especially interested. 

3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival -- a  fun, entertaining, educational and FREE event.
The event is analogous to an art, music or food Festival, but it is focused on Science and Engineering. There will be over 3,000 hands-on activities and over 150 stage shows. And --- while having fun --- participants can leave with info about scholarships, internships, jobs and more.  Not only will the USDA and National 4-H be present, but WVU will have a booth that will allow youth to make music with pulsars, ride a virtual Baja car, and play with face recognition software.
The Festival kicks off on April 26-27 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.  You can find out all the details at: or watch this video:

Posted Jan 31, 2014

Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day 2014 - Charleston, WV

Bridgemont Community and Technical College will host its 6th annual Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day on Thursday February 20th from 9:00AM to 1:00 PM in Charleston.  The event increases awareness of the profession, and celebrates past and present engineering achievements of women.  The aim is to let young ladies know engineering could be a possible career, and provide them the knowledge to start laying the foundation for reaching that goal now. The young ladies will meet professional engineers and scientists and participate in hands-on activities.  Lunch will be provided.
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is a nationally recognized event.  Bridgemont CTC would like to invite 8th grade female students from surrounding counties to attend this year’s activities. Female engineering faculty, students and professionals will join these young ladies to encourage the girls to “Make A Difference.”  Students can find us online at .  Please RSVP by January 31st to Amanda McClellan via email (reply to or by calling (304) 734.6621.  Space is limited, call today to reserve space for your students.  More information about national Engineer’s Week can be found in the attached flyer or at

Apply to Join the JASON National Argo Team!

JASON Learning is seeking a diverse, creative, and adventurous group of students and educators to venture into the field with JASON researchers. JASON National Argonauts serve as ambassadors and 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. Student and Educator Argonauts will spend approximately 7 days in the field during the summer or fall of 2014. At least one group of Argonauts will have the opportunity to join Dr. Robert Ballard's team aboard the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus, which is slated to explore the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean this expedition season.

·         Student Argonaut applicants must be 14 or 15 years old by June 1, 2014, and must have participated in JASON and/or its Immersion Learning program.

·         Educator Argonaut applicants must have at least five years of experience working with students, have plans to continue as an educator in the 2014-2015 school year, and must have used JASON and/or its Immersion Learning program in an educational setting.

All Argonaut candidates should be willing and able to travel to an international location.

JASON will pay for all travel, lodging, food (meals and snacks), and programming/equipment costs related to JASON Argonaut activities. Applications are being accepted now, with a deadline of Friday, March 7, 2014. Argonaut selection will be finalized in April, and all applicants will be notified of their status by the end of April.

For more information and to apply, visit the Argonaut Information page. Because of the intense and rigorous nature of the Argonaut Program, the application process is extensive and will take some time to complete, so the earlier you start, the better. Additional questions regarding the JASON National Argonaut program can be sent to

Entries Sought for the North Central West Virginia Science, Energy, and Engineering Fair
Entries are now being accepted for the North Central West Virginia Science, Energy and Engineering Fair to be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 & 15, 2014 at Fairmont State University. This event is sponsored by the College of Science and Technology at Fairmont State University.

Students in grades 6-12 are eligible to enter projects in the following categories: Animal Sciences, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Planetary Science, Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical, Engineering: Materials and Bioengineering, Energy and Transportation, Environmental Management, Environmental Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Medicine and Health Sciences, Microbiology, Physics and Astronomy, Plant Sciences. Team projects are encouraged for the engineering category, and individual projects are encouraged for all other categories. The fair will have two divisions; a Junior Division (grades 6 - 9) and a Senior Division (grades 10-12).

The judges will be looking for creative ability, scientific thought and projects that promote scientific thought and engineering goals, thoroughness, skill and clarity. In the Junior Division, the judges will also be looking for dramatic value and personal involvement. Cash prizes are typically awarded with certificates. The two attached documents provide more detail for registration information.

Please direct questions to: Dr. Anthony F. Gilberti, DTE, Dean, College of Science and Technology, Fairmont State University, Email: or call 304-367-4642

Application Deadline Approaches for NASA STEM Program for High School Girls
Want to spend the part of the summer of 2015 at Johnson Space Center? NASA is accepting applications until noon CST Monday, Feb. 3, for its 2014/2015 Women in STEM High School (WISH) Aerospace Scholars program, in which high school junior girls can jump-start their future careers by exploring possibilities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). See attached WISH pdf for more information.

Free Series of Saturday Forensic Science Workshops for high school and middle school
A series of workshops will be provided by the West Virginia University Next Generation Forensic Science Initiative. Through hands-on, laboratory-based activities, middle- and high-school students can learn the fundamental aspects of fingerprints, footwear impression evidence, firearm identification, bloodstain pattern analysis and biometrics.

Classes are free, and each will last 90 minutes. The schedule of classes is:
• Biometrics, Jan. 25
• Fingerprints, Feb. 22
• Footwear impression evidence, March 22
• Firearm identification, April 26
• Bloodstain pattern analysis, May 24

These exercises will involve alternate light source applications, biometrics, bloodstain pattern analysis, digital evidence, fingerprints, footwear, firearms and tool marks. Chris Bily, instructional coordinator, Forensic and Investigative Science, said the classes will give students a more realistic view of how investigators treat crime scenes and test evidence.

Maximum enrollment for each class is 25 students, filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Students can pick and choose from the available dates/topics or attend all of the courses (pending availability). Classes for middle school students will begin at 10 a.m. while classes for high school students will start at 1 p.m. Both classes will take place at the Vehicle Processing Center in WVU’s Crime Scene Complex at 383 Oakland St., Morgantown. To register or for more information, contact Bily at or visit

Posted February 28, 2014
The West Virginia Youth Science Camp (WVYSC)
is a twelve day residential science education program designed so at least one student from each county may attend the summer before they begin their sophomore year of high school. 

Students from around the state will be challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies and have opportunities for outdoor adventures, gaining a deeper appreciation for the great outdoors and establishing lifetime friendships. The camp is modeled after the National Youth Science Camp and will be held July 8-19, 2014 at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, WV. 

The West Virginia Youth Science Camp is entirely free of charge and operated by the National Youth Science Foundation and funded by the West Virginia Department of Education. 

This year’s application process has been streamlined for ease of communication and student response. In the past, some counties have not been represented by student delegates. Please help us achieve the goal of hosting a delegate from each county by getting the information to teachers and freshmen students. Teachers’ and principals’ encouragement to students, as well as gentle reminders of application due dates, may make students more likely to apply and ensure your county’s representation at WVYSC. Visit, or contact Josh Stevens at for further information.

Posted December 4, 2013
The 2014 Summer Internship Opportunities for High School and College Students
Information has been posted to NASA’s One Stop Shopping Initiatives (OSSI) NASA Internship Fellowships and Scholarships (NIFS) website ( Please encourage students to check out our opportunities right here at IV&V this summer.

· College level internships begin on May, 27 and conclude on August 1.
· High School level internships begin on June, 9 and conclude on August 1.

Basic Eligibility
· U.S. Citizen (either by birth or naturalization) is required in order to apply in OSSI to be a NASA intern or fellow. If selected, you will be asked to provide proof of citizenship before the internship or fellowship begins.
o If you have questions regarding your citizenship, please refer to the U.S. Department of State website. (
o A Permanent Resident Alien (PRA) or Legal Resident are not considered U.S. citizens and are not eligible for NASA student opportunities available through OSSI.

· High School applicants must be at least 16 years of age (at time of application) and a current high school sophomore, junior, or senior. Please note that if a student completes an academic level in the spring, they will be considered the next level for summer sessions (i.e. a high school senior that graduates in the spring would be considered a freshman for a summer opportunity). High School students must have housing within a 50 mile radius.

· Undergraduate and graduate students must be accepted/enrolled full-time in an accredited U.S. college or university. Please note that high school seniors are considered freshmen when applying for internships. Before beginning an internship, a high school senior must have been accepted to an accredited U.S. college or university with plans on attending full-time.

· Grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0. Please note if your college or university does not use GPA, you will need to explain the grading method in the application.

Should students have questions regarding our opportunities or questions concerning the intern opportunities, they are encouraged to contact Jess White, Education Specialist at the NASA IV&V Program, 304.367.8433 or

The WV Division of Forestry Has Several Ways to Help Schools
First we offer workshops using the Project Learning Tree program ( this is a national accepted, peer reviewed program for teaching conservation related themes. We can do workshops for teachers and also do individuals classes as well. Please visit and click on Project Learning tree to see how these activities match up with state standards.

Second, in April we have several tree planting events around the state for Arbor Day. Just visit to find a local office and ask for an Arbor Day tree planting ceremony. Or teachers could email me at and I will try to help them arrange one if possible. The trees have to be planted on public property so a school or a park would be an ideal location. As we only have a limited number of trees available for the Arbor Day plantings, we will have to work with the local foresters in selecting the locations.

Third, yes we have employees all over the state that can come in to schools and talk about various topics such as fire control, Arbor Day, careers in forestry and etc. These visits would have to be coordinated with the local forestry offices.

Opportunity for Youths to Observe the Universe with Real Research Telescopes (see attached document)
Skynet Junior Scholars is a national youth science program that allows young people to conduct astronomy investigations with world-class telescopes in the US, Chile, and Australia with a simple internet connection. The program is intended for middle school and older youth in 4-H clubs, afterschool, and other informal education programs.

The Skynet Junior Scholars workshops are designed for informal educators and youth leaders who hold outofschooltime programs for middle school and high school youth. Neither a science or astronomy background is required. This 6week workshop will give you practice in operating worldclass telescopes, build your confidence in leading astronomy activities, and give you the tools to guide your youth through an exploration of our Universe. Each participant will receive a free toolkit of materials for handson astronomy activities.

The online workshop lasts 6 weeks (January 20 – February 28) -- about 18-20 hours of time commitment over that time. There will be  a 1 hour online webchat each week that is in real time. The timing of these will  be announced after the participants have indicated the best time for them.  While the program will do their best to accommodate everyone’s schedule, the webinars will also be recorded if you are unable to attend. There will be activities from the toolkit to try each week in between the webchats.

The Face to Face training at Green Bank (April 11-13) will require as much time as the online training, but will be concentrated into the weekend.

COST: FREE! Travel, room and board are included for in person training. Hands-on materials are provided.
For more details and registration information go to:
Robin Sizemore,
May 16, 2014, 5:50 AM