STEM Festival at PSC to Offer Topics on the Environment

I give my pledge as an American to save and faithfully to defend from waste the natural resources of my country - its air, its soil and minerals, its forests, waters and wildlife.” That was Outdoor Life magazine’s Conservation Pledge that was established in 1946. It is still used today by conservation-minded individuals that believe that the conservation of the land is important.

STEMSome of the earliest environmentalists were foresters, wildlife and fisheries biologists, water quality specialists, and law enforcement officers. These people make careers out of ensuring that our natural resources are managed so future generations can enjoy them.

A natural resource degree one of the most versatile degrees because students can branch out in different career directions. Many fields have heavy concentrations in chemistry, physics, and biology. Algebra, trigonometry, and calculus are also fundamental courses for these career paths. Forest Engineering, computer science, and GIS are required for forestry students, as well as linking them to the latest technology.

To answer the questions “Did you know fire can create its own weather and is used as a tool? Did you know that a tree can tell you more than its age or that a water molecule can take many different journeys?”, come to the Mineral County Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Festival on March 22, 2014, from 12 Noon to 4 PM at Potomac State College of WVU.

There will be many compelling, exciting, educational, and entertaining STEM activities for all ages! It is free and open to K-12 students in public or private schools and to parents.

Some environmental topics include: matchstick forest, watershed model, water cycle, water wonders, helpful hydrogels, edible aquifers, conservation competition, and a tree ring study. For a listing of other topics go to

The mission of the STEM Festival is modeled after the USA event to re-invigorate the interest of our nation’s youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities and careers by producing and presenting compelling, exciting, educational and entertaining science gatherings in the United States.

For more information on the Mineral County STEM Network visit and for regular updates on the STEM Festival like our Facebook page Questions? Call the WVU Extension Service as well 304-788-3621.