STEM Festival Accepting Proposals

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Ryan Stocking, Andrew Hoover, Jack Wright, Science Sock Monkey, Shannon Arbogast, Maggie Rhodes, and Gerald Lang, representatives fromThe Science behind the Sport Initiative at West Virginia University presented “The Science behind Zip Lines” during the 2014 STEM Festival.

The Mineral County STEM Network will again host the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Festival for area students and parents. The event will be on Saturday, March 28 from 12:00 Noon – 4:00 PM at Potomac State College of WVU.

This area STEM Festival is modeled after the USA Science and Engineering Festival and Expo held in Washington, D.C. It is an exciting venue to experience the numerous hands-on activities! Interested groups are invited to submit proposals.

“We presented at the STEM Festival last year and had a great time interacting with the children and their parents.  Our Science Sock Monkeys riding the zip line activity captured the interest of individuals of all ages.  We look forward to be a part of the event in 2015.”  Gerald E. Lang, Director of the WVU K-12 STEM Outreach Program.

The mission of the festival is to re-invigorate the interest of our youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities and careers by producing and presenting compelling, exciting, educational and entertaining science gatherings.

Business, industry and organizations are encouraged to participate by providing a hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) activity that will stimulate interest and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Presentations are needed that appeal to all levels: elementary, middle and high school.

Proposal are easy to submit on line and they are due February 1 - http://mineralstem.com/SpeakerApp.php. Last year all spaces were full so be sure to submit your proposal by the deadline.

The planning committee co-chairpersons are Gary Seldomridge, Potomac State College of WVU, Craig Kesner, Alliant Techsystems and Scott Staley, Mineral County Schools. If you have questions about the proposals contact Gary Seldomridge at 304-788-6972 or GASeldomridge@mail.wvu.edu.

The Mineral County STEM Network’s purpose is to increase communication among individuals, business/industry and organizations interested in encouraging our youths to consider the different STEM fields for careers.

For more information on the Mineral County STEM Network visit http://mineralstem.com/ and for regular updates on the STEM Festival like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MineralCountySTEM.

The USA Science and Engineering Festival and Expo will be held on April 16 and 17 in 2016 on the Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more visit these websites: http://www.usasciencefestival.org/ and http://www.facebook.com/pages/USA-Science-Engineering-Festival .