STEM Festival at Potomac State taking shape

3D Printing at PSC

David Miller, who serves as an information systems technician at Potomac State College of WVU, explains the process of creating three-dimensional items with a 3D Printer to Megan Hogge, a criminal justice major from Virginia Beach, Va.  The 3D workshop is just one of many to be offered at the upcoming Mineral County STEM Festival on April 2.  

The fourth annual Mineral County STEM (short for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Festival is fast-approaching and will be held on the campus of Potomac State College (PSC) of West Virginia University on Saturday, April 2 from noon till 4 p.m.

This free event is open to students, K-12, their families and to members of the community.  The STEM Festival will host an impressive variety of workshops that’s sure to entice the curiosity in everyone. Some workshops being presented by PSC employees include ‘3-D Printing,’ ‘Green Screen Photo Booth,’ ‘Hydroponics,’ and ‘Biomechanics of the Human Body.’

Staff from the Mary F. Shipper Library will highlight two innovative projects, the first one related to three-dimensional printing and its applications and the second one related to video productions using chroma key (green screen) technology. 

The three-dimensional printing exhibit will highlight the applicability of products physically created from computer-generated graphics.  Participants in this workshop will be able to observe and discuss the steps and processes in the creation of 3-D items. 

The second presentation incorporates a Green Screen booth which allows participants to see themselves superimposed on video backgrounds – much like the local weather forecaster and TV broadcasters. 

Presenters for the above workshops include David Miller (Information Systems Technician); Nicholas Gardner (Library Technical Assistant I), Virginia Kline (Staff Librarian), and Charles Julian (Associate University Librarian).

Also being offered at the Library is an exhibit featuring the work of PSC Student Donnie Thorne, an agronomy major from Core, W.Va.  Thorne will feature an introduction to hydroponic plants as well as a demonstration explaining how to use recycled materials in gardening, including components which were created with the 3D printing process.

Athletic Trainers Carita Mills and Benjamin Kelly will teach participants about the biomechanics of movement in the human body. “We’ll have two different activities, one to demonstrate stability and balance, and the other to demonstrate acceleration and force,” stated Mills.  Explanations as to how these principles are applied to the human body will also be discussed.  

The purpose of the Mineral County STEM Network is to foster science, technology, engineering, and mathematics awareness among the children and youth of Mineral County, W.Va. and the surrounding region by offering invigorating presentations in which they can participate.

For more information on the Mineral County STEM Network visit http://mineralstem.com/.   

What better way to spend a Saturday than learning about the world in which we live?