Workshops added to upcoming STEM Festival at Potomac State

STEM Festival at Potomac State

Participants in two health-related workshops at the upcoming Mineral County STEM Festival, which is being held on April 2 at Potomac State College of WVU, will learn about the various organ systems of the human body and about viruses that can affect them.  Ellie and Henry Harbert, from Frostburg, Md., examine a sheep’s brain during a previous STEM Festival as their father, Max Harbert, looks on.  

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 that have been added include “Hands-on Anatomy” and “M icrobiology and You.”

Sheri Chisholm, Ph.D., biology professor at the College, will present “Hands-on Anatomy,” an interactive anatomy and physiology lab where participants can read about the various organ systems as well as interact with dissected and preserved specimens and models.  Dr. Chisholm will also discuss various health-related issues connected to each organ system.

Vicki Huffman, who serves as a biology professor at the College, will conduct a Microbe Fair where current microbiology students will provide hands-on activities and visual displays regarding various topics about bacteria, viruses, vaccines, antibiotics, and more.

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   

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