Soil Tunnel to be Featured at Mineral County STEM Festival March 25

Soil Tunnel to be featured at Mineral County STEM Festival

This interactive learning exhibit will be featured at the STEM Festival on March 25. Aimee Figatt, district manager of the Capitol Conservation District, welcomes students from the West Virginia School for the Blind to come in and gently touch the walls of the Soil Tunnel Trailer. 


The underground world will be brought to the surface through the Soil Tunnel Trailer, a new exhibit to be featured at the 5th Annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Festival. The event will be on Saturday, March 25 from 12, Noon – 4 p.m. at Potomac State College of West Virginia University.

This interactive learning exhibit teaches children of all ages about soil, water, animals and specialty crops. A carrot, onion, ginseng and other root vegetables are carved and painted to look real on the right-hand wall. The left-hand wall holds many insects normally found in the ground, like a centipede, a cicada and ants digging tunnels.

Cindy Shreve, Agriculture Outreach Specialist, with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture will be leading the presentation of the Soil Tunnel during the STEM Festival. She is looking forward to sharing this new mobile exhibit.

The mobile education unit made its first appearance at the West Virginia State Fair in August. The Soil Tunnel Trailer is offered through the Capitol Conservation District. This trailer is the first of its kind in West Virginia, thanks to the initiative of Aimee Figatt.

To learn more about the development of the exhibit and the visit with the West Virginia School for the Blind see http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news-education/20161106/soil-tunnel-trailer-brings-underground-world-to-the-surface

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.

Event planning co-chairpersons are Andrea Schafer, Potomac State College of WVU, Craig Kesner, Orbital ATK and Scott Staley, Mineral County Schools. If you have questions about the festival contact Andrea Schafer agschafer@mail.wvu.edu at 304-788-7133 or Margaret Miltenberger at m.miltenberger@mail.wvu.edu.

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.