STEM Festival at Potomac State taking shape

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WVU Potomac State Students Megan Ellifritz (left) and Rebecca Ack (right) demonstrate working with 360° cameras and special goggles that will be available to try during the STEM Festival at Potomac State College on Saturday, March 25 from noon to 4 p.m. Amber Butcher, PSC visiting journalism instructor, will be on-hand to answer any questions.

The fifth annual Mineral County STEM (short for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Festival is fast-approaching and will be held on the Keyser campus of WVU Potomac State College (PSC) on Saturday, March 25 from noon to 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 exciting assortment of workshops that’s sure to stimulate everyone’s curiosity. Below are some of the workshops being presented by PSC employees.

Going Places Without Leaving Home: Green Screen Technology Tips and Techniques! will be presented by staff from the Mary F. Shipper Library and Teaching and Learning Commons.  Presenters will demonstrate how stepping in front of a green screen can transport them into space or even onto the field at Mountaineer Stadium. This workshop also teaches innovative video production technologies used by real TV newscasters and by students here at Potomac State.

Microbes and You will be presented by Biology Professor Vicki Huffman, Ph.D.  This workshop allows participants to enjoy hands-on activities and demonstrations about the many microbes you don’t see and how they can help, yet sometimes harm you.

Constructing a Mobius Strip will be presented by Mathematics Professor Richard Petersen, Ph.D.  Participants in this workshop will discover how to construct Mobius strips from cash register tape as they examine interesting properties during this hands-on activity which is sure to please participants of all ages.

Journalism Technology will be presented by Journalism Instructor Amber Butcher and several of her journalism students.  They will provide interactive activities to teach participants about various apps and other technological advancements used in the field of journalism. 

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

For more information about the Mineral County STEM Network, visit; or contact Andrea Schafer, coordinator of the event, at 304-788-7133 or at   

So get the kids off the couch, phones and computers and spend the afternoon learning about the world in which we live.