EiE partners with WVU Extension Service to bring fun, educational youth programming into West Virginia homes

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Monday, June 29, 2020

WVU Extension Service will be offering its summer Energy Express programming to children from the comfort of their own homes, thanks to a partnership with West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Energy Express pairs children with caring AmeriCorps members and other volunteers who work with them to improve to skills in STEM, growth mindset, reading and comprehension. Each child receives a weekly book and access to hands-on STEM activities during the six-week program.

Earlier this year, the Energy Express program adapted its traditional “in-person” format to a virtual/at-home format to address public health concerns. In partnership with the Museum of Science, Boston, and their curricula division, EiE®, Energy Express will be including an Engineering is Elementary Storybook and hands-on "Try It!" activity to provide each child with materials to experience hands-on engineering at home. 

"We can make no assumptions",  says Museum of Science Regional Business Manager, Jay Santos. "When it comes to our teams' response to the educational shifts required to address COVID19, we needed to look beyond simply "online" access. Not every child may have access to the internet or a computer, or even what some would consider everyday household items."

Joining the cohort of  WVU Extension experts and community partners, the Museum of Science will be providing content that will be in segments featuring the Engineering Design Process, the storybook "Marvelous Machines, Making Work Easier", designing vertical farms, engineering ice cream and the Science in Action! education programming which covers topics like chromatography with plants.

“It makes my heart happy to know ALL children in West Virginia will have equal opportunity to experience STEM this summer through this partnership. As the leader of EiE, it is all about embracing partnerships like this one that I know will have a positive impact on the future of STEM and create life-long problem solvers.” Heather Gunsallus, Vice President STEM Education, with the Museum of Science.

The partnership with WVPB will allow Energy Express to reach not just its enrolled students, but students and their families throughout the state of West Virginia.  

WVU Extension Service’s Energy Express program will be broadcast across West Virginia beginning June 29, 2020. Episodes will air Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and will be available to everyone online once each show airs.

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