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WVU Extension to offer special classes for homeschooled students at Jackson’s Mill

Two boys in safety glasses work on a science project as a female teacher leans over to look at their work.

West Virginia University Extension will offer two-session special homeschool programs at WVU Jackson’s Mill on November 11 and 18. WVU Extension faculty will offer two different courses for students.

WVU Jackson’s Mill Program Coordinator Joe Obidzinski will teach the first class, called “Hands-On History.” This course will be held in the Greenbrier Room in the Dining Hall at WVU Jackson’s Mill from 10 to 11 a.m.

Obidzinski will lead students through engaging hands-on activities and demonstrations that illustrate the historical significance of WVU Jackson’s Mill. Students also will learn about West Virginia history in a dynamic classroom setting.

The second course will be called “Explorers of the Deep” and will be based on this year’s national 4-H STEM Challenge that teaches about the depths of the ocean and how scientists explore the unknown with robots and other technology.

This class will be taught by WVU Extension 4-H STEM Education specialist Suzanne McDonald and WVU Extension STEM Specialist Emma Gardner. It will be held in the STEAM Building at WVU Jackson’s Mill from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

“Scientists have made amazing discoveries in the deep ocean using unmanned diving robotic gliders. We will learn about some of these mysteries and kids will have fun making the model glider and testing it in the water,” McDonald said. “We will also give them a chance to imagine real-world solutions to some of the problems facing marine ecosystems and coastal areas.”

Students should attend on both the 11 and 18. These courses will be offered to homeschooled students ages nine to 14 at a cost of $15 per subject. If registering for both the history and STEM courses, the cost is $20 per student.

Registration for the courses will be open until November 6. To learn more and register for one or both courses, visit the registration page.

“Oftentimes homeschooled kids don’t get this type of group class or field trip experience, so it’s something they can really enjoy,” Gardner said. “They get the opportunity to try new technologies and learn about topics that they may not get the chance to do otherwise.”

The Annette S. Boggs STEAM Educational Center offers opportunities for school students to engage in hands-on learning experiences. To learn more about courses offered at WVU Jackson’s Mill or schedule a field trip, contact the Mill at 304-269-5100.

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WVU Extension