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WVU Extension's summer television program kicks off on WVPB

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Sum mer is just around the corner and West Virginia University Extension bringing educational, engaging television programming to West Virginia families.

E nergy Express on West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB-TV) is a 30-minute interactive series featuring WVU and state experts as well as special characters. The show kicks off its fourth season on Monday, June 19 at 5:30 p.m. 

Two new episodes will premier each week along with previously aired episodes. Energy Express on WVPB-TV includes activities centered around science, technology, engineering, art and math; healthy recipes; animals and insects; physical activity; and more. 

Each summer, WVU Extension offers various activities for West Virginia youth, including camps and programs through 4-H, as well as Energy Express – a six-week reading program that pairs children with caring AmeriCorps members and other volunteers. Individuals work with children to improve reading and comprehension using books, journals, art, STEM, games and other activities. The television series complements the outstanding activities and education offered through both youth development programs.

“Energy Express on West Virginia Public Broadcasting allows us to deliver educational programming directly into the homes of West Virginians and offer activities that improve health and physical activity, encourage problem-solving and engage in fun activities,” retired WVU Associate Dean for Research Cindy Fitch said. “The partnership with WVPB allows us to reach more families and engage children in meaningful learning opportunities.” 

The series, which is hosted by WVU Extension’s very own Zack Harold, began during the pandemic to bring important summer programming to West Virginia homes, as well as online. The series has grown during the past four years to bring hands-on activities and education to even more viewers around the state. 

WVPB is available on many cable systems throughout the Mountain State as well as on the air. Viewers can watch the weekly series, as well as the past three seasons of Energy Express on WVPB, online via the WVU Extension channel on YouTube.  

For more information about WVU Extension, visit or contact Tara Curtis, WVU Extension Service, 304-293-7996 ( 

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Tara Curtis
WVU Extension