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WVSAN Wants You To Apply for An Afterschool MiniGrant

The West Virginia Statewide Afterschool Network (WVSAN) with support from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation is offering mini-grants of up to $7,500 each to support strengthening relationships of Out of School Time (OST) sites, child care centers serving the school aged population, and afterschool programs with their local school systems to work to together to address the extraordinary needs of youth and families during COVID-19.

November 4-H Updates

Youths across the state are invited to participate in several upcoming virtual 4-H workshops. The workshops are free and offered to all youths in 3rd grade and above.

4-H member with camera taking a picture

October 4-H Updates

Boy in kitchen with a measuring cup of tomatoes, bowls, cutting board, and knife

Youths across the state are invited to participate in 4-H Special Interest (SPIN) clubs hosted by the Eastern Region of West Virginia. There are six different virtual programs lasting 4-6 weeks depending on the topic. Programs are free and offered to all youths in 3rd grade and above.

Week of August 3 - Energy Express on WVPB

Monday, August 3, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

Make it fly! Join Jennifer Robertson-Honecker, WVU Extension Service STEM Specialist, and her son, Ben, to learn how to make your own helicopter that you can fly at your home. ( For this activity, you will creative items from around your house to build your simple machine.) Want to enter the competition? Visit extension.wvu.edu/stemcare to learn more!

Week of July 27 - Energy Express on WVPB

Monday, July 27, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

Do you know what a simple machine is? It’s a machine that uses a chain of events to get to an end result, in this case, watering a plant. Join Jennifer Robertson-Honecker, WVU Extension Service STEM Specialist, and her son, Ben, as they read a fun book and relate the book to what tools we need to build our own simple machine. And, you won’t want to miss an opportunity to join the friendly competition in our Rube Goldberg “Water a Plant Video Challenge.” (For this activity, you will use creative items from around your house to build your simple machine.) Want to enter the competition? Visit extension.wvu.edu/stemcare to learn more! An extended version of this episode also will be available on our YouTube channel.

Week of July 20 - Energy Express on WVPB

Emma Gardner, our WVU Extension Service 4-H agent in Roane County, is going to talk to us about the stars. There are many constellations in the night sky. Today you’ll learn about them and how Greeks applied them to mythology. You’ll also have a chance to build your own star wheel/map (visit tinyurl.com/EEstarwheel to print out your star wheel and map) and marshmallow constellations. (For this activity, you will need scissors, paper, star wheel, map, tape, mini marshmallows and uncooked spaghetti/pasta or a think stick.)

Mitch Clowes, STEM Ambassador and WVU student, will read “Why Do Elephants Need the Sun” and follow up with a cool activity about ultra violet (UV) light, including making a UV bracelet. (For this activity, you will need UV beads and some string.)

Week of July 6 - Energy Express on WVPB

Monday, July 6, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

What’s that peeping sound? Join Sheldon Owen, WVU Extension Service Wildlife specialist, to learn about frog calls. Then, we'll hop on over for a reading of "Frog in the Bog" with Sheldon’s daughter, Alden.