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Week of July 20 - Energy Express on WVPB

Monday, July 20, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

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 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.)

Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

Let’s rock it! Join Jennifer Robertson-Honecker, WVU Extension Service STEM Specialist, and her son, Ben, as we learn to use some simple items to build a straw rocket. (For this activity, you will need scissors, straws, popsicle sticks, brass fasteners, rubber bands, tape, index cards/thick card stock and eraser heads.)

Speaking of rockets, Emma Gardner, our 4-H Extension agent in Roane County, will tell us all about a Computer Called Katherine, a book based on West Virginia native and NASA mathematician, Katherine Johnson. We’ll wrap up the episode with a yummy recipe from Susan Lilly, health educator with our Family Nutrition Program. (For the recipe, you will need oats, coconut, almonds, dried cranberries, honey and margarine.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

What’s on your plate? Amie Tutor, our Family Nutrition Program youth health educator, is going to tell you about “My Plate,” which will help you make sure you know what you need to get the nutrients your body needs. Make a funny face that grows hair. (For this activity, you will need pantyhose, grass seed, soil, water, a glue gun/craft glue, something for eyes and mouth and extra glue Kids, be sure to ask an adult for help using the glue gun.) And, Amie will share with you the story of, “The Ugly Vegetables.”

Head over to the kitchen and join Molly Poffenbarger, our health educator, where you will learn how to make a delicious and nutritious broccoli and cauliflower recipe. (For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients: broccoli, cauliflower, water, skim or 1% milk, fat-free cream cheese, low-fat plain yogurt, shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, cracker crumbs and grated parmesan cheese.) And, our buddy Quench is going to lead you through an at-home obstacle course to help you increase physical activity.

Thursday, July 23, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

Mitch Clowes, our STEM ambassador and WVU student, is going to read “Michael Recycle,” and then tell you how to make a marshmallow catapult using items from around your house. (For this activity, you will need popsicle/craft sticks, plastic spoons, mini marshmallows/tiny pom poms and rubber bands.)

Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in or visit another country? Join our Grant County 4-H agent, Alex Coffman, as she shares some fun international show and tell from her travels around the world. AmeriCorps member, Lilly, will tell you all about Jerry Bee in a “Bee-Wigged” read aloud.

Friday, July 24, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

Did you know that there is a National Moth Week? What better way to celebrate than joining Sheldon Owen, our WVU Extension Wildlife specialist, and Sue Olcott, a wildlife biologist with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, for a “moth safari!” Learn about moths, how to attract them and take in some fun facts about these nocturnal creatures! And, don’t miss “moth huntress” McKenna Smith as she reads, “Moth: An Evolution Story.”

Jenny Murray, our 4-H curriculum specialist, will help us “size up” the moon with an activity you can do at home. Heather Cook, our Family Nutrition Program health educator, will help you learn to make some YUMMY apple cookies. (For this recipe, you will need apples, peanut butter and dried fruit of choice. Kids, be sure to ask an adult for help with this recipe.)