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Season 2, Week 4 - Energy Express on WVPB

Monday, July 12, 2021, 9 a.m.

We are starting the week off with Ellen Rossi, president of the EQT Foundation. She will read us the book “How to Feed Your Parents.”

Next, WVU Extension Service Family and Community Development Agent Ami Cook teaches us about kitchen safety. She will take us on a tour of her kitchen to learn what objects could be dangerous or potentially cause us harm.

Another one of our Family and Community Development agents, Cheryl Kaczor, will share with us some kitchen basics. She will go over a few special kitchen tools and show us other things we might find in the kitchen.

To end this episode, Family and Community Development Agent Gwen Crum teaches us how to make a delicious frittata. For this recipe, you will need eggs, milk and any additional items of choice (meat, cheese and vegetables are optional).

Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 9 a.m.

Our Tuesday episode starts with a fun lesson on active pathways from Cate Schlobohm, the outreach program coordinator for the WVU Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. We hope you’re ready to get moving!

Then, Family and Community Development Agent Ami Cook shows us how to make a healthy dip for foods like strawberries and pretzels. For this recipe, you will need plain Greek yogurt, powdered sugar, chocolate, sprinkles (optional), strawberries and pretzels (or other dipping foods).

Another Family and Community Development agent, Cheryl Kaczor, pops over to teach us more about the MyPlate program and how we can make healthy decisions when it comes to eating.

To end the episode, we are going to do a creative activity with our 4-H Youth Development Agents Lisa Ingram and Mollie Toppe. They will teach us how to make some super fun farm masks. For this activity, you will need paper plates, paint, markers, crayons, colored pencils, glue, cotton balls, paint brushes and feathers (or any other craft items you would like to use).

Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 9 a.m.

Into the woods we go with Ben Spong, forest operations specialist for WVU Extension Service, and Chad Nicholson from Nicholson Logging. The duo will teach us about logging in West Virginia and how forest operations work. 

Next, Extension STEM Specialist Jen Robertson-Honecker and her son Ben teach us how to make a straw rocket! For this activity, you will need a straw, popsicle sticks, brass fasteners, rubber bands, eraser heads, tape, scissors and index cards.

Back into the forest we go with Outdoor Education and Recreation Specialist Larel Teter. She will take us on a nature walk at WVU Jackson’s Mill to learn more about the trees and plants that we may find walking around in West Virginia.

To finish on a yummy note, Family and Community Development Agent Andi Hoover teaches us about the lifecycle of a butterfly through a fun food demonstration. For this butterfly bites recipe, you will need apple slices, yogurt, cauliflower, mandarin oranges, raisins, grapes, carrots, blueberries, blackberries or any other fruits and veggies that you would like to use.

Thursday, July 15, 2021, 9 a.m.

To start off the day, adjunct instructor for WVU Fire Service Extension, Joey Baxa, will provide us with some family-friendly fire safety tips. 

Next, we’ll join former Energy Express site mentors and supervisors Emily Howe, Nikki Morgan Kunkel and Kayla Griffin to learn about found art. The group demonstrates how to build a playhouse out of a box using things found in your home. For this activity, some suggested items to use include construction paper, yarn, pipe cleaners, paper tubes, magazines, paper bags and egg cartons.

Ann Dugan, community education program coordinator for WVU Extension Service Safety and Health, provides us with information about first aid and calling 9-1-1 during an emergency. 

To end our episode, Family and Community Development Agent Dana Wright, gives us a yummy and healthy pizza recipe. For this recipe, you will need whole-wheat pita bread (naan bread, cauliflower crust or spinach wraps work, too), zucchini, carrots, pizza sauce, turkey pepperoni, green peppers, banana peppers and low-fat mozzarella cheese.

Friday, July 16, 2021, 9 a.m.

To end the week on a tasty note, we'll be learning all about cantaloupes from our friends in the Family Nutrition Program.

Amie Tutor will teach us all there is to know about the orange melon. Then, she will read us a tale called “Rachel’s Day in the Garden.”

Are you ready for a healthy snack? Molly Poffenbarger will give us a super easy and delicious melon kabob recipe. For this recipe, you will need cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew melon.

Our friend Tracey Valach and her daughter Mia will show us how to make some funny face planters. For this activity, you will need a cup, seeds (our friends suggest a microgreen or lettuce seed), plastic wrap, scissors, foam with adhesive backing, a marker and whatever other craft items you would like to use.

To help us get our heart rates up, Shannon Ritchie will teach us some standing yoga.

And, we’ll end the day with an educational farmers market tour given by Jamie Carrier at the Morgantown Farmers Market. She will show us some delicious fresh vegetables and other fun items along the way.