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Season 2, Week 5 - Energy Express on WVPB

Monday, July 19, 2021, 9 a.m.

We are starting the week off with a story about art and community told by Jennifer Ours Williams, associate dean for programs and partnerships for WVU Extension Service. She will read us the book “Hey Wall.” 

Today, we’ll learn fun facts about the rock cycle and more with Forest Operations Specialist Ben Spong. He takes us on an adventure to Sky Rock at Dorsey’s Knob in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Next, we’ll get those creative juices flowing with associate professor and sculpture program coordinator at the School of Art and Design in the College of Creative Arts at WVU, Dylan Collins. He will demonstrate the activity he calls Hometown Superhero. For this activity, you will need pen, paper and your imagination.

We will end our episode by learning more about some spooky and thrilling tales from the heart of Appalachia with Mike Book, director of Harrison County Parks and Recreation.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021, 9 a.m.

Yesterday, we learned about rocks. In today’s episode, we will turn those lessons into some yummy rock candy with 4-H Youth Development Agent Emma Gardner. For this recipe, you will need water, sugar, jars, a stick or string, food coloring (optional) and flavoring (optional).

What do you love most about your hometown? We’ll join WVU Extension Service Family and Community Development Specialist Lauren Prinzo and her son EJ to learn more about the “My Hometown is Cool” project.

Then, we’ll join Health Promotion Specialist Nila Cobb to participate in a fun “My Hometown is Cool” activity. For this activity, you will need black licorice, cherry licorice, gum drops, sticky notes and folders. 

Join 4-H Youth Development Agents Emma Gardner and Jocelyn Crawford as they uncover “artifacts” during a fun Jello excavation activity!

Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 9 a.m.

Fluttering into Wednesday, we will be learning all about the state butterfly of West Virginia, the monarch butterfly, from WVU Extension Service Entomology Specialist Carlos Quesada.

Next, we’ll head on over to Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Brandy Brabham to learn how to make our very own pollinator patch!

We will learn more Appalachian Tales with Mike Book, director of Harrison County Parks and Recreation. This time, we’ll gather around the “fire” for a spooky story titled “The Taileypo: A Ghost Story.”

Thursday, July 22, 2021, 9 a.m.

Let’s explore WVU! Today, Maddi Bowers, a WVU student majoring in marketing, will take us on a tour of the WVU Visitor’s Center.

Join Cabell County 4-H’er Abby (who also happens to be CEO and founder of Photosynthesizing Farmer) to make seed bombs! For this activity, you will need water, tissue paper and a packet of seeds.

Let’s roam the hills with our graduate assistant friends from Adventure West Virginia. Garret Weigel and Alex Doyle will teach us more about outdoor recreation and safety through a fun zip line course.

To end, we’ll hear more about powerful words from some of our 4-H health officers.

Friday, July 23, 2021, 9 a.m.

We’ll join our friends from the WVU Extension Service Family Nutrition Program as they return to Tasty Acre Farm. 

We will start by exploring a peach orchard with Amie Tutor. Then, we will read the book, “Apple Farmer Annie,” a story about apples, a farmers market and food.

Next, we’ll be making a healthier version of peaches al a mode with Susan Lily. For this recipe, you will need six peaches, low-fat yogurt (or an alternative) and cinnamon.

It’s time to get crafty! Tracey Valach will teach us how to make our very own papier-mache fruit bowls. For this activity, you will need flour, water, scissors, newspaper, plastic wrap, a bowl and paint.  

Let’s get those heart beats up with Shannon Ritchie during a physical activity called “Would You Rather.”

Then, we’ll end the week with Mindy Mall for a kids market filled with fresh fruits and vegetables.