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Season 2, Week 6 - Energy Express on WVPB

Monday, July 26, 2021, 9 a.m. 

Join us for our last week of season two of Energy Express on WVPB!

We will kick off the week with a story from Dean Jorge Atiles, Dean of Extension and Engagement for West Virginia University. He will read us the book “The Sun is Kind of a Big Deal” and maybe teach us some Spanish along the way.

Then, we will learn all about solar energy from Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Mike Shamblin.

Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Jennifer Friend will show us how to make a battery from a potato! For this activity, you will need adult supervision, a potato, alligator clips, copper wire, nails and an LED light.

We will join Family and Community Development Agent Hannah Fincham to learn more about financial literacy in the first of our three-part segment. She will chat with us about smart ways to spend our money. 

Family Nutrition Program Nutrition Outreach Instructor Belinda Nicholas will provide us with a healthy and delicious energy bite recipe. For this recipe, you will need peanut butter, rice cereal, dry milk and oatmeal.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 9 a.m.

We’re headed over to WVU’s campus for the second part of our tour with WVU tour leader Brycon. Check out last week’s episodes for part one.  

Then, we will join our 4-H health officers to learn more about listening.

We will make a noisy crunchy snack mix with 4-H’er Ethan Farris. For this recipe, you will need a few different types of crunchy cereal, dry roasted unsalted nuts and dried fruit.

We’ll meet back up with our health officers to learn about smart relationships and how to be better friends.

We will head over to Family Nutrition Program Health Educator Amie Tutor for a quick activity with a funny face that grows grass. For this activity, you will need pantyhose, a hot glue gun, soil, grass seed, water, something for eyes, something for a mouth and extra glue.

We will move onto the second segment of our financial literacy series where we learn about saving money from 4-H Youth Development Agent Carole Scheerbaum.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 9 a.m.

We’ll quench our thirst with a summer drink recipe demonstrated by Family and Community Development Agent Ric Rodriguez. For this recipe, you will need seltzer or club soda and 100% fruit juice.

We’ll wrap up with the third and final segment of our financial literacy series. We will learn about ways we can share with others from 4-H Youth Development Agent Lesley Woodrum.

We love a good visit with our official WVU Mountaineer Mascot, Colson Glover. He will give us some more fun facts about what it’s like to be a mascot.

Our friend Gillian Wanosky from the Reed College of Media at WVU will teach us a little more about media.

Next, we’ll get to learn some more about the West Virginia Highland Dancers.

We’ll finish our Wednesday episode by meeting back up with Ric Rodriguez for a yummy green smoothie! For this recipe, you will need a banana, frozen strawberries, vanilla yogurt, and kale or spinach.

Thursday, July 29, 2021, 9 a.m.

We will learn a little bit more about the world with Civic Engagement and Global Education Specialist Denis Scott and Brook Woldegabriel, a civil engineer student at WVU.

Up, up and away with these massive soda geysers! STEM Specialist Jen Robertson-Honecker and her son Ben teach us more about experiments and variables by testing out soda geysers. Be on the lookout for a special guest appearance from WVU President Gordon Gee during this fun segment!

We will meet up with our friends Olivia Mackey and Erika Van Dyke from the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences. They will get our hearts pumping with some exercises!

Friday, July 30, 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 strawberry patch with Amie Tutor. Then, we will read the book, “Flower Garden.”

Next, we’ll be making a refreshing strawberry smoothie with Molly Poffenbarger. For this recipe, you will need frozen unsweetened strawberries, frozen sliced peaches, low-fat or fat-free milk, orange juice, low-fat or fat-free vanilla yogurt, and a blender.

Let’s get those muscles moving with Shannon Ritchie during an outdoor physical activity. We will be going on a backyard/neighborhood scavenger hunt.

It’s time to get crafty! Tracey Valach will teach us how to make a variety of garden markers. For this activity, you will need whatever craft supplies you choose. Some suggested items are popsicle sticks, modeling clay, rocks, spoons, paper, markers and colored pencils.

We end our season with a visit with Mabel Cox, manager of Sweet Springs Valley Water Company in Gap Mills, West Virginia. She will teach us more about the history and current times at the facility.