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Season 3, Episodes 1 through 5 Energy Express on WVPB 

Monday, June 20, 2022, 9 a.m.  

Happy West Virginia Day! Join us for the very first episode of season three of West Virginia University Extension’s Energy Express on West Virginia Public Broadcasting.  

In this episode we learn lots of fun facts about the Mountain State to celebrate its 159th birthday. We even have some special appearances by our state animal, insect and reptile! Next, we go into a read aloud of this week’s book “Wemberly Worried” with our host Zack Harold, WVU Extension Family Nutrition Program multimedia specialist. To close out this episode, join Zack Harold for a sing-along to one of West Virginia’s state songs, Take Me Home, Country Roads.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 9 a.m.  

This episode starts with a tour of Oakland Hall, a residence hall on West Virginia University’s Evansdale campus. This tour is led by Jamie Yoder, a resident assistant at Oakland (and a West Virginia 4-H'er!). Next, we meet the Mountaineer! Mary Roush, WVU’s 68th Mountaineer mascot, tells us about her journey of becoming the beloved mascot. Then we head to the kitchen to meet Kerri Carte, WVU Extension Family and Community Development agent. She demonstrates how to make a delicious “gold and blue” snack to show that WVU school spirit. To round out this episode, we head to the WVU Research Forest to learn about all the cool things you can do with Adventure WV. WVU graduate students, Garrett Weigel and Alex Doyle, show us around the forest and they even do some ziplining.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 9 a.m.  

Today’s episode focuses on some of our favorite furry friends. First, we meet some of the WVU visitation therapy dogs. We travel around campus—from downtown to the Health Sciences Center—to see six dogs that each take care of a specific program. Then we go over to WVU’s Hearts of Gold, a service dog training program and facility. Lindsay Livengood, a behavior analyst at Hearts of Gold, tells us about what it takes to be a service dog and everything else their program offers. At the end of this episode, Brooke Brown does a read aloud of “Musket’s Big Adventure.” 

Thursday, June 23, 2022, 9 a.m.  

To kick off today’s episode, Jen Robertson-Honecker, WVU Extension STEM Specialist, and Ben, the flashlight wizard, lead a STEM activity, teaching us how to make our own flashlights. For this activity, you will need jumbo craft sticks, LEDs, coin cell batteries, jumbo paper clips, copper tape, masking tape, scissors. If all that science worked up an appetite, you’re in luck! Susan Lily, a nutrition instructor with the WVU Extension Family Nutrition Program, walks us through how to make some delicious energy bars. For this recipe, you will need rice cereal, quick cooking oats, toasted nuts, dried cranberries, unsweetened coconut, honey, low-fat peanut butter and vanilla.

Friday, June 24, 2022, 9 a.m.  

Each Friday, we visit Ms. Amie's farm for "Learn, Grow, Eat and Go." Our WVU Extension Family Nutrition Program health educator Amie Tutor teaches kids all about pears—what they look like, how they're grown and what they taste like. Amie then reads "A Fruit is a Suitcase," which explains how different fruits and vegetables spread their seeds. 

Shannon Ritchie leads kids through an "either/or" physical activity, where they get to decide which exercises to do, and Noel Mitchell teaches us how much sugar is really lurking inside our drinks. 

Amie visits Warm Springs Intermediate School in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, to help students plant sunflowers. And Molly Poffenbarger teaches us how to make pear salsa with cinnamon-sugar churro chips.