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Season 4, Episodes 11-15 - Energy Express on WVPB 

Monday, July 3, 2023, 5:30 p.m.   

Today we’re learning all about the creepy crawlies in the world around us. Elizabeth Rowen, a service assistant professor of entomology, guides us on a tour of WVU’s insect zoo, getting up close and personal with some tarantulas, scorpions and more. Next, 4-H youth and development agent Jocelyn Crawford teaches us all about what makes up an ecosystem and shows us how to make one in a jar! For this activity, all you need is a jar, a scoop of water from an outdoor water source, like a creek or pond, and objects around the water source, like leaves or rocks. Then we jump back to Elizabeth Rowen to go on a scavenger hunt for insects that you can find in your own backyard.  

This episode is a rerun from season 3. 


Tuesday, July 4, 2023, 5:30 p.m. 

Today we meet the WVU Bluegrass Band! Travis Stimeling, professor of musicology and director of the WVU Bluegrass and Old-Time Bands, tells us about the history and true meaning of bluegrass music. Then we meet every member of the band and learn why they started playing music. Then we take a turn to a different type of music and meet the students in the African music and dance ensemble at WVU. Mike Vercelli, director of the world music program, speaks on the importance of having world music opportunities for students in West Virginia. Next, we head to the kitchen with Molly Poffenbarger, WVU Extension Family Nutrition Program health educator, to make fruity cheese roll up snacks. For this recipe, you will need reduced-fat cottage cheese, nuts, tortillas and your choice of fruit.

 Wednesday, July 5, 2023, 5:30 p.m. 

 Meshea Poore is back today to talk about service, one of WVU’s core values. Then, we meet WVU police officers Matt Carr and Roy Harper to walk through and explain the elements of their cruisers and all the equipment they use daily. We also catch up with Lt. Josh Cook, who introduces us to two very special members of the WVU Police Department, Nina and Ginger, his K-9 partners! Next, Sgt. Brock Armstrong talks about the department's most important duties and leads a tour of their office building. Armstrong even introduces us to some other members of the team along the way, including the first female Chief of Police at WVU, Sherry St. Clair.  

This episode is a rerun from season 3. 


Thursday, July 6, 2023, 5:30 p.m. 

 All aboard the PRT! Today we get to ride across Morgantown on WVU’s PRT system and meet the people who are in charge of keeping it running. Then we hop off at the WVU Health Sciences Center stop to take a tour of the STEPS Center, where students pursuing careers in healthcare can go to learn about their field and practice their skills. Then, we meet Braden Barry, a center fielder for the WVU baseball team! He takes us on a tour around the baseball facility, and we even get to go into the dugout and on the field!

Friday, July 7, 2023, 5:30 p.m. 

Each Friday, we visit Ms. Amie's farm for "Learn, Grow, Eat and Go." This week, our WVU Extension Family Nutrition Program health educator Amie Tutor teaches kids all about cabbage. Then WVU Extension Family Nutrition Program health educator Shannon Ritchie, leads us through the “I am a Growing Plant” exercise. Afterward, we visit Noel Mitchell, WVU Extension Family Nutrition Program health educator, at the farmer’s market to talk about what drink choices are healthiest for us. Then we head back to Ms. Amie’s to make an exciting art project-- seed mosaics! For this activity, you will need paper, clear glue, a recycled lid and a couple of varieties of seeds. Then Molly Poffenbarger, WVU Extension Family Nutrition Program health educator, teaches us how to make parmesan roasted cabbage wedges. For this activity, you will need cabbage, olive oil, salt, pepper and grated parmesan cheese. Lastly, we visit Mabel Cox at Sweet Springs Valley Water Company to learn about how they bottle spring water.

This episode is a rerun from season 3.