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Season 4, Episodes 16-20 - Energy Express on WVPB 

Monday, July 10, 2023, 5:30 p.m.   

Get out your tiny wallets! It’s time to learn about financial literacy with Lauren Weatherford, family and community development agent in Fayette and Nicholas counties. She walks us through how to identify our wants versus our needs and how to make smart choices with our money. Next, Summers County Extension Agent Lesley Woodrum shows us how to make our own piggy banks at home using materials that are often just thrown away. For this activity, you will need a container with a lid, such as a peanut butter jar, a box or even an empty disinfectant wipes canister, markers, colorful paper or stickers for decoration, and an adult to help you cut a hole in the top of your bank. 

Then, WVU student Charmaine Riestenberg walks us through how to transform an old T-shirt into something new. For this activity, you will need a T-shirt, colored pencil or chalk, and scissors. To cap off this episode, WVU student Jordan Spears gives us a tour of the Fashion Design Studio at WVU.  

This episode is a rerun from season 3. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2023, 5:30 p.m. 

It's time to bust out the marshmallows! On today's episode, we're heading back to the great outdoors with our friends Mike and Bruce for Campfire 101, which will help us learn about keeping our campsite safe and tidy. After that, it's time to put on our STEM spy gear for a cypher wheel coding activity! With the help of McDowell and Wyoming Extension Agent Kayla Boerboom, we'll learn how to send and decode secret messages. Then, we'll be ready for a snack break with Molly Poffenbarger, who's whipping up some yummy fruitschetta! For this recipe, you'll need some French bread, reduced-fat cream cheese spread, a Granny Smith apple, mandarin oranges, strawberries, and honey for drizzling (optional).

 Wednesday, July 12, 2023, 5:30 p.m. 

Today, we’re back with Meshea Poore to talk about the common good. She teaches us that our communities are stronger when we share our talents and work together toward the same goal. Next, Ann Dugan, WVU Safety and Health Extension’s community education program coordinator, walks us through what we should do in an emergency situation. We even learn some basic first aid. Then, Joey Baxa, adjunct instructor with WVU Fire Service Extension, reminds us about the importance of fire safety. Ami Cook family and community development agent in Braxton and Clay counties, follows with a lesson on kitchen safety and how to properly use knives in the kitchen. Lastly, Kanawha County Extension Agent Kerri Carte is back with an easy fresh fruit tart recipe. For this recipe, you will need wonton wrappers, sugar-free or reduced sugar jam or fruit preserves, low-fat yogurt and fresh berries or fruit. 

This episode is a rerun from season 3. 


Thursday, July 13, 2023, 5:30 p.m. 

It's all about puppets today! We're kicking off this episode with a tour of the WVU Puppet Shop, then we get a chance to meet the WVU Puppeteers. Next, it's craft time with Evy Wright! She's teaching us how to make our own wooden spoon puppets. For this activity, you will need a wooden spoon, markers, scissors, fabric, yarn and extras, a paper plate and glue. 

After all that, we'll be ready for a snack break! We're back in the kitchen with Molly Poffenbarger to learn how to make a ham and veggie frittata. For this recipe, you will need chopped frozen broccoli, chopped frozen spinach, frozen pepper and onion mix, tomato, diced ham, eggs, shredded mozzarella and garlic powder. 

Friday, July 14, 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 zucchini. Amie then reads "Planting a Rainbow," which tells us about all the colorful flowers, vegetables, fruits and herbs that we can plant in our gardens. 

Shannon Ritchie leads kids through a nature's yoga physical activity, and Amie returns to show us how to make our own paper flowers. For this activity, you will need tissue paper, clear tape, water and food dye. Molly Poffenbarger teaches us how to make zucchini pizza. 

And to end the week, we get a bonus visit to Hernshaw Farms, located in Hernshaw, West Virginia, the "mushroom capital of West Virginia."

This episode is a rerun from season 3.