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Season 4, Episodes 21-25 - Energy Express on WVPB 

Monday, July 17, 2023, 5:30 p.m.   

This episode is a rerun from season 3. 

Ready, player one! Today we’re learning all about esports and WVU’s champion team. WVU Esports Director Josh Steger explains the team’s training schedule and how esports are different from other traditional sports. Then we head back to Jackson’s Mill for some more “Run of the Mill” history with program coordinator and historian Joe Obidzinski. Today, he teaches us about grist milling and how the mill that is currently at WVU Jackson’s Mill made its way to where it sits today. Fun fact: it took nine years to move it from its original home! We even get a demonstration of how the mill functions to close out today’s episode. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2023, 5:30 p.m. 

We’re catching up with Rosemary Hathaway again today for another leg on the cryptid roadtrip! First, we head to Braxton County to learn about the Flatwoods Monster, a.k.a. Braxxie, then we head down south to McDowell County to learn about the Sheepsquatch. Afterward, it’s time for an activity—making your very own air car! For this activity, you will need the downloadable template, a bendy straw, two non-bendy straws, four round hard candies with a hole in the center, scissors, a hole punch and tape. Then, we catch up with Mike Shamblin and Bruce Loyd on their camping trip that they have been hard at work planning! Today they teach us how to properly dispose of your trash to leave no trace in nature. Lastly, we hop over to the kitchen to learn how to make a snap pea salad. For this recipe, you will need shredded carrots, sunflower seeds, sugar snap peas, red bell pepper, cucumber, Dijon mustard, honey, oil, garlic powder, salt, pepper and lime juice.

 Wednesday, July 19, 2023, 5:30 p.m. 

This episode is a rerun from season 3. 

  It’s stargazing time! Director of the WVU Planetarium and associate professor Kathryn Williamson tells us all about the planetarium and telescopes on campus and how they’re used for education, research and recreation. Staying on theme, Heather, a WV 4-H’er and STEM ambassador, teaches us how to make a pocket solar system. This activity illustrates the size of our solar system and the distance between each planet. For this activity, you will need a roll of receipt paper, scissors and a pencil. 


Thursday, July 20, 2023, 5:30 p.m. 

Today we meet up with Mike and Bruce again on their camping trip, and today they’re talking all about how to be a courteous camper on your trip. After we get out of the woods, we meet up with Dave Hartley again to make some straw rockets. For this activity, you will need straws, clay, paper, tape and a plastic container to launch your rocket with. Then it’s snack time-- today we are making summer garden pie! For this recipe you will need, zucchini, sliced mushrooms, a can of corn, shredded mozzarella cheese, eggs, oregano, dried basil, butter and half an onion.

Friday, July 21, 2023, 5:30 p.m. 

This episode is a rerun from season 3. 

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 brussels sprouts. Then it’s story time, and she reads “Leaves” by David Ezra Stein. Next, Noel Mitchell brings us to the farmer’s market to get ingredients to make some yummy drinks. For apple cinnamon water, you will need your choice of apples, and one cinnamon stick per gallon of water. For watermelon rosemary water, you only need chopped watermelon and a few sprigs of rosemary. Then, Shannon Ritchie leads play time with dinosaurs, a fun physical activity. After working up an appetite, Molly Poffenbarger cooks a yummy healthy snack, brussels sprout chips. For this recipe, you will need brussels sprouts, olive oil, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Donnie Tenney, owner of Appalachian Acres, shows us how and where he grows microgreens. Lastly, manager of the Sweet Springs water facility Mabel Cox recounts the company's origins and gives a quick tour of their water is bottled.