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Season 4, Episodes 26-30 - Energy Express on WVPB 

Monday, July 24, 2023, 5:30 p.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.  


Tuesday, July 25, 2023, 5:30 p.m. 

Today we’re catching up with two Monongalia County 4-H’ers, Mady and Rory, who teach us how to make our own slime! Then we put a twist on the classic game “Simon Says” with Emma Gardner. She turns the game into “Coder Says,” using terminology from basic coding and explains how to play this fun STEM game. Next, we meet up with Evy and Sam again to make another type of puppet – sock puppets! For this activity, you will need, a sock, yarn or feathers, google eyes, ping pong balls, a pom pom, glue, and a needle and thread. Finally, we go into the kitchen with Molly Poffenbarger to make sloppy garden joes, the perfect summer sandwich! For this recipe, you will need, yellow onion, green pepper, shredded carrots, ground turkey, mushroom pieces, a can of tomato sauce, a can of crushed tomatoes, barbecue sauce and buns.

 Wednesday, July 26, 2023, 5:30 p.m. 

This episode is a rerun from season 3. 

Put on your thinking caps! In today’s episode, Emma Gardner, 4-H Extension agent, does experiments to teach us all about the three phases of matter. For experiment one, you will need an ice cube, a pan, a heat source and adult supervision. For experiment two, you will need dry ice, a cup, tongs, dish soap, water and adult supervision. Next, West Virginia 4-H’ers Ben and Lexi lead an experiment on the greenhouse effect. For this activity, you will need two 2-liter bottles, water, two thermometers, a piece of paper, yeast, sugar, a spoon and a ¼ cup measuring cup. Grab your sunglasses, because next we’re headed outside. Dylan Collins, associate professor and sculpture program coordinator, take us to the Core Arboretum to collect plants for plant printmaking. Then he takes us over to the WVU Creative Arts Center to learn how to make the prints. For this activity, you will need plants, watercolor paints, a paintbrush, water, a cup and a spoon.  


Thursday, July 27, 2023, 5:30 p.m. 

We’re hitting the road again today on our cryptid road trip with Rosemary Hathaway! Today, we meet Batboy in Clay County and Mothman in Point Pleasant in Mason County! We’re staying in the woods after our cryptid hunt, but this time we are catching up with our friends Mike and Bruce. Today, they’re trekking through the woods trying to find the best spot to pitch a tent and sharing some tips they’ve learned along the way. As we near the end of summer, we’re getting closer and closer to back-to-school time! We sit down with our 4-H friends Rory and Mady for a great back-to-school talk. Then we meet up with Evy Wright again to figure out how to tell stories with all your cool puppets she has taught you to make. Finally, it’s snack time! Molly teaches us how to make a zucchini summer salad today. For this recipe, you will need a green bell pepper, zucchini, cucumber and ranch dressing.  

Friday, July 28, 2023, 5:30 p.m. 

This episode is a rerun from season 3. 

Each Friday, we visit Miss 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 cucumbers and how they grow. For story time, she reads “The Reason for a Flower” by Ruth Heller. Next, FNP health educator Shannon Ritchie talks about what kind of exercise to do throughout the week, including strength training and cardio exercises. Then, we go back to the kitchen to make sunflower seed heads with Miss Amie. For this activity, you will need a white piece of paper, play dough, yellow construction paper, scissors and any type of seeds. After making cool art, FNP health educator Molly Poffenbarger teaches us how to make cucumber dip. For this recipe, you will need one cucumber, plain Greek yogurt, dried dill, salt, garlic and a lemon.  

And that brings us to the very end of Energy Express season 3! Thank you for joining us on a summer full of fun and learning.    

Thanks so much for joining us this season on Energy Express!