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Instilling a growth mindset in West Virginia's youth.


STEMCARE - Turning possibilities into opportunities for West Virginia youth. STEMCARE is a collaboration between Mylan and West Virginia University to develop and implement programming to instill a growth mindset in West Virginia’s youths through personal application of problem-solving skills gained from science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). No matter the issue at hand, students will grow in their confidence and intellect, ultimately making them more curious, active, resilient and engaged (CARE).

What is growth mindset?

Growth mindset is the understanding that people can improve their abilities and intelligence through dedication, practice and hard work. It refers to growth and development, such as learning from mistakes, not just “trying harder.”

Why is growth mindset important?

Children’s beliefs about their intelligence directly affect their success. Children with a growth mindset understand that challenges are opportunities to grow and making mistakes is an important part of learning. Because of this, they are much more likely to enjoy learning and reach higher levels of achievement.

The good news is research shows that the brain changes and develops throughout life, a concept called neuroplasticity. We can generate and strengthen connections in the brain when we work hard to solve a problem or learn something new.

Watch a video of Ohio County 4-H'ers exploring STEMCARE growth-mindset activities.

Parents and teachers can instill a growth mindset in children in several ways ...

  • Model a growth mindset. It is important for adults to model a growth mindset and use growth mindset terminology.
  • Intelligence is like a muscle; it grows stronger with training. Explain to children that the brain can get stronger and smarter, the more they work it.
  • Celebrate mistakes. It turns out that making mistakes, reflecting on the thinking behind the mistakes, trying new strategies, asking for feedback or additional resources and correcting our mistakes is one of the very best ways our brains learn.
  • Harness the power of the word “yet.” If a child says, “I can’t figure this out,” reply with “You haven’t figured it out yet. What could you try next?”
  • Praise the process (not the person). When we focus our praise on the learning process, children are empowered to keep trying. Try saying, “Great job! You must have worked really hard on that.” or “I like the way you tried different strategies to solve that problem.”

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Recent 4-H STEMCARE News

Week of August 3 - Energy Express on WVPB

Monday, August 3, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

Make it fly! Join Jennifer Robertson-Honecker, WVU Extension Service STEM Specialist, and her son, Ben, to learn how to make your own helicopter that you can fly at your home. ( For this activity, you will creative items from around your house to build your simple machine.) Want to enter the competition? Visit to learn more!

Kerri Carte, Family and Community Development agent will make a yummy cucumber salad. ( For this recipe, you will need light mayonnaise, two cucumbers, two large tomatoes, two strips of bacon, pinch of salt and bibb or leaf lettuce.)

Read Week of August 3 - Energy Express on WVPB

Week of July 27 - Energy Express on WVPB

Monday, July 27, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

Do you know what a simple machine is? It’s a machine that uses a chain of events to get to an end result, in this case, watering a plant. Join Jennifer Robertson-Honecker, WVU Extension Service STEM Specialist, and her son, Ben, as they read a fun book and relate the book to what tools we need to build our own simple machine. And, you won’t want to miss an opportunity to join the friendly competition in our Rube Goldberg “Water a Plant Video Challenge.” (For this activity, you will use creative items from around your house to build your simple machine.) Want to enter the competition? Visit to learn more! An extended version of this episode also will be available on our YouTube channel.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

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Week of June 29 - Energy Express on WVPB

A female and male inflate balloons to create balloon cars.

Monday, June 29, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

Read Week of June 29 - Energy Express on WVPB

Eco-Adventures Environmental Learning Club

Are you interested in the environment? Join Eco-Adventures Environmental Virtual Club. Each week we will learn about organisms and their habitats, environmental stewardship and the best practices to protect the environment. Guest speakers from West Virginia University and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection will share their expertise on topics including living organisms around us, wetlands, soils, invasive species, water, upcycling, and your ecological footprint.

All materials will be provided. Most materials will be everyday household items.  Registration is open now and closes on June 26, 2020.

Register online for Eco-Adventures Environmental Learning Club

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STEMCARE Soap Challenge

Rube Goldberg Machine Winners Announced!

Hey West Virginia families, thank you for participating in the Rube Goldberg “Bar of Soap Video Challenge!” 

The WVU Rube Goldberg Bar of Soap Challenge was a huge success. Thank you to all the West Virginia Families that participated! Follow the link above to view the winning machines.

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Why is Mylan involved?

As a global pharmaceutical company whose mission has been focused on creating better health since its founding, Mylan hopes to help provide opportunities for West Virginia’s children to embrace a brighter tomorrow and make a difference in their home state. Mylan tackles problems every day, like access to medicine for 7 billion people around the globe, and believes that similar problem-solving skills can help students face challenges in school, at home or in their community.

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This initiative continues to reach a growing number of youths and teachers. Here are some STEMCARE facts that may surprise you.

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41 Professionals Trained

20 WVU Extension Agents and 21 WVU STEM Ambassadors have been trained to teach “Sky’s the Limit,” an educational program that focuses on growth mindset and design-based learning.

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250 Youths Reached in Class During School

More than 250 students have been educated through the “Sky’s the Limit” program in the classroom. This engineering design unit challenges students' problem-solving skills and creativity over the weeklong class.

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503 Youths Reached at Camps

Approximately 500 West Virginia youths have participated in STEMCARE classes at 40 West Virginia 4-H camps; including 337 youths reached through “Sky’s the Limit” programming.

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11K+ Youths Reached at the State Fair

More than 11,000 children participated in STEMCARE learning activities at the 95th State Fair of West Virginia held during 10 days in August 2019.