This year's STEM Festival will mark the 10th anniversary of this annual Mineral County event. Each year, the Festival welcomes upward of 1,000 guests, including families and youth, to the WVU Potomac State College campus in Keyser, WV. Sponsored by the Mineral County STEM Network, the mission of the STEM Festival is to motivate the interest of our youths in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities and careers by producing and facilitating, exciting, educational and interactive science activities.
The festival format allows guests and families to travel (or walk) through the buildings and outdoor spaces of the WVU-PSC campus at their own leisure while engaging in interactive experiences offered by facilitators who have traveled from a multi-state region. Facilitators who offer interactive experiences or engaging activities are given table and chair setups at assigned locations on the WVU PSC campus. Facilitators should be prepared to meet with hundreds of guests throughout the day as guests visit and engage in activities at a leisurely pace. Most activities are “make and take” or short interactive experiences. Notable examples from the recent past have included monarch migration games, SUGO robotics demonstration and build activities, the science of cotton candy (with a free sample treat), miniature catapults, make your own butter, exploring cells, launching rockets, and building miniature parachutes.
The following information will be used in the program distributed to participants at the STEM Festival.