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Preparing Students for Future Careers in STEM

STEM Works focuses on enhancing STEM education in West Virginia in a number of ways: providing high quality professional development opportunities for teachers; engaging students in STEM centered educational offerings; and partnerships between schools and STEM business partners in their communities. Through ongoing programs, The Education Alliance is deeply focused on promoting STEM as an important element in K-12 education in West Virginia. 

The Education Alliance also offers short-term innitatives that support STEM education and awareness.

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College Visit Mini Grants Available for 25 Middle Schools

Research indicates that visiting a college campus will improve the likelihood that a student will apply and matriculate to college.  The Education Alliance, in partnership with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, is providing a $1,500 grant to 25 West Virginia Middle Schools to increase student participation in college visits.

The College Visit grant program is designed to engage 7th-grade students in free college visits of public 2-year and 4-year institutions in Spring 2019. During the college visits, students will have an opportunity to understand a college experience firsthand and to learn about the specific institution by visiting their campus. Participating middle school students will have the opportunity to meet college-level students and professors and to speak with admissions officers and financial aid counselors. The best way for students to determine if an institution is a good fit is through a college visit.  The Education Alliance is providing more than $35,000 in grant funding for students from the following schools:

  • Baileysville Middle School, Wyoming County
  • Blennerhassett Middle School, Wood County
  • Bluefield Middle School, Mercer County
  • Braxton County Middle School, Braxton County
  • Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School, Upshur Co.
  • Clay County Middle School, Clay County
  • Collins Middle School, Fayette County
  • Frankfort Middle School, Mineral County
  • Huntington Middle School, Cabell County
  • Kermit PK-8, Mingo County
  • Marlington Middle School, Pocahontas County
  • McKinley Middle School, Kanawha County
  • Park Middle School, Raleigh County
  • Pleasants Middle School, Pleasants County
  • Princeton Middle School, Mercer County
  • Roane County Schools, Roane County
  • Robert L. Bland Middle School, Lewis County
  • Sherman Middle School, Boone County
  • South Middle School, Monongalia County
  • South Preston Middle School, Preston County
  • Spring Mills Middle School, Berkeley County
  • Stonewall Jackson Middle School, Kanawha Co.
  • Taylor County Middle School, Taylor County
  • Warm Spring Middle School, Taylor County
  • Webster County High School, Webster County

 For more information, contact Beth Bowden at 304-342-7850 or

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$20 Thousand Dollars Provided in Grant Awards

Remake Learning Days (May 17-25, 2018) is a nine-day celebration showcasing activities and events that make West Virginia a recognized national leader in innovative teaching and learning. Remake Learning Days events create future-ready, hands-on, relevant and engaging educational experiences for kids and their families, caregivers and educators. Events can feature STEM, STEAM, maker and other technology-enhanced learning opportunities in West Virginia.

The Education Alliance is pleased to provide $20,000 in grant funding to 22 West Virginia-based schools, districts and non-profit organizations to host an event during Remake Learning Days. Remake Learning Days grantees include:

  • Anna Jarvis Parent Teacher Organization
  • Aurora Art Department
  • Bradley Elementary
  • Calhoun County Schools
  • Confidence Elementary School
  • Eastwood Elementary
  • Hurricane Middle School
  • John J. Cornwell Elementary School
  • June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development
  • Kanawha County 4-H Leaders Association
  • Kanawha County Schools- Learning 20/20 Team
  • Mason County Family Resource Network
  • Oakvale Elementary School
  • Paw Paw Public Library WV
  • Rising Stars/ Reset Incorporated
  • Spring Mills High School
  • Step by Step, Inc.
  • Stratton Elementary
  • The Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit University
  • Tomahawk Intermediate School-After School Clubs
  • Wildwood Middle School
  • WVU Extension Service - Cabell County

For more information, visit or contact Emily Pratt at 304-342-7850 or


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2018 STEMersion Seminar for West Virginia Teachers

On July 24, 2018, nearly 100 West Virginia educators spent the day participating in high quality STEM professional development with teams of West Virginia teachers, principals and STEM business leaders. The STEMersion Summer Seminar provided teachers with free, high quality resources to incubate ideas and plans for infusing real world STEM experiences in the classroom. The resources are aligned to national science frameworks/NGSS provided by ASCD, the 114th Partnership and Toyota USA Foundation.

 The STEMersion Seminar also included a lunch time business panel moderated by 2017 WV State Teacher of the Year, Toni M. Poling, NBCT. The panel featured;

  • Jacob Plasters, Engineering Manager, Toyota Motor Manufacturing WV
  • Rachel Roberts Unit Leader, Dow Chemical
  • Gary Clay, Education Fund Board Member, WV Manufacturing Association.

For more information, contact Program Director Beth Bowden at 304-342-7850 or

Click here to watch a video highlighting STEMersion 2017

Click here to watch a video highlighting STEMersion 2016