K-12 Outreach

At the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Sources, we are committed to bettering our communities through a variety of programs and initiatives. We invite young people to visit our College and to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math related fields (often referred to as STEM fields) through a number of outreach events. We welcome anyone in grades K through 12 and parents/educators to join in on the fun.

School Visits

Elementary students see Formula Car

We are happy to visit K-12 classes (public, private, homeschool) to talk to your students about engineering, careers in engineering, and the opportunities available at the WVU Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. We can bring current engineering students and hands-on demonstrations/projects to educate your students on the opportunities in the engineering field, at no charge to your school.

We do not have a "set" program for school visits. We are flexible and will tailor our programming/projects to meet your needs. Typically, it is easiest to work with a maximum of 30 students per session, but we will work with you to set up the optimal visit!

Additionally, we welcome you and your students to visit us at the Statler College. We can work with you to set up tours of our facilities, and hands on activities led by current engineering students.

To schedule a visit, contact Cate Schlobohm.

Engineers Week Essay Competition

Essays will be due Wednesday February 15th at 5 p.m. 

Interested K-12 West Virginia students (public school, private school, or home school) can take part in an essay/problem solving competition hosted by West Virginia University's Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. There will be one winner for each grade K-8 and one winner at the county, regional, and state levels for high school. Prizes will include summer camp scholarships, WVU Statler College apparel, and Amazon Fire tablets.

The 2017 Essay Competition prompts can be viewed here

8th Grade Day

2018 Spring Event TBD

8th Grade Day, an annual event hosted by WVU's Society of Women Engineers. This event gives middle-school students the opportunity to complete challenging engineering projects in collaboration with Statler College students. This event provides unique hands-on experiences, and we welcome 7th, 8th, and 9th graders from around the region to attend. For more information about the event, visit our  8th Grade Day website. For questions, please  email our SWE officers.

Please fill out and print this photo release form and bring it with your 8th grader on the day of the event.  Photo release form.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science) challenges high school and middle school students to solve real-world engineering problems using practical and creative applications of math and science knowledge. The Statler College hosts the TEAMS competition each spring, and we welcome new entrants.

On the day of the event, students complete a two-part competition in the morning, and then are taken on lab tours where they get to complete a hands-on project. The day is concluded by an award ceremony.

Please contact  Cate Schlobohm for more information or to learn how to register.

Merit Badge University

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Merit Badge University is a campus-wide event hosted each spring. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts can earn a number of different badges. At the Statler College, we host multiple badges and offer engineering-specific badges including robotics, engineering, computer programming, etc.

    This event is continually growing and offers a unique opportunity for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to visit and experience all that the Statler College and WVU has to offer. For more information,  visit the official MBU@WVU website.

    Girl Scout Day

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

    Girl Scout Day 2012Every year, the WVU Society of Women Engineers hosts Girl Scout Day in the spring. The day is a high-energy, fun-filled event where we share the fun of engineering with young girl scouts, from Daisies to Juniors. If your Girl Scout troop would like to participate and earn badges at the Statler College of Engineering, please contact one of the SWE Officers by  sending them an email.

    You can see the agenda and registration details on our  Girl Scout Day Webpage.

    Engineering Challenge Summer Camps

    June-August 2017

    Engineering Challenge Camp 2016Our Engineering Challenge Camps are for students entering 1st through 12th grade who are excited about science and engineering and want to tackle engineering-related challenges. If this describes you, join us at our College next summer. There will be thirteen, week-long camps to choose from.

    To learn more about the camps, or to sign up for the camp mailing list  visit the camps page here.

    If you have questions about our Engineering Challenge Camps, you can  contact Cate Schlobohm .

    Registration for camps will not open until March 2017.

    Murder Mystery Lunch

    Fall 2017 Date TBD

    The Murder Mystery Lunch is an annual event designed for Girl Scouts. In this event, Girl Scouts have the chance to practice their scientific reasoning and skills of deduction to complete a day-long investigation of a crime scene. The girls spend their day gathering clues to solve a mystery, working with volunteer guides dressed as colorful characters, from astronauts to aliens and scientists to cruise ship crew members. The Murder Mystery Lunch is fun for everyone, and we welcome new troops to join us. 

    Please contact one of the SWE Officers by sending them an email if you have any questions.

    Pumpkin Drop

    Friday, October 27, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Pumpkin Drop 2014The Pumpkin Drop is an annual contest hosted by the Mechanical and Aerospace Department. Participants of all ages (anyone under the age of 12 can join as long as their partner is an adult) are invited to design and build an enclosure or an apparatus that will protect a pumpkin when it is launched from the roof of the 11 story WVU Engineering Sciences Building. The event is a fun way for students to apply creative problem-solving skills and to explore engineering principles. WARNING: Many pumpkins are harmed during this event!

    The event will also feature the 2nd annual STEM Zone for hands-on STEM activities after your team's pumpkin drop.

    For more information on the Pumpkin Drop, such as rules and registration, click here or contact Kande Brandt .

    Trunk or Treat

    Fall 2017 Date TBD

    Trunk or Treat is a community event where parents can bring their children to the Coliseum to trick or treat in a safe location. Student organizations from around WVU will be handing out candy at stations. Trunk or Treat typically runs from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.