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 to join in on the fun.

School Visits
Engineering Challenge Camps
Murder Mystery Lunch
Pumpkin Drop
Trunk or Treat
Engineers Week High School Essay Competition
8th Grade Day
Girl Scout Day
Merit Badge University

School Visits

We are happy to visit K-12 classes 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 to educate your students on the opportunities in the engineering field, at no charge to your school. We believe strongly in supporting STEM education and STEM fields, so we are committed to engaging children of all ages in any way that we can.

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.

Engineering Challenge Summer Camps

June-August 2016

Our 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.

High School Engineering Challenge Camps
  • Growing Roots in STEM (all-female): June 26-July 1
  • Engineering in Action: July 10-15
  • Engineering in Entertainment: July 10-15
  • Engineering in Sustainability : July 17-22
  • Cost of Camp: $700
Middle School Engineering Challenge Camp
  • June 19-24
  • June 26-July 1
  • July 24-29
  • Cost of Camp: $425
Elementary Engineering Challenge Camp
  • July 17-22
  • July 24-29
  • July 31-August 5
  • Cost of Camp: $250

Registration for camps will not open until March 2016.

Elementary School Camp

WVU Expands Offerings as Part of its 2015 Engineering Challenge Camp Series

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Murder Mystery Lunch

Saturday, September 19, 2015

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 crime, 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. The 2015 theme is "Once Upon a Murder." The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Click here for more details or to register for the 2015 Murder Mystery Lunch.

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

Registration for this event is now open!

Pumpkin Drop

Friday, October 23, 2015 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The 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!

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

Children attending last years pumpkin drop

WVU Pumpkin Drop to be held October 23

Read more about the WVU Pumpkin Drop

Trunk or Treat

Fall 2015 date TBA

Trunk or Treat is a community event where parents can bring their children to the Coliseum to trick or treat. Student organizations from around WVU will be handing out candy at stations. Trunk or Treat typically runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Engineers Week High School Essay Competition

Essays will be due during Engineers Week 2016

Interested high school students can take part in an essay competition being hosted by West Virginia University's Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. There will be winners at county, regional, and state levels. Prizes will include summer camp scholarships, WVU Statler College apparel, and the top winner will receive a 32GB iPad.

The deadline to complete this survey has passed for 2015.

8th Grade Day

Spring 2016 Date TBD

8th Grade Day, an annual event hosted by WVU's Society of Women Engineers to kick off the beginning of Engineer's Week. This event gives middle-school students the opportunity to complete challenging engineering projects in collaboration with Statler College students and faculty. This event provides unique hands-on experiences, and we welcome 8th graders from around the state to attend. You can see pictures from our 2014 event by visiting our 8th Grade Day website. For questions, please email our SWE officers.

If you would like to receive information once we have a date set for this event, please sign up on our 8th Grade Day Mailing List.

Girl Scout Day

Spring 2016 Date TBD

Every 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 pictures from the 2014 event and see the agenda on our Girl Scout Day Webpage.

If you would like to receive information once we have a date set for this event, please sign up on our Girl Scout Day Mailing List.

Merit Badge University

Spring 2016 Date TBA

Merit Badge University is a campus-wide event hosted each spring. Boy Scouts can earn a number of different badges. At the Statler College, we host many of these badges and offer engineering-specific badges.

In 2015, the College hosted 4 merit badges:

  • Robotics
  • Engineering
  • Programming
  • Mining in Society
  • Additional badges will be hosted by the main university and other WVU Colleges (including several Eagle-required badges.)

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


Spring 2016 Date TBA

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.