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
Pumpkin Drop
Trunk or Treat
Engineers Week High School Essay Competition
8th Grade Day
Girl Scout Day
Murder Mystery Lunch
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. 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. To schedule a visit, contact Cate Schlobohm.

Engineering Challenge Summer Camps

Click here to see what campers did this summer.

July 2015 Dates

Camps will run from June 21 through July 31, 2015. Please see the link below for details.

Our Engineering Challenge Camps are for students excited about science and engineering who want to tackle engineering-related challenges like solving energy problems while preserving the environment or using nanotechnology in the fields of biomedical and chemical engineering. If this describes you, join us at our College this July. There will be ten, week-long camps to choose from.

  • June 21-26; Engineering in Entertainment Co-ed High School Camp
  • July 5-10; Engineering in Action Co-Ed High School Camp
  • July 6-10; Middle School Engineering Camp
  • July 12-17; "Growing Roots in STEM" All-female Engineering Challenge Camp
  • July 13-17; Elementary Day Camps
  • July 19-24; Maker Co-ed High School Camp
  • July 20-24; Middle School Engineering Camp
  • July 26-31; Elementary Day Camps
  • To learn more about the camps, visit the camps page here.

Work each day with fellow campers and camp counselors to complete challenges and compete in competitions where you will use creativity and problem solving skills to develop unique solutions. In the evenings, our overnight campers will stay in WVU dormitories and will participate in fun, team-building activities. At the conclusion of each camp, parents and family members will be invited to watch camper presentations that cover what they learned that week.

For more information about our Engineering Challenge Camps, visit our camp page,or contact Cate Schlobohm .

Elementary School Camp

WVU Expands Offerings as Part of its Engineering Challenge Camp Series

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Pumpkin Drop

Fall 2015 date TBA

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 Pat Goldie .

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. This year's event will run in conjunction with Haunted Hoops. Trunk or Treat will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

2014 Trunk or Treat Flyer

Engineers Week High School Essay Competition

The deadline for submission has passed.

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.

8th Grade Day

Saturday, April 18, 2015

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 register for this year's 8th Grade Day, Click here.

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.

Girl Scout Day

Saturday, April 25, 2015

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.

For more details, or to register, please click here.

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

Murder Mystery Lunch

Fall 2015 date TBA

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 "Around the World." The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

Deadline to register is Wednesday,February 25.

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

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 will host 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, or to register your scout for this event, 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.