A middle school student observes eggshells in different liquids as part of an experiment in the Worldwide Water Network STEM Camp.

Students Graduate from Worldwide Water Network STEM Camp

By Tomi Bergstrom, West Virginia Project WET Coordinator

The West Virginia Project WET Program, in partnership with West Virginia State University's CASTEM program, is proud to announce that 17 middle school students have successfully completed their Worldwide Water Network STEM Camp. The camp was virtually presented by the Project WET Program housed in the Watershed Improvement Branch of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection over a span of four weeks, offering new water-focused STEM activities for the students to complete at home each week. West Virginia middle school students delineated watersheds, learned about topographic maps, assessed stream health, built their own watershed models, installed green infrastructure on their models within a city's budget, and explored ocean acidification, calcareous animals, and ocean zones. We had a WONDERFUL time getting to know these bright students.

A watershed model created by a middle school student as part of the Worldwide Water Network STEM Camp
A student's handmade watershed model portrays local
water sources and users.
A middle school student works on a watershed model while a demonstration is shown on a computer screen.
A middle school student paints a watershed model
while consulting a map online for accuracy.
A student dips sponges into a small tub of water. Worksheets to document experiment results are on the table next to the student.
A student engages in an experiment to observe the
characteristics of water.
A student's worksheet with documentation of stream water observations. Three bottles hold different stream water samples.
Students collected water samples from local streams,
tested pH levels, and recorded water quality observations
in a worksheet.
A student's watershed model with arrows showing the direction of water flow.
A student's watershed model shows the direction of
water flow from the headwaters.
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