WVU Extension offering fun, free educational activities for kids

GRAFTON—The West Virginia University Taylor County Extension Service kicks off a summer of fun and educational activities for children of all ages.

The WVU Extension Office is inviting kids to the Taylor County Farm and Artisan Market, located behind Hardcore Hunters for two fun summer activities.

Join them on July 27 for Owl Pellet Dissection and then again on August 10 for their Grow This! program, during the activities, children will get their hands dirty as they participate in hands-on educational experiences, geared at getting their minds working over the summer months.

Additionally, the WVU Extension office will also be offering their Summer Science Series. During the months of July and August, school-aged youths will gather to take part in more hands-on learning activities, that are both fun and educational.

The free activities are being held on Thursdays from 2:00-3:00 p.m., at the Taylor County Public Library.

The first program was held yesterday, and students learned about moon rocks. Next week on Thursday, July 18, youths will continue their outer space education with Star Maps. Then on July 25 they will be learning about the center star in the solar system, that yellow the sun.

During the month of August, the space theme is continued with lessons on telescopes and rockets, finishing up with a fun hands-on activity with galaxy slime on August 15.

In addition to their Summer Science Series, the Extension office will also offer their Reading and Robots program. This program offers children ages eight to seventeen the opportunity to build with LEGO WeDo Robotics.

Reading and Robots will be held at the Taylor County Public Library on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. until noon. The program will run throughout the month of July. Although two weeks have already gone by, there will be two more weeks of fun and learning to take part in.

On July 23, join the extension office for a scratch coding activity and then on June 30, Ozobots will be the focus of the day.

This is a free program, but registration is required. You can register by calling 304-265-6121.

These programs are made possible through collaboration and funding from WV Governor’s STEM Initiative, WV Promise: The Alliance for Youth, AmeriCorps VISTA, WVU Extension Service and the Taylor County Extension Service Excess Levy.

For more information on any of the activities or programs please call the WVU Extension office at 304-265-3303.


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