WV STEAM

West Virginia STEAM is a video series designed to inspire middle and high school students to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics. The videos are produced with help from the West Virginia Department of Education. 

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Support for WV STEAM is provided by the Beckley Area Foundation, ECA Foundation, ACT Foundation, WVU College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, Verizon, and wvresearch.org - National Science Foundation's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) in West Virginia.

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Matthew McGinnis was born and raised in Fairmont, he signed up as a soldier and after serving his country for six years he returned to West Virginia.

Then he applied for an apprenticeship with the Morgantown Plumber and Pipefitter's Union, a 5-year apprentice program run by the United Association of plumbers and pipefitters, Local 152.

“Every day I come to work and it’s something different,” Acting Director/Quality Assurance Manager at the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory Sharon Lemons said, “that’s the excitement of it!”
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Sharon Lemons is the Acting Director/Quality Assurance Manager at the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory. Any and all evidence collected at crime scenes in the state is processed through her facility:

“So what’s your family health story?” Nurse/PhD Taura Barr asked. “It could save your life.”
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Taura Barr has developed not one, but two new diagnostic tools to help determine what kind of stroke a patient is having, and when the stroke symptoms began--both critical pieces of information when minutes count.

"As I've gone up through science, I've realized how easy it is to have an impact on the world around you," WVU researcher Scott Cushing said, "even just doing research on the undergraduate level in a lab."
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Scott Cushing grew up in the Charleston area. He once almost failed a middle school science project where he was supposed to build a machine with moving parts out of macaroni.

“It was trying to move, but couldn’t,” Cushing remembers about the macaroni engine he built. The macaroni piston failed, so the engine didn’t move. He got a C on that assignment, but clearly, he was destined for ambitious projects.

 

West Virginia University Art Professor, Dylan Collins has been dedicated to an older technology as of late: Iron Casting.

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There’s a place in Morgantown where dreams of safe, lucrative occupation are envisioned and pipefitters and plumbers are born. It’s a 5-year apprentice program run by the United Association of plumbers and pipefitters, Local 152. When apprentices leave they walk away as certified welders, and blueprint-reading, crane-signaling, card-wielding union members.

Journeyman and teacher Jason Fidley: