Kingwood After School Explorers learn about STEM

KINGWOOD — After School Explorers at Kingwood Elementary focuses on keeping the program fun and enjoyable for explorers.
After School Explorers is a free extended-day program for students. February was a short month of instructional time, but there were many opportunities to create and stimulate young explorers’ minds.
On Feb. 8 students accepted an invitation to the WVU Extension Office to visit with the staff and learn. David Hartley, WVU Extension Specialist, led the explorers through multiple STEM stations.
Hartley encouraged explorers to try virtual reality glasses, robotics and many other stations. Parents and staff also enjoyed participating in the STEM stations.
Explorers loved the STEM opportunity; several parents had a tough time getting their children to go home.
The Kingwood Elementary After School Explorers staff includes Brittany Reed, site coordinator, and instructors Jessica Williams and Tammy Parker.
Funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Center is provided wholly or in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title IV Part B, with grant administration carried out by the West Virginia Department of Education.
Kingwood Elementary After School Explorers are also working to sustain out of school programming by offering painting classes with SC Studio & Gallery of Kingwood. The next class will be on March 22. The cost is $40 per person, with snacks provided. To register for the class, call 304-698-3663 or go to
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