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Plans are in process for a live STEM Institute; Check back mid-January for updates
Become a Scientist, a Mathematician, or both at GSI
For decades, students were encouraged to learn
science, and they did. They did not, however, experience the excitement of discovery--of proving a theory. Carl Sagan's declaration that we can "do" science fired the movement to make young students actual scientists. Books are still important; they contain necessary, fundamental background knowledge. With that knowledge, students can soar into the unknown. Recognizing that the scientific and mathematic discoveries that made a difference in the world were developed over long periods of time by motivated, dedicated, thorough, and creative minds, the State of West Virginia offers the Governor's STEM Institute, inviting students to delve into projects that allow them the time and opportunity to think and work like scientists and engineers, using high level mathematics and thinking skills while employing the latest technology.
Students may attend following 7th or 8th grade, but not both
The theme of GSI for current 7th graders is
"GSI: Future Focused." Students will learn and discover some fun facts about some forward-thinking research as they work in small groups to solve problems and issues using both science and creativity.
Current eighth graders and those chosen to attend in 2020 will learn about the magic
of the universe as they study the mysteries of outer space utilizing data from the Green Bank Observatory in Pocahontas County. Accessing the information digitally under the guidance of nationally recognized scientists and instructors, students will learn about the constellations, outer space and, perhaps just as importantly, about their inner selves.
Learn more by reading the information on the "Opportunities" link at the bottom of this page.
Do your best on your application, turn it in, and hope that you will be one of the 156 students chosen in 2021. It's like the lottery. You can't win if you don't play.
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