Lewis County Schools offers STEM activities throughout July

JANE LEW, W. Va. (WDTV) - "It's kind of that summer slump that students have that we're trying to curb," said Jeff Tidd, Technology Director for Lewis County Schools.

While many kids are out enjoying the summer sun, or the comfort of their own air conditioning during the summer break, hitting the books is not a top priority. But for Lewis County Schools, education never stops.

"We want to get them very involved, so engaged with curriculum, with science technology, with engineering and math," he said.

That's why they held a STEM party at Jane Lew Park on Wednesday.

Kids and parents from the area had a chance to learn science, technology engineering and math, through designed activities.

"We're trying to get the kids interested in programming, we're trying to get the kids interested in coding because we see that as the future," said Tidd. "We actually purchased a couple of 3D printers and we're trying to get those in the classroom."

Lewis County school is investing in STEM education, adding more activities and technology into their curriculum for the next school year.

"We're just going to continue with this and we're going to continue purchasing products, continue giving professional development opportunities for our teachers, continue to do activities like this," he said.

This is to help students have fun, while building and creating programs from their imagination.

"In video games and in the media and if we can make them more of a creator than a consumer that's more of what we're looking at," he said.

Upcoming STEM activities will take place:

July 12 - Polk Creek School
July 16 - Leading Creek Elementary
July 25 - Ireland Community Building
July 26 - Robert L. Bland Middle School

The starting time will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day.

This is free of charge.