Science Adventure School (SAS) is a 4-day, 3-night adventure-based, outdoor science school dedicated to empowering and educating West Virginia’s youth. We integrate adventure sports-driven STEM curriculum with a hands-on environmental curriculum at the world-class Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, WV. With a distinct focus on student development through experiential education, SAS successfully integrates three innovative programs that actively engage youth by providing opportunities that instill confidence though experience, inspire scientific inquiry, foster new relationships, and reaffirm connections to nature.
Our program design features:
- WVU Science Behind the Sport has developed a series of educational programs that demonstrate the fundamental principles of STEM in the context of adventure activities like rock climbing, zip lining, cycling, and archery.
- Developed by the West Virginia Water Research Institute, our ecology curriculum focuses on four disciplines of environmental research: phenology, freshwater ecosystems, wetland ecology, and ecohydrology.
- Experiential education curriculum designed to help students as they transition into middle school and emerge from our orientation program as confident, motivated, and united.
Additionally, we’re able to enhance effectiveness by delivering our program in the outdoor environment where students are also learning camping skills and working in small groups. A teacher from the students’ school and an older student mentor (during some programs) will also be actively engaged with each group as to build a healthy school community. We are also working with w PhD student to evaluate the effectiveness of many of the facets of the program, so we can continue to improve as we grow.