Youth STEAM Institute

Update: May 18, 2017

Thank you for your interest in the Youth STEAM Institute hosted by the National Youth Science Foundation at the National Youth Science Center near Davis, West Virginia. We were uncertain what the demand for such a program might be and we have been pleasantly surprised by the number of pre-applications that we have received (nearly 50 in total).
As explained below, we have not been able to secure appropriate housing for both weeks and so we have cancelled the first week. So, for this year we are only accepting students ages 12 – 16.
As you may know, we do not yet have housing located on the NYSCenter campus. Blackwater Falls State Park is nearby, however, and we have reserved a cluster of 5 cabins there. Unfortunately, these cabins are only available for the second session; so far we have not yet been able to secure appropriate accommodations for the first session. I will continue to consider options for housing for the first session, but I am not terribly optimistic that we’ll find a good solution; I will continue to work on this through the end of next week. Our long-range plan is to develop housing at the NYSCenter and the interest that we’ve received for the Youth STEAM Institute encourages us to advance these plans as quickly as practical.
Session 1: Cancelled
Session 2: Apply by Clicking Here. Applications who submitted the pre-application will have priority. Students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
In the meantime, please continue to read below and consider submitting a pre-application (bottom of page). We will use the names and contact information collected there to populate our mailing list for future sessions.

The 2017 Youth STEAM Institute at the NYSCenter is a new summer program produced by the National Youth Science Foundation. The Youth STEAM Institute will provide groups of 24 students an opportunity to enhance their experience, confidence, and leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) through small-group projects guided by a mentor.

For more information or questions, please contact Dr. Andrew N. Blackwood at or (304) 205-9724 x 91.


Program Overview: The Youth STEAM Institute projects will be selected to address hard-to-cover national science and mathematics standards for student learning and may include: coding, electronics, engineering principles, mathematics, drones, meteorology, robotics, environmental science, astronomy, and more. Opportunities for location-appropriate outdoor recreation including mountain biking and trail hiking will complement the STEAM program. Field trips to local attractions which may include Spruce Knob, the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Blackwater Falls State Park, Seneca Rocks, and the Green Bank Observatory are possible.

At present, two sessions are planned:

Yes, students who are 12 years old are eligible for either session.

Schedule Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
8 AM – Noon Program Program STEAM Field Trips Program Program Showcase
Noon – 6 PM Check-In Outdoor Outdoor Outdoor Outdoor Check Out
6 PM – 11 PM Orientation Program Program Program Program




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