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West Virginia’s Remake Learning Days take classrooms outside with WVU support

Young children participating in an educational game. One is wearing a blue shirt and has a long blond ponytail. the other is wearing a green shirt. they are sitting next to a small pink plastic pool with no water. Inside the pool is a game.

Students at Summersville Elementary in Nicholas County “Sail into Summer School” by designing, building and testing sailboats during the 2022 Remake Learning Days in West Virginia festival. (WVU Photo)

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West Virginia University is part of a global effort to spark curiosity and inspire creativity in young learners and their families with the Remake Learning Days festival, scheduled for April 20 to May 4.

Now in its seventh year in West Virginia, the festival will include more than 60 events statewide, offering themes that range from science, engineering and technology, to the arts, reading and outdoor learning.

“Each year, our goal is to extend Remake Learning Day activities to reach more students and their families across West Virginia,” said Donna Peduto, executive director of the West Virginia Public Education Collaborative, which is housed in the WVU Office of the Provost. “As the Remake Learning Days regional lead, we recruit event hosts who can create future-ready, innovative learning experiences for youth of all ages, pre-K through high school.”

Since 2016, West Virginia’s Remake Learning Days festival has hosted events at libraries, schools, tech centers, museums, play spaces, community centers and more, reaching hundreds of West Virginia families.

This year, the WVPEC invites families to:  

  • Make an explosion by building volcanoes and learning about the science behind chemical eruptions at the Clay-Battelle Public Library

  • Lace up their boots with the WVU Science Adventure School for a hike while using a mobile microscope to enlarge nature’s world of wonder at the Core Arboretum

  • Help fairy-tale characters get out of a jam by thinking like engineers and putting their problem-solving skills to work with West Liberty Elementary School

  • Weave their own story into the rich fabric of West Virginia heritage through a discussion of spinning from the caveman to 20th century Appalachia, followed by some hands-on spindle spinning with Arthurdale Heritage

  • Hoist the duct tape, swab the cardboard and test engineering skills while building a cardboard boat to race across the Henderson Center Pool

  • Drink in delight at a mobile sensory garden from Huntington Children’s Museum and then get a head start on their own gardens by planting seeds to take home at Wild Ramp’s StinkFest

  • Create short videos for National Geographic, taking part in a youth challenge to clean the air, restore the ocean, protect nature, reduce waste and address climate change with Mountain Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership School.

See the full list of more than 60 events in West Virginia.  

State activities run parallel to other Remake Learning Days festivals happening in 15 regions across the United States, plus three international locations in Uruguay, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Most events are free to youth and families.

“We have seen overwhelming responses to Remake Learning Days from children, parents, grandparents and educators. I believe that our events resonate because they expand opportunities for curiosity and connection for families as they discover new things together,” said Dorie Taylor, producer of Remake Learning Days globally.

Remake Learning Days is funded by The Grable Foundation, led by Remake Learning and supported by festival partners PBS Kids, Common Sense Media and Learning Heroes along with 15 lead regional organizations. 



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