CHARLESTON, W.Va. – STEAM Power WV grants provided by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation will contribute $162,432 to 41 STEAM projects throughout W.Va.

Students at Madison Elementary in Wheeling, Ohio County, will use the arts to learn about solar movement, robotics, garden design and more. Students at Clay Battelle High School in Blacksville, Monongalia County, will explore the chemistry of plant pigments and dyes, while students at Greenwood Elementary School in Berkeley Springs, Morgan County, will discover some of the science behind music. These projects are among 39 schools and arts organizations that will share in the funding for projects that put STEAM Power WV to work for students in communities all across the state. (A complete list of grant recipients is attached.)

“The STEM to STEAM evolution is so important for education in West Virginia.  Recognizing that every subject has an arts component opens the door for creativity and imaginative projects that will help students become more curious, more confident and more excited about what they are learning,” said WVDCH Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith.

In this new grant initiative, the state arts agency offered up to $7,500 to schools and organizations that integrate the arts in their curriculum and community programming with STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math). Additional funding was provided by the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts in collaboration with the Governor’s STEM Initiative and the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences.

For more information about STEAM Power WV contact Jim Wolfe, arts in education coordinator for the division, at (304) 558-0240 or

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary. The division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the division’s programs, events and sites, visit The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

STEAM Power WV grant recipients are as follows:

Berkeley County
Hedgesville Middle School, Hedgesville, $5,891 for HMS News: Making Our Own Headlines with Creative Media, and Makey Makey Piano.
Mountain Ridge Middle School, Gerrardstown, $5,129 for Mountain Ridge Choir iPad Composition Project.

Cabell County
Cabell Midland High School Band, Ona, $7,000 for a project combining the study of music with math, science and technology.
Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, $4,586 for Turn Up the HEAT, in which Mason County middle school students explore the effects of heat on multiple art processes.
Milton Elementary School, Milton,  $1,698 for Arts and Bots.

Clay County
Clay Elementary School, Clay, $6,737 for songwriting and movie making curriculum titled Full Steam Ahead.

Gilmer County
Gilmer County High School, Glenville, $7,000 for curriculum that combines music instruction with math, science and technology.

Harrison County
Mountaineer Middle School, Clarksburg, $7,072 for The “Art” of STEAM Integration, combining science, technology and math with music instruction.

Jefferson County
Page Jackson Elementary School, Charles Town, $947 for Using Science to Compose Music.

Kanawha County
Holz Elementary School, Charleston, $776 for a Lego robotics program.
Lakewood Elementary, St. Albans, $1,266 for Legos Recreate the World’s Architectural Landmarks.
Richmond Elementary School, South Charleston, $1,618 for City Planning 2040, a design project incorporating 3D printing.

Lincoln County
Lincoln County Schools, Hamlin, $6,228 for After-school Publishing, a student-based book publishing program.

Marshall County
Sherrard Middle School, Wheeling, $7,500 to create and construct an “Urban Tree” sculpture for the school campus.

McDowell County
Barter Theatre serving Mount View and River View High Schools, $7,500 for Project REAL (Reinforcing Education through Artistic Learning).

Monongalia County
Clay-Battelle High School, Blacksville, $4,824 for exploration of the molecular structure and function of plant pigments; pigments are used to dye fabric that students can bind in book form or stitch together as a quilt.
Eastwood Elementary, Morgantown, $5,000 for Wake Up Your Senses, Sleepy Bears, a program that combines STEAM principles with garden-based learning.
Mountaineer Middle School, Morgantown, $359 for West Virginia Watersheds, a student-community collaboration in which students investigate water quality and create model watersheds.
North Elementary, Morgantown, $5,000 for SuperSTEAM to the Rescue, a problem-solving project combining visual art, environmental science and engineering.
University High School, Morgantown, $5,625 for expansion of the school’s clay studio, with students contributing work to the Empty Bowls project. Collaboration includes environmental science, art, math, physics, and engineering/technology faculty.

Morgan County
Greenwood Elementary School, Berkeley Springs, $1,074 for arts integration with the WV Symphony Orchestra’s Student Centered Arts Learning Environment (SCALE) project. 
Morgan Arts Council, Berkeley Springs, $7,500 for MAC STEAMWorks, a partnership with Morgan County Schools which uses art, animation, dance and music to explore science, technology and math.
Warm Springs Intermediate School, Berkeley Springs, $1,044 for the collaborative creation of a bottle cap mural, integrating environmental science and art.

Ohio County
Madison Elementary School, Wheeling, $5,700 for Oglebay Institute STEAM Achievers.
Oglebay Institute, Wheeling, $3,877 for its Science of Raku Ceramics program, serving high school students in Ohio and Marshall Counties.
The Linsly School, Wheeling, $800 for Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day, combining art, architecture, engineering and math.
Wheeling Park High School, Wheeling, $5,000 for Picking Up STEAM, a project that combines math, modeling, theater and design.
Woodsdale Elementary School, Wheeling, $2,691 for Artbots, combining computer coding, geometry and collaborative painting.

Pocahontas County
High Rocks Educational Corporation, Hillsboro, $3,750 for arts education programs including Creative Expressions, Musical Math and The Art of Science.

Putnam County
Confidence Elementary, Poca, $3,117 for Composting with Confidence, in which students build and maintain three school compost bins.

Raleigh County
Beckley-Stratton Middle School, Beckley, $7,500 for a 3D Animation/3D Printing Lab in the school’s STEAM Library.
Liberty High School Fine Arts Department, Daniel, $3,003 for a music composition project in which students apply STEM principles to antique and futuristic musical instruments.
RESA 1, Beckley, $1,500 for Smart Moves for Education & the Arts in three Raleigh County elementary schools.

Taylor County
Flemington Elementary, Flemington, $2,805 for a collaborative project with the WV Symphony, integrating literature, music, physical science, technology and math.

Tucker County
Tucker County High School, Hambleton, $4,600 for Tiny Houses: Designing Solutions, Building Collaboration, a project in which students investigate the value of art and architecture in designing solutions to economic, energy and environmental challenges.

Upshur County
Hodgesville Elementary School, Buckhannon, $1,082 for a project examining the art, architecture and engineering of bridges.

Wayne County
East Lynn Elementary School, East Lynn, $6,758 for a STEAM Powered Science Camp combining robotics, life science, music and art.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting Foundation, Charleston, $4,875 for a virtual scavenger hunt that combines STEM disciplines with art lessons and activities.

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra $4,000 for its SCALE (Student Centered Arts Learning Environment) project.