Up on a hill, in a quiet neighborhood south of the Kanawha River in Charleston, W.Va., Kenna Elementary School is just finishing up lunch. This means that the multi-purpose room is changing from a cafeteria to a meeting hall. The room also serves as a gym. We’ve plunked our stuff down on the gym teacher’s desk as two college students set up their presentation.
West Virginia University student Madison Riffe is very familiar with this space. She went to this school and remembers getting her first taste of science here. She asked to come back to the school in her last week of winter break to show the kids that pursuing science is a career path in the state.Riffe and Kelsey Offutt, also a student at WVU, are part of a network of West Virginia college students who make up the Science Public Outreach Team, also known as SPOT, whose mission is to share the science research happening in West Virginia with children across the state in the hopes of sparking their own pursuit of science.