Soil, Biomass and Energy in Sustainable Society Teacher Training Workshop


WVSU CASTEM Program Partners with WVU to Host MASBio Teacher Training Workshop August 5

Contact: Jack Bailey
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May 31, 2022
WVSU CASTEM Program Partners with WVU to Host MASBio Teacher Training Workshop August 5
INSTITUTE, W.Va. – The West Virginia State University (WVSU) Center for the Advancement of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CASTEM) program has partnered with West Virginia University (WVU) to host a Soil, Biomass and Energy in Sustainable Society Teacher Training Workshop on August 5 on WVSU’s campus.

The program will train fourth and fifth grade teachers from across West Virginia with practical, fun and interactive experimental activities that will help students understand how plants and bio-products can benefit the ecosystem and economy. Topics will include processes, functions and uses of natural water systems, as well as producing biomass, bio-based products and energy.

“This workshop will convey the important role and impact we have on our environment and address potential challenges and opportunities,” said Dr. Amir Hass, WVSU associate research professor of soil water and natural resources management. “We aim to build rapport with educators to help streamline and bring research, development and technology outcomes to classrooms in order to train and direct the next generation workforce and develop economic growth.”

This training is designed to integrate seamlessly into the current grade level science curriculum. Hands-on activities will follow a brief introduction to each topic. Participants will receive a stipend upon completion of the program, earn continuing education credits and gain confidence and the needed background in using demonstration projects in the classroom. All needed supplies and materials will be provided to participants.

The workshop will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the multipurpose conference room of the Integrated Research and Extension Building on WVSU’s campus, building 36 on the campus map found here.

Enrollment is open to all fourth and fifth grade teachers in West Virginia. Spots are limited; interested parties can register at the following link:

This workshop is part of the USDA-NIFA funded Mid-Atlantic Sustainable Biomass Consortium for Value-added Products (MASBio) project, involving researchers and educators from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Participants will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from leading scientists on emerging topics in the field. For more information on the MASBio project, visit
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