West Virginia High School to Participate in National Lab Day

May 18, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Putnam County’s Poca High School is helping its students hone their science skills as the only school in West Virginia to participate in National Lab Day on Wednesday, May 25.
As a part of this year’s theme “Science is Everywhere!” students are to use their lab stations to demonstrate a connection between science and another discipline.
“Tying different facets of education together is a key to success in 21st century learning,” said state Superintendent Jorea Marple. “Promoting science education to our students as well as local community members will help prepare our students to be more successful in both the workplace and college.”
This year marks the second time Poca High School has participated in Lab Day. Last year, the event received recognition from President Barack Obama and the West Virginia periodical, “The Neuron.” More than 350 students visited 40 different lab stations operated by both Poca High School and West Virginia University students.
In 2009, President Obama signed a proclamation declaring a day in May 2010 as National Lab Day, beginning a movement to encourage education institutions and local communities to work together to support science education.
“This day supports our more rigorous science content as a part of ‘Global 21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,’” Marple said.
As a part of Global21, the West Virginia Board of Education has updated state Content Standards and Objectives, and in a recent board meeting, discussed additional updates to the Next Generation Standards.
The Next Generation Standards are designed to focus on fewer concepts while stressing deeper learning and understanding. The new standards will be used to concentrate instruction on developing key strategies and skills that are necessary for student success in the workplace and in college.
For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.
--The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,” West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average. 

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