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National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens

National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens

Teens: Drug Use and the Brain

Get the latest on how drugs affect the brain and body. Featuring videos, games, blog posts and more! Be sure to check out the Addiction Science Fair Award.


Can you make a plaster cast like a crime scene investigator? Can you transform a toy car into a pullback car? What makes food coloring dance in milk? Can you extract DNA from a strawberry? What affects blood pressure? Can you make muddy water crystal clear? How do hungry caterpillars find food?

Science U @home has Hands-on Experiments for Your Backyard and Beyond with easy-to-follow, fun experiments. They’re ready to guide you through each experiment! Get oriented with the Tips for Parents or Teacher Suggestions.

  • Video Watch the video to learn more about the experiment. (Most videos reveal the experiment results, so you may want to watch it first without your child. Watch it together after performing the experiment.)
  • You Will Need A complete list of items you will need to accomplish this experiment is provided. A few experiments may require shopping or ordering items online, so you may need to plan ahead.
  • Directions Step-by-step directions for you to guide your child through each step of the experiment. Let them lead the way!
  • Discovery Questions Ask your child the discovery questions as you work through the experiment. The answers are provided but encourage your child to think it through before giving them the explanation.
  • How it Works The science behind each experiment is fully explained.
  • Kid-friendly definitions for terms used in the experiment that might be unfamiliar.

Free STEM Magazine Subscription

West Virginia Science & Research, a division of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, offers a free STEM magazine for middle and high school students. Our two current issues of the Neurite highlight both health sciences and engineering with interviews from students at Marshall and WVU Tech. This subscription can be either individual (1) or a classroom set (30). Also, if you or an advanced student are interested in receiving the Neuron, our free journal highlighting scientific research at West Virginia’s college and universities, you can also subscribe for free. Links below.

Subscribe to Neurite, STEM magazine for students

Subscribe to Neuron, journal highlighting scientific research throughout West Virginia

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If you are a senior in high school, (or nontraditional student preparing to go to college) who:

  • Will be a first-generation college student (A first-generation college student is defined as a student for whom neither parent/guardian has graduated from a 4-year institution. You can be a first-generation student even if your siblings have graduated from college.)
  • Is planning to major in a science, technology, engineering or math related field, then you are in the right place! We are seeking rising freshmen who will be enrolled in a West Virginia community college, or 4-year college in the fall of 2019 have the opportunity to join a program designed to support rural, first generation students majoring in STEM fields.

You will become part of a community of students who are like you, so that you are not going through this experience alone. West Virginia and the Nation need more STEM professionals but completing a STEM course of study can be challenging. The First2 Network is a growing group of professors, state officials and students like you who want to enhance your success in STEM during the first two years of college. We ask you to join us in building a better environment for STEM students, and to be an advocate and leader in your hometown by encouraging future STEM students in your community.  Click here to learn more and/or apply.