Applications for the West Virginia Governor's School for Mathematics and Science (GSMS), a summer residential program providing academic enrichment in the areas of science and math for current 7th and 8th graders living in and attending school in West Virginia, will be published by January 30.
West Virginia University and West Virginia State University are the sites for GSMS in 2017. Programs for students who are currently in the seventh grade will be held at WVU. There are two sessions of 48 students each, making the opportunity available for a greater number of students. The first session will be June 14-22; the second will be June 23-July 1.All current eighth-grade students will apply to attend the school at West Virginia State University in Institute. . Selected statewide for their outstanding performance and interest in the fields of mathematics and science, these young scientists will spend two weeks working alongside teachers and scientists at the University as they consider possibilities for solving real-life problems. The theme, "Building a Sustainable Future," will involve problem solving and solution finding to prepare the students for a lifetime of responsible living. The dates for that session are July 10-23.
The central research themes coupled with enhancing activities broaden students' understanding of the role of scientific research in society. The intense academic instruction gives them the tools to at GSMS. solve the problems. See "About GSMS" for a more comprehensive discussion of GSMS 2016.
Governor Bob Wise is credited with the origin of GSMS, since he designated more than $400,000 of Inauguration surplus funds to start the endeavor. It continues through the support of the Governor, the efforts of the West Virginia Legislature and the Department of Education and the Arts. All Governor's Schools are free for the students and their families. Families of students selected for GSMS are responsible only for providing transportation to and from the academy, spending money, and health insurance. Grab your hats as you start to navigate (logically and sequentially, of course) through the site. You could be setting yourself up for a memorable summer experience in the wonderful world of science and math through accessing skills in engineering and technology.