Recent Press

Press Releases, News & Updates from Explore and all of our education efforts.

Explore the New Manufacturing Provides Virtual Programming for Middle Schools

3c86a09b a79d 4f53 b35f 8c68e82fa345Explore the New Manufacturing's Manufacturing Days Virtual Lab Series started off with a smash hit, thanks to Fiesta Tableware! This and other manufacturer-hosted virtual labs were developed for blended, distance, or remote learning formats.

Interested middle school educators can receive video content for each lab, plus the following:

  • Pre-lab Guess the Manufacturer Contest
  • Student lab worksheet
  • Student lab experiment (Fiesta Tableware lab focused on tensile strength)
  • Bonus learning contest, the WV Made Scavenger Hunt which features Made with West Virginia Pride videos.

The series builds career literacy and is designed to meet WV Department of Education STEM based curriculum standards.

Manufacturers & Educators Working Together: October Updates

We’re working together to help students explore the exciting careers available in West Virginia’s manufacturing industry.


The Explore team is extremely excited to introduce the Manufacturing Innovation Challenge to West Virginia.  Using problem-solving skills, high school teams work to solve a real-world challenge issued by a regional manufacturer. 

The challenge provides benefits for both manufacturers and students.

Today is National Manufacturing Day!

Celebrated annually on the first Friday in October, National Manufacturing Day shines a light on modern manufacturing careers by encouraging companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders.  Things may look different this year due to COVID-19 but that is even more reason to share the importance of manufacturing in today’s world.  

Announcing Explore’s New Virtual Platforms

mdvlBecause we don’t want to miss working with your students, the Explore Team is launching innovative programs this fall for middle and high school classrooms.

Manufacturing Day Virtual Labs 

This series is a condensed virtual version of our Explore Academics and Workshops for middle school classrooms and remote learning programs. We have packed the labs with a ton of fun to help engage students.

Program Sponsors

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Stay informed on activities and programs that are helping to introduce West Virginia students to rewarding career opportunities.

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