Recent Press

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

Don Robinette Receives Outstanding Industry Educator Award from Explore the New Manufacturing

Outstanding EducatorMorgantown, WV, May 20, 2020 – Explore the New Manufacturing announced today that Don Robinette has received an Outstanding Educator Award for his work in the classroom. Robinette, a teacher at MTEC, works with students to development a skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career as a welder.

Launched in 2020, the Emerging Elite & Industry Educator Awards celebrates the skills and dedication of students and educators across West Virginia. “As the Explore Team has worked with students and educators to increase the understanding of manufacturing across the state, we have been amazed by student talent and poise. The educators involved in our programs are steadfast champions for their students, tirelessly seeking means to help them succeed along their career pathways,” Monica Cross, Program Director of the WVMAEF.

Assembly Line Challenge

ATTENTION West Virginia High School Teachers! 

Thinking critically about the importance of simple machines in everyday life?

The challenge requires students to design and evaluate solutions to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller steps and using the engineering design process. 

CONTEST begins Monday, May 4, 2020 | All submissions must be received by 5:00 pm Monday, May 11th

Virtual Scavenger Hunt

  • CONTESTANTS: West Virginia Middle School Students
  • STARTS: Monday, April 20, 2020
  • END: Monday, May 4, 2020 at 5:00pm
  • PRIZES: Five classes, randomly selected, will win a $100 Amazon gift card to use for their classroom.
  • ELIGIBILTY: To be entered into the drawling, a middle school teacher must submit 10 or more completed scavenger hunt questionnaires from their class.
  • HOW IT WORKS: In this virtual scavenger hunt, individual hunters take a field trip to 12 West Virginia manufacturing
    companies. The virtual tours are provided by the 2020 West Virginia What’s So Cool AboutManufacturing? Video Contest. Each video will contain answers for the scavenger hunt questions.

Winners of the 2020 West Virginia What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?Contest Announced

Wow, what a contest!  Social distancing may have extended the voting period and delayed the awards ceremonies, but it didn’t derail our efforts.  Thanks to Paul Ruggieri, Glass Valley Media LLC, we were able to produce virtual ceremonies to recognize the student participants.


  • Outstanding Creativity:  Sherrard Middle School with The Ziegenfelder Company 
  • Best Manufacturing Message:  Brooke Middle School with Eagle Manufacturing Company 
  • Viewer’s Choice: Oak Glen Middle School with The Fiesta Tableware Company

Fairmont paper company donates PPE to health care providers throughout W.Va.

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — ND Paper has donated personal protective equipment to health care providers across the state.

According to a release sent out by the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, ND Paper donated 1,500 Tyvek suits and 30,000 surgical masks to providers in the state who have been testing and treating state residents for the coronavirus.

Northern West Virginia What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Student Video Contest Virtual Awards Ceremony

Wheeling, WV – Explore: The New Manufacturing will hold a virtual awards ceremony for the Northern West Virginia student video contest, What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? on Tuesday, April 14th, at 6:30pm.  The ceremony will be available on the Explore YouTube channel:

Middle School Students Discover What’s So Cool About Manufacturing

WHEELING, April 14, 2019 – Explore: The New Manufacturing celebrated the West Virginia What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Video Contest during a virtual awards ceremony Tuesday night with six local middle schools and six manufacturing companies.

“Today’s middle school students will be tomorrow’s workforce in manufacturing in West Virginia, said Monica Cross, Program Director of the WVMAEF. “This generation has a real opportunity to have lifelong careers in modern manufacturing environments that will use skills in technology, problem-solving, innovation and communication.”

Eastern West Virginia What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Student Video Contest Virtual Awards Ceremony

Martinsburg, WV – Explore: The New Manufacturing will hold a virtual awards ceremony for the Eastern West Virginia student video contest, What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? on Tuesday, April 16th, at 6:30pm. The ceremony will be available on the Explore YouTube Channel:

“In this age of social distancing, the Explore team is busy developing a virtual ceremony to honor the hard work and creativity that our participants have put into to creating a group of amazing videos, “ said Program Director Monica Cross, who oversees the fund’s Explore the New Manufacturing Program that links industry with educators and students across West Virginia. “Students, 7th and 8th graders, produced mini documentaries on a local manufacturer to compete for three awards: Most Creative, Best Manufacturing Message, Viewer’s Choice.”

4D Tech Solutions in Fairmont working to help supply masks for National Guard

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – 4D Tech Solutions in Fairmont is a local engineering company that is doing its part to give back to those responding to the Coronavirus pandemic.

4D Tech Solutions is creating masks for the National Guard that are reusable, and give a person the ability to interchange the filter. The design came from a doctor in Montana, who shared it with engineers all over the country, so they could provide a better protective mask for people who are possibly exposed to the virus.

Education Station' Is A Learn-At-Home Resource From The State Department of Education and WVPB

The West Virginia Department of Education has entered into a partnership with West Virginia Public Broadcasting to deliver student engagement content for West Virginia students amid the COVID-19 school closures.

This partnership will provide students with access to a twice-weekly program called “Education Station,” helping them to keep their skills sharp; keeping them connected to the learning process; and supplementing other resources from their schools and counties.

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