Recent Press

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

The Gum Drop Challenge

In a race against the clock, the GUM DROP CHALLENGE requires middle school teams to build a structure using toothpicks and gum drops to support a full-size chocolate bar. The team with the tallest functioning structure wins! The winning team receives Explore lunch boxes filled with candy.

A highlight of the Explore Academy is this 20-minute challenge, which pits student teams against their classmates and other middle school participants. Our motto is that Explore's hands-on educational activities must be fun, exciting, and build awareness about the diversity of available manufacturing career options.

Program Sponsors

Major financial underwriting is provided by

Upcoming Dates

28 May
STATE AWARDS Virtual Ceremony
Date 05.28.2024
5 Jun
Educator Roundtable
23 Jul
WVMA-EF Board Dinner
07.23.2024 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
24 Jul
WVMA-EF Board Retreat
07.24.2024 7:30 am - 8:30 am

Updates from Explore

Contact us and get involved!

Interested in getting involved with the Explore the New Manufacturing Program?

We are looking for manufacturers, schools, teachers, and community members to
help us expand our efforts throughout West Virginia.

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