Recent Press

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

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:

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Upcoming Dates

23 Jul
Date 07.23.2024 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
24 Jul
Morning Session WVMA-EF Board Retreat
07.24.2024 8:15 am - 11:00 am
24 Jul
Afternoon Session WVMA-EF Board Retreat
07.24.2024 12:15 pm - 3:00 pm
4 Sep
WVMA-EF Executive Committee Meeting
09.04.2024 8:00 am - 9:00 am
6 Nov
WVMA-EF Executive Committee Meeting
11.06.2024 8:00 am - 9:00 am
5 Feb
WVMA-EF Executive Committee Meeting
02.05.2025 8:00 am - 9:00 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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