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Proposed Youth Science Center Coming to Tucker County

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Site plans have been finalized for a multimillion dollar youth science center.

The proposed facility would be built on the Blackwater River, near Davis in Tucker County.

The National Youth Science Foundation said once the facility is finished, it will become a focal point for informal science education.

Executive Director Andrew Blackwood said the reason is due to the current facility at Camp Pocahontas being undersized.

"It was not designed to be a 21st Century science education center, and there's a need to develop a more modern center is simply a question of age of the facility and its ability," said Blackwood.

The National Center for Youth Science Education will serve up to 1,500 students each year. Site plans show a center that encourages and inspires youth to pursue scientific careers.

Blackwood said the quality of a diverse natural environment will be preserved.

"A continuing desire to be in a remote setting, to be close to resources that are available in nature in the eastern mountains of West Virginia, away from urban centers that offer too many distractions for our activities," Blackwood said.

The heart of the youth science center will be its facilities. It will feature state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms, and housing for students, staff, and guests, along with a main assembly hall. Blackwood said the programs at the new facility will bring in some of the top educators to wet students appetites for science.

"Programs that will develop where the national and international audience will allow us to recruit education staff who are very talented and skilled, and we will take advantage of having that on site to serve more West Virginia students," Blackwood said.

 No completion date has been announced yet for the center.