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Students across West Virginia and surrounding states will get a hands-on experience with science and technology when a new Clay Center mobile exhibit, funded in part by a grant from EQT Foundation, crisscrosses the region.  
 
A lead investor on the endeavor, EQT presented a two-year, $500,000 grant to the Clay Center for its "Power Your Future" project. This energy-focused educational initiative will facilitate 21st century learning and strengthen skills in the STEAM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, art and math.
 
"EQT is thrilled to support innovative local programs and initiatives like the ‘Power Your Future' mobile exhibit," said Charlene Petrelli, president, EQT Foundation. "By engaging and inspiring students through a dynamic hands-on experience of the natural gas production process, this exhibit will take their understanding of a possible future in this exciting industry to the next level."  
 
Geared toward middle and junior high school students, the "Power Your Future" mobile exhibit – a bus with 11 different stations for students to explore – is expected to hit the road later this year. Using game-based software, this self-guided, interactive exhibit on wheels will educate students on the exploration, extraction and use of natural gas.
 
Clay Center President and CEO Judy Wellington said EQT's gift plays a key role in the completion of the project.
 
"This isn't just a gift to the Clay Center; it is an investment in the future of our state and our children," she said. "We couldn't be more grateful for EQT's support and for sharing our interest in providing important educational opportunities for students all across West Virginia."
 
In addition to the mobile exhibit, the "Power Your Future" project also includes the Center's "emPowered Stories" program. Through this new outreach initiative, students in seven participating middle schools in Barbour, Boone, Gilmer and Jackson counties, as well as one still-to-be-finalized location, will produce digital stories exploring energy issues in their communities.
 
The "Power Your Future" exhibit and related programs are designed to gauge students' abilities and interests in science and technology topics so schools will be better able to reinforce concepts in the classroom, and to educate students on career opportunities available in their home states.
 
This gift was instrumental in helping the Center meet a challenge grant from the Energy Corporation of America Foundation, awarded earlier this year.

For information on all Clay Center programs and exhibits, call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.