Home of the Sherman Tide, Sherman Junior High School is located in Seth, WV. Site Coordinators Jacob Messer and April Martin oversee our Explore & Soar program at Sherman and students have enjoyed many activities in the first few months of operations. 

Challenge America – Lasers, Lights & Lenses
Sherman Junior High School students took part in multiple sessions with University of Charleston’s Dr. Juliana Serafin and photographer Meredith (Kayte) Brannon where they explored lasers, lights and lenses. Students learned about reflecting and refracting of light, experimented with fiber optic Jell-o, tested lenses and color filters, and bounced light and lasers using mirrors. Students concluded their experiment with an art session where they used open shutter photography to make “light paintings.” By experimenting with LED lights and lasers, students made movements while their partner held open a digital camera shutter, creating unique works of art.


Actress Leah Turley started the Sherman 2013 mentor sessions by having students explore stagecraft. Through their work, students gained valuable self-confidence and communication skills – all while having an absolute blast performing!  Verbal skills, creative and logical thinking and innovation all came into play as students worked together in cooperative groups.


Getting Physical
For their first fall 2012 mentor session, Sherman students “worked it out” with physical trainer LeAna (Lana) Paxson. Lana challenged students to think about healthy lifestyle choices and introduced them to a variety of physical fitness alternatives including yoga! Students also worked on basic self-defense techniques.


It is Rocket Science! 
For their next mentor session with NASA-trained rocket man William Rouse, Sherman students were challenged to engineer, modify and launch their own water rockets. Students worked in teams and shared their observations and opinions as they worked cooperatively to create a successful (and colorful!) rocket for the big launch.


Exploring Journalism
For our first mentor session of 2012, we were joined by Charleston Gazette reporter, Sara Busse. Under Sara’s leadership, students explored journalism, interview techniques, creative writing and even journalism photography with Charleston Gazette photographer Kenny Kemp. Students wrote their own articles and a select few may appear in the Charleston Gazette!


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