What is COVERAGE?
Competition of VEX Educational Robotics to Advance Girls Education (COVERAGE) is a project to inspire and support female middle and high school students to pursue STEM careers in West Virginia. COVERAGE was funded by the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation. During the academic year 2019-2020, WVU Tech is helping teachers organize Girls Robotics Clubs in Kanawha, Fayette and Lincoln Counties to prepare female middle and high school students for a regional robotics competition. Through attendance and participation in the robotics clubs and competitions, these students are predicted to become more knowledgeable and interested in STEM disciplines.
The regional robotics competition will be held on March 20, 2020 at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center in Charleston, West Virginia. It will be West Virginia’s first girls-only VEX robotics Tournament. Read more about the competition.
The primary merit of this project is establishing mentor relationships between female university students and female K-12 students. Six female undergraduate students of WVU Tech completing STEM majors will serve as the mentors of female middle and high school students. True to the definition of the mentor relationship, the more experienced and knowledgeable girls will become role models for young women close in age. The mentors will work closely with female middle and high school students in the robotics clubs on a monthly basis and help with math and science coursework. Read more about the mentors.