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GKVF LogoCompetition 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. Through attendance and participation in the robotics clubs and competitions, these students are predicted to become more knowledgeable and interested in STEM disciplines. COVERAGE was initially funded by the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation. Before COVID-19 during academic year 2019-2020, we helped teachers to organize Girls Robotics Clubs in Kanawha, Fayette and Lincoln Counties. During COVID we continued our activities online through Team.  


May 24, 2022 


The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences 
1 Clay Square, Charleston, WV 25301

Keynote speaker:  Emily Calandrelli 

Are you a VIP guest? RSVP by May 10, 2022 on our VIP form

Are you a group or student participating in the competition? Sign up on the competition page

Get more details about the event on our competition page. 

Tentative schedule of the day: 

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. check in for competitors and spectators

10:00 a.m. Welcome by Carolyn Long, President WVU Tech

10:05 a.m. Remarks by Dr. Michelle Foster, President Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

10:10 a.m. Video remarks by E. Gordon Gee, WVU President - introduction of video by Carolyn Long

10:15 a.m. Video remarks by Sen. Capito, with introduction of video by Carolyn Long 

10:18 a.m. Video remarks by Ms. Gayle Manchin, ARC Federal Co-chair, with introduction of video by Carolyn Long 

10:22 a.m. Andrew Robinson to share written remarks from Senator Joe Manchin

10:30 a.m. NCWIT Awards - Dr. Page, Dr. Erin Reed (NASA), Ms. Eva Bradshaw (NCWIT)

Program break so that youth guests elementary age and under can enter and take their seats

10:30 a.m. youth guest registration

10:45 a.m. youth guests enter and take their seats

11:00 a.m. Remarks by Bob Welch, General Manager, Engine - Toyota Motor Manufacturing WV

11:05 a.m. Keynote with Emily Calandrelli

11:40 a.m. VIP Meet and Greet/photos with Emily Calandrelli; Break for competitors and spectators

12:00 p.m. Boxed lunches provided for competition participants, registered spectators and VIP guests

12:30 p.m. Preparations for competitors

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Competition


We greatly appreciate the support of our generous sponsors who are making this event possible.

  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing WV
  • The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
  • The WV Higher Education Policy Commission 
  • The National Center for Women & Information Technology
  • NASA Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation Facility
  • The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences
  • TechConnect
  • WVU Office of Corporate Relations