We make a difference.
Through education, research and community service, the College of Education and Human Services strives to change the world. Our academic centers, clinics, initiatives and programs not only offer professional experience for our students, but also benefit our community and state. Our clinical facilities, alone, serve over 1,000 clients every year.
Arts & Bots Program
Arts and Bots is a project that stemmed from a Carnegie Mellon University CREATE lab project. The project that CEHS faculty member, Jeffrey Carver, brings to the table combines artistic building skills, engineering design skills, and simple computer programming and mechanics to build a three-dimensional art project that the students then animate using simple robotic components.
According to Jeff Garvin, a teacher at Mt. View Elementary School where this project took place, "A lot of students have never done any coding whatsoever and within the first 30 minutes of working on scratch they're programming something...As far as the robotics kids go, they showed up at 9 a.m. and by 10:15 they were building simple robots". The project boasts 100% student engagement while collaborating with peers and teachers to build their projects using the artistic, engineering, programming, and mechanics skills they learn in the process.
North Elementary School students used to be spotted outside only during recess
or fire drills, but they now enjoy the outdoors by exploring budding garden
beds on their school grounds. Expanding the classroom to include the outdoors
was the vision of Jim Rye, a CEHS education professor and Monongalia County
WVU Extension Master Gardener, who recently helped to implement the new
garden-based learning program at North Elementary in Morgantown. With the
help of the WVU Extension Service, Monongalia County Technical Education
Center and North Elementary parents, teachers and volunteers, 13 raised
beds were constructed and planted on school grounds. Each grade level adopted
two beds, with one for the preschool class. So far, students have grown
eggplant, pear tomatoes, rainbow chard, tomatillos and more. To learn more
about Garden-Based Learning and S.T.E.M. Education, please visit the
S.T.E.M. Initiative website.
If you’ve spent enough time on West Virginia University’s campus, chances are you’ve spotted some four-legged friends mixed in with the student body. This is the combined work of a local nonprofit organization called the Human Animal Bond (HAB) and West Virginia University. The College of Education and Human Services’ Dr. Margaret Glenn, professor and coordinator of the Clinical Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling Program, has also joined the effort by researching the benefits of integrating service dogs into the workplace.
HAB operates their Hearts of Gold service dog program to breed, train and distribute service dogs to veterans who are living with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and/or mobility limitations as a result of their military service. In recent years, the Hearts of Gold Program has become imbedded into the fabric of WVU, and students have become involved in training service dogs for veterans in classes offered through the Davis College.