Students Challenged to Become ‘Mythbusters’ at Governor’s School

Eleven Northern Panhandle students are spending 10 days in Morgantown this summer to take part in the West Virginia Governor’s School for Math and Science, where they are learning to become “Mythbusters.”

The students, all of whom are entering the eighth grade this fall, are using high-level mathematics and thinking skills on a variety of matters, with the central theme being to bust scientific myths.

One of the research projects being worked on is whether there are certain combinations of food and drink that can cause a stomach to explode. Students are using a pig’s stomach to test their theory.

“Students will use biology, ecology, physics, chemistry, calculus, and many other forms of advanced mathematics to discover the relationship between these long-lasting myths and science,” according to information from the school.

The school is held during two separate sessions, with about 40 students per session.

The first session, which began June 22, ends today. Session II begins Wednesday and runs through July 11.

In addition to daily classes and projects, the students during the current session visited Washington, D.C. They also heard science lectures led by WVU faculty.

Co-directors of the Governor’s School for Math and Science at WVU are Gretchen and Bill Wilson, educators from Monongalia County. Dean of Students is Keith Garbutt, dean of the WVU Honors College.