Political science students at West Virginia University will offer an interactive poster display forum for children from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, to recognize Earth Day.

Empowering Kids: WVU Earth Day!will be in room 101 of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy (NRCCE) on WVU s Evansdale Campus.

The event will explore environmental issues. It is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available near the NRCCE . Refreshments will be provided.

The poster session is a joint project of WVU s Political Science 489 Capstone and Political Science 338 Environmental Policy courses. Both are taught by Susan Hunter, an associate professor of political science at WVU .

As the environment becomes a more salient issue, it is important to educate children about the problems they will face in the future,said Matt Schrebe, a senior political science student from Wheeling who is in Hunters capstone course.The event will highlight and educate young children about the environmental problems of today and potential ways of addressing them.

Topics addressed will include electric cars, nuclear waste disposal, alternative energy sources, acid rain in West Virginia, hazardous waste, overpopulation and recycling. Activities includechocolate chip cookie mining,where students will attempt tominechocolate chips.

For more information, contact Schrebe at 304-650-8947 or at mschrebe@mix.wvu.edu .