West Virginia Department of Commerce High-Tech Family Fun Tour

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By Courtney Sisk

Spark a love of science in the whole family with a trip around West Virginia that’s both entertaining and educational.

From Green Bank to the Galaxy From Green Bank to the Galaxy
There’s nothing like it in the entire world: the largest fully steerable telescope is right here in West Virginia. People come from all over to see discoveries in our galaxy and beyond.
LEGO Lessons LEGO Lessons
These little building blocks can spark big ideas in children! Learn about how things move in LEGO city, and try it from your own computer.
Out of this World Out of this World
Work being done in West Virginia is critical to maintaining safety in outer space. A visit to Fairmont is sure to inspire future generations of explorers.
Blast Off! Blast Off!
Children challenge themselves during true-to-life space missions, when they learn what it takes to make it to the moon.
Old Favorites, New Fun Old Favorites, New Fun
Charleston’s Clay Center is always offering new exhibits and hands-on entertainment for families to enjoy.

A public information specialist with the Department of Commerce, Courtney Sisk was born and raised in Beckley and is a proud graduate of Marshall University. She and her son, Andrew, enjoy all the fun both indoors and out that West Virginia has to offer.

Clarksburg - Who are you?
The FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) is the world’s largest biometric database. It’s located at the Criminal Justice Information Services Division in Clarksburg. IAFIS’s average response time in a criminal investigation is around 10 minutes. In addition to fingerprints, IAFIS keeps track of criminal histories, tattoos, mug shots and physical characteristics such as height, weight, and hair and eye color.