‘Invasion Day’ Brings Wellsburg Middle School Students to Bethany 

BETHANY, W.Va. – More than 100 Wellsburg Middle School students got hands-on experience in the science fields at Bethany College’s Invasion Day on Nov. 13. The event is held each semester, and gives Bethany’s student teachers a chance to plan a lesson and teach local students.

The WMS students learned about chemistry by testing various liquids’ pH values, buoyancy by designing boats, and building stability through the use of earthquake simulators, along other activities, said Dr. Sherri Theaker, Associate Professor of Education and Chair of the Education Department.

Students were divided into five classrooms where they participated in project-based learning experiences, Theaker said.

“This learning process gives students the opportunity to actively explore real-world problems over an extended period of time and gain deeper knowledge.  It promotes critical thinkers, creativity, collaboration and communication,” she said.


This was the fourth Invasion Day held by the Education Department. Each one has a different theme and invites students from a different school to participate. Past activities have included building volcano models and creating vessels for egg drops. Last semester, as part of a Civil War Invasion Day, Center McMechen Elementary students toured Bethany’s historic campus to see how it was affected by the war.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.