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Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Awardee recognition

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 16, 2015

You Are Invited

To A Special Birthday Party!

The South Carolina State Museum is Recognizing

Dr. Charles H. Townes

On What Would Have Been His 100th Birthday!


All Scouts and parents are invited.  If you are a Webelos Scout who has earned your Dr. Charles Townes Supernova Award, please wear your uniform and your medal!  If you are a Webelos who has not yet earned the Townes Medal, you can fulfill several of your necessary requirements at this event!  Those who attend will receive a special recognition and gift to commemorate the evening. 


Please plan to arrive at the SC State Museum by 5:30 PM on July 28, 2015.  Come to the front doors and from there, you will be instructed where to go.  Recognition of the Townes Supernova Awardees will begin at 6:00 pm and will conclude by 6:30 pm. 


After the ceremony, there will be an experiment conducted by the Museum for Webelos who are still working on their Townes Medals.  The planetarium and observatory will remain open until 10:00 for anyone wishing to view the night’s skies.


Please RSVP for this event by Thursday July 23, 2015 by emailing Please indicate the number that will be in your party and if your Scout has already earned the Townes Medal or if he is currently working on one.


We look forward to seeing you there!!

Tags:  Award  STEM  Supernova  Townes  Webelos 

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Eagle Project opportunity

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 18, 2015

Eagle Project

Inventorying STEM Equipment


Objective: Develop inventory tracking system, inventory current equipment, properly pack equipment.


Background: Engineering Day is an annual STEM event.* Over the past four years participation in this event has increased from 200 to 350. As the number of attendees increased over the years, so did the STEM equipment. The amount of equipment has increased to the point where we can fill a 16 foot pod.
The equipment is now housed at MITRE Corporation, a non-profit. 



This project will involves the following objectives:

·         Develop a plan and methodology for inventorying the equipment before and after an event

·         Develop a methodology for packing equipment for short and long term storage

·         Develop a database of inventory components with associated attributes, for example: name of item, cost, activity type, version, box number, notes, etc.


·         Due to the large amount of STEM equipment, Eagle Scout candidates can decide to inventory all or a portion of the equipment.

·         MySQL is required for developing the inventory database.



Candidate can complete this project any time before September 30, 2015.


Trisha at or Nick at 240.395.0601

 * Click here to view photos of the 2015 Scout Engineering Day


Tags:  Eagle  MYSQL  Scout Engineering Day  Service Project  STEM 

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Scout Engineering Day message

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 18, 2015


Scout Engineering Day is scheduled for March 12, 2016, at MITRE’s McLean Campus.

Since its inception, Scout Engineering Day has hosted between 300 to 400 scouts and 70 to 100 Scouters, Merit Badge Counselors and volunteers. We look forward to another great STEM event for area Scouts. 

If you have interest in volunteering or just learning more about Scouting STEM programs, please contact Trisha at or 240.395.0601

Click here to view photos of the 2015 Scout Engineering Day

Tags:  Boy Scouts  Scout Engineering Day  STEM  Venturers 

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Here’s how to add more STEM to your troop meetings

Posted By STEM Team, Thursday, March 05, 2015

Below is a reblog from the post by Bryan Wendall on See the full post here:

There’s one surefire way to keep your Boy Scouts coming back week after week: Make your troop meetings as fun as possible.

Give your Scouts pipe foam and duct tape so they can create an insane miniature roller coaster. Watch as they craft catapults out of sticks and rubber bands to fling marshmallows at other patrols. Let them build robots.

The Scouts will have a blast, and you’ll love knowing they’re learning about STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — in the process.

So how do you make your troop meetings more STEM-filled? Fire up the March 2015 ScoutCast.

The hosts interview Ron Colletti, a volunteer in the Greater St. Louis Council who’s a member of the National BSA STEM Committee.

He shares ideas for each letter of STEM. Here are a few highlights:

Science: Fun with Diet Coke and Mentos

“So I’ve got one that contains Diet Coke and Mentos and all the Mentos launch tubes and why we get that reaction when you mix those two together,” Colletti says. “One of the things we try to do is take the Diet Coke and we’ll put some outside in the heat and let it warm up. We’ll put some on ice, let it cool down, and then we can measure the temperature and look at how that affects that Diet Coke and Mentos reaction. Everyone likes working with that.”

Technology: Make a gadget

“Technology’s a little bit harder to put together an activity,” Colletti says. “It takes a little bit more planning but there are activities available — most of those around kits that the Scouts can obtain to build, like a working radio or a clock.”

Engineering: Build a catapult

“I ask the Scouts to build a catapult,” Colletti says. “This is what I want you to do with it, shooting projectiles, and you have to reach a certain distance and then we’re going to look at accuracy as well. So they have to build that catapult but then they also have to calibrate it. They have to figure out how to make it, not just shoot, but shoot where they want it to go, which is kind of interesting.”

Math: Fun with numbers (yes, really)

“This could be as simple as measuring physical sizes, the volume of a room, to making cyphers and codes, or even more involved in tracking of sports data leading to statistical evaluations,” Colletti says.

Hear or read the March 2015 ScoutCast

I’ve only scratched the surface of what’s covered here. Go here to listen to or go here to readthe March 2015 ScoutCast.


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USPTO hosts first Inventing Merit Badge class

Posted By STEM Team, Friday, December 19, 2014
Updated: Thursday, December 18, 2014

Since Boy Scouts of America introduced the Inventing Merit Badge in 2010, just over 50 scouts in the National Capital Area Council had earned the honor. But this year, that number will increase significantly. Eight employees of the United States Patent & Trademark Office, and now Inventing Merit Badge Counselors, put together a two-day class for Scouts to earn the Inventing Merit Badge. They held the first part of the class on November 15th at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, VA. From 9AM, Scouts trickled in with their pre-requisites of the Inventing Merit Badge completed, blue cards, and a piece of scouting gear with a patent number in hand, as directed upon pre-registration. These scouts had an exclusive opportunity to tour the USPTO headquarters, hear from and speak to a real inventor, and explore the Inventor’s Hall of Fame and Museum. On January 10th, 2015 they will reconvene at the USPTO in Alexandria, VA to demonstrate working models of their inventions to complete the final requirements in earning their Merit Badge. 

Christmas Tree in the USPTO on November 15th. 




 A boy scout views the Inventor's Hall of Fame. 

Boy Scouts explore the Inventor's Hall of Fame & Museum at the USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, VA. 




Scouts really enjoyed tinkering on this sound machine!




Tags:  Boy Scouts  inventing  USPTO 

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Why every unit needs a STEM Coordinator?

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 25, 2014

We wanted to reblog this post from for our Scouter STEM enthusiasts!


"Serious about STEM? Then you need a Unit STEM Coordinator.

This adult position is the point of contact for all Scouts in the pack, troop or crew to help promote and deliver STEM programs in the unit.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. And it’s important.

The U.S. Department of Commerce says STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM occupations.

Empowering an adult volunteer to serve as Unit STEM Coordinator will help your Scouts develop skills that could one day land them high-paying, exciting jobs in fields that are actually hiring.

So a STEM Coordinator is important, but are you the man or woman for the job? If not you, then who?

Let’s hear from Teresa and Ron Colletti, members of the BSA National STEM/Nova Committee. Richard Stone, the education and training leader of the STEM/Nova Committee who has contributed to other STEM posts on my blog, offers his wisdom, too."

- See full post at

Tags:  scouting magazine  STEM 

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Forensics Friday at the Maryland Science Center

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 22, 2014
The Drug Enforcement Administration offered our Scouts and leaders scholarships to attend the Forensics Friday Event on August 15, 2014 at the Maryland Science Center. Crime Lab investigators, Federal agents, and local and state police were on hand demonstrating the latest in technologies that help them do their jobs. This video is of a F6A robot out front of the Maryland Science Center. 

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Science Center Camp-in

Posted By Jacklyn Duff, Wednesday, April 09, 2014
The Maryland Science Center is offering Camp-in events for members of youth organizations. This is not a BSA sponsored event, but it could be a great opportunity to have fun learning about STEM.

"Camp-In combines an indoor, overnight adventure with exciting, interactive science education. Camp-In includes IMAX and Planetarium shows, three hands-on science workshops, time to explore many of the museum’s interactive exhibits, and limited time to shop in the store. Camp-In also includes an evening snack, a light breakfast, and a participation patch. Check-In begins at 5:15 PM and the program ends after IMAX in the morning at 9:00 AM."

For more information visit: Maryland Science Center

Information Sheet
Workshop Description

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MITRE Scouting Engineering Day Information

Posted By Jacklyn Duff, Thursday, April 03, 2014


2014 MITRE Scout Engineering Day
Scout Engineering Day check-in starts at 7:30 am, April 5, 2014 at the McLean campus. See the building maps below. Visitors please park in the East Parking Lot and proceed to the Conference Center entrance.

If you are only participating in an afternoon session, you may arrive by 12:30 for registration and lunch (1 PM if you want to skip lunch).


Please arrive promptly at 7:30 to check in.

8:30 is Opening Ceremony

AM Classes are 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Lunch is from 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Afternoon registration is from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

PM Classes are 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM


Reminders for Scouts: Be Prepared!

·         Class ‘A’ Uniform is required

·         Please ensure your Scoutmaster approves your attendance with a signed blue card

·         Vegetarian lunch options are available. Those with other food considerations such as allergies should bring lunch


Event Operations Center - Contact information

Event Operations Center (571) 926-0451

MITRE Security Center (703) 983-6024



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Volunteering Science Festival Webinar

Posted By Jacklyn Duff, Monday, March 31, 2014
There will be a webinar training tonight at 7PM for anyone who has or wants to volunteer for the USA Science and Engineering Festival. The information is below. The session will be recorded and posted at a later date on the website.

1. Please join my meeting.
2. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone.
United States: +1 (267) 507-0017
Access Code: 564-973-989
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
Meeting ID:564-973-989

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