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Department of Energy STEM Event

Posted By Jacklyn Duff, Friday, February 07, 2014

STEM organizations are all around us and growing. 

This week we had the pleasure of attending a STEM event held by the Department of Energy. There are many wonderful organizations and resources available to Scouts in the area. This post will highlight a few of the ones we learned about.


The Real World Design Challenge

This is an annual high school engineering challenge that gives students the experience of designing solutions to existing real world problems. Participating teams receive $1 million of engineering software for modeling their solutions. This year's challenge is called Precision Agriculture, which focuses on using unmanned aircraft systems to assist in reducing food shortage in the future. Click here for more information.


Patent Office

The Patent Office wants to help all inventors no matter what their age. They work closely with FIRST robotics in order to assist any teams that create ideas capable of being patented. Click here for a link to their kids section of their website.


Department of Energy

The Department of Energy has several competitions including Solar Decathlon, Wind Competitions, Clean Energy Plan, EcoCars, and Geothermal Energy. There are many activities such as building a solar pizza box oven or creating energy action checklists. Click here for more information. 

Tags:  Department of Energy  Education  Engineering  Math  Science  STEM  Techonolgy 

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White House State of STEM and Camp Snyder Event

Posted By Jacklyn Duff, Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The White House will be delivering its State of STEM address tomorrow morning at 10AM. The latest class of astronaut candidates along with the media and students from the DC area will be in attendance. After the address, students will be allowed to ask questions. There will also be footage from the International Space Station.

The event will be streamed live on NASATV. Click for more information.


A new event is posted for Camp Snyder. On March 1st, scouts will learn how to program Lego robots to navigate a course. Download the flyer for more information. Registration is now open.

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Student Science Competitions

Posted By Jacklyn Duff, Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Two of the largest Science Fairs are looking for you and your ideas. If you listen to the stories behind most science fair entries, there was something in their every day life that they wanted to fix. This ranges from their dog missing them when they were on vacation or not hearing music is a noisy classroom to trying to protect their town from a hurricane or their family from a disease.


If you come up with an idea and enter one of these contests, besides coming up with an great invention and learning a lot about math and science, you can also win some really nice prizes. You could win $25,000 or $50,000. Some prizes include all expense paid trip around the world to see amazing things like Lego Headquarters, CERN (particle collider), the Galapagos Islands, Google Headquarters or Costa Rica. One inventor will even get to job shadow a 3M engineer for a summer.


Even if you do not win any prizes, it will be an experience you never forget.


The Google Science Fair is accepting ideas. You can enter as an individual or as a team. Youth ages 13-18 can apply. Some of the previous finalist include helping those with hearing loss listen to music, anit-flu medicine, a battery-free flashlight, bio-plastics from a banana, and new signalling system for emergency vehicles.


There is also the 3M Young Scientist Competition for grades 5-8. The winner of last year's competition created a new kind of "sand bag" to save towns from hurricanes. Some of the finalists included a machine that allows you to talk to and feed your pet while you are away and better indoor cook stoves.


If you have not come up with any ideas for this year. Keep thinking about them so you can apply for next year's competitions.


Get parents permission before entering any competitions.

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MITRE, Nova Training, and Other Updates

Posted By Jacklyn Duff, Monday, January 13, 2014

MITRE is hosting their 3rd annual Scout Engineering Day on April 5th. The list of sessions and date for registration are still in work. Here is a link to an article about last year's event: Click here


National Office has released training for the Nova Program, Nova Counselors, and Nova Mentors at this link.

Nova Program is under: Orientation Course - STEM Orientation

Nova Counselor is under: Position-Specific (Role-Based) Courses - STEM Nova Counselor Training

Nova Mentor is under: Position-Specific (Role-Based) Courses - STEM Nova Mentor Training


NASA and Orbital Sciences launched an Antares rocket from Wallops Island, VA last week. The rocket carries a Cygnus cargo craft that resupplied the International Space Station.

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Science of Snow

Posted By Jacklyn Duff, Monday, December 23, 2013

Happy Holidays! We hope everyone is staying warm. Here are a few links to articles on snow science.


Here are two links to the National Snow and Ice data center. They describe types of snow and how snow forms. You can learn things like if snowballs are falling from the sky, it is called graupeling and some snowflakes are 2 inches wide.


This article investigates what snow on Mars would look like (note: do not look into the sun).

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General Dynamics STEM Lab Opening

Posted By Jacklyn Duff, Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The General Dynamics STEM Lab had an electrifying grand opening. The General Dynamics lab, located at Camp William B. Snyder, is being utilized to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and the Nova program throughout scouting. "Fun with Circuits” was held at the lab on December 7th.  Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts were invited to explore the world of circuitry. Using the scientific method, they examined how to make batteries from vinegar, wire, nails, and oranges. They explored resistance by making music with electronic components Play Doh, foil, and pencils. Scouts also built circuits that changed colors due to varying light levels. Cub Scouts met requirements towards the Science is Everywhere Nova Award through examining the scientific method, and Boy Scouts met requirements towards Electronics Merit Badges.

Pictures can be found in the gallery to the right. The next Snyder event will occur in March 2014.

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Angry Bird Teach Computer Programing

Posted By Jacklyn Duff, Thursday, December 12, 2013

This week is Computer Science Education Week. Writing computer code may seem like a difficult task, but don't worry the Angry Birds are here to help you out. If you visit, Angry Birds will teach you how to code in an hour using simple blocks instead of typed lines of code. There are talks by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. Education sites like Khan Academy and Grok Learning have also created code tutorials.

Tags:  Code  Computer Science  STEM 

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