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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.

http://nsidc.org/cryosphere/snow/index.html

http://nsidc.org/cryosphere/snow/science/formation.html

 

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

http://www.exploratorium.edu/mars/snowflakes.php

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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 csedweek.org, 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.

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