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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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