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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.


Tags:  Boy Scouts  scouting magazine  STEM 

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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

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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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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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