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Welcome to the NCAC STEM page!

 

This page outlines what the NCAC STEM program is doing. To get an overview of the STEM program and to download forms please visit: Nova and STEM

 

Events

There are just a few highlighted events. Please visit our calendar for the complete list of upcoming events.

 

  

USA Science and Engineering Festival

 

Help us promote Scouting and STEM! NCAC needs youth and adult volunteers to participate at our USA Science and Engineering booth.

 

The Boy Scouts are proud to be an Official Partner of the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival, to be held April 24-27, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

 

What is the universe made of? Why did dinosaurs go extinct? What do magic tricks and hip-hop have to with math? What will be the next medical breakthrough? What does baseball have to do with physics? Find out at the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo where over 250,000 K-12 students and parents, over 5,000

teachers and over 3,000 STEM professionals will experience the largest celebration of STEM! Participants include more than 750 of the World's leading professional scientific and engineering societies, universities, government agencies, high tech corporations and STEM outreach and community organizations. 

 

 The USA Science and Engineering conference is the larges STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) conference in the nation. We need helpers to run activities in two hour sessions on April 25th, 26th and 27th. After helping out, you can visit with some of the other 750 other organizations.

 

BSA will have a booth with several activities such as testing the strength of knots, blast cars, and chocolate welding. Register here to help to promote Scouting and STEM. After your time volunteering, you can explore the expo.

 

 

 

 

Council STEM Committee

A Council STEM Committee has been formed with the goal of supporting the STEM initiative and promoting STEM activities throughout the region. Dr. Nicholas Maliszewskyj, a physicist at NIST, is the chairman and James Hamlin, NCAC Assistant Director of Field Service, is the council liaison. Any Scouters interested in participating in this committee should contact James Hamlin at 301-214-9130 for more information. The STEM Coordinator in charge of the STEM van and General Dynamics STEM lab at Camp Snyder is Jacklyn Duff.

The vision of this committee is to see all of our Council units engaged in some kind of STEM initiative during the program year. By engaging our council with STEM education we are doing our part to promote excellence and our nation’s technological competitiveness in an increasingly complex world.
 
For more STEM information you can contact STEM@ncacbsa.org.

 

 

List of Coordinators

 

 

DistrictService AreaCoordinator
 Appalachian Trail Mountain West Nick Maliszewskyj 
 Aquia Virginia SouthAlex Brence
 Bull Run  Virginia South  Mike Lowry
 Catoctin Mountain WestJohn Stalnaker 
 Chain Bridge Virginia Central  Pete Collat
 Colonial Virginia Central Bill Stewart
 George Mason Virginia Central Victor Bieniek
 Goose Creek Mountain West Beth Suttie
 Mattaponi Virginia South Justin Youtz
 Occoquan Virginia Central 
 Old Dominion Virginia Central 
 Patriot Virginia Central Robert Cohn
 Piedmont Virginia South 
 Potomac Montgomery Judy Russel
 Powhatan Mountain West Anthony Petruzzi
 Prince George Maryland South Gene Eplee
 Seneca Montgomery Chuck Chatlynne
 Sully Mountain West 
 Washington D.C. Maryland South Braun Cameron
 Western Shore Maryland South Joseph Brian Essex
White Oak Montgomery Kevin Hopson
 Zekiah Maryland South Rizwan Ramakdawala

 

 

National Office has released training for the Nova Program, Nova Counselors, and Nova Mentors at this link. Nova Program is under: Orientation Course - STEM OrientationNova Counselor is under: Position-Specific (Role-Based) Courses - STEM Nova Counselor TrainingNova Mentor is under: Position-Specific (Role-Based) Courses - STEM Nova Mentor Training

 

 

STEM Education Opportunities and Resources

The National Capital Area offers a wealth of opportunities for Scouts of all ages to explore what it means to work as scientist or engineer or to engage in hobbies in science and technology.

o Scout programs at the Patuxent Research Refuge - Click here.

o Scout programs at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) - Click here.

o Scout programs at the National Building Museum - Click here.

o Rockville Science Center - Click here.

o Community Calendar - Click here.

o Microsoft Store Cub Scout Belt Loop Programs - Click here.

o FIRST LEGO League of Washington DC - Click here.

o FIRST LEGO League of Maryland - Click here.

o FIRST LEGO League of Virginia - Click here.

o Student programs at NASA Goddard - Click here.

o Adventures in Science (short programs for elementary and middle school youth running at NIH, NIST, and Lockheed Martin) - Click here.

o National Association of Rocketry – Click here.

o National Electronics Museum – Click here.

o Future City Competition – Click here.

o AUVSIfoundation Robotics Competitions – Click here.

o Google Science Fair – Click here.

o Army Educational Outreach Program – Click here.

o Army STEM Page - Click here.

o Big Learning Education Kits - Click here.

 

 

FAQ

Click on any of the questions below to take you to the answer. If you have a question that does not appear in this list, please contact STEM@ncacnbsa.org.

 

 

What is the Nova Program?

What is the difference between the Nova and Supernova Awards?

What is a Nova/Supernova Mentor?

How do I find a Nova Counselor/Supernova Mentor?
How do I become a Nova Counselor/Supernova Mentor?

How do I request the STEM Van?
Can I mentor my own child?

What events are happening at the General Dynamics STEM Lab at Camp Snyder?

What paperwork do I submit for awards and where do I submit it to?

Why do Nova Counselors have to fill out forms?

Why do we have to send in another adult form?

Can Tigers earn Nova Awards?

 How do I become a District STEM Coordinator?

 

What is the Nova Program?

 

The Nova Program is a new BSA initiative that promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). BSA's STEM initiative gives Scouts an opportunity to explore relevant skills and experiences and to be recognized for their achievements. The aim is to expose youth to new opportunities and help them develop the STEM skills critical for the competitive world marketplace. Our council is preparing itself to implement these initiatives. The Nova program incorporates and expands upon existing loops, pins, and badges.

 

What is the difference between the Nova and Supernova Awards?

 

The NOVA award is a distinctive pocket patch with a separate pin on device awarded for each individual topic completed by the youth, up to three pins.

The SUPERNOVA Award program is similar to the BSA Hornaday Award Program and is designed to encourage and recognize more in-depth achievement in STEM. The basic requirements include earning certain Academic Pins for Cub Scouts, Activity Badges for Webelos and Merit Badges for Boy Scouts, plus complete additional, more rigorous STEM related requirements. The Venturing requirements are based on more independent achievement and teaching activities. The SUPERNOVA awards are medals on neck ribbons.

 

What is a Nova/Supernova Mentor?

A Nova Counselor is an adult who helps scouts earn a Nova patch or pin. A counselor can oversee many youth and needs no STEM experience. A Supernova Mentor is an adult who has some experience in STEM because the Supernova projects are more in depth.

 

How do I find a Nova Counselor/Supernova Mentor?

Contact your District STEM Coordinator. Go to this link STEM District Coordinator List and scroll down to District STEM Coordinator table. If your district does not have a coordinator listed, contact your District Executive or Advancement Chair.

 

How do I become a Nova Counselor/Supernova Mentor?

 

The counselors and mentors have different codes. Therefore, applications must be filled out for each position you are interested in.

A counselor must fill out this form and an adult BSA application. It does have its own code and must be renewed. The form asks for your experience even though it is not required. The experience section identifies the skill sets available in each district. Give the form to your District STEM Coordinator. If you do not have a District STEM Coordinator, please contact your District Executive.

A mentor must fill out this form and an adult BSA application. It does have its own code and must be renewed. The form asks for your experience in order to understand the skill sets available in each district Give the form to your District STEM Coordinator. If you do not have a District STEM Coordinator, please contact your District Executive.

 

 

 

How do I request the STEM Van?

The STEM van is currently only supplementing existing events. Please e-mail your STEM Coordinator or District Executive to request the van to attend your event. The curriculum for the van and the supplies are currently under construction. The van will be available at the beginning of next year to travel to district events. A minimum of 25 youth must be in attendance. There will be a variety of activities to choose from. A request form will be available online along with a calendar of availability. A small fee may be associated with a van visit. We look forward to visiting you!

 

Can I mentor my own child?

You may be a counselor for your child if there is a group of scouts, but you cannot be a mentor for your scout.

 

What events are happening at the General Dynamics STEM Lab at Camp Snyder?

There is a General Dynamics STEM Lab at Camp William B. Snyder. There will be STEM related events held here through the year.

 

What paperwork do I submit for awards and where do I submit it to?

Click for list of applications. They must be filled out fully with explanations of what the scout accomplished in the comments section. They are to be submitted to your District STEM Coordinator. If your district does not have one, please contact your District Executive or talk to your advancement chair.

 

 Why do Nova Counselors have to fill out forms?

Districts are maintaining records of counselors. They can then use existing counselors as resources to help future counselors or other scouting groups. This is also a way to make sure that the adult working with the scout has youth protection training.

 

Why do we have to send in another adult form?

When applying for any position, a copy must be sent with the paperwork to ensure the adult has up-to-date youth protection. It is more paperwork, but youth protection is our top priority.

 

Can Tigers earn Nova Awards?

Tigers cannot earn Nova awards, but they can participate in activities and get credit once they become a Wolf.

 

How do I become a District STEM Coordinator?

Contact your District Executive.

 

 

 

 

 

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Upcoming Events
STEM -USA Science & Engineering Festival Volunteering
Friday, April 25, 2014
STEM Festival
Saturday, April 26, 2014


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