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Bay Area CouncilSEA SCOUT BASEEVENTS 2014BAYSMART/STEM EXPERIENCE 2014-2015 (Merit Badge & Cub Scout Program)

BaySmart/STEM Experience 2014-2015...

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WHAT IS STEM?

STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. From archery to welding, Scouts can't help but enjoy the wide range of STEM-related activities. To support this initiative, the BSA developed the Nova Awards program so that youth members have fun and receive recognition for their efforts.

WHY STEM?

We live in a time of great opportunity. The spirit of innovation can help us overcome challenges and ensure a prosperous and secure future. To seize this opportunity, we must position ourselves at the cutting edge of scientific discovery and technological innovation.

Yet our country is falling behind in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This is why many professionals and educators in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics believe the United States should do more now than ever to encourage students to enter STEM-related fields. These experts say our young people need strong STEM skills to compete in the world market. We must work together to cultivate the next generation of critical thinkers and innovators.

The hope is that the requirements and activities for earning these awards stimulates interest in STEM-related fields and shows how science, technology, engineering and mathematics apply to everyday living and the world around them. Counselors and mentors help bring this engaging, contemporary, and fun program to life for youth members.

THE NOVA AWARDS

There are four Nova awards for Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. Each award covers one component of STEM—science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

  • Cub Scout Nova awards: Science Everywhere, Tech Talk, Swing!, and 1-2-3 Go!
  • Boy Scout Nova awards: Shoot!, Start Your Engines, Whoosh!, and Designed to Crunch
  • Venturer Scout Nova awards: Launch!, Power Up, Hang On!, and Numbers Don't Lie

For their first Nova award, Scouts earn the distinctive Nova award patch. After that, a Scout can earn three more Nova awards, each one recognized with a separate pi (π) pin-on device that attaches to the patch. The patch and the three devices represent each of the four STEM topics—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

THE SUPERNOVA AWARDS

The Supernova awards have more rigorous requirements than the Nova awards. The requirements and activities were designed to motivate youth and recognize more in-depth, advanced achievement in STEM-related activities.

  • For Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts: Dr. Louis Alvarez Supernova Award
  • For Webelos Scouts: Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award
  • For Boy Scouts: Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Bronze Award, Thomas Edison Supernova Silver Award
  • For Venturers: Dr. Sally Ride Supernova Bronze Award, Wright Brothers Supernova Silver Award, Dr. Albert Einstein Supernova Gold Award

For earning the Supernova award, Scouts receive a medal and certificate.

All requirements may be found in the Nova awards guidebooks, available through the Scout shop—one for Cub Scouts, one for Boy Scouts, and one for Venturers. The requirements can be completed with a parent or an adult leader as the counselor (for the Nova awards) or mentor (for the Supernova awards). Each guidebook includes a section for the counselor and mentor.

GET ON BOARD

BOY SCOUTS -
Robotics Merit Badge & Shoot STEM Award

Program Date:
Oct. 25, 2014

Pricing Fees: $35 (Parent/guardian is welcome to attend but not required.)

PARTICIPANTS: 40 scouts/40 parents


Registration ends:
October 15, 2014

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Prerequisites:  (Click on icon)

STEM shootRobotics MB

CUB SCOUTS -
Science Belt Loop/Pin & Science STEM Award

Program Date:
Nov. 22, 2014

Pricing Fees: $35 (Parent/guardian MUST ATTEND)

PARTICIPANTS: 40 scouts/40 parents


Registration ends:
November 12, 2014

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Prerequisites: (Click on icon)

STEM scienceCUB Scout Science

BOY SCOUTS -
Engineering Merit Badge & Whoosh STEM Award

Program Date:
Dec. 20, 2014

Pricing Fees: $35 (Parent/guardian is welcome to attend but not required.)

PARTICIPANTS: 40 scouts/40 parents

Registration ends:
December 10, 2014

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Prerequisites: (Click on icon)

STEM WhooshEngineering badge

BOY SCOUTS - Weather Merit Badge & Designed to Crunch STEM Award

Program Date: Jan. 10, 2015

Pricing Fees: $35 (Parent/guardian is welcome to attend but not required.)

PARTICIPANTS: 40 scouts/40 parents

Registration ends:
January 1, 2015

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Prerequisites: (Click on icon)

STEM crunchweather merit badge               

BOY SCOUTS - Motor Boating Merit Badge & Start Your Engines STEM Award

Program Date: April 25, 2015

Pricing Fees: $35 (Parent/guardian is welcome to attend but not required.)

PARTICIPANTS: 40 scouts/40 parents

Registration ends:
April 15, 2015

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Prerequisites: (Click on icon)

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CUB SCOUTS - Computer Belt Loop/Pin & 1-2-3 Go STEM Award

Program Date: May 16, 2015

Pricing Fees: $35 (Parent/guardian MUST ATTEND)

PARTICIPANTS: 40 scouts/40 parents


Registration ends:
May 6, 2015

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Prerequisites: (Click on icon)

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CONTACT:

Pricing/Availability: Eric Steele at eric.steele@scouting.org
Prerequisites/Requirements: Rob Clift at rclift@ssbgalveston.org

PREREQUISITES: Scouts must complete the required prerequisites before arriving at SSBG.

WHAT TO BRING:

Boy Scouts
- Lunch/water bottle
- Rain gear
- Sweatshirt/light coat
- Pen & notebook
- Sunscreen/sunglasses
- Closed toe shoes - No sandals
- Scout uniform is not required but is encouraged...we want you to be comfortable. Pack & Troop - T-shirts are perfect.
- Completed prerequisites specific to the program you are attending
- Merit Badge Blue Card signed by your Scoutmaster
- Merit Badge book

Cub Scouts
- Lunch/water bottle
- Rain gear
- Sweatshirt/light coat
- Pen & notebook
- Sunscreen/sunglasses
- Closed toe shoes - No sandals
- Scout uniform is not required but is encouraged...we want you to be comfortable. Pack & Troop - T-shirts are perfect.
- Completed prerequisites specific to the program you are attending

 

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