Tag Archives: STEM

By Community Submission
Sep 11, 2015

Using STEM in your Troop, Part 2

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities can be a great way to increase interest and participation in your troop activities while preparing your Scouts for school and careers. In Part 1 of this post, Ron Colletti of the Greater St. Louis Council talked about the kits he uses to incorporate STEM easily into his […]

By Community Submission
Aug 29, 2015

Incorporating STEM into Your Troop Meetings

Is your troop stuck in a rut, doing the same activities year after year? How about using pipe foam and duct tape to build a miniature roller coaster (and learning about kinetic energy) or making a catapult out of craft sticks and rubber bands and sending things flying through the air (while secretly measuring velocity […]

By Lee Hansen
Mar 16, 2015

STEM in the Kitchen with Bread and Cake …Yum!

In December, I watched Lee Hansen, our STEM guru, work with our Learning for Life classroom teachers as he taught them how to teach chemistry by making bread and cake. In education, this activity fits within the common core standard and explores various aspects of yeast and soda-leavened breads, but for me yesterday,it was simple St. Patrick […]

By Lee Hansen
Jan 06, 2015

STEM Education in Utah  

The Utah Public Education system is broken. An 83% graduation rate is meaningless if the majority of graduates are not ready for a career or college. High school graduates are unprepared in critical thinking, analytical reasoning, communication, and leadership skills, and unprepared for present jobs, let alone future jobs. A functioning democracy requires informed and […]

By Darryl Alder
Nov 17, 2014

STEM and Scouting

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are considered by most people to be the basis of an advanced civilization. In many environments—including political, governmental, and academic—the strength of the STEM workforce is regarded as an indicator of a nation’s ability to maintain itself in an ever changing future. Involving our youth members in science, technology, […]

By Boy Scouts of America
Nov 12, 2014

Time Management Strategies from Some Brilliant Teenage Prodigies

These busy scientists may only be 17, but their ability to manage their time efficiently has helped them win some major props. Here’s how you too can rock at managing your time better. Every year, the Intel Science Talent Search brings 40 teenage scientists to Washington, D.C., to showcase their research. The projects are impressive. Eric Chen, for […]

By Lee Hansen
Oct 10, 2014

Why STEM?

We hear a lot today about “STEM.” Most of us know the letters stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.” But why STEM? Is there an underlying connection among these fields that leads us to meld them into an acronym? Or was the conglomeration one of convenience, driven solely by economics? STEM represents a field […]

By Lee Hansen
Mar 19, 2014

Science Meets Survivor

The same organization famous for bringing boys into the wild will now be bringing boys into the lab. Under the direction of other scouting volunteers tasked with developing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Lee Hansen, a retired chemistry professor, and his daughter, Thea Buell, have […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Nov 13, 2013

Mothers: The Making of Scouts

“He led no armies into battle, he conquered no countries, and he enslaved no peoples… Nonetheless, he exerted a degree of power the magnitude of which no warrior ever dreamed. His name still commands a respect as sweeping in scope and as world-wide as that of any other mortal – a devotion rooted deep in human gratitude […]

By Liz Merrell
Jul 05, 2013

Scout Telescope and Weather Station

On a dark night, the naked eye can see between 1,000 and 1,500 stars. This mysterious, endless vision of stars, constellations, planets and matter inspires intellectual curiosity. The Boy Scout STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program helps Scouts explore the night skies while developing skills to adapt to a changing educational environment and competitive job […]