STEMNOVA Presentation - Old North State Council

Report
STEM &
Scouting
Session Objectives
During this session you will learn the
following items:
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What is STEM?
What is the BSA response?
What are “Counselors” and “Mentors”?
How will the Old North State Council become “STEMfocused”?
5. What support is available?
What is STEM?
Science
Technology
Engineering
Mathematics
Stacey Alston
Chair and Spokesman,
Old North State Council
STEM Committee
Principal of the STEM Early College
At North Carolina A&T University
WHY STEM?
WHY STEM?
• Our nation is at a crossroads…
• We live in a time of great opportunity, when the
spirit of innovation can help us overcome
challenges and ensure a prosperous and secure
future.
• To seize these opportunities we must position
ourselves at the cutting edge of scientific
discovery and technological innovation.
WHY STEM?
• Our country is falling behind in science,
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM):
• In 2009, just 34 percent of U.S. 8th graders were
rated proficient or higher in a national math
assessment.
• In an international exam given, U.S. high school
students ranked 21st out of 30 industrialized nations
in science and 25th in math.
• Only 43 percent of U.S. high school graduates in
2010 were ready for college work in math and 29
percent were ready in science.
WHY STEM?
• STEM is the future.
• STEM education is an economic imperative. Experts
say that technological innovation accounted for
almost half of U.S. economic growth over the past
50 years, and almost all of the 30 fastest-growing
occupations in the next decade will require at least
some background in STEM.
• STEM literacy is also critical because it has a
profound and growing impact on our day-to-day
lives. The National Science Foundation “estimates
that 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will
require some form of math and science skills.”
WHY STEM?
THE BSA RESPONSE
THE BSA has partnered with
ExxonMobil to increase STEM
awareness in youth and offer them
the opportunities to
Be “Prepared for Life”
THE BSA NOVA AWARD
Cub Scout
 Science Everywhere (Science)
 Tech Talk (Technology)
 Swing! (Engineering)
 1-2-3 Go! (Math)
Boy Scout
 Shoot! (Science)
 Start Your Engines (Technology)
 Whoosh! (Engineering)
 Designed to Crunch (Math)
Venturing
 Launch! (Science)
 Power Up (Technology)
 Hang On! (Engineering)
 Numbers Don’t Lie (Math)
SUPERNOVA AWARDS
• CUB SCOUT and WEBELOS
• BOY SCOUT
• VENTURING
 Earning the NOVA award is not a prerequisite
for the Cub Scout and Webelos Supernova
Awards but is required for Boy Scout and
Venturer Supernova Awards.
 Supernova Mentors operate like MB
Counselors
 Award is more involved and challenging than
the NOVA award.
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Wright Brothers
Dr. Albert Einstein
Dr. Sally Ride
Silver medal
Gold medal
Bronze medal
(Must be a
registered
Venturer)
(Must be a
registered
Venturer)
Venturer
Boy Scout
Dr. Bernard
Harris
Thomas Alva
Edison
Bronze medal
Silver medal
Cub Scout
Dr. Luis W. Alvarez
Dr. Charles H.
Townes
Wolf/Bear Cub Scout
Webelos Scout
Bronze medal
Bronze medal
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Dr. Luis W.
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Dr. Charles H.
Townes
Wolf/Bear Cub
Scout
Webelos Scout
Bronze medal
Bronze medal
Cub Scout
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Boy Scout
Dr. Bernard
Harris
Thomas Alva
Edison
Bronze medal
Silver medal
Cub Scout
Dr. Luis W. Alvarez
Dr. Charles H.
Townes
Wolf/Bear Cub Scout
Webelos Scout
Bronze medal
Bronze medal
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Wright Brothers
Dr. Sally Ride
Silver medal
Bronze medal
(Must be a
registered
Venturer)
Venturer
Boy Scout
Dr. Bernard
Harris
Thomas Alva
Edison
Bronze medal
Silver medal
Cub Scout
Dr. Luis W. Alvarez
Dr. Charles H.
Townes
Wolf/Bear Cub Scout
Webelos Scout
Bronze medal
Bronze medal
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Wright Brothers
Dr. Albert Einstein
Dr. Sally Ride
Silver medal
Gold medal
Bronze medal
(Must be a
registered
Venturer)
(Must be a
registered
Venturer)
Venturer
Boy Scout
Dr. Bernard
Harris
Thomas Alva
Edison
Bronze medal
Silver medal
Cub Scout
Dr. Luis W. Alvarez
Dr. Charles H.
Townes
Wolf/Bear Cub Scout
Webelos Scout
Bronze medal
Bronze medal
How Tough Are The Requirements?
Cub Scout
“Science Everywhere” Nova Award
3. Act like a scientist! Do EACH of the following:
A. With your counselor, choose a question you would like to investigate.
B. With a parent or your counselor, use the scientific method/process
to investigate your question. Keep records of your question,
the information you found, how you investigated, and
what you found out about your question.
C. Discuss your investigation and findings with your counselor.
How Tough Are The Requirements?
Boy Scout
“Start Your Engines!”
4. Design and build a working model vehicle (not from a kit).
A. Make drawings and specifications of your model vehicle.
B. Include one of the following energy sources to power your vehicle:
solar, wind, battery.
C. Test your model. Then answer the following questions:
1. How well did it perform?
2. Did it move as well as you thought it would?
3. Did you encounter problems? How can they be corrected?
D. Discuss with your counselor:
1. Any difficulties you encountered in designing and building your model
2. Why you chose a particular energy source
3. Whether your model met your specifications
4. How you would modify your design to make it better
How Tough Are The Requirements?
Venturing
Dr. Albert Einstein Supernova Award
4. With guidance from your mentor, select an area of current STEM-related concern
and develop a research project or experiment related to that area. This research
project or experiment should be challenging and should require a significant
investment of time and effort on your part. (A guideline would be approximately 100
hours.) If your mentor is not a specialist in the area of your project or experiment, he
or she will solicit assistance from a specialist to serve as a STEM consultant. Execute
the project or experiment. Prepare a complete and well-documented written report
AND an oral presentation. Present both to your mentor and your local council
Nova/STEM Committee.
Help
Hints
Requirements
counselors
VS.
mentors
Youth
Protection
Guidelines
• STEM is FUN!
• Be safe!
• Encourage youth.
• Age makes a
difference.
• Group size.
•There is no time limit.
• Know your youth!
Benefits to Scouting
•School Relationships
•Community Perception
•Relevance
COUNCIL & DISTRICT
SUPPORT
• WHAT CAN WE DO TO SUPPORT?
 Integrate the STEM related Cub Scout awards
and Merit Badges at Day Camps/Summer
Camps now
Inform/Educate the Commissioner Staff to help
inform unit leaders
Recruit a STEM committee to organize and
promote the integration.
Hold STEM-based events to promote awareness
COUNCIL SUPPORT
• How will the ONSC become STEM focused?
 Nova/Supernova programs can be introduced at
summer and day camps along with encampments
Blast Cars
Council STEM-themed Merit Badge Day in 2013
Council-Sponsored Science Fair in 2014
Robotics Venture Crews and Explorer Posts
Robotics Merit Badge events
STEM web page on ONSC website – coming soon
National Council Support
www.scouting.org/stem
Facebook under
Nova Award, BSA
Conclusion and Review
• STEM is a meta-discipline important to the future
of learning and education.
• NOVA Awards are designed as a way to make
learning fun!
• SUPERNOVA Awards are designed to challenge
those who like the STEM fields.
• THE BSA has begun to integrate the NOVA
awards throughout the BSA literature, trainings
and outdoor program.
THINK STEM!

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