One Week Left to Register for STEM X!

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STEM X is just around the corner and there is only one week left to register! 2017 is the second year for STEM X and we are looking forward to an even better program! STEM X is an awesome opportunity for young men and women who are in or entering high school this fall and participants can be up to 20 years old! These young people will experience STEM programs such as game design, animation, 3-D printing, flying drones, learning how to build houses, the chemistry of everything around us, and a ton more! Participants will also experience College Night, an evening where they will get to ask questions about college life from college representatives, faculty, and current college students. Parents are invited too! Initial registration is done by clicking on this link: STEM X Registration to pay the $200 deposit. The full fee to participate is $475 and includes everything you need from check-in on Sunday, July 30 until check-out on Friday, August 4 and also includes two t-shirts to be worn throughout the week. Registration ends on Friday, June 30 so don’t miss out! For more details, check out www.bsastemx.org or send an email to Colin Lemon.

Summer Programs Have Begun and They Are Packed with STEM!

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Summer is here and there are so many opportunities for our youth to experience STEM while having a blast at summer camp! This week in the Old North State Council, day camp programs began and will continue for the next couple of weeks. Webelos and Boy Scouts resident camps begin this coming Sunday at Woodfield Scout Preservation and Cherokee Scout Reservation. Dad and da Vinci begins on July 8 and STEM X is coming up on July 30!

Both resident camps have increased their STEM programming for the summer of 2017. At Webelos camp, afternoon program will include a new activity in which the Scouts will build and erupt a volcano! Not only will they learn the science of volcanic eruptions but also the chemistry that makes this project work. In addition to that, Webelos Scouts will be able to participate in morning STEM sessions including the “Into the Wild” and “Earth Rocks!” Adventures. Not only that, but week 4 this summer will also include a brand new pilot program for Bear Cub Scouts! For those Bears who participate in week 4, they will work on the Robotics Adventure and get to work on Nova Awards by building and erupting a model volcano and designing a moon base!

At Boy Scout camp, the program has added Robotics merit badge to the massive list of STEM merit badges that have been offered for years including Environmental Science, Astronomy, Space Exploration, Energy, Reptile & Amphibian Study, Fish & Wildlife Management, Archaeology, Mammal Study, Nature, Electricity, Forestry, Plant Science, and Weather. And those are just the merit badges in the STEM/Nature Department! Other departments include STEM merit badges as well such as Metalwork, Model Design & Building, Pioneering, Geocaching, Orienteering, and more!

Dad and da Vinci is our traditional Dad and Lad camp-out with a STEM twist! Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts will enjoy spending the day and night at the Boy Scout resident camp and will enjoy some awesome activities including catapults, bridge building, simple machines, robots, and puzzles. Spaces are still available so make sure you register by June 30! The cost is $50 for one dad and Scout and $25 for each additional Scout. Campers arrive on Saturday, July 8 and leave Sunday morning. Registration can be completed online by clicking on this link: Dad and da Vinci Registration.

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Drilling into a skull at STEM X 2016!

STEM X is just around the corner! 2017 is the second year for STEM X and we are looking forward to an even better program! STEM X is an awesome opportunity for young men and women who are in or entering high school this fall and participants can be up to 20 years old! These young people will experience STEM programs such as game design, animation, 3-D printing, flying drones, learning how to build houses, the chemistry of everything around us, engineering, and a ton more! Participants will also experience College Night, an evening where they will get to ask questions about college life from college representatives, faculty, and current college students. Parents are invited too! Initial registration is done by clicking on this link: STEM X Registration to pay the $200 deposit. The full fee to participate is $475 and includes everything you need from check-in on Sunday, July 30 until check-out on Friday, August 4 and also includes two t-shirts to be worn throughout the week. Registration ends on Friday, June 30 so don’t miss out! For more details, check out www.bsastemx.org or send an email to Colin Lemon.

All in all, we have a crazy amount of STEM going on this summer so don’t be left out! We are working out the STEM calendar for the next school year including all STEM activities, programs, and training opportunities so be on the look-out for that. We’ll see you this summer!

Cub Scout Earns First Dr. Luis Alvarez Supernova Award in the Old North State Council!

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Jeremiah Workman of Pack 65 in Saxapahaw, NC Receives the Cub Scout Supernova Award

Since the Nova and Supernova Awards program launched in 2012, the Old North State Council has had dozens of Webelos Supernova Awards as well as a couple of Boy Scout Supernova Awards earned throughout the council. But in that much time, we have never had a motivated and determined Cub Scout strive to earn the Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award (aka Cub Scout Supernova Award) that only Wolf and Bear Scouts can earn. Until now!

Tonight, I had the honor of awarding the Old North State Council’s first recipient of the Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award to Cub Scout (now Webelos Scout) Jeremiah Workman of Pack 65 in Saxapahaw, North Carolina. Jeremiah had to learn about Dr. Luis W. Alvarez and a few other scientists, complete several Cub Scout Adventures, complete a science project with his teacher, and learn about the science of Pinewood Derby racing to earn his Cub Scout Supernova Award.

Just days after Jeremiah’s award was approved, seven more Cub Scouts were also approved to receive the Dr. Luis Alvarez Supernova Award. Congratulations to William Gaunt, Andrew Morgan, Jensu Rmah, Cullen Rembach, Daniel Sharp, Wesley Walker, and Darius Williams of Pack 316 in Greensboro, North Carolina for receiving their awards!

What an awesome achievement for these eight Cub Scouts! I look forward to seeing their applications for the Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award as they move into Webelos and work towards the Arrow of Light!

For more information about the Supernova Awards and how to earn them, click on Supernova Awards. For questions, contact Colin Lemon at colin.lemon@scouting.org or (336) 378-9166.

Congratulations Cub Scouts!

Dads! What Are You Doing With Your Cub Scout This Summer?

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You might know it as our annual Dad and Lad camp-out for Cub Scouts and their dads but this year, Dad and da Vinci will be taking over Cherokee Scout Reservation on July 8 and 9! Cub Scouts and their dads will enjoy a variety of activities inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s imagination and innovative mind including puzzles, catapults, bridge building, simple machines, robots, and more! The Early Bird cost is $40 for one dad and Cub Scout and $20 for an additional Cub Scout with a registration deadline of June 2, 2017. That’s next Friday! After the Early Bird deadline, the cost is $50.00 for one dad and Scout, additional Scouts are $25.00 each. Registration has begun and can be completed online by clicking on this link: Dad and da Vinci Online Registration. More details and a pdf registration form can be found by clicking here: Dad and da Vinci Registration form.

Dad and da Vinci is an awesome opportunity for dads to get out in the woods and see just how creative and imaginative their Cubs can be! With a STEM-inspired theme, Dad and da Vinci promises to be an exciting weekend. We’ll see you there!

Cub Scout STEM Quest Postponed to Fall

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Though the Old North State Council STEM Committee has attempted to provide Cub Scout STEM Quest earlier this year, we have not been able to pull together the resources necessary to provide the high quality experience you have come to expect from the STEM programs of the Old North State Council. As such, we will be postponing the Cub Scout STEM Quest event scheduled for this Saturday, May 20. We will plan the event for a date this coming fall when we will have more resources available to us to provide a superior program for your Cub Scouts.

We appreciate your understanding and apologize for the postponement. We hope you will join us at our Dad and da Vinci camp-out in July and our rescheduled Cub Scout STEM Quest this fall. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Colin Lemon at colin.lemon@scouting.org or (336) 378-9166.

Graham Middle School Wins 2nd Annual Innovation Competition!

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Teams from across the Piedmont Triad participating in the Young Innovators program came together today for the 2nd annual Innovation Competition in Greensboro. Three teams competed for first place in what came down to a very difficult decision for the judges! In determining the prizes, judges had to consider the level of difficulty of the project, the quality of the presentation, how innovative the project was, the enthusiasm of the team members, how effective the project was carried out within the budget, and a number of other factors.

While all of the  teams did a fantastic job, the “STEMinists” from Graham Middle School stood out and claimed the first place trophy! The “STEMinists”, the programs first all-girls team, designed and carried out a project to extract fuel oil from algae. The team worked through a number of roadblocks and challenges throughout the school year and while they found that the process is not efficient on this scale, they were successful and learned a lot about the scientific process along the way! The team consisted of all sixth grade girls who are absolutely excited about meeting the challenge again in the 2017-2018 school year.

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The “STEMinists” of Graham Middle School with their adult advisor and teacher, Rebekah Davis.

Congratulations to the “Leading Edge” from Mendenhall Middle School whose team members worked to design a sugar-based biodegradable candy wrapper and took the second place trophy. Finally, congratulations to the “Hornets” from The Academy at Lincoln whose team designed a prosthetic leg!

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The “Leading Edge” of Mendenhall Middle School with their advisors and teachers Judy Mays and Lenny French.
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The “Hornets” of The Academy at Lincoln with their advisor and teacher Seema Anand.

Congratulations to all of the teams that participated! What an awesome display of innovation! As always, a special thanks goes to the Carter Family STEM Initiative for their generous support of all things STEM! Without their generosity, programs such as Young Innovators would not be possible.

Young Innovators is a program for middle school young men and women who want to change the world! We are adding more middle schools for the 2017-2018 school year. We are also expanding the program to include high schools this fall! For more information about getting your middle or high school in the Piedmont Triad involved, contact Colin Lemon at colin.lemon@scouting.org or (336) 378-9166.

 

STEM X Offers Opportunities for Boy Scouts to Work on STEM Merit Badges

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STEM X is a program for young men and women to explore different fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and is meant for any young man or woman who is of high school age. But while many young people who participate in STEM X are not registered in any BSA program currently, several participants are registered as Boy Scouts. For those Boy Scouts, why not participate in STEM X and knock out a few merit badge requirements at the same time?

Depending on the program track they choose, Boy Scouts will be able to complete requirements for various merit badges while they enjoy their week at STEM X. The goal of the program is not to earn merit badges so even though they will get credit for completing some requirements, it is not likely that they will finish any merit badges at STEM X and will need to complete further requirements with their home troop.

“Which merit badges will my son earn credit for?”

Great question! The full details can be found by visiting www.bsastemx.org and clicking on “Program Tracks”. The list of merit badges that each program track will touch on can be found by clicking on the individual program track descriptions. But to give you an example, Boy Scouts who participate in the “Architectonics” program track will complete some requirements for these merit badges:

  • Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Drafting
  • Surveying
  • Model Design and Building

Scouts who participate in “The Fifth Element” will complete some requirements for these merit badges:

  • Environmental Science
  • Fish and Wildlife Management
  • Geology
  • Insect Study
  • Nature
  • Plant Science
  • Reptile and Amphibian Study
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Sustainability

Again, STEM X is not about earning merit badges but wouldn’t it be great to come home from a fantastic week at STEM X and have some progress on merit badges to show for it? After all, what Boy Scout doesn’t need more merit badges?!

STEM X will take place at Cherokee Scout Reservation in Yanceyville, North Carolina from July 30 to August 4, 2017. The full cost is $475 per participant but there are scholarships available so don’t miss out without applying for assistance! For full details, visit www.bsastemx.org or email colin.lemon@scouting.org.

Not Registered for STEM X Yet? There’s Still Time!

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STEM X is an amazing opportunity to spend a week outdoors learning about digital design, blacksmithing, chemistry, hacking (safely, we promise), architecture, movie making, engineering, forestry, environmental science, and much more! There are evening activities like flying drones and don’t forget college night on Wednesday! Spaces are limited so we can keep the quality high in the classes! Want to learn more about STEM X, visit www.bsastemx.org or check out our feature in Scouting Magazine!

If you have not yet registered for STEM X, there is still time to secure a spot! The fee is $475 per participant which includes everything they need from the time they arrive on Sunday until departure on Friday late morning. Those who need some financial assistance to participate in STEM X have until May 15 to submit the Scholarship Application for consideration.

STEM X will take place at Cherokee Scout Reservation in Yanceyville, North Carolina from July 30 through August 4, 2017. For more information and to register, visit STEM X – Fees and Registration.

 

Cub Scout STEM Quest Registration Opens Tonight!

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Registration for Cub Scout STEM Quest opens tonight at 8:00 so make sure you’re ready to register your Scouts!

This year, Cub Scout STEM Quest will be operating similar to a Boy Scout merit badge college so the Cub Scouts will get the opportunity to work on Adventures (and get a head start on their next rank) or they can work on a Nova Award. If they choose to work on an Adventure, they can register for up to two Adventures to work on because each one takes an hour and a half. If they choose a Nova Award, they will only get to participate in one since they take the full three hours. Please make sure you pay close attention to the time for each class so you don’t double book a Scout into two classes at the same time.

The classes that will be offered are:

Nova Awards

  • Science Everywhere
  • Down and Dirty
  • Nova WILD!
  • Out of This World
  • Swing!
  • 1-2-3 Go!

Adventures

  • Wolf Cub
    • Code of the Wolf
    • Air of the Wolf
    • Motor Away
  • Bear Cub
    • Make It Move
    • Robotics
    • Super Science
  • Webelos/Arrow of Light
    • Game Design
    • Engineer

When registering for Adventures, Scouts should participate in Adventures for the den they will be in this fall as long as they have finished their current rank badge. For example, a Scout graduating from the 2nd grade this June should register at Cub Scout STEM Quest as a Bear if taking Adventures. Any Wolf, Bear, Webelos, or Arrow of Light Scout can participate in any Nova Award. Upcoming Tigers (and any other boy who is not currently registered in Scouting) can participate in our Bobcat station where they will have the opportunity to register in Scouting and complete requirements for their Bobcat badge.

Because of some very generous STEM sponsors over the years, Cub Scout STEM Quest continues to require no registration fee to participate!

There will be a drawing between classes at 10:15 for a free week of day camp!

Registration is completed by clicking on Cub Scout STEM Quest and securing tickets for the classes your Scouts want to take. Once again, please pay attention to the time of the classes so you don’t register classes that conflict with each other. It is recommended that you go ahead and review the registration page so you are prepared for 8:00 tonight!

Cub Scout STEM Quest has been an awesome time for the past two years so we are looking forward to an amazing experience for the third year! We look forward to seeing you there!

Cub Scout STEM Quest on May 20!

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Cub Scout STEM Quest is finally here! Join us for the third annual Cub Scout STEM Quest on May 20 at Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, NC. Cub Scouts will register to take either a STEM-related Adventure to help them on their advancement path or they can sign up to take a Nova Award! The program starts at 8:30 AM and will go until noon.

This is a great opportunity for your Cub Scouts to earn a Nova Award or Adventure that your pack might not normally be able to fit into the annual schedule. We will offer six of the seven Cub Scout Nova Awards and a few of the STEM Adventures from each of the Wolf, Bear, and Webelos ranks.

Thanks to our STEM sponsors, Cub Scout STEM Quest is a free event! Registration will begin at 8:00 PM this Friday (5/5/2017). Registration and more details can be found here: Cub Scout STEM Quest. When you click on the link, please notice that not all classes have been posted yet and registration is not yet live. The list of classes is growing right now and will most likely include the following options:

Nova Awards:

  • Science Everywhere
  • Down and Dirty
  • NOVA Wild!
  • Out of This World
  • Swing!
  • 1-2-3 Go!

STEM Adventures:

  • Wolf
    • Code of the Wolf
    • Air of the Wolf
    • Motor Away
  • Bear
    • Make It Move
    • Robotics
    • Super Science
  • Webelos/Arrow of Light
    • Adventures in Science
    • Earth Rocks!
    • Engineer

This is a tentative list but when registration opens Friday, the list will be final. Please talk to your Cub Scouts before Friday to get an idea of what they would like to take. It is likely that Scouts will not complete all of the requirements of their program on May 20 because most programs have requirements that must be completed with their pack or family but the majority of requirements will be completed and a TON of fun will be had!

We hope to see you there for a fantastic day of STEM!