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STEM Resources For Boy Scouts

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STEM-Related Merit Badges
The National BSA office has deemed the following as STEM related merit badges:  Animal Science, Astronomy, Bird Study, Chemistry, Computers, Drafting, Electricity, Electronics, Energy, Engineering, Environmental Science, Forestry, Geology, Insect Study, Inventing, Mammal Study, Medicine, Model design and Building, Nature, Nuclear Science, Oceanography, Personal Management, Photography, Plant Science, Reptile and Amphibian Study, Robotics, Soil and Water Conservation, Space Exploration, Surveying, Veterinary Medicine, and Weather.   There are 21 other badges that have fewer STEM-related requirements involved. 

         STEM University photo by Ron Jennings

NEW SCHOLARSHIP Promotes Science and Math Education
As the economy struggles and college costs rise, scholarships are becoming more important than ever. So the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) is proud to announce that it has permanently funded a new annual Eagle Scout scholarship.

The NESA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Scholarship will be awarded annually to an Eagle Scout who intends to major and pursue a career in one of those fields. Applicants must submit the Eagle Scout Academic Scholarships application (available from ) by Jan. 31, 2012. The application must include a signed statement -- one the applicant has written -- that details his education and career goals in a STEM-related field, as well as a signed reference letter from a high school teacher in that field. The first NESA STEM scholarship will be awarded on June 1, 2012, at the Boy Scouts of America’s National Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla.

The new scholarship aligns with the BSA’s renewed emphasis on promoting science and technology, fields where American students seriously lag their counterparts around the world. (Three-fourths of America’s fastest growing occupations require significant math and science preparation, yet less than 15 percent of high school graduates are prepared to pursue scientific or technical training in college, according to one study.) For more information on the BSA’s STEM initiative, visit

The new Blastcar™ racing activity is a merit-badge-driven activity intended for Boy Scouts. Scouts can use their knowledge to experience the engineering design process through sketching an idea for their racer, laying out a design, constructing the car, conducting trial tests, modifying their design, and adding finishing details. Scouts design their racers for optimum performance on the course(s) they’ve engineered as a team.

Kit contains a pine wood block measuring 10" x 2 1/4" x 1 7/8", four racing slick wheels, axle screws, eyelets, axle key, and instruction guide. The position for the CO2 cartridge is pre-drilled into each block.

Activity can be used toward requirements for Model Design & Building, Woodworking, and Wood Carving merit badges.  Blastcar kits are available in the local Scout Shops or online at for $7.99. 

For Blastcar guidelines and instructions, visit

Harris-Stowe State University Academy for Science & Mathematics
Students enrolled at Harris-Stowe State University for the 2014 fall semester and planning to major in biology, mathematics or teacher education with an emphasis in mathematics or science have the opportunity to participate in a five week, pre-college program that will strengthen science and math content for first-year HSSU students. The academy provides free room and board during the program and all participants who complete the academy will receive a $1,000 stipend. Contact Dr. Tommie Turner at 314-340-5955 or for more information. Click here for an application.