STEM-Related Merit Badges
The National BSA office has deemed the following as STEM related merit badges: Animal Science
, Bird Study
, Environmental Science
, Insect Study
, Mammal Study
, Model design and Building
, Nuclear Science
, Personal Management
, Plant Science
, Reptile and Amphibian Study
, Soil and Water Conservation
, Space Exploration
, Veterinary Medicine
, and Weather
. There are 21 other badges that have fewer STEM-related requirements involved. STEM University photo by Ron JenningsNEW SCHOLARSHIP Promotes Science and Math Education
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 NESA.org
) 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 scouting.org/stem.aspx
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.
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 scoutstuff.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Click here for an application.