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Space Exploration Camp: A Blast for S.T.E.M Programming

Where can a Troop Scout experience an out of this world weekend using the Canadian PATH directives? Try Blue Springs on the weekend of October 16-18, 2015.

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If you were one of over sixty youth and twenty adults who gathered on that crispy weekend, you would have begun on Friday night and used a telescope to identify constellations.

Throughout the weekend, youth presented assigned topics for two minutes, touching such topics as the Hubble Telescope, the make- up of the universe, the principles associated with rocket propulsion, the key laws of physics as well as the lives of important men and women in history who have dared to go beyond existing boundaries.

On Saturday Troop Scouts experimented with building their own solar still. Through mathematic calculations about angles to capture the rays of the sun and use of scientific principles to gather moisture from vegetation, youth applied their understandings to practical situations.

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Here, the moisture from evergreens is collected in a plastic bag.

Another popular activity involved the building of a solar car. Using a LCD battery, one hundred per cent of the youth successfully powered a small car they built. Applying engineering principles and their own creativity to design their vehicle, the youth were thrilled with their results and loved powering their cars.

Perhaps the most unusual ‘camp’ activity during the weekend occurred with robots. Troop

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Scouts quenched their thirst for technology when they worked with computers to engineer their own robot. Using laptops, the youth learned about robots and worked on their own.

As Space Exploration Camp concluded on Sunday after lunch, Troop Scouts went home thrilled with their new knowledge and experience with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: STEM programming at its best!

Thanks to “Doc” or Gord Williams for his inspiration to offer such an experience to Scouting Youth! And to John Edwards for Co-ordinating the whole camp, Barry Mitchell for Robots, Geoff Macquire for Solar Cars, Patti Troughton for Solar Ovens, Susan Little for Solar Stills, and Kevin O’Brien for the photos.

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At another activity centre, they constructed a solar oven that actually heated up their snack even under somewhat cloudy conditions.

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Another popular activity involved the building of a solar car. Using a LCD battery, one hundred per cent of the youth successfully powered a small car they built. Applying engineering principles and their own creativity to design their vehicle, the youth were thrilled with their results and loved powering their cars.