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STEM

STEM at Steam

The Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology is the solution to all of your Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programming needs. All of our programs ensure that your Scouts learn something new, in an exciting, hands-on way. Each of our programs fits well into the Plan-Do-Review method, allowing for Scouts to take charge of their own learning. Prior to the visit, Scouts are able to Plan what they want to learn. Upon arrival, Scouts will Do the program, with the option to do an on-site Review. Once complete, each Scout will receive a Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology badge to remember their visit.

 

Witness and be delighted by Hamilton’s 150-year-old Waterworks, demonstrating social and mechanical life during Canada’s early industrial revolution. This National Historic Site preserves two 70-ton steam engines, thought to be the oldest surviving Canadian-built engines of their kind. The historic Hamilton Waterworks is a Civil and Power Engineering Landmark.

 

Here at the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, we are the leading site for STEM programming in the Hamilton area. We are well known for the high-quality programming we deliver, and we are excited to team with up with Scouts Canada to offer STEM programming for those on the Canadian Path.

 

The programs we offer are specifically designed to supplement both the Canadian path and the Ontario School Curriculum and are sure to be both educational and entertaining. Each program offers an introduction, including a water pumping demonstration and a water quality testing experiment, which is then followed up with the program of choice.

 

Let us work for you! We offer programs outside of our regular business hours in order to help accommodate everyone’s busy schedule. The cost of each program is $8 per child and supervisors are free. Included in this fee are a two-hour program and a Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology badge. It is possible to book more than one program per visit; the charge is $2 for a second program.
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Beavers on the move!!

Join us Oct 22nd for our Beaver Fun Day!

Play with rockets, planes, boats and cars with a little STEM tossed in too! Dress for the weather and be prepared to have fun!

Where: St. Joseph of Nazareth Church 290 Balmoral Drive Brampton When: Saturday October 22nd, 2016. 10 AM to 2 PM

(Check in begins at 9:30 AM)

Cost: $15 Beavers – $5 Extra Scouters (beyond ratio)

Registration due October 15th. The organizers ask if each participating group provides 1 volunteer to help run the stations. We will gladly sign off Volunteer hours for Venturers. Please note this event will run rain or shine and is partly outside so dress for the conditions! Any question can be sent to just1houraweek@gmail.com Hope to see you there!

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Beaver Fun Day – BEAVERS ON THE MOVE!

badgeThe Yellow Briar Area invites all Beavers (and their Scouters) to …

Join us Oct 22nd for our Beaver Fun Day!

Play with rockets, planes, boats and cars with a little STEM tossed in too! Dress for the weather and be prepared to have fun!

Where: St. Joseph of Nazareth Church 290 Balmoral Drive Brampton

When: Saturday October 22nd, 2016. 10 AM to 2 PM (Check in begins at 9:30 AM)

Cost: $15 Beavers – $5 Extra Scouters (beyond ratio)

Registration due October 15th. The organizers ask if each participating group provides 1 volunteer to help run the stations. We will gladly sign off Volunteer hours for Venturers. Please note this event will run rain or shine and is partly outside so dress for the conditions! Any question can be sent to just1houraweek@gmail.com Hope to see you there!

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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.

Looking for Robot support volunteers

The STEM Robot Support Team is recruiting youth and adult Volunteers to assist with the Robotics program across the country. The STEM Robot Support Team encourages prospective users, provides technical advice to youth and supports Scout Shop staff who have issues related to Robot use.

Volunteers should have:

  • Experience in electrical assembly & soldering
  • Experience in mechanical assembly
  • Experience working with and troubleshooting PCBs
  • Basic C programming skills

If you have a passion for robotics and computer programming, we want to hear from you. Send a resume or brief description of your experience and background to stem@scouts.ca with “STEM Robot Support” in the subject line.

Find more information here.

Proposals for STEM Competition due December 15

Are you already dreaming about a Sea to Sky ADVenture in Whistler, B.C.? Do you enjoy doing exciting hands-on STEM projects? Do you want to make a difference in how people experience the outdoors? Then this competition is for you! The Scouts Canada STEM + Outdoors Competition is an opportunity for you to put your STEM-related knowledge and skills to work, solve a problem and win $1250 towards a trip to ADVenture16 in Whistler, B.C.!

The deadline for proposals has been extended to December 15, so what are you waiting for? Find all information here!

Scout – Space Exploration & STEM Solar Camp (Registration)

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Friday Oct. 16 to Sunday Oct. 18, 2015

Scouts will complete and earn the Space Exploration Badge and participate in a S T E M – Scouts Go Solar project

Location: Blue Springs Scout Reserve
Who should attend: Scouts (self-contained in a patrol / troop setting)
Cost: $35 Scouts / $30 Scouters/Adults
Camp Chief: Gord (Doc) Williams
For more information: 905-822-9510

Interested>>> Send us an email to: cec_camps@scouts.ca

Register on line @ >>> http://www.spiderlair.ca/bssr/index.php

Registration date closes September 15, 2015

Deposit of $25.00 per patrol/troop required payable to SCOUTS CANADA

Mail to Scouts Canada – STEM=SOLAR
c/o 2389 Lyford Lane
Burlington, ON
L7P 3Y8
Include with the deposit
May we have your Name, MyScouts number, address and phone number
Please send along your other Scouters info, who will be in camp

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Along with the name of the scouts attending, we have pre-camp assignments each SCOUT needs to start before the camp. We will send this pre-work to YOU (Scouter) for distribution to your attending youth

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