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CEC Summer Nights 2017

Join us for a Summer Night at one of our CEC Scout Camps

Who: Active Scouts and their Immediate Family

Where:

Camp Everton

Wednesday

July 12, 2017

Blue Springs Scout Reserve

Wednesday

July 26, 2017

Camp Manitou

Wednesday

August 23, 2017

Time(s): About 7:00PM until dusk 9:00PM /dark 9:30P

Events: Arrive / Greet >> Hike / Activity(s) >> Campfire >> Mug Up* >> STEM star/ moon viewing

* Bring own mug (We’re leave no trace) & refreshment

Cost: Free (Yes, No charge)

Let us know you are coming @ cec_marketing@scouter.ca Info only NO REPLY(S)

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Scouting Life: 26th Halifax Scouts Win Engineering Design Competition

This was originally posted on the Scouting Life blog http://www.scoutinglife.ca/2017/05/26th-halifax-scouts-win-engineering-design-competition/ by Jeff Schroeder

This year, the 26th Halifax Scout Troop in Nova Scotia took part in the Junior High Engineering Design Competition hosted by Engineering Nova Scotia. It was a fun and challenging afternoon, and it presented those who took part with an opportunity to be creative around current issues of climate change, and to design and engineer a safer and more resilient environment to live in. And I’m very pleased to announce that through the hard work and creative spirit of our Scouts, a team from the 26th took home first prize for their design.

The event took place at the Central Halifax Library on the 25th of March 2017, and it was a city-wide competition open to junior high aged youth. The teams that entered were given only vague details about the parameters of their design projects prior to the competition. Everyone knew that the theme of the competition had something to do with climate change, but that’s about it. Each team was given the parameters of what they were to design and engineer at the start of the competition, and everyone had an hour to complete their design.

The main idea was to build something (what that was wasn’t specified, it could be anything) that would prevent toxic waste from spilling out of a container during an earthquake. The toxic waste was represented during the competition by coloured water, and the container was represented by a cup. The teams were not allowed to cover the top of the cup as part of their design, and the top of the copy had to be at least 10cm above the surface of the table. Teams were also provided with a variety of materials they could incorporate into their design: elastic bands, BBQ skewers, tape, string, popsicle sticks, and pipe cleaners.  Each item provided was priced, and the teams were limited to a total budget of $150.  For instance, a popsicle stick would set the teams back $10, so you had to be “wise in the use of resources.”

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At the end of the allotted hour, the designs were tested using an earthquake simulator provided by the organizers, and the designs were judged on their ability to keep the “toxic waste” from spilling, as well as taking into account the overall cost of the design and the team’s presentation (sales pitch) of their design.

As a Scouter, I was proud of our Scouts.  They understood the problem, worked together well as a team, and got a functional design working in an hour, under budget. In relation to the overall turnout for the event, this in and of itself was an accomplishment: most other teams weren’t able to complete their designs.

Our Scouts created a design that came out as a tripod – something our Scouts have built in real life at camps – so in many ways Scouting gave them the basis for a good STEM design. Our Scouts have also had some prior experience with design and build. As a Troop we have made really good use of the “Let’s Talk Science” outreach program offered by Dalhousie University (letstalkscience.ca). So pioneering, combined with some design/build experiences as well as some fine teamwork served our Scouts well. In addition to this, Ryan Greene, who was one of the Scouts on the team, is a National Youth Spokesperson. He did a great job “selling” the design to the judges. Yet another place where participation in Scouting helped.

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We all had a great time and a ton of fun. Through the great work of our Scouts we received $100 towards our CJ’17 fund for winning. I’d encourage everyone in Nova Scotia to consider checking out future events hosted by Engineering Nova Scotia. They host events during March, which is National Engineering Month. Maybe we’ll see you next year at the Design Competition!

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Fill out a Survey for STEM for a chance to Win!

It has been almost 4 years since Scouts Canada’s STEM program was launched at the Canadian Jamboree 2013 in Alberta. Over the past 4 years, the STEM team volunteers and staff have worked hard to create fun and exciting resources and opportunities for Scouting youth: Trail Cards and STEM kits that helps youth better experiment with the natural connections between Scouting and STEM and STEM station at various national and provincial Jamborees.

Now we need our Scouters’ feedback to see how the program is working and what we can do to make it better. Whether they are a STEM guru in their Scouting world, or have never heard of the program before; Whether they have used Scouts Canada’s STEM resources, or are hearing about them for the first time, we want to hear from them. And we want to ask you to promote the survey so that we can get as many responses as possible. Please distribute this link to the Scouters you work with and ask them to share their thoughts and feedback:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P6XFNV5

As an added bonus, if they fill out the survey before May 7th, they will be entered into a draw to win a $50 Scout shop gift card. So there’s really no reason not to do it!

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.