Science camp and STEM with Scouts

After some months of planning and organisation, this past weekend  (17th to 19th March 2017) I ran a Science Camp for around 50 Scouts at a local Scout camp site.

Being a STEM Ambassador is another part of spreading the importance of STEM subjects to young people. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

STEM Ambassadors are people with experience in one or many of these fields who use their knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment to encourage young people to enjoy and discover STEM subjects.

With enlisted help from Manchester University, the key theme of the camp was to highlight the importance of STEM subjects to the young people at the camp and to have some fun whilst doing this over a number of activity bases including:

 

  • Building Lego Mindstorm Robots
  • Programming Lego Mindstorm Robots
  • Building a Metal Detector
  • Programming the Metal Detector (Arduino)
  • Thermal Imaging
  • Science experimentation (hands on small fun experiments)
  • Bottle Rockets

A great camp that worked well with the Scouts getting some great hands-on fun with science. The activities also contributed to the Scouts achieving stage 2 of the Digital Maker staged badge.

Encouraging STEM engagement is one of my passions since getting involved with the Scouts and working through electronics and science badges around 5 years ago. Recently, in December 2016, I became a STEM Ambassador with STEMNet because I believe in passing on my knowledge and experiences, and showing how STEM subjects can lead to a great career. Over the coming weeks I will be talking more about how you can start learning to code and the value of STEM subjects, so I hope you’ll comment about your experiences and add to my lists of resources and share yours.

This post first appeared in Max’s blog.


Max Hemingway — Distinguished Architect

Max is a Distinguished Architect and senior architect for DXC in the United Kingdom. With more than 25 years of experience, he has a broad and deep range of technical knowledge and is able to translate business needs into IT-based solutions. Currently the chief architect of the BAE Systems account in the UK, Max has a proven track record acquired through continual client engagement and delivery of leading edge infrastructures, all of which have delivered positive results for end-clients, including IT cost reduction, expansion of service capability and increased revenues.

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