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NRAO STEM Campout December 3-4, 2016

Boy Scout Troop 17 invites local Webelos and their parents to our STEM weekend at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, WV on December 3-4, 2016.  This has been a very popular and fun event for both Scouts and Webelos considering joining our troop over the years. You have the choice of camping under the stars or staying in the NRAO bunkhouse.

The NRAO site at Green Bank is one of the leading radio astronomy sites in the world, and offers the unique chance for the boys to operate a real radio telescope and collect data from light years away!

Program: Scouts and parents will be involved with the following activities:

  1. Tour the NRAO facility and see the worlds largest steerable radio telescope up close
  2. Explore the solar system and Milky Way – Scouts will operate a 40-foot radio telescope
  3. Star Lab Planetarium – Learn about major and minor constellations
  4. Activity/Learn about light pollution
  5. Activity/Learn about and go on a hunt to find radio pollution
  6. Make an optical telescope and use it
  7. Use planetarium software to simulate phases of the moon
  8. Boy Scouts will earn the Electronics Merit Badge
  9. Webelos will work on Webelos Adventures in Science elective

Meals:NRAO_logo

  • Saturday Lunch:  Bring a bag lunch
  • Saturday Dinner: Included in cost – Eat in Cafeteria
  • Sunday Breakfast: Included in cost – Eat in Cafeteria
  • Sunday Lunch: Included in cost – Boxed lunch

What to Bring:

  • Scout uniform
  • Bag lunch for Saturday
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Tent and flashlight (if camping)
  • Toiletries
  • Card games/other games for evening entertainment

 

NRAO STEM Campout and Electronics Merit Badge

Troop 17 hosted Webelos from area Packs this weekend at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, WV.  Scouts learned about NRAO and the Green Bank Telescope (GBT), the largest steerable dish radio telescope in the world.  Scouts then earned the Electronics merit badge, including numerous experiments involving the construction and experimentation with circuits to learn how electronic components like resistors, capacitors, diodes and transistors work.  Each Scout then learned how to solder and built a circuit board using LEDs, transistors, resistors, capacitors and a power switch that blinked a series of LEDs.

We also camped under the stars and had a great time at night using telescopes to observe planets and stars, and also playing light-up frisbee, football and soccer.

IIHS STEM Tour and “Start Your Engines” Award

As part of our work on the “Start Your Engines” STEM/Nova award, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) hosted Troop 17 for a highly informative presentation and tour of their research facilities in Rucversville, VA.  Through this unique opportunity, our STEM program participants learned a tremendous amount about automobile design and safety, the latest in crash avoidance technology, the physics of automobile crashes, and how IIHS helps improve safety.

NRAO STEM Campout November 14-15, 2015

telescopes-2000Boy Scout Troop 17 invites local Webelos and their parents to our STEM weekend at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, WV on November 14-15, 2015.  This has been a very popular and fun event for both Scouts and Webelos considering joining our troop over the years. You have the choice of camping under the stars or staying in the NRAO bunkhouse.

The NRAO site at Green Bank is one of the leading radio astronomy sites in the world, and offers the unique chance for the boys to operate a real radio telescope and collect data from light years away!

Program: Scouts and parents will be involved with the following activities:

  1. Tour the NRAO facility and see the worlds largest steerable radio telescope up close
  2. Explore the solar system and Milky Way – Scouts will operate a 40-foot radio telescope
  3. Star Lab Planetarium – Learn about major and minor constellations
  4. Activity/Learn about light pollution
  5. Activity/Learn about and go on a hunt to find radio pollution
  6. Make an optical telescope and use it
  7. Use planetarium software to simulate phases of the moon
  8. Boy Scouts will earn the Electronics Merit Badge
  9. Webelos will work on Webelos Adventures in Science elective

Meals:NRAO_logo

  • Saturday Lunch:  Bring a bag lunch
  • Saturday Dinner: Included in cost – Eat in Cafeteria
  • Sunday Breakfast: Included in cost – Eat in Cafeteria
  • Sunday Lunch: Included in cost – Boxed lunch

What to Bring:

  • Scout uniform
  • Bag lunch for Saturday
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Tent and flashlight (if camping)
  • Toiletries
  • Card games/other games for evening entertainment

 

Oceana Naval Airshow and Camping

The Oceana Naval Airshow is a long-time Troop 17 favorite, with camping at First Landing State Park at Virginia Beach and a day attending one of the premier airshows in the US at the Navy’s eastern master jet base, Oceana Naval Air Station.  The Blue Angels capped off an incredible show that also included numerous acrobatic aircraft, an air power demo by the US Navy, and the Shockwave jet powered truck.

 

STEM “Shoot!” Award

TrebuchetTroop 17 STEM program participants built trebuchets as part of the “Shoot!” STEM/Nova award.  Scouts learned how trebuchets work, gained skills building their trebuchet, and then had a target shooting competition where they learned how to adjust their trebuchet so they could use the principles of projectile motion to hit a target.

In fulfillment of another requirement for “Shoot!” the boys also built calibrated projectile launchers and took experimental data that allowed them to analyze and explain the relationship between force, angle and distance traveled of a projectile.  We also earned the Space Exploration merit badge in fulfillment of “Shoot!” requirements, including the building and launching of model rockets.

“Shoot!” was a very hands-on STEM badge that gave the Scouts many real-world opportunities to build, experiment, analyze and explain how projectile motion works.

Environmental Science and High Ropes Course

Several Scouts from Troop 17 earned their Environmental Science Merit Badge at Virginia Aquarium in Virginia Beach today.  Afterwards, Scouts and their families got to enjoy the high ropes adventure courses at the Virginia Aquarium.

National Air and Space Museum STEM Trip

Scouts in Troop 17’s STEM program had a great visit to the National Air and Space Museum on April 11, 2015 in fulfillment of a requirement for the “Shoot” STEM/Nova award.  We focused on the Apollo program and how the United States was able to successfully send men to the moon in only eight years after President Kennedy rallied the nation around this ambitious goal.

Scouts saw the real Apollo 11 command module and even got to touch a real moon rock!  We also saw many other historical airplanes and spacecraft, including the Spirit of St. Louis and the Wright Brothers Flyer, and we learned how airplanes fly with numerous hands-on exhibits and simulators.  We also saw the 3D IMAX movie “Journey Into Space” which described how NASA hopes to land humans on Mars in the 2030’s.

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