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More than 600 Boy Scouts from surrounding counties including Delaware and Virginia gathered at Aberdeen Proving Ground Oct. 15 for the first ever STEM Merit Badge Day hosted by Team APG.
During the opening ceremonies Maj. Gen. Nick Justice, senior installation commander and an Eagle Scout himself, led the reciting of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
Matt Myers, who oversees the BSA’s STEM initiative, thanked Justice, the many STEM volunteers who guided the Scouts on their educational quests and the parents and troop leaders who transported the scouts to APG.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics and is considered to be the foundation for academic and professional fields of an advanced society, according to the Boy Scouts of America website. To engage youth members in STEM, the BSA has created a new emphasis that incorporates elements of STEM in its current advancement programs.
Volunteers from APG organizations helped the scouts earn merit badges in one of 16 STEM-related fields. These included Architecture, Automotive Maintenance, Aviation, Chemistry, Composite Materials, Computers, Electronics, Engineering, Environmental Science, Metalwork, Nuclear Science, Radio, Robotics, Space Exploration, Veterinary Medicine and Weather.
Along with the training stations, APG organizations displayed technologies and innovations currently in use by government civilians and Soldiers to show how STEM education applies to career fields currently in use by Team APG’s research, engineering test and evaluation organizations as well as in other Department of Defense careers.
It was the largest gathering of its kind at APG.
Read the full story in the Oct. 20 edition of the APG News or online at apgnews.apg.army.mil.
View more STEM Merit Badge Day photos at flickr.com/photos/usagapg.