UNION, NJ – In collaboration with Kean University, the Patriots’ Path Council Boy Scouts of America hosted its inaugural STEM University for Boy Scouts from across northern and central New Jersey. The Scouts participated in a day of science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related activities on the Kean University Campus in Union, on Dec. 12, 2015. The event was made possible by Alcoa Corporation, who was a major sponsor of the event.
STEM University faculty and students, along with Scouting volunteers from the council STEM committee, provided a variety of workshops, lectures and hands-on activities focusing on physics, mathematics, astronomy, robotics and engineering at Kean’s STEM Building (the New Jersey Center for Science, Technology & Mathematics) and Kean’s Planetarium.
Scouts who attended worked on requirements for the Shoot! Nova Award. Additionally, participants had rare access to the various Kean University STEM facilities including the Kean Planetarium and “The Cave”—a 3-D virtual environment that allows participants to experience scientific research in a whole new way.
Scouts learned how science, math and physics make projectiles shoot into space, how humans impact nature, and explored the wonders of space. Scouts concluded the day by meeting with the New Jersey Governor’s STEM Scholars to discuss STEM careers.
For further information about STEM University and the Boy Scouts, please contact the Patriots’ Path Council at 973-765-9322 or visit www.ppbsa.org. To learn more about Kean University, please visit www.kean.edu.
About Patriots’ Path Council
The Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America (Council #358), is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preparing young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of good character, citizenship and personal fitness. Each year, the council serves more than 16,000 youth members and 5,000 leaders in the counties of Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Union and parts of Middlesex, New Jersey. Some 400 local organizations have a Cub Scout pack, Boy Scout troop, Venturing crew, Varsity team or Explorer post as a part of their service to youth.