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STEM at WashJam

Registration for STEM@Washjam classes start August 1, 2016

Washjam is just weeks away and those of you who have registered and paid will have an opportunity to sign up for STEM courses at Washjam.  The courses are free of charge with your paid registration.  Here’s a look at some of the fabulous courses we are offering.  Classes require registration, no drop-ins.

Automotive Engineering - Sponsored by America's Car Museum. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Completing a weekly automotive maintenance check can prevent costly and damaging problems down the road. Assist with an inspection of the fluid levels, fuse box, belts/hoses, lighting, air filter, tire tread/pressure, wiper blades, and battery terminals. In addition, learn about important vehicle safety features and emergency supplies that you should keep in your car at all times. Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge requirements can be found here.

Code Camp - Sponsored by Coding With Kids.  Learn to code in Python, the hot new programming language for mobile apps and games. This is a beginning/intermediate curriculum teaching an introduction to Python and turtle graphics using Python is the state of the art coding and is the easy-to-learn language behind Google and YouTube. Visual block programming will allow beginners to begin creating files that can be ported to and further modified with Python.  Intermediate users will be supported as they jump right into text based programming with the Python language.

Cub Scout Introduction to Programming - Sponsored by Coding With Kids. This is a beginning/intermediate curriculum designed to teach students basic programming concepts using block based coding on

Digital Photography - Sponsored by Darel Roa PhotographyLearn how to take better pictures with your camera phone or digital SLR.  Document activities at Washjam and produce a slide show of the day’s activities. Photography Merit Badge requirements found are here.

Digital Technology - Cyber Chip for all Scouts in the STEM/NOVA program; also how to protect your data and to keep your devices from getting hacked. Includes required CyberChip coursework: Partial fulfillment of Digital Technology merit badge will take place at WashJam.  Find the requirements here.

Disaster Preparedness - Sponsored by the Washington State Department of Emergency Services.  This is an Eagle-required merit badge.  Scouts are often called upon to help because they know first aid and they know about the discipline and planning needed to react to an emergency situation. Earning this merit badge helps a Scout to be prepared by learning the actions that can be helpful and needed before, during, and after an emergency. Requirements are found here. 

Advance reading: Map your neighborhood.  Watch the videos: 

Disaster Preparedness for Adults - Sponsored by the Washington State Department of Emergency Services. Learn how to conduct an effective course for your Scouting unit. Advance reading: Map your neighborhood.  and

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Environmental Science - This is an optional merit badge for Eagle rank. Boy Scouts/Venturers worksheet.  Each of the 3 morning sessions will cover requirement 4 (Outdoor Survey Study Area, option A), and requirement 6 (Career Opportunities in Environmental Science).  In the afternoon, there will be 2 walk-in afternoon sessions from 1:00-2:30PM and 2:45-4:00PM where independent work will be reviewed and various topics such as Requirement 5, Environmental Impact Statement, will be discussed.

Geocaching - Learn about Geocaching and go find Geocaches placed on Jamboree grounds to solve a puzzle. Meet some of the Geocaching merit badge requirement. We will have some GPS units to loan. Bring your own GPS unit. We will have some units Scouts can borrow but will require an adult driver’s license to keep until GPS unit is returned. Boy Scouts/Venturers worksheet for the Geocaching Merit Badge.

GPS/Map & Compass – Taught by Rolf Schumann. New First Class Scout requirement - Demonstrate how to use a handheld GPS unit, GPS app on a smartphone, or other electronic navigation system. Use GPS to find your current location, a destination of your choice, and the route you will take to get there. Follow that route to arrive at your destination.  Map & Compass  Required Tenderfoot to First Class.  Get prepared by studying basic map-and-compass skills such as taking a bearing. Then move on to more advanced techniques such as aiming off and factoring in declination as you navigate your way through the course. Map and compass skills are still considered basic Scouting skills. Sometimes we find ourselves out of cell coverage or power, and we want Scouts to be prepared.

Ham Radio - Sponsored by The Lake Washington Ham Club and Woodinville ARES Group. Scouts can earn the Radio merit badge.  In addition, there will be an afternoon course in studying for your Ham Radio License plus you'll be able to take the exam on-site. Morning classes involve radio merit badge. This second course requires some advance homework.  We recommend the book Ham Radio School (written by a ScoutMaster for Scouts) or or both.  There will be a $15 charge for taking the exam

Robot Garage - Sponsored by The Museum of Flight. Participants work with robotics kits, usually trying to construct a rover. We will have 4-5 building stations available. Boy Scouts/Venturers worksheet for Robotics.

Rocket Science - Build and launch rockets at the Washjam Spaceport.  Design, build and launch rockets on a specially designed course for all you budding rocket scientists.  Class size is limited and you must be age 12 or older to participate because of safety requirements. Find the requirements here.

Science Lab - Sponsored by Washington State University - STEM doing three different experiments focus on “No New Water”:  Helpful Hydrogels – youth explore a new superabsorbent polymer called hydrogels that help conserve water in our own backyards. Why is water quality important – youth will participate in an experiment on how carbon dioxide builds up! How STEM can help clean up toxic spill on a beach!

There will be limited seating and all classes will be reserved, no drop-in's.  Students taking code camps must supply their own wi-fi enabled laptop computer (PC or Mac, no tablets).  

Please make sure your computers have your name, address, phone number and any contact information attached in the event it gets lost.  We are not responsible for lost electronics.  Please also have a secure location to place your computers when not in use.  

Boy Scouts will be responsible for supplying completed blue cards for instructors to sign. Blue cards will be available for sale at the Washjam trading post. Classes will be coed and include Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, Cub Scouts and Brownies.

Most of the classes provide partial merit badge credit.  It will be up to Scouts to complete other requirements on the merit badge worksheets that are not taught in these classes.