STEM conferences at Philmont, SBR bring science to life

Serious about STEM? Time to prove it.

Turn your passion for amplifying the presence of science, technology, engineering and math in your unit into real results by getting trained.

Hands-on training conferences this summer at Philmont and the Summit Bechtel Reserve bring the concept of STEM to life in a way sure to benefit your Scouts and Venturers.

The Summit Bechtel Reserve offers seven-day training courses for youth and adults that challenge and stimulate your mind in one of the coolest places for Scouting — a place where science and technology are on full display.

The Philmont Training Center offers separate seven-day courses for youth and adults. Youth ages 14 to 20 will travel to a number of places across Philmont’s majestic grounds to explore and complete experiments. Adults will enjoy a similarly hands-on week designed to offer real ideas to use with packs, troops, teams and crews back home.

Here’s what you need to know.

STEM training at the Summit Bechtel Reserve

The Summit Bechtel Reserve offers two STEM training courses — one for youth, one for adults — held during the same week in late June.

Where: The John D. Tickle National Training and Leadership Center, part of the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.

When: June 26 to July 2, 2016

Who: There are courses for both youth and adults.

What: Here are the course descriptions.

Youth course

Dig into an incredible learning experience at the SBR in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Spend a week with other youth led by members of the SBR staff on daily STEM explorations of the challenging activities and technology located in the Scott Summit Center.

Experience astronomy, biology, biomechanics, chemistry, ecology, engineering, geology, and physics through fun and challenging activities at the BSA’s newest national base. Spend your evenings in the Scott Summit Center enjoying the activities or just hanging out with your friends.

Adult course

This conference will share information about the incorporation, integration and implementation of STEM into Scouting programs in your unit, district and council through inspiration, imagination and innovation. Enjoy a week filled with lively discussion and fun activities to challenge and stimulate your mind. Head home even more enthused about STEM opportunities.

Our syllabus is flexible and can be adapted to suit the specific needs of the participants in areas of development,recruitment, training, funding, or whatever is needed. Add some adrenaline rush from the challenge activities available at Scott Summit Center and you are guaranteed to have an amazing experience.

How much: $395 for the youth course; $530 for the adult course

Learn more and register: At this link.

STEM training at Philmont

Philmont also has two STEM offerings this summer — one for youth, one for adults. Each takes place during Week 7 in mid-July.

Where: Philmont Training Center in New Mexico.

When: Both courses are held July 17 to 23, 2016

Who: One course is for youth ages 14 to 20, while the other is for adults.

What: Here are the course descriptions.

Youth: #Awesome! – STEM Explorations

For youth ages 14 to 20. Spend a week exploring the natural science world taking day trips into Philmont’s backcountry. Daily you will travel to and from locations across Philmont, exploring and experimenting in the New Mexico wild. Discover the mechanics of COPE adventures, chemistry of the prairies flora and fauna, and habitat of the Philmont water ways and eco systems. Climb to new heights as you challenge your skills with rock formations; climbing, rappelling and identifying the composition of the landscape. Sign up now for this intense adventure.

Adult: STEM-Tastic Scouting – Inspiration, Imagination And Innovation

This weeklong STEM conference is designed to help you and your council integrate STEM programs and activities into your current programming. There will be many opportunities to experience hands-on activities to share with your units; these activities will be accompanied by discussion on how to implement, modify, and incorporated them in and for your programs. Excitement, roadblocks, funding, recruitment, training, resources, and tracking will be topics addressed by this conference.

How much: $395 for the youth course; $530 for the adult course.

Learn more and registerAt this link.

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