NESA Merit Badge Jamboree
POSTED ON: Saturday, January 14, 2017 8:00 AM by Angela Moran
With support from STEM faculty, the USNA National Eagle Scouts Association (NESA), hosted its annual Merit Badge Jamboree for over 650 scouts as well as scout leaders on January 13-15, 2017. Scout groups from Maryland and numerous surrounding states attended the event, staying at campsites at nearby Camp Letts.
Each scout was able to complete the requirements for two badges from STEM choices including Aviation, Chemistry, Digital Technology, Electricity, Electronics, Energy, Engineering, Medicine, Nuclear Sciences, Oceanography, Programming, Radio, Robotics, Space Exploration, and Weather. A special session was held for scouts attempting to complete requirements for the NOVA award in engineering, designed to encourage interest in STEM fields by helping scouts explore how science affects their everyday lives.
Sessions were led by about thirty midshipman using hands-on activities, real world demonstrations and engaging lectures to convey concepts to the younger scouts. According to Chief Merit Badge Counselor, MIDN Jay Blackburn, "The beauty of hosting the Jamboree at the Naval Academy is the ability to bring STEM ideas in the Merit Badges to real life in the labs like Nuclear Science and Energy."