NESA Merit Badge Jamboree 2018
POSTED ON: Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:00 AM by MIDN 2/C Andrew Lee
On January 20th, 2018, 800 scouts and adult leaders from all over the country came to the U.S. Naval Academy for the 21st annual USNA STEM Jamboree. The vision for the event is to inspire young adults to explore, to ask questions and to challenge themselves by engaging them with hands-on activities in STEM and Leadership. The event was led by midshipmen with support from the USNA STEM Center for Education and Outreach and USNA faculty and staff.
At the event, scouts earn one of the offered STEM merit badges and have the opportunity to listen to a guest speaker. This year, the guest speaker was Lieutenant General John Sattler (USMC, Ret.) who talked to the scouts about servant leadership through the lens of the Spartan warrior ethos. This year’s event also included a historical tour of the Academy, a Midshipman Research Expo and tours of laboratory spaces, including the hydromechanics labs, aeronautical labs, planetarium, ship sailing simulators, and nucleonics lab.
The midshipmen leadership was personally invested in the event as almost every key staff member, and 30 of the 80 volunteers were Eagle Scouts. Additional volunteers came from other organizations around the yard as Commanding Officer (CO), MIDN 2/C Andrew Lee, explained, “We have a large number of midshipmen groups that are very passionate about what they do. For example, we decided the best midshipmen to teach the Aviation Merit Badge would be those involved with the Flight Team. This decision paid off as scouts thoroughly enjoyed the energy these groups brought with them.” The Eagle Scout volunteers worked especially hard as described by the Executive Officer (XO) for the event, MIDN 2/C Nate Pfeifer, who said “The reason I came to the Academy is because I learned about it through this event. Now, I have the opportunity to give back to the program that gave so much to me.”
- MIDN 2/C Andrew Lee