Cub Scouts had the opportunity to experience all of the sights, sounds, smells and even tastes that science has to offer at their last meeting of the school year.
Cub Scout Pack 114 closed out its season Monday at the Josey Annex with a night of science experiments. The event, open to students in kindergarten through 5th grade, was conducted by Huntsville Intermediate School science teacher Michelle Rush and Scoutmaster David Gray, with the goal of arousing interest in science and recruiting new scouts.
“We would love to see more kids involved in scouting, that’s why we do it,” Gray said. “We wanted to show how interesting science can be and have a fun night.”
The event featured demonstrations with magnets, relay games with balloons to demonstrate static electricity, lego building, astronomy lessons, putty and scouts used dry ice to create root beer.
“Michelle loves doing this type of thing with the kids,” Gray added. “She is involved in our organization and has a passion for science and teaching.”
Cub Scouts attending the event had the opportunity to earn the NOVA badge, which focuses on learning through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The Boy Scouts of America developed the STEM Nova Awards program to excite and expand a sense of wonder in our Scouts and prepare them for the jobs of the future.
By working with an adult counselor or mentor, modules allow them to explore the basic principles of STEM. STEM Nova Awards program help youth be “Prepared. For Life.”
“This event is important to show the kids how interesting and fun science can be,” Gray said. “We hope to inspire passion about science in today’s youth to inspire them to work towards STEM careers in the future.”