STEM Programs

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To make the 2014 STEM encampment a success, we need you! Please consider volunteering for this amazing event. Volunteers are needed for staffing program areas, including Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturing NOVA station activities, set-up, clean-up, facilities, security, administration/check-in and many, many more. Volunteer staff will receive an event patch, lunch and snack. No experience is needed for program area volunteer positions as training will be conducted to provide volunteers with all the information for running program stations.

Sign-ups for volunteering are now on-line. To volunteer, or for more information on volunteering, please click HERE.

What is STEM?
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

STEM in Scouting:

The Boy Scouts of America has created a new emphasis that incorporates elements of STEM within our current advancement programs. The BSA’s STEM initiative gives Scouts an opportunity to explore relevant skills and experiences, and for their achievements to be recognized through the development of the STEM NOVA and Supernova awards. Working with an adult counselor or mentor, the various modules allow them to explore the basic principles of STEM and discover how fun and fascinating STEM can be.

STEM Encampment program:
Advance registration is required for this event since individual Scouts or groups of Scouts are required to select one of the four STEM components [letters] that they will explore in depth at the STEM Encampment. Based upon their selection, on Saturday, their schedule will follow a predesigned program that has been developed for that component [letter] taking into consideration their current age and Scout program [Pack, Troop, etc.]

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About the Event


For Scouts and Non-Scout Youth in the San Francisco & Alameda Counties


Saturday, October 11, 2014
Day Activities/Program for all Ages

When: October 11, 2014
Where: Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA
Why: To encourage participation, foster interest, and increase knowledge in the STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, while at the same time, providing some of the traditional elements of a large scouting activity.

$25.00 per person - Saturday STEM program (STEM Labs, STEM in Action and STEM Live!)

$15.00 per person - Leaders & Parents

  • Food will be available for purchase on Saturday for lunch.  $10-12 per person
  • Additional parking fee per car.

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-Earn requirements toward the BSA NOVA awards
-See first-hand some of Silicon Valley's newest technologies
-Meet and learn from scientists, engineers, technology specialists, and mathematicians from real businesses and industries.
-Discover, build, create, experience hands-on activities in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Detailed Time Schedule:

Saturday, October 11:
Registration 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Program 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Scouts will need to choose which STEM track they want prior to registering.

The study of the world through experiment. The world is composed of animal, water, soil and plants among others all of which are being studied in science.

A particular method of solving practical problems that comes out of research in science and technology.

The practical application of science to commerce or industry.

The study of measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols.

Click here to register

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STEM E-list

To receive up to date information on this great event, click the link below,
create a profile and sign-up for the STEM Encampment E-list!

STEM Event E-List

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STEM Special Guests
Honorary Chairman, Mark Martinez

Principal Associate Director for Operations & Business
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Mark Martinez

Mark Martinez was born and raised in San Diego, California. When he was 8 years old, he joined the Cub Scouts, beginning a lifelong association with the Boy Scouts of America. He earned an Arrow of Light, the highest award for Cub Scouts, at age 10 and his Eagle Scout, the highest rank for Boy Scouts, at age 16.

The experience that Mark gained through earning merit badges – many in science and technology – and through living the Scout Spirit of service and leadership had a huge impact on his life. Through Scouts, Mark learned the importance of leadership, vision and guidance, and he has carried those values with him throughout his career. He believes strongly in passing those values to future generations.

Women’s Luncheon Speaker, Tammy Jernigan

Former Astronaut, Five Space Shuttle program missions

Tamara Jernigan

Tamara Jernigan is an American scientist and former NASA astronaut. She has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics, a Master of Science degree in engineering science, an M.A. in astronomy and a Doctorate of Philosophy in space physics and astronomy.

In 1986, she became a NASA astronaut. Tammy’s first flight to space was as a mission specialist on STS-40 aboard Space Shuttle Columbia in 1991. She next flew aboard Space Shuttle Columbia, which successfully sent out and retrieved two science satellites and the Wake Shield Facility. Her last flight was aboard Discovery in 1999. It was the first mission to dock with the International Space Station, and during the mission the crew delivered four tons of logistics and supplies in preparation for the arrival of the first crew to live on the station. In her last mission on Discovery in 1999, she performed an extra-vehicular activity for about eight hours. Two years later, she retired from NASA and accepted a position at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where she currently serves as Assistant Associate Director for Physics and Advanced Technologies. She is married to former astronaut Peter Wisoff.

Women’s Luncheon and Evening Show Speaker, Crystal Lee

Miss California 2013, First Runner Up Miss America 2014
Recipient of STEM Scholarship

Crystal Lee

Crystal Lee was born in San Francisco, California. She graduated from Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts and later received her B.A. in Human Biology and M.A. in Communication from Stanford University in 2013. She was an intern at Dropbox and KRON TV. Crystal plans to earn an MBA and run a technology start-up in the future.

Companies/Organization Participation

There are several ways that companies and organizations can participate in this STEM event. Interested groups should fill out our Presentation/Display Information Sheet to provide information about the company, a brief description of the display or presentation, the potential capacity, needed physical space for the booth and/or other pertinent information.

Return completed form to Tim Buchen.

Display/Presentation Information Sheet

Would you like to sponsor or donate to this wonderful event? Donations of any kind are welcome.
Click here to make your donation!


Is this event only for scouts?

The STEM Event may be attended by anyone. The program that is offered to the youth is structured around the BSA's STEM / Nova program. For more information on that program, please visit the Boy Scouts of America STEM / Nova page.

STEM Event Committee Members

Volunteer Event Chairman
Event Staff Advisor

David White
Tim Buchen

Volunteer Chairman
Staff Advisor

Steve Armstrong
Tom Kenney

Risk Management
Volunteer Chairman
Staff Advisor

Curt Strommen
Michelle Rodriguez

Volunteer Chairman
Staff Advisor

Chad Hamilton
Tim Buchen

Volunteer Chairman
Staff Advisor

Mike Ransom
Michelle Rodriguez

Volunteer Chairman
Staff Advisor

Steve Rodriggs
Jason Lewis

Volunteer Chairman
Staff Advisor

Frank Mellon
Tim Buchen