National Capital Area Council - STEMaTHON

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STEMaTHON is a 2 day virtual event hosted by the National Capital Area Council's STEM Committee, which aims to encourage exploration of STEM interests, future career opportunities and hobbies. 



Join us from September 5-6, 2020 for a STEMaTHON: Scouts Building Bridges and Feeding the World through the lens and tools of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This two day event includes online workshops, keynotes, tours, presentations and even activities!


How you can participate

There are events for all ages!  

Youth in grades K-5: 

Youth in grade 6-12: 

Young adults up to age 21: 

The requirements to register for STEMaTHON are: 

1.  Bring a friend!  STEMaTHON is a Great Scouting Invitational, so you must register with a friend. This can be a classmate, neighbor, grandparent, a cousin across the world, bring a friend to STEM!

2. Sign up! The fee for the overall event is $10. If you are participating in additional sessions, you can select them as classes during registration. 



Scheduled Events:

Saturday: Building Bridges

10AM : Welcome Keynote

11AM : STEM Careers Conference 

  • Mr. Paul MacDonald offers insight into the world of Architectural Engineering

12PM : Lunch Hour Programming

1PM : Bridges Competition | LIVE testing of scouts' bridges! 

3PM : Inventions Showcase

3:30 PM : Nova & Supernova Kick-Off & Information Session | For Cubs & Scouts BSA

  • Dr. Jason Kralj will hold a ZOOM breakout to kick-off the Cubs Supernovas (Alvarez & Townes Awards)
  • Mr. Bruce Donlin will hold a ZOOM breakout to share how to get started with Scouts BSA Novas!

5PM : STEM Scouts | Season 6 Info Session

6:30 PM: STEM Innovator Moment

  • "Rockets and Airplanes, 30 years at NASA" with Mr. Tony Springer

8PM: Astronomy Activity


Sunday: Feeding the World

10AM : University of Maryland, Feeding the World

  • Dr. Craig Beyrouty, Dean of College of AGNR, UMD 
  • Dr. Bill Bowerman, Chair of College of AGNR, UMD 
    Food Safety & Food Security
  • Dr. Chris Ellis, Professor of Dept of Plant & Landscape Agriculture, UMD
    Green Infrastructure and Water Quality Treatment
  • Mr. Mark DeMorra, STEM Specialist of 4-H
    4-H Water Quality & Community Service

11:45AM : Water Challenges and Food (In)security and Sustainable Developmemt

  • Mr. Nipun Kottage, Engineers without Borders
    Water Solutions
  • Mr. Ben Beese, Eagle Scout 
    Food (In)Security & Sustainable Development

1PM : Einstein's Science Fair

2PM : Feeding The World: Rube Goldberg Machines

3PM : Bees and Honey

  • Meet beekeeper Andy Darby and his 200,000+ friends

4PM : STEMaTHON Awards & Closing



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When & Where
STEMaTHON Engineering Bridge Competition
Tuesday 08-04-2020
6:15 PM ET to 7:15 PM ET Past
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Saturday 09-05-2020 10:00 AM ET to
Sunday 09-06-2020 8:00 PM ET Past
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