WashJam 2016 - STEM NOVA Program

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

STEM NOVA made its official debut at WashJam 2012, and is the BSA's newest technology based awards program.

The Nova Awards program is Scouting’s newest and most exciting adventure. With an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers around the world can explore the wonders of different STEM fields as they work toward  a Nova or Supernova award. Cool experiments, awesome field trips, and fun activities are just part of the full STEM experience for interested Boy Scouts.

WashJam 2016 will offer a wide range of STEM related classes and workshops.  Click here to see a catalog of merit badge classes at WashJam.  Signup information for these classes has been emailed out to registered attendees, contact us if you have paid your fees, but did not receive the email.

Register for WashJam today and receive information for the STEM class sign-up page. There is no additional charge for these classes, as they are covered under your WashJam admission fee, but you must be registered with fees paid to sign up.  There will be limited seating and all classes will be reserved, no drop-in's.

Submit your registration right now, and pay your fees today!

Most of the classes provide partial merit badge credit. It will be up to Scouts to complete other requirements on the merit badge worksheets that are not taught in these classes.

Some of the exciting STEM & Technology classes we're offering at WashJam:

Automotive Engineering - Sponsored by America's Car Museum. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Completing a weekly automotive maintenance check can prevent costly and damaging problems down the road. Assist with an inspection of the fluid levels, fuse box, belts/hoses, lighting, air filter, tire tread/pressure, wiper blades, and battery terminals. In addition, learn about important vehicle safety features and emergency supplies that you should keep in your car at all times.
Automotive Maintenance Workbook


Code Camp - Sponsored by Coding With Kids. Learn to code in Python, the hot new programming language for mobile apps and games. This is a beginning/intermediate curriculum teaching an introduction to Python and turtle graphics using Trinket.io. Python is the state of the art coding and is the easy-to-learn language behind Google and YouTube. Visual block programming will allow beginners to begin creating files that can be ported to and further modified with Python. Intermediate users will be supported as they jump right into text based programming with the Python language.

Important Note: Students taking Code camp must supply their own wi-fi enabled laptop computer (PC or Mac, no tablets). Please make sure your computers have your name, address, phone number and any contact information attached in the event it gets lost. We are not responsible for lost electronics.


Cub Scout Introduction to Programming - Sponsored by Coding With Kids. This is a beginning/intermediate curriculum designed to teach students basic programming concepts using block based coding on Code.org.

Important Note: Students taking Code camp must supply their own wi-fi enabled laptop computer (PC or Mac, no tablets). Please make sure your computers have your name, address, phone number and any contact information attached in the event it gets lost. We are not responsible for lost electronics.


Digital Photography - Learn how to take better pictures with your camera phone or digital SLR. Document activities at Washjam and produce a slide show of the day’s activities.
Boy Scouts/Venturers worksheet: Photography Workbook


Digital Technology - Cyber Chip for all Scouts in the STEM/NOVA program; also how to protect your data and to keep your devices from getting hacked. Includes required CyberChip coursework: http://www.scouting.org/cyberchip.aspx Partial fulfillment of Digital Technology merit badge

Digital Technology Workbook


Disaster Preparedness - Sponsored by the Washington State Department of Emergency Services. This is an Eagle-required merit badge. Scouts are often called upon to help because they know first aid and they know about the discipline and planning needed to react to an emergency situation. Earning this merit badge helps a Scout to be prepared by learning the actions that can be helpful and needed before, during, and after an emergency. Emergency Preparedness Workbook

Advance reading: Map your neighborhood. Map your neighborhood
Watch the YouTube Videos


Disaster Prep for Adults - Sponsored by the Washington State Department of Emergency Services. Learn how to conduct an effective course for your Scouting unit.
Advance reading:
Map your neighborhood and http://mil.wa.gov/preparedness/
Watch the videos


Environmental Science - This is an optional merit badge for Eagle rank.
Boy Scouts/Venturers worksheet: Environmental Science Workbook


Geocaching - Learn about Geocaching and go find Geocaches placed on Jamboree grounds to solve a puzzle. Meet some of the Geocaching merit badge requirement. We will have some GPS units to loan. Bring your own GPS unit. We will have some units Scouts can borrow but will require an adult driver’s license to keep until GPS unit is returned.
Boy Scouts/Venturers worksheet: Geocaching Workbook


Ham Radio - Sponsored by The Lake Washington Ham Club and Woodinville ARES Group. Scouts can earn the Radio merit badge. In addition, there will be an afternoon course in studying for your Ham Radio License plus you'll be able to take the exam on-site. Morning classes involve radio merit badge.
Radio Workbook This second course requires some advance homework. We recommend the book Ham Radio School (written by a ScoutMaster for Scouts) or hamradiolicenseexam.com or both.
There will be a $15 charge for taking the exam


Robot Garage - Sponsored by The Museum of Flight. Participants work with robotics kits, usually trying to construct a rover. We will have 4-5 building stations available.
Boy Scouts/Venturers worksheet: Robotics Workbook


Rocket Science - Build and launch rockets at the Washjam Spaceport. Design, build and launch rockets on a specially designed course for all you budding rocket scientists. Class size is limited and you must be age 12 or older to participate because of safety requirements. Space Exploration Workbook


Science Lab - Sponsored by Washington State University - STEM doing three different experiments focus on “No New Water”: Helpful Hydrogels – youth explore a new superabsorbent polymer called hydrogels that help conserve water in our own backyards. Why is water quality important – youth will participate in an experiment on how carbon dioxide builds up! How STEM can help clean up toxic spill on a beach!

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