If you’re not going camping this Memorial Day Weekend, come to the Museum of Science Fiction’s Escape Velocity conference. The program is offering free admission for all BSA members of all ages in uniform (Cub Scouts, Sea Scouts, Venturers, Explorers, and STEM Scouts in uniform also welcome).
In partnership with NASA, the Museum of Science Fiction is also offering Scouts BSA members a STEM program with 12 merit badge workshops that include activities that may satisfy specific requirements for several merit badges.
Photography Saturday 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Astronomy Saturday 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Nuclear Science Saturday 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Geocaching Saturday 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Scouts should bring the following items.
1 – fully-charged smartphone
2 – Pencil/pen or use your smartphone note-taking app
3 – On your phone, pre-install the anecdata.org app
4 – A camera app that lets you make adjustments to exposure speed and ISO
5 – A variety of photos in your smartphone archive of different subjects: nature, people, etc.
Workshops will be facilitated by Dr. Sten Odenwald, an astronomer at the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center and the Director of STEM Resource Development at the National Institute of Aerospace. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1982 and has been involved with investigations of the star formation, galaxy evolution, and the nature of the cosmic infrared background, as well as the modeling of space weather impacts to commercial satellite systems.
Boy Scouts should check in at the Exhibit Hall level Registration Desk outside Exhibit Hall E (lower level of the convention center, end of the hallway next to the Potomac River). The workshops will occur in the Exhibit Hall at the NASA booth (B8). But that’s not all Escape Velocity has to offer! There are plenty of activities throughout the weekend.
Check out the full schedule here: