NASA's Launch Services Program Supports Boy Scout Event
NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP) and the Central Florida Council for the Boy Scouts of America partnered to teach thousands of kids and their families at the annual Central Florida Scout Show. This event is held in Orlando, Florida and draws thousands together to promote education, safety and awareness.
The LSP Outreach Office provided an educational booth to teach about NASA and distribute educational materials to underserved and underrepresented students. The LSP Outreach Office diligently ensures that all of their presentations and educational materials promote the STEM fields of education. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.
LSP also participated in the day's opening ceremonies by conducting an educational science show with experiments and demonstrations of physics, weather and Newton's laws of motion. This was the 2nd year LSP has supported this event at Brighthouse Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Florida. The large venue allows community members and businesses to build working relationships for the benefit of the scout program.
In fact, Boy Scouts now have the opportunity to work with NASA and other technology professionals to design, build, and demonstrate a robot to earn the new Robotics merit badge.
NASA and Boy Scouts of America developed the badge because of the wide-reaching impact of robotics and its role in science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM careers. The badge is now part of the BSA's new curriculum emphasizing STEM activities and will help young men develop critical skills relevant and needed in today's competitive world. The new merit badge is one of 31 STEM-related merit badges. Scouts will have access to engineering software and work with professional mentors worldwide to earn the badge.
NASA also has several other activities to help scouts learn more about STEM while earning additional badges. Working with the LSP Outreach Office, students and troop leaders learned how NASA can help them earn these badges in both a fun and educational way.
To read more about the Robotic merit badge or other boy scout activities, click on the links provided below or contact the LSP Outreach Office.
NASA’s Boy Scout Merit Badge
› Press Release for NASA's Boy Scout Merit Badge
NASA Cub Scout Support Page
› NASA's SpacePlace Website
NASA's Launch Services Program