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STEM Journey III
By Jack Driscoll and Jennifer Maclachlan, NESACS Public Relations Committee
April 2, 2016 at Cape Cod Community College

The third STEM Journey event consists of the following: enthusiastic volunteers, keynote speakers, hands on science demonstrations and the earning of Boy Scout Merit Badges.
Our first event was on: March 29, 2014: “Space Lab to Zero G” and we attracted more than 750 people ( The second event on March 28, 2015 was on Oceanography- “Great White Sharks to Deep Ocean Exploration”. It is described in (
STEM Journeys I-III are free events at Cape Cod Community College. In 2015, we had more than 1100 visitors, 100 volunteers, 30 organizations and 500 people who signed up to listen to our keynote speakers. All of this was on a snowy day in March. This event was described in the Dec. 2015 issue of the Nucleus.
We did get TV, radio and Cape Cod Times coverage for this event, which is the largest STEM event on the South Shore.
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This year our theme will be Transportation and the title is “STEM Journey III: Transportation: Air, Ground and Sea.” One of our keynote speakers will be discussing autonomous vehicles. We expect to have 50 organizations, 150 volunteers and 1,500 visitors on April 2, 2016 at Cape Cod Community College.
Mission Statement:
The STEM Journey program was organized in 2014 by the Cape Cod Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society and Cape Cod Community College to provide a stimulus and introduction to the sciences for K-12 students from the Cape and Islands and the South Shore. We feel that the US needs to improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to remain competitive with the rest of the world. This will not be truly effective unless we inspire young students through programs like STEM Journey.
Keynote Speakers:
Ground - MIT Professor John Leonard (Mechanical and Ocean Engineering). Professor Leonard has been a key person in MIT’s participation in the 2007 DARPA program on robotic vehicles. His interests are artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous vehicles. His talk will be on ”Autonomous Cars.”
Air - Massachusetts State Senator Dan Wolf or Linda Markum, President of Cape Air (the only woman President of a North American Airline). The talk will be about “Advances in Aviation.”
Water - Meghan Carroll of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute will speak on “Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV)”
Organizers: The Cape and Islands Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society and Cape Cod Community College.

Brookline STEM Students and Younger Chemists Benefiting from NESACS Connections to A123 Systems
By Leland L. Johnson, Conditas Group, NESACS 2016 Program Chair
For the second year in a row, A123 Systems in Waltham has hosted 6th grade students from the Michael Driscoll Elementary School in Brookline, Massachusetts for “Science Solstice.” On December 11, 2015, twenty students and three chaperones and teachers accompanied the group of students to learn about the research, development, and commercial interests of A123 at their laboratories in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Driscoll students learned a bit about the component parts of batteries, about the way that A123 competes for the placement of innovative, safe batteries in high performance (racing) vehicles and other vehicles (buses).
For the annual “Science Solstice,” there are numerous visits to laboratories throughout the Boston area, and many parents volunteer to host students on tours of these pharmaceutical, industrial and academic labs in the Northeastern Section of the ACS. Early STEM educators seek to expand the relationships between primary schools and all types of labs, expanding the options and inspiration opportunities for scores
of students every year. How can we expand community and chemical society involvement with local industry? Just ask the administrators of your local schools.
How did the relationship with A123 Systems evolve through the past few years?

Report from STEM Journey II Project
Great White Sharks to Deep Ocean Exploration
Saturday, March 28, 2015 was the day we took over the campus of Cape Cod Community College in Barnstable, MA for our STEM Journey II event. Click the link below to read/download a report from the STEM Journey II Project event.

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"Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education": National Research Council (NRC) released a report that builds on previous work in this area, and establishes key indicators for measuring improvements to the K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education system.
REGIONAL STEM NETWORKS: The Regional PreK-16 STEM Networks bring together K-12, public and independent higher education, businesses, and regional and community organizations around science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to address the need for systemic change. In addition to administering regional projects, the Networks regularly communicate information about funding opportunities, events, announcements, and training sessions.
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