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STEM Journey IV Theme:
NASA’s Mission to Mars
March 4, 2017
By Jack Driscoll and Jennifer Maclachlan
STEM Journey IV, was organized by the Cape Cod & Islands Council, Boy Scouts of America; the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society; Sandwich STEM Academy and PID Analyzers, LLC, Our mission is to generate a continued interest in science and related fields for K-12 students. The event was held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM at Sandwich High School/Sandwich STEM Academy.
The event was free and open to the public. In the morning, there were Merit Badge opportunities for Boy Scouts including the following: Digital Technology, Engineering, and Fingerprinting. Nine girl scouts and ten boy scouts signed up for the fingerprinting class given by the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office.

Dr. Roberson was introduced by Dr. Peter Dorhout, President-Elect of the American Chemical Society. Dr. Dorhout is Vice President for Research at Kansas State University Dr. Dorhout is an Eagle Scout and serves on the Executive Board of the Coronado Area Council.

Dr. Luke Roberson, Senior Research Scientist and payload engineer at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida was the keynote speaker. Dr. Roberson, 36, earned a B.S. (1999), a M.S. (2002), and a Ph.D. (2005) from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is deeply involved in the Mission to Mars and discussed many of the issues with the mission.
He said that it was impossible to carry all the materials needed for a round trip mission. Oxygen would have to be regenerated from the carbon dioxide exhaled by the astronauts. Water would have to be recycled and a water source would have to be found on Mars (possibly extracted from the soil). An underground lake was recently reported to be on Mars. Luke described the difficulties of growing plants in space but this is something that the astronauts have been doing for some time on the International Space Station. There are many technological problems that have to be solved before NASA’s mission in the 2030’s. There were more than 400 people attending Dr. Roberson’s lecture at the Sandwich STEM Academy’s auditorium.
STEM Journey included more than 40 interactive displays by a variety of businesses and organizations related to STEM.
STEM J IV Organizers
Eben  Franks   Chairman- STEM J.
Dr. Jack Driscoll   CCC BSA Executive Board, NESACS- PR Chair, PID Analyzers, STEM J.
Jennifer Maclachlan   NESACS PR, PID Analyzers, CPRC Chair American Chemical Society
Michael Riley   CCC Boy Scouts of America, Executive Director, STEM, J.
Gilbert Newton   Sandwich STEM Academy, STEM J
Download PDF with more information including STEM Resources for Educators ...
Sandwich School superintendent and STEM J organizers Jen Maclachlan and Jack Driscoll at the Cape Cod Media radio interview
Jack, Jen, Speakers- “Peter  Dorhout, Luke Roberson, Charlie Fenske”,  & Gil Newton Mate ROV Demo at the Sandwich High School pool
SAVE THE DATE- STEM Journey V, March 3, 2018
“Robotics in the 21 Century” @ Sandwich STEM Academy

STEM Journey III –Transportation:
Air, Land and Sea
STEM Journey III was held on April 2, 2016 at Cape Cod Community College. The event was attended by 1400 enthu- siastic participants which was up 27 % from Stem Journey II. The number of exhibitors was up from 30 to 47 and 70 Boy Scout Merit Badges were earned.
The theme was transportation. Transportation was then divided into three sections: Land, Sea and Air.
The Land Section keynote speaker was, Dr. John J. Leonard, Samuel C. Collins Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering and Associate Deparment Head for Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a member of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). Prof. Leonard’s research addresses the problems of navigation and mapping for autonomous mobile robots. His talk was entitled “Autonomous Cars.”
He holds the degrees of B.S.E.E. in Electrical Engineering and Science from the University of Pennsylvania (1987) and D.Phil. in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford (1994). Prof. Leonard joined the MIT faculty in 1996, after five years as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Research Scientist in the MIT Sea Grant Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Laboratory.
He was team leader for MIT’s DARPA Urban Challenge team (robotic vehicles), which was one of six teams to complete the race. He served as Co-Director of the Ford-MIT Alliance from 2009 to 2013. He is the recipient of an NSF Career Award (1998) and the King-Sun Fu Memorial Best Transactions on Robotics Paper Award (2006). He is an IEEE Fellow (2014). He teaches a course on Autonomous Cars at MIT.
The Air Section keynote speaker was, Daniel A. Wolf, Massachusetts State Senator and founder of Cape Air. He talk was titled “Advances in Aviation.”
Daniel Wolf founded Cape Air in 1989 with one route between Boston and Provincetown, eight employees and a first year total of 8,000 passengers.
Today, Cape Air, along with sister airline Nantucket Airlines, is the largest commuter airline in the United States. Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines’ fleet of Cessna 402s, Cessna Caravan Amphibians, Britten-Norman Islanders and ATR-42s fly to some of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines is partly an employee-owned company with a workforce of approximately 1,200 serving more than 686,000 passengers a year.
Dan received a bachelor’s degree in Political Philosophy from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and a degree at the Quaker City School of Aeronautics in Airframe and Power Plant Maintenance. Dan continues to stay current with his Air Transport Pilot license and flies as a pilot for Cape Air on weekends during the busy summer season.
In November 2010, 2012 and 2014, Dan was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate representing Cape Cod and the Islands.
Dan serves on a number of boards including the Regional Airline Association, the Cape Cod Business Round Table, the Association for the Preservation of Cape Cod. Under Dan’s leadership Cape Air has received recognition for being one of the most philanthropic companies in southeastern Massachusetts. In June of 2010 Dan received an honorary doctorate degree from Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire.
The Sea Section keynote speaker was Kaitlyn Tradd, Research Engineer, Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI). Her talk was titled “Underwater Vehicles-Human Occupied, Remotely Operated and Autonomous.”
Kaitlyn’s work at WHOI has spanned numerous endeavors: the mechanical design and structural analysis of the recent Human Occupied Vehicle (HOV) Alvin upgrade project, several scientific research cruises with Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Jason II, and the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Sentry, and a multitude of smaller-scale engineering projects involving many of WHOI’s submersible vehicles.
She is currently working on the design of a new vertically profiling autonomous vehicle for global ocean biogeochemical mapping, while continuing work in support of the various existing underwater vehicles, helping to further scientific achievements at WHOI.
Kaitlyn first became interested in ocean exploration as a child when she climbed inside of a mock-up of the Alvin personnel sphere, which still is in residence at the exhibit center today. In high school, she attended Nitsch Engineering’s “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” at Logan Airport and set her sights on a career as an engineer.
Exhibitors (Partial Listing):
  • NOAA Outreach and Education on Protected Species Program Director
  • Kiting USA
  • Cambridge Science Festival
  • Science on the Street
  • Zephyr Education Foundation
  • Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society
  • American Chemical Society
  • 4C STEM Club (Cape Cod Community College)
  • South Shore YMCA - Camp Burgess & Hayward
  • The Hundred Acre School at Heritage Museums & Gardens
  • North Atlantic Archaeology Collaborative
  • National Marine Life Center
  • Cape Cod Maritime Museum
  • Falmouth Public Schools
  • Cape Light Compact
  • Chatham Marconi Maritime Center
  • Waquoit Bay Science School
  • Mashpee Middle/High School
  • Cape Cod Makers
  • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
  • Monomoy Regional High School
  • Thornton W. Burgess Society
  • Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Kurt Giessler Foundation for Youth Achievement
  • Oceaneering International
  • Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School
  • Saint Margaret Regional School

STEM Journey III
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.

Free Resources for Elementary, Middle and High School Teachers from the American Chemical Society
  • Hands-on Science Activities for Students, Gr. 2-5
Turn classrooms (or kitchens) into science labs with more than 140 hands-on activities that use household materials. Activities, puzzles, interactive articles, and chemist interviews help young scientists get an early start.
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This free curriculum can be used in its entirety or as a supplement to teach middle schoolers about the world of atoms and molecules. Hands-on experiences, molecular animations, and lessons which build on one another help students develop a thorough understanding of basic chemistry concepts.
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  • Podcasts and Videos Featuring Current Events in Chemistry
An all-ages trip to the frontiers of knowledge, Bytesize Science translates scientific discoveries into intriguing stories about food, medicine, and much more.
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Celebrate chemistry twice a year with free hands-on activities, articles, puzzles and more. National Chemistry Week 2012 is Oct. 21-27, which includes Mole Day on Oct. 23, and Earth Day is April 22.
  • ChemClub

ACS chemistry clubs for high school students provides free resources for teachers who plan or advise the chemistry clubs in their schools.

  • ChemMatters

A magazine for first-year high school chemistry courses that helps students discover how chemistry works in their everyday lives, while boosting chemistry literacy.

  • Chemistry Landmark Lesson Plans
Based on material from the ACS National Historic Chemical Landmarks program, these lessons, reading materials, videos and student activities are designed as ready-to-go, inquiry-based student activities, easily implemented by a high school chemistry teacher or his/her substitute. They also integrate science and history to provide a more holistic perspective of advances in both fields.
  • Global Challenges / Chemistry Solutions
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  • Chemistry Olympiad
A multi-tiered competition that brings together the world’s most talented high school students to test their knowledge and skills in chemistry.
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An undergraduate scholarship program for students from targeted minority groups majoring in and planning a career in the chemical sciences.
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  • PBS’ ‘Hunting the Elements’ Television show and educational materials
NOVA's "Hunting the Elements" is an engaging look at how the elements shape our world. The related classroom resources allow educators to explore the periodic table in detail with their students—from its basic structure and properties to the sometimes volatile behavior of specific elements. Among the many resources are “name that element,” a downloadable element iPad App and a classroom poster.