Boy Scout Jamboree Discovers the Magic and Mystery of Science

Thousands of Boy Scouts have gathered in West Virginia this week for the national Boy Scout Jamboree. There, they’ll get a first-hand experience of the magic and mystery of science and engineering, at the Michigan Technological University Mind Trekkers’ hands-on demos.

Mind Trekkers–Michigan Tech student volunteers–will be showing the Scouts how to walk on water—well, to walk on liquid anyway—dashing across and sinking into ooblek, a Newtonian fluid that acts like a solid when pressure is applied. Scouts will discover how to fire a ping pong ball right through a soda can without using explosives. They’ll find out that static electricity can be a hair-raising experience, and they’ll learn how—and why—you can poke nails through a balloon without popping it.

It’s an encore performance for Michigan Tech. Mind Trekkers was a hit at the last Boy Scout Jamboree in 2010.

Mind Trekkers is all about getting kids of all ages hooked on science and engineering. “We want to ignite each student’s passion to discover the science behind the mystery of what they are experiencing in an informal STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) setting,” says Steve Patchin, founder and head of Mind Trekkers at Michigan Tech.
The Boy Scout Jamboree is Mind Trekkers’ first stop as they trek their hands-on science show to festivals across the nation, culminating at Science Spark’s USA Science & Engineering Festival in April 2014 in Washington, DC.

For the whole story, see http://www.mtu.edu/news/stories/2013/july/story93126.html

For downloadable photos, go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/michigantech/sets/72157634660560497/

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