On Friday September 20, 11 scouts and 4 leaders from Blanco Troop 497 ventured to STEM Camp at the Lost Pines Boy Scout Camp grounds in Bastrop, Texas.
This was no ordinary camp. We had the best weather and the best learning experience from the classes that we took. Electronics, Composite materials, Engineering, Inventions, Surveying, and Chemistry are the merit badges we took at Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Camp.
Each one of us selected two of the classes and earned the merit badge by taking four hours of listening and working on the requirements. Some classes took even longer. We all were shocked at what we discovered and amazed at what we learned. In Electronics, we had to learn the Binary System, the measurements of electricity, and we even had to construct and solder a small generator. In Engineering, we had to design and build a catapult, then shoot it to see how far it would go. In Inventing they gave us a real life problem and we had to think about a solution, then design, build and present our solution to a patent board for approval.
We also had a movie night, and the food they served was delicious. Sleeping in the tents made you not want to wake up! We had a great time and actually learned a lot!