EQT STEM Achievement Award

EQT Stem Award

In our mutual efforts to promote STEM learning, the Laurel Highlands Council and EQT are partnering to offer the EQT STEM Achievement Award(Click for App).  The award may be earned by Scouts who complete four of the following merit badges within a calendar year:

Chemistry

Composite Materials

Digital Technology

Electricity

Electronics

Energy

Engineering

Environmental Science

Fish and Wildlife Management

Forestry

Geology

Insect Study

Mammal Study

Mining in Society

Nature

Nuclear Science

Plant Science

Programming

Reptile and Amphibian Study

Robotics

Soil and Water Conservation

Sustainability

Why?

There is no doubt that a highly educated and skilled labor force is what drives innovation and production.  Our future, as we continue to shift to a non-industrial economy, depends on the strength of our scientific infrastructure.

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology reported in February, 2012, that “economic forecasts point to a need for producing, over the next decade, approximately 1 million more college graduates in STEM fields than expected under current assumptions.”

By participating in Scouting, boys are exposed to science information deemed important by the National Academy of Science as referenced in the National Science Education Standards.  This is because Scouting provides boys the opportunity to be intellectually engaged, absorbed, and challenged; participate in extended interactions (conversations, discussions, exchanges of views); participate in sustained investigation of aspects of their own environment and experiences; take initiative and be responsible for their own accomplishments; overcome obstacles and solve problems; gain confidence in their own intellectual powers; apply developing literacy and numeric skills in purposeful ways; and feel that they belong to a group of their peers.

Please join us in thanking EQT and welcoming their support of our efforts to promote continued STEM learning through the completion of these merit badges.  If you are interested in learning more about the EQT STEM Achievement Award, or want to apply to receive the honorary patch, please contact Dan Lindh at 412-325-7950 or Dan.Lindh@scouting.org