This was our team’s first experience with the STEM Merit Badge Day at SIU. This event is an opportunity for Boy Scouts to earn merit badges and other awards in STEM fields. It also exposes them to our clubs and the university as a whole. This year we taught the Space Exploration merit badge. Scouts learned about the history of space exploration and the requirements for sustaining human life on other planets. In addition, the scouts built and launched their own model rockets. We also showed them our rockets and explained some of our engineering process to try to bring their experience to a new level. We learned a lot and look forward to teaching this merit badge again next year.
Matthew Lunde (Senior)