Jamboree Leaders Update for 4/30/13

30 APRIL 2013

TO ALL REGISTERED JAMBOREE UNIT LEADERS AND COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES:

REMEMBER THAT TUESDAY, 14 MAY 2013 WILL BE THE LAST DATE FOR PARTICIPANTS TO MAKE THEIR INDIVIDUAL ONLINE CURRICULUM RANKINGS. AFTER THAT DATE WE WILL CLOSE THE ONLINE CURRICULUM SELECTION PROCESS AND PROCEED TO ALLOCATE THE HIGH ADVENTURE CURRICULUM CHOICES. ALSO AFTER THAT DATE WE WILL BE SENDING OUT REQUESTS FOR PAYMENT OF THE $50 TO DO THE OFFSITE OPTIONAL HIGH ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES.

THE SPECIAL NATIONAL JAMBOREE OFFER FROM AT&T IS NOW AVAILABLE. CHECK WITH YOUR AT&T STORE FOR DETAILS. BUY A PHONE AND SERVICE PLAN AND GET A SOLAR CHARGER FOR FREE!

RELEASE 1.0 OF THE JAMBOREE APP IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD ON BOTH ANDROID AND APPLE iOS DEVICES FOR 99c. IT IS IMPRESSIVE.

The main topic for this leader’s update is the TECHNOLOGY QUEST Program for 2013. Our TQ Team Leader Dr. Mary Stevens created this program for the 2010 National Jamboree and here’s her description for 2013:

Technology Quest returns to the Jamboree!

Technology Quest will showcase science and technology as never before! Every unit will have a chance to visit the Technology Quest “Cloud” base camp where you can: polish your photo skills and help National Geographic with an attempt at a new Guinness record, experience NASA and NASCAR activities, build robots with LEGO and Parallax, solve a crime with the world famous West Virginia University (WVU) Forensics team, and see chemistry in action with the Franklin Institute. Michigan Tech will bring back knock your socks off physics. You can make your own DNA, learn how the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute tracks viruses, fly model airplanes, learn about solar energy, and much more. Technology Quest is going to ROCK!

These are some of our exciting Partners:

· National Geographic
· NASA
· LEGO Mindstorms
· NASCAR and TeamSLR
· WVU Forensics
· Destination Imagination
· Michigan Tech
· Virtex
· Microsoft
· AT&T
· The Franklin Institute
· Goal Zero
· GeoScouting
· University of Charleston School of Pharmacy
· Mountain View Solar
· Academy of Model Aeronautics
· Parallax
· Geocaching.com
· Fairmont State

Here is what they have to say about what they will bring to you at Technology Quest:

The Franklin Institute “Don’t miss The Franklin Institute’s Traveling Science Show’s team as they perform an exciting compilation of science demonstrations. See them make multicolor fireballs, suspend a beach ball in mid-air, experience super cold liquid nitrogen and watch a helium balloon inflate by itself!”

Geocaching.com and GeoScouting.com “Take geocaching to the next level with clever cache camouflage and challenging hides to find. Meet the authors of the geocaching merit badge and see how YOU can use the sport to help Scouting! Enter to win a trackable 100th Anniversary GeoCoin!”

LEGO “Did someone say LEGO® robots? Come by the LEGO tent and be one of the first to try the all-new LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 – before you can even buy it!

Microsoft “Come experience the new Windows 8 laptops and Surface tablets!”

Mountain View Solar “Learn about renewable energy and sustainability with Mountain View Solar and Goal Zero. Learn how solar panels react under different circumstances. We will address the differences in wiring the panels in (1) series vs (2) parallel, (3) the affect of different light angles on the panel, and (4) the affect of how shading different parts of the panel yields a different result.”

NASA “NASA Advances Science, Technology and Exploration: Scouts at Technology Quest will engage in hands-on STEM activities focusing on remote sensing, electromagnetic spectrum, the Sun and solar observations, air traffic, air foils, and much more.”

NASCAR and Team SLR “Attention NASCAR fans! Scott “Scotty” Lagasse Jr. and his NASCAR #8 BSA Chevy Camaro will have a strong presence at Technology Quest and will be joined by NASCAR as they share a behind the scenes look into BSA Racing. Scotty will be signing autographs, talking with Scouts, and sharing his experiences with campers. Scouts, get ready to start your engines!”

National Geographic “For 125 years, the National Geographic Society has proudly inspired people to care about the planet. As we set out on another 125 years, we invite YOU to join us at the Jamboree for an array of hands-on activities celebrating a New Age of Exploration.”

Parallax “For 25+ years Parallax has provided the electronics industry with high-quality robotics, revolutionary microcontrollers, a wide variety of sensors and a complete line of learning kits for beginners and educators. Our Boe-Bot robot is an approved platform for the Boy Scouts Robotics Merit Badge.”

University of Charleston School of Pharmacy ‘The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy’s Technology Quest tent will provide participants with hands-on opportunities to learn about, and how to help their fellow scouts who face an allergy or asthma attack. Scouts will view a simulation mannequin having a reaction to a bee sting or asthma attack, race each other at a quick recall station, compound mucus, and more!’

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute “With Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, scouts will be battling a virtual Zombie Virus spreading throughout the Jamboree population. To fight the Zombies and save humanity, the scouts must work together to vaccinate the population against the mutating Zombie Virus, using smart phones or provided wrist bands.”

West Virginia University “Solve the Crime! West Virginia University will bring ten forensic science learning activities representing six areas of forensic science to Technology Quest. Scouts will have the opportunity to engage in cutting-edge forensic science technology related to fingerprints, blood spatter, firearms, footwear, biometrics, and ALS (alternative light source) evidence detection.”

Technology Quest and WVU are also providing two Science Behind the Sport initiatives: West Virginia University is developing a web site for Scouts attending the Jamboree to appreciate the Science Behind Riding a Zip Line. Utilizing the equations on the web site, Scouts will be able to predict the maximum velocity of their ride. In addition, WVU will have an interactive display at High Gear that will address the Science Behind Cycling, providing Scouts with a better understanding of the intricacies of cycling.

Troop Instructions:

TECHNOLOGY QUEST AT THE CLOUD (designated on the daily schedule as TQ): Each unit will have an assigned HALF-DAY session to visit Technology Quest. The Technology Quest program is located at THE CLOUD. The unit is free to do other program activities either before or after their session at TQ. A good choice would be to do ELECTIVE activities at THE BOWS, THE BARRELS, the TRAX or THE PARK since those venues are all in the same general area as THE CLOUD. But that’s up to each unit or participant to decide. There is a LOT to see in Technology Quest so be sure to be on time for your session – you won’t want to miss a thing!

Among the topics planned for the next Leader’s Update in mid-May will be detailed information about the Merit Badges that will be offered at the jamboree.

In the meantime, let me know if I can assist you with any issues related to the jamboree program.

Thank you for your cooperation and support in implementing our first National Jamboree at the SUMMIT BECHTEL FAMILY NATIONAL SCOUT RESERVE.

See you in 75 days.

Russell Smart
Program Group Chairman
2013 National Jamboree
smart@splat2013.net

Download version 1.0 of the Jamboree app on Android; coming soon to Apple

Bryan on Scouting

Updated, April 30: Apple iOS version now available


They say this summer’s National Jamboree will be the most-connected ever. Well, this is a great start.

Version 1.0 of the Jamboree Summit App is available on Apple and Android devices. The Android app clocks in at just over 10 MB and costs $0.99 in the Google Play store. The iOS version for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch weighs 15 MB and costs $0.99 at the App Store.

The AT&T-sponsored app, intended for use by participants, staff, and visitors to the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, provides up-to-date information on all programs and activities being held at the Summit this summer. See some screenshots below.

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