STEM Journey IV: NASA’s Mission to Mars

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Journey IV, presented by Cape Cod & Islands Council, Boy Scouts of America; Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society; and Sandwich High School/STEM Academy will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM at Sandwich High School.  The event is free and open to the public.


The main focus of the STEM Journey event is the overall program. Dr. Luke Roberson, Senior Research Scientist and payload engineer at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida will be the keynote speaker.  He is deeply involved in the Mission to Mars which will be the focus of his presentation.  Dr. Roberson’s research focuses on the development, application, and evaluation of conductive polymers, fabric composite materials, and nanocomposite polymeric materials.  Dr. Roberson, 36, earned a B.S. (1999), a M.S. (2002), and a Ph.D. (2005) from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Roberson will be introduced by Dr. Peter Dorhout, President-Elect of the American Chemical Society.  Dr. Dorhout is Vice President for Research at Kansas State University and was formerly the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  Dr. Dorhout is an Eagle Scout and serves on the Executive Board of the Coronado Area Council.

STEM Journey will offer more than 40 interactive displays by a variety of businesses and organizations related to STEM such as Teledyne, PID Analyzers, Oceanswide, National Marine Life Center, Frogmen Divers, and Cambridge Science Festival Science on the Street.

The first 400 students attending will receive a special commemorative patch for the event.  Pre-registration is requested by visiting or by calling Cape Cod & Islands Council at 508-362-4322.

Merit Badge Opportunities:

Boy Scouts will have the opportunity to work on one of the following Merit Badges: Digital Technology, Engineering, or Fingerprinting.  Pre-registration is required by visiting or call the council office at 508-362-4322.  There is a limit of 20 scouts per merit badge class.  Cost is $15 and includes the merit badge book, STEM Journey patch, and all necessary materials.  Merit Badge classes will begin at 9:00 AM and conclude by 1:00 PM.

While every effort will be made to complete the merit badge, the responsibility for that lies with the Scout.  All requirements must be completed as stated.  If the Scout cannot attend the entire session, cannot remain focused, or simply does not do the work as directed, he will not complete the merit badge.  Partials will be provided for completion at a later time.