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Local Scouts host famous scientists; encourage science exploration

On Sat., May 17, the Boy ScoutsThree Fires Council will host:

Bob Ballard, the oceanographer who located the wreck of RMS Titanic;
• Steve Jacobs, the Discovery Channel’s chief scientist;
• Mr. Freeze a.k.a. Jerry Zimmerman, a cryogenics expert from Fermi Lab.

These science “movers and shakers” will headline the first Three Fires Council STEM-O-RAMA. Open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., the outdoor event will bring to life science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) theories. The event will be held at Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 Randall Road, St. Charles.

About 10,000 local Scouts and non-Scouts, ages seven to 18, are expected to witness 100+ exhibits including:

• A demonstration of drones in water (complements of Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium);
• Quadcopters flying overhead;
• A NASA inspired wind tunnel;
• A trainer airplane on display;
• A race car on display;
• Model rockets;
• Model railroad;
• Welding in action;
• An inflatable obstacle course just for fun.

“Science will be all around,” said Matt Ackerman, Three Fires Council Executive Director. “Our goal is to excite youth to become science explorers. After all, youth are the scientists of tomorrow.”

Open to the public, STEM-O-RAMA tickets are $10 at the door. Parking is free. For information, visit or call 630-584-9250. Also, visit the event video on YouTube.

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