The Automation Federation announced today that it has been selected by the Boy Scouts of America to provide activities for Technology Quest at the 2010 Boy Scout Jamboree. The event, which celebrates the 100th Year of Scouting in America and attracts over 40,000 Scouts and leaders, will be held at Fort A. P. Hill in Virginia, 26 July – 4 August 2010.
Technology Quest at the Jamboree is an exhibit area where Scouts can take part in a variety of science-related activities. The Scouts, traveling from all over the United States to take part in the Centennial Jamboree, will learn more about the importance of math and science in education.
Technology Quest (formerly Arts and Sciences) is a dynamic set of interactive hands-on activities highlighting the Arts and Sciences. The Automation Federation exhibit will consist of series of interactive stations where Scouts will have the opportunity to take part in hands-on demonstrations that will give them insight into a variety of automation careers.
The mission of Technology Quest is to excite and motivate youth to acquire the skill sets needed for life and careers in the 21st Century. The Automation Federation exhibit will challenge their imaginations and allow them to explore a wide variety of new experiences. Technology Quest will equip youth with a vision of the future, and the knowledge that they can play whatever role they choose in shaping that future.
In the coming weeks, the Automation Federation will be offering an opportunity for industry companies to submit an RFP to sponsor one of a limited number of interactive stations. The companies that are selected to participate in this event will join the Automation Federation in helping to build the “Next Generation of Automation Professionals” through this event.
The Federation will also be recruiting individual members that were former Scouts as well as present or past Scout Leaders to give some of their time over the 10 day Jamboree to take part in running the exhibit and interacting with the attendees.
Kim Miller Dunn (Den Leader Pack 618 Cub Scouts-California), Chair of the Automation Federation, along with Leo Staples (Troop Committee Chair BSA Troop 275-Oklahoma), Chair of the Automation Federation Energy Committee, are the Co-Chairs for the committee planning this set of activities. “We are pleased that the Boy Scouts of America has honored the Automation Federation by allowing our association to be part of this exciting event in Scouting. The Jamboree gives us an opportunity to reach out to tens of thousands of Scouts and Scout leaders to educate them about the career opportunities in the automation profession, which will help our member organizations and industry companies fill the void as the current generation of technicians, engineers, and technologists retire. This event is truly a ‘win-win’ partnership between the Boy Scouts of America and the Federation,” said Dunn and Staples.
For further information about the Jamboree, or to find out how to be involved, contact Mike Marlowe at + 1 919 314 3937 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Boy Scouts of America
Serving nearly 4.1 million young people between the ages of 7 and 20 with more than 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories, the Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.
About the Automation Federation
The Automation Federation is a global umbrella organization under which member associations and societies engaged in manufacturing and process automation activities can work more effectively to fulfill their missions, advance the science and engineering of automation technologies and applications and develop the workforce needed to capitalize on the benefits of automation. The Automation Federation is working to become the “Voice of Automation.” For more information about the Automation Federation, visit www.automationfederation.org.
The following has been a press release issued by The Automation Federation.