Last weekend, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts filled the Energy Department's cafeteria in Washington, D.C., as they spent the day earning a merit badge or patch for Energy Action Month. The event was sponsored by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), and students picked a session in electricity, energy or nuclear science for the day.
From building an electroscope to detect charge, to completing a circuit, to working with a radiation survey meter, students got a hands-on introduction to energy. At two points in the day, adult volunteers set up ping pong balls on mouse traps, then set them off to illustrate what atoms in a nuclear reaction look like.
The event promoted fields in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and was an introduction for many scouts into new areas of study and even careers. For their hard work, scouts received a patch or merit badge application.
Click through the slideshow above to see highlights from this year's Energy Merit Badge/Patch class.