Ai Sacramento Hosts Educational Event for Local Boy Scouts
February 22, 2017
On Saturday, February 11, 2017, The Art Institute of California–Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University, hosted the Golden Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for their first-ever STEM Merit Badge Saturday for local youth. Approximately 110 boys and girls from the Sacramento region descended on campus to spend the day learning new skills and earning badges.
A total of 10 science, technology engineering, and math merit badges were offered, including Programming, Digital Technology, Astronomy, Engineering, Energy, Truck Transportation, Railroading, Inventing, Surveying, and Electricity. The youth—primarily from the Boy Scout program but also from BSA's co-ed Venturing program—took either two half-day classes or, in the case of Programming and Surveying, one all-day class. Organized by the Council's volunteer STEM Committee, event costs were kept to a minimum in part through the complimentary access provided by Ai Sacramento.
This is not the first time campus has supported local Scout organizations. Over the last year, our Culinary and Media Arts department have supported classes teaching Cooking and Programming skills to local Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts troops. Last fall, the campus was also host to meetings of the Council’s Solar Regatta team, which is building a solar-powered boat to race in an upcoming regional competition.
At the Council’s recent annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner, campus president John Andersen was awarded a certificate of appreciation to recognize all that Ai Sacramento has done within the past year for the organization.