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Cub Scouts Get a Taste of Real Science
We partnered with Stevens Institute to learn STEM topics
(Science, technology, engineering, and math)

Part 1 at the Stevens Babbio Center
Cub Scouts from all over Hudson County spent a morning at Stevens doing a few fun hands-on experiments. Then engineering student Bill Gilroy explained how scientists design a real-life "fair test" experiment "to compare possible explanations" for what was observed.

Sam and Ali at the door
Pack 18 Scouts in the foreground were Niklas, Liam, and Zack.

Part 2 in the USH Social Hall - Preparing the Experiment
Each Cub prepared a bottle rocket that will be fueled when a load of baking soda is dropped into some vinegar. In this "fair test" the amount of vinegar will be the same, but each Cub will use a different amount of baking soda.

A donation of some peanut butter
Den Leader Gretchen provided the chemicals and equipment.
Donations piling up
Niklas went first, measuring out exactly one teaspoon of baking soda into a paper cartridge.

Part 3 in the USH Playground - The Launch!
Three runs, one at a time: 1 teaspoon, then 2, then 3. Use a stopwatch to time how long it takes to get enough fizz to pop the cork, then estimate how high the cork popped into the air!

Frankie got some empty boxes
Each Cub scientist got his cartridge ready to slip into the bottle of vinegar followed by jamming in a cork! All the other Cubs gathered round to watch.
Packing with an assembly line
Niklas went first with his cartridge, then Zack, then Liam. When the experiment ended, Liam considered the results and concluded, "The more baking soda you use, the harder it is to get the cork jammed in!"

What is a Cub Pack? How can my son join?

Cub Pack 18 at the United Synagogue of Hoboken is open to any boy in grades 1 through 5. They meet almost every Sunday in the Social Hall of the Synagogue, from 5:00-6:00 PM. They go to Nature Centers and on day hikes. They also learn great skills, like cleaning their rooms and helping around the house... Mostly they have fun!

For more information, contact the Cubmaster at
or call 201-792-4055.

If your son is at least 11 years old, there's a great Boy Scout troop, too!

The United Synagogue of Hoboken, and the programs it sponsors,
do not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

Revised 11/20/15

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