Scout Engineering Day

Lunch

Lunch and Morning/Afternoon Snacks will be provided at the event. Lunch will be cold sandwiches. While we will have some water available we ask that all scouts bring their full water bottles with them.
** Please provide your own snacks, if your child has any food allergies. **
Based on your and your child's feedback, we'll be returning to Firehouse Subs.

Courses Offered at Scout Engineering Day



Registration for 2020 opens February 20th.


Please contact us through our Contact page if you are having issues with registration.


Location of Scout Engineering Day

7515 Colshire Dr, McLean, VA 22102

Parking Instructions

If you are not parking but simply dropping off your scout, use the circular drive.
If you are parking then parking in the lot behind MITRE 4 (facing the MITRE 4 lobby).
Overflow parking is in the Parking Garage by MITRE 3. You must walk outside the MITRE 4 lobby entrance. We ask that MITRE employees use their security badge to park in gated lots.

Check In Location

Check in will be located in the MITRE 4 building.

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Who runs the workshops?

Workshops are run by men and women engineers and scientists who are employees of The MITRE Corporation or who work in STEM fields in the local DC area. Many are also local Girl and Boy Scout leaders. All adult volunteers have received youth protection training through the Girl Scout or Boy Scout councils.

What kind of activities will we do?

Scout Engineering Day is not a "sit and listen" event. In these workshops you will be learning, making, exploring, creating, and brainstorming. For example, past participants in the Game Design workshop have worked in teams to create brand new games, and then invited scouts from other workshops to test and rate their creations. Scouts in the Composite Materials workshop explored the properties of a variety of natural and man-made materials and then created useful items out of them to take home. In the Robotics workshop, scouts used Lego Robotics or Board of Education Arduino Robotics kits to create machines that work and move. While you are learning and doing, you will have the opportunity to find out about careers in these fields by interacting with local engineers and scientists who specialize in this work.

Additional Information

  • Scouts are encouraged to complete some suggested prerequisite activities before attending (see link on the home page). Girl Scouts are not required to complete prerequisites, but are encouraged to do so, if they can. (Additional links for sample worksheets for the Electricity and Energy prerequisites are also on the home page.)
  • Scouts must be dropped off and picked up by a parent, guardian, or scout leader.
  • In general the scouts must be at least 11 years old by the time of the event.
  • We are planning one session in the morning for 9 and 10 year olds (but this is still in planning.) Some classes (Game Design - Computer Option, Robotics - Arduino Option, and Programming - Sensor Net Option) require the scouts to be 14 years old.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds for this event and the fees cannot be credited toward another event.
Once a participant is registered, we purchase material for their activity and arrange for food. This material cannot be returned. Be sure you can make the event before committing to it. If your child must cancel we encourage you to find a substitute.

Who is The MITRE Corporation


The MITRE Corporation's mission-driven team is dedicated to solving problems for a safer world. We are a not-for-profit company that operates multiple federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs).

At MITRE, we work across the whole of government, through our FFRDCs and public-private partnerships, to tackle difficult problems that challenge the safety, stability and well-being of our nation. Our unique vantage point allows us to provide innovative, practical solutions for some of our nation's most critical challenges in defense and intelligence, aviation, civil systems, homeland security, the judiciary, healthcare, and cybersecurity.

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