Mr. Ron Harrington, President, Carroll Technology Council, STEM Presentation to Carroll County Scouts
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Ron Harrington is a Carroll County Resident of 30 years and the owner of Protectron Lighting Control a Commercial Lighting Firm that operates in Carroll County, he serves on Carroll County Economic ...

Ron Harrington is a Carroll County Resident of 30 years and the owner of Protectron Lighting Control a Commercial Lighting Firm that operates in Carroll County, he serves on Carroll County Economic Development Commission and currently serves as President of the Carroll Technology Council. Mr. Harrington is an active member of the Carroll Scouting Advisory Board. He is also a former Scout.

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  • 1. 12/10/2012 10:32:00 AMAbout Ron HarringtonRon Harrington is a Carroll County Resident of 30 yearsand the owner of Protectron Lighting Control aCommercial Lighting Firm that operates in Carroll County,he serves on Carroll County Economic DevelopmentCommission and currently serves as President of theCarroll Technology Council. He is also a former Scout.
  • 2. BSA STEM PROGRAM November 17, 2012Good Morning! It’s great to be here I’m excited for theopportunity to help kick off this STEM event with you and Iknow each of you will achieve your purpose in cominghere today.Before I get into my talk I want to briefly tell you about theCarroll Technology Council.We are volunteer Non-profit withApprox. 80 members - many are small IT companiesOur Mission:To provide leadership, information and resources toeducate, attract and influence technology in CarrollCounty.We work with government agencies, schools and othernon-profits.We grant tech scholarships and support robotics.CompuKids is our signature program where we refurbishdonated computers and in turn give them to families with 2
  • 3. BSA STEM PROGRAM November 17, 2012school children that can’t buy them on their own. You maybe interested in getting community service credits forschool. We can give you these credits if you participate inone of our computer repair Saturdays.So enough about the tech council let’s talk about why weare here today.You know, the scouting experience as a whole givesyoung people like you -- and has given me – a far-reaching exposure to what it takes to become responsiblemembers of society and to mature into becoming goodmen.William Boyce, was the founder of Scouting in the US. Hefocused on teaching the principles for transforming boysinto men. 3
  • 4. BSA STEM PROGRAM November 17, 2012In fact, since incorporating in 1910, the Boy Scouts ofAmerica has hada 100+ year run of turning young men like you into ourleaders of tomorrow. The teachings of Scouting touchmost if not all of the important fundamental qualities youneed as scouts of today to become the leaders oftomorrow -- fundamentals like:Character development,Development of Self-relianceAccountable CitizenshipCamaraderie and FellowshipPhysical and Mental fitnessResourcefulness – being imaginative and inventive ingetting things donePatriotism and devotion to our country andCourage – to be an individual and to, stand up for yourconvictions and beliefs. 4
  • 5. BSA STEM PROGRAM November 17, 2012Some of history’s most recognizable names – people thathave had an impact on our society and have alsoexemplified the scouting experience -- are men likeJohn F. Kennedy who was the first Boy Scout to become aU.S. President.Astronaut Neil Armstrong who was an Eagle Scout beforebecoming the first man on the moon.Microsoft founder Bill Gates who was a Life Scout beforechanging the world through computer technology.Before reinventing the way America shops Sam Waltonwith his Wal-Mart chain, was the youngest boy ever toearn Eagle Scout.Before belting a Major League Baseball record of 755home runs during his career playing for the Milwaukee andAtlanta Braves, Hall-of-Famer “Hammerin’” Hank Aaronwas an Eagle Scout. 5
  • 6. BSA STEM PROGRAM November 17, 2012But how about some that you may not know about like:Barack ObamaBill ClintonGeorge W. BushSir Paul McCartneyJimmy BuffettRichard GereAndy GriffithHarrison FordJoe Thiesman andBruce JennerJust As the principles of Scouting have served these men,they will also become indelibly bred and instinctive to youand they will remain with you and serve you for life. 6
  • 7. BSA STEM PROGRAM November 17, 2012About two years ago I was invited to attend a scoutingbreakfast here in Carroll County. I had lost track ofscouting since I was a scout but amazed myself byactually remembering and was able to recite word-for -word the “Scout Oath and Law. I never forgot the scoutMotto and Slogan.I can’t begin to tell you how many times the motto “beprepared” has carried me through life’s situations. I nevertaken on an important task without first thinking itcompletely through and identifying what could possibly gowrong.(has anyone of you scouts heard of Murphy’s Law)"Anything that can go wrong will go wrong" (this is a lawyou need to remember)Murphy’s Law always strikes when you least expect it. Sowhat’s the lesson here? (Anyone?) 7
  • 8. BSA STEM PROGRAM November 17, 2012Always have a back-up plan just in case.Since its formation, scouting has had to adapt to anevolving society. STEM is an example of one of the latestevolutions.SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING,MATHEMATICSThese disciplines are considered by many to be thefoundation of an advanced society in both academics andprofessional fields. The strength of its STEM workforce issometimes viewed as a gauge of a nation’s ability tosustain itself.What makes STEM an even more serious concept is thatoutside the US young people who live in many parts of the 8
  • 9. BSA STEM PROGRAM November 17, 2012world are being exposed to STEM disciplines and startingto excel in these areas.I think I speak for all of the adults here in saying we arevery encouraged to see you, Scouts and future leaders,showing an interest in STEM as well. In the final analysiswe are looking to the young people of America – you -- topick up and carry the ball that will keep this country strongand to allow it to hold its place as the greatest country inthe world.So the aim of scouting in the field of STEM is to exposeyou to opportunities, to help you develop skills that arecritical in a competitive world market, and to increase yourinterest in STEM subjects by making them relevant andfun. That’s what today is all about! 9
  • 10. BSA STEM PROGRAM November 17, 2012Scouts, we encourage you to continue to be curious aboutScience, Technology and Engineering.We especially urge you to embrace Mathematics becausemath provides the structure and framework forunderstanding and employing the other STEM disciplines.Remember! All of you scouts here today will be theresearchers, innovators, discoverers and leaders oftomorrow. While this may seem like a staggeringresponsibility, we know that you will be up to thechallenge!Why?Because you are scouts and you do practice the principlesof the scout law and in doing so you will become not justadults -- but men:men that are: trustworthy and loyal,men that serve their fellow men and do it with kindness,courteously and in fellowship, 10
  • 11. BSA STEM PROGRAM November 17, 2012responsible citizens that obey the law and do it cheerfully,men that have the courage to stand up for what theybelieve in with the purest of intentions, andmen that reverently respect and interact with nature andour creator.I am honored that I could be part of your program today; Ihope all of you have fun while learning about STEM andthat you practice throughout your lives the principles youhave learned as scouts.Remember ------- Be prepared!Thank You!! 11