Sea Scouts aware cold water can be deadly.

The Sea Scouts watched “Cold Water Boot Camp” DVD and learned how dangerous it is to be in the water when its temperature is only in the 40’s.

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 With air temperatures soaring into the 80’s it is very tempting to get the boats out and go sailing but we now know better.

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A link to the National Center for Cold Water Safety is here .

Bay Sea Scouts STEM Project A Simple Electric Motor

This past meeting the Sea Scouts were challenged to build an electric motor using a length of copper wire, a magnet and a AA battery. Very simple but it did demonstrate the electro-magnetic forces present to produce movement of the wire (armature).

The components for the simplest of electric motors to demonstrate electro-magnetic forces.

The components for the simplest of electric motors to demonstrate electro-magnetic forces present in more complicated motors.

It really worked, the trick was balancing the CU wire on the positive terminal of the battery.

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Transition into spring.

As the ice on Lake Erie melts and is broken up by spring storms we are transitioning back into our STEM adventure of exploring electricity and wind turbines at our regular Tuesday meetings.

Wave action Breaks up Ice On Lake Erie.

 http://www.tumblr.com/blog/bayseascouts  This link will take you to a short video of the wave action breaking up the ice. You can imagine how powerful the waves are.

Bay Sea Scouts See Signs of Spring.

Spring officially started a couple of days ago but in Bay Village we know it is on the way because; the turkey vultures have arrived. A whole “kettle” of them fly up and down the shoreline searching for carrion.

First buzzards of the year scouring the ice on Lake Erie for dead fish.

First buzzards of the year scouring the ice on Lake Erie for dead fish.

The first ore boat of the 2014 shipping season has been sited off the shores of Bay Village. With the Lake Erie over 95% covered in ice it has been a difficult season for the shipping industry. A busy one for the USCG ice breakers.

First ore boat of 2014