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updated: 10/4/2013 5:04 PM

Car show to benefit Scout STEM programs

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Submitted by the City of Des Plaines

Cool Cruisers & Hot Dogs, a car show benefiting the Boy Scouts of America Northwest Suburban Council's Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics program, will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 at Rand Red Hots, 1441 Rand Road, Des Plaines.

Since the Boy Scouts launched STEM earlier this year more than 250 Scouts have participated in activities ranging from building their own cell phone chargers to flying airplanes, and 100 Cub Scouts attended science camp in June.

Fifty Boy Scouts and Venturers attended STEM camp in August, learning about robotics, automotive maintenance, astronomy and aviation.

The auto show is spearheaded by Scott Dueball, a local car enthusiast, Eagle Scout, biomechanical engineer at Life Fitness and founding member of the Boy Scout Council's STEM committee.

"Throughout college and now in my daily work, I continue to use the many valuable lessons and programs, such as STEM, which I experienced thanks to the Boy Scouts," Dueball said.

Des Plaines Mayor Matt Bogusz, who was awarded his Eagle Scout in 2004, said Cool Cruisers & Hot Dogs is meant to showcase the many "great" programs available to youth through the Boy Scouts of America while enjoying modern classic automobiles and hotdogs.

"I learned a great deal as a Boy Scout in Des Plaines," Bogusz said. "I'm excited to support one of their latest programs, designed to interest young men in science, technology, engineering and math."

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