Do you have a burgeoning engineer or scientist growing up in your house? Have you ever caught your kid taking apart the TV to “see how it works?” Does your carpet bear the marks of past chemistry experiments?
We have an outlet for that STEM energy: STEM Scouts!
Find out more:
Join us for a presentation and Q&A about STEM Scouts on August 22, 2020! Register here!
- Hear about the program from experienced STEM Scouts Lab Managers
- Meet the STEM Scouts team and ask questions!
- [Network with other prospective STEM Scouts leaders and families in an optional break-out session!
STEM Scouts is a BSA program originally developed out of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Just as Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA teach the Scout Oath and Scout Law in an outdoor setting, STEM Scouts teach those same values in a STEM-based setting. Youth interested in STEM topics are engaged with hands-on lab activities designed by a team of STEM experts, while volunteer leaders show applications of the lessons of the Oath and Law as they work together.
Each year, educators design and vet curriculum and activities, the materials of which are shipped to the youth. Meeting planning is done for you within the curriculum, and leaders need only bring enthusiasm!
Who is it for?
The activities and curriculum are designed for girls and boys in grades 3-8, with activities for each division (elementary school and middle school). This is a fantastic program for anyone who enjoys hands-on activities and wants to be prepared for a future of STEM literacy!
This year, BSA’s curriculum anticipated the need for flexibility in meeting formats. Meetings may need to change from in-person to virtual as local public health conditions change. BSA re-engineered lab materials to allow for virtual delivery by packaging them into kits for individual Scouts. This means that no matter whether you choose to meet together or virtually, all the supplies will be available to all Scouts.
When you sign up for STEM Scouts, you sign up for 5 modules this year, each with 4 activity meetings. That’s 20 sessions! This year’s modules include:
Junior Lab (elementary school youth):
- Animation (by WozEd)
- Earth Science
Technology Lab (middle school youth):
- Mobile App
- Animation (by WozEd)
- Simple Machines
Read the detailed descriptions in the attachment to the right. And join us on Aug 1 to learn more!
Can’t make it, but interested? Send us a note: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration ends on July 31st!