STEM Scouts is a program designed to inspire and engage girls and boys through hands-on STEM activities. The National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, is pleased to offer this program to youth in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area.
STEM Scouts has programming for 3rd – 12th grade students, organized in 3 divisions: Junior Labs for grades 3-5, Technology Labs for 6-8, and Research Labs for 9-12. As the youth go through the activities and experiments, they work in teams of 3 and rotate in roles of Principal Investigator, Co-PI and Project Manager. Every meeting starts with the Scout Oath & Law, and wraps up with discussion of a STEM Innovator: people of both genders and of diverse ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds who have made a contribution in a STEM field.
Nearly 95% of the activity materials is shipped to the unit (perishables like milk or eggs cannot be shipped and would need to be unit-supplied). Units are called “Labs” but can be held almost anywhere – the only facility requirements are access to running water and bathrooms.
The program is structured for 26 meetings/year (2 orientation & lab safety meetings + 24 activity meetings, split in four themed modules). There is also a partial year option of 14 meetings/year (2 orientation & lab safety meetings + 12 activity meetings).