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. 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.
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.
Nearly 95% of the activity materials are included in the registration fee and are shipped to the unit. (Only perishables like milk or eggs cannot be shipped and would need to be unit-supplied.)
Option A (full-year program): structured for 26 meetings/year (2 orientation & lab safety meetings + 24 activity meetings, split in four themed modules).
Option B (partial-year program): structured for 14 meetings/year (2 orientation & lab safety meetings + 12 activity meetings).
Starting a New STEM Scouts Lab
Units are called “Labs” but can be held almost anywhere – the only facility requirements are access to running water and bathrooms. To start a new unit, you need:
- a minimum of 5 registered youth (register online via www.stemscouts.org )
The youth fee is $150 for the 14 week program and $200 for the 26 week program; this includes all of the activity materials, goggles, registration and insurance. A payment plan is also available.
- a minimum of 3 registered adults (volunteer adults serve as Sponsoring Org Rep, Lab Manager and Associate Lab Manager)
The leader fee is $25 and includes registration, insurance, and eye protection.
- New Unit Application
- New Unit MOU
- $40 check payable to NCAC-BSA (unit fee)