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STEM Scouts

 

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.

Program Structure
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.

Youth Leadership
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.

Materials
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.)

Duration
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:

 

Important Documents:

STEM Scouts Curriculum Guide

2018-2019 STEM Scouts Program activities

2019-2020 STEM Scouts Module Overview

Interested in learning more? see: www.stemscouts.org or contact: stem@ncacbsa.org