STEM at NCAC

 Today’s youth need STEM literacy to survive in the future, and STEM in Scouting offers the unique opportunity to experience science, technology, engineering and mathematics in tandem with character development, leadership training, and ethical decision-making. The NCAC STEM Committee cultivates programs to promote STEM among Cub Scouts, Webelos, Scouts BSA, Venturers, Explorers and STEM Scouts.

 

STEM Scouts is a tactile program designed to bring STEM to life for girls and boys in grades 3-8. Each year comprises of 20 activities, clustered into 5 themes or modules. We have distinct curriculum for elementary and middle school. 

This fall, we have a number of events with partner organizations! Check them out: 

And in spring 2023: 

  • Cubs Akela Chess Tournament | Feb 4
  • SBSA and older youth Chess Tournament | Feb 11
The Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Trek is a hike around the Mall area of downtown Washington DC highlighting some of the STEM that was involved in the creation of Washington D.C., and showcasing the government agencies and private organizations involved in STEM that are located in Washington DC. 
 
The Trek includes 24 stops; each has a question for you to answer (a cub scout level question, a Scout BSA level question and an on-site question). There is an ‘abbreviated’ trek highlighted in the guide for those who prefer that. 

National BSA designed these awards to encourage scouts to explore STEM. To view the requirements and learn more, visit the National BSA STEM page.

  • STEM@Home classes for youth: During the pandemic NCAC launched STEM@Home for scouts to work on Nova Awards from the comforts of their own home! .
  • Trainings for adult leaders: Several STEM trainings were held for leaders in the College of General Studies at University of Scouting and previously at Pow Wow. When the next trainings are scheduled, we will let you know! 

During the pandemic, NCAC launched a STEM Speaker Series, bringing inspiring STEM professionals to talk to scouts! We hosted a nuclear scientist, medical physicist, veterinarian, statistician, USCG pilot, electrical engineer and more – you can rewatch the talks here.

  • Watch the recording featuring Astronaut Dan Tani, who along with Astronaut Whitson completed the 100th spacewalk! Tani graduated from MIT and worked in space tech companies before joining NASA, where he went on 3 shuttles in a couple spaceflight missions. In one of his spacewalks. he wrapped thermal blankets around the ISS’ solar array gimbals. 

  • Watch the recording featuring Time Kid of the Year Gitajali Rao and Scout Inventors from the USPTO MB cohort
    • Gitanjali is a STEM Scout from Denver, CO and was named ’30 under 30 in science’ by Forbes 
  • Watch the recording featuring Astronaut Charlie Duke in a conversation with STEM Scout
    • Astronaut Duke is one of two Eagle Scouts to ever land on the moon!

Learn More!

Contact our STEM Committee at stem@ncacbsa.org | Call our STEM team at 240.395.0601 | Follow us on Facebook for events and updates!

Are you looking to get involved? We sure could use some help! Click the button to learn how you can volunteer to help us put on all these great programs and events.

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