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.

 

For older youth: 

  • July 17, Inventing Merit Badge: USPTO will hold an Inventing Merit Badge class and showcase! Capacity is limited, please sign up here

For all ages: 

  • July 12, Forensic STEM Speaker Series: Ms. Delpizzo is back by popular demand to show you her interactive dioramas! Get the ZOOM link. 
  • July 13, DC STEM Trek launches at noon! The GTroop that designed the Trek will unveil the Trek (24 stops) with you all!
  • July 14, STEM Speaker Series with the UPSTO Meet a few members of the USPTO team, enjoy a virtual tour and learn about their careers! Get the ZOOM link.
  • July 15, US Naval Research Lab Challenge: Research physicist Wilcoski will teach you about LECtenna, teach you to build a prototype at home, and how to earn the patch! Get the ZOOM link.  
  • August 18, Invention-Con, meet the TIME Kid of the Year (a STEM Scout!). Registration forthcoming. 
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. 

STEM Scouts is a tactile activity program designed to bring STEM to life for girls and boys so that they can develop an interest in these areas and can see the possibilities for future careers. This program was originally designed by scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Knoxville, TN, then piloted by BSA around the country before becoming an official program in 2019.
STEM Scouts meet in groups called “Labs”; Junior Labs for grades 3-5 and Technology Labs for grades 6-8. BSA’s curriculum specialists design activity kits and curriculum for 20 meetings (grouped into 5 modules). 

  • Pandemic friendly: To adapt for covid-19 and the rising need for hands-on engagement, STEM Scouts adapted its program to be offered VIRTUALLY while still providing hands-on activities!
    • Each module in STEM Scouts comes with 4 meetings of activities (curriculum and supplies included!)
    • View last year’s module overviews.
  • August 4: Learn about STEM Scouts at our Season 7 kick-off
  • TIME Kid of the Year is a STEM Scout
  • Read about STEM Scouts in the voice of a Lab Manager.

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 several 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.

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!

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