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 3-5. 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”. BSA’s curriculum specialists design activity kits and curriculum for 20 meetings (grouped into 5 modules).

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! 

    • Cub Scouts Tournament: February 5, 2022 at the Microsoft Tech Center in Reston, VA. Register here

    • SBSA Tournament: February 12, 2022 at the Microsoft Tech Center in Reston, VA. Register here

    • ChessFest, a digital extravaganza led by the Scout Life team at National is Nov 1 – 5. The events include an Eagle Scout Grandmaster vs. audience tournament! View the schedule on Bryan on Scouting’s blog

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.

  • Astronaut Dan 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. He and Astronaut Whitson actually completed the 100th spacewalk! Sign up for the session you wish to attend here

  • 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!

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